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Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 8:56 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

CHI @ TBL - 10:36 of the Second Period

At 10:36 of the second period in the Blackhawks/Lightning game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Marian Hossa's stick was below the level of the crossbar when he deflected the puck into the net. 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 Chicago.

Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 8:39 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

CAR @ MIN - 11:55 of the First Period

At 11:55 of the first period in the Hurricanes/Wild game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that the puck entered the Carolina net in a legal fashion. Good goal Minnesota.

Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 7:03 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Thursday October 24th:

San Jose Sharks vs Boston Bruins - Sharks

Vancouver Canucks vs New Jersey Devils - Canucks

New York Rangers vs Philadelphia Flyers - Flyers

Anahein Ducks vs Montreal Canadiens - Ducks

Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning - Lightning

Winnipeg Jets vs Nashville Predators - Predators

Carolina Hurricanes vs Minnesota Wild - Wild

Calgary Flames vs Dallas Stars - Flames

Washington Capitals vs Edmonton Oilers - Capitals

Phoenix Coyotes vs Los Angeles Kings - Kings

E.J.'s Season Record: 57-27-5

Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 4:58 PM

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

Jets seek to avenge previous loss to Predators

It only has been four days since the Winnipeg Jets last played the Nashville Predators, and the bad taste from their 3-1 home loss Sunday remains in the mouth of coach Claude Noel.

The Jets were frustrated much of the game despite outshooting the Predators 39-26. Nashville scored three times in the second period to take a 3-0 lead before Evander Kane scored the Jets' lone goal in the third.

The Predators will be without goaltender Pekka Rinne, who is out with a hip injury. But that hardly should matter to Winnipeg, which faced backup goaltender Carter Hutton in their previous Central Division matchup.

"Their other goalie played against us [Sunday] and played fine. We just didn't get enough traffic in front of him," Noel said Thursday. "But they'll be ready for us because they didn't play well in Minnesota [on Tuesday]. They had the same problems we had. They're not happy either."

Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 4:14 PM

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

Pominville, Faulk appear on Thursday's NHL Live

A big night in the NHL on Thursday as 10 games are on the schedule and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will also be celebrating Hockey Fights Cancer. We'll get live reports from Kenny Albert in Philadelphia, Billy Jaffe in Boston and Eddie Olcyzk in Tampa Bay.

Also, we'll get a full preview of the Minnesota Wild vs. Carolina Hurricanes game as Wild forward Jason Pominville will join us. Minnesota has won four straight against Carolina. On the Canes' side, defenseman Justin Faulk will join us as he returns to his home state, where he also starred for the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He's also expected to go head-to-head against his former Bulldog teammate Justin Fontaine, who is skating on Minnesota's top line.

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 Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 3:51 PM

By Derek Van Diest - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Oilers, Capitals each seek three-game win streak

EDMONTON -- A three-game winning streak is on the line Thursday when the Edmonton Oilers host the Washington Capitals at Rexall Place.

Each team enters having won its previous pair, with the Oilers salvaging the last two games of a six-game road trip. One of the stops early in the trip was Washington, where the Capitals posted a 4-2 victory.

"At least you have a little bit of a feel of what they're looking to do and it's fresh in our minds," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. "The good thing is that we don't have to spend a lot of time on 5-on-5 pre-scout video and we can get right to the details very quickly.

"For me it's always good to play teams right away after. The competitiveness of the game is still there and obviously we'd like to rebound off the game we played in Washington as well."

Alex Ovechkin scored in the victory against the Oilers 10 days ago and has added three more goals since to lead the League with nine.

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.

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