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Posted On Friday, 12.06.2013 / 4:40 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Boychuk set to make season debut for Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes will juggle their lineup Friday when they play the San Jose Sharks.

Forward Zach Boychuk was recalled from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. He likely will replace Drayson Bowman or Patrick Dwyer, who were injured in a 5-2 win against the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

It will be Boychuk's first NHL game this season after playing with the Hurricanes, Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins last season. This will mark the sixth consecutive season Boychuk has appeared in a game for Carolina. He has eight goals and 20 points in 85 NHL games.

Posted On Friday, 12.06.2013 / 4:04 PM

By Kevin Woodley - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Canucks' Alberts to pick up some of Edler's minutes

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella didn't sugarcoat how he felt about Andrew Alberts filling in for injured defenseman Alexander Edler after sitting out the past six weeks as a healthy scratch.

"I am worried about it," Tortorella said.

Alberts hasn't played since Oct. 24 and only one of the three games he has played this season came on defense; he filled in as a fourth-line forward in the other two. He played one 37-second shift Oct. 22 and three shifts totaling 1:49 on Oct. 24. Now the Canucks need him to fill some of the team-high 23:26 averaged by Edler, who is out indefinitely after injuring his right knee in a 3-1 win against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

Tortorella knows that is a lot to ask of Alberts.

"I love the guy. He is a great teammate. He just comes to work every day but he hasn't seen any game looks," Tortorella said. "With so many different looks coming at you, when you don't have those in game situations for as long as it's been, it's a tough spot.”

Posted On Friday, 12.06.2013 / 2:50 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flames expect to face an angry Avalanche squad

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames are expecting an ornery Colorado Avalanche club at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday.

The Avalanche are set to square off here less than 24 hours after being on the wrong end of an 8-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

"They'll probably be an [angry] group [Friday], I would think," Flames forward Mike Cammalleri said. "Generally after teams have an outing like that, they feel like they have something to prove to themselves, their coach, their fans, the League, everybody the next night."

Posted On Friday, 12.06.2013 / 1:50 PM

By Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Most surprising goalies based on ADP

One-third of the way into the 2013-14 NHL season, fantasy owners have seen quite a few curveballs when it comes to the goalie landscape.

While top-flight goalies Tuukka Rask, Antti Niemi and Henrik Lundqvist remain top-five material, many of those who waited a few rounds to fill this important positional need made a wise choice.

There's still a ton of hockey left to be played in the coming months, but the bottom line is many goalies who came into the season with high expectations surrounding them have either failed to live up to the hype (Sergei Bobrovsky, Craig Anderson, Jimmy Howard) or seen injuries define their season (Jonathan Quick, Pekka Rinne).

Meanwhile, when you take the Yahoo average draft position (ADP) of the League's workhorse goalies into account, it's very clear who the most pleasant surprises have been. Here are five goalies that have maximized their value based on where they were taken in drafts. If you own one of these players, you've been in good hands so far.

Posted On Friday, 12.06.2013 / 1:22 PM

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

Banged-up Red Wings happy to have Bertuzzi back

NEWARK, N.J. -- Center Darren Helm is the latest addition to the growing Detroit Red Wings injury list, but at least they will have one player back in the lineup Friday when they face the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

Right wing Todd Bertuzzi is returning after missing the past six games with an upper-body injury. He will start the game on the first line, with Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist.

The Red Wings will be without Helm (shoulder), captain Henrik Zetterberg (back), center Pavel Datsyuk (concussion) and defenseman Danny DeKeyser (shoulder). Helm is missing his first game after playing in 15 straight. An MRI exam Thursday showed fluid in the forward's shoulder.

"I'm excited to be back," Bertuzzi said. "It's not a lot of fun when you're out and all that, but it was out of my control. I feel better and I'm playing with two pretty good players so my job doesn't really change. It's get them the puck, go to the net, get to the hard areas."

Posted On Friday, 12.06.2013 / 12:24 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Devils' Boucher looking forward to playing Red Wings

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils rookie forward Reid Boucher is champing at the bit for an opportunity to play against the team he grew up idolizing while growing up in Lansing, Mich.

The Devils host the Detroit Red Wings on Friday at Prudential Center.

"I live about an hour from Detroit so it was tough to actually get to games, but I watched the Red Wings on TV a lot," Boucher said. "I enjoyed watching guys like Brett Hull and Steve Yzerman. Just a lot of special players who have been winners. That was fun to watch."

Boucher said Hull was his favorite player. Hull played three seasons with the Red Wings near the end of his Hall of Fame career.

"Hull was always my favorite player; I feel like I play like him but obviously am not as good as him," he said. "I probably don't have the shot he had."

Posted On Friday, 12.06.2013 / 11:58 AM

By Craig Merz - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Blue Jackets don't expect letdown without Bobrovsky

COLUMBUS -- A team can go one of two directions when a top player goes down with an injury.

Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said he doesn't think his team will go downward after the loss of starting goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky for 4-5 weeks due to a groin strain.

"I'm not worried about [the season] going the other way," he said. "Your team needs to respond under this circumstance. It doesn't really matter who's playing."

Posted On Friday, 12.06.2013 / 10:40 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live talks with Hitchcock, Wisconsin's Kerdiles

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, sets up a six-game Friday night in the NHL while getting you set for a weekend full of hockey.

We'll go out to Vancouver on our Arena Cam where Phoenix Coyotes forward Antoine Vermette will join us to talk about the game Friday against the Vancouver Canucks, while St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock joins the show fresh off his team's victory Thursday against the New York Islanders. We'll also check in with analyst Eddie Olczyk as well as Barry Melrose, who is here to hand out his Mullet of the Week.

This week's Tire Rack Face Off features analyst Kelly Chase debating E.J. on three hot topics from around the League. In addition, this week's College Hockey Report is with the University of Wisconsin's Nicolas Kerdiles, an Anaheim Ducks draft pick and California product who will be competing for a spot on the U.S. team going to the 2014 World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden.

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 Friday, 12.06.2013 / 3:00 AM

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

Stars showing signs of growth in tough division

As those who read this blog know, I enjoy shifting the spotlight onto players or teams that might not be getting the credit or attention that they deserve. This week, I'm able to do both.

Having said that, let's talk about the Dallas Stars and Ryan Garbutt, a guy who is doing a heck of a job this season.

The Stars may be stuck in the incredibly competitive Central Division, which boasts top teams like the Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild. But Dallas has managed to hold its own and even beat the defending champion Blackhawks on Tuesday night in Chicago. That is impressive, especially when you look at how young Dallas' roster is. But all of Dallas' young players are coming along. From Antoine Roussel, who scored the winner in Chicago on a penalty shot, to Alex Chiasson to Cody Eakin.

Posted On Thursday, 12.05.2013 / 9:46 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

DAL @ TOR - 17:14 of the Third Period

At 17:14 of the third period in the Stars/Maple Leafs game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Kevin Connauton's shot was deflected into the Maple Leafs net by Shawn Horcoff. Horcoff's stick was below the cross bar when he deflected the shot. According to Rule 60.5 "An apparent goal scored by an attacking player who strikes the puck with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall not be allowed. The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick." Good Goal Dallas.

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