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Posted On Wednesday, 10.16.2013 / 2:10 PM

By Steve Mears -  NHL Live host / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: McGuire breaks down Rangers-Capitals

It's Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN as the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals square off, and NHL Live will preview this Metropolitan Division matchup at 5 p.m. Eastern on NHL Network. We'll go to Verizon Center and talk to NBCSN's Pierre McGuire, who will be "Inside the Glass" for the game.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.16.2013 / 12:18 PM

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

Rangers without Del Zotto against Capitals

It appears from the defensive pairings at Wednesday's morning skate that the New York Rangers will be without defenseman Michael Del Zotto for Wednesday night's game against the Washington Capitals.

Del Zotto had the flu and didn't travel with the team to Washington on Tuesday, at which time coach Alain Vigneault said it was doubtful he would play.

Justin Falk, who made his season debut for the Rangers on Saturday against the St. Louis Blues, was on the ice and is likely to take Del Zotto's place in the lineup.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.16.2013 / 12:00 PM

By Blaine Collison -  Special to NHL Green / - NHL Green Slapshots™

Hockey and the Importance of Green Power

Blaine Collison is the director of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership. He is on the advisory boards for the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Sustainable Endowments Institute, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Hockey people are outdoors people. We joyfully spend hours upon hours on frozen ponds and lakes playing “Our Game.” When I was a kid growing up in northern Delaware, the best three weeks of winter were the weeks when the ponds on the farm froze and we could skate outside. Like thousands of kids (and adults) across North America, we’d race to the ice any moment we could and play until well after it was too dark to see the puck.

Playing on black ice is part of our collective experience, our heritage and our future. We love the outdoor connection that the Winter Classic brings us each season.

The bad news is that North America is seeing less and less black ice each year. Due to rising greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from fossil fuel use, global temperatures are rising. We’re starting to get shorter and warmer winters in many places. Ski areas have to manufacture more snow. Ponds are freezing less often.

The good news is that the National Hockey League is using clean, green power – electricity derived from renewable resources like wind, solar and biomass – for 100% of its annual New York headquarters’ operations as well as for the entire Stanley Cup Playoffs. The NHL is the first major professional sports league to join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership, a national, voluntary program that currently includes more than 1,500 businesses, institutions, non-profits, and agencies, all using green power for some or all of their electricity needs. Close to two-thirds of these organizations are using 100% green power.

Green Power Partners include hockey cities: Washington, DC (Go Caps!); Philadelphia, PA; Boston, MA; Dallas, TX; and San Jose, CA. Green Power Partners also include a host of companies that support hockey fans and their businesses every day; here is a list of our Top 50 Partners.

The NHL and each of these cities and companies have chosen green power not only for the positive environmental benefits of clean renewable energy, but also because green power is a winning economic strategy for business and society alike. Renewable energy creates jobs in our communities. Renewable energy expands our domestic energy supply. Renewable energy protects our businesses and society from volatile prices in the fossil fuels markets. And renewable energy protects our environment.

Today, more than 1,500 Green Power Partners are collectively using more than 28 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, equal to avoiding the annual carbon pollution from the electricity use of more than three million average American homes. And today, green power is available to every single business, institution and electricity consumer in the United States.

We at the EPA are proud to continue to work with the NHL, its teams, its suppliers and its fans to grow our U.S. green power sector. We invite you to join us. And we hope to see you at an NHL game- or out on the black ice- this winter.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.16.2013 / 3:00 AM

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

Weekes: Rangers must turn it around against Capitals

It's still too early in the 2013-14 season to really pass judgment on any players or teams. But it's impossible to have a discussion of the National Hockey League's early-season disappointments without mentioning the New York Rangers, who have gone 1-4-0 to start the season and have a League-worst minus-16 goal differential entering action Tuesday night.

With four games remaining on their crazy nine-game season-opening road trip, the Rangers must turn things around. And they're going to get a great opportunity to do that against the Washington Capitals, a team they eliminated in the first round of last year's playoffs.

I've spoken to several guys on the Rangers and their biggest hurdle is they didn't get a regular training camp. While Madison Square Garden was being renovated, they were in Banff, Alberta for camp. They had tons of travel through the western time zones and they played their preseason games out there, so they never felt settled. They just felt like they were displaced. Also, they're playing a different style right now that they're not quite used to.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 9:40 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

LAK @ TBL - 1:00 of the Third Period

At 1:00 of the third period in the Kings/Lightning game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to determine whether Richard Panik's shot crossed the goal line. Video review confirmed the referee's call on the ice that the puck did not completely cross the goal line. No goal Tampa Bay.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 7:00 PM - NHL Live blog

Jessie Lysiak's NHL Division Meals recipes

Buffalo Sliders with Blue Cheese Sauce

Buffalo Sliders

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Blue Cheese Sauce:
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/3 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
Peanut oil, for frying
3 eggs
1/2 cup hot sauce
1/2 pound boneless chicken breasts tenders, pounded to 1/2-inch thickness
Pinch salt
Pinch freshly ground black pepper
2 cups flour
12 slider buns
12 slices tomato
12 lettuce leaves
In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, blue cheese, celery, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a medium-sized bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat enough peanut oil to come halfway up the sides of the pot, to 350 degrees F.
In a medium-size bowl, beat the eggs with the hot sauce. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Dip the chicken in the egg mixture and then coat in flour. Fry the chicken for 6 to 8 minutes.
Toss the chicken into the blue cheese sauce. Put 1 piece of chicken on the bottom half of each bun. Top with tomato and lettuce, if desired. Cover with the bun tops and serve immediately.

