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Posted On Friday, 11.01.2013 / 9:39 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst / - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Sid, Ovi look right back on top

I was looking at the stats page on earlier this week and couldn't help but notice two very familiar names right at the top: Sidney Crosby leading the League in points and Alex Ovechkin leading the League in goals.

Ovechkin has since been overtaken by Alexander Steen of the St. Louis Blues, but it was nice to see the two biggest names in our game back on top, especially when you consider the noticeable lack of buzz surrounding these two players last season. With Crosby rehabbing from injuries and Ovi off to a slow start that saw him score two goals in his first 10 games, the narrative had switched to how the Sid vs. Ovi show was a thing of the past.

I can see why people were saying it. Sid was banged up and battling the health challenges he had, and Ovi had lost his way. At the end of the day, the fortunate and unfortunate thing about our business is it is performance-based. That's what it is about. People look at numbers and interpret them how they want, but I don't always believe that numbers tell the whole story. I believe it's more about the process. Sometimes you can have the right process and for an extended period not have the numbers. Then you get discouraged because people say you're not producing.

That process has helped the two biggest names in hockey get back on top. And we're all the better for it.

Posted On Friday, 11.01.2013 / 12:26 AM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

NSH @ PHX - 8:17 of the Third Period

At 8:17 of the third period in the Predators/Coyotes game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Antoine Vermette's shot crossed the goal line before the net was displaced. According to Rule 78.4 "The goal frame shall be considered in its proper position when at least a portion of the flexible peg(s) are still inside both the goal post and the hole in the ice". Good goal Phoenix.

Posted On Thursday, 10.31.2013 / 6:39 PM - NHL Live blog

NHL Live chats with Wild forward Charlie Coyle

Posted On Thursday, 10.31.2013 / 6:36 PM - NHL Live blog

NHL Live looks at top player tweets on Halloween

Posted On Thursday, 10.31.2013 / 3:56 PM

By Jerry Brown - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Coyotes surviving injuries, aim for homestand sweep

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes have done a lot of lineup juggling and player shuffling thanks to sickness, injuries and suspensions early in the season. But the results have them sitting right in the thick of the NHL’s toughest division and playing especially tough at home.

The Coyotes will shoot for a three-game homestand sweep against the Nashville Predators on Thursday at Arena, where they are 5-0-1 this season as part of an 8-3-2 start.

The Coyotes will get back Lauri Korpikoski, who missed the last three games with an upper-body injury. But Phoenix will still be without defenseman Rostislav Klesla (lower body), center Jeff Halpern and center Martin Hanzal, who completes his two-game suspension for a charging offense against the Edmonton Oilers' Jeff Petry on Saturday.

Posted On Thursday, 10.31.2013 / 2:26 PM

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

Penner to return to Ducks' lineup

BOSTON -- Teemu Selanne's injured mouth sustained in the Anaheim Ducks' win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday added to the team's lengthy list of injured players.

But with Selanne back in California awaiting oral surgery, the team will get one body back against the Boston Bruins on Thursday as Dustin Penner will get back in the lineup after a five-game absence.

Penner took part in the morning skate Wednesday and will make his return to the lineup Wednesday night. It will be his first game since Oct. 20, when he sustained a concussion on a hit by the Dallas Stars' Ryan Garbutt. Garbutt was suspended for five games by the NHL Department of Player Safety for the hit.

Posted On Thursday, 10.31.2013 / 1:50 PM

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

Sabres' Moulson gets second chance to say goodbye

NEW YORK -- Matt Moulson said that the timing of his Oct. 27 trade from the New York Islanders to the Buffalo Sabres was not exactly ideal.

Just two weeks earlier his wife Alicia had given birth to the couple's second child, a son they named George. With a 14-month-old daughter already in the mix, Moulson was forced to leave his young and growing family. And a quick look at the Sabres' schedule revealed Moulson wouldn't be back to play against the Islanders on Long Island until March 15.

But there was a game prior that would give Moulson an opportunity to say goodbye one last time to friends while spending extra time with his family.

"When I got traded I was on the computer checking the schedule about two seconds later," Moulson said. "It was good to see that this game was so close to the trade. I knew I would be coming back and be able to see them."

Posted On Thursday, 10.31.2013 / 1:34 PM

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

Callahan skates, Moore out for Rangers

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."

Posted On Thursday, 10.31.2013 / 12:28 PM

By Matt Sitkoff and Steve Mears -  NHL Network staff / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live hands out Halloween tricks and treats

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.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 7:01 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Wednesday October 30th:

Boston Bruins vs Pittsburgh Penguins: Bruins

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Calgary Flames: Leafs

Detroit Red Wings vs Vancouver Canucks: Canucks

San Jose Sharks vs Los Angeles Kings: Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 74-38-6

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