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Posted On Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 7:07 PM - NHL Live blog

Arnott talks with NHL Live about his retirement

Shortly after announcing his retirement from the NHL on Monday, Jason Arnott joined NHL Live to look back on his career and discuss his decision.

Arnott is best remembered for scoring the game-winning goal in overtime for the New Jersey Devils in Game 6 of the 2000 Stanley Cup Final.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 5:13 PM

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

Sharks' Burns making progress in recovery

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks injured forward Brent Burns will miss his seventh straight game Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres, but he took another step forward in his recovery from a head injury.

Burns took part in the Sharks' morning skate at SAP Center at San Jose, going through team drills for the first time in 16 days.

Burns was injured Oct. 12 against the Ottawa Senators when he was hit in the face by a high-stick by goaltender Robin Lehner, losing a number of teeth. Burns played three more games but has been sidelined since Oct. 19.

"That's a great step," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said of Burns' return to team drills. "I don't know if you're going to qualify it as little or big, but getting closer, feeling better, back out there with his teammates. I didn't know who he was when he came out because he doesn't look the same, but it's nice to see him out there."

Posted On Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 3:12 PM

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

Coyotes after improvement despite fast start

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes are off to their best start in more than a decade, but even with a four-game winning streak and the NHL's most potent defense, coach Dave Tippett is still tinkering with his lineup and looking for more production.

After allowing 50 shots and needing 48 saves from goalie Mike Smith to pull out a 3-2 shootout win against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, Tippett juggled his defense pairings at the morning skate Tuesday, splitting up Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Zbynek Michalek for the first time this season.

Turnovers and defensive zone coverage remain a concern for the Coyotes, who have allowed 46 goals in their first 15 games and been forced to come from behind in several of them. The Coyotes face the equally hot Vancouver Canucks in another big Pacific Division matchup Tuesday at Arena.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 2:05 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Canadiens' Desharnais healthy scratch against Blues

MONTREAL -- A situation that has been brewing all season came to a head Tuesday with Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien making center David Desharnais a healthy scratch for their game against the St. Louis Blues.

Desharnais has one assist in 15 games this season, and dating back to last season he has one goal and eight assists in his past 32 regular season and Stanley Cup Playoff games.

"It's never easy to make a decision like this," Therrien said. "The principle is to always make it so a player is at his best, but when we don't see results decisions need to be made."

Desharnais, 27, is in the first of a four-year, $14 million contract he signed in March, one he earned with a 60-point season in 2011-12. But last season was a down year for him with 28 points in 48 games, and he is in the midst of the worst slump of his NHL career.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 2:01 PM

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

Oilers, Panthers welcome returning players

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The struggling Edmonton Oilers will get a couple of key players back when they face the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

Veteran forward Ryan Smyth returns after missing five games because of a groin injury and goalie Devan Dubnyk will make his first start since Oct. 24.

Dubnyk appeared in relief of Jason LaBarbera against the Phoenix Coyotes on Oct. 25 but left after 39 seconds due to an ankle injury.

The Oilers have lost their past five games, including back-to-back shutouts against the Toronto Maple Leafs (4-0) and Detroit Red Wings (5-0). They face a Florida team also in the midst of a five-game losing streak.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 1:58 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews homecomings for Seguin, Halak

It's a busy Tuesday in the NHL with nine games on the schedule and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, with E.J. Hradek and special guest Dave Maloney will get you ready for the night on the ice.

Tyler Seguin returns to Boston for the first time since being traded in the offseason and we'll talk to the Dallas Stars forward from our NHL Arena Cam. Also we'll get a live pregame report for the Stars and Boston Bruins from's Joe McDonald from TD Garden and give you a peek into warm-ups in our Ice Pass.

Another player is facing his former team as St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak returns to Montreal and Arpon Basu, Managing Editor of, will be live from the Bell Centre to preview that inter-conference matchup against the Montreal Canadiens.

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 Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 1:49 PM

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

Oilers' Fedun perseveres to reach NHL debut

SUNRISE, Fla. -- A little more than two years after sustaining a nasty leg injury in a preseason game, defenseman Taylor Fedun will make his NHL debut when the Edmonton Oilers face the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

Fedun, who sat out the entire 2011-12 season after sustaining a broken right femur against the Minnesota Wild on Sept. 30, 2011, was called up Monday from the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.

"From that moment on, this was what I've been looking toward for the last couple of years now," Fedun said after the Oilers' morning skate. "It's a pretty special feeling to finally be here. The nerves are definitely going to be present, but quite frankly I'd be a little more worried if they weren't present. I think that'll be a good thing. Just get out there and just play the game. I'm excited."

Posted On Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 1:44 PM

By Dan Myers - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Coyle back for Wild against Flames

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- As it turns out Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo's prognosis of Charlie Coyle's setback Friday was correct after all.

After missing 11 games with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee, Coyle returned Friday against the Montreal Canadiens. But a substantial amount of what Coyle termed as "just soreness" returned after the game and Coyle didn't play Sunday against the New Jersey Devils. Following the Wild's morning skate Sunday, Yeo said the knee had been re-injured against Montreal but classified Coyle as day-to-day.

Coaches are known for not always being upfront when it comes to injuries, but in this case day-to-day was spot-on. Coyle will return to the lineup Tuesday when the Wild play the Calgary Flames at Xcel Energy Center. He'll be the right wing on the Wild's top line, alongside Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu.

"A couple days off was really good," Coyle said. "I'm feeling a lot better about myself. It feels great right now. I'm ready to go."

Posted On Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 1:38 PM

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

McElhinney back in net for Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS -- There is no goaltending controversy brewing for the Columbus Blue Jackets, just a chance for reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky to hit the reset button according to coach Todd Richards.

As such, Curtis McElhinney will make consecutive starts for the first time this season when the Blue Jackets host the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. McElhinney stopped 24 of 26 shots in a 3-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

"McElhinney's game was good, both his last two games that he's played have been good," Richards said. "The other thing is it gives [Bobrovsky] a couple of days to work on his game."

Bobrovsky, who has a 2.79 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage in 11 games, compared to 2.00 and .932, respectively, when he was named the League's best goalie last season, has been doing extra work with goaltender coach Ian Clark to clean up his game.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 1:22 PM

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

Hurricanes activate Dvorak from injured reserve

Radek Dvorak was activated from injured reserve Tuesday by the Carolina Hurricanes, who likely will use him Tuesday night against the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.

Dvorak missed the past three games with a lower-body injury.

In 11 games Dvorak has two goals, but his most recent one was the game-winner Oct. 6 in a 2-1 victory against the Flyers.

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