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Posted On Sunday, 10.20.2013 / 1:34 PM

By Patrick Williams - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Injuries force Jets to find new third defense pairing

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets picked up a badly needed 4-3 shootout win on home ice Friday against the St. Louis Blues, but the victory came with a cost.

The Winnipeg blue line lost its third pairing Friday, forcing the Jets to skate with four defensemen for much of the third period. Dustin Byfuglien skated a career-high 31:37 in picking up the workload after the Jets lost rookie Jacob Trouba and Mark Stuart to injuries.

Trouba left the game on a stretcher after falling face-first into the end boards while attempting to hit Blues defenseman Jordan Leopold. Trouba was released from a Winnipeg hospital late Friday night and is expected to miss a month with a neck sprain. Trouba's partner, Mark Stuart, exited the game in the third period after crashing into the Winnipeg net.

Jets coach Claude Noel will dress Paul Postma and Adam Pardy, a recall from the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League on Saturday, in place of Stuart and Trouba.

Posted On Sunday, 10.20.2013 / 1:20 PM

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

Battle of backups likely as Canucks visit Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS -- The game Sunday night between the Vancouver Canucks and the Columbus Blue Jackets is expected to feature the backup goalies as the starters are rested in the second of back-to-back games for both teams.

Curtis McElhinney will make his Blue Jackets debut after watching 2013 Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky play the first seven games, including Saturday night's 4-1 loss at the Washington Capitals, a fourth defeat in a row to drop Columbus to 2-5.

Eddie Lack, whose only appearance was a 5-4 overtime win vs. the Calgary Flames on Oct. 6 in the Canucks' third game, would replace Roberto Luongo. The Canucks (5-3-1) lost 4-3 in a shootout at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday afternoon.

Posted On Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 10:39 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

CGY @ SJS - 12:41 of the First Period

At 12:41 of the first period in the Flames/Sharks game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Brad Stuart's shot was batted into the net by the glove of Tyler Kennedy. According to Rule 67.6 "a goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who bats or directs the puck with his hand into the net." No goal San Jose.

Posted On Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 9:28 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

NSH @ MTL - 1:35 of the Third Period

At 1:35 of the third period in the Predators/Canadiens game, the official located behind the goal line signaled goal. After the referee's huddled, they determined that Lars Eller's shot did not cross the goal line. Video review was inconclusive in determining whether or not the shot crossed the goal line, therefore the referee's group decision that the puck did not completely cross the goal line stands. No goal Montreal.

Posted On Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 7:13 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Fisher out for Predators against Canadiens

MONTREAL -- Center Mike Fisher did not dress for the Nashville Predators against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday with what the team called a lower-body injury.

Fisher is listed as day-to-day with the Predators to play Sunday at the Winnipeg Jets.

Posted On Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 6:45 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Devils without Elias, Brunner against Rangers

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils are without forwards Patrik Elias and Damien Brunner for their game Saturday night against the New York Rangers at Prudential Center.

Elias has the flu, and Brunner is out with an undisclosed injury. Elias did not participate in the morning skate Saturday; Brunner left early and appeared to be clutching his shoulder.

Andrei Loktionov and Rostislav Olesz are playing in place of Elias and Brunner. Loktionov will the start the game centering the third line between Jacob Josefsen and Dainius Zubrus. Olesz will play left wing in Elias' spot on the top line with Adam Henrique and Jaromir Jagr.

Posted On Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 6:28 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Bolland happy to be back in Chicago

CHICAGO -- After watching the player they affectionately nicknamed "The Rat" pester opposing stars into poor performances the past few seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks will now get to live the other side of the Dave Bolland experience.

He and his new teammates on the Toronto Maple Leafs are in Chicago for a game Saturday at United Center (7 p.m. ET, CBC, NHLN-US), which will be Bolland's first game against his former team.

Bolland helped Chicago win a pair of Stanley Cups, including last season, when he scored the series-clinching goal in the third period of Game 6 against the Boston Bruins.

Posted On Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 5:30 PM

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

Sabres' Zadorov to play, Ristolainen sent to AHL

The Buffalo Sabres have activated rookie defenseman Nikita Zadorov from injured reserve and will have him in the lineup when the team plays the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

To make room on their roster, the Sabres sent another rookie defenseman, Rasmus Ristolainen, to their American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester.

Zadorov was taken with the 16th pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, eight spots after the Sabres chose Ristolainen. The Russian missed Buffalo's first nine games of the season while recovering from a finger injury he sustained blocking a shot during the preseason.

Ristolainen had no points and a minus-4 rating in eight games, averaging 16:52 of ice time per game.

Zadorov will be the eighth player taken in the first round of the 2013 draft to play a game this season.

Posted On Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 5:02 PM

By Eric Gilmore - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flames' Ramo hoping for better results this time out

SAN JOSE -- Calgary Flames goaltender Karri Ramo will make his second start of the season and face the San Jose Sharks for the second time in his career Saturday at SAP Center (10 p.m. ET, CBC).

Ramo can only hope the outcome is better than in his Flames debut and in his first career start against San Jose.

Ramo gave up four goals in a season-opening 5-4 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals and then backed up Joey MacDonald for the next five games. Ramo allowed seven goals on 42 shots in a 7-1 loss to Sharks at San Jose on Jan. 13, 2009, when he played for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Ramo won't be able to ease back into action after his five-game layoff. He'll face a 6-0-1 Sharks team that leads the NHL in goals with 33 and in goals per game at 4.71.

"Everyone is ready to go," Flames coach Bob Hartley said after his team's morning skate. "We work hard every day. Karri Ramo has played very well in training camp, played well in Washington, then Joey MacDonald got us on a roll. So hopefully Karri Ramo can do the same thing as [MacDonald]."

Posted On Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 4:31 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

EDM @ OTT - 14:12 of the Third Period

At 14:12 of the third period in the Oilers/Senators game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Chris Neil's stick was below the crossbar when he knocked the puck into the net. According to Rule 60.5 "The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick. If the puck makes contact with the stick below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed." Good goal Ottawa.

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