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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 3:00 PM

By Pete Jensen -  NHL.com Fantasy Insider /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Category coverage puts Hanzal on map

Injuries are piling up around the League, with Rick Nash (head), Vincent Lecavalier (lower body) and Scott Hartnell (upper body) all on injured reserve in Yahoo Fantasy leagues and James Neal (upper body) set to join them on that list.

So where can fantasy owners find someone playing top-line minutes to fill a void left by one of the aforementioned forwards?

Look no further than Martin Hanzal of the Phoenix Coyotes. His multi-category performance early on this season puts him in very small company.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 2:38 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Tuesday October 15th:

Minnesota Wild vs Toronto Maple Leafs - Maple Leafs

Buffalo Sabres vs New York Islanders - Islanders

Vancouver Canucks vs Philadelphia Flyers - Canucks

Edmonton Oilers vs Pittsburgh Penguins - Penguins

Chicago Blackhawks vs Carolina Hurricanes - Blackhawks

Los Angeles Kings vs Tampa Bay Lightning -Kings

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Detroit Red Wings - Blue Jackets

San Jose Sharks vs St. Louis Blues - Sharks

Florida Panthers vs Nashville Predators - Predators

Montreal Canadiens vs Winnipeg Jets - Jets

Dallas Stars vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

Ottawa Senators vs Phoenix Coyotes - Senators

E.J.'s Season Record: 30-11-0

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 2:38 PM

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

Canadiens hope to finish road trip on high note

WINNIPEG -- The Montreal Canadiens have an opportunity to head back home happy when they meet the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on Tuesday.

The Canadiens (3-2-0) took two of three games last week in Western Canada, and a win against the Jets would wrap the trip nicely for coach Michel Therrien and his team. After playing Winnipeg, Montreal will play six of its next seven games at Bell Centre.

"It has been a long road trip," Canadiens center Lars Eller said, "and we want to round it out in a good way before we get back home. I think everybody is very excited to get back home, but we want to finish off in a good way, and that's going to make [returning home] that much better."

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 2:37 PM

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Lightning to host 'Go Green Night' tonight

The Tampa Bay Lightning will host their annual ‘Go Green Night' this evening when the Lightning take on the Los Angeles Kings at 7:30 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The event, which benefits Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, will encourage physical fitness and environmental awareness.

Fans who ride their bike to the game on Tuesday night will be eligible for a discounted ticket for the Lightning’s game against the Kings. Cyclists riding to the game may valet park their bike on Ford Thunder Alley and will receive a voucher for a discounted ticket at the McDonald’s ® Box Office, while supplies last. The ticket voucher is valid for a $15 Terrace Level seat or participants may upgrade to a Lower Bowl ticket for $35, including all fees and taxes.

For more information, visit lightning.nhl.com

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 2:18 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Breakdown of Pominville's goals against each team

Minnesota Wild Jason Pominville's goal against his former team was not only the game-winning goal but now give him a goal against all 30 NHL teams. Pominville has five teams he has one goal against and on the other side has scored 18 goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Here is a full breakdown of his goal distribution:

Anaheim Ducks - 2 goals in 9 GP

Boston Bruins - 15 goals in 49 GP

Calgary Flames - 2 goals in 8 GP

Carolina Hurricanes - 13 goals in 30 GP

Chicago Blackhawks - 3 goals in 7 GP

Colorado Avalanche - 2 goals in 6 GP

Columbus Blue Jackets - 7 goals in 10 GP

Dallas Stars - 1 goal in 6 GP

Detroit Red Wings - 1 goal in 9 GP

Edmonton Oilers 1 goal in 7 GP

Florida Panthers - 11 goals in 30 GP

Los Angeles Kings - 3 goals in 9 GP

Minnesota Wild - 1 goal in 6 GP

Montreal Canadiens - 8 goals in 49 GP

Nashville Predators - 3 goals in 7 GP

New Jersey Devils - 9 goals in 26 GP

New York Islanders - 5 goals in 27 GP

New York Rangers - 6 goals in 28 GP

Ottawa Senators - 10 goals in 46 GP

Philadelphia Flyers - 11 goals in 28 GP

Phoenix Coyotes - 4 goals in 8 GP

Pittsburgh Penguins - 9 goals in 29 GP

San Jose Sharks - 4 goals in 9 GP

St. Louis Blues - 3 goals in 7 GP

Tampa Bay Lightning - 16 goals in 29 GP

Toronto Maple Leafs - 18 goals in 50 GP

Vancouver Canucks - 2 goals in 6 GP

Washington Capitals - 9 goals in 30 GP

Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers - 11 goals in 28 GP

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 2:13 PM

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

Canucks hoping to find identity during road trip

PHILADELPHIA -- Since he got the job in June, Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella has been talking about establishing an identity, about making the team tougher to play against.

