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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 2:38 PM

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

Canadiens hope to finish road trip on high note

WINNIPEG -- The Montreal Canadiens have an opportunity to head back home happy when they meet the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on Tuesday.

The Canadiens (3-2-0) took two of three games last week in Western Canada, and a win against the Jets would wrap the trip nicely for coach Michel Therrien and his team. After playing Winnipeg, Montreal will play six of its next seven games at Bell Centre.

"It has been a long road trip," Canadiens center Lars Eller said, "and we want to round it out in a good way before we get back home. I think everybody is very excited to get back home, but we want to finish off in a good way, and that's going to make [returning home] that much better."

Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 2:37 PM - NHL Green Slapshots™

Lightning to host 'Go Green Night' tonight

The Tampa Bay Lightning will host their annual ‘Go Green Night' this evening when the Lightning take on the Los Angeles Kings at 7:30 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The event, which benefits Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, will encourage physical fitness and environmental awareness.

Fans who ride their bike to the game on Tuesday night will be eligible for a discounted ticket for the Lightning’s game against the Kings. Cyclists riding to the game may valet park their bike on Ford Thunder Alley and will receive a voucher for a discounted ticket at the McDonald’s ® Box Office, while supplies last. The ticket voucher is valid for a $15 Terrace Level seat or participants may upgrade to a Lower Bowl ticket for $35, including all fees and taxes.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 2:18 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

Breakdown of Pominville's goals against each team

Minnesota Wild Jason Pominville's goal against his former team was not only the game-winning goal but now give him a goal against all 30 NHL teams. Pominville has five teams he has one goal against and on the other side has scored 18 goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Here is a full breakdown of his goal distribution:

Anaheim Ducks - 2 goals in 9 GP

Boston Bruins - 15 goals in 49 GP

Calgary Flames - 2 goals in 8 GP

Carolina Hurricanes - 13 goals in 30 GP

Chicago Blackhawks - 3 goals in 7 GP

Colorado Avalanche - 2 goals in 6 GP

Columbus Blue Jackets - 7 goals in 10 GP

Dallas Stars - 1 goal in 6 GP

Detroit Red Wings - 1 goal in 9 GP

Edmonton Oilers 1 goal in 7 GP

Florida Panthers - 11 goals in 30 GP

Los Angeles Kings - 3 goals in 9 GP

Minnesota Wild - 1 goal in 6 GP

Montreal Canadiens - 8 goals in 49 GP

Nashville Predators - 3 goals in 7 GP

New Jersey Devils - 9 goals in 26 GP

New York Islanders - 5 goals in 27 GP

New York Rangers - 6 goals in 28 GP

Ottawa Senators - 10 goals in 46 GP

Philadelphia Flyers - 11 goals in 28 GP

Phoenix Coyotes - 4 goals in 8 GP

Pittsburgh Penguins - 9 goals in 29 GP

San Jose Sharks - 4 goals in 9 GP

St. Louis Blues - 3 goals in 7 GP

Tampa Bay Lightning - 16 goals in 29 GP

Toronto Maple Leafs - 18 goals in 50 GP

Vancouver Canucks - 2 goals in 6 GP

Washington Capitals - 9 goals in 30 GP

Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers - 11 goals in 28 GP

Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 2:13 PM

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

Canucks hoping to find identity during road trip

PHILADELPHIA -- Since he got the job in June, Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella has been talking about establishing an identity, about making the team tougher to play against.

Through six games it has shown up in spurts, Henrik Sedin told, but Tortorella and the Canucks' captain think the team really can hone in on establishing that identity and staying consistent with it on its seven-game road trip, which begins Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

"Yeah, I think it's an important couple of weeks for me to understand them because you are with one another, doing things together as a team, both on and off the ice in this length of a trip," Tortorella said. "It's for both ways, me to understand them and them to understand me, and really to confine yourselves with one another to build this. I think it's a good time."

Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 2:09 PM

By Steve Mears -  NHL Live host / - NHL Live blog

Good hockey and good food on NHL Live

There are 12 games on the schedule Tuesday in the NHL and starting at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, NHL Live will have the latest on all of them.

