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Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 1:36 PM

By Alain Poupart - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Ducks without Getzlaf as they go for historic start

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Anaheim Ducks will be without center Ryan Getzlaf as they try to make franchise history Tuesday against the Florida Panthers.

Getzlaf will miss his second consecutive game with an upper-body injury sustained during a morning skate Friday. He went on that night to record a hat trick in a 6-2 victory against the Buffalo Sabres, but sat out Sunday when the Ducks beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 to finish a three-game homestand.

"Make no mistake about it, we missed the big fella coming in there," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said Tuesday. "He is our straw that stirs the drink. When he's playing he controls the power play, he kills penalties, he usually plays against the other team's best checking line. We miss him."

Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 1:29 PM

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

Avalanche chase 7-0-0 road mark in Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Colorado Avalanche will put their 6-0-0 road record on the line against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

Colorado coach Patrick Roy said the key to winning away from Denver is making the right adjustments to combat each opponent's strengths.

"Their centers are pretty solid," Roy said of the Hurricanes. "So we're going to have to be solid on the puck and win our battles. We're going to have to put shots on [Hurricanes goalie Justin] Peters and test him early on. We've been playing with the lead, and when we are it seems we're a lot tougher to beat."

Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 1:22 PM

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

Lundqvist, Rangers look to avenge loss to Devils

NEW YORK -- Having won six of their past seven games and elevated their record to above .500 for the first time all season, the New York Rangers will look to continue their success Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils. They will ice mostly the same lineup that in recent weeks has helped them rebound from a difficult 2-6-0 start in which they were outscored 31-12.

The Rangers held an optional skate Tuesday which was attended by five players, including forwards Rick Nash and Dominic Moore, both of whom are working their way back from injury. Moore is close to fully recovered from his strained oblique muscle but likely won't be back in the lineup before the weekend at the earliest.

"It's still going to be sore for a while there. I've just to keep pushing it," Moore said. "You've got to push it to the point where you know it's good."

Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 1:20 PM

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

Predators' Mazanec to make first NHL start

Nashville Predators goalie Marek Mazanec will make his first NHL start Tuesday against the New York Islanders.

Mazanec, who was called up when Pekka Rinne went on injured reserve with a hip infection, made his NHL debut Nov. 8, when he stopped 22 of 24 shots after relieving Carter Hutton 8:23 into the Predators' 5-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Nov. 8.

A 2012 sixth-round pick (No. 179), Mazanec was 5-0-0 with a 1.97 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in five games this season with the Predators' American Hockey League affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 1:10 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst / - Melrose Minute

Melrose Matchup - Coyotes vs Blues

Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 12:54 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

Hasek hoping for spot in Hall of Fame's 2014 class

While the latest inductees still are enjoying their new spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame, one potential member of next year's Hall induction class already is looking forward to a trip to Toronto in November 2014.

Dominik Hasek, who last played in 2010-11 for Spartak in the Kontinental Hockey League, will be on the Hall ballot for the first time next year.

"I don't exactly know the rules ... when the players are eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame induction," Hasek told "But I can say that I am not planning to play hockey anymore, so from this point of view I am probably eligible. I know it's a big event and achievement. It would be a great honor."

Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 12:20 PM

By Adam Vingan - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Capitals focused on maintaining momentum

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Despite slogging through the first period of their game against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, the Washington Capitals seemed poised to stem and perhaps even turn the tide in their favor.

With 4:12 remaining in the second period, Joel Ward took advantage of a fortuitous carom off the end boards to beat Semyon Varlamov to tie the game at 1-1.

Yet it took all of 28 seconds for Washington's half-game of work to come undone. Nick Holden scored the game-winning goal -- his first career NHL goal -- on the ensuing shift as Colorado ultimately secured a 4-1 victory.

"It was a bang-boom-boom play," Ward said of Holden's goal, adding that Holden was his defensive assignment. "For them to come around and score right away, it was definitely a tough one."

Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 12:10 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Devils' Brodeur carries shutout streak into Garden

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will face the New York Rangers for the first time this season on Tuesday when his team visits Madison Square Garden in what is sure to be a spirited affair before a packed house.

What makes the Devils-Rangers rivalry unique in the eyes of Devils coach Peter DeBoer?

"I think when you live in this community you realize you have lifelong fans of both teams that grow up, a lot of times, in the same household and that's very rare," DeBoer said. "You don't get that situation unless you have two major teams within a metropolitan area, so I think that's what makes this rivalry unique."

Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 11:38 AM

By Matt Sitkoff and Steve Mears -  NHL Network staff / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live talks Lightning, welcomes in Hedberg

A day after only one NHL game was played there are 11 on the Tuesday schedule and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will prepare you for the night on the ice. Steven Stamkos is out indefinitely with a broken tibia, and we'll preview the Tampa Bay Lightning's first game without him against the Montreal Canadiens live on our Arena Cam in Montreal with Erik Erlendsson from the Tampa Tribune.

Two-time Stanley Cup winner Chris Osgood will join us from the Detroit Arena Cam to preview the matchup between the Winnipeg Jets and Detroit Red Wings.

Also, stopping by the studio today is former New Jersey Devils netminder Johan Hedberg for a preview of Tuesday's game against the New York Rangers. We'll get the Moose's perspective on the goaltending matchup that sees his former teammate Martin Brodeur face Henrik Lundqvist. Brodeur has recorded shutouts in his last two starts and has allowed just two goals against in his last four. Meanwhile, Lundqvist's Rangers are playing their best hockey of the season and have won six of the last seven games.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 10:23 AM

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

Lightning recall Brown, Korobov from Syracuse

One day after losing star forward Steven Stamkos and a pair of defensemen to injuries, the Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward J.T. Brown and defenseman Dmitry Korobov from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

Brown, 23, has four goals and 10 points with a plus-5 rating in 13 games for the Crunch. He was signed by the Lightning as a free agent on March 28, 2012. In five NHL games (all during the 2011-12 season) he has one assist and a plus-2 rating.

Korobov, 24, has six assists in 13 AHL games and leads the Crunch with a plus-7 rating. Last season he ranked second in the AHL among rookies with a plus-20 rating. Korobov helped lead Syracuse to the 2013 Calder Cup Final, recording a goal and two points in 17 games.

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