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Posted On Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 5:30 PM

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

Sabres' Zadorov to play, Ristolainen sent to AHL

The Buffalo Sabres have activated rookie defenseman Nikita Zadorov from injured reserve and will have him in the lineup when the team plays the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

To make room on their roster, the Sabres sent another rookie defenseman, Rasmus Ristolainen, to their American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester.

Zadorov was taken with the 16th pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, eight spots after the Sabres chose Ristolainen. The Russian missed Buffalo's first nine games of the season while recovering from a finger injury he sustained blocking a shot during the preseason.

Ristolainen had no points and a minus-4 rating in eight games, averaging 16:52 of ice time per game.

Zadorov will be the eighth player taken in the first round of the 2013 draft to play a game this season.

Posted On Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 5:02 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flames' Ramo hoping for better results this time out

SAN JOSE -- Calgary Flames goaltender Karri Ramo will make his second start of the season and face the San Jose Sharks for the second time in his career Saturday at SAP Center (10 p.m. ET, CBC).

Ramo can only hope the outcome is better than in his Flames debut and in his first career start against San Jose.

Ramo gave up four goals in a season-opening 5-4 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals and then backed up Joey MacDonald for the next five games. Ramo allowed seven goals on 42 shots in a 7-1 loss to Sharks at San Jose on Jan. 13, 2009, when he played for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Ramo won't be able to ease back into action after his five-game layoff. He'll face a 6-0-1 Sharks team that leads the NHL in goals with 33 and in goals per game at 4.71.

"Everyone is ready to go," Flames coach Bob Hartley said after his team's morning skate. "We work hard every day. Karri Ramo has played very well in training camp, played well in Washington, then Joey MacDonald got us on a roll. So hopefully Karri Ramo can do the same thing as [MacDonald]."

Posted On Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 4:31 PM

NHL.com - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

EDM @ OTT - 14:12 of the Third Period

At 14:12 of the third period in the Oilers/Senators game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Chris Neil's stick was below the crossbar when he knocked 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 Ottawa.

Posted On Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 4:29 PM

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

Stars seek energy from third and fourth lines

Off to a 3-3-0 start that saw his team beat the previously unbeaten San Jose Sharks 4-3 in a shootout Thursday, Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff had few complaints about his top two forward lines.

His top-six forwards have produced, particularly leading scorer Tyler Seguin (eight points in six games), captain Jamie Benn (five assists in six games) and rookie Alex Chiasson (three goals in six games). But when it comes to his third and fourth lines, Ruff has made it clear what he wants to see from them.

"Energy. Along with energy comes some production," said Ruff, who said he saw some positives from his checking lines in the team's 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. "I thought the Colorado game was a game where they could have made a difference. They had three or four great scoring chances and didn't put it away. Even the [Shawn] Horcoff line could have made the game 3-2 and had a couple of other chances. With our top two lines going the way they are, if three and four can provide that, that's a good mix for our team."

That depth scoring up front will be needed Saturday as the Stars face the Los Angeles Kings, who have won four of their past five.

Posted On Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 4:09 PM

By Sean Farrell -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Oilers' Hall out of game with knee injury

OTTAWA -- Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall left his team's game Saturday against the Ottawa Senators in the second period with an injury to his left knee. He will not return.

Hall was called for slashing after he was hit hard by Senators defenseman Eric Gryba at 11:04 of the period. He came out of the penalty box and stayed on the ice briefly before going to the dressing room with 6:42 left in the period.

Hall, the first pick of the 2010 NHL Draft, has three goals and five assists in nine games.

Posted On Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 4:08 PM

By Jerry Brown -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Kronwall out, but Howard returns for Red Wings

GLENDALE, Ariz. -– For two teams that have played 25 times during the past four seasons, to be done with each other just three weeks into the season is a bit strange.

Western Conference foes and playoff opponents twice in the last four years, the Phoenix Coyotes host the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday for the one and only time in Arizona. It's the second game in nine days between the two teams, but with Detroit now in the Eastern Conference, that's it unless the two teams meet in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Coyotes beat the Red Wings 4-2 on Oct. 10, snapping a two-game road losing streak. That win also began their current streak of five straight games with at least one point (3-0-2).

Posted On Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 3:42 PM

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

Islanders, Hurricanes finding consistency up front

While their teams were mired in respective early-season three-game losing streaks, Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller and New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano preached patience. Neither coach felt compelled to make major changes during that time and both teams rewarded that patience with wins Thursday.

After the Hurricanes beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 and the Islanders topped the Edmonton Oilers by the same score, the two teams will face off Saturday on Long Island. The consistency both coaches were praising, even during their losing skids, primarily was regarding new forward combinations installed at the beginning of the season.

Capuano made his mark early this season by breaking up the combinations of captain John Tavares and Matt Moulson as well as emerging forwards Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo. Bailey and Okposo were an explosive pair late last season but both have found success on new lines. Okposo has been skating on the top line with Tavares and speedster Michael Grabner while Bailey has found chemistry on the second line with Frans Nielsen and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. That line opened the scoring Thursday against Edmonton and has provided a spark for the Islanders.

Posted On Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 2:15 PM

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

Capitals' Erat ready for expanded role

ARLINGTON, Va. -- When Martin Erat left the Nashville Predators for the Washington Capitals at last season's trade deadline, he ranked second in franchise history in most points, goals, assists and games played, accolades he accumulated as a top-six fixture.

Erat, however, never was afforded a proper opportunity to establish himself among the Capitals' top forwards upon his arrival as untimely injuries -- a left knee injury sustained in his second game against the Florida Panthers and a dislocated left elbow that ended his season in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the New York Rangers -- bookended his initial stint in Washington.

The Capitals acquired the 32-year-old to bolster their top-six forward depth, trading away highly touted prospect Filip Forsberg to do so. Yet when this season began, a healthy Erat found himself on the fourth line, playing single-digit minutes per night.

Erat's ice time reached its nadir Wednesday during the Capitals' 2-0 loss to the New York Rangers when he registered a season-low 6:20, the third-lowest ice time of his 739-game NHL career when he didn't leave the game early due to injury.

Posted On Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 2:04 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Vigneault: Schneider 'one of the best … in the League'

NEWARK, N.J. -- New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault will see a familiar goalie in the opposite net Saturday at Prudential Center as Cory Schneider is scheduled to get the start for the New Jersey Devils.

Schneider and Vigneault were together for the past several seasons with the Vancouver Canucks. They along with Roberto Luongo were part of the NHL's most publicized goaltending controversy in recent history.

Considering the opinion Vigneault offered on Schneider after the morning skate Saturday, clearly he thinks quite highly of his former goalie.

"I think he's one of the best goaltenders in the League," Vigneault said of Schneider. "He's really a student of the game and a great teammate. I'm sure that in time here people in Jersey are going to really appreciate him. He's a great goaltender."

Posted On Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 1:56 PM

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

Wild, Panthers experiment with forward lines

SUNRISE, Fla -- The Florida Panthers and Minnesota Wild will go into their matchup Saturday with almost entirely new line combinations.

For Florida, the only line staying intact is the top trio of Tomas Fleischmann, rookie Aleksander Barkov and Brad Boyes.

For Minnesota, the only line unchanged is the fourth unit of Torrey Mitchell, Zenon Konopka and Stephane Veilleux.

"We need to try to find some offense here," Wild coach Mike Yeo said after his team's morning skate. "We've got to try to get more balance through our lineup."

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