It's Wednesday so that means it's Rivalry Night in the NHL. Cisco NHL Live, 5 ET on NHL Network, with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, will have the Flyers-Devils game covered. We'll talk to NBC Sports Analyst Pierre McGuire, who will be Inside the Glass, for the fierce division battle. Plus, NHL Network Analyst Barry Melrose will share his X-Factor for that matchup.
Our Subway Fresh Face of the week is Boston College and World Junior Championship star Johnny Gaudreau, who will be joining the show to talk about his great season and winning Gold in Russia. NHL Network Insider Darren Dreger will also be with us giving the latest on trade talk around the league. And fresh off a big win against the Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller will stop by the show.
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NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur (back) skated on his own for the second straight day, but New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer said it's still too soon to determine when the injured goaltender will resume working out with the team. So Johan Hedberg will make his 10th consecutive start Wednesday night.
The Devils host the Philadelphia Flyers at Prudential Center in NBCSN's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2).
Hedberg hasn't started 10 games in a row since the 2001-02 season, when he started 10 straight for the Pittsburgh Penguins from Jan. 5-23.
"I feel good," Hedberg told NHL.com. "People always ask me before the year how many starts do you expect, and I say I don't expect anything. Anything that you do expect usually gets changed anyway. During the season, so many things happen so you have to be ready for whatever happens."
At 10:39 of the second period in the Sharks/Blues game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that St Louis forward Patrik Berglund's pass deflected off David Perron's left skate and into the 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 St Louis.
DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche announced Tuesday night that defenseman Tyson Barrie has been assigned to Lake Erie of the American Hockey League, which could pave the way for right wing Milan Hejduk to be activated from injured reserve.
Hejduk will miss his fifth consecutive game Tuesday night because of a torso injury when the Avalanche play the Edmonton Oilers at Pepsi Center. Hejduk took part in the morning skate Tuesday and is expected to practice Wednesday.
At 2:27 of the first period in the Ducks/Wild game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Minnesota forward Torrey Mitchell's shot did not completely cross the goal line. No Goal Minnesota.
Malkin, who has an upper-body injury, will miss his second consecutive game when Pittsburgh hosts the Boston Bruins 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. He apparently sustained the injury -- likely to his right shoulder -- while colliding with the boards after a hit from the Toronto Maple Leafs' James van Riemsdyk late during a game Saturday night.
Defenseman Zbynek Michalek, who recorded eight of his 68 blocked shots Saturday, took one off the skate boot during a 5-on-3 Dallas power play and limped off in pain. He didn't practice Monday, skated briefly Tuesday morning and is questionable for Tuesday night's battle with the Los Angeles Kings at Jobing.com Arena.
The Coyotes recalled Chris Summers from Portland of the American Hockey League and he will play if Michalek can't go. Defenseman David Schlemko, out since January with a shoulder injury, is close to returning but not ready yet, according to coach Dave Tippett.
The Coyotes might get back Matthew Lombardi, who missed the win over the Stars. He took part in the early part of the skate and will be a game-time decision. Either way it's a good bet that Portland call-up Rob Klinkhammer will stay in the lineup after his first NHL goal proved to be the game-winner against the Stars.
Mike Smith, off his best game in over a week, is back in goal for his 17th start in the past 18 games.
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