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Posted On Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 6:56 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Sill to make NHL debut with Penguins

NEWARK, N.J. -- Pittsburgh Penguins rookie center Zach Sill is making his NHL debut Saturday night at Prudential Center against the New Jersey Devils. The Penguins recalled Sill from Wilkes Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on Friday.

Sill, 25, has four points (one goal, three assists) and 25 penalty minutes in 13 AHL games this season. He played two preseason games with the Penguins in September before returning to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for a fifth season. He was signed by the Penguins as an undrafted free agent on July 14, 2009.


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Posted On Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 6:52 PM

By John Kreiser -  NHL.com Columnist /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Red Wings' Alfredsson scratched due to groin injury

UNIONDALE. N.Y. – Forward Daniel Alfredsson was a late scratch by the Detroit Red Wings for their game against the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Alfredsson had to be scratched after injuring his groin in warmups before the Red Wings' 4-3 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals on Friday night. He made the trip to New York, but said after the morning skate that he might not be able to play.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 5:42 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Fleury in net back-to-back for Penguins

NEWARK, N.J. -- Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will be back in the net Saturday against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

Fleury made 17 saves in a 4-1 win against the Nashville Predators on Friday at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said he's going with Fleury on back-to-back nights because his workload hasn't been too heavy despite the fact he's started four straight games and 16 of 19 the Penguins have played this season.

Fleury has an 11-5-0 record with a 2.00 goals-against average and .922 save percentage. He has the 17th most saves in the NHL and is tied for fifth in starts and sixth in appearances.

"We've given up five scoring chances, seven scoring chances, and going back to the Columbus game [Nov. 2] only four scoring chances," Bylsma said. "That really has played into some of the decisions. We're going to see [backup Jeff] Zatkoff play some games here because of the number of games, but we really felt like this is a good opportunity to get Marc-Andre in back-to-back situations."

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Posted On Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 5:41 PM

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

Emelin to make season debut for Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin will make his season debut Saturday at Bell Centre against the New York Rangers. The Russian defenseman has been out seven months since undergoing reconstructive knee surgery following a collision with Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins on AprIL 6.

Emelin had the procedure to repair the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee in May. Until the injury, Emelin was enjoying a breakout season in Montreal, establishing career highs in assists (nine), points (12) and plus-minus (plus-2) in his second NHL season.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 3:53 PM

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

Tanguay out indefinitely for Avalanche

Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy revealed Saturday that veteran forward Alex Tanguay will remain out indefinitely with a knee injury.

Tanguay has not played since a 4-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Nov. 2. He left the ice in the second period of that game after falling into the boards following a collision with Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban.

"He's out indefinitely for us right now," Roy said following practice Saturday. "It's hard to pinpoint when he's going to come back."

The Quebec native was scheduled to have an MRI exam on his knee two weeks ago but Roy did not reveal any details about the injury.

In 12 games this season, Tanguay has three goals and nine points.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 3:47 PM

By Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Avalanche's Roy still preaching positives

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy was accentuating the positive Saturday following the morning skate in preparation for his team's game against the Florida Panthers at Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche have a 14-4-0 record but have lost two games in a row for the first time this season and are coming off a 7-3 loss Thursday to the St. Louis Blues.

"There's no reason for us not to be confident," Roy said. "We have 28 points and if you look at the segment of 20 games, you do that four times it's 112 points without winning the next two [games]. It's not only going to help you make the playoffs, you're going to be pretty close to be first overall. We're going to go through games like this in a season. The good thing is we talked about it. There's an area in our game that needs to improve, and that's our game management. We can't take penalties in the offensive zone. We need to be smarter. There's a few plays defensively where we were not as sharp.

"We should be very happy with our start, but we cannot be satisfied. It's a big difference. When you're not satisfied it means you're aware there are things to improve in our game. The good thing is we're aware of those things."

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Posted On Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 3:23 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Smid faces former teammates in Battle of Alberta

CALGARY -- Ladislav Smid doesn't need a reminder that the Edmonton Oilers are coming into Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.

The date was already circled on his calendar.

Traded from Edmonton to the Calgary Flames just eight days ago, Smid is thrilled to be facing his former Oilers teammates so soon.

"I'm really excited for this game," he said. "You obviously have to get it going here at home. It's always fun to get out there in the Battle of Alberta and especially for me. It's going to be a little bit different since I'm part of the Flames now."

Calgary acquired Smid and Olivier Roy in exchange for prospects Roman Horak and Laurent Brossoit on November 8th, just the second time ever a trade has been completed between the two franchises.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 3:04 PM

By Jerry Brown -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Morris, Michalek remain out for Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Much of the Phoenix Coyotes' early-season success can be traced to a strong effort from the defense corps. But the depth of the blueline is being tested as two main cogs will be on the sidelines when Phoenix plays host to the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday.

Derek Morris (lower body) is expected to miss his fifth straight game and Zbynek Michalek was injured in the 5-4 shootout loss against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday and won't play Saturday. The Coyotes recalled rookie Connor Murphy from Portland of the American Hockey League Friday and he is expected to make his NHL debut against the Lightning.

Even with the injuries, the Phoenix defense continues to produce. Michael Stone had the first two-goal game of his career against the Blackhawks as the Coyotes collected three of four points in tough road stops against the St. Louis Blues and Chicago.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 2:35 PM

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

Gustavsson in net, Alfredsson questionable for Wings

Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson will make his first appearance in goal since Oct. 23 when he leads the Detroit Red Wings onto the ice Saturday night against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

Gustavsson hasn't played since he came on in relief of Jimmy Howard during a 6-1 home loss to the Ottawa Senators, and he hasn't started since Oct. 17, when he completed a run of three in a row while starter Jimmy Howard was injured. Gustavsson won all three games and was voted the NHL's First Star of the Week.

He went on the injured list on Nov. 1 with a neck problem.

"I'm looking forward to it," he told the media after the morning skate, according to Mlive.com. "It's a chance for me to keep working on my game and try to help the team get some wins."

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Posted On Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 2:26 PM

By James Murphy -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Rangers' Nash targeting Tuesday or Thursday return

MONTREAL -- New York Rangers forward Rick Nash, out with a concussion since Oct. 8, skated for the eighth straight day and with his team for the third time in as many days.

Nash again was symptom-free after taking contact for a second straight day but will not play Saturday when the Rangers play the Canadiens and try to earn their first win in Montreal since March 17, 2009.

Following the game-day skate at Bell Centre, Nash told the media he is shooting for a return to game action either Tuesday against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden or on the road Thursday against Dallas Stars.

"Hopefully one of the games Tuesday or Thursday for sure, as long as there's no setbacks," Nash said. "Everything's been positive and pushing it every day. It's four weeks of not doing too much so it takes some time to get the legs back and I think as of right now it's just conditioning, get the legs back in shape and make sure symptoms don't pop up."

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