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Posted On Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 2:53 PM

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

Hossa returning to Blackhawks' lineup

WINNIPEG -- A pair of Central Division teams looking to find their games will meet Thursday when the Winnipeg Jets host the Chicago Blackhawks.

A rare slump accompanies the Blackhawks, who have lost two of their past three games, into MTS Centre. Opponents have outscored the Blackhawks 12-3 in those two losses, and Chicago is on a season-high seven-game road trip that began with a 5-1 loss Tuesday against the Colorado Avalanche.

"[We are forgetting] about it," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said of the Blackhawks' recent struggles. "We're looking at the [past] two road games. We weren't so hot obviously. We've given up quite a few goals.

"But I think the [cause of those problems] is pretty clear. We've just got to be a little smart defensively, a little bit more committed to what we have to do in our own zone. We'll be looking to bounce back. We want to start this road trip the right way so we need to make up for what we didn't accomplish in the [past game]."

Posted On Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 2:12 PM

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

Rested Coyotes back to chasing points in wild West

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes enjoyed a much-needed, four-day break to heal bumps and bruises and recharge batteries tested by a difficult early schedule.

But the rest of the potent Western Conference, boasting teams that have compiled the top eight point totals in the NHL, has been working while Phoenix sat on the sidelines. To keep pace, the Coyotes need to hit the ground running when they face off against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

The Coyotes (31 points) and Avalanche (30) are part of the eight-team logjam that is separated by three points in the standings. Colorado lost three straight before rebounding with a 5-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.

Posted On Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 2:08 PM

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

Tavares discusses Stadium Series game on NHL Live

The Boston Bruins host the St. Louis Blues on Thursday in a big Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference matchup on NHL Network at 7 p.m. ET, and NHL Live will get you ready for that puck drop and the other games scheduled, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. We'll also fire up our Arena Cam in Winnipeg and talk to Eddie Olczyk about the Chicago Blackhawks' seven-city, 13-day circus trip, which continues against the Winnipeg Jets.

Tickets are on sale now for the Coors Light Stadium Series games at Yankees Stadium involving the New York Rangers, New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils, and we'll talk to Islanders captain John Tavares about this great event. We'll also get NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes, who played for all three teams, about what to expect for a goalie playing outdoors.

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 Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 2:05 PM

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

Kadri restored to top line in return to Maple Leafs

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs will have Nazem Kadri back in their lineup Thursday against the Nashville Predators.

After serving a three-game suspension for an illegal hit on Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, Kadri will play on the top line with James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel.

"It's a little bit tough when guys keep going down. Lines are always changing," Kadri said. "It's not like you can play with the same guys consistently over a few weeks. It seems like we're together for a couple of games, something happens and you've got to mix it up."

In 18 games Kadri has five goals and 14 points, putting him fifth on the team. He joins the team's top two scorers on the first line.

Posted On Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 1:58 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Stars hoping return home sparks power play

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars have won six straight on the road, including a recent three-game sweep through Western Canada that saw them beat the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames on consecutive nights before finishing the trip with a 2-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.

However, the Stars have played just seven times at home, fewest in the League. In Dallas’ most recent home game, a 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 9, the Stars played even with Chicago for most of the first two periods before Patrick Kane's power-play goal gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes. Chicago netted two more goals late to make the final score a bit deceiving.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff wants to see a similar effort from his team Thursday against the New York Rangers, minus the crucial error by the penalty kill that led to Kane's eventual game-winner.

"Obviously we've got to do a lot of the right things," Ruff said. "Our last home game I thought we had real good energy, we came out real well, we made a couple mental mistakes and I'd like to stay away from those."

Posted On Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 1:48 PM

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

Nyquist up for Red Wings; Skinner back for Canes?

Gustav Nyquist, recalled Thursday by the Detroit Red Wings from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, will skate on the second line Thursday night against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes.

Nyquist is tied for fourth in the American Hockey League with 21 points in 15 games.

"It feels great, obviously, very excited to get in again [Thursday] and it's going to be a fun game to be a part of," Nyquist said. "I'm just going to try to play my game. We all know that we're in need of a win here as a team and obviously we've lost a few in a row up here and at home as well. So that's something we want to change."

Nyquist had three goals and three assists in 22 regular-season games in 2012-13, and two goals and three assists in 14 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Posted On Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 1:07 PM

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

Banged-up Bruins ready to debut Miller on defense

BOSTON -- Much like in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Boston Bruins' depth on defense is about to be tested.

Already Adam McQuaid has missed five games with a lower-body injury and he's expected to miss a sixth against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday at TD Garden (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

Now Dennis Seidenberg has joined McQuaid among the injured. Seidenberg skated one shift against the New York Rangers on Tuesday and did not return because of a lower-body injury.

Matt Bartkowski had been filling in for McQuaid. Now 26-year-old Kevan Miller is scheduled to make his NHL debut against the Blues. Miller made a strong push for an NHL job during training camp, and since then the Bruins have been grooming him for this type of opportunity with Providence of the American Hockey League.

"It's my third year [of pro hockey] and you've just got to believe in the process," Miller said after the morning skate. "A lot of guys have been in the same situation. So it's a good feeling."

Posted On Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 1:01 PM

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

Special significance to Berube-Nolan matchup

When the Buffalo Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers meet Thursday at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia it will be matchup of two teams already on their second coaches of the 2013-14 season.

Though that's notable in itself, there's another reason the meeting of Ted Nolan of the Sabres and Craig Berube of the Flyers stands out. According to the Flyers, this marks the first time two First Nations coaches have run opposing benches.

"It's huge," Nolan said following the Sabres' practice Thursday. "I was pretty happy when I heard Craig Berube was the head coach here. It's really big in First Nation territory back home in Canada. The word spreads quite quick so I'm sure there's a lot of people that are extremely proud and will be watching this game, and think it's really good for the next generation of young kids to see that also. We do have a lot of talented kids out there who just need a little break."

Posted On Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 10:54 AM

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

Weekes: Stadium Series in New York great for fans

Yankee Stadium will be hosting two very special outdoor games as part of the 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series. It starts Jan. 26 when the New York Rangers face the New Jersey Devils and continues Jan. 29 when the Rangers meet the New York Islanders.

As someone who has played for all three teams, I have a unique perspective on these rivalries.

Personally I think the atmosphere at these games is going to be nuts. If you haven't lived or spent time in the New York metropolitan area, you don't really understand how much people love hockey there. You think it's the Giants, the Jets, the Knicks and everybody else.

Unless you spend time there you don't know how much people really love hockey. We're talking millions of people in the area, from Broadway to Long Beach to Morristown, N.J. The fact that they support three teams within that radius is mind-boggling. It's not just because of the population. It's about the passion.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 8:56 PM

NHL.com - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

MIN @ OTT - 7:21 of the Second Period

At 7:21 of the second period in the Wild/Senators game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Mikko Koivu used his right skate to kick the puck into the Ottawa net. According to Rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net." No goal Minnesota.

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