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Posted On Wednesday, 11.13.2013 / 12:54 PM

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

Penguins hope return home is enough to end slide

PITTSBURGH -- Coming off consecutive road losses, the Pittsburgh Penguins will attempt to regain their consistency when they face the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday at Consol Energy Center (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS).

Pittsburgh will play its first home game since its 4-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Nov. 1. The Penguins won in Columbus the following night before losing 5-1 at the New York Rangers and 2-1 at the St. Louis Blues.

After 11 days away from Pittsburgh, the Penguins expect to feed off of their home crowd.

"It's always nice playing in front of our fans," forward Pascal Dupuis said. "It's something we value. We play our best on this ice and we expect the best out of each other, especially playing an opponent like Philly.

"The fans are going to be fired up."


Posted On Wednesday, 11.13.2013 / 11:28 AM

By Matt Sitkoff and Steve Mears -  NHL Network staff /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live has Predators' Nystrom, Hendricks in studio

The Buffalo Sabres have made changes to their organization and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have the latest on Wednesday's moves. NHL Network Insider Darren Dreger will join the show to update what is next for the Sabres with Pat LaFontaine joining the organization as the president of hockey operations and Ted Nolan as interim coach.

It is also Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN as the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins square off and we'll preview this fierce division rivalry. Pierre McGuire, from NBCSN, will join us from Pittsburgh to preview a game that he will call "Between the Glass."

Two special guests will be stopping by the studio: Eric Nystrom and Matt Hendricks, new members of the Nashville Predators who are currently in the New York area during their season-long seven game road trip. After a toss loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday night, the team faces the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday looking to snap a three-game losing streak. Both of these American-born players are involved with Defending the Blue Line, which gives hockey opportunities to the children of our military heroes. Plus, it's a return to the show for Nystrom as a former co-host on NHL Live last season.

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 Wednesday, 11.13.2013 / 3:00 AM

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

Improved Mason has been key for Flyers

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers aren't sharing precious real estate at the top of the division standings right now, but this rivalry still will be on display when they face off Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS).

The Penguins usually are the team with the star players generating compelling storylines, but I think it's the Flyers who actually have one of the great untold stories of the early part of this season.

Things have been tough for Philly, but one thing a lot of people were questioning coming into the season has been answered. And that's the goaltending.

Steve Mason has retooled his game. I have to give Mason credit and I have to give Flyers goaltending coach Jeff Reese credit. I think we all know that Mason is talented and has the gifts to be a top-flight goalie in the League but he hasn't necessarily been the most focused. He hasn't necessarily worked as hard as he can off the ice in years gone by. He hasn't always practiced with the intensity that you need to be an elite goalie in this League. From all that I'm hearing so far this season, he's been doing those things.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 11:46 PM

NHL.com - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

SJS @ CGY - 1:13 of Overtime

At 1:13 of overtime in the Sharks/Flames game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Joe Thornton's shot deflected off Brad Stuart and into the net in a legal fashion. 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 San Jose.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 10:07 PM

NHL.com - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

TBL @ MTL - 15:22 of the Third Period

At 15:22 of the third period in the Lightning/Canadiens game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Daniel Briere and into the net in a legal fashion. 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 Montreal.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 10:01 PM

NHL.com - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

PHI @ OTT - 14:19 of the Third Period

At 14:19 of the third period in the Flyers/Senators game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Chris Neil's stick was above the height of the crossbar when he deflected the puck into the net. According to Rule 60.5 "An apparent goal scored by an attacking player who strikes the puck with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall not be allowed. The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick." No goal Ottawa.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 9:32 PM

NHL.com - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

TBL @ MTL - 17:14 of the Second Period

At 17:14 of the second period in the Lightning/Canadiens game, the Situation Room observed the puck cross the goal line but play continued until 17:50 when a review was initiated. The referee informed the Situation Room that he observed incidental contact in the crease by Lightning forward Tyler Johnson on goaltender Carey Price, if in fact the puck crossed the goal line. Video review confirmed that the puck crossed the goal line. According to Rule 78.5 "Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the Referee when an attacking player has interfered with a goalkeeper in his goal crease." This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's decision on the ice stands, no goal Tampa Bay. The clock was reset to 17:14.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 8:31 PM

NHL.com - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

COL @ CAR - 11:39 of the Second Period

At 11:39 of the second period in the Avalanche/Hurricanes game, video review was initiated by the Situation Room because Gabriel Landeskog's shot appeared to go through the net. Further review determined that his shot went over the net. No goal Colorado.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 8:09 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Coyotes' Vrbata, Hanzal late scratches vs. Blues

ST. LOUIS -- The Phoenix Coyotes will face the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday without veteran forwards Radim Vrbata (lower-body injury) and Martin Hanzal (illness).

Both were late scratches after coach Dave Tippett listed each as a game-time decision at the morning skate Tuesday.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 6:40 PM

NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Tribune's Erlendsson discusses the injury to Stamkos

Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune joins NHL Live from Bell Centre to discuss the injury to Tampa Bay Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos and how the team moves on without his services.

"You're never going to replace what Steven Stamkos brings to the ice, but what Tampa has this year is a little more of a structured defensive system," Erlendsson said. "There's a belief in that room that with that system and the way they play defensive hockey, the can still find a way to score three-four goals a night to give themselves a chance to pick up some wins here."

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