Share with your Friends

Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 2:58 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Kings juggle lines, split Brown and Kopitar

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter doesn't mix his lines as much as other coaches, but he does it at predictable times.

Los Angeles is coming off a rare home loss in which it allowed three power-play goals and enters its game Thursday against the Phoenix Coyotes having been shorthanded 43 times, third-most in the NHL. Home-ice dominance and penalty killing are staples of the Kings' game, so it wasn't surprising that Sutter shook things up.

"We've seen it before so it's not really a big deal," Kings center Anze Kopitar said. "But I guess it brings a little bit of attention to everybody."

Sutter separated Kopitar and captain Dustin Brown, who was moved to the third line with Jarret Stoll and Trevor Lewis. Mike Richards appears to be getting a look at left wing with Jeff Carter at center and Matt Frattin on the right side. Carter takes a lot of faceoffs anyway, while the Richards-Frattin swap is yet another admission that L.A. desperately needs left-wing scoring.

Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 2:48 PM

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

Lecavalier back in lineup for Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers likely will have Vincent Lecavalier back in the lineup Thursday when they face the New York Rangers, but he won't be in his usual spot at center.

Lecavalier, who has missed the past three games with a lower-body injury, skated at right wing on the team's top line at the morning skate, with Claude Giroux at center and Michael Raffl at left wing.

"I want to be out there and be part of it," Lecavalier said. "We're doing some good things. It's hard to [see it that way] when you are 1-7, but we want to keep pushing and I want to help as much as I can.

"The chances are there and that's a positive. I love [playing with Giroux]. He's a smart player who makes quick little plays. He's easy to play with. It's been going really good in practices. When you are with him and you look at the way he thinks out there, he's special. … I want to try to be physical on the puck and be strong in the corners on the puck, and if he's making great plays either me or Raffl has to bury it."

Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 2:12 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Stajan returns for Flames; Connauton debuts for Stars

DALLAS -- The Calgary Flames and the Dallas Stars will make several changes to their respective lineups for their game Thursday here at American Airlines Center.

For Calgary, Matt Stajan will return to the ice for the first time since Oct. 3, while for Dallas defenseman Kevin Connauton will make his NHL debut with Alex Goligoski a healthy scratch.

Stajan has missed the Flames' past eight games with a leg injury but likely will be on a line with Curtis Glencross and Lee Stempniak against the Stars.

"The old linemates will be reunited: Stajan, [Glencross and Stempniak], three guys that have pretty good chemistry together. I'm expecting a big game out of those three guys," Flames coach Bob Hartley said after the morning skate.

With Stajan back on the ice, Sven Baertschi likely will be scratched. Calgary captain Mark Giordano, who missed a 4-2 loss at the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday with an undisclosed injury, again will be a game-time decision.

"He's going to be a game-time decision again [Thursday]. I can't say more right now," Hartley said.

Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 2:05 PM

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

Lundqvist: Injury occurred in Rangers' second game

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said Thursday he sustained an injury in the team's second game of the season that's he battled ever since.

Lundqvist won't be in uniform Thursday when the Rangers visit the Philadelphia Flyers, but he was on the ice earlier in the day for a 30-minute workout, during which he took shots from Mats Zuccarello, Carl Hagelin and Justin Falk.

Lundqvist said afterward he's "feeling better." He apparently was hurt at some point during a 3-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 7. Lundqvist declined to specify what the injury was.

Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 1:44 PM

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

Blackhawks give Khabibulin start against Lightning

TAMPA -- It was almost 10 years ago that Nikolai Khabibulin led the Tampa Bay Lightning to a Stanley Cup, and since then the Chicago Blackhawks goaltender has played one game in Tampa against his former team. On Thursday he gets to play his second.

"We wanted to get Khabibulin a game on this road trip and I thought Tampa would be the right one," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "After all, he does have some history here."

He certainly does. Especially the last few moments of Game 7 of the 2004 Final, when he made a diving save on Calgary Flames defenseman Jordan Leopold to preserve the win and give the Lightning the Cup.

