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Posted On Friday, 11.29.2013 / 1:14 PM

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

Bruins get Seidenberg back against Rangers

Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg returned to the lineup Friday against the New York Rangers.

Seidenberg had missed the past four games with a lower-body injury suffered on his first shift in a game against the Rangers on Nov. 19.

Seidenberg, who has six assists in 21 games this season, started the game on a defense pairing with Dougie Hamilton.

Posted On Friday, 11.29.2013 / 1:07 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Sekera out as Hurricanes, Devils end home-and-home

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes will complete a home-and-home series Friday night, after the Hurricanes picked up a 4-3 road win Wednesday.

Cory Schneider will get the call in the New Jersey net, after Martin Brodeur played all three games in the Devils' current losing streak.

The Hurricanes will be without defenseman Andrej Sekera, who is out with an upper-body injury and awaiting an MRI, coach Kirk Muller said. With 13 points, Sekera is second on the team in scoring and first among Carolina defensemen.

Posted On Friday, 11.29.2013 / 1:05 PM

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

D'Agostini looking forward to fresh start with Sabres

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres will have a new face in the lineup against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night.

Forward Matt D'Agostini, who was acquired off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, will make his Sabres debut. Mikhail Grigorenko will be scratched to make room for him up front.

"[I'm] obviously very excited," D'Agostini said about being picked up by the Sabres. "The thought of someone wanting you. It's just another new story for me, so hopefully I'll get off to a good one tonight."

D'Agostini will be on the second line with center Ville Leino and Sabres captain Steve Ott.

Posted On Friday, 11.29.2013 / 11:46 AM

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

Oates delivers message but wants Capitals to move on

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates, typically calm and collected in demeanor, was visibly agitated after his team's 6-4 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday. It was a game in which the Capitals unraveled, blowing a 3-1 first-period lead by being undisciplined and taking their foot off the proverbial gas.

"If the guys don't know that we let one get away," Oates said on Wednesday, "shame on them."

The Capitals, who are in the midst of a season-long four-game losing streak, did not meet on Thursday, which allowed Oates' message to marinate as they sat down for Thanksgiving dinner.

"He gave us the day to think about it," right wing Troy Brouwer said. "He didn't say anything to us after the game. I think the guys already knew what to feel and what to think, to be honest."

Posted On Friday, 11.29.2013 / 10:12 AM

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

Capitals' Laich sidelined with lower-body injury

Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich won't play Friday against the Montreal Canadiens due to a lower-body injury.

Laich, who had played in all 25 games for the Capitals this season, has four goals and two assists. He scored in the Capitals' 6-4 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.

"He had a little tightness the other day [and] he played," coach Adam Oates said. "He felt pretty good [Thursday] morning, and then last night, it was just a little tight. Hopefully, just precautionary and nothing major there."

Jay Beagle will take Laich's place in the lineup.

Posted On Friday, 11.29.2013 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst / - Weekes on the Web

Young talent playing way into Olympic consideration

As you've probably noticed, has spent the week projecting the rosters for the top teams at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The invitations sent out over the summer give some idea as to who will be on these impressive teams. But some players overlooked during the summer have been playing their way into consideration for Sochi.

I think Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins has definitely played himself into the conversation for the United States. Look at what he has done on a back end that features Dennis Seidenberg, Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk and Adam McQuaid. You can argue that Boston has the best blue line right now in the Eastern Conference. And Krug has stepped in and hasn't missed a beat from the way he was playing at Michigan State and at Providence in the American Hockey League. More importantly, he hasn't missed a beat from how he played in the postseason with Boston last season, when he scored four goals in his first run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

With a Czech Republic team that will be relying heavily on veterans, Tomas Hertl of the San Jose Sharks deserves a shot. For him to be as young as he is, doing what he is doing on a top line with a future Hall of Famer in Joe Thornton and an X-factor in Brent Burns, it's beyond phenomenal. We've all seen what he can do and the Czechs could definitely use his blend of size and skill.

Posted On Thursday, 11.28.2013 / 5:04 PM

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

Senators to scratch Cowen against Canucks

OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen will be out of the lineup for the first time this season for a game against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.

"I think Jared has struggled at times this year, and I think that it's time for him to watch a game and see if he can settle himself down and get himself back playing the way that we need him to play," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said.

Cowen had hip surgery last November and missed most of last season after he was injured while playing for Binghamton of the American Hockey League during the lockout.

Posted On Thursday, 11.28.2013 / 1:50 PM

By Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Penguins' Neal as good as advertised

Let's face it: James Neal has feasted on opponents when healthy for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Just ask his fantasy owners. They're thankful to have him along for the ride this holiday season.

Neal continued his recent surge with his fifth-consecutive multi-point game Wednesday, adding a season-high 10 shots on goal in Pittsburgh's 6-5 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 9:26 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

OTT @ WSH - 6:05 of the Third Period

At 6:05 of the third period in the Senators/Capitals game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Jason Spezza's shot deflected off Mika Zibanejad and into the net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 78.4 "if an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed." Good goal Ottawa.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 9:12 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

TOR @ PIT - 9:50 of the Second Period

At 9:50 of the second period in the Maple Leafs/Penguins game, video review confirmed the referee's call on the ice that Evgeni Malkin's stick was above the height of the crossbar when he deflected the puck off Toronto goaltender Jonathan Bernier and into the net. According to Rule 80.3 "When an attacking player causes the puck to enter the opponent's goal by contacting the puck above the height of the crossbar, either directly or deflected off any player or official, the goal shall not be allowed." No goal Pittsburgh.

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