In his first start since Nov. 3, Anderson stopped 26 of 31 shots Tuesday in a 5-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. He missed three games because of a sore neck, the result of a goalmouth collision with Dallas Stars rookie Valeri Nichushkin.
After averaging 3.13 non-shootout goals per game through its first 15 games, Pittsburgh's offense has slowed considerably, scoring one goal in each of its past three games. The Penguins haven't scored an even-strength goal in their past three games and will attempt to avoid extending that drought against the NHL's 25th-ranked defense.
"We have to stay to our game plan and stay to our systems and stick to the little things and keep working," Penguins forward James Neal said. "That's the only way to get through it."
New York Rangers All-Star wing Rick Nash skated Friday without a no-contact jersey, his first full-contact practice since suffering a concussion on Oct. 8 that has forced him to miss 15 games.
No word has been given regarding when Nash might return to the New York lineup, but he skated with the second power-play unit as well as on the Rangers' fourth defensive pairing alongside Michael Del Zotto, who will be a healthy scratch for New York's game against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.
Center Dominic Moore, who has missed seven games with a strained oblique muscle, will return to the lineup Saturday against the Canadiens and Nash will travel with the Rangers to Montreal, marking his first team trip since sustaining his head injury. With Moore back in the lineup, Brandon Mashinter will be a healthy scratch. Justin Falk will make his fourth appearance of the season, his first since Oct. 19, replacing Del Zotto.
The Detroit Red Wings announced Friday on Twitter that forward Patrick Eaves has cleared waivers and will be assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. Eaves was waived Thursday in an effort to provide cap relief.
The weekend is upon us but before that NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you ready for your hockey Friday. The red-hot Washington Capitals face the Detroit Red Wings, at 7 p.m. on NHL Network, and we'll get a live report on our NHL Arena Cam from Capitals radio voice John Walton.
Ted Nolan will coach his first game as the Buffalo Sabres interim coach against the division rival Toronto Maple Leafs. We'll go out to Buffalo on our Arena Cam and talk to Buffalo News reporter Mike Harrington to preview this matchup.
Also, we'll have another edition of the Faceoff Presented by Tirerack where EJ and Jamal Mayers go head-to-head and debate three current topics in the NHL. The Buffalo Sabres' recent house-cleaning will surely be discussed in addition to other hot-button issues. We'll also have plenty of game previews on this busy Friday night including a look at the Minnesota Wild in search of a ninth win in their last 11 games, as they take on the Florida Panthers.
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At 12:15 of the third period in the Kings/Islanders game, video review was inconclusive in determining whether Tanner Pearson's shot completely crossed the goal line. Therefore the referee's call on the ice stands. Good goal Los Angeles.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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