Chipotle Duck Wraps with Bacon Apple Slaw

Chipotle Duck Wraps

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4 skinless duck breast fillets
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or chipotle pepper seasoning
1 lime, juice only
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 firm, sweet crisp apple (like a Fuji), sliced into matchsticks
4 cups green cabbage, shredded
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 pieces cooked bacon, crumbled
4 large, warm flour tortillas
1. Place the duck breast fillets in a glass or plastic container. Add the next four ingredients and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 12-24 hours, turning often.
2. Prepare the slaw one hour before cooking the duck breasts. In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and the next five ingredients. Toss the apple sticks with lemon juice and add to the bowl with the cabbage and bacon. Toss to coat with dressing.
3. Remove the duck from the marinade and place on a medium-hot, well-greased grill. Cook to desired doneness, about four minutes per side for medium-rare. Let the duck breasts rest for a few minutes and then slice very thinly. Lay the tortillas out on a flat surface. Place equal portions of sliced duck on the center of each tortilla. Top with slaw. Fold one end over and, starting at one side, roll snugly. Place the wraps seam side down on plates.

Minnesota Wild rice soup

Wild rice soup

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1 1/2cp diced onion
1 1/2 cp diced celery
1 1/2cp diced carrot
1 minced garlic clove
1 1/2 cp chopped mushrooms
3 strips bacon chopped
4-5 cups chicken broth
1/2 cp flour
1/2cp butter
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cp cooked wild rice
1 1/2cp heavy cream
Sauté first 6 ingredients in oil for 8 minutes, then add the chicken broth. While those I gradients are cooking place the flour and butter in a pan and cook for 12 minutes then add to soup to thicken it. Once the vegetable in the soup are soft add the cooked rice and the cream. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Cheesecake Stuffed Cannoli

Cheesecake Stuffed Cannoli

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6 prepared cannoli shells,
dip the ends in melted semi sweet chocolate and crushed pistachios (optional)
3/4cp whole milk ricotta
3/4cp marscapone cheese
1/4cp powdered sugar
1/2tsp vanilla
1/2tsp Grand Marnier
Pinch of salt
1 cp heavy cream whipped with 2 Tbsp sugar to make whipped cream
Fold whipped cream into ricotta mix and refrigerate at least an hour. Place the mix in a ziplock bag, cut the tip and pipe the filling into both ends of the cannoli shell.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 5:28 PM

By Jerry Brown - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Senators' Turris has moved on from time with Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Kyle Turris has been back to Arizona once since being traded to the Ottawa Senators, but he doesn't expect the reception to be much different than the last time he returned to town when the Senators play the finale of a six-game season-opening road trip Tuesday against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Taken by the Coyotes with the third pick of the 2007 NHL Draft, Turris played three NHL games in 2007-08 after his freshman season at college finished, and then had 20 points in 63 games in 2008-09. He spent two of the next three seasons in the minors, and after a difficult contract negotiation and complaints by Turris about the restrictive coaching style of Dave Tippett, his ice time and playing partners, Coyotes general manager Don Maloney opted to trade Turris on Dec. 17, 2011.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 4:55 PM

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

Panthers' Bjugstad returns, Thomas close to returning

The Florida Panthers confirmed that towering center Nick Bjugstad will make his 2013-14 season debut against the Nashville Predators in Music City on Tuesday. Bjugstad suffered a concussion during training camp that forced him to miss the season's first six games. The Panthers went 2-4-0 in those games.

During the morning skate in Nashville, the 6-foot-6 Bjugstad skated on a line with Krys Barch and Tomas Kopecky. In 11 games last season, the 21-year-old Minnesota native collected one goal, no assists and a minus-8 rating.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 4:45 PM

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

Avalanche look to tighten defense against Stars

DENVER -- While the Colorado Avalanche have gotten off to a 5-0 start for the first time since they were the Quebec Nordiques in 1994-95, coach Patrick Roy said not all is perfect with his team heading into Tuesday night's game against the Dallas Stars at Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche were outshot 19-7 in the second period of a 5-1 win Saturday in Washington when Semyon Varlamov was in goal. They were outshot 15-6 in the second period of their Oct. 10 game in Boston, a 2-0 win behind the goaltending of Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

"The last two games, I think we gave up too much in the second period both times," Roy said Tuesday. "It was at the end of our trip when we had the lead. Things like that happen. We'd like to cut down a bit on shots. The chances, we gave a bit too many, though not as bad as it appears.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 4:41 PM

By Joe Yerdon - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Reimer in for Maple Leafs, van Riemsdyk questionable

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs will have at least one lineup change and could be looking at another one Tuesday as they host the Minnesota Wild.

James van Riemsdyk left the morning skate early and may not be able to play.

"James van Riemsdyk is a question mark for tonight," coach Randy Carlyle said. "So we'll see how he responds to some treatment here now and later on today. We'll make a decision based upon where he's at for tonight."

If van Riemsdyk can't play, Troy Bodie or Trevor Smith could be inserted into the lineup.

James Reimer returns in goal, making his first start since Oct. 5, when he was pulled from a start against the Ottawa Senators after allowing four goals on 21 shots.

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Quote of the Day

I look forward to the process, the battle, the pain, the fun, the journey.  It's going to be a long one but it's going to be a lot of fun. If you think there is no pain coming, there is pain coming.

— Mike Babcock, introduced as coach of the Toronto on Thursday, had a warning for fans