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Posted On Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 1:48 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Nyquist up for Red Wings; Skinner back for Canes?

Gustav Nyquist, recalled Thursday by the Detroit Red Wings from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, will skate on the second line Thursday night against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes.

Nyquist is tied for fourth in the American Hockey League with 21 points in 15 games.

"It feels great, obviously, very excited to get in again [Thursday] and it's going to be a fun game to be a part of," Nyquist said. "I'm just going to try to play my game. We all know that we're in need of a win here as a team and obviously we've lost a few in a row up here and at home as well. So that's something we want to change."

Nyquist had three goals and three assists in 22 regular-season games in 2012-13, and two goals and three assists in 14 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Posted On Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 1:07 PM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Banged-up Bruins ready to debut Miller on defense

BOSTON -- Much like in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Boston Bruins' depth on defense is about to be tested.

Already Adam McQuaid has missed five games with a lower-body injury and he's expected to miss a sixth against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday at TD Garden (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

Now Dennis Seidenberg has joined McQuaid among the injured. Seidenberg skated one shift against the New York Rangers on Tuesday and did not return because of a lower-body injury.

Matt Bartkowski had been filling in for McQuaid. Now 26-year-old Kevan Miller is scheduled to make his NHL debut against the Blues. Miller made a strong push for an NHL job during training camp, and since then the Bruins have been grooming him for this type of opportunity with Providence of the American Hockey League.

"It's my third year [of pro hockey] and you've just got to believe in the process," Miller said after the morning skate. "A lot of guys have been in the same situation. So it's a good feeling."

Posted On Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 1:01 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Special significance to Berube-Nolan matchup

When the Buffalo Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers meet Thursday at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia it will be matchup of two teams already on their second coaches of the 2013-14 season.

Though that's notable in itself, there's another reason the meeting of Ted Nolan of the Sabres and Craig Berube of the Flyers stands out. According to the Flyers, this marks the first time two First Nations coaches have run opposing benches.

"It's huge," Nolan said following the Sabres' practice Thursday. "I was pretty happy when I heard Craig Berube was the head coach here. It's really big in First Nation territory back home in Canada. The word spreads quite quick so I'm sure there's a lot of people that are extremely proud and will be watching this game, and think it's really good for the next generation of young kids to see that also. We do have a lot of talented kids out there who just need a little break."

Posted On Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 10:54 AM

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

Weekes: Stadium Series in New York great for fans

Yankee Stadium will be hosting two very special outdoor games as part of the 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series. It starts Jan. 26 when the New York Rangers face the New Jersey Devils and continues Jan. 29 when the Rangers meet the New York Islanders.

As someone who has played for all three teams, I have a unique perspective on these rivalries.

Personally I think the atmosphere at these games is going to be nuts. If you haven't lived or spent time in the New York metropolitan area, you don't really understand how much people love hockey there. You think it's the Giants, the Jets, the Knicks and everybody else.

Unless you spend time there you don't know how much people really love hockey. We're talking millions of people in the area, from Broadway to Long Beach to Morristown, N.J. The fact that they support three teams within that radius is mind-boggling. It's not just because of the population. It's about the passion.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 8:56 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

MIN @ OTT - 7:21 of the Second Period

At 7:21 of the second period in the Wild/Senators game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Mikko Koivu used his right skate to kick the puck into the Ottawa 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 Minnesota.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 7:11 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Wednesday November 20th:

Minnesota Wild vs Ottawa Senators - Senators

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals - Capitals

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Calgary Flames - Flames

New Jersey Devils vs Anaheim Ducks - Ducks

E.J.'s Season Record: 109-62-21

Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 7:04 PM - NHL Live blog

Devils' Zubrus pumped to play at Yankee Stadium

New Jersey Devils forward Dainius Zubrus will participate in the Coors Light Stadium Series when the Devils play the New York Rangers on Jan. 26 at Yankee Stadium.

Zubrus is excited at the thought of playing his first outdoor game.

"I know the fans, they really like the Rangers-Devils buildup and the fans that get into it at all of our games," Zubrus said. "I'm sure it's going to be a great atmosphere. I'm sure it will be an event I'll remember for the rest of my life."

Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 7:02 PM - NHL Live blog

Weekes excited for Coors Light Stadium Series

NHL on the Fly analyst Kevin Weekes was a guest on NHL Live to discuss the upcoming Coors Light Stadium Series in at Yankee Stadium.

Weekes, who played for the New York Islanders, New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils, says that whenever the three New York-metro area teams get together it's always entertaining. And combined with the unique history of each franchise, the Stadium Series games at Yankee Stadium will be special.

"If you're a fan of any one of these teams, or just a hockey fan in general, you gotta be there," Weekes said. "Come on, you're playing at Yankee Stadium. We know how much people love the Yankees and we know how much people love going to Yankee Stadium. You combine that with hockey from the three metro New York area teams, you can't get a better match than that."

Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 7:00 PM - NHL Live blog

Joba Chamberlain talks Coors Light Stadium Series

Joba Chamberlain, a big hockey fan who spent the past seven years pitching for the New York Yankees, joined NHL Live to discuss the upcoming Coors Light Stadium Series in at Yankee Stadium.

"It's going to be crazy," Chamberlain said. "It adds to the tradition of what the old stadium was and trying to create a new tradition at the new stadium. It's going to be incredible. It might be cold, but it's going to be good."

Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 3:44 PM

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

Devils' Jagr faces Ducks' Selanne in battle of legends

ANAHEIM -- Teemu Selanne usually downplays the numbers that are next to his name, including the 43 next to his age. But he'll play along for special occasions such as Wednesday, when the Anaheim Ducks will have a rare matchup with 41-year-old Jaromir Jagr of the New Jersey Devils.

The two are the oldest active players in the NHL.

"It's awesome," Selanne said. "It's great to see, especially when the old guys doing well. I've played against Jagr since I was 17, so [we've had] lot of good years together. It's always been nice competing against him. It's very special."

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