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Posted On Sunday, 12.08.2013 / 5:54 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Rangers' Staal sidelined with sore neck

NEW YORK -- Defenseman Marc Staal will not play Sunday due to a sore neck as the New York Rangers host the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Staal was forced to leave the Rangers' 3-2 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday after a hit from rookie forward Reid Boucher.

Rangers' coach Alain Vigneault revealed that the neck issues were causing Staal to have "some symptoms," but would not elaborate on whether or not Staal was dealing with the same concussion issues that forced him to miss 35 games in 2011-12. Staal also missed 27 regular season games last season following a scary eye injury caused by a deflected puck.

Posted On Sunday, 12.08.2013 / 5:48 PM

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

Bruins call up two from Providence in wake of injuries

TORONTO – The Boston Bruins will have a couple of new faces in their lineup when they face theToronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Sunday night.

Forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Fraser were recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis after injuries to forwards Chris Kelly and Loui Eriksson in their 3-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday put them out of action. The team placed Kelly on long-term injured reserve and defenseman Adam McQuaid on injured reserve.

“He’s a very smart player. He makes great plays and he’s got great speed also,” Bruins forwardPatrice Bergeron said of Spooner. “He is a young player and I think he’s learning to become a professional, and also a great player on both sides of the rink. I think that’s something we preach strong here in Boston.”

Posted On Sunday, 12.08.2013 / 5:36 PM

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

Canucks recall Weber from Utica

VANCOUVER – Two days after coach John Tortorella said he was worried about defenseman Andrew Alberts stepping into the lineup after six weeks as a healthy scratch, the Vancouver Canucks recalled defenseman Yannick Weber from the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League.

Alberts played his first game since Oct. 24 and just his fourth of the season Friday against thePhoenix Coyotes in place of Alexander Edler, who is out indefinitely with a right knee injury. But Alberts, who has played two of his four games as a forward this season, finished with just six minutes and 33 seconds of ice time and only played one shift after the second period of the 3-2 overtime win.

Posted On Sunday, 12.08.2013 / 4:00 PM

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

Blackhawks activate Kostka from injured reserve

CHICAGO -- Defenseman Michael Kostka was activated from injured reserve by the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

The 28-year old Kostka missed the Blackhawks' past 23 games with a fractured foot and had one assist in two games with Rockford of the American Hockey League during a conditioning stint.

Prior to getting injured, Kostka had one goal -- the first of his NHL career -- in the two games he played for the Blackhawks. He made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season, playing 35 games and finishing with eight assists and 27 penalty minutes.

Posted On Sunday, 12.08.2013 / 1:45 PM

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

Shaw returns for Blackhawks against Panthers

CHICAGO -- There was some good news on the injury front for the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday morning.

Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell both participated in the team's optional morning skate prior to facing the Florida Panthers on Sunday night. Shaw will play against the Panthers, but Bickell still has a ways to go in his recovery from a lower-body injury.

"First time on the ice there today [for Bickell]," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "It was good to see him out there but we'll get a better indication, I guess, [when he's] out there with everybody."

Posted On Sunday, 12.08.2013 / 1:02 PM

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

Tortorella's message to Canucks: Stay aggressive

VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Canucks won't change their lineup against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night, but coach John Tortorella is still trying to change his team's mentality.

Tortorella was upset his team sat on a 2-0 third period lead against the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday, blowing the lead midway through the period and giving away a point to a Pacific Division rival they are chasing before rallying to win 3-2 in overtime.

It was the fifth time in the past seven home games that the Canucks failed to hang onto a lead in the third period. And while he made it clear the team was not guilty of sitting back with the lead in the other four losses, Tortorella still sees room for improvement.

Posted On Saturday, 12.07.2013 / 8:48 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

NJD @ NYR - 6:02 of the Second Period

At 6:02 of the second period in the Devils/Rangers game, video review confirmed the referee's call on the ice that the puck redirected off Cam Janssen's skate and entered the net in a legal fashion. 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 New Jersey.

Posted On Saturday, 12.07.2013 / 7:10 PM

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

Devils' Zidlicky scratched with upper-body injury

NEW YORK -- New Jersey Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky will be sidelined with an upper-body injury on Saturday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

The announcement was made by the Devils during pre-game warmups.

Posted On Saturday, 12.07.2013 / 6:09 PM

By Adam Vingan - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Capitals' Brouwer staying calm despite slow start

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Before the 2013-14 season, Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates singled out right wing Troy Brouwer when asked which player he expected to enjoy a breakout year.

It was a sensible prediction considering Brouwer's success in 2012-13. In 47 games, the 28-year-old finished second on the Capitals with 19 goals, which put him on pace for a career-high 33 over a full season. With his new role as the finisher on the second line, Brouwer enjoyed the new responsibilities bestowed upon him by the Washington coaching staff.

That is why Brouwer is taking his slow start this season so seriously. He has five goals and nine points, with one goal at even strength. It's a far cry from the numbers he expected from himself at this juncture.

"Coming off a season like last year where I was one of the guys who was looked at to put points on the board, be an impact every game, those expectations were a little bit higher than they have been in previous years," Brouwer told "Maybe that's the reason why I feel that I'm struggling, because I feel I should be doing more. I should be scoring more goals and putting up more points."

Posted On Saturday, 12.07.2013 / 5:35 PM

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

Young players focus for Red Wings, Panthers

With captain Henrik Zetterberg still out with a back injury and forward Pavel Datsyuk not cleared to play after sustaining a concussion, the Detroit Red Wings will again rely on their top prospects when they face another youthful team, the Florida Panthers, Saturday at Joe Louis Arena.

Datsyuk has missed six games but is expected back in the lineup Tuesday when Detroit completes the home-and-home with Florida and starts a two-game road trip. Zetterberg has missed two games but was at practice Saturday and praised the young Red Wings who have picked up the offensive slack.

That group is headed by forwards Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist, who were members of the Grand Rapids team that won the Calder Cup last summer. The pair have found chemistry with the Red Wings and combined for three points Friday in a 3-1 win against the New Jersey Devils. Tatar has four goals in his past five games.

"Guys are having an opportunity to play and they've been doing well. I think Tatar and Gus do great stuff all the time they're on the ice," Zetterberg told the Red Wings website. "Obviously you don't want to see injuries, but it's how you play through that as a team, sometimes it will make teams stronger."

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