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Posted On Friday, 10.04.2013 / 9:33 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

LAK @ WPG - 6:42 of the Second Period

At 6:42 of the second period in the Kings/Jets game, video review determined that Blake Wheeler's shot entered the net after it had come off its moorings. No Goal Winnipeg.

According to Rule 78.5 "Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the referee when the net becomes displaced accidentally. The goal frame is considered to be displaced if either or both goal pegs are no longer in their respective holes in the ice, or the net has come completely off one or both pegs, prior to or as the puck enters the net".

Posted On Friday, 10.04.2013 / 6:13 PM

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

Callahan expected back for Rangers on Monday

After missing all of training camp and the New York Rangers' opening-night 4-1 loss Thursday to the Phoenix Coyotes, it appears captain Ryan Callahan will return to the lineup for the team's next game Monday.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault, asked Friday about the right wing’s return, said he expected Callahan to play against the Los Angeles Kings.

Posted On Friday, 10.04.2013 / 5:30 PM

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

Ducks' Selanne to sit out Saturday, play Sunday

Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne will sit out Saturday's game against the Minnesota Wild, coach Bruce Boudreau said Friday. Selanne will play the following night against the Winnipeg Jets, with whom he began his NHL career in 1992-93 by scoring a career-high 76 goals.

"Winnipeg might be a pretty big night for him," Boudreau said. "They love him there and rightfully so. They should love him."

Posted On Friday, 10.04.2013 / 5:27 PM

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

Devils' Brodeur ready for home opener

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer declared goalie Martin Brodeur "ready to go" in his season debut Friday against the New York Islanders at Prudential Center.

Brodeur sat out Thursday's season opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins, ending his NHL record streak of 18 consecutive opening starts with the same team. The 41-year-old Brodeur had a light skate Friday morning in preparation for his first start of the 2013-14 season before what is sure to be an electric atmosphere at The Rock.

Posted On Friday, 10.04.2013 / 3:57 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Friday October 4th:

Ottawa Senators vs Buffalo Sabres - Senators

New York Islanders vs New Jersey Devils - Devils

Detroit Red Wings vs Carolina Hurricanes - Red Wings

Calgary Flames vs Columbus Blue Jackets - Blue Jackets

Los Angeles Kings vs Winnipeg Jets - Jets

Nashville Predators vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

E.J.'s Season Record: 12-2-0

Posted On Friday, 10.04.2013 / 3:26 PM

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

Avalanche captain Landeskog out with leg injury

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog will miss the game Friday against the Nashville Predators at Pepsi Center because of a leg injury.

Landeskog was hurt in Wednesday's season-opening 6-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks and is listed as day to day. John Mitchell, who centered the fourth line against the Ducks, will replace Landeskog at left wing on a line with Paul Stastny and Alex TanguayMarc-Andre Cliche will center the fourth line with Cody McLeod and Patrick Bordeleau.

Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said he expects Landeskog to resume skating Sunday and to accompany the team on a three-game trip that starts Tuesday in Toronto.

Posted On Friday, 10.04.2013 / 2:18 PM

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

Murray, Jenner to make NHL debut for Columbus

COLUMBUS -– The wait is almost over for Blue Jackets fans who want to see the NHL debuts of forward Boone Jenner and defenseman Ryan Murray.

Each will be in the lineup Friday night when Columbus opens the season against the Calgary Flames. Expectations are high for the two rookies as well as the team, which last April lost out on the final Western Conference playoff spot to the Minnesota Wild on a tiebreaker.

A second-round pick (No. 37) in the 2011 NHL Draft, the 20-year-old Jenner was a fan favorite at his first two training camps thanks to his robust play. But he was sent back to Oshawa of the Ontario Hockey League each time.

"I worked really hard in this past offseason," he said. "I thought I could make the jump."

Not only did he make the team but he is on the top line with Brandon Dubinsky and Marian Gaborik.

Murray, the second pick in 2012, had to endure season-ending surgery after a shoulder injury in November while playing in the Western Hockey League.

Tonight, he will be paired with veteran James Wisniewski.

Posted On Friday, 10.04.2013 / 1:53 PM

By Patrick Williams - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Jets hoping to come out firing against Kings

WINNIPEG -– The Winnipeg Jets' fresh legs will meet an opponent in the Los Angeles Kings that is playing its second game in 24 hours when the teams meet Friday night at MTS Centre.

The Kings opened their season Thursday night on the road by grinding out a come-from-behind 3-2 shootout win against the Minnesota Wild. Winnipeg opened its season Tuesday with a third-period rally of its own in taking a 5-4 win against the Edmonton Oilers.

Only four Kings participated in the team's morning skate after a late arrival in Winnipeg from Minnesota. Jets right wing Blake Wheeler watched the Los Angeles-Minnesota game on television, and he expects the Kings to attempt to slow down a quick Jets team, especially with L.A. playing on consecutive nights.

"From our side, we've got to come at them and try to make them skate with us," Wheeler said after the Jets' morning skate.

Winnipeg plays eight of its next nine games at home and needs a strong month to establish itself as a legitimate player in the Western Conference, especially after posting a 13-10-1 home record last season that ranked 21st in the League. Jets coach Claude Noel is interested to see how his team fares against an opponent that plays a very conservative game. In his third season at the helm in Winnipeg, Noel has made a stronger commitment to defensive play a major priority in 2013-14.

Posted On Friday, 10.04.2013 / 1:50 PM

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

NHL Live previews MacKinnon-Jones showdown

Nathan MacKinnon vs, Seth Jones, Part I, is Friday night as the top pick in the 2013 NHL Draft faces off with the No. 4 pick, and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have that game between the Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators covered. We'll also have NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose on to give his Mullet of the Week.

Also on Friday, we'll have our first edition of the weekly "College Hockey Report." Boston College star Johnny Gaudreau will be joining us to preview the Eagles' season, which begins next week.

Plus, Daniel Briere of the Montreal Canadiens will be on the show as he prepares to face the Philadelphia Flyers for the first time this season tomorrow night at the Bell Centre. Hard to believe, but Briere was once placed on waivers while making less than $1 million dollars. All 30 teams passed on him before he went on to Buffalo and became a star with the Sabres. Now, he has begun his 15th season in the NHL and first with the Canadiens.

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, 10.04.2013 / 1:22 PM

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

Islanders depending on rookies Nelson, Donovan

NEWARK, N.J. -- New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano said he was asking for just one thing from rookies Brock Nelson and Matt Donovan on Friday at Prudential Center.

"To play like experienced guys," Capuano said Friday morning in advance of the Islanders' season opener against the New Jersey Devils.

Sounds like a lot, especially for a pair of rookies who between them have a total of four games of NHL experience and just one in nearly 18 months. Donovan played three games late in the 2011-12 season and Nelson made his NHL debut in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals last season against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"I know that those guys are going to make mistakes, and it's a game of mistakes, but I want them to play confident, I want them to play poised," Capuano said. "They're here to help us win hockey games. If we didn't think it was that situation then they wouldn't be here."

Donovan will open the game on the third defense pair with Brian Strait, while Nelson will be the third-line left wing, skating with Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard.

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