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Posted On Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 1:47 PM

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

Bruins to give Johnson first start against Sabres

BUFFALO -- The Boston Bruins will look to extend their winning streak to three games Wednesday against the Buffalo Sabres (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2) with a new face in goal.

Veteran Chad Johnson will get the start against the Bruins, and it comes after not seeing any game action in the past 32 days.

"I think we're looking forward to seeing him win his first game. I think it's important for him, it's important for our hockey team,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "I think it's important for him to get into some game situations now. It's been a while since he last played. We need to be extremely good in front of him and help him out there."

Johnson hasn't played since Sept. 21, when he shut out the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 in a preseason game. He'll be facing a Sabres team that's struggled offensively with 12 goals in 10 games.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 1:38 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Facial injury has Red Wings' Kronwall a question mark

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings are used to dealing with injuries this season, so the fact that they might have to play another game without top defenseman Niklas Kronwall shouldn't faze them much.

Kronwall had a puck slide up his stick at the morning skate Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena and hit him in the mouth, cutting his chin and damaging his teeth. Kronwall, who has missed the past two games with a concussion, was sent to see a dentist and is listed as a game-time decision for the team's game Wednesday against the visiting Ottawa Senators (7:30 p.m., TSN).

The Red Wings recalled rookie defenseman Xavier Ouellet from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League in case Kronwall can't play.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 1:15 PM

By Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Surprising forward-defenseman pairs

It's no secret that chemistry between two skaters can pay major dividends in fantasy hockey.

Having two players on your roster that work cohesively and regularly combine to account for team goals can compound normal statistical production in your favor. It's comparable to having a strong quarterback-wide receiver connection in fantasy football. Common success between two players can give your team a sizable boost.

But while this season's most productive forward-to-forward point pairs (Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz, etc.) could have been anticipated prior to the season, it would have been much more difficult to detect which forward-defenseman combinations have been most valuable to this point.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst / - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Sabres and Bruins in different places now

This week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game features two teams that have competed in countless classic games through the years. Whether it was in the Adams, Northeast or Atlantic divisions, the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres have always been a great matchup.

They're likely to engage in another great game Wednesday night. But in the big picture, these are two teams in very different places. And if the Buffalo Sabres truly want to turn things around for their franchise, they can take a hint from the Bruins.

I really like what I've seen from the Bruins. The thing that impresses me most is that they play the same way every night. From night to night, the Bruins have an identity to their game. They check well, they're physical, they're smart, they work hard. They're a disciplined team for the most part. But in addition to that, Tuukka Rask has been excellent. You put all that together and that is why they continue to have success.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 11:26 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

CGY @ PHX - 10:19 of the Second Period

At 10:19 of the second period in the Flames/Coyotes game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Mike Ribeiro deflected Mikkel Boedker's shot into the net with his stick below the crossbar. According to Rule 60.5 "The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick. If the puck makes contact with the stick below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed." Good Goal Phoenix.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 6:15 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Tuesday October 22nd:

Anaheim Ducks vs Toronto Maple Leafs: Ducks

Vancouver Canucks vs New York Islanders: Canucks

New Jersey Devils vs Columbus Blue Jackets: Devils

Edmonton Oilers vs Montreal Canadiens: Canadiens

Chicago Blackhawks vs Florida Panthers: Blackhawks

Nashville Predators vs Minnesota Wild: Wild

Washington Capitals vs Winnipeg Jets: Capitals

Calgary Flames vs Phoenix Coyotes: Coyotes

E.J.'s Season Record: 50-24-5

Posted On Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 4:40 PM

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

Coyotes captain Doan won't play vs. Flames

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes will be without their captain Tuesday.

Alberta native Shane Doan, who sustained a lower-body injury in 5-2 win Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings, skated only briefly at an optional morning skate Tuesday and won't play Tuesday night against the Calgary Flames at Arena.

Doan skated briefly at an optional practice Monday and came off the ice looking disappointed. In anticipation of Doan's probable absence, the Coyotes recalled Brandon Yip from the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League to add an extra forward to the roster. Center Tim Kennedy was sent back to the AHL.

A notoriously slow starter, Doan has one goal and three points in the first nine games this season.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 3:53 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Miller to serve as coach/GM of new USHL team

The United States Hockey League on Tuesday announced that Steve Miller, an associate coach at the University of Denver the past 20 years, will serve as the first coach and general manager of the league's new team in Madison, Wisc., which will begin play in the 2014-15 season.

As part of his responsibilities at Denver, Miller worked primarily with the defensemen and was the school's recruiting coordinator. In addition to on-ice coaching, he assists with video breakdown and game analysis.

The new Madison team marks the return of USHL hockey to the city after nearly 20 years. The city was first part of the league for 11 seasons (1984-95), competing as the Madison Capitols (1984-91) and the Wisconsin Capitols (1991-95). The Capitols won more than 200 games during their time in Madison, including a team record 33 games in the 1986-87 and 1988-89 seasons under coach Scott Owens, who now coaches Colorado College.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 2:30 PM

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

Reunion night in Toronto as Ducks visit Maple Leafs

TORONTO -- There are plenty of familiar faces facing each other Tuesday at Air Canada Centre in Toronto with the Anaheim Ducks in town to face the Toronto Maple Leafs.

On the Maple Leafs side, coach Randy Carlyle used to coach the Ducks and forwards Joffrey Lupul and Troy Bodie used to play for Anaheim. Anaheim features former Maple Leafs defenseman Francois Beauchemin as well as a roster filled with players who used to play for Carlyle. Those involved on both sides are downplaying the reunion aspect of the game.

"We need the two points," Lupul said. "They're a team that's obviously playing at a high level right now so we're looking forward to challenging ourselves, to measuring ourselves against this team. We had Chicago the other day, we didn't play as well as we would've liked against Chicago. Now a chance with Anaheim, another one of the top teams in the West right now. It's good for us to measure ourselves to see where we stand."

Posted On Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 2:20 PM

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

Capitals hope to continue success in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG -- The Washington Capitals return to where they triggered the beginning of the Winnipeg Jets' demise last spring.

Southeast Division members until NHL realignment split them this past summer, the Capitals and Jets will reunite at MTS Centre when they meet Tuesday in the Capitals' only visit to Winnipeg this season.

In March the Capitals took 4-0 and 6-1 wins in back-to-back games in Winnipeg that triggered a month-long run that pushed the Capitals past the Jets to an eventual Southeast Division title. The Capitals, who begin a season-long five-game road trip Tuesday, have shut out the Jets in three of the teams' past five meetings in Winnipeg, outscoring them 16-4 in those five games.

"[The back-to-back wins were] the turning [point] of our season," Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby said after the team's morning skate. "Our team played great here."

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