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Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 11:17 AM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Panthers make few changes after blowout loss

One game after their 7-0 loss at the St. Louis Blues, it appears the Florida Panthers will face the Philadelphia Flyers with almost the same lineup.

According to the Miami Herald, the only change based on the team's morning skate at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia appears to be Drew Shore replacing Krys Barch at right wing on Scott Gomez’s line.

It appears Tim Thomas will make the start in net, one game after allowing five goals on 28 shots in two periods. In eight career regular season games in Philadelphia, Thomas is 8-0 with a 1.86 goals-against average and .947 save percentage. He's allowed 15 goals in those eight games. 

Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 10:54 AM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Berube juggles lines at Flyers' morning skate

VOORHEES, N.J. -- New Philadelphia Flyers coach Craig Berube began to put his imprint on the team at the morning skate Tuesday, juggling his top three lines.

Wayne Simmonds was moved to right wing on the top line, joining center Claude Giroux and left wing Scott Hartnell. Simmonds had spent the first three games on Vincent Lecavalier’s line, but Lecavalier will have Brayden Schenn at left wing and Jakub Voracek on the right.

The third line features Sean Couturier centering left Maxime Talbot and right wing Matt Read.

Posted On Monday, 10.07.2013 / 4:58 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Rangers' Callahan 'amped up' for season debut

LOS ANGELES -- Ryan Callahan didn't need much of a morning skate in anticipation of his season debut. The New York Rangers captain was among the first off the ice at Staples Center and it's not difficult to imagine he's ready for action.

"I think any first game of the year you're amped up and excited to get out there, but that's something you have to control and I think once I get that first shift or that first hit out of the way then I'll settle in," Callahan said.

Callahan had surgery in May to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and was not able to play any preseason games. He is expected to be on the third line with Taylor Pyatt and Brian Boyle when the Rangers play the Los Angeles Kings.

Posted On Monday, 10.07.2013 / 4:20 PM

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

Kings sign Sabourin to entry-level contract

The Los Angeles Kings on Monday signed forward Scott Sabourin to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The undrafted 21-year-old had 30 goals and 20 assists with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League last season. He then had one assist in five regular-season games with the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings' American Hockey League team and got into three games in the Calder Cup playoffs.

Sabourin had a minus-1 rating and two penalty minutes in one AHL game with Manchester this season.

Posted On Monday, 10.07.2013 / 3:54 PM

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

Kapanen returning to Kalpa lineup

The top 2014 NHL Draft-eligible prospect from Finland, forward Kasperi Kapanen, will return to the lineup for Kalpa in SM-liiga on Tuesday after sitting out the past three games with a lower-body injury.

Kapanen, an "A"-rated prospect on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list of the top prospects from Finland, sustained his injury Sept. 24. According to European Director of Central Scouting, Goran Stubb, Kapanen is expected to resume his role on the team's top line, alongside his father Sami, against HIFK on Tuesday.

Kapanen (5-foot-11, 172 pounds) has a goal and two points in four games for Kalpa in SM-liiga in 2013-14. Barring injury, he'll likely play for Finland at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden. Kapanen had eight points, including a team-leading five goals, for Finland at the 2013 WJC.

Posted On Monday, 10.07.2013 / 3:25 PM

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

Nugent-Hopkins returns to Oilers' lineup

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers are moving Taylor Hall back to the wing, reuniting their top line and sitting Ryan Smyth as they host the New Jersey Devils on Monday at Rexall Place.

They also are starting backup goaltender Jason LaBarbera in an attempt to earn their first win of the season.

The game marks the return of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, back nearly four weeks earlier than expected from April shoulder surgery. He'll center the Oilers' top line, with Hall on the left and Jordan Eberle on the right wing.

"I feel great," Nugent-Hopkins said. "I'm excited. It's going to be fun. I need to get involved early, I know that. There is going to be some good energy in the building for sure. As far as the team standpoint, you have to get off to a good start and keep playing for 60 minutes."

