NEW YORK -- Coming off a spirited 3-2 come-from-behind road win against the New York Islanders on Tuesday, the New York Rangers seemed to be in high spirits during their morning skate Thursday.
That mood was buoyed even more by the presence of captain Ryan Callahan, who skated with his team for the first time since breaking his thumb in a win against the Washington Capitals on Oct. 16.
Callahan wore a yellow non-contact jersey during the skate and is not expected to return to the lineup for at least 7-10 days. But his presence and the energy that comes with it was welcomed by coaches and players alike as they prepare to face the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-CA) at Madison Square Garden.
"It's always good to see players come back. [Callahan] is a big piece of the team," goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said. "I'm not sure when he's going to be ready to play, but it's good to see him out there."
NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will be celebrating #HockeyHalloween in style Thursday. We'll give out some Tricks and Treats to NHL players and teams as well as share some of our favorite trick shots and costumes being worn by fans around the League.
With three games on the slate we'll get a live update from Boston Bruins radio play-by-play man Dave Goucher, who will call the game between the Bruins and Anaheim Ducks seen on NHL Network at 7 p.m. ET. We'll also fire up our NHL Arena Cam at Madison Square Garden and talk to New York Rangers TV analyst Joe Micheletti to preview the Rangers and Buffalo Sabres matchup.
Jake Evans, a center with St. Michael's of the Ontario Junior Hockey League and a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, was among the 22 players named to the Canada East roster for the 2013 World Junior A Hockey Challenge.
The roster was chosen after a four-day camp in Oakville, Ontario.
"It has been an exciting four days in Oakville, and as we expected there were some tough decisions to get down to 22 players," Canada East coach Ian MacInnis said. "As a coaching staff we're confident we've assembled the best roster and we're looking forward to getting to Yarmouth and getting started."
"Faceoffs are going to be important," Zetterberg said. "Both of our lines want to have the puck and it's not so fun to chase it."
The Red Wings have done too much chasing of the puck early this season, having been outshot in eight of their past 10 games and giving up 40 shots to the New York Rangers in a 3-2 overtime loss Saturday.
"We're too loose, we're giving up too many shots and we're not as tight as we should be defensively," coach Mike Babcock said.
Havlat is recovered from pelvic surgery in June and it will be his first game since Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals, also against the Kings, on May 18. He will step onto the third line with Joe Pavelski and Tommy Wingels. Havlat isn't sure what to expect but he's anxious to get back in.
"I haven't played a game in six months," he said. "It's been a long time. It feels good to be back on the ice with the guys. We'll see how it goes."
CALGARY -- One game after holding Alex Ovechkin off the score sheet, the Calgary Flames are tasked with trying to do the same against another of the NHL's hottest forwards.
Hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday for the first time since Feb. 14, 2012, the Flames will look to shut down Phil Kessel, named the League's Second Star of the Week on Monday.
"Before trying to stop him we'll try to contain him," Calgary coach Bob Hartley said. "We've watched quite a few of the Leafs' games in the past week and he's been very impressive. He's been very dominant and even with [Tyler] Bozak out of the lineup, last night with [Nazem] Kadri he didn't miss a beat. It just shows the depth of this organization right now. It's a good challenge."
The 26-year-old had a hand in each of his team's goals, scoring twice and dishing out a pair of assists, as the Leafs blanked the Edmonton Oilers, 4-0. His four-point night marked the 10th time in 13 games that he's registered at least one point.
Over the past 10 days, no player League-wide is producing at a higher level than Kessel. With seven goals, 10 points and plus-7 rating over that four-game span, Kessel is single-handedly carrying fantasy owners in head-to-head league formats.