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Posted On Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 2:13 PM

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

Colaiacovo calls return to Blues 'too good to be true'

ST. LOUIS -- When the situation presented itself for Carlo Colaiacovo, it was a no-brainer for the veteran defenseman to go back to familiar territory.

Colaiacovo, 30, was on the ice for the morning skate Thursday with the St. Louis Blues after settling immigration paperwork, passing his physical and then making his one-year, $550,000 one-way contract official. Colaiacovo played for the Blues from 2008-12 after being acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs along with Alexander Steen for Lee Stempniak.

Jordan Leopold is sidelined two months with ligament damage to his right index finger, so the Blues felt compelled to bring in a veteran presence and one that they were familiar with rather than go with a younger American Hockey League player to fill the void as a seventh defenseman.

When things intensified Monday, Colaiacovo didn't waste any time deciding what to do.

Posted On Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 1:14 PM

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

Bruins' Johnson to get rare start in goal

BOSTON -- Those hoping the goaltending matchup Thursday at TD Garden would pit last season's Vezina Trophy winner against one of the prime candidates for that award this season will be half-pleased when the Boston Bruins host the Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

Blue Jackets star goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who was voted the best goaltender in the NHL last season, will start for his team. But Tuukka Rask, who woke up Thursday leading the League in save percentage (.948), will get a rare night off and let Chad Johnson make a start.

Johnson hasn't played since Nov. 2, a 3-1 road loss to the New York Islanders. That night the Bruins were outshot 34-27 and it was one of the most-criticized performances of the season by coach Claude Julien. So this time around the Bruins will try to support Johnson better.

Posted On Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 12:34 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews Ducks-Lightning, talks to Brodeur

Thursday is a big night in the NHL as the top team in the Eastern Conference, the Tampa Bay Lightning, plays the top team in the Western Conference, the Anaheim Ducks. NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will break down what makes each team run. The Chicago Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes, two top teams in the West, square off and we'll fire up our Arena Cam in Chicago to preview the game with Eddie Olczyk.

New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur has won his past three games while giving up only two goals and he will join the show to talk about his hot play and expectations for the rest of the season.

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 between the #NHLAnaheimDucks and #NHLLightning.

Posted On Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 12:30 PM

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

Poulin back in net for Islanders against Kings

Kevin Poulin will make his third straight start in net for the New York Islanders when they host the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

Poulin is 1-1-0 in his past two games, but stopped 32 of 33 shots in a 3-1 defeat of the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

The Islanders also will have center John Tavares in the lineup. Tavares had sat out practice Wednesday to receive treatment for what Newsday reported to be a hip injury sustained during the game against Nashville on Tuesday.

Ben Scrivens will start in goal for the Kings; it will be his first start since Oct. 29. With Jonathan Quick out indefinitely with a groin injury, Scrivens likely will see most of the action for the final three games of Los Angeles' trip, which after Long Island takes the Kings to New Jersey and Madison Square Garden for a game against the New York Rangers.

Here is how both teams' lineups could look Thursday:

Posted On Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 11:58 AM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst / - Melrose Minute

Best of Movember: Top moustaches of All-Time

Posted On Wednesday, 11.13.2013 / 8:18 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

PHI @ PIT - 0:19 of First Period

At 0:19 of the first period in the Flyers/Penguins game, video review determined that Penguins forward Chris Kunitz 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 Pittsburgh.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.13.2013 / 6:00 PM - NHL Live blog

Sabres President LaFontaine talks with NHL Live

NHL Live speaks with Pat LaFontaine on the day he is named President of Operations for the Buffalo Sabres.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.13.2013 / 5:14 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Moncton's Barbashev to lead Russia at Super Series

Ivan Barbashev, a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, was named to Russia's roster for the 2013 Subway Super Series games.

Russia will play six games across Canada -- two each against all-star teams from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League.

The Super Series games are part of the decision-making process toward picking the team that will represent Russia at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden. That tournament runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2014.

QMJHL fans certainly know about Barbashev, who plays for the Moncton Wildcats. A 6-foot-1, 185-pound left wing, Barbashev is tied for ninth in the QMJHL with 29 points in 20 games. His 19 assists lead Moncton and he also has 10 goals.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.13.2013 / 4:20 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Reinhart to skate for WHL in both Super Series games

Sam Reinhart, expected to be one of the first players taken at the 2014 NHL Draft, will play in both games for the Western Hockey League against Russia in the 2013 Subway Super Series.

Reinhart, a 6-foot-0.75, 185-pound center with the Kootenay Ice, is fifth in the WHL with 34 points in 21 games. He received an "A" rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary list of players to watch for the 2014 draft from the WHL.

The Super Series games against Russia will be played Nov. 27 in Red Deer, Alberta, and Nov. 28 in Lethbridge, Alberta. The games are part of Canada's decision-making process toward picking the team that will play for Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden. That tournament runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2014.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.13.2013 / 3:16 PM

By Derek Van Diest - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Stars' Horcoff returns to Edmonton to face Oilers

EDMONTON -- Shawn Horcoff is back in familiar surroundings.

The Dallas Stars forward spent 13 years with the Edmonton Oilers and will face his former team for the first time Wednesday.

"It's different being here," Horcoff said. "I wanted to go right [toward the home team dressing room] when I walked in here his morning. I guess old habits are hard to break.

"I'm just looking forward to the game, to tell you the truth. Obviously as the game gets closer, I'll get a little more nervous and a little more emotional. It's going to be fun. It's going to be nice to actually play the game and have some closure."

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