NHL Live goes coast-to-coast today as we break down the Atlantic and Pacific divisions with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. We'll dive in and check out new faces and coaches on the hot seat. Plus, EJ will predict his division winners.
The Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks drop the puck on the NHL Network tonight at 7 p.m. ET. We'll get a live preview of this game from Capitals radio voice John Walton from our Arena Cam in Washington.
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All three players have past NHL experience. Hamill, the No. 8 pick in the 2007 NHL Draft, has four assists in 20 career games with the Boston Bruins. Pelletier is scoreless in 13 games with the Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks. Stuart has eight goals and 13 points in 56 games for the Atlanta Thrashers and Buffalo Sabres.
Following his first preseason game as the Colorado Avalanche's coach, Patrick Roy said he saw plenty of positives in his team's 2-1 loss Wednesday night to the Anaheim Ducks. He called it a "good step in the right direction" and lauded the team's 5-on-5 play. But no one earned more praise than 18-year-old defenseman Chris Bigras.
"There's nothing I didn't like [about his play]. Even when he was in trouble, he found a way to get back," Roy said on Thursday. "He's pretty amazing. I'm overwhelmed by him right now."
The Nashville Predators on Friday reduced their training camp roster to 42 players by reassigning three players to their junior teams, sending five players to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League and releasing 11 players from their tryout agreements.
The New Jersey Devils reassigned 21 players on Friday, sending 15 to their American Hockey League affiliate and six others to their respective junior teams.
Goaltender Anthony Brodeur, taken in the final round of the 2013 NHL Draft, fell into the latter group, as he was sent back to Gatineau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Also returned to juniors were forwards Myles Bell (Kelowna, Western Hockey League), Graham Black (Swift Current, WHL), Remy Giftopoulos (Windsor, Ontario Hockey League), Ben Johnson (Windsor, OHL) and Ryan Kujawinski (Kingston, OHL).
Clutterbuck was injured Tuesday in the third period of a preseason game against the Calgary Flames when he went to make a hit on Paul Byron and got cut by a skate. It was his first game in an Islanders uniform since coming to the team from the Minnesota Wild in a draft-day trade.