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Posted On Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 12:44 PM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Schneider out with lower-body injury for Devils

BOSTON – The news for the New Jersey Devils on Friday was that Martin Brodeur would get the start against the Boston Bruins on Saturday after three straight starts for Cory Schneider.

The Devils revealed Saturday there was more to that decision than a desire to get Brodeur into his first game since Oct. 17. Schneider is out with a lower-body injury and didn't even make the trip to his hometown. The projection for his return is up in the air.

"I don't know the answer to that. I think it's short-term, but I don't know," coach Peter DeBoer said after his team's morning skate.

Posted On Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 12:43 PM

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

Reimer likely in net for Maple Leafs

TORONTO -- The matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night features a pair of teams coming off bad losses on Friday.

Toronto's 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets brought out a few unlikely faces at the morning skate. Captain Dion Phaneuf, David Clarkson and Jonathan Bernier all took part as well as minor-league call-up Carter Ashton among others. With Ashton up, forward Josh Leivo was sent back to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

Bernier's appearance likely means James Reimer will get the start against the Penguins. Bernier has earned the decision in the last four games for the Maple Leafs. In Reimer's last start, he left the game just 32 seconds into the team's 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 17 after colliding with Leivo. Prior to that, he stopped 36 shots in a 4-1 win against the Minnesota Wild.

One player who was not at the morning skate was Joffrey Lupul. Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said they've sent Lupul for a CT scan to see if he has more than a bruised foot. Lupul was hurt at practice on Thursday after taking a shot off his ankle. It is doubtful he will play Saturday against Pittsburgh.

Posted On Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 11:54 AM

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

Lightning don't want to underestimate Sabres

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning wrap up their longest homestand of the season against the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night, and they are finishing the seven-game stint with an extra morning off.

Both teams had optional skates this morning and very few players took advantage of the ice time.

But while the Buffalo Sabres, who won their second game of the season Friday night against the Florida Panthers, were not on the ice Saturday morning, they certainly were on the mind of Lightning coach Jon Cooper, who cautioned his team not to take Buffalo lightly.

"All we remember is that we played Buffalo once and we had to grind out the game in overtime to get two points," Cooper said. "One thing you can't do is look at the standings. Just look at last year because we were 28th, so Buffalo might be saying, ‘oh wow, we have to be careful not to look past Tampa.'

Posted On Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 10:35 AM

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

Oilers' LaBarbera to start against former team

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Boyd Gordon and Jason LaBarbera, two former Phoenix Coyotes players who signed as free agents with the Edmonton Oilers during the summer, return to Arizona Saturday as the Oilers visit for a rare Saturday matinee.

LaBarbera will get the start against his old team. He spent four years backing up Ilya Bryzgalov and Mike Smith in Phoenix, going 22-26-9 in that span. He’s 1-2-0 this year in four appearances. The Coyotes lost Gordon when they signed Mike Ribeiro to a long-term deal, but Gordon’s faceoff ability and penalty killing prowess is missed.

The Coyotes will play without defenseman Rostislav Klesla, who suffered a lower-body injury early in a 7-4 road loss against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. The Coyotes had their seven-game points streak snapped (5-0-2) despite rallying from 4-0 down to tie the game in the third period.

Posted On Friday, 10.25.2013 / 9:42 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

CAR @ COL - 11:30 of the First Period

At 11:30 of the first period in the Hurricanes/Avalanche game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Erik Johnson did not use a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net. According to Rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal." Good goal Colorado.

Posted On Friday, 10.25.2013 / 7:46 PM

By Sean Farrell - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Selanne sits out for Ducks against Senators

OTTAWA -- Teemu Selanne was a scratch for the Anaheim Ducks' game against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday.

Selanne, who played in Anaheim's 4-1 loss at the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, is not expected to play games on consecutive days this season. He is four games shy of his 1,400th regular-season NHL game.

Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen made his first career start. He made his NHL debut Sunday with a win in relief of Jonas Hiller.

Posted On Friday, 10.25.2013 / 4:42 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Canada WJC coaches to lead Super Series teams

Canada's coaching staff for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship will have a big hand in the next step in the selection process for the team that will go to Malmo, Sweden for this year's tournament.

Brent Sutter, who will coach the team as it looks to return to the medal stand after finishing fourth at the 2013 WJC, will serve as coach for the two games the Western Hockey League stars will play against Russia in the 2013 Subway Super Series.

Sutter, who coaches the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL, will lead the team in games Nov. 27 in Red Deer, Alberta, and Nov. 28 in Lethbridge, Alberta. Serving as Sutter's assistant coach in those games will be Kootenay Ice coach Ryan McGill, who also will be on Sutter's staff for the WJC.

Posted On Friday, 10.25.2013 / 3:39 PM

By Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Banged-up Hurricanes to start Peters vs. Avalanche

DENVER -- The Carolina Hurricanes will hobble into Pepsi Center on Friday to play the Colorado Avalanche with two goalies who began the season in the American Hockey League.

Justin Peters, who replaced injured Cam Ward early in the first period against the Minnesota Wild in a 3-1 loss Thursday, will start in goal against the Avalanche.

Ward sustained a lower-body injury when he kicked out his right leg in an attempt to stop a shot by Mikael Granlund that went wide. Ward has been placed on injured reserve and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks.

Peters, who stopped 19 of 21 shots Thursday, had been recalled from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League on Oct. 14 after backup goalie Anton Khudobin sustained a lower-body injury in an Oct. 13 game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Hurricanes called up Mike Murphy from Charlotte on an emergency basis Friday to dress as Peters' backup against the Avalanche. A sixth-round pick (No. 165) in the 2008 NHL Draft, Murphy is 1-2-0 with a 3.81 goals-against average in three AHL games this season.

Posted On Friday, 10.25.2013 / 3:20 PM

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

NHL Live looks at returns of Letang, Clarkson

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang and Toronto Maple Leafs right wing David Clarkson are returning Friday night and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have live updates from Pittsburgh and Columbus from our Arena Cam. We'll also have a look at a #FlashbackFriday as the Ottawa Senators' Bobby Ryan is back facing his old team on NHL Network.

Plus, we'll have our first edition of the "Face-Off" as EJ and Barry Melrose debate three interesting topics: Best Team, Best Defenseman to Build Around, and Who's to Blame for the struggles in Buffalo.

Also, it's a fairly busy Friday night with six games in the NHL and it's even busier for eight of the 12 teams as they play the first or second of back-to-back games. Vancouver concludes a seven-game trip in St. Louis against a Blues team that hasn't played in a week. Meanwhile, the Carolina Hurricanes play the last of a four-game road swing in Colorado after being in Minnesota last night. The Avalanche have been off since Monday.

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, 10.25.2013 / 2:49 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Friday October 25th:

New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins - Penguins

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Columbus Blue Jackets - Maple Leafs

Anaheim Ducks vs Ottawa Senators - Senators

Buffalo Sabres vs Florida Panthers - Panthers

Vancouver Canucks vs St. Louis Blues - Blues

Carolina Hurricanes vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

E.J.'s Season Record: 64-30-5

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