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Posted On Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 7:01 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Wednesday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Wednesday October 30th:

Boston Bruins vs Pittsburgh Penguins: Bruins

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Calgary Flames: Leafs

Detroit Red Wings vs Vancouver Canucks: Canucks

San Jose Sharks vs Los Angeles Kings: Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 74-38-6

Posted On Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 6:59 PM - NHL Live blog

Yandle discusses Coyotes, Red Sox on NHL Live

Posted On Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 6:53 PM - NHL Live blog

Blues' Steen talks hot streak on NHL Live

Posted On Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 5:25 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

St. Michael's Evans highlights Canada East roster

Jake Evans, a center with St. Michael's of the Ontario Junior Hockey League and a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, was among the 22 players named to the Canada East roster for the 2013 World Junior A Hockey Challenge.

The roster was chosen after a four-day camp in Oakville, Ontario.

"It has been an exciting four days in Oakville, and as we expected there were some tough decisions to get down to 22 players," Canada East coach Ian MacInnis said. "As a coaching staff we're confident we've assembled the best roster and we're looking forward to getting to Yarmouth and getting started."

Posted On Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 4:30 PM

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

Red Wings, Canucks to match stacked top lines

VANCOUVER -- The Detroit Red Wings and Vancouver Canucks will feature a battle of loaded top lines Wednesday.

Coming off four straight losses, Detroit reunited Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg on a line with Todd Bertuzzi, while the Canucks have won four straight games with Selke Trophy-winning center Ryan Kesler moved up to play right wing with Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin.

"Faceoffs are going to be important," Zetterberg said. "Both of our lines want to have the puck and it's not so fun to chase it."

The Red Wings have done too much chasing of the puck early this season, having been outshot in eight of their past 10 games and giving up 40 shots to the New York Rangers in a 3-2 overtime loss Saturday.

"We're too loose, we're giving up too many shots and we're not as tight as we should be defensively," coach Mike Babcock said.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 3:51 PM

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

Sharks' Havlat to make season debut

LOS ANGELES -- The San Jose Sharks hardly needed more offensive firepower, but right wing Marty Havlat will make his season debut Wednesday in a big divisional game against the Los Angeles Kings.

Havlat is recovered from pelvic surgery in June and it will be his first game since Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals, also against the Kings, on May 18. He will step onto the third line with Joe Pavelski and Tommy Wingels. Havlat isn't sure what to expect but he's anxious to get back in.

"I haven't played a game in six months," he said. "It's been a long time. It feels good to be back on the ice with the guys. We'll see how it goes."

Posted On Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 2:36 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flames look to stop red-hot Kessel

CALGARY -- One game after holding Alex Ovechkin off the score sheet, the Calgary Flames are tasked with trying to do the same against another of the NHL's hottest forwards.

Hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday for the first time since Feb. 14, 2012, the Flames will look to shut down Phil Kessel, named the League's Second Star of the Week on Monday.

"Before trying to stop him we'll try to contain him," Calgary coach Bob Hartley said. "We've watched quite a few of the Leafs' games in the past week and he's been very impressive. He's been very dominant and even with [Tyler] Bozak out of the lineup, last night with [Nazem] Kadri he didn't miss a beat. It just shows the depth of this organization right now. It's a good challenge."

Posted On Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 1:51 PM

By Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Few better than Kessel in recent years

Tuesday was just another day at the office for Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel.

The 26-year-old had a hand in each of his team's goals, scoring twice and dishing out a pair of assists, as the Leafs blanked the Edmonton Oilers, 4-0. His four-point night marked the 10th time in 13 games that he's registered at least one point.

Over the past 10 days, no player League-wide is producing at a higher level than Kessel. With seven goals, 10 points and plus-7 rating over that four-game span, Kessel is single-handedly carrying fantasy owners in head-to-head league formats.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 1:02 PM

By Wes Crosby - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Penguins-Bruins growing into intense rivalry

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins will face the Boston Bruins on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, RDS2) at Consol Energy Center for the first time since being swept by Boston in last season's Eastern Conference Final.

Pittsburgh remembers how last season ended and considers this matchup a true rivalry. While it might not be the most natural rivalry for the Penguins, captain Sidney Crosby sees the games growing in intensity.

"It might now [be a rivalry]," Crosby said. "Just because the games the last couple of years have been pretty close, pretty exciting games. Other than that, you know what to expect when you're playing them.

"It's probably not the first that comes to mind, like Philadelphia or Washington. But I think it's developed into that.”

Posted On Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 12:57 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Hockey Canada announces World Junior A roster

Hockey Canada on Wednesday announced the 22 players who will represent Canada West at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge to be held Nov. 4-10 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

The roster was named following a four-day selection camp at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary. Jason McKee, who coaches the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, will coach Canada West at the tournament.

"Canada West has a proud tradition at the World Junior A Challenge, and we're confident this group of players will continue that tradition," McKee said in a statement. "These 22 young men earned their spots on the roster, and we believe they will represent western Canada well in Yarmouth."

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