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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."

Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 3:09 PM

By Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Blue Jackets' Johansen brings flexibility

When exploring potential waiver wire additions, recent production and line combinations always come into play.

In addition, dual-position flexibility is a wild card. On jam-packed game nights, it provides fantasy owners with the chance to fill as many roster spots as possible -- which can prove to be a significant edge in head-to-head leagues.

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen, owned in 11 percent of Yahoo leagues, fits the bill in that regard. The 21-year-old, who has both center and right wing eligibility, picked up his fourth multi-point game of the season and had five shots on goal in Sunday's win against the Ottawa Senators.

Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 2:08 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst / - Melrose Minute

Melrose Minute: An active and wild first 20 games

We've reached the quarter-mark of the season and it has been a crazy 20 games so far. I think the most noteworthy and surprising thing this season, though, has been the total dominance of the Western Conference. You sometimes see a season where one conference is better than the other, but the way the West has just totally dominated inter-conference play is really amazing.

Obviously there are periods where one individual team is head and shoulders above the rest of the League. The Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders both had stretches like that in the 1980s. We always have one team that is dominant for a period of time, but for the whole conference to be this strong is crazy. You could easily say the four best teams in the NHL all play in the West. The truly amazing thing is it's not just five or six teams, either. Teams competing for the eighth spot in the West now are on pace for 110 points. That's an amazingly high number. I know a lot of that comes out of three-point games, but we've had three-point games for over a decade now and we've never seen anything quite like this.

Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 1:20 PM

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

Hurricanes get Ward back but lose Semin

RALEIGH, N.C. -- After missing 10 games with a lower-body injury, Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward will return Monday for a start against the Boston Bruins. Ward has been sidelined injury since leaving a game Oct. 24 against the Minnesota Wild.

While the Hurricanes get one key player back from injury, another is headed out of the lineup. Forward Alexander Semin left the game Saturday against the St. Louis Blues after a hit by Alex Pietrangelo. Semin returned to the ice briefly but then came out for the remainder of the game. Carolina coach Kirk Muller said Semin had an upper-body injury and was being evaluated Monday.

The news was no better for forward Jeff Skinner, who will miss his 11th straight game with an upper-body injury. Skinner did take the morning skate but was ruled out afterward.

Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 12:51 PM

By Wes Crosby - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Penguins juggle lines looking for some extra punch

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins will rearrange their top three lines when they face the Anaheim Ducks on Monday at Consol Energy Center in an attempt to spark their struggling offense.

After losing four of their past five games, and scoring one goal in each of those losses, Pittsburgh replaced Pascal Dupuis with Beau Bennett on its top line alongside Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz. Dupuis will move to the second line with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal, while Jussi Jokinen will play on the third line.

"There will be a little mix and matching. Try to get a little spark somewhere," said Dupuis, who has scored three points in his past 12 games. "They [Crosby and Malkin] are both so talented and you have to read off them a little bit. At the same time, I've been playing with Sid for a little while, so I need to make a little bit of an adjustment with Geno [Malkin]."

Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 12:24 PM

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

Milano switches commitment to Boston College

Forward Sonny Milano, who stars for the United States National Team Development Program Under-18 team, has withdrawn his commitment to the University of Notre Dame and instead has committed to Boston College starting next season.

Milano has 10 goals and 21 assists in 19 games this season, and is one of three players from the United States Hockey League to earn an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's November players to watch list.

"He probably has as much skill and puck skills as anyone I've coached in 15 years," USNTDP U-18 coach Danton Cole said of Milano. "He does some amazing things with the puck."

Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 12:14 PM - NHL Live blog

Daneyko's Hart Trophy candidates on NHL Live

It's Monday and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network will fill you in on what to watch for "This Week in the NHL," including the Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup between Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. Three-time Stanley Cup Champion Ken Daneyko is filling in for EJ Hradek for the next two days and will give us his Hart Trophy candidates as we've already reached the quarter mark of the NHL season. We'll also get you ready for the three games on Monday's schedule, along with a live report from our PIttsburgh arena cam.

We've got three games on the schedule, and Monday marks the return of Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward as they host the Boston Bruins in Raleigh. Ward has missed the past 10 games with a lower-body injury, but his team looks to build on its 4-1-1 run in the last six. They've also won five or their last seven matchups against the Bruins. Plus, Hurricanes center Jordan Staal will play in his 500th NHL game. We'll fire up the NHL Arena Cam with a look at warmups and a preview of the game at PNC Arena, where Carolina is 4-0-1 in its past five.

The NHL announced Monday a seven-part series, "NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other" that will begin in mid-January on NBCSN and CBC. We'll be joined in studio by executive producer Ross Greenburg (former HBO Sports president) to learn more about the all-access series.

Remember to submit your #AskDano questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

Posted On Sunday, 11.17.2013 / 9:37 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

LAK @ NYR - 2:41 of the Third Period

At 2:41 of the third period in the Kings/Rangers game, video review confirmed the referee's call on the ice that Dominic Moore used a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net. 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 New York.

Posted On Sunday, 11.17.2013 / 5:46 PM

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

Rangers look to ride momentum off win in Montreal

NEW YORK -- To say the New York Rangers were long overdue for a win in Montreal would be a major understatement.

After losing eight straight games against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre, New York finally got that elusive win in Quebec Saturday night. They only scored one goal, their first in four contests in Montreal, but it was enough with Cam Talbot making 22 saves to secure the 1-0 win.

With their first win in Montreal since March 17, 2009, the Rangers are looking to ride that momentum into their next game Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings.

"I think it's good for the team. Anytime we can get a road win, especially when you go into that building, where there hasn't been a lot of success," Rangers associate coach Scott Arniel said, "we want to use it as momentum."

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