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Posted On Monday, 10.28.2013 / 1:36 PM

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

Rangers energized to open MSG against Canadiens

NEW YORK -- It's been a long time coming, but the New York Rangers are ready for their home opener Monday against the Montreal Canadiens. It may have taken a month and nine regular-season games, but the Rangers admitted there was extra energy being home at Madison Square Garden, which underwent the final stages of a $1 billion makeover that necessitated the long road trip.

"I think everybody has been waiting for this day for a long time. It's great to be here," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "We had a good meeting this morning. The guys are ready."

Posted On Monday, 10.28.2013 / 1:13 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Scuderi's games-played streak ends for Penguins

RALEIGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi's streak of 276 consecutive games played will come to an end when the Pens play the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday. Scuderi left the game Saturday against Toronto with a lower-body injury, the result of a first-period hit and did not return.

"Rob has returned to Pittsburgh today and he will be re-evaluated by our doctors this afternoon," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "We will know more in the next 24 hours."

Posted On Monday, 10.28.2013 / 11:44 AM

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

Lundqvist to start Rangers' home opener

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said Monday he isn't feeling any ill effects from the undisclosed injury that forced him to miss the past two games. After being considered day-to-day with the nagging ailment, he was looking forward to getting back in the crease for the Rangers, who host their home opener against the Montreal Canadiens (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, RDS).

"I feel good. I feel really good," Lundqvist said. "Now it's just about getting out there and playing well and stopping the puck and helping the team to get wins and take off."

The Rangers fared well in their franchise goaltender's absence, with backup and recent American Hockey League call-up Cam Talbot posting a 1-1-0 record against the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings while posting a 1.94 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.

Posted On Sunday, 10.27.2013 / 7:22 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

SJS @ OTT - 7:59 of the Third Period

At 7:59 of the third period in the Sharks/Senators game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Joe Pavelski directed the puck into the net in a legal fashion. Good goal San Jose.

Posted On Sunday, 10.27.2013 / 6:42 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

ANA @ CBJ - 8:10 of the First Period

At 8:10 of the first period in the Ducks/Blue Jackets game, Brandon Dubinsky shot the puck into the net after Cam Atkinson used his hand to pass the puck to teammate Mark Letestu. According to Rule 79.1 "A player shall be permitted to stop or 'bat' a puck in the air with his open hand, or push it along the ice with his hand, and the play shall not be stopped unless, in the opinion of the on-ice officials, he has directed the puck to a teammate, or has allowed his team to gain an advantage, and subsequently possession and control of the puck is obtained by a player of the offending team, either directly or deflected off any player or official." This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no goal Columbus.

Posted On Sunday, 10.27.2013 / 4:30 PM

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

Stalock gets first NHL start for Sharks

OTTAWA -- San Jose Sharks backup goalie Alex Stalock will make his first NHL start against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday as Antti Niemi finally gets a rest.

Niemi stopped 22 shots Saturday in San Jose's 2-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre for his second shutout in three games. He has started all 11 games as the Sharks have gotten off to a league-leading 9-1-1 start.

Stalock's three previous games with the Sharks were all relief appearances, including two last season. He missed nearly a year after having surgery to repair a nerve behind his knee that was severed in a minor league game on February 4, 2011, just three days after he won his NHL debut.

San Jose coach Todd McLellan felt that starting Stalock might spur his teammates to summon some extra effort for a strong finish to their eastern swing.

"Time to get him in and this is a great opportunity for him," McLellan said prior to the game Sunday at Canadian Tire Centre. "I'd like to think that our guys will play really hard for him. It might be a good thing for us playing Alex tonight. Back end of a long road trip, back to back, maybe guys will dig in a little bit more and we'll empty the tanks."

Posted On Sunday, 10.27.2013 / 2:49 PM

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

Varlamov, Avalanche seek to continue torrid start

DENVER -- Off to the best start in franchise history, the Central Division-leading Colorado Avalanche close out a two-game homestand Sunday evening against the Winnipeg Jets at Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche have posted a 9-1-0 record to tie the 1994-95 Quebec Nordiques, who also won nine of their first 10 games and went 12-1-0 in their first 13 games. The Avalanche also registered 18 points in their first 10 games in the 2000-01 Stanley Cup championship season when they went 8-0-2 and improved to 9-0-2 before losing in regulation for the first time.

Semyon Varlamov will start in goal for the Avalanche, who have won three games in a row. Varlamov has won six of seven starts with a 1.73 goals-against average and .948 save percentage.

Posted On Sunday, 10.27.2013 / 1:19 PM

By Craig Merz - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Lineup changes for banged up Ducks, Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets and Anaheim Ducks enter their game Sunday at Nationwide Arena banged up from victories on Friday.

While the Ducks won 2-1 in Ottawa, they lost forward Jakob Silfverberg for four-to-six weeks because of a broken right hand, the result of a slash by the Senators' Jared Cowen. Anaheim will also be without center Mathieu Perreault (wrist) on Sunday.

Peter Holland was recalled from Norfolk of the American Hockey League and will play on the fourth line. Kyle Palmieri returns to the lineup and Nick Bonino will move to the second line from the fourth.

"We've got depth," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. "That's one great thing this organization has. A guy like Kyle Palmieri hasn't played as many minutes as he likes gets a chance now to step in.

"You can't dwell on injuries. Somebody has to do his job. Now this is Peter Holland's chance. He had a couple before. This might be his best chance to stick with the team forever."

Posted On Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 9:52 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

MIN @ CHI - 11:03 of the Second Period

At 11:03 of the second period in the Wild/Blackhawks game, video review determined that Andrew Shaw's stick was above the height of the crossbar when he deflected Jeremy Morin's shot. The puck then deflected off Minnesota defenseman Clayton Stoner and into the net. According to Rule 80.3 "When an attacking player causes the puck to enter the opponent's goal by contacting the puck above the height of the crossbar, either directly or deflected off any player or official, the goal shall not be allowed". No goal Chicago.

Posted On Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 8:47 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

NJ @ BOS - 19:32 of the Second Period

At 19:32 of the second period in the Devils/Bruins game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Damien Brunner's shot completely crossed the goal line. Good goal New Jersey.

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