"I still think about that save," Khabibulin said, "but less and less as time goes by. Sometimes it pops up, kind of like, 'What if?'"

Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 1:38 PM

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

Canucks' Booth back in, determined to improve game

NEWARK, N.J. -- Vancouver Canucks forward David Booth will return to the lineup Thursday against the New Jersey Devils after being a healthy scratch for the first time in his NHL career Tuesday at the New York Islanders.

Canucks coach John Tortorella said he benched Booth in favor of a seventh defenseman against the Islanders because "he's not doing enough to play, plain and simple." Tortorella would not elaborate and said he didn't want to get into a public discussion on it.

When asked Thursday why Booth is back in the lineup, Tortorella again said he didn't want to get into a public discussion.

"I want him to play as best as he can," Tortorella said. "I'm not going to get into specifics."

Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 1:32 PM

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

Tortorella: No diving, whining on Canucks

NEWARK, N.J. -- The Vancouver Canucks haven't been getting a lot of opportunities to get their slumping power play going and coach John Tortorella has a theory as to why the calls in his team's favor have been so infrequent.

They're tied for the most games played in the NHL with 11, but they're 26th in power play opportunities with 29.

"I know the reputation from the outside looking in, when I wasn't coaching here, everybody outside thought Vancouver dove and did some whining," Tortorella said. "Our team is not going to dive. Our team has already been talked to. We're not going to dive. I don't think there is much whining going on either.

"Now, I'm certainly not trying to accuse the League or the refs of that, but I know there's been a reputation. I've been in the League long enough, and sometimes that hangs around too. I guess it's my chance to say we're going to be an honest team, we're trying to be an honest team, and I hope we get some … calls along the way."

Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 1:31 PM

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

Palmieri, Lovejoy likely scratches for Ducks

MONTREAL -- The Anaheim Ducks likely will have a slightly different look from the team that lost 4-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs when they face the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

Right wing Devante Smith-Pelly appears as though he will make his season debut in the place of Kyle Palmieri, who would be a healthy scratch for the first time this season. Smith-Pelly was called up Tuesday from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, where he had two goals in six games.

Palmieri has one goal and one assist in eight games for the Ducks, but played three shifts in the third period of the Ducks' game Tuesday in Toronto.

Also expected to draw back into the Ducks lineup is defenseman Mark Fistric, in place of Ben Lovejoy. Fistric has been scratched seven straight games, but Lovejoy played a season-low 12:35 Tuesday and was limited to four shifts in the third.

Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 1:30 PM

By Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Playoff hero Krug sees role expand

Torey Krug's breakout performance for the Boston Bruins in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs made him a household name.

Now the rookie blueliner's power-play role not only has carried over to his first full NHL season, but also expanded.

But what's even more stunning is how long it's taking fantasy owners to notice.

Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 1:25 PM

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

Injuries a big part of early season for Wild, Hurricanes

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A number of injures on the blue line have forced the Minnesota Wild to shuffle their defensive pairs heading into their game Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes at Xcel Energy Center.

The team announced Wednesday that Jonas Brodin, hit in the face by a dump-in attempt by Gabriel Bourque during a game Tuesday against the Nashville Predators, sustained a broken cheekbone on the play. He will not play against Carolina, but Wild coach Mike Yeo indicated Brodin could be back sooner than initially expected.

"I would suspect we could get him back on the ice [Friday] and hopefully back in the lineup soon," Yeo said.

Brodin, who is tied for the NHL lead among defensemen with three goals, also averages more than 24 minutes of ice time per game. His spot on the Wild's top pairing with Ryan Suter will fall to Jared Spurgeon, who held that spot for the first handful of games last season before Brodin established himself as one of the League's best young defensemen.

First | Prev | 665 | 666 | 667 | 668 | 669 | 670 | 671-676 | Next | Last
Quote of the Day

Every D-man who comes from Sweden has watched him play. He was my idol growing up and he's the reason I started to play 'D.'

— Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson on Hall of Fame defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom
World Cup of Hockey ticket info