Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 7:43 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

CAR @ PIT - 16:41 of the First Period

At 16:41 of the first period in the Hurricanes/Penguins game, video review determined that Pascal Dupuis kicked the puck into the net with his right skate. 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 Pittsburgh.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 5:44 PM

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

Berube looking forward to Flyers coaching debut

PHILADELPHIA -- As a player, Craig Berube made his NHL debut as a member of the Flyers in Philadelphia. Tuesday night, a day after being named the Flyers new bench boss, his NHL coaching debut will also take place in the City of Brotherly Love.

But the 47-year-old recently-named Flyers coach is a long way removed from March 22, 1987, when he had no points and 16 penalty minutes against the Pittsburgh Penguins as a 21-year-old rookie with the Flyers.

"As a player I was young, I was probably a lot more nervous than I am now," said Berube, who was promoted from his assistant position Monday to replace the fired Peter Laviolette. "I'm an old man now."

Berube said that being an assistant coach at the NHL level for six seasons, as well as a head coach for parts of two seasons in the American Hockey League, has him feeling prepared for his NHL head coaching debut Tuesday against the Florida Panthers.

"I've been behind the bench for a long time," he said. "I think my team is ready to compete and work hard."

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 5:17 PM

By Kevin Woodley - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Sedins reunited after being split up

VANCOUVER -- If new Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella wants to confuse New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider when he returns to play his old team Tuesday night, all he has to do is keep the same lines that finished Sunday's 5-4 comeback win in overtime over the Calgary Flames.

Splitting up identical twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin is such a rarity Schneider almost never saw it during his time in Vancouver. It certainly got the Canucks attention in Calgary.

"As soon as he wrote the lines on the board, it kind of gives you a little jolt when you see the twins split up. You know it's serious," said defenseman Kevin Bieksa. "I don't get paid the big bucks like the coaching staff to make those decisions and obviously I think they are better together, but at times it's definitely effective to split them up."

After falling behind 3-1 early in the third period, the Canucks stormed back , with the Sedins each setting up a goal on their new lines.

Tortorella downplayed the move, saying it was more about changing the entire forward mix after a miserable start.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 3:40 PM

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

Sharks defenseman Stuart set for season debut

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks veteran defenseman Brad Stuart will make his debut Tuesday night against the New York Rangers after missing every preseason game and the first two regular-season games with a lower-body injury.

"I feel good," Stuart said after the Sharks' morning skate at the SAP Center. "Feel as good as I can without having played a game. That's the next step. I'm excited just to be able to get out there.

"Obviously it's going to be a bit of an adjustment for me going from just practicing to having to play in a game. Try to use my experience and try to get up to speed as quick as I can."

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 2:53 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Tuesday October 8th:

Colorado Avalanche vs Toronto Maple Leafs - Avalanche

Phoenix Coyotes vs New York Islanders - Islanders

Florida Panthers vs Philadelphia Flyers - Flyers

Carolina Hurricanes vs Pittsburgh Penguins - Penguins

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres - Lightning

Minnesota Wild vs Nashville Predators - Predators

New Jersey Devils vs Vancouver Canucks - Canucks

New York Rangers vs San Jose Sharks - Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 17-5-0

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 2:34 PM

By John Manasso - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Predators to pair Weber, Jones for first time

NASHVILLE -- For the first time this season, the Nashville Predators will pair rookie defenseman Seth Jones, the fourth pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, with captain and two-time Norris Trophy finalist Shea Weber.

The move was necessitated by the concussion that Roman Josi, Weber's usual partner, suffered on Friday against the Colorado Avalanche. Jones had started out the season on the Predators' third pair with fellow rookie Mattias Ekholm.

With the loss of Josi in the game on Friday, Jones ended up playing 25:46, the most minutes of any Predator. While Nashville has lost each of its first two games, Jones has nonetheless managed to finish on the plus side in each and enters the team's home opener at Bridgestone Arena against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday with a plus-2 rating.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 1:52 PM

By Steve Mears -  NHL Live host / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews Berube's debut, Devils-Canucks

There are eight games Tuesday night in the NHL and we'll have them all covered on NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. Craig Berube will coach his first game in Philadelphia as the Flyers face the Florida Panthers, and we'll get a live report via our NHL Arena Cam and show warm-ups of the four early games in our Ice Pass.

Plus we'll have a full preview of the highly anticipated game in Vancouver between the Canucks and Devils. Cory Schneider makes his return to Rogers Arena after a stunning loss Monday night in Edmonton, which saw Martin Brodeur and the Devils allow four third-period goals in a 5-4 shootout loss. Now, Schneider faces his former team, winners of eight of the last 10 meetings with the Devils since 2001-2002. Roberto Luongo has won four in a row against New Jersey. It's the first of two meetings this month between the Devils and Canucks and you can watch it tonight on NHL Network at 10 p.m. ET.

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.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 12:58 PM

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

Hurricanes' Staal, Penguins' Sutter face former team

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes will face each other Tuesday as members of the Metropolitan Division for the first time, but former Penguin Jordan Staal and former Hurricane Brandon Sutter are treating it like any other game.

Pittsburgh traded Staal to Carolina in June 2012 for Sutter, the eighth pick of the 2012 NHL Draft (which the Penguins used to select defenseman Derrick Pouliot) and defenseman Brian Dumoulin.

Staal spent his first six seasons in Pittsburgh, scoring 248 points in 431 games and staking claim to the Penguins' third-line center role behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The trio of Crosby, Malkin and Staal gave Pittsburgh one of the NHL's deepest rosters down the middle.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 12:54 PM

By Joe Yerdon - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Sabres get Foligno back, go for first win vs. Lightning

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres look to snap their three-game losing streak to start the season against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, and they're getting Marcus Foligno back in the lineup to help out.

Foligno will start on the Sabres' second line alongside a pair of familiar faces in Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford. Two seasons ago, this trio was one of the best lines in the NHL. Sabres coach Ron Rolston said he's looking to see some players start to jell together.

"He can provide a lot of energy for us, so we're looking for that tonight and a physical element out of him," he said. "It's just finding the chemistry on lines, and I think [Foligno]'s a guy that can make space for guys for us and get to the net. Those are some of the things we've been struggling with."

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 12:38 PM

By Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Islanders to be cautious, sit Clutterbuck another game

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Right wing Cal Clutterbuck is very close to making his debut with the New York Islanders, but it won't happen Tuesday night against the Phoenix Coyotes at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Clutterbuck suffered a lacerated leg during a preseason game against the Calgary Flames on Sept. 17. Originally slated to miss 4-6 weeks, Clutterbuck could be in the lineup as early as Friday night, when the Islanders visit the Chicago Blackhawks.

"I could probably play today," Clutterbuck said after skating Tuesday morning. "But I think just in talking it over with the medical staff and the coaches, it's just probably better that I be more prudent at this point. I've lost two games, three tonight. In the grand of scheme of things, 82 games plus playoffs, I think it's maybe a little bit smarter to miss an extra one versus missing some more down the road."

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For us it's a little bit different. I've never been in front of this much media. This is more than we've ever had to deal with in Tampa. I guess we're on a little bit bigger stage now. It's nice, you have to enjoy it. This doesn't happen too often.

— Lightning forward J.T. Brown after his first Media Day experience on Tuesday in preparation of Game 1 on Wednesday