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Posted On Monday, 01.06.2014 / 8:01 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

FLA @ MTL - 7:01 of the First Period

At 7:01 of the first period in the Panthers/Canadiens game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Florida net. The referee informed the Situation Room the he blew his whistle to stop play and assess a penalty to each team before the puck crossed the goal line. This is not a reviewable play therefore the call on the ice stands - no goal Montreal.

Posted On Monday, 01.06.2014 / 6:57 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Monday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Monday January 6th:

Dallas Stars vs New York Islanders - Stars

Columbus Blue Jackets vs New York Rangers - Rangers

Florida Panthers vs Montreal Canadiens - Canadiens

Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

E.J.'s Season Record: 190-107-41

Posted On Monday, 01.06.2014 / 6:46 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

New dad Okposo misses Isles' game vs. Stars

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo is not in the lineup Monday night against the Dallas Stars because his wife, Danielle, gave birth to the couple's first child earlier in the day.

Okposo announced the birth of his baby girl, Elliana Okposo, on his Twitter account while the Islanders were on the ice for warmups.

Posted On Monday, 01.06.2014 / 6:07 PM

By Thatcher Demko -  Special to / - Thatcher Demko blog

Demko: 'Awesome experience' at World Juniors

Thatcher Demko is a goaltender playing his freshman season with Boston College. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder played his minor hockey in southern California before joining the U.S. National Team Development Program last season. Demko has offered to maintain a monthly blog for that will chronicle his season leading up to the 2014 NHL Draft.

Hi guys.

Going to Sweden for the World Junior Championship was an absolutely awesome experience. Obviously finishing fifth wasn't the outcome the team wanted but I'm proud of every guy.

I didn't play any minutes over in Malmo but that's not an excuse to stop getting better as a player. I made sure that I skated every morning with the goalie coach and I got some time in the gym to lift weights when I could.

Posted On Monday, 01.06.2014 / 4:17 PM

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

Avalanche say they still fear goal-starved Flames

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said it would be a mistake for his team to take the struggling Calgary Flames lightly Monday at Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche are in third place in the Central Division with 26 wins and 56 points in 41 games. They've won three games in a row and are 3-0-1 in the first four games of their seven-game homestand.

The Flames are sixth in the Pacific Division with 14 wins and 34 points. They've gone 1-6-2 in their past nine games and have scored one goal during a four-game losing streak.

"If we think we're going to have an easy game, we're wrong," Roy said. "[Calgary] is a team that's going to work hard. This is a team that's almost in every game. I know a lot of times they finish on the wrong side, but at the same time they're going to work hard and they're going to give us a good battle. We're going to have to be ready for these guys because I expect them to play a good game tonight."

Posted On Monday, 01.06.2014 / 3:46 PM

By Staff -  / - Road to Sochi blog

Mikko Koivu surgery sobering news for Finland

While hockey fans in Finland were still celebrating a landmark victory in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships, the country received a bit of sobering news barely more than a month away from the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Mikko Koivu, captain of the Minnesota Wild and possibly captain for Suomi in Russia next month, will miss "approximately" a month of NHL action after surgery to repair a broken ankle, the Wild announced Monday. Koivu sustained a broken ankle during a game Saturday against the Washington Capitals, though he did finish the game.

Koivu leads the Wild with 35 points (eight goals) in 44 games this season. He is projected to be Finland's top center in Sochi, and was likely going to be named captain for his country. Minnesota's final game before the Olympic break is Feb. 6, or exactly one month from this announcement.

Posted On Monday, 01.06.2014 / 3:00 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst / - Melrose Minute

Melrose Minute: Chemistry a question for Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been one of the most amazing stories in the NHL this season and continue to dominate the Metropolitan Division despite being riddled with injuries. On Sunday, two of the biggest missing pieces in Pittsburgh came back when Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang returned to the lineup. The return was a good one as the pair combined for four points in a 6-5 win against the Winnipeg Jets, but where some people see a strong team that only gets stronger, I see the potential for a drop-off.

A lot of times when a star player gets hurt and then returns, all of a sudden the guys that were so important to your success decide they aren't important anymore. Subconsciously they think that when reinforcements arrive they can ease up and take down their intensity. Very often you see a drop-off when key players return from injury and this is a reason why.

On the other side of the coin, how much better can Pittsburgh really play? The Penguins' record without all of those players was unbelievable and players like Brandon Sutter, Jussi Jokinen, Matt Niskanen and Deryk Engelland made a huge impact. What happens when a team playing so well together gets its chemistry disrupted? What happens when a defense that was completely beaten up gets three or four injured top-four defenseman back suddenly, as the Penguins have with Letang, Brooks Orpik and Rob Scuderi? You may have already seen the answer on Sunday. Even though the Penguins won, they gave up five goals.

Posted On Monday, 01.06.2014 / 2:48 PM

By Staff -  / - Road to Sochi blog

Czech Republic's Jagr named to fifth Olympics

New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr earned a fifth trip to the Olympics, named to the official Czech Republic 25-player roster announced Monday in Prague.

Jagr made his debut for the Czech Republic in 1998, helping his country win gold in Nagano, the first tournament in which the NHL stopped play and allowed its players to compete. He also played in the 2002 tournament in Salt Lake, 2006 in Turin, winning a bronze medal, and the 2010 edition in Vancouver. Jagr, who leads the Devils in points (34) and is tied for the team lead in goals (13), will be 42 when the tournament begins in Sochi on Feb. 12.

Seventeen of the 25 players named to the Czech roster play in the NHL. Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec, though, is the only goalie on the roster in the NHL currently.

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