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Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 1:32 PM

By Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Rangers' Nash back in fold

Rick Nash's return is here, and the fantasy implications are huge.

Nash, a perennial 30-plus goal scorer with 300-plus shot capability, will be back in the lineup Tuesday when the New York Rangers host the Boston Bruins (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN). The 29-year-old sustained a concussion on Oct. 8 in San Jose and had been sidelined ever since.

In three games this season, Nash compiled three points (one power-play point), five penalty minutes and nine shots on goal. Even after missing 17 games due to injury, he still has three-quarters of the season left to get his production back up to speed and pay dividends for your team.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 1:17 PM

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

Rangers coach Vigneault understands Bruins rivalry

NEW YORK -- Coach Alain Vigneault was not at the helm last season when the New York Rangers were eliminated by the Boston Bruins in a five-game Eastern Conference Semifinal series. But he admitted to harboring his own personal feelings for the defending Eastern Conference champions.

"I don't need to have played for the Rangers to have a dislike for Boston," Vigneault said after New York's morning skate. "I got that on my own."

As coach of the Vancouver Canucks, who dismissed him following last season's first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the San Jose Sharks, Vigneault and his team lost to the Bruins in seven games in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. That series was an intense one for all parties involved, but Vigneault didn't feel any need to remind his players of their respective histories with Boston.

"I think everybody is aware of the New York-Boston rivalry. It's a good one," Vigneault said. "It's intense and it's going to be that way [Tuesday]."

Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 1:16 PM

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

Senators' Ryan enjoys rare Philadelphia homecoming

PHILADELPHIA -- It's a quick homecoming for Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan, but it's a homecoming nonetheless and his first in more than three years.

Ryan will play Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center for the first time since Oct. 21, 2010, when he visited here with the Anaheim Ducks. Wells Fargo Center is a 20-minute drive from his hometown of Cherry Hill, N.J.

Ryan estimated he'll have 40-50 friends and family members in the stands.

"Obviously when you can have family, friends and people you grew up with in the stands it means more to you," Ryan said Tuesday. "I don't spend much time here anymore, a couple of weeks in the summer is about it, but it's still home, it's where I grew up, so it's always nice. It's a big homecoming."

Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 1:05 PM

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

Flyers hope to recapture road success at home

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers know the only way to make the success they had on their recent road trip matter is if they find a way to recreate it on home ice. That starts Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators.

The Flyers won their most recent game at Wells Fargo Center 4-2 against the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 9, but they're 3-7-0 at home and have been outscored 29-15. They're 3-0-1 in their past four games, but that includes a 2-0-1 road stretch against the Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Winnipeg Jets.

"It's really important for teams to play good at home and obviously that hasn't been the case this year," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. "It's going to be a pretty good crowd [Tuesday] and we'll need to get them going as soon as possible."

Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 11:58 AM

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

Nash to return to Rangers' lineup

NEW YORK -- All-Star forward Rick Nash confirmed after the morning skate that he will be in the lineup for the New York Rangers on Tuesday night as they take on the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN).

It will mark Nash's first game since sustaining a concussion on Oct. 8 against the San Jose Sharks.

Nash missed 17 games with the injury and admitted he was curious to see how he would respond to his first game action in over a month.

"I'm excited. Kind of a controlled emotion. It's been a long six weeks, so I'm excited to get in there," Nash said after the morning skate. "I think the first everything is going to take a while, whether it's a hit, a shot, a pass, making different plays. It was a long time off, so it's going to take some time."

Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 9:40 AM

By Staff -  / - Road to Sochi blog

Koivu to captain Finland's Olympic team -- but which?

A Koivu will captain Finland at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Which Koivu, however, is unknown.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Tuesday that Anaheim Ducks forward Saku Koivu or his younger brother, Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu, will be named captain of the Finnish Olympic team.

"It's a question between the Koivu brothers as to who will be the captain," Finland Olympic coach Erkka Westerlund told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I've known Mikko since he was this high [holding his left hand four feet off the ground]. … He's a strong leader on our team. He knows what he wants. He can help the teammates play better."

Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 7:39 PM - NHL Live blog

Stoll on Kings' recent success, Dodger Stadium game

Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll joined NHL Live to discuss the upcoming 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series and his experience playing in the Heritage Classic, a game where temperatures dipped to minus-25 Celsius.

When the Kings play the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium, it will obviously be different.

"We'll be a little bit warmer," Stoll said. "Palm trees and sand all over the place. It will be a fun experience to be a part of. We have a great rivalry [with the Ducks]. We feel we're both good teams -- we're winning. They're having a great season. It's going to be fun, very interesting. Having it at Dodger Stadium too is pretty interesting and cool and historic in its own right."

Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 7:33 PM - NHL Live blog

Former Ducks goalie Guy Hebert talks Stadium Series

Former Anaheim Ducks goaltender Guy Hebert joined NHL Live to discuss the upcoming 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Dodger Stadium. Hebert never thought that hockey would ever be played on a stage as big as Dodger Stadium.

"I'm not going to be able to play in it, but I'm certainly going to be in the stands watching it," Hebert said. "It's really been the talk of the town. It does get actually get a little big cold on here; I think my blood has thinned a little bit. Honestly, it's going to be a great atmosphere. It's at historic Dodger Stadium with a lot of its history and tradition. We think it's going to be one in a million. Who would have thought this could be a reality? The best part of it is it's not going to be a roller hockey game."

Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 7:32 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

BOS @ CAR - 10:24 of the First period

At 10:24 of the first period in the Bruins/Hurricanes game, video review supported the referees call on the ice that Boston forward Carl Soderberg deflected the puck below the height of the crossbar. According to Rule 60.5 "The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick. If the puck makes contact with the stick below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed." Good Goal Boston.

Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 4:04 PM

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

Flames in Winnipeg 'desperate' for a win

WINNIPEG -- Two teams that need some good fortune will meet Monday when the Calgary Flames make their first-ever visit to MTS Centre to play the Winnipeg Jets.

The Flames are fresh off a 4-2 home loss this past Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers in which they lost a 2-0 second-intermission lead against their provincial rival. Flames coach Bob Hartley, who coached the Winnipeg franchise for parts of five seasons when it was based in Atlanta, criticized his team after the loss, but sounded a different tone after the team's morning skate at MTS Centre.

"It's the beauty and the challenge of this game at the same time," Hartley said. "You can't sit on a loss or a win too long. You have to bounce back. Obviously we know what we did right and did wrong on Saturday, and we move on."

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