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Posted On Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 2:00 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Injured Parise skates, won't play for Wild vs. Coyotes

Zach Parise was a surprise participant at the Minnesota Wild morning skate Wednesday one day after the team announced he would miss 2-3 weeks with a foot injury.

Wild coach Mike Yeo told reporters after the morning workout Parise will not play against the Phoenix Coyotes, but it was obviously encouraging to see him on the ice two days after hurting his foot while blocking a shot. Parise has a contusion on his foot after an X-ray was negative.

Parise told Michael Russo of the (Minneapolis) Star-Tribune he hopes to play soon, but he experienced more pain as the morning skate progressed after initially thinking he could play Wednesday.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 1:36 PM

By Joe Yerdon - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Sabres' Miller faces Canadiens' Price in top matchup

BUFFALO -- The matchup between the Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday at First Niagara Center features a pair of goaltenders who might represent his country at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Sabres coach Ted Nolan confirmed Ryan Miller would get the start in goal against Carey Price of the Canadiens. Miller was the U.S. starter at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and is vying for a spot on the 2014 roster for Sochi, and Price is in the mix to start for Canada.

"They're both playing extremely well since the beginning of the season," Canadiens forward Daniel Briere said. 'I don't think they see it that way. What's important for both of them, I'm sure, is to get a win, get their team on the winning side. They're both very competitive."

Posted On Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 1:14 PM

By Craig Merz - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Blue Jackets vow workmanlike effort vs. Predators

COLUMBUS -- Which Columbus Blue Jackets team will show up at Nationwide Arena on Wednesday to face the Nashville Predators?

Anyone who has that answer needs to buy a lottery ticket, because the Blue Jackets were all over the map literally and figuratively on a just-concluded five-game trip across Canada.

It opened with a 4-1 win against the Ottawa Senators followed by a humbling 7-0 defeat to the Edmonton Oilers. Columbus rebounded to defeat the Calgary Flames 2-1 in overtime before falling 6-2 against the Vancouver Canucks.

The final game on the road ended on a good note with a 6-0 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday.

"We seem to not be losing two in a row lately, but the big thing is we've got to find a way to get [ticked] off in the sense we want to win every night," Blue Jackets left wing Matt Calvert said. "That's something I think you'll see tonight. We're going to put the work boots on like we did in Toronto."

Posted On Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 12:55 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Devils' Schneider frustrated by lack of playing time

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider couldn't hide his emotions when approached by the media after the morning skate Wednesday in preparation for the Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center.

Schneider was asked if he was surprised he wasn't starting.

"Yes, I'm surprised," Schneider said. "I'm frustrated."

Since making a season-high 34 saves in a 2-1 victory against the Los Angeles Kings on Nov. 21, Schneider hasn't gotten another chance. Martin Brodeur instead has gotten the call the past two games in losses to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday and Winnipeg Jets on Monday.

After returning from a groin injury Nov. 3, Schneider has made four starts (1-2-1) in 11 games. If he does get the nod Friday, he would have waited eight days before his next start.

"I'm trying to work hard and do what I can, but I'd just like to see the ice a little bit more is all," Schneider said. "Marty is playing really well. He's got the net and he's running with it. I know it's part of the game … it's just something where I just want to play more."

Posted On Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 12:54 PM

By Wes Crosby - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Penguins' Martin (fractured tibia) joins injury list

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins will rearrange their lineup Wednesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Consol Energy Center after another set of injuries.

Forwards Beau Bennett (wrist) and Tanner Glass (hand) and defenseman Paul Martin (leg) sustained injuries during the Penguins' recent two-game road trip. Bennett had surgery on his wrist and will be out 8-10 weeks, Martin will miss 4-6 weeks, and Glass will be sidelined for 3-4 weeks.

Martin played with a fractured tibia for some time during the third period of Pittsburgh's 4-3 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins on Monday, according to Penguins coach Dan Bylsma.

Their injuries add to a list including defenseman Rob Scuderi (ankle), forward Chuck Kobasew (lower body) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clot).

"It is a condensed schedule. Practice time is more like recovery time than it is in most seasons because of the break in the middle of the year," Bylsma said. "For us, if you break a bone, you kind of break a bone. I don't think that’s a factor of being tired or not."

