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Posted On Wednesday, 10.09.2013 / 1:54 PM

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

McGuire, Olczyk join NHL Live to discuss Rivalry Night

It's Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN as the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues square off for the 287th time. We'll have that game and much more covered on NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. Pierre McGuire, who will be "Inside the Glass" for the Central Division rivalry game, will stop by the show.

Also, we'll be joined by Eddie Olczyk for a preview from St. Louis as the Blues look for their first 3-0 start since 1993. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks have won five of their last seven against the Blues and will try to improve to 2-0-1 overall on the young season. It's a classic rivalry and should be an incredibly physical game as usual. These competitors will play four more times this season, including next Thursday in Chicago.

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 Wednesday, 10.09.2013 / 1:38 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flames' Street enjoying first-line assignment

CALGARY -- Ben Street will be the first to admit he isn't the likeliest of first-line candidates, but the forward is relishing in his opportunity to be just that with the Calgary Flames.

Street is expected to center Curtis Glencross and David Jones for a second straight game when the Flames host the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS).

"In my wildest dreams you kind of imagine it," Street said. "If you had told me that in the third game of the year I was in that position I would've taken it, but I wouldn't have believed you. I'll take it. I keep trying to get better and make sure I don't relinquish that spot."

Posted On Wednesday, 10.09.2013 / 1:29 PM

By Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Missed out on Hertl? Add Jokinen

If you're a fantasy owner who witnessed Tomas Hertl's four-goal masterpiece for the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, chances are you scurried to the waiver wire to check his availability.

But with Hertl now owned in over 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy leagues, your late bid for this single-game impact player was likely unsuccesful. Luckily, there's another readily-available player on a high-caliber line who can pay both immediate and long-term dividends.

Jussi Jokinen, owned in only 28 percent of leagues, notched his second hat trick in just over two weeks. The first came in a preseason game on Sept. 21, so this was the first to count in fantasy leagues.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.09.2013 / 3:00 AM

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

Weekes: Blackhawks-Blues could be playoff preview

This week's Wednesday Night Rivalry doesn't just feature a classic matchup straight out of the old Norris Division. It also features two of the best teams in the NHL as the Chicago Blackhawks visit the St. Louis Blues (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

Both these teams are off to good starts, but I'm especially curious about St. Louis. The Blues do a lot of things well to be a successful team in the League. The question is how close is this team to taking the next step? I believe the Blues are much closer, but where are they now in relation to the Los Angeles Kings or the Blackhawks? We just might find out Wednesday.

A major key will be the play of goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who I expect will have a nice bounce-back year. He spent a lot of time in St. Louis working with their trainer trying to rehabilitate his injuries and get into better shape. Hopefully that will serve him well.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.09.2013 / 12:03 AM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

FLA @ PHI - 2:48 of the Third Period

At 2:48 of the third period in the Panthers/Flyers game, Jay Rosehill was assessed two separate minor penalties for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct. According to Rule 19, Example 7, the Flyers had the choice to play one player short-handed for four minutes or two players short for two minutes. The Flyers chose to play one player short for four minutes.

"Team A Captain's choice to play one player short-handed for four minutes or two players short-handed for two minutes. Should he choose the latter, an additional team A player must be placed on the penalty bench to serve the minor penalty for A3".

Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 10:17 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

TBL @ BUF - 5:21 of the Third Period

At 5:21 of the third period in the Lightning/Sabres game, the end-zone referee had a Buffalo penalty on delay. The referee did not see Sabres forward Steve Ott touch the puck, which then rebounded to Jamie McBain whose shot entered the net simultaneous with the referee blowing his whistle. The net result was the correct call - no goal, penalty to Buffalo.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 9:12 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

COL @ TOR - 2:30 of the Third Period

At 2:30 of the third period in the Avalanche/Maple Leafs game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Jamie McGinn's shot deflected off P.A. Parenteau and entered 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 Colorado.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 7:43 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

CAR @ PIT - 16:41 of the First Period

At 16:41 of the first period in the Hurricanes/Penguins game, video review determined that Pascal Dupuis kicked the puck into the net with his right skate. According to Rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net." No goal Pittsburgh.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 5:44 PM

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

Berube looking forward to Flyers coaching debut

PHILADELPHIA -- As a player, Craig Berube made his NHL debut as a member of the Flyers in Philadelphia. Tuesday night, a day after being named the Flyers new bench boss, his NHL coaching debut will also take place in the City of Brotherly Love.

But the 47-year-old recently-named Flyers coach is a long way removed from March 22, 1987, when he had no points and 16 penalty minutes against the Pittsburgh Penguins as a 21-year-old rookie with the Flyers.

"As a player I was young, I was probably a lot more nervous than I am now," said Berube, who was promoted from his assistant position Monday to replace the fired Peter Laviolette. "I'm an old man now."

Berube said that being an assistant coach at the NHL level for six seasons, as well as a head coach for parts of two seasons in the American Hockey League, has him feeling prepared for his NHL head coaching debut Tuesday against the Florida Panthers.

"I've been behind the bench for a long time," he said. "I think my team is ready to compete and work hard."

Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 5:17 PM

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

Sedins reunited after being split up

VANCOUVER -- If new Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella wants to confuse New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider when he returns to play his old team Tuesday night, all he has to do is keep the same lines that finished Sunday's 5-4 comeback win in overtime over the Calgary Flames.

Splitting up identical twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin is such a rarity Schneider almost never saw it during his time in Vancouver. It certainly got the Canucks attention in Calgary.

"As soon as he wrote the lines on the board, it kind of gives you a little jolt when you see the twins split up. You know it's serious," said defenseman Kevin Bieksa. "I don't get paid the big bucks like the coaching staff to make those decisions and obviously I think they are better together, but at times it's definitely effective to split them up."

After falling behind 3-1 early in the third period, the Canucks stormed back , with the Sedins each setting up a goal on their new lines.

Tortorella downplayed the move, saying it was more about changing the entire forward mix after a miserable start.

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