Stanley Cup Final
Posted On Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 1:06 PM

By Lonnie Herman - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

St. Louis questionable for Lightning

TAMPA -- When the Tampa Bay Lightning take the ice Thursday against the Minnesota Wild, they might be missing one of their premier players, captain Martin St. Louis.

St. Louis was hit in the foot by a shot while killing a penalty during the Lightning's 5-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, and while tests have not shown any fracture, his status for the game is up in the air.

"Let's get this out of the way -- Marty is a game-time decision," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "We will see what happens over the next few hours but he's an option to play. I don't want someone in there who may be apprehensive and not the Marty we are used to seeing. But we'll find out at game time."

Brett Connolly was recalled from the team's American Hockey League affiliate as a precaution and he skated this morning in St. Louis' spot alongside Steven Stamkos and Ryan Malone.

"If they need me I'll be ready," Connolly said.

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Posted On Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 12:52 PM

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

Sabres' Hodgson, Canucks' Kassian face old teams

BUFFALO -- They may be opponents from different conferences, but the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks have a lot in common.

Buffalo defenseman Christian Ehrhoff was a key member of Vancouver's Stanley Cup Final team in 2011 and forwards Cody Hodgson and Zack Kassian were traded for one another at the trade deadline in 2012.

"I'm not going to go back on the trade now, it's been like over a year and a half," Hodgson said ahead of the Canucks' visit to Buffalo on Thursday. "I'm happy here, I feel great as a Buffalo Sabre and I'm happy I'm going to be here the next six years."

Kassian started the season with a suspension from a high-sticking incident in the preseason. He said coming back to Buffalo is a positive thing for him.

"It'll be good. It'll be fun," Kassian said. "I'll have a lot of friends and family here so I'm looking forward to it."

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Posted On Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 12:16 PM

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

Giroux sees flashes of 2010 in current Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers are 1-6-0, and while captain Claude Giroux knows his team hasn't been great, he can't quite figure out why they haven't been able to win more games since Craig Berube took over as coach 10 days ago.

Giroux said it reminds him of another time when the Flyers were struggling for results yet confident in how they were playing.

"What's going on right now makes me think of when we played Boston in the [2010 Stanley Cup] Playoffs," Giroux said, referring to the series against the Bruins three years ago. "We were down 3-0 [in the series] but we were talking to ourselves and were like, 'How the [heck] are we down 3-0? We should be up 3-0.' We just stayed with it and came back to win the series.

"You know, it's a long season. If you think about it we still have 75 games left. That's a lot of games."

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.16.2013 / 7:12 PM

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

Lightning recall Connolly from Syracuse

The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward Brett Connolly from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, the team announced Wednesday.

Connolly, 21, had one assist in three games with the Crunch and in the preseason was tied for the team lead with four goals in five games.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.16.2013 / 3:19 PM

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

Penner to return to Ducks lineup

ANAHEIM – Dustin Penner will return to the lineup for the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night against the Calgary Flames.

Penner skated on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry at the morning skate. He missed the previous game because of a lower-body injury.

“He looked good enough to play,” Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. “Whether I play him is a different story, but he looked good enough to play.”

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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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Quote of the Day

I'm here to develop a winning culture and a winning team. There is a bright future ahead of this team.  A lot of young, great hockey players here and on the way … a fan base that's passionate about the game of hockey.

— Dan Bylsma after being introduced as new coach of the Buffalo Sabres