Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
 
SHARE
Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 2:48 PM

By Kevin Woodley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Coin flip puts Kesler in Canucks' lineup

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- This time Ryan Kesler left no doubt he was back.

After being evasive and playing coy following his first full practice the day before, the Vancouver Canucks' Selke Trophy-winning center declared himself ready to return Friday night against the visiting Dallas Stars. Kesler hasn't played in almost 10 months after undergoing shoulder surgery in May then needing a wrist operation in June.

"I flipped AV's coin out there on the ice and it said I was, so I think I'll be playing," Kelser said, joking in reference to coach Alain Vigneault's ongoing gag about using a coin to choose his starting goalie. "It's been a long road, so for it to finally be here is pretty exciting."

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 2:40 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Allen earns second consecutive start for Blues

CALGARY, Alberta -- Jake Allen will make his second consecutive start when the St. Louis Blues visit Scotiabank Saddledome to take on the Calgary Flames on Friday night.

Allen won his first career NHL start Wednesday in the Blues' 4-3 overtime victory over the Detroit Red Wings, snapping a five-game losing streak.

"It was a good feeling, especially getting off that slump we were on," Allen said. "Hopefully we can turn things around after the game. It was a big win. It was big for me. It was a good confidence boost."

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 2:37 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live previews weekend action

Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will get you ready for your hockey weekend. NBC Sports' Eddie Olczyk, who will be a part of Hockey Day in America on Sunday, and NHL Network Insider Barry Melrose will join us with expert analysis on all the matchups.

Plus, Ryan Kesler is expected to be back on the ice for the Canucks tonight. We'll have all the latest updates from Vancouver on what that would mean for the team. And the Chicago Blackhawks have still not lost in regulation, while the San Jose Sharks have not won a game in February. Those teams face off on the NHL Network tonight at 8:30 ET, and we're going one-on-one with a Chicago player before the game.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, keep an eye on this Senior Reporter's dance moves in his EJ5: Hradek's Top 5 American-born players, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks a winner for Friday's game.

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 2:32 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Cooke dealing with Karlsson injury criticism

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Matt Cooke has taken a heavy barrage of criticism for his involvement in the injury sustained by Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson on Wednesday.

Cooke's left skate sliced Karlsson's left Achilles tendon during a puck battle along the boards, ending the reigning Norris Trophy winner's season. Karlsson underwent surgery Thursday and faces a lengthy rehabilitation period. Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and general manager Bryan Murray have expressed their displeasure with Cooke, whose disciplinary history makes leaves him vulnerable to such rebukes.

No penalty was called on the play, and the NHL Department of Player Safety saw no need to assess supplemental discipline.

Cooke expressed his regret about the incident Friday after the Penguins conducted their morning skate at MTS Centre. Cooke said he had reached out to Karlsson via a text message.

"Whether or not he responds to me, I understand," Cooke said. "At the end of the day, it was a freak, unfortunate accident and I can't control anything else but that. I obviously felt bad about the cut and just hope that he has a fast recovery. I know it's not fast, but as fast as possible."

Cooke also adopted a non-confrontational tone in regard to Melnyk's criticism and chose not to offer his feelings on the comments that have been directed toward him since the game Wednesday.

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 2:22 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Giguere to miss Saturday's game for personal reasons

The Colorado Avalanche announced Friday that goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere will leave the team for a couple of days due to personal reasons.

Giguere is scheduled to rejoin the team Sunday. In the meantime, goalie Calvin Pickard has been recalled from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis.

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 2:05 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Rangers return Kreider to AHL Connecticut

The New York Rangers announced Friday that the team has returned forward Chris Kreider to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League.

Kreider, who wasn't in the lineup Thursday for the Rangers' 4-3 shootout loss to the Islanders, has one goal and two points in seven games this season.

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 1:54 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Ducks, Red Wings

Here are the expected lineups when the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings meet Friday at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit:

DUCKS

Kyle Palmieri - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Bobby Ryan - Peter Holland - Teemu Selanne

Andrew Cogliano - Saku Koivu - Daniel Winnik

Patrick Maroon - Nick Bonino - Matt Beleskey

Sheldon Souray - Francois Beauchemin

Luca Sbisa - Toni Lydman

Bryan Allen - Ben Lovejoy

Viktor Fasth

Jeff Deslauriers

Scratched: Brad Staubitz, Nate Guenin

Injured: Cam Fowler, Jonas Hiller

RED WINGS

Daniel Cleary - Pavel Datsyuk - Valtteri Filppula

Justin Abdelkader - Henrik Zetterberg - Damien Brunner

Drew Miller - Cory Emmerton - Jordin Tootoo

Tomas Tatar - Joakim Andersson - Patrick Eaves

Niklas Kronwall - Brian Lashoff

Jonathan Ericsson - Ian White

Kyle Quincey - Jakub Kindl

Jimmy Howard

Peter Mrazek

Scratched: Gustav Nyquist, Kent Huskins

Injured: Todd Bertuzzi, Jonas Gustavsson, Brendan Smith, Carlo Colaiacovo, Mikael Samuelsson, Johan Franzen, Darren Helm

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 1:44 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Penguins hope to continue road success in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – The Pittsburgh Penguins return to life on the road, a place of comfort for them this season, when they meet the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on Friday.

The Penguins are 6-2-0 on the road this season, and land in Winnipeg 7-3-0 in their past 10 games. The Pittsburgh power play has scored in each of the club's past six games and is clicking at a 37.5-percent rate in that span (9-for-24).

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma attributes his team’s road success to a hard-nosed approach away from home.

"We've been able to do that on the road with more effect than maybe at home," Bylsma said. "We've been able stay away from the perception of our team, which is high-skill and making great plays, to playing a hard game, playing in the offensive zone, being a smothering team. We've been able to do that in some tough places, and that's maybe been [the reason for] our success on the road."

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 1:42 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Sheppard ailing, Gomez likely in for Sharks

CHICAGO -- The San Jose Sharks will be without third-line forward James Sheppard when they face the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night at United Center.

Sheppard evidently got injured during an hour-long practice on Thursday in Chicago. San Jose might also have a lineup change coming on the back end, but Sharks coach Todd McLellan didn't specify what that might be.

"We'll look at inserting a new forward [for Sheppard],” McLellan said. "Potential change [on defense, as well]. We'll have to see after the skate how guys feel."

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 1:20 PM

By Chris Ryndak -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Bruins, Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres open a three-game homestand Friday while the visiting Boston Bruins embark on the first of a five-game road trip. The teams meet at First Niagara Center for their third of five matchups this season and the second in a week.

The Sabres won the first game, 7-4, in Boston on Jan. 31 and the Bruins came back to win, 3-1, Sunday in Buffalo. The two teams have become quite familiar with each other in the last week, but will not play each other again until March 31.

Buffalo is coming off its first two-day break since Jan. 22-23 after playing at the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.

"We had a good day off. We had a real good practice yesterday, and when we talk about energy level, it should be right at the top," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said.

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
First | Prev | 747 | 748 | 749 | 750 | 751 | 752 | 753-758 | Next | Last
Quote of the Day

I was surprised. I knew I got it. It's tough. You never know how hard it is until it registers on the gun. I got pretty much all I could into and you just hope for the best.

— Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber after winning the AMP NHL Hardest Shot event at the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition