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Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 1:05 PM

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

Flyers hope to recapture road success at home

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers know the only way to make the success they had on their recent road trip matter is if they find a way to recreate it on home ice. That starts Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators.

The Flyers won their most recent game at Wells Fargo Center 4-2 against the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 9, but they're 3-7-0 at home and have been outscored 29-15. They're 3-0-1 in their past four games, but that includes a 2-0-1 road stretch against the Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Winnipeg Jets.

"It's really important for teams to play good at home and obviously that hasn't been the case this year," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. "It's going to be a pretty good crowd [Tuesday] and we'll need to get them going as soon as possible."

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 11:58 AM

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

Nash to return to Rangers' lineup

NEW YORK -- All-Star forward Rick Nash confirmed after the morning skate that he will be in the lineup for the New York Rangers on Tuesday night as they take on the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN).

It will mark Nash's first game since sustaining a concussion on Oct. 8 against the San Jose Sharks.

Nash missed 17 games with the injury and admitted he was curious to see how he would respond to his first game action in over a month.

"I'm excited. Kind of a controlled emotion. It's been a long six weeks, so I'm excited to get in there," Nash said after the morning skate. "I think the first everything is going to take a while, whether it's a hit, a shot, a pass, making different plays. It was a long time off, so it's going to take some time."


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Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 9:40 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Koivu to captain Finland's Olympic team -- but which?

A Koivu will captain Finland at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Which Koivu, however, is unknown.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Tuesday that Anaheim Ducks forward Saku Koivu or his younger brother, Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu, will be named captain of the Finnish Olympic team.

"It's a question between the Koivu brothers as to who will be the captain," Finland Olympic coach Erkka Westerlund told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I've known Mikko since he was this high [holding his left hand four feet off the ground]. … He's a strong leader on our team. He knows what he wants. He can help the teammates play better."

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Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 7:39 PM

NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Stoll on Kings' recent success, Dodger Stadium game

Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll joined NHL Live to discuss the upcoming 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series and his experience playing in the Heritage Classic, a game where temperatures dipped to minus-25 Celsius.

When the Kings play the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium, it will obviously be different.

"We'll be a little bit warmer," Stoll said. "Palm trees and sand all over the place. It will be a fun experience to be a part of. We have a great rivalry [with the Ducks]. We feel we're both good teams -- we're winning. They're having a great season. It's going to be fun, very interesting. Having it at Dodger Stadium too is pretty interesting and cool and historic in its own right."

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Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 7:33 PM

NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Former Ducks goalie Guy Hebert talks Stadium Series

Former Anaheim Ducks goaltender Guy Hebert joined NHL Live to discuss the upcoming 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Dodger Stadium. Hebert never thought that hockey would ever be played on a stage as big as Dodger Stadium.

"I'm not going to be able to play in it, but I'm certainly going to be in the stands watching it," Hebert said. "It's really been the talk of the town. It does get actually get a little big cold on here; I think my blood has thinned a little bit. Honestly, it's going to be a great atmosphere. It's at historic Dodger Stadium with a lot of its history and tradition. We think it's going to be one in a million. Who would have thought this could be a reality? The best part of it is it's not going to be a roller hockey game."

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Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 7:32 PM

NHL.com - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

BOS @ CAR - 10:24 of the First period

At 10:24 of the first period in the Bruins/Hurricanes game, video review supported the referees call on the ice that Boston forward Carl Soderberg deflected the puck below the height of the crossbar. According to Rule 60.5 "The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick. If the puck makes contact with the stick below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed." Good Goal Boston.

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Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 4:04 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flames in Winnipeg 'desperate' for a win

WINNIPEG -- Two teams that need some good fortune will meet Monday when the Calgary Flames make their first-ever visit to MTS Centre to play the Winnipeg Jets.

The Flames are fresh off a 4-2 home loss this past Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers in which they lost a 2-0 second-intermission lead against their provincial rival. Flames coach Bob Hartley, who coached the Winnipeg franchise for parts of five seasons when it was based in Atlanta, criticized his team after the loss, but sounded a different tone after the team's morning skate at MTS Centre.

"It's the beauty and the challenge of this game at the same time," Hartley said. "You can't sit on a loss or a win too long. You have to bounce back. Obviously we know what we did right and did wrong on Saturday, and we move on."


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Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 3:09 PM

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

Fantasy Spin: Blue Jackets' Johansen brings flexibility

When exploring potential waiver wire additions, recent production and line combinations always come into play.

In addition, dual-position flexibility is a wild card. On jam-packed game nights, it provides fantasy owners with the chance to fill as many roster spots as possible -- which can prove to be a significant edge in head-to-head leagues.

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen, owned in 11 percent of Yahoo leagues, fits the bill in that regard. The 21-year-old, who has both center and right wing eligibility, picked up his fourth multi-point game of the season and had five shots on goal in Sunday's win against the Ottawa Senators.

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Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 2:08 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Melrose Minute

Melrose Minute: An active and wild first 20 games

We've reached the quarter-mark of the season and it has been a crazy 20 games so far. I think the most noteworthy and surprising thing this season, though, has been the total dominance of the Western Conference. You sometimes see a season where one conference is better than the other, but the way the West has just totally dominated inter-conference play is really amazing.

Obviously there are periods where one individual team is head and shoulders above the rest of the League. The Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders both had stretches like that in the 1980s. We always have one team that is dominant for a period of time, but for the whole conference to be this strong is crazy. You could easily say the four best teams in the NHL all play in the West. The truly amazing thing is it's not just five or six teams, either. Teams competing for the eighth spot in the West now are on pace for 110 points. That's an amazingly high number. I know a lot of that comes out of three-point games, but we've had three-point games for over a decade now and we've never seen anything quite like this.


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Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 1:20 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Hurricanes get Ward back but lose Semin

RALEIGH, N.C. -- After missing 10 games with a lower-body injury, Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward will return Monday for a start against the Boston Bruins. Ward has been sidelined injury since leaving a game Oct. 24 against the Minnesota Wild.

While the Hurricanes get one key player back from injury, another is headed out of the lineup. Forward Alexander Semin left the game Saturday against the St. Louis Blues after a hit by Alex Pietrangelo. Semin returned to the ice briefly but then came out for the remainder of the game. Carolina coach Kirk Muller said Semin had an upper-body injury and was being evaluated Monday.

The news was no better for forward Jeff Skinner, who will miss his 11th straight game with an upper-body injury. Skinner did take the morning skate but was ruled out afterward.

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