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Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 12:56 PM

By Craig Merz - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Familiar faces dot rosters of Rangers, Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS -- Even though the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers are meeting for the first time as Metropolitan Division rivals Thursday there will be many familiar faces in Nationwide Arena.

Both teams will have four players who used to play for the other and former Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel, who was 45-60-18 from 2010-12, is in his first season as Rangers associate head coach.

In addition, Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson is a former Rangers goalie and longtime broadcaster for the team.

Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 12:43 PM

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

Altered approach has aided Capitals' penalty kill

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Seeing the Washington Capitals' power play atop the NHL leaderboard should come as no surprise, considering they routinely have hovered near the No. 1 spot for the better part of the past several seasons.

What may come as a shock is that the Capitals' penalty kill, traditionally a liability, has recently joined their formidable power play among the League's elite.

Having finished in the bottom-third of the NHL nine times in the past 11 seasons, Washington's penalty-killing unit enters its game Thursday against the Minnesota Wild in unfamiliar territory -- leading the League at 91.5 percent.

Since the third period of the Capitals' 5-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 12, they successfully have thwarted 40 of their opponents' 41 power-play opportunities, including a stretch of 35 consecutive kills, their longest streak in more than a decade.

"It's something that everybody wants to do -- to be successful on both sides," right wing Alex Ovechkin said. "Power play and penalty kill can win the game and that's very important for you."

Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 12:36 PM

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

Flames' Glencross to miss six weeks

Calgary Flames forward Curtis Glencross will miss six weeks with a second-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his knee.

Glencross was injured in the second period of the Flames' game Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild.

In 15 games, Glencross has five goals and four assists.

Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 11:34 AM

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

NHL Live talks to Dubinsky, USA Hockey's Ogrean

Thursday is a busy night in the NHL as 11 games are on the schedule and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you ready for all of them. The New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets square off on NHL Network, at 7 p.m. ET, and we'll talk to Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky, who will be facing his former team for the first time. We'll also give you a live look at warm-ups in the early games in our Ice Pass.

In the Western Conference, the San Jose Sharks are looking for a 10th straight win against the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver is playing Game 2 of a four-game road trip which features the always difficult trip through California to also face the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks. Meanwhile, no one seems to be talking about how great the Minnesota Wild have been lately with six wins in their last seven games. On Thursday, they'll face a Washington Capitals team that has scored 16 goals in the last three games and has the best power play in the League.

Executive Director of USA Hockey Dave Ogrean will also be on our set to review Try Hockey for Free Day and preview a great year in USA Hockey with the World Junior Championship and 2014 Sochi Olympics on the horizon.

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 Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 10:55 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Edwards' three stars from World Junior A Challenge

The United States and Canada West each earned byes into the semifinal round of the 2013 World Junior A Challenge after winning their preliminary-round games this week at Mariners Centre in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

The semifinals will be held Friday with the championship game slated for Sunday at 11 a.m. ET. The United States, winner of four of the past five tournaments, is the defending gold medalist.

The U.S. had won three consecutive tournament titles from 2008 to 2010 before Canada West ended the run in 2011. The Americans regained their crown last year.

NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards, who has been in Yarmouth this week to view the prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft, checked in with his three stars from Wednesday. For more of Edwards' insight into those top players competing at the tournament, read this week's "Prospector Files."

Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 9:54 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

U.S. moves into semis of World Junior A Challenge

The United States can thank a trio of players from the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League for helping lead the team into the semifinals of the 2013 World Junior A Challenge with a 4-2 victory against Canada East on Wednesday in preliminary-round play at Mariners Centre in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

In addition to starring for the Fighting Saints this season, the three players, who accounted for all four goals Wednesday, are on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list for the 2014 NHL Draft.

Karson Kuhlman, a "C"-rated prospect, scored a pair of goals and Shane Eiserman and Seamus Malone also scored in the victory. Chris Birdsall of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the USHL made 24 saves in his first start for the United States.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.06.2013 / 10:23 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

NSH @ COL - 19:04 of 1st Period

At 19:04 of the first period in the Predators/Avalanche game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that the puck, shot by Nashville forward Craig Smith, entered the net in a legal fashion. Good goal Nashville.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.06.2013 / 8:02 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Jets' Kane scratched against Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Evander Kane (lower body) was scratched from the Winnipeg Jets' lineup on Wednesday before their game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Kane, who missed the Jets' 4-2 victory against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, participated in an optional morning skate Wednesday and was a game-time decision.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.06.2013 / 7:10 PM - NHL Live blog

Malhotra talks game-winning OT goal on NHL Live

Carolina Hurricanes' forward Manny Malhotra talks about his game-winning goal in overtime with the NHL Live crew.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.06.2013 / 7:08 PM - NHL Live blog

Niedermayer on his upcoming Hall of Fame induction

Scott Niedermayer talks with NHL Live about his upcoming induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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