Through six games it has shown up in spurts, Henrik Sedin told NHL.com, but Tortorella and the Canucks' captain think the team really can hone in on establishing that identity and staying consistent with it on its seven-game road trip, which begins Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

"Yeah, I think it's an important couple of weeks for me to understand them because you are with one another, doing things together as a team, both on and off the ice in this length of a trip," Tortorella said. "It's for both ways, me to understand them and them to understand me, and really to confine yourselves with one another to build this. I think it's a good time."

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 2:09 PM

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

Good hockey and good food on NHL Live

There are 12 games on the schedule Tuesday in the NHL and starting at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, NHL Live will have the latest on all of them.

Two undefeated teams square off in St. Louis when the St. Louis Blues host the San Jose Sharks (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN) and we'll get a live preview in St. Louis. We'll also show the warmups of the early games in our Ice Pass via our Arena Cam.

In addition to all of the game coverage Tuesday, we've also got a food-themed show with Jessie Lysiak stopping by from the Fox television show "MasterChef." Jessie is the daughter of former Atlanta Flame and Chicago Blackhawk, Tom Lysiak who played in the NHL for 13 seasons. She's also the girlfriend of Sharks defenseman Justin Braun and finished third in this summer's Masterchef competition. On Tuesday she'll be preparing a hockey-inspired meal from each division, sharing some recipes, and talking to us about her background and take us behind the scenes of the intense reality cooking show.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 1:45 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Hertl will be in Sharks' lineup

ST. LOUIS -- San Jose Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl, who has been banged up in the last two games, will play Tuesday when the Sharks play against the St. Louis Blues (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2).

Hertl was hit in the head by the Vancouver Canucks' Alexander Edler in the Sharks' 4-1 victory at Vancouver on Thursday. Edler was suspended three games by the NHL Department of Player Safety for the hit.

Hertl finished the game, but then got hit hard again by the Ottawa Senators' Clarke MacArthur in the Sharks' 3-2 victory Saturday.

But Hertl, the 17th pick in the 2012 NHL Draft who leads the team with seven goals and eight points, was in his regular spot Tuesday, skating on the top line with Joe Thornton and Brent Burns.

"I feel very good and I am ready tonight," Hertl said. "Two days [off] for my body and today now, I am ready to go for the game."

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 1:24 PM

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

Grabner to get more time on Islanders' top line

After skating much of the season with Matt Moulson on the left wing, the New York Islanders' top line, featuring captain John Tavares and right wing Kyle Okposo, could be getting a slight makeover for their game Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres.

During the team's morning skate, Tavares and Okposo matched up with Michael Grabner, who leads the team through five games with five assists, seven points and a plus-5 rating. Considered among the fastest skaters in the League, Grabner is a definite departure from Moulson, who has flanked Tavares for much of the star center's career.

After contributing three straight 30-goal seasons by parking himself in front of the opposition's crease, Moulson is off to a slow start to the 2013-14 season, with one goal and no assists in five games. Grabner, on the other hand, is off to a fantastic start and using his speed in a way that Islanders coach Jack Capuano thinks could benefit his top line.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 1:11 PM

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

Kobasew moves up to Penguins' second line

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins' line combinations again will go through another set of changes due to an injury to a top-six forward.

Beau Bennett (lower-body injury) will sit out Pittsburgh's game Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers at Consol Energy Center. With James Neal on injured reserve, Chuck Kobasew will be the latest Penguins forward to get an opportunity to play alongside Evgeni Malkin and Jussi Jokinen.

Kobasew was effective on Pittsburgh's third line and Jokinen said he expects Kobasew to fit in well next to him and Malkin.

"I think it's still pretty normal," Jokinen said. "How it is in the NHL, there are so many injuries and the coaches like to mix up the lines, so I think everybody's used to it, that there are going to be different line combinations.

"Especially now with Chuck Kobasew playing with us, he's a really good two-way player who is a hard-nosed player that goes to the net and does all of those little things and can score goals and can make plays too."

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I definitely think going back down helped me, I had a lot of confidence down there, I played a lot of minutes and I think that helped me a lot. With the 37 games up here, that gave me experience as well. I know what it takes to play in the NHL and now it's time for me to show that I'm capable of being a full-time NHL player.

— Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl on finishing the 2014-15 season in juniors after playing 37 games with Edmonton to begin the season