Posted On Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 11:38 AM

By Adam Vingan - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Maple Leafs at Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – Losing streaks are always unwelcome, but particularly preceding the NHL Trade Deadline when they can potentially influence an organization’s strategy.

The Washington Capitals, who play the Toronto Maple Leafs at Verizon Center on Sunday, are currently experiencing that. They have lost three straight in regulation for the first time since Oct. 26 – Nov. 2, when they lost four in a row.

Coach Barry Trotz, frustrated after a 3-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, put his players on notice.

“There’s some players that, a couple weeks ago, you say, ‘Yeah, we’re fine there,’” Trotz said. “It makes your management team and your coaching staff think, ‘Hey we’re not fine there.’ Some guys who felt very comfortable may find themselves either getting an addition at the deadline or maybe even a change. That’s just the reality of it.”

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Posted On Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 10:30 AM

By Alain Poupart - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Lightning at Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning are back on the road Sunday when they will look to continue their dominance against the Florida Panthers.

The Lightning will play on the road for the sixth time in seven games before beginning a stretch of nine home games out of their next 11.

Tampa Bay has won the past five games against Florida, including a 3-2 overtime victory in the 2014-15 season opener.

The Lightning's three goals that night came on the power play, including defenseman Victor Hedman's game-winner 1:11 into the extra period.

Erik Gudbranson and Jonathan Huberdeau scored for the Panthers.

Ben Bishop made 19 saves for the Lightning while improving to 5-0-0 with a 1.89 goals-against average in five career games against the Panthers.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 1:51 AM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Panthers like Jagr on power play

Jaromir Jagr has had a remarkable NHL career, but he has not played well this season.

Jagr, 43, was traded to the Florida Panthers on Thursday, perhaps making him fantasy relevant again. His ice time with the New Jersey Devils was diminishing and he didn't have a point in eight games with the Devils before the trade.But a fresh start with new linemates could help him become productive yet again.

In a 5-3 victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, Jagr (50 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, RW) skated on the top line with Jonathan Huberdeau (37 percent owned, C, LW) and Aleksander Barkov (8 percent owned, C). He had 17:09 of ice time, which is more than he had played in his previous 12 games with the Devils, including a whopping 5:24 on the power play.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 12:59 AM - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

MIN @ COL - 19:44 of the Third Period

At 19:44 of the third period in the Minnesota Wild/Colorado Avalanche game, video review confirmed that Kyle Brodziak's stick was above the height of the crossbar when he batted the puck into the Colorado net. According to Rule 60.5 "An apparent goal scored by an attacking player who strikes the puck with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall not be allowed. The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick." No goal Minnesota.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.28.2015 / 11:17 PM - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

MIN @ COL - 1:32 of the Second Period

At 1:32 of the second period in the Colorado Avalanche/Minnesota Wild game, video review determined that the puck completely crossed the Minnesota goal line. Good goal Colorado.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.28.2015 / 10:46 PM

By Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent / - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Avalanche GM Sakic says he intends to keep O'Reilly

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said Saturday he isn't interested in moving any core players, including center Ryan O'Reilly, and doesn't plan to make a short-term fix before the NHL Trade Deadline on Monday.

"We're in the thick of things right now," Sakic said of the race for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. "I've had conversations with different teams. We've had teams inquire about some of our guys. We're not going to go out and try to acquire somebody for a run. I don't think we're in a position to give up draft picks or prospects just to try and make a run this year."

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Posted On Saturday, 02.28.2015 / 5:50 PM - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

CAR @ NYI - 17:41 of the First Period

At 17:41 of the first period in the Carolina Hurricanes/New York Islanders game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Carolina's Jay McClement legally directed the puck into the New York net.. According to Rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal." Good goal Carolina.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.28.2015 / 5:18 PM

By Eric Gilmore - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Senators at Sharks

SAN JOSE - Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond will try to extend his four-game winning streak and two-game shutout streak when he faces the struggling San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Saturday.

Hammond has won the first four starts of his NHL career and is coming off of back-to-back shutouts against the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings. He hasn't allowed a goal since the 7:38 mark of the first period Saturday against the Florida Panthers, a shutout streak of 172:22.

Hammond said he's enjoying the amazing ride, but trying to stay focused.

"Obviously people are very happy for me and they want to congratulate me, and I do hear stuff," Hammond said. "You want to enjoy it but at the same time you need to kind of limit the noise and stay focused on the task at hand. I think throughout this whole kind of few games here I've been able to do that. I don't see anything changing. I think for me it's just preparing the same way and going through the same routines I do on game days and practice days and just doing what got me here."

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Posted On Saturday, 02.28.2015 / 4:32 PM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Coyotes at Bruins

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins proved they could win without goaltender Tuukka Rask on Friday.

Now they'll try to build on their 3-2 victory against the New Jersey Devils with Rask back in goal.

Rask, who had played 18 straight games, was ill and did not dress against the Devils. Goaltender Niklas Svedberg started Friday for the first time since Feb. 10 and made 29 saves in the overtime victory. The Bruins, who have now won two out of three after going winless for six (0-4-2), did not hold a morning skate Saturday in advance of their 5:30 p.m. game against the Arizona Coyotes.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.28.2015 / 4:05 PM

By Derek Van Diest - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blues at Oilers

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers are keeping defenseman Jeff Petry out of the lineup against the St. Louis Blues at Rexall Place on Saturday.

Edmonton is expected to trade Petry if unable to sign him to a contract extension prior to the NHL Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. ET on Monday.

Petry, 27, will become an unrestricted free agent July 1 if unsigned.

“He’s not playing tonight,” Oilers coach Todd Nelson said. “It’s a management decision. Jordan Oesterle will go in for him; he played well his first game and we want to see him again.”

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