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Posted On Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 12:54 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Perron returns for Oilers; Flyers shuffle lines

PHILADELPHIA -- The Edmonton Oilers will have forward David Perron back in the lineup Saturday when they play the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

Perron, who missed four games with a neck injury, took line rushes in the pregame warmup at left wing on a line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle.

Perron had nine points in 13 games prior to being injured.

The Flyers again have shuffled their lines, with Matt Read and Brayden Schenn moving up to flank Claude Giroux on the top line, and Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds joining Vincent Lecavalier on the second line.

Posted On Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 12:38 PM

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

Rangers' Nash skates for first time since injury

Rick Nash skated Saturday prior to New York Rangers practice. Skating alongside the goalies, it was the first time Nash has been on the ice since sustaining a head injury in a game against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 8. Since being hit by Brad Stuart, Nash has missed 13 games.

The Rangers have gone 7-6-0 without Nash and have no plans to rush his recovery.

"He's on the road to recovery, he's skating," Rangers general manager Glen Sather told reporters. "But he's got a ways to go with his conditioning."

Prior to his injury, Nash had no goals and three assists in three games. In his first season with the Rangers, Nash led the team with 21 goals in 44 games.

"Dealing with the brain, you always want to be careful," Nash said after his skate. "I'm inching forward here. I'm getting better."

Coach Alain Vigneault said, "To see him on the ice and skating and feeling good is a real positive sign for us."

The prolonged absence is something Nash is unaccustomed to. He entered this season having not missed more than seven games in a season since 2005-06, when he was a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets. He admitted it was good to be back on the ice, but no updates were made regarding his status. Considering they've won five of their past six games, the Rangers are in no rush to bring back their most potent offensive threat.

"It's good to be back and be around the guys. I've strung together a good three or four days here, so it's been all positive since then," Nash said. "It's tough when they take away the thing you love ... but it's been fun watching the guys lately, playing really well."

Posted On Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 12:22 PM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Bruins brace for strong Maple Leafs power play

BOSTON – Based on the statistics, the battle between the fifth-ranked power play of Toronto Maple Leafs could be a mismatch for the 16th-rated penalty kill of the Boston Bruins in their Atlantic Division game Saturday night at TD Garden.

However, take out the Bruins' 3-for-7 showing against the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 26, the Bruins' penalty kill would be 36-for-40 (90 percent) this season. So Bruins coach Claude Julien has full confidence in his penalty killers' ability to slow down the first-place Maple Leafs, who are tied atop the division with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"Well our PK has been good this year," Julien said after his team's optional morning skate. "The only reason we're down there in our PK is because of that one game against Jersey. Other than that we'd be in the top two or three in the League. ... Other than that it's been good."

Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 10:38 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

NSH @ WPG - 15:27 of the Third Period

At 15:27 of the third period in the Predators/Jets game, the Situation Room initiated a review because the puck entered the Winnipeg net. The referee informed the Situation Room that he had blown his whistle prior to the puck crossing the goal line therefore this is not a reviewable play. No goal Nashville.

Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 6:40 PM

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

WATCH: Hall of Fame inductees receive rings

This year's class of inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame -- Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer, Brendan Shanahan, Geraldine Heaney and Fred Shero -- were presented with their rings Friday in Toronto.

During the presentation, each recalled where they were when they found out they would be honored.

"My 10-year-old son Jack was just coming home about 10 minutes later, from camp, and he was the first person that I told," Shanahan said. "And I choked up as I was getting the words out, that 'Daddy's in the Hall of Fame.'"

The induction ceremony will be held Monday.

Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 6:28 PM - NHL Live blog

Coyotes' Smith talks about scoring, bobbleheads

Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith talks about the season, scoring a goal and he's having his own bobblehead night.

Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 6:24 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Friday November 7th:

New Jersey Devils vs Toronto Maple Leafs - Maple Leafs

Nashville Predators vs Winnipeg Jets - Predators

Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

Buffalo Sabres vs Anaheim Ducks - Ducks

E.J.'s Season Record: 91-53-14

Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 5:00 PM

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

Could Chelios return to play with sons?

Chris Chelios retired from the NHL in 2010, but could he be considering a comeback?

Chelios, 51, told reporters in Toronto that he would consider playing in Europe if his sons play hockey overseas.

His sons Dean, 24, and Jake, 22, play for the hockey team at Michigan State University.

"My guys are seniors in college now, and if for some crazy [reason] they don't make it [to the NHL], which, realistically there's just not enough jobs, I wouldn't hesitate," Chelios said. "I'm staying in shape to go to Europe, pick a good country and take my whole family over there and go play with them there. Like Switzerland. I've been there. Who knows? We've done crazier things in our family."

Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 3:30 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live covers Hall of Fame weekend, coach change

Hockey Hall of Fame weekend begins Friday and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you ready for the inductions. We'll get interviews from the Hall of Fame players and also preview the Hall of Fame game between the New Jersey Devils and Toronto Maple Leafs, as David Clarkson is set to face his former team.

The Florida Panthers fired coach Kevin Dineen on Friday and named Peter Horachek as interim coach and we'll have the latest on that news story. Also, Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith will have his bobblehead night on Saturday and we'll talk to the netminder about that and the hot start for the team. NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will join the show to Face-Off with E.J. Hradek in three hot topics around the NHL.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 3:29 PM

By Patrick Williams - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Predators' Hutton goes for third win against Jets

WINNIPEG -- The Nashville Predators' seven-game road trip continues Friday against an opponent they have controlled so far this season without needing to call on goaltender Pekka Rinne.

The Predators (8-5-2) have taken each of their meetings with the Winnipeg Jets in front of goaltender Carter Hutton. Nashville coach Barry Trotz gave Rinne a night off when the teams met in Winnipeg on Oct. 20, and Hutton responded with 38 saves in a 3-1 win. Four nights later in Nashville, Hutton started again after a hip infection sidelined Rinne and delivered a 34-save performance in helping Nashville take a 3-2 overtime decision.

Hutton will start again for Nashville against the Jets (6-9-2) on Friday. The Predators arrived in Winnipeg fresh off a 6-4 road win against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, as they continue a coast-to-coast, franchise-record-tying seven-game road trip that will see them face the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.

"It's been a little different," Hutton said of his time as Nashville's No. 1 goaltender. "Obviously Pekka going down is a huge loss to us. He's a world-class goalie and a great guy, so it's tough. You don't expect that. You don't wish that on any [player]. But opportunities come your way … and so far it has been a fun ride."

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