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Posted On Sunday, 11.17.2013 / 1:24 PM

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

Canucks shake up lines in search of offense

VANCOUVER – Struggling to score, the Vancouver Canucks appear ready to shake up their forwards against the Dallas Stars on Sunday, breaking up their loaded top line in favor of more balance.

Ryan Kesler was moved off the wing of the No.1 line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin in practice Saturday and replaced by Alexandre Burrows, who returns to his old spot without a goal in nine games this season.

"I know how to play with them,” Burrows said of the Sedin twins. “It should be fun, just give them the puck and go to the net.”

Vancouver has scored three goals during its first three-game losing streak of the season, including a 2-1 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night in which they blew a late 1-0 lead.

The chances have been there. The goals have not.

Posted On Sunday, 11.17.2013 / 1:16 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Scrivens steps into spotlight with Kings

NEW YORK -- When he first saw the Los Angeles Kings' four-game road swing through New York and New Jersey on the calendar, goaltender Ben Scrivens thought he might have a chance to catch up with some old classmates from Cornell University, many of whom live in the New York metropolitan area.

But those plans changed drastically early in the trip for the Alberta native, who played four years at Cornell and was named ECAC goalie of the year in 2010.

In the first game Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres, franchise goaltender Jonathan Quick was lost to a lower-body injury and forced to go back home to further evaluate the ailment. That injury thrust Scrivens into the L.A. crease. He'll be there again Sunday night at Madison Square Garden as the Kings face the New York Rangers.

Posted On Sunday, 11.17.2013 / 1:05 PM

By Sean Farrell - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Blue Jackets seek return to win column

OTTAWA -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have a curious combination of streaks going as they get ready to face the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.

The Blue Jackets have just one win in their past nine games (1-5-3), yet they have earned points in four straight games. Columbus ended a five-game losing streak on Nov. 9 with a 5-2 win against the New York Islanders, then followed that up with a pair of overtime losses and a 3-2 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Friday.

Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno will play his first game in Ottawa since he was traded by the Senators to Columbus for defenseman Marc Methot on July 1, 2012.

"It's going to be a tooth-and-nail kind of game, where it's 60 minutes and you're grinding it out to get that win, and I think we just have to find that little extra effort to make sure we do that," Foligno said. "I think once we do, and find that way to get a win, we're going to start rolling from there."

Posted On Sunday, 11.17.2013 / 11:56 AM

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

Capitals' Johansson coming into his own

ARLINGTON, Va. -- With his team trailing the Detroit Red Wings by two goals entering the third period Friday, Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates was in need of a spark.

After a failed power play to open the period, Oates altered his top two lines, reuniting Marcus Johansson, who had recently been centering the team’s second line, with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin after nearly six games apart.

Oates’ intuition came to fruition immediately. On the reassembled first line’s first shift together, Johansson gathered a puck left for him by Backstrom near the end boards and fed Ovechkin in front for his 15th goal of the season, one that ignited Washington’s rally from two down to ultimately defeat Detroit 4-3 in a shootout.

It was the kind of fluid play that comes naturally with undeniable chemistry, which the Capitals’ top trio has firmly established by playing the bulk of their time with each other since late last season.

Posted On Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 10:30 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

CAR @ STL - 9:54 of the Third Period

At 9:54 of the third period in the Hurricanes/Blues game, video review confirmed the referee's call on the ice that Patrik Berglund's shot did not completely cross the goal line. No goal St. Louis.

Posted On Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 7:33 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

BUF @ TOR - 5:31 of the First Period

At 5:31 of the first period in the Sabres/Maple Leafs game, video review was initiated by the Situation Room because the puck entered the Buffalo net. Video review supported the call on the ice that David Clarkson used his skate to kick the puck into the net as the referee blew his whistle to stop play. 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 Toronto.

Posted On Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 6:56 PM

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

Sill to make NHL debut with Penguins

NEWARK, N.J. -- Pittsburgh Penguins rookie center Zach Sill is making his NHL debut Saturday night at Prudential Center against the New Jersey Devils. The Penguins recalled Sill from Wilkes Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on Friday.

Sill, 25, has four points (one goal, three assists) and 25 penalty minutes in 13 AHL games this season. He played two preseason games with the Penguins in September before returning to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for a fifth season. He was signed by the Penguins as an undrafted free agent on July 14, 2009.

Posted On Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 6:52 PM

By John Kreiser - Columnist / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Red Wings' Alfredsson scratched due to groin injury

UNIONDALE. N.Y. – Forward Daniel Alfredsson was a late scratch by the Detroit Red Wings for their game against the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Alfredsson had to be scratched after injuring his groin in warmups before the Red Wings' 4-3 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals on Friday night. He made the trip to New York, but said after the morning skate that he might not be able to play.

Posted On Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 5:42 PM

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

Fleury in net back-to-back for Penguins

NEWARK, N.J. -- Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will be back in the net Saturday against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

Fleury made 17 saves in a 4-1 win against the Nashville Predators on Friday at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said he's going with Fleury on back-to-back nights because his workload hasn't been too heavy despite the fact he's started four straight games and 16 of 19 the Penguins have played this season.

Fleury has an 11-5-0 record with a 2.00 goals-against average and .922 save percentage. He has the 17th most saves in the NHL and is tied for fifth in starts and sixth in appearances.

"We've given up five scoring chances, seven scoring chances, and going back to the Columbus game [Nov. 2] only four scoring chances," Bylsma said. "That really has played into some of the decisions. We're going to see [backup Jeff] Zatkoff play some games here because of the number of games, but we really felt like this is a good opportunity to get Marc-Andre in back-to-back situations."

Posted On Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 5:41 PM

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

Emelin to make season debut for Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin will make his season debut Saturday at Bell Centre against the New York Rangers. The Russian defenseman has been out seven months since undergoing reconstructive knee surgery following a collision with Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins on AprIL 6.

Emelin had the procedure to repair the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee in May. Until the injury, Emelin was enjoying a breakout season in Montreal, establishing career highs in assists (nine), points (12) and plus-minus (plus-2) in his second NHL season.

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