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Posted On Monday, 10.14.2013 / 1:02 PM

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

Oilers will sit Yakupov again against Capitals

Nail Yakupov, the first pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, will be a healthy scratch for the second straight game, Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said Monday, ahead of his team's game against the Washington Capitals.

"I really liked our group of forwards last game," Eakins told reporters in Washington. "There was absolutely nobody there that deserves to come out. So we'll stick with the same group and that's the challenge of the player. Not just for [Yakupov], for all of our guys. It's such a privilege to play in this League and you want to give everything you have every night so you never end up like Wally Pipp."

Pipp was a first baseman for the New York Yankees who famously missed a game and was replaced by Lou Gehrig in the starting lineup. Gehrig went on to set a record for consecutive games played.

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Posted On Monday, 10.14.2013 / 12:55 PM

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

Wild recall Kuemper from AHL Iowa

The Minnesota Wild on Monday recalled goaltender Darcy Kuemper from Iowa of the American Hockey League for the second time in the past four days.

With No. 1 goalie Niklas Backstrom ailing due to a knee strain, Kuemper was recalled Oct. 10 and served as Josh Harding's backup in a 5-1 defeat of the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

Kuemper was then returned to Iowa, but with Backstrom apparently still not ready to dress for the Wild's game Monday against the Buffalo Sabres, the 23-year-old is back again. He was 1-2-0 with a 2.08 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in six games last season.

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Posted On Monday, 10.14.2013 / 12:35 PM

By Adam Vingan -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Capitals focusing on better start against Oilers

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Washington Capitals are not off to the start they expected or would have liked as they enter their game Monday against the Edmonton Oilers with a 1-4-0 record.

There are several reasons for the Capitals' struggles, a lack of even-strength offensive production from the top six and unsteady goaltending chief among them, but another area where they are in dire need of improvement is their starts.

Washington has allowed eight first-period goals through five games, second only to Edmonton's nine. In fact, the Capitals have allowed their opponents to score within their first four shots in all but one game this season, a 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 10.

Juxtapose that with just three first-period goals all season, third-fewest in the NHL, and the Capitals' woes from the opening faceoff are magnified.

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Posted On Monday, 10.14.2013 / 11:02 AM

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

Enroth likely in goal for Sabres

Jhonas Enroth was the first Buffalo Sabres goaltender off the ice during the team's morning skate, making it likely he will start for the team Monday against the Minnesota Wild (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

In two games this season Enroth is 0-1-1 with a 2.95 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.

The decision to play Enroth Monday likely means Ryan Miller will start Tuesday at the New York Islanders.

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Posted On Sunday, 10.13.2013 / 4:04 PM

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

Maintenance day for Sharks' Hertl, Burns

San Jose Sharks forwards Tomas Hertl and Brent Burns sat out practice on Sunday, but what's good news for the Sharks is that both players were walking around the dressing room and coach Todd McLellan told reporters it was a maintenance day for both.

Hertl suffered an apparent shoulder injury Saturday with just over two minutes left in the second period following a collision with Ottawa Senators forward Clarke MacArthur, two days after he was hit in the head by Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler. He was helped to the dressing room and did not return.

Playing in his first NHL season, Hertl has become an instant sensation with a League-leading seven goals, four of which came last Tuesday against the New York Rangers that included a highlight-reel, between-the-legs-goal.

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Posted On Sunday, 10.13.2013 / 1:55 PM

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

Jets, Devils shuffle lines in advance of meeting

WINNIPEG – Three consecutive losses for the Winnipeg Jets mean that their forward lines will have a new look when they meet the winless New Jersey Devils at MTS Centre on Sunday evening.

At the Jets’ (2-3-0) morning skate Sunday, coach Claude Noel broke up the trio of captain Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler, his top line that had carried the Jets for much of last season. Evander Kane will replace Ladd on the Jets’ top line, while Ladd will skate alongside rookie Mark Scheifele and Michael Frolik.

“I think we have to play better in a general sense,” Noel said of the line changes. “Will the lines do that because of the changes? We’ll see.”

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Posted On Sunday, 10.13.2013 / 11:14 AM

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

Hurricanes activate Ruutu from injured reserve

The Carolina Hurricanes activated forward Tuomo Ruutu from injured reserve, president and general manager Jim Rutherford announced Sunday.

Ruutu was placed on IR on Sept. 29, retroactive to Sept. 21, with a lower-body injury and has missed the Hurricanes' first five games of the regular season. He will play Sunday at PNC Arena against the Phoenix Coyotes on the fourth line in place of Kevin Westgarth.

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Posted On Sunday, 10.13.2013 / 8:22 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

USHL defenseman released from hospital

Dubuque Fighting Saints defenseman Dylan Chanter was released from an area hospital early Sunday morning after sustaining a head and shoulder injury in the second period of his team’s game against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in a United States Hockey League matchup on Saturday at Cedar Rapids Arena in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The injury was severe enough at the time that the Office of the USHL Commissioner and management of both teams agreed to suspend the contest after the incident at the 11:58 mark of the second. Details for a rescheduled date of the game will be announced at a later time.

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Posted On Sunday, 10.13.2013 / 12:20 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

USHL game suspended following injury

The United States Hockey League on Saturday suspended play in the second period of a game involving the Dubuque Fighting Saints and Cedar Rapids RoughRiders following an injury to Dubuque defenseman Dylan Chanter at Cedar Rapids Arena in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Chanter (6-foot-3.25, 213 pounds) was injured 11:58 into the second when he fell to the ice following a fight. The 2014 draft-eligible native of Armstrong, B.C., who is committed to the University of New Hampshire in the fall of 2014, was conscious while being attended to by trainers and medical staff at the arena. He was transported to a local hospital for additional evaluation and testing.


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Posted On Saturday, 10.12.2013 / 6:30 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Blackhawks set to give Pirri another look

CHICAGO – Brandon Pirri will get a look for the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night against the winless Buffalo Sabres at United Center, but it might be another brief stay in the League for the 22-year old playmaking center.

Pirri will replace veteran Michal Handzus and likely center the fourth line against the Sabres, giving Handzus a night off on the last half of a back-to-back set this weekend. Pirri was recalled from Rockford of the American Hockey League following Chicago’s 3-2 win at home against the New York Islanders. Jimmy Hayes was sent down to clear a spot.

“We felt Jimmy would play more down there and at the same time Brandon is a fit at center ice for us with Handzus not playing tonight,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “We’ll give him a rest in back-to-back games. That was some of the thought process. We’ll see, he’s here now and hopefully he takes advantage of it.”


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I think everyone left it out there. Every game this season, regular season and playoffs, we played as hard as we could. We're not out of the playoffs right now because of lack of effort, and that's all that we can ask of each other.

— Predators defenseman Seth Jones after Nashville was eliminated by Chicago in Game 6 on Saturday