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Posted On Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 5:33 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Blackhawks look to continue fast start against Oilers

CHICAGO -- Joel Quenneville isn't letting a storyline get in the way of putting his best lineup on the ice.

The Chicago Blackhawks' coach will start his top goalie, Corey Crawford, against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday at United Center (7:30 p.m., WGN, SNET-W, SNET-EDM), less than 24 hours after earning the win in a 5-2 road victory against the Dallas Stars.

The decision means that struggling 40-year old veteran Nikolai Khabibulin will have to keep waiting for a chance to turn his season around.

"[Khabibulin] definitely got some consideration," Quenneville said during a press conference two hours before puck drop. "I know the last couple of weeks it's been a light schedule, only going like four games a week, so we expect to get him in here real soon."

Posted On Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 3:12 PM

By Patrick Williams - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Sharks look to get untracked against Jets

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets have had their share of challenges this season, and the San Jose Sharks will present another test when the teams meet Sunday.

The Sharks (10-2-4) arrived in Winnipeg on Saturday to begin preparing for a five game-road trip. San Jose is winless in its past four games and lost a 4-2 home decision to the Vancouver Canucks this past Thursday. Coach Todd McLellan was not happy with his team’s work ethic against the Canucks, and he has made bringing that work ethic back to its previous standard a point of emphasis leading into the game against Winnipeg.

Sharks center Joe Thornton pointed to a need to put together a better start against the Jets, something that the Sharks have struggled to do recently, but said San Jose’s problems are not alarming to the Sharks’ dressing room.

Posted On Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 2:10 PM

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

Avalanche to start Varlamov against Capitals

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov will start against his former Washington Capitals teammates for the second time in four weeks Sunday at Pepsi Center.

Varlamov stopped 40 shots Oct. 12 in the Avalanche's 5-1 win at Verizon Center. It was his first game against the Capitals since his trade to the Avalanche on July 1, 2011.

Varlamov said after that game he was so nervous his legs were shaking in the first period.

"I think it's always a nice challenge to play against your ex-team," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. "It was the same case for me every time we played Montreal. You always want to do well in those games. It's nothing against your ex-team, it's just the pride that comes into play. You want to perform well and you want to have a strong night. I'm sure he is going to be very focused."

Posted On Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 1:48 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Predators continue road trip against Devils

The Nashville Predators will make their fifth stop of a seven-game road trip against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday at Prudential Center (7 p.m. ET).

Coach Barry Trotz will be without starting goaltender Pekka Rinne, who remains out at least one more month with a spontaneous bacterial infection in his left hip. The two-time Vezina Trophy finalist had undergone arthroscopic surgery on that hip on May 9, which required approximately four months of recovery before the season. He is on injured reserve.

Rinne is 4-4-1 with a 2.31 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in nine games this season. He's sixth in the NHL with 152 wins since 2008-09.

Backup goalie Carter Hutton (4-2-1, 3.32 GAA, .898 save percentage) will be making his seventh straight start. The 27-year-old Hutton was pulled in the first period of a 5-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Friday and has allowed three or more goals the past five games.

Posted On Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 1:36 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

U.S. finishes second at Four Nations

Alex Tuch, a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, had two goals and an assist as the United States finished the Four Nations Tournament with a 6-2 win against Switzerland.

The win allowed the U.S. to finish second at the tournament, which was played in Turku, Finland.

Tuch, a forward who plays for the United States National Team Development Program’s under-18 team, earned a “B” rating from NHL Central Scouting on its preliminary player to watch list for draft-eligible players in the United States Hockey League.

Posted On Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 1:12 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Devils hoping to find offense against Predators

NEWARK, N.J. -- Jacob Josefson will make his first start in three games Sunday when the New Jersey Devils host the Nashville Predators at Prudential Center (7 p.m. ET).

Josefson will replace Stephen Gionta in the lineup. Gionta sustained a foot injury in the shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday and is day-to-day. Josefson has no points in four games and Gionta has one assist in 16 matches this season.

Josefson will likely take Gionta's spot as fourth-line center with Ryan Carter and Cam Janssen.

The Devils have strung together consecutive wins just once this season and that trend must change if the team has any hope of qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

After starting the season 1-5-4, the Devils won back-to-back games against the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning. Since those wins, New Jersey has struggled to find its offense, scoring four times over the past four games (1-2-1).

Posted On Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 11:16 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

VAN @ LAK - 1:22 of the Second Period

At 1:22 of the second period in the Canucks/Kings game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Alexandre Burrows used a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the 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 Vancouver.

Posted On Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 11:00 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

VAN @ LAK - 19:09 of the First Period

At 19:09 of the first period in the Canucks/Kings game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Drew Doughty's shot deflected off Tyler Toffoli's skate 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 Los Angeles.

Posted On Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 10:26 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

PIT @ STL - 11:51 of the Third Period

At 11:51 of the third period in the Penguins/Blues game, the Situation Room initiated a review because the puck entered the Pittsburgh 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 St. Louis.

Posted On Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 8:14 PM

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

Neal, Bennett back in Penguins lineup

ST. LOUIS -- Pittsburgh Penguins right wing James Neal returned to the lineup Saturday after a 15-game absence.

Neal, who had not played since opening night against the New Jersey Devils, was sidelined by an upper-body injury.

Right wing Beau Bennett also returned to play against the St. Louis Blues.

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