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Posted On Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 12:30 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Islanders' Donovan ready to make most of his chance

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The last thing Matt Donovan wants is to see one of his teammates get injured.

However, when New York Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky sustained a concussion during a 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, Donovan knew it was going to provide him with an opportunity to get back into the lineup and show what he can do.

Donovan will get that chance Tuesday when the Islanders host the Vancouver Canucks at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

"Lubo [Visnovsky] is very offensive, he runs that first power play," Donovan said. "I'm going to get my chance to show what I can do offensively. Hopefully I can play well tonight."

Islanders coach Jack Capuano said Andrew MacDonald will receive the first crack at replacing Visnovsky on the team's top power-play unit but also said Donovan is expected to get playing time during the man-advantage too. Donovan has one goal, one assist and a plus-2 rating in five games this season.

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Posted On Monday, 10.21.2013 / 3:08 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Cammalleri a game-time decision for Flames

Mike Cammalleri took part in the Calgary Flames' morning skate and will be a game-time decision for the Flames' game Monday against the San Jose Sharks.

Cammalleri hasn't played this season due to a hand injury sustained during training camp. He got into one preseason game.

In addition, forward Roman Horak and defenseman Christopher Breen, called up from Abbotsford of the American Hockey League on Sunday, could be lineup considerations.


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Posted On Monday, 10.21.2013 / 2:56 PM

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

Kings' Carcillo finally feeling like himself

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Daniel Carcillo admitted he hadn't had the most productive seasons before his arrival in Los Angeles this summer. He was limited to 23 games last season because of an injured right knee and 28 games in 2011-12 because of season-ending knee surgery.

But Carcillo has rebounded with the Kings, specifically on the second line with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter in a reprise from the trio's days with the Philadelphia Flyers. He will play his third game in that spot Monday when the Kings host the Calgary Flames.

"The last few years my game hasn't really been up to par and I know that," Carcillo said. "That's from a bunch of different factors, injuries and such. I really focused this summer on getting back down to my normal weight and getting more comfortable with my body after a couple of surgeries. I think it's all coming together again and I feel good again. It's encouraging, but not being in the lineup lights a fire under your butt."


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Posted On Monday, 10.21.2013 / 1:58 PM

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

Go inside Crosby/MacKinnon match on NHL Live

NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET on Monday on NHL Network will get you ready for your hockey week. NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will be on the show to break down each NHL division and NHL Network Insider Bob McKenzie will stop by to discuss the latest buzz around the NHL.

Also Monday, the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Colorado Avalanche in a game which features two of the NHL's best teams and brightest stars. In addition to the much-anticipated Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia showdown of Nathan MacKinnon and Sidney Crosby, five other top-three draft picks will be on the ice (Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin and Marc-Andre Fleury, Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene, and Erik Johnson). MacKinnon will join us on the show to talk about his first impressions of NHL life, early recollections of Crosby and life as a tenant in the home of goaltender Jean-Sebastian Giguere. Giguere will start tonight for the Avs, who are a perfect 4-0-0 on the road, while the Penguins are 5-0-0 at home.

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Posted On Monday, 10.21.2013 / 1:20 PM

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

Avalanche using Penguins as a measuring stick

PITTSBURGH -- Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia natives Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon will face each other for the first time at Consol Energy Center on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2).

More importantly, two of the NHL's top teams, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche, will meet for the first time this season in a measuring-stick game for both teams.

Each team enters with a 7-1-0 record. The Avalanche are one point behind the San Jose Sharks at the top of the Western Conference standings, while the Penguins stand alone atop the Eastern Conference.

Forward Matt Duchene, who leads Colorado with nine points (three goals, six assists), said the game will be about more than Crosby vs. MacKinnon.

"This [Pittsburgh] has been one of the premier teams in the NHL," Duchene said. "They get a lot of media attention and a lot of attention from fans. We're a team that hasn't been good for the past few years and has previously been forgotten about until recently. We're starting to hopefully bring the glory days back to the Avalanche and we want to be one of those teams.

"I think if we can come out and have a win, everyone's going to sit back and say, 'Whoa, the Avs are for real.'"

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Posted On Monday, 10.21.2013 / 1:12 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Sharks' Burns to sit out vs. Red Wings

The San Jose Sharks will play the Detroit Red Wings on Monday without top-line right wing Brent Burns.

Burns was hit in the mouth during the Sharks' game Saturday against the Calgary Flames. Burns is tied for third on the team with four goals.

"Brent won't play [Monday]," Sharks coach Todd McLellan told CSNCalifornia.com. "He got hit in the teeth -- well, he doesn't have teeth, I guess in the gums -- the other night and they are bothering him right now. He'll be out [Monday] and hopefully he's ready to go when we get to Boston [for a game Thursday]."


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Posted On Monday, 10.21.2013 / 12:41 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Melrose Minute

Melrose Minute: Smith scoring was just matter of time

Anyone who follows hockey saw something special Saturday when Mike Smith became the 11th goalie ever to be credited with an NHL goal. Few things are as exciting or as rare in hockey as when a goalie takes a shot at the open net, but I've got to say, I'm not surprised Smith scored a goal. I'm surprised it took him this long.

I coached Smith in Tampa Bay and I saw up close how good he is with the puck. He probably shoots the puck as hard as two-thirds of his team and he just handles it great. Now Smith has dialed his puck handling back of late. When he first came into the NHL he kind of over-handled the puck, but he could handle it so well that it makes him very dangerous when he has his opportunities.

When you play Mike Smith, you talk about that before the game. You talk about his puckhandling ability and how he can pass the puck so you're not lazy on a change. Smith is a guy that can accurately throw the puck from his net up to the far blue line, and if he's facing a lazy team on a bad change he'll create a breakaway on that pass. Some goalies have a great glove hand; he's a great puckhandler with great shooting ability. That's one of his weapons.

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Posted On Monday, 10.21.2013 / 12:32 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Red Wings shuffle lines for game vs. Sharks

In the wake of a 5-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday, Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock will have a few different line combinations and defense pairings heading into his team's game Monday against the San Jose Sharks.

Tomas Tatar will rejoin the lineup and skate at right wing on Stephen Weiss' line, along with Daniel Cleary. Justin Abdelkader will return to the top line with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, and Daniel Alfredsson will go back to playing with Johan Franzen and Todd Bertuzzi.

On defense the Wings will be missing Jonathan Ericsson, whose wife went into labor Sunday. Xavier Ouellet, called up from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League, will take his place and make his NHL debut.


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Posted On Monday, 10.21.2013 / 11:50 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Sharks recall Hamilton, McCarthy

The San Jose Sharks on Monday recalled forwards Freddie Hamilton and John McCarthy from their American Hockey League team, the Worcester Sharks.

To make room, forward Matt Pelech has been returned to Worcester.

Hamilton had one goal in two games with Worcester. If he plays Monday against the Detroit Red Wings, it would mark the NHL debut of the 2010 fifth-round pick (No. 129).

McCarthy was a minus-2 in two games for the Sharks earlier this season.

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Posted On Monday, 10.21.2013 / 10:48 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Red Wings recall Helm from AHL

The Detroit Red Wings on Monday recalled forward Darren Helm and defenseman Xavier Ouellet from the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Helm had no points in two games, but it was his first game action of any kind since Jan. 25. He missed most of last season with a back injury and then strained his groin just before the start of training camp.

The last time Helm was healthy was the 2011-12 season when he had nine goals and 17 assists in 68 games, but that season ended when he sustained torn ligaments in his forearm from a skate cut in the first game of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.


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