Nugent-Hopkins' return brought an end to the Hall experiment at center, which saw the first pick of the 2010 NHL Draft total one assist and a minus-5 rating in the Oilers' first two games.

Posted On Monday, 10.07.2013 / 2:54 PM

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

Devils go Brodeur on Monday, Schneider vs. Canucks

New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer confirmed his goalie rotation for the next two games. Martin Brodeur will start Monday against the Edmonton Oilers and Cory Schneider will face his former team, the Vancouver Canucks, on Tuesday.

"When we got Cory, and then I got the schedule, it became a no-brainer," DeBoer told reporters while the Devils took part in an optional skate in preparation for Monday's game in Edmonton. "I didn't have to spend a lot of time on it. With the back-to-back situation the plan was to split them on back-to-backs, especially early in the season anyway. It just made sense that those would be how we would rotate them in the two games.

"You talk to any player. They want to play against their old team. There is a comfort level there with the personnel on the other side, with the arena, with the environment. And there is obviously motivation there anytime you leave a team, regardless of the circumstances, to go back and play against them. He's no different than any other player."

Posted On Monday, 10.07.2013 / 1:56 PM

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

Flyers' coaching change, Monday action on NHL Live

The Philadelphia Flyers have fired coach Peter Laviolette and we'll have this covered Monday on NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. NHL Network insider Bob McKenzie will break down the firing and our very own head coach Barry Melrose will give insights on how the Flyers will move on with Craig Berube behind the bench.

Also, we have two games to preview Monday night with a pair of star players returning to their respective teams. In Edmonton, center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, will make his season debut for the Oilers following offseason shoulder surgery. He'll face Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils at 9:30 p.m. ET at Rexall Place. Nugent-Hopkins was originally expected to be out until November, but is ready to go and will likely skate on a line with Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. The new combination also allows Hall to move back to his natural left wing position after struggling at center in the Oilers' first two games.

Meanwhile, New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan will also play in his first game of the season as the Blueshirts face the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Callahan is expected to start in a third-line role with Brian Boyle and Taylor Pyatt as the Rangers begin a stretch of four games in six nights.

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Posted On Monday, 10.07.2013 / 1:22 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst / - Melrose Minute

Melrose Minute: Maple Leafs, Fleury impressing

The 2013-14 NHL season is underway and after the first week we're already starting to see who is playing great, which teams are real contenders and which teams might be in for a long 82 games. Here are some of my thoughts on the first week of the new season.

Toronto takes charge

After finally snapping their postseason drought last season the Toronto Maple Leafs exited the Stanley Cup Playoffs in about as brutal a way as any team can. There's the threat that a loss like that can carry over to the next season, but so far the Leafs look great. One of the things I like about them is in their second game, a 3-1 win at Philadelphia, I thought they were outplayed by the Flyers, but they ended up getting the victory. It's a good sign when you're able to win a game when you're not at your best. I don't know if that could have happened last season and certainly over the past number of years. If Toronto didn't outplay the opposition it had no chance of winning.

On any night the goaltending, whether it's Jonathan Bernier or James Reimer, has been very, very solid, the Leafs aren't giving up very many offensive chances against and they just look rock solid all around. The right names are showing up on the scoreboard, they've got some grit, they hit, they're tough to play against and they're finding ways to win. Toronto is showing last year's return to the playoffs wasn't a fluke. And don't forget, Toronto is 3-0 without David Clarkson. He's a guy who was brought over to change the team and they haven't lost a game with him out of the lineup.

Posted On Sunday, 10.06.2013 / 10:52 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

VAN @ CGY - 19:41 of the Third Period

At 19:41 of the third period in the Canucks/Flames game, video review was inconclusive in determining if the puck entered the net in an illegal fashion. Therefore, the referee's call on the ice stands. Good goal Calgary.

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