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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 12:35 PM

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

Letang not ready, Neal on IR for Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins placed forward James Neal on injured reserve Tuesday, while injured defenseman Kris Letang is not prepared to return despite making progress.

Neal sustained an upper-body injury on opening night and left the game after logging less than four minutes of ice time Oct. 3 against the New Jersey Devils. In the 12 days prior to Neal going on IR, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma has said Neal would have to participate in a full practice before returning to action.

Bylsma said Neal's placement on IR is retroactive, so he would be eligible to come off at any time since it has been more than 10 days since he was injured.

To replace Neal on the roster, the Penguins recalled forward Harry Zolnierczyk from Pittsburgh's American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Zolnierczyk will play on Pittsburgh's third line with Brandon Sutter and Dustin Jeffrey on Tuesday.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 11:52 AM

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

Gaborik expected in lineup for Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Marian Gaborik is expected to be in the lineup for the team's game at the Detroit Red Wings, according to the team's website.

Gaborik sat out practice Monday with the flu and missed the team's flight to Detroit later that day.

But the Blue Jackets now report that their leading scorer is expected to board a flight Tuesday and join the team in Detroit before the game.

In four games this season, the 31-year-old leads the team in assists (four) and points (six), and is tied for the team lead with two goals.

Columbus went 4-0-1 last season against Detroit and hasn't lost at Joe Louis Arena since March 26, 2012.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 11:47 AM

By Lonnie Herman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Lightning ready for another 'test'

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning continue their season-long seven-game homestand when they host the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

For the Lightning, coming off a last-minute loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, the matchup against the Kings figures to be a test of where they stand early in the season.

"We keep running into these tests," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "Like, wow, this whole League is a test, I'm finding out."

It's hard to blame him for feeling that way. In Tampa Bay's first five games they have faced the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins and now the Los Angeles Kings.

"Again, we're playing another team that their whole core is together," Cooper said. "They played deep into the [postseason]. They throw four lines at you, they are big and they are strong."

Posted On Monday, 10.14.2013 / 8:32 PM

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

Ducks prospect Noesen out for season

Anaheim Ducks prospect Stefan Noesen, who was acquired in the trade that sent Bobby Ryan to the Ottawa Senators this summer, has suffered a torn ACL and MCL and is out for the season, the Ducks announced Monday night.

The 20-year-old right wing had just begun his professional career with the Norfolk Admirals in the American Hockey League. He appeared in two games and had four penalty minutes.

Posted On Monday, 10.14.2013 / 6:39 PM

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

Ducks recall Smith-Pelly from Norfolk

The Anaheim Ducks recalled right wing Devante Smith-Pelly from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League on Monday.

Smith-Pelly, 21, appeared in four games for Norfolk this season and scored two goals with a plus-2 rating. He played in six preseason games for the Ducks and had three points with eight penalty minutes.

Posted On Monday, 10.14.2013 / 6:30 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

MasterChef's Jessie Lysiak to appear on NHL Live

Who's hungry?

MasterChef contestant Jessie Lysiak (@MC4Jessie), will join NHL Live for the entire two hours on Tuesday, Oct. 15 to cook up some hockey-themed meals.

The daughter of former NHL player Tom Lysiak has created a special dish for each division in the League. Use #NHLDivisionMeals to guess what Jessie will make and tune in to the NHL Network on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. ET to find out which four dishes she's come up with.

Posted On Monday, 10.14.2013 / 5:33 PM

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

Hurricanes place Khudobin on IR, recall Peters

The Carolina Hurricanes placed goalie Anton Khudobin on injured reserve Monday with a lower-body injury and recalled goalie Justin Peters from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL) on an emergency basis.

Khudobin was injured after taking an awkward spill in the Hurricanes' 5-3 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday at PNC Arena.


Posted On Monday, 10.14.2013 / 2:28 PM

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

Monday highlights, previews and Emrick on NHL Live

An afternoon treat on Columbus Day, as the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings face off in an Atlantic Division game. NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have full highlights and get you ready for the other two games tonight between the Edmonton Oilers and Washington Capitals and the Minnesota Wild and Buffalo Sabres.

Also, the great Doc Emrick will be joining us for a preview of the Sabres and Wild on NBCSN. Back in my days as a student at Bowling Green State University, I once stumbled upon his lengthy doctoral dissertation at Jerome Library profiling all of the broadcasters in Major League Baseball in 1973. The nearly two-inch thick hard-bound book was covered in dust, but had the feel of finding a buried treasure. With that fine work as a doctoral student of BGSU, the "Doc" nickname was officially born. On Monday, the Wild begin a four-game road trip against the winless Sabres.

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 Monday, 10.14.2013 / 2:18 PM

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

Sabres to implement lineup changes against Wild

BUFFALO -- Jason Pominville's return to his former home to play against his former team, the Buffalo Sabres, will get all the attention Monday, but both teams have some notable moves to be made in their lineups.

One player returning for Buffalo is defenseman Henrik Tallinder, and he offered a unique perspective on Pominville's return to Buffalo as an opponent.

"I think we all go through it at some point in our career," Tallinder said. "I think it's more him getting back to his old building where he has played for so many years. I remember when I got back here [as a member of the New Jersey Devils], it's always like a boost or you get a little bit more jacked up because it's your old building.

"He's a good player, he's a great player. It's always going tough to play against him, but after you practice against him for so long you learn his weakness and what his strong suit is," Tallinder said with a smile.


Posted On Monday, 10.14.2013 / 1:59 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Melrose Minute

Melrose Minute: Avalanche for real, Blues are elite

Out in the Western Conference this season we see the usual suspects like the Chicago Blackhawks, the San Jose Sharks and the St. Louis Blues among the leaders in the standings. But through five games there's one surprise team that's right there with them, and it's the Colorado Avalanche. After struggling the last few seasons this kind of 5-0-0 start is unexpected, but I think they're for real.

If you look at their goaltending, Semyon Varlamov's numbers have been fantastic, but even when he gets a night off Jean-Sebastien Giguere comes in to play one game and is awesome. The Avalanche have a backup goaltender that's won the Conn Smythe Trophy. Not many teams have that in hockey. Then you look at their defense. This was supposed to be their weakest link, but it's been very good so far. Everyone knew Colorado's forwards would score, but the defense and goaltending were expected to be weaknesses and they've actually been their strengths. Add that to their sheer talent up front after all the high draft picks they've had, and throw in what Patrick Roy has brought to the team as coach, and you've got a 5-0-0 record.

The Avalanche can score, but if it's a low-scoring game, they've now got the goaltending to compete and defensively they're committed. When you've drafted as high as the Avs have for as long as they have, you know you've got talent on your team. Next to the Edmonton Oilers, the Avs have had the highest picks in the NHL over the past five years and now that roster has Nathan MacKinnon, Paul Stastny, Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog on it, and don't forget Erik Johnson was a No. 1 pick by St. Louis. This team was always going to be talented, but it takes someone to bring that talent out. That's where Roy has come in. Roy has done a great job and you've got to give him the credit for this turnaround. When you look at this team vs. who was on the roster a year ago, the only real difference aside from drafting Nathan MacKinnon is Roy. He's come in and demanded work ethic, he's demanded preparation, he's demanded commitment to winning and he's getting all those things.

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