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Posted On Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 2:14 PM

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

Kings' Jones hoping for permanent NHL job

ST. LOUIS -- It was inevitable that Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was going to get healthy again from a groin injury. There was going to come a time when the organization was going to have to make a choice: Ben Scrivens or Martin Jones as Quick's backup.

And with the Kings' trade of Scrivens to the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, Los Angeles placed its faith in Jones, who marked his NHL arrival by winning his first eight starts.

Jones, who is 8-3-0 with a 1.41 goals-against average and .950 save percentage in 11 games, was recalled from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League on Wednesday and hopes that this time it's for good.

"I'm happy to be back here but you never know what can happen," Jones said. "I don't want to take anything for granted. I've just got to make sure I continue to work hard, continue to build up my game and win some hockey games up here.

Posted On Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 2:05 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Depleted Red Wings to rely on youth against Rangers

NEW YORK -- When the Detroit Red Wings play the New York Rangers on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, they'll look markedly different from the last time they came to the Big Apple on March 21, 2012.

A number of key veterans, including Pavel Datsyuk, Daniel Alfredsson and Johan Franzen, did not skate Thursday and will not play at MSG. With so many injuries the Red Wings have relied on their prospects, a number of whom won the Calder Cup last season with the Grand Rapids Griffins. The latest of those prospects to arrive in the NHL is 21-year-old Tomas Jurco, who was recalled from Grand Rapids on Tuesday after an earlier seven-game NHL stint.

"There's lots of stuff I learn every day," Jurco said. "One of them is consistency. Just to be good every night. Even if there is no game just to be great at practice."

Jurco said having so many familiar faces in the room has made adjusting to the League that much easier.

"It's good for me," he said. "I'm used to all those guys being my teammates for the last couple of years. It's good to have them here. It makes me feel a little more comfortable."

Posted On Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 1:51 PM

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

Martinek returning to Islanders lineup

TAMPA -- After missing 22 games with back spasms, veteran defenseman Radek Martinek will return to the New York Islanders lineup when they play the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.

His addition counters the loss of Travis Hamonic, who is out with an upper-body injury sustained during a game Jan. 12 at Dallas.

The Islanders will start Kevin Poulin in goal. His career-high five-game win streak ended Tuesday in Florida. Poulin became the first Islanders goalie since Rick DiPietro (Feb 12-21, 2008, six straight) to win five straight games.

Posted On Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 1:40 PM

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

Stalock to start for Sharks; Huberdeau back in place

SUNRISE, Fla. -- San Jose Sharks goalie Alex Stalock will get a rare start Thursday against the Florida Panthers.

Stalock, a fourth-round pick (No. 112) in the 2005 NHL Draft who made his first NHL start Oct. 27, will make his seventh start of the season but only his second in the past 12 games.

Antti Niemi gave up three goals in the past three games, but Sharks coach Todd McLellan said it was part of a plan to keep his goalie fresh for the playoffs, particularly with Niemi competing for Finland in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Stalock allowed two goals on 35 shots in his previous start, a 3-2 shootout victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 5.

Stalock will be going against veteran Tim Thomas, who will make his seventh consecutive start in net for the Panthers. Thomas hasn't allowed more than two goals in any of his past four starts.

Posted On Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 1:34 PM

By Staff -  / - Road to Sochi blog

Bruins' Chara to carry Slovakian flag at Olympics

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will be Slovakia's flag bearer during the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Sochi Olympics in February.

Chara, also captain of Slovakia's Olympic hockey team, will be the fourth Slovak athlete to carry his country's flag, joining Peter Stastny (1994), Robert Petrovicky (2002) and Ziggy Palffy (2010).

The Olympic opening ceremony will be held Feb. 7, six days before Slovakia plays its first game against the United States. Bruins coach Claude Julien confirmed Thursday that Chara has been granted permission to leave the team and miss Boston's final game before the Olympic break, Feb. 8 against the Ottawa Senators.

Posted On Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 12:58 PM

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

Stamkos joins Lightning for full morning skate

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning had a pleasant surprise at their morning skate Thursday when Steven Stamkos hit the ice along with the rest of the team.

For Stamkos, recovering from a broken right tibia sustained Nov. 11, it marked the first time he participated in a full skate. He did not take part in line rushes or power-play drills, but did take part in a 2-on-1 drill and worked on faceoffs.

"It's obviously not a practice," Stamkos said, "but to be able to do some drills with the guys is definitely a positive."

Lightning coach Jon Cooper also saw it as a positive, but still sounded a note of caution.

"He's been pretty eager to get out there and I think his head is further along than his leg is," Cooper said. "I have no problem with that. I like his energy, his eagerness. It's just a sign that every day he is getting closer. That is a good thing. I'm just waiting for the day when [Lightning trainer] Tom Mulligan comes to me and says, 'By the way, number 91 is good to go.' It'll be like a mini-post Christmas."

Posted On Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 12:48 PM

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

Jets place Kane on IR, call up Klingberg

The Winnipeg Jets on Thursday placed forward Evander Kane on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 7.

Kane has missed the past two games with a hand injury sustained Jan. 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

His 14 goals are third on the team and he has 25 points in 38 games.

To take his place, the Jets recalled forward Carl Klingberg from the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League.

Posted On Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 1:36 AM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2014 Top Prospects Game blog

Fight nearly costs two Top Prospects chance to shine

CALGARY -- For a brief moment, Jacob Middleton and Aaron Haydon thought they had lost their chance to shine.

Middleton, from Team Cherry and Haydon, from Team Orr, renewed Ontario Hockey League acquaintances and dropped the gloves at 17:41 of the first period, a staged-but-spirited tilt that brought the Scotiabank Saddledome crowd to its feet during the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Wednesday.

But prior to the bout, both removed their helmets -- and under Canadian Hockey League rule, each was assessed a game misconduct. However, the ruling was rescinded in the first intermission thanks in part to Team Cherry assistant coach Paul Reinhart.

Posted On Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 8:30 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Tyson Barrie talks about OT success on NHL Live

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie joined NHL Live on Wednesday to talk about his team's season and his two recent OT winners.

Barrie got the OT winner in Colorado's 3-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday after scoring in overtime to beat the Ottawa Senators on Jan. 8.

"I've only got seven career goals and three have been in overtime. I must be lucky," he said.

Posted On Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 7:53 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Kreider, Brassard talk Stadium Series on NHL Live

New York Rangers forwards Chris Kreider and Derick Brassard were live in studio Wednesday on NHL Live to discuss the upcoming Coors Light Stadium Series games against the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders at Yankee Stadium.

"It's going to be fun. It's going to be my first time there," Brassard said. "I'm just looking forward to playing outdoors. My family is going to come down. I'm looking forward to it."

The Rangers play the Devils on Jan. 26 and the Islanders on Jan. 29.

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