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Posted On Friday, 10.25.2013 / 12:32 PM

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

Penguins' Letang to make season debut

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins enter the weekend owners of the NHL's sixth-best defense, allowing 2.22 goals per game. Pittsburgh will look to improve its defense further by adding All-Star defenseman Kris Letang to its lineup Friday.

Letang will make his season debut Friday against the New York Islanders at Consol Energy Center after missing the Penguins' first nine games with a lower-body injury. He will skate on Pittsburgh's top defensive pairing with Rob Scuderi and its top power-play unit.

"Rob is a stay-at-home defenseman. He has a good first pass," Letang said. "He reads the play really well, defends against the best player every year and has done a pretty good job at it, so it's going to be fun for me to play with him."

Posted On Friday, 10.25.2013 / 12:06 PM

By Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Clarkson's return can boost your team

David Clarkson's 10-game suspension has been served. Now, he can go back to serving fantasy owners with top-notch category coverage.

The Toronto Maple Leafs power forward will be in the lineup Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets in what will be his first regular-season game with his new team. Clarkson, who signed a seven-year contract with the Maple Leafs in free agency, can finally put the preseason incident that led to his suspension behind him.

If you were one of the wise fantasy owners to select Clarkson in the late rounds of your draft and store him on your bench, this 29-year-old should give your team an immediate lift. On the flip side, if you chose to play it safe and leave Clarkson on the waiver wire, the clock is ticking.

Posted On Friday, 10.25.2013 / 9:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst / - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Teams we should be talking about

There are plenty of great storylines to follow early in the 2013-14 NHL season. A number of teams and players have been getting lots of attention, and deservedly so, for their great performances so far. But there are a couple of teams in particular who I actually think might not be getting enough attention.

I was thinking about this Saturday when I spoke to Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks after his team's 6-3 win against the Calgary Flames. Joe was telling us on "Hockey Night in Canada" how impressed he was by that Flames team. Two nights later, Calgary scratched out a big victory in Los Angeles against the Kings.

Calgary started its current five-game road trip 1-3-0, so the question is, "Are they for real?" You know what? I think that their approach is for real. Sean Monahan, their first-round pick, has been awesome. But more than anything they're a team that competes hard and plays an honest game. They're starting to believe in themselves. It was doom and gloom in Calgary last season, but now these guys are having some success. They're starting to believe in themselves. Much of the focus early this season has been on the Colorado Avalanche and their incredible turnaround. But the Flames are also worth a look.

Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 10:50 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

CGY @ DAL - 3:36 of the Third Period

At 3:36 of the third period in the Flames/Stars game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that the net was not displaced when Jamie Benn's shot crossed the goal line. According to Rule 78.4 "The goal frame shall be considered in its proper position when at least a portion of the flexible peg(s) are still inside both the goal post and the hole in the ice". Good goal Dallas.

Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 9:33 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

WPG @ NSH - 13:49 of the Second Period

At 13:49 of the second period in the Jets/Predators game, video review determined that Anthony Peluso's shot completely crossed the goal line. Good goal Winnipeg.

Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 9:16 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

NYR @ PHI - 5:36 of the Third Period

At 5:36 of the third period in the Rangers/Flyers game, video review determined that J.T. Miller propelled the puck into the net with a distinct kicking motion. 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 New York Rangers.

Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 8:56 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

CHI @ TBL - 10:36 of the Second Period

At 10:36 of the second period in the Blackhawks/Lightning game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Marian Hossa's stick was below the level of the crossbar when he deflected the puck into the net. According to Rule 60.5 "The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick. If the puck makes contact with the stick below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed". Good goal Chicago.

Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 8:39 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

CAR @ MIN - 11:55 of the First Period

At 11:55 of the first period in the Hurricanes/Wild game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that the puck entered the Carolina net in a legal fashion. Good goal Minnesota.

Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 7:03 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Thursday October 24th:

San Jose Sharks vs Boston Bruins - Sharks

Vancouver Canucks vs New Jersey Devils - Canucks

New York Rangers vs Philadelphia Flyers - Flyers

Anahein Ducks vs Montreal Canadiens - Ducks

Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning - Lightning

Winnipeg Jets vs Nashville Predators - Predators

Carolina Hurricanes vs Minnesota Wild - Wild

Calgary Flames vs Dallas Stars - Flames

Washington Capitals vs Edmonton Oilers - Capitals

Phoenix Coyotes vs Los Angeles Kings - Kings

E.J.'s Season Record: 57-27-5

Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 4:58 PM

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

Jets seek to avenge previous loss to Predators

It only has been four days since the Winnipeg Jets last played the Nashville Predators, and the bad taste from their 3-1 home loss Sunday remains in the mouth of coach Claude Noel.

The Jets were frustrated much of the game despite outshooting the Predators 39-26. Nashville scored three times in the second period to take a 3-0 lead before Evander Kane scored the Jets' lone goal in the third.

The Predators will be without goaltender Pekka Rinne, who is out with a hip injury. But that hardly should matter to Winnipeg, which faced backup goaltender Carter Hutton in their previous Central Division matchup.

"Their other goalie played against us [Sunday] and played fine. We just didn't get enough traffic in front of him," Noel said Thursday. "But they'll be ready for us because they didn't play well in Minnesota [on Tuesday]. They had the same problems we had. They're not happy either."

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