Stanley Cup Final
Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 6:03 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Gill to make Flyers debut against Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Hal Gill will make his season debut Saturday against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center (7 p.m. ET).

Gill, who signed a free-agent contract with the Flyers on Oct. 1, has two goals and 13 points in 52 games against the Devils.

Flyers coach Craig Berube said Gill would be paired with Andre Meszaros, who is making his second appearance in the past eight games. Scratched from the lineup are defensemen Luke Schenn and Erik Gustafsson.

"I just want to shake things up," Berube said.

With Vincent Lecavalier (facial contusion) and Steve Downie (concussion) out, Berube will have Claude Giroux centering Scott Hartnell and Jakub Voracek on the top line.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 4:43 PM

By Eric Gilmore - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Defenseman Boyle back in Sharks lineup

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle will return to the lineup Saturday against the Phoenix Coyotes after missing seven games with a concussion.

Boyle hasn't played since being knocked out Oct. 15 during a game against the St. Louis Blues. Maxim Lapierre hit Boyle from behind and sent him face-first into the boards.

Boyle has been skating for 10 days and took part in two regular practices during that span. He said he feels 100 percent healthy, but he hasn't taken a real hit since being injured.

"I was pretty lucky," Boyle said after the Sharks' morning skate. "It was a pretty scary incident, but the symptoms were pretty mild. I think it's important for me to get out there and get involved physically early, hopefully, and try and put that image that I have behind me."

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Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 4:33 PM

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

Hagelin, Kreider spark Rangers resurgence

The New York Rangers showed no mercy against a Buffalo Sabres team that came into Madison Square Garden on Thursday having lost five of its previous six games. The Rangers pounced, firing 38 shots at Ryan Miller through the first two periods on their way to a 2-0 win.

The Rangers are hoping to have the same jump Saturday night against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes, who have lost four straight games after dropping a 3-1 decision against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night.

The Rangers did not play Friday and held an optional skate Saturday.

"That is one of our keys for tonight. Carolina played last night and they travelled," Rangers assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson told the Rangers website. "So we want to come out in full speed and come out as fast as possible."

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Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 4:08 PM

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

Roy facing Canadiens as Avalanche coach

DENVER -- A two-time Stanley Cup champion goalie with the Montreal Canadiens, Patrick Roy will face his former team for the first time as Colorado Avalanche coach Saturday at Pepsi Center.

"I've been saying to everybody, it's just another game, but deep inside I guess it's not," Roy said Saturday morning. "It's always special playing against a former team. But I have so much respect for them. Things are so much different than when I was traded."

Roy left Montreal on bad terms when he was traded to the Avalanche on Dec. 6, 1995. He helped the Avalanche to two Stanley Cup championships before retiring after the 2002-03 season. The Avalanche retired his No. 33 jersey in October 2003 and the Canadiens did the same five years later.

"I'm so happy to have a good relationship with the Montreal Canadiens," Roy said. "When they retired my jersey, I appreciated that. It was great for me to see my jersey there. I was happy that (Canadiens general manager) Marc Bergevin gave me a call. I respect him a lot the way he handled the situation. Even now I speak to him on the phone here and there but always with a lot of respect."

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Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 3:46 PM

By Derek Van Diest - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Helm returns for Red Wings; Mrazek in goal

EDMONTON -- Darren Helm will return to the Detroit Red Wings lineup, and goaltender Petr Mrazek will make his first NHL start of the season Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers.

Helm has played one game in 18 months due to injuries dating to March 2012. The center has battled a knee injury, lacerated forearm, back problems, and most recently groin issues.

"There were days where I was really uncertain this day would ever come and whether or not I would be playing again," Helm said. "There were some days of doubt, and I'm really happy to be back."

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Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 3:33 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Kings insert Toffoli for Carter; Vey could debut

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Tyler Toffoli was deep asleep when Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi tried his cell phone Thursday night several times to give him and teammate Linden Vey the big news: They were being recalled from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League because of an injury to Jeff Carter.

"I was taking a nap and I turned over and I had like six missed calls," Toffoli said.

"I was confused. I had a 310 [area code] number [on my phone]. I didn't have his number on my phone. I didn't really know what to expect, and then once he picked us up [in the car], we were just trying to go through our heads and see what we did wrong for Dean have this meeting with us. Fortunately, it was a good meeting."

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Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 3:18 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flyers' Downie out indefinitely, Lecavalier day-to-day

NEWARK, N.J. -- Philadelphia Flyers forward Steve Downie is out indefinitely with a concussion, and forward Vincent Lecavalier is day-to-day with facial injuries sustained during a 7-0 loss to the Washington Capitals on Friday.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren provided the updates prior to the game against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday (7 p.m. ET) at Prudential Center.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 2:12 PM

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

Blackhawks captain Toews back home in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG -- Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews makes his hometown return when his team plays the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on Saturday.

Toews met with the Winnipeg media Saturday morning before the Blackhawks-Jets matinee that will be his first NHL regular-season game in his hometown since the NHL returned to Winnipeg in 2011.

Toews played college hockey at the University of North Dakota, a short drive from Winnipeg, and played a 2010 preseason game here with the Blackhawks, but opportunities for him to play close to home have been limited.

"It will be an emotional game," Toews said. "It's kind of weird being back here during the season."

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Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 1:45 PM

By Craig Merz - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Blue Jackets not concerned by Bobrovsky's play

COLUMBUS -- Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards isn't sure why Sergei Bobrovsky isn't at the level he displayed in winning the Vezina Trophy last season. But he is convinced a turnaround will come.

It just won't start Saturday in Nationwide Arena. Columbus completes a home-and-home on consecutive nights against the Pittsburgh Penguins with Curtis McElhinney making his second start of the season.

Bobrovsky was pulled at 3:01 of the second period Friday after the Penguins (10-4-0) jumped to a 3-0 lead on 13 shots. McElhinney stopped 13 of 14 shots in the 4-2 defeat, the second straight for the Blue Jackets (5-7-0) after a three-game winning streak which began when McElhinney defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Oct. 20.

"We have full confidence in both goalies," Columbus defenseman James Wisniewski said. "We have to make sure we play the game well and play our style."

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Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 1:33 PM

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

Tropp returns as Sabres host Ducks

BUFFALO -- Two days after dropping a 2-0 game to the New York Rangers, the Buffalo Sabres are shaking up their lineup for their game Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Sabres placed forward Patrick Kaleta on waivers in an effort to make room for the return of forward Corey Tropp and to try to help Kaleta save his future.

"This was a move we thought was necessary to help Pat change his game and preserve his career in this League," Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said in a statement to the media. "We believe in Pat as a person and we hope he will continue his career in our organization and, if the circumstances are right, with the Buffalo Sabres."

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Quote of the Day

You know what? We've played in some pretty special buildings along this playoff run so far. You start in Detroit, you go to Montreal, you come here … I think it's the first team to beat three Original Six teams to get to the Final if I'm not mistaken. That says how tough the road has been. Those are tough places to win.

— Lightning forward Steven Stamkos after Game 7 win vs. Rangers on Friday in New York