Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
 
SHARE
Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 4:03 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Johnson happy to return to Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Jack Johnson has played his former team twice in Ohio, but Friday marks his first game at Staples Center since he was traded from the Los Angeles Kings to the Columbus Blue Jackets -- close to one year ago, on Feb. 23, 2012.

"It's easy, I know where I'm going," Johnson said.

Johnson wasn't drafted by the Kings but he came up through their organization and was seen, along with Drew Doughty, as a mainstay on the franchise's blue line. He was a fan favorite because of his hard-hitting play and booming shot. Kings fans used to shout an R-rated cheer in his honor.

But Johnson was traded, along with a 2013 first-round draft pick, to the Blue Jackets for Jeff Carter, a move that helped the Kings win the first Stanley Cup in their 45-year history.

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 3:40 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Aucoin returning, will play on Jackets' first D pair

LOS ANGELES -- The Columbus Blue Jackets are without defenseman James Wisniewski, but they will gain another big part of their defense Friday.

Adrian Aucoin will return from a lower-body injury that has kept him out since Jan. 29. Coach Todd Richards confirmed that Aucoin will be paired with Jack Johnson when the team hits the ice against the Los Angeles Kings.

Aucoin, 39, typically doesn't log huge minutes, but Richards likes the intangibles and the stability Aucoin supplies.

"It's Adrian's presence -- his presence out on the ice and his presence in the locker room," Richards said. "I think that really helps our group out."

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 3:10 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL 13 Prediction: LA Kings vs. Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks spoiled the LA Kings' banner raising ceremony on the first night of the season, silencing the home crowd with a 5-2 victory. Since then, they have showed no signs of slowing down and have yet to lose in regulation this season. The Kings boast a deep roster of talented players, and an elite goaltender, but are off to a slow start this season.

Find the Official NHL® 13 Game Prediction below. Watch the LA Kings take on the Chicago Blackhawks February 17th at 3:30 ET.
Sharks' Keys to the Game

• Help Quick – Jonathan Quick is an elite goaltender, but has had a slow start to the season. Quick needs to get back to form, but will need a reliable defense in front of him to do their part.

• Contain Kane – The talented winger sits 2nd in the NHL in scoring and has been dominant recently with 9 points in his last 5 games. The Kings must do a good job of containing the Hawks' stars to stay in this one.

Blackhawks' Keys to the Game

• Stay Hot – Start strong and keep the pace for a 60 minute game. The Blackhawks are on a roll in nearly every category. They need their stars to remain hot, and keep the pressure on throughout the game.

Three Stars
















Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 3:05 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Horak back, likely to skate with Glencross, Iginla

CALGARY, Alberta -- Summoned yesterday from the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League, Roman Horak is ready to slide back into the Calgary Flames lineup when they host the St. Louis Blues at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday night.

Horak, who played two games with the Flames to start the season, was recalled in place of Paul Byron, who suffered a fractured left hand just 2:51 into his first NHL game of the season.

"Obviously I was happy," Horak said. "On the other side, it's too bad for the club when guys get injured, but that's part of the game. Like I said, I was happy to be here and I appreciate the call."

The 21-year-old is expected to take Byron's spot between Curtis Glencross and captain Jarome Iginla.

"If I actually get the chance to play with those guys, it will be a big honor for me and hopefully we can click right off the start," Horak said.

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 2:48 PM

By Kevin Woodley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Coin flip puts Kesler in Canucks' lineup

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- This time Ryan Kesler left no doubt he was back.

After being evasive and playing coy following his first full practice the day before, the Vancouver Canucks' Selke Trophy-winning center declared himself ready to return Friday night against the visiting Dallas Stars. Kesler hasn't played in almost 10 months after undergoing shoulder surgery in May then needing a wrist operation in June.

"I flipped AV's coin out there on the ice and it said I was, so I think I'll be playing," Kelser said, joking in reference to coach Alain Vigneault's ongoing gag about using a coin to choose his starting goalie. "It's been a long road, so for it to finally be here is pretty exciting."

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 2:40 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Allen earns second consecutive start for Blues

CALGARY, Alberta -- Jake Allen will make his second consecutive start when the St. Louis Blues visit Scotiabank Saddledome to take on the Calgary Flames on Friday night.

Allen won his first career NHL start Wednesday in the Blues' 4-3 overtime victory over the Detroit Red Wings, snapping a five-game losing streak.

"It was a good feeling, especially getting off that slump we were on," Allen said. "Hopefully we can turn things around after the game. It was a big win. It was big for me. It was a good confidence boost."

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 2:37 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live previews weekend action

Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will get you ready for your hockey weekend. NBC Sports' Eddie Olczyk, who will be a part of Hockey Day in America on Sunday, and NHL Network Insider Barry Melrose will join us with expert analysis on all the matchups.

Plus, Ryan Kesler is expected to be back on the ice for the Canucks tonight. We'll have all the latest updates from Vancouver on what that would mean for the team. And the Chicago Blackhawks have still not lost in regulation, while the San Jose Sharks have not won a game in February. Those teams face off on the NHL Network tonight at 8:30 ET, and we're going one-on-one with a Chicago player before the game.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, keep an eye on this Senior Reporter's dance moves in his EJ5: Hradek's Top 5 American-born players, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks a winner for Friday's game.

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 2:32 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Cooke dealing with Karlsson injury criticism

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Matt Cooke has taken a heavy barrage of criticism for his involvement in the injury sustained by Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson on Wednesday.

Cooke's left skate sliced Karlsson's left Achilles tendon during a puck battle along the boards, ending the reigning Norris Trophy winner's season. Karlsson underwent surgery Thursday and faces a lengthy rehabilitation period. Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and general manager Bryan Murray have expressed their displeasure with Cooke, whose disciplinary history makes leaves him vulnerable to such rebukes.

No penalty was called on the play, and the NHL Department of Player Safety saw no need to assess supplemental discipline.

Cooke expressed his regret about the incident Friday after the Penguins conducted their morning skate at MTS Centre. Cooke said he had reached out to Karlsson via a text message.

"Whether or not he responds to me, I understand," Cooke said. "At the end of the day, it was a freak, unfortunate accident and I can't control anything else but that. I obviously felt bad about the cut and just hope that he has a fast recovery. I know it's not fast, but as fast as possible."

Cooke also adopted a non-confrontational tone in regard to Melnyk's criticism and chose not to offer his feelings on the comments that have been directed toward him since the game Wednesday.

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 2:22 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Giguere to miss Saturday's game for personal reasons

The Colorado Avalanche announced Friday that goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere will leave the team for a couple of days due to personal reasons.

Giguere is scheduled to rejoin the team Sunday. In the meantime, goalie Calvin Pickard has been recalled from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis.

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 2:05 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Rangers return Kreider to AHL Connecticut

The New York Rangers announced Friday that the team has returned forward Chris Kreider to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League.

Kreider, who wasn't in the lineup Thursday for the Rangers' 4-3 shootout loss to the Islanders, has one goal and two points in seven games this season.

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
First | Prev | 622 | 623 | 624 | 625 | 626 | 627 | 628-633 | Next | Last
Quote of the Day

My focus is always just to play as well as I can and do my job, no matter where the faceoff is.

— New York Rangers forward Carl Hagelin on using his speed to his advantage
Winter Classic sweepstakes