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Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 1:20 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - Correspondent / - 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.

Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 12:51 PM

By Wes Crosby - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Penguins juggle lines looking for some extra punch

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins will rearrange their top three lines when they face the Anaheim Ducks on Monday at Consol Energy Center in an attempt to spark their struggling offense.

After losing four of their past five games, and scoring one goal in each of those losses, Pittsburgh replaced Pascal Dupuis with Beau Bennett on its top line alongside Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz. Dupuis will move to the second line with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal, while Jussi Jokinen will play on the third line.

"There will be a little mix and matching. Try to get a little spark somewhere," said Dupuis, who has scored three points in his past 12 games. "They [Crosby and Malkin] are both so talented and you have to read off them a little bit. At the same time, I've been playing with Sid for a little while, so I need to make a little bit of an adjustment with Geno [Malkin]."

Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 12:24 PM

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

Milano switches commitment to Boston College

Forward Sonny Milano, who stars for the United States National Team Development Program Under-18 team, has withdrawn his commitment to the University of Notre Dame and instead has committed to Boston College starting next season.

Milano has 10 goals and 21 assists in 19 games this season, and is one of three players from the United States Hockey League to earn an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's November players to watch list.

"He probably has as much skill and puck skills as anyone I've coached in 15 years," USNTDP U-18 coach Danton Cole said of Milano. "He does some amazing things with the puck."

Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 12:14 PM - NHL Live blog

Daneyko's Hart Trophy candidates on NHL Live

It's Monday and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network will fill you in on what to watch for "This Week in the NHL," including the Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup between Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. Three-time Stanley Cup Champion Ken Daneyko is filling in for EJ Hradek for the next two days and will give us his Hart Trophy candidates as we've already reached the quarter mark of the NHL season. We'll also get you ready for the three games on Monday's schedule, along with a live report from our PIttsburgh arena cam.

We've got three games on the schedule, and Monday marks the return of Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward as they host the Boston Bruins in Raleigh. Ward has missed the past 10 games with a lower-body injury, but his team looks to build on its 4-1-1 run in the last six. They've also won five or their last seven matchups against the Bruins. Plus, Hurricanes center Jordan Staal will play in his 500th NHL game. We'll fire up the NHL Arena Cam with a look at warmups and a preview of the game at PNC Arena, where Carolina is 4-0-1 in its past five.

The NHL announced Monday a seven-part series, "NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other" that will begin in mid-January on NBCSN and CBC. We'll be joined in studio by executive producer Ross Greenburg (former HBO Sports president) to learn more about the all-access series.

Remember to submit your #AskDano questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

Posted On Sunday, 11.17.2013 / 9:37 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

LAK @ NYR - 2:41 of the Third Period

At 2:41 of the third period in the Kings/Rangers game, video review confirmed the referee's call on the ice that Dominic Moore used a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the 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 New York.

Posted On Sunday, 11.17.2013 / 5:46 PM

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

Rangers look to ride momentum off win in Montreal

NEW YORK -- To say the New York Rangers were long overdue for a win in Montreal would be a major understatement.

After losing eight straight games against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre, New York finally got that elusive win in Quebec Saturday night. They only scored one goal, their first in four contests in Montreal, but it was enough with Cam Talbot making 22 saves to secure the 1-0 win.

With their first win in Montreal since March 17, 2009, the Rangers are looking to ride that momentum into their next game Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings.

"I think it's good for the team. Anytime we can get a road win, especially when you go into that building, where there hasn't been a lot of success," Rangers associate coach Scott Arniel said, "we want to use it as momentum."

Posted On Sunday, 11.17.2013 / 5:35 PM

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

Blackhawks looking to rebound against Sharks

CHICAGO -- The way their weekend started Saturday night in the "Music City," the Chicago Blackhawks hope to sing a different tune after playing the San Jose Sharks on Sunday at United Center.

Not only did the Nashville Predators defeat them 7-2 at Bridgestone Arena, the Blackhawks also played without Marian Hossa, a late scratch because of a lower-body injury, and lost goalie Nikolai Khabibulin to an undisclosed injury in the first period.

Corey Crawford, who was supposed to get a day off, finished the game and allowed five of the seven goals. He'll go again Sunday against the Sharks, who have one of the most potent offenses in the League.

Posted On Sunday, 11.17.2013 / 3:21 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

CBJ @ OTT - 5:27 of the Third Period

At 5:27 of the third period in the Blue Jackets/Senators game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Derek MacKenzie deflected the puck into the net in a legal fashion prior to the net becoming displaced. According to Rule 78.4 "if an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed." Good Goal Columbus.

Posted On Sunday, 11.17.2013 / 1:57 PM

By Dan Myers - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Dumba in for Wild against Jets

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba is back in the lineup Sunday when the Wild face the Winnipeg Jets at Xcel Energy Center.

Dumba hasn’t played since Nov. 9 against the Carolina Hurricanes — the only game this month in which he's played — but the Wild were impressed with the Dumba-Clayton Stoner pairing in preseason matchups against the Jets.

“He’s played well against these guys,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said. “I just want to see him continue to evolve, continue to grow. He’s in here for a reason and I want to see his strengths come out in the game."

Posted On Sunday, 11.17.2013 / 1:24 PM

By Kevin Woodley - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Canucks shake up lines in search of offense

VANCOUVER – Struggling to score, the Vancouver Canucks appear ready to shake up their forwards against the Dallas Stars on Sunday, breaking up their loaded top line in favor of more balance.

Ryan Kesler was moved off the wing of the No.1 line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin in practice Saturday and replaced by Alexandre Burrows, who returns to his old spot without a goal in nine games this season.

"I know how to play with them,” Burrows said of the Sedin twins. “It should be fun, just give them the puck and go to the net.”

Vancouver has scored three goals during its first three-game losing streak of the season, including a 2-1 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night in which they blew a late 1-0 lead.

The chances have been there. The goals have not.

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