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Posted On Friday, 11.22.2013 / 6:57 PM - NHL Live blog

Jeff O'Neill talks 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic

NHL Network analyst Jeff O'Neill joins NHL Live to discuss the upcoming 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

Posted On Friday, 11.22.2013 / 6:36 PM - NHL Live blog

Duguay talks about upcoming Stadium Series

MSG hockey analyst Ron Duguay talks about the upcoming 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium on NHL Live.

Posted On Friday, 11.22.2013 / 4:42 PM

By Kevin Woodley - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Tortorella juggles Canucks lines looking for spark

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella is changing up his forward lines for the fourth time in as many games. That juggling will include splitting up Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin against the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday night.

With six goals scored during a five-game losing streak (0-3-2), Tortorella admitted he's just trying to find a winning mix.

"We're throwing it up against the wall here a little bit and we'll see what sticks," said Tortorella, who also split up Mike Santorelli and Chris Higgins.

Henrik will center Higgins and Jannik Hansen, who scored on Tuesday in his second game back after missing 10 with a shoulder injury. Daniel, who has 15 shots his past two games, will play on the left side of Santorelli and Ryan Kesler while Alexandre Burrows, who hasn't scored this season, drops from the first line to the third.

Posted On Friday, 11.22.2013 / 3:38 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Jones excited for season debut with Flames

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames are wasting no time seeing what they have in a rejuvenated Blair Jones.

Summoned from the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League after the Flames dealt Tim Jackman to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday, Jones is set to make his season debut for the Flames when they host the Florida Panthers at Scotiabank Saddledome.

"I'm pretty excited," Jones said. "We had a pretty good roll going in the American league and to get back up here and get back in the game, it's fun."

Jones failed to crack the Flames' roster out of training camp this season but recharged his career with the Heat, leading the team with 20 points in 16 games before being called up.

"The message I told myself is don't go and sulk, it's not going to do you any good, so just work hard and play to your capabilities and good things will happen," he said. "I never got down on myself. I always believed in myself. I'm excited to get back here and get in the action and help the team."

Posted On Friday, 11.22.2013 / 3:26 PM

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

Jackman looking to add physicality in Ducks' debut

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks will try to end their five-game winless streak with some added grit in their lineup.

Right wing Tim Jackman is expected to make his Ducks debut Friday against the Tampa Bay Lightning after he was traded to Anaheim from the Calgary Flames. Jackman skated on a line with Matt Beleskey and Daniel Winnik at the morning skate.

Jackman said the writing was on the wall when his playing time was reduced in Calgary. He briefly spoke with coach Bruce Boudreau in the morning about his role.

"He told me he wants me to play hard, play physical," Jackman said. "But be smart. Be a good hockey player. Don't be running around. Because the last time we played here earlier with Calgary I got kicked out of the game [for butt-ending]. My emotions got the best of me."

Posted On Friday, 11.22.2013 / 1:21 PM

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

Vanek to return to Islanders lineup

PITTSBURGH -- Thomas Vanek will return to the New York Islanders lineup Friday after missing five games with an upper-body injury.

The Islanders entered November in third place in the Metropolitan Division with 11 points. But they now sit last in the division as they open their game Friday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. With 19 points following losses in six of their past eight games, Vanek could provide a spark.

"I'm really anxious," Vanek said. "I didn't get to play many games with my new team here so it's tough to watch. But at the same time it's a long season. It's important to be healthy and be 100 percent out there."

Posted On Friday, 11.22.2013 / 1:20 PM

By Adam Vingan - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Volume of shots-allowed becoming issue for Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Upon returning to Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Thursday following their 4-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins the evening before, the Washington Capitals spent the bulk of their time in video sessions analyzing what arguably was their worst overall performance of the season.

What went wrong Wednesday reads like a laundry list of recurring issues: Sloppy passing and poor decision-making that prevented the Capitals from cleanly breaking out of the defensive zone and generating any sort of offensive rhythm, missed assignments, uninspiring responses to goals-against.

Another problem area exposed Wednesday was the sheer number of shots Washington is allowing.

The Penguins outshot the Capitals 40-18, with a 34-10 edge in even-strength shots. Including the Capitals' 4-1 victory against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday in which they were outshot 47-20, the 49-shot two-game discrepancy in shot differential was their largest in almost 10 years, according to

Posted On Friday, 11.22.2013 / 12:15 PM

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

Weekes: Some great efforts being ignored

At the quarter-point of the 2013-14 season we've been focusing on all of the big, prevailing stories and trends in what has been a great season so far. But I wanted to bring attention to some of the more unheralded, under-the-radar players who have been excellent this season but haven't really earned enough attention.

It starts with two veterans defying expectations with the Calgary Flames and ends with two youngsters turning heads with the Boston Bruins.

The Flames have faded since their excellent 3-0-2 start. But one thing a lot of people aren't talking about is the play of the veterans in Calgary. I love Sean Monahan and we can talk about how he has been amazing. But I also love the way Mike Cammalleri and Jiri Hudler are playing.

Posted On Friday, 11.22.2013 / 10:07 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: A busy Friday and a special anniversary

Five games on the Friday schedule prepare us for a busy weekend of NHL action, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you set.

We'll check in on our arena cams from Consol Energy Center, where Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports on the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the New York Islanders, and Verizon Center for the game between the Washington Capitals and Montreal Canadiens. writer Corey Masisak joins us to discuss this week's Super 16 power rankings, and NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will call in as well to discuss the current plight of Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella and hand out his Mullet of the Week.

North Dakota captain Dillon Simpson also checks in as part of this week's College Hockey Report. Simpson and his teammates take on Boston University on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. on NBCSN.

Our Flashback Friday feature will go back 10 years to celebrate the inaugural Heritage Classic, when the Edmonton Oilers hosted the Montreal Canadiens.

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 Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 11:09 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

COL @ PHX - 2:28 of the Third Period

At 2:28 of the third period in the Avalanche/Coyotes game, the Situation Room initiated a review because the puck went into the Colorado net. The referee informed the Situation Room that he had blown his whistle prior to the puck crossing the goal line therefore this is not a reviewable play. No Goal Phoenix.

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