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Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 2:42 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Thursday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Thursday November 7th:

Florida Panthers vs Boston Bruins - Bruins

Montreal Canadiens vs Ottawa Senators -Canadiens

New Jersey Devils vs Philadelphia Flyers - Flyers

Minnesota Wild vs Washington Capitals - Capitals

New York Islanders vs Carolina Hurricanes - Islanders

New York Rangers vs Columbus Blue Jackets - Blue Jackets

Dallas Stars vs Detroit Red Wings - Red Wings

Edmonton Oilers vs Tampa Bay Lightning - Lightning

Calgary Flames vs St. Louis Blues - Blues

Buffalo Sabres vs Los Angeles Kings - Kings

Vancouver Canucks vs San Jose Sharks - Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 86-49-13

Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 2:37 PM

By Louie Korac - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flames, Blues dealing with injuries

ST. LOUIS -- The Calgary Flames' injury list continues to grow. Now it's Max Reinhart's turn to help fill the void.

Reinhart, recalled from the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League on Wednesday, will be in the lineup Thursday when the Flames continue a four-game trip against the St. Louis Blues.

Reinhart was recalled as a result of an MCL sprain sustained by Curtis Glencross on Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild. Glencross is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

Reinhart, who has 11 games of NHL experience, will slot into the lineup ahead of Sven Baertschi, who will be a healthy scratch for the third straight game.

Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 2:34 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Stars' trip to Detroit important for more than Nill

The Dallas Stars' game Thursday at the Detroit Red Wings is big for Stars general manager Jim Nill, who spent 19 years with the Red Wings' organization before leaving for Dallas during the summer. But the game is big for the Stars as a whole.

The Stars won the first two games of their three-game trip and a sweep would make the return flight to Texas that much more fun.

"We've got that opportunity [to sweep], but we know this is a tough building to play in," Stars coach Lindy Ruff told the Dallas Morning News. "We knew Boston was going to be a tough building too. They gave us a push in the first 10 minutes and our push back was even greater. It was good to see. You're going to face that challenge in some buildings and the home team is going to garner the edge, but you have to take it away from them."

Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 1:18 PM

By Lonnie Herman - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Oilers' Hall ready to return against Lightning

TAMPA -- Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall will make his return to the lineup Thursday when the team visits the Tampa Bay Lightning at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Hall, out since Oct. 22 with a knee injury, has been cleared to play by the Edmonton medical staff.

"When they told me I'd be out four weeks you always think you can get back a little sooner," Hall said. "You never know what is going to happen with that process but I had a feeling I'd be back sooner than that. You never know how you're going to come back from an injury but I feel good enough to play, so it's time to play."

Hall said he'll be wearing a knee brace for the remainder of the season.

"It's fine," he said. "It's a little clunky but it feels good on my knee."

Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 1:14 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Devils get Zajac, Volchenkov back; Elias to IR

Forward Travis Zajac and defenseman Anton Volchenkov will return to the lineup Thursday when the New Jersey Devils play at the Philadelphia Flyers.

Devils coach Peter DeBoer announced the lineup additions during his meeting with the media at Wells Fargo Center after the team's morning skate.

Zajac has been out the past two games with a sprained right ankle and Volchenkov missed one game with a lower-body injury. Defenseman Peter Harrold, who was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 22, will replace Mark Fayne in the lineup. Patrik Elias was placed on IR to make room for Harrold's return.

Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 1:12 PM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Panthers' Thomas not playing in return to Boston

BOSTON -- There will be no homecoming for Tim Thomas on Thursday in Boston.

Although the goaltender traveled with the Florida Panthers for the game against his old team, the Boston Bruins, Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said the two-time Vezina Trophy winner remains on injured reserve and will not play. Thomas, who faced the Bruins in a 3-2 loss Oct. 17 in Florida, has not played at TD Garden since leaving the Bruins for a one-season sabbatical following the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Scott Clemmensen, a Boston College alum, will get the start for the Panthers, who are 0-2-4 in their past six games. In six career NHL games at the Garden, Clemmensen is 3-2-0 with a 3.14 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.

"That gives us a good option," Dineen said of Clemmensen playing in Boston. "It's like a lot of things. We have depth at every position and we've certainly taken advantage of it early."

Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 12:57 PM

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

Islanders alter lineup, give Poulin start in goal

RALEIGH, N.C. -- New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano is looking for a little more offense from his team against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. He hinted he might juggle his lines early if they do not generate some scoring chances.

In the meantime, he will make a few adjustments. Colin McDonald likely will return to the lineup to bolster the fourth line. McDonald has missed five straight games with a hip injury.

"The way he plays the game is physical," Capuano said. "It's tough to come back from that [injury] right away, so it's good that we gave him some time. But the last few days he's looked real good in practice and [is] pain-free. It will be good to get him back in there."

Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 12:56 PM

By Craig Merz - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Familiar faces dot rosters of Rangers, Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS -- Even though the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers are meeting for the first time as Metropolitan Division rivals Thursday there will be many familiar faces in Nationwide Arena.

Both teams will have four players who used to play for the other and former Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel, who was 45-60-18 from 2010-12, is in his first season as Rangers associate head coach.

In addition, Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson is a former Rangers goalie and longtime broadcaster for the team.

Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 12:43 PM

By Adam Vingan - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Altered approach has aided Capitals' penalty kill

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Seeing the Washington Capitals' power play atop the NHL leaderboard should come as no surprise, considering they routinely have hovered near the No. 1 spot for the better part of the past several seasons.

What may come as a shock is that the Capitals' penalty kill, traditionally a liability, has recently joined their formidable power play among the League's elite.

Having finished in the bottom-third of the NHL nine times in the past 11 seasons, Washington's penalty-killing unit enters its game Thursday against the Minnesota Wild in unfamiliar territory -- leading the League at 91.5 percent.

Since the third period of the Capitals' 5-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 12, they successfully have thwarted 40 of their opponents' 41 power-play opportunities, including a stretch of 35 consecutive kills, their longest streak in more than a decade.

"It's something that everybody wants to do -- to be successful on both sides," right wing Alex Ovechkin said. "Power play and penalty kill can win the game and that's very important for you."

Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 12:36 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flames' Glencross to miss six weeks

Calgary Flames forward Curtis Glencross will miss six weeks with a second-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his knee.

Glencross was injured in the second period of the Flames' game Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild.

In 15 games, Glencross has five goals and four assists.

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