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Posted On Monday, 11.25.2013 / 3:20 PM

By Pete Jensen -  NHL.com Fantasy Insider /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Perron should be owned in all leagues

Coming into the season, fantasy owners didn't know what to expect from David Perron.

The St. Louis Blues shipped him to the Edmonton Oilers in July, raising questions about his long-term fantasy value. Between his injury history and his new team's string of bottom-10 finishes in the League standings, he was far from a commodity.

In fact, he wasn't drafted on average in Yahoo leagues. But to everyone's surprise, he's been one of the most indispensable players from a fantasy standpoint this season. Somehow, he's still available in more than 50 percent of leagues.

Posted On Monday, 11.25.2013 / 3:12 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Coyotes' Hanzal expected back against Predators

Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said he expected forward Martin Hanzal back in the lineup Monday against the Nashville Predators.

The team's leading scorer with 19 points, Hanzal left the Coyotes' 4-2 home loss Saturday to the Anaheim Ducks in the first period with a lower-body injury.

Hanzal saw only 2:09 in ice time against Anaheim but participated in the Coyotes' morning skate Monday.

"He'll go for warm-ups tonight and it looks like he'll be a player," Tippett said.


Posted On Monday, 11.25.2013 / 2:12 PM

By Lonnie Herman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Kucherov to play first NHL game for Lightning

TAMPA -- For the Tampa Bay Lightning, coming off a four-game West Coast road swing where they went 0-3-1, there very well may be no place like home. At least, they hope so.

Monday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum the Lightning will met the New York Rangers, a team they have lost three straight games to by a combined score of 12-4.

To make matters that much more difficult, New York has won six of its last nine games and has the most road wins in the Eastern Conference with eight.

With Steven Stamkos out with a broken tibia and Ryan Malone nursing a lower-body injury, the Lightning have reached down to their American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse and promoted forward Nikita Kucherov, a second-round selection (No. 58) in the 2011 NHL Draft. This game will mark Kucherov's NHL debut after only 17 games with Syracuse.

Posted On Monday, 11.25.2013 / 1:56 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Colaiacovo to make return debut for Blues vs. Wild

ST. LOUIS -- Less than two weeks after signing a one-year, $550,000 contract, Carlo Colaiacovo will make his return debut with the St. Louis Blues on Monday.

Colaiacovo was brought back to the team after defenseman Jordan Leopold (hand surgery) was lost for two months to provide veteran depth. After being bought out of the final year of his contract with the Detroit Red Wings this past summer, the 30-year-old Colaiacovo was without a job but keeping in hockey shape in Toronto.

Colaiacovo got the call from the Blues and a contract was consummated quickly.

"That's what I was told. Hopefully that's the case. If it is, it's exciting for me," Colaiacovo said regarding his insertion into the lineup. "... At the end of the day, I'm confident in myself, I'm confident in my abilities that I can come in here and play a simple game, use the experience of my partner and the guys on the back end and just focus on getting a win."


Posted On Monday, 11.25.2013 / 1:48 PM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Olsen set to make Panthers debut vs. Flyers

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers will have both of the prospects they acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks 11 days ago in the lineup when they face the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.

Defenseman Dylan Olsen will make his Panthers debut against the Flyers, joining forward Jimmy Hayes. The two were acquired on Nov. 14 in the trade that sent veteran forward Kris Versteeg to Chicago.

Hayes immediately joined the Panthers after the trade and played in the last four games of Florida's five-game road trip.

Olsen had been playing with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League until he was called up on Sunday.


Posted On Monday, 11.25.2013 / 1:26 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Penguins make first trip to Boston since East final

BOSTON -- It's been six months since the Eastern Conference Final and the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins are more than a quarter into the 2013-14 regular season.

So the Penguins' first visit back to Boston since getting swept with a trip to the Stanley Cup Final on the line, Monday night at TD Garden, isn't dredging up old memories, except for the lessons the Penguins hope to put into practice to avoid a similar fate this season.

"Unfortunately it was pretty short. It was four games, we only played two here. And it wasn't our best," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said after his team's morning skate. "I thought our best two games in the series were actually here. I think we've all turned the page. It's something that we'll hopefully learn from. But I think we're all moving on and making sure that we learn from it."


Posted On Monday, 11.25.2013 / 1:04 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Maple Leafs get Bozak back against Blue Jackets

Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak will return to the lineup Monday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Bozak missed 12 games with a lower-body injury. He suffered the injury Oct. 25 in a game against the Blue Jackets in Columbus. He will center the Maple Leafs' top line between Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk.

"We all know what he brings to the lineup. He plays in all situations and plays big minutes for us. He's a really well-rounded player. We're happy to have him back," van Riemsdyk said. "Me, Phil and Bozie have some good chemistry. So if that's the way they decide to go tonight, I think we can do some good things."

Prior to the injury, Bozak had three goals and six points in 11 games. His return comes at a perfect time for a Toronto team that has won three of four but scored only three times in the past two games.

"Hopefully I can help out out there and play well," Bozak said. "I might be a step behind for the first period, but hopefully it doesn't take that long [to catch up]."


Posted On Monday, 11.25.2013 / 12:52 PM

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

Jets' Trouba eager to return, face Devils' Merrill

NEWARK, N.J. -- Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba is set to make his return to the lineup on Monday when his team begins a six-game road trip against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

"I'm not hiding the fact that Jacob Trouba is going to play," Jets coach Claude Noel said after his team's morning skate.

Trouba has missed the past 17 games with a neck injury. To make room for the 2012 first-round pick (No. 9), the Jets will likely list Adam Pardy as a healthy scratch.

Trouba likely will be paired with Grant Clitsome.

"I'm excited to get back into things and it'll take some time to get some timing back so I just have to keep it simple," Trouba said. "I just know I can't really get running around at the start, just stay in control and not get too excited I guess."


Posted On Monday, 11.25.2013 / 10:18 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live sets up Blues-Wild, Bruins-Penguins

It's a busy start to the week, with nine games on the NHL schedule Monday, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and Butch Goring at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network will preview all the action.

We'll go out live on our Arena Cam to Scottrade Center to set up the St. Louis Blues' battle with the Minnesota Wild with Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Michael Russo. Also, our Ice Pass will preview the Boston Bruins hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins in a battle of division leaders and rematch of last spring's Eastern Conference Final, as well as games between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs plus the Winnipeg Jets and New Jersey Devils.

NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose joins us to break down coaching performances from around the League.

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

Posted On Sunday, 11.24.2013 / 4:15 PM

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

Red Wings' Datsyuk 'seems to be doing fine'

BUFFALO – The Detroit Red Wings head into their game Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres without center Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk was injured Saturday night after taking an elbow to the head from Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen.

Datsyuk did not travel with the team to Buffalo. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said he texted him saying only, "He seems to be doing fine."

No further update on Datsyuk's status was updated.

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