Two undefeated teams square off in St. Louis when the St. Louis Blues host the San Jose Sharks (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN) and we'll get a live preview in St. Louis. We'll also show the warmups of the early games in our Ice Pass via our Arena Cam.

In addition to all of the game coverage Tuesday, we've also got a food-themed show with Jessie Lysiak stopping by from the Fox television show "MasterChef." Jessie is the daughter of former Atlanta Flame and Chicago Blackhawk, Tom Lysiak who played in the NHL for 13 seasons. She's also the girlfriend of Sharks defenseman Justin Braun and finished third in this summer's Masterchef competition. On Tuesday she'll be preparing a hockey-inspired meal from each division, sharing some recipes, and talking to us about her background and take us behind the scenes of the intense reality cooking show.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 1:45 PM

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

Hertl will be in Sharks' lineup

ST. LOUIS -- San Jose Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl, who has been banged up in the last two games, will play Tuesday when the Sharks play against the St. Louis Blues (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2).

Hertl was hit in the head by the Vancouver Canucks' Alexander Edler in the Sharks' 4-1 victory at Vancouver on Thursday. Edler was suspended three games by the NHL Department of Player Safety for the hit.

Hertl finished the game, but then got hit hard again by the Ottawa Senators' Clarke MacArthur in the Sharks' 3-2 victory Saturday.

But Hertl, the 17th pick in the 2012 NHL Draft who leads the team with seven goals and eight points, was in his regular spot Tuesday, skating on the top line with Joe Thornton and Brent Burns.

"I feel very good and I am ready tonight," Hertl said. "Two days [off] for my body and today now, I am ready to go for the game."

Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 1:24 PM

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

Grabner to get more time on Islanders' top line

After skating much of the season with Matt Moulson on the left wing, the New York Islanders' top line, featuring captain John Tavares and right wing Kyle Okposo, could be getting a slight makeover for their game Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres.

During the team's morning skate, Tavares and Okposo matched up with Michael Grabner, who leads the team through five games with five assists, seven points and a plus-5 rating. Considered among the fastest skaters in the League, Grabner is a definite departure from Moulson, who has flanked Tavares for much of the star center's career.

After contributing three straight 30-goal seasons by parking himself in front of the opposition's crease, Moulson is off to a slow start to the 2013-14 season, with one goal and no assists in five games. Grabner, on the other hand, is off to a fantastic start and using his speed in a way that Islanders coach Jack Capuano thinks could benefit his top line.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 1:11 PM

By Wes Crosby - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Kobasew moves up to Penguins' second line

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins' line combinations again will go through another set of changes due to an injury to a top-six forward.

Beau Bennett (lower-body injury) will sit out Pittsburgh's game Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers at Consol Energy Center. With James Neal on injured reserve, Chuck Kobasew will be the latest Penguins forward to get an opportunity to play alongside Evgeni Malkin and Jussi Jokinen.

Kobasew was effective on Pittsburgh's third line and Jokinen said he expects Kobasew to fit in well next to him and Malkin.

"I think it's still pretty normal," Jokinen said. "How it is in the NHL, there are so many injuries and the coaches like to mix up the lines, so I think everybody's used to it, that there are going to be different line combinations.

"Especially now with Chuck Kobasew playing with us, he's a really good two-way player who is a hard-nosed player that goes to the net and does all of those little things and can score goals and can make plays too."

Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 1:03 PM

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

Hurricanes' Ruutu just happy to be playing

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Rehabbing an injury never is an enjoyable process for a professional athlete. Carolina Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu has been waging that battle for quite a while.

Two hip surgeries in the past calendar year were bad enough. Then came a leg injury in the preseason that kept him out of the lineup until a game Sunday against the Phoenix Coyotes, in which he logged 10:28 of ice time.

"Every time you come off an injury, at least from my point of view, the other guys are always going left and right," Ruutu said. "The game speed is so different from practice or if you're skating by yourself. But once you get that first hit and that first shot, you stop thinking about it and start playing."

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