Posted On Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 12:27 PM

By Adam Vingan - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Other than Ovechkin, Capitals' offense misfiring

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin is in the midst of a career renaissance that began late last season. He has scored 43 goals in his past 45 games, including an NHL-leading 20 so far this season (the first time in his nine-year career he has been the first player to reach that total) and three in his past three games.

The problem, however, is that those three goals are the only goals the Capitals have scored over that span.

Entering Washington's game against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, Ovechkin has accounted for 29.8 percent of his team's goals (20 of 67). As a point of reference, the NHL single-season record is 29.5 percent set by Pavel Bure in 2000-01 as a member of the Florida Panthers.

The rest of the Capitals forwards are fully aware they must help their captain.

"I think our line has had numerous chances," left wing Jason Chimera said in regards to the third line, comprised of himself, Brooks Laich and Joel Ward. "We've just got to put them in. Me myself, I've had a lot of chances in the past five games and put nothing in. You've got to make them go in."

Posted On Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 12:24 PM

By Staff -  / - Road to Sochi blog

Injury to Penguins' Martin could impact U.S. team

The Pittsburgh Penguins' loss of Paul Martin for the next 4-6 weeks with a fractured tibia will have a severe impact on the Penguins' blue line -- and perhaps the United States Olympic team.

Martin, injured during the Penguins' game against the Boston Bruins on Monday, has two goals and nine assists with a team-high 25:16 minutes per game. The lockdown defenseman formed the Penguins' top pairing with Brooks Orpik and had a role on the top power-play unit. In fact, both are under consideration to compete for the U.S. in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.'s U.S. roster projection has Martin paired with John Carlson of the Washington Capitals.

Martin will be out until Christmas and perhaps after New Year's Day, and that puts his potential spot in jeopardy. The U.S. team will be announced Jan. 1 as part of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. When it comes to the Olympics, Martin has had some tough luck. He's twice been named to Olympic teams, but didn't see any action in the 2006 Turin Games and missed the 2012 Vancouver Games due to a broken arm.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 9:46 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Richter, Neely in studio on Wednesday's NHL Live

One of the NHL's busiest days of the season sees 13 games on the Wednesday schedule, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you prepared for this pre-Thanksgiving smorgasbord.

A pair of NHL greats, Cam Neely of the Boston Bruins and Mike Richter of the New York Rangers, will be in studio to preview their showdown Friday afternoon and talk about riding on the NHL Float in Thursday's Thanksgiving Day parade.

We'll also check in with Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa as his team gets set to face the Ottawa Senators on Thursday in a preview of the Heritage Classic on March 2 in Vancouver. Tickets for the game will be on sale next week.

E.J. will also Face Off with Jeff O'Neill, going head-to-head in a debate of hot topics around the League.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst / - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Red Wings have big test against Bruins

Once again, we have another great midweek matchup as the Boston Bruins visit Joe Louis Arena to take on the Detroit Red Wings in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN). This game features two Original Six teams that have been among the class of the League for some time now.

The rivalry has an added element this season, with the Bruins and Red Wings competing in the Atlantic Division. Detroit has struggled a little since joining the Eastern Conference this season. But any conversation regarding the East has to begin with the Bruins.

I think Boston is the class of the Eastern Conference. One could argue goaltender Tuukka Rask is the most consistent goalie in the League right now. The Bruins have a great defensive corps with a top offensive line that propels them, as well as a third line consisting of Reilly Smith, Carl Soderberg and Chris Kelly that has been excellent. They're very well-coached and play with a lot of structure. That means they are very strong on the puck and on the boards and very solid with puck possession and one-on-one battles. The main thing with them, especially offensively, is their versatility. Offensively, they can score off the rush, they can score off the cycle and their defensemen can contribute to help create goals.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.26.2013 / 10:23 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

ANA @ DAL - 8:23 of the Third Period

At 8:23 of the third period in the Ducks/Stars game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Anaheim net. The referee informed the Situation Room that he had blown his whistle prior to the puck crossing the goal line therefore this is not a reviewable play. No goal Dallas.

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