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Posted On Monday, 05.20.2013 / 12:25 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Jones, MacKinnon head list of Combine invitees

Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks and Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads head the list of 101 players that have been invited to take part in the NHL Scouting Combine.

Seth Jones, Jonathan Drouin, Nathan MacKinnon, NHL Draft (Getty Images / Halifax Mooseheads)

The Combine will be held May 27 to June 1 in Toronto.

The list of prospects includes the top 79 players on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft.

"It's just a matter of showing the teams what you can do," Jones told about the Combine. "I don't think anyone should go in nervous … I'm certainly not looking at it that way. It should be a fun experience."

Jones, MacKinnon and Drouin currently are starring for their respective teams in the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Memorial Cup will conclude with the championship game on May 26.

Central Scouting is anticipating 86 North American players total, including the top seven goalies from its final ranking of North American goaltenders. The top 15 European prospects, including top-ranked goalie Juuse Saros, also have been invited.

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Posted On Monday, 05.20.2013 / 12:12 PM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / - Bruins-Rangers series blog

Seidenberg, Redden practice with Bruins

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien might be one step closer to having a couple difficult lineup decisions on his hands.

Injured defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden both joined the team for practice at TD Garden on Monday. Julien said both players will be game-day decisions for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Rangers on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

Neither player, in addition to Andrew Ference, has played yet in this series. In their place, rookies Matt Bartkowski, Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton have proven to be more-than-capable replacements.

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Posted On Monday, 05.20.2013 / 12:07 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Bruins-Rangers series blog

Lundqvist on ice for Rangers' practice

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is on the ice for practice Monday at the team's training facility one day after saying he felt discomfort in his shoulder following a 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Lundqvist appeared to hurt himself reaching to cover a loose puck in the slot with 4:52 remaining in the third period Sunday at TD Garden. He needed extra time to get up and once he did he was seen waving his left arm up and down as he skated back-and-forth through the crease.

All of the Rangers who dressed for Game 2 are on the ice for practice. They trail the Bruins 2-0 in the best-of-7 series. Game 3 is Tuesday at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

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Posted On Sunday, 05.19.2013 / 7:14 PM

By Staff -  / - Kings-Sharks series blog

Sharks forward Havlat out for Game 4

San Jose Sharks forward Martin Havlat will not play in Game 4 against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, coach Todd McLellan said Sunday.

Havlat returned for Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Saturday after missing all but the first period of Game 1 of a first-round sweep. However, he lasted six shifts worth 4:52 of ice time before sustaining a lower-body injury.

McLellan said he did not know if the injury was related to the one Havlat sustained in the prior series against the Vancouver Canucks.

"If you're hurt and you can't play, you can't play," McLellan said. "We can be as frustrated as we want. It was hard because we had to juggle the lineup, but we talked about the difference between being injured and hurt. He's injured."

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Posted On Sunday, 05.19.2013 / 6:04 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - Kings-Sharks series blog

Kings' Pearson pleased with NHL debut

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Tanner Pearson never thought he would play with the big club when the Los Angeles Kings called him up from Manchester of the American Hockey League.

Pearson thought he would simply play with the Black Aces and act as a sort of practice squad for the regulars. But he was told the day of Game 3 against the San Jose Sharks that he would make his NHL debut in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

“It all came to reality when I first stepped on the ice to start the first with all the fans going crazy. It was pretty loud in that building but it was fun to be a part of it,” Pearson said Sunday.

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Posted On Sunday, 05.19.2013 / 6:02 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - Kings-Sharks series blog

Kings try to refocus for Game 4, but OT loss lingers

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- A day passed for the Los Angeles Kings to let their emotions settle down, only to have reality set in.

Two late penalties drew all the attention -- and complaints from Kings players -- after a 2-1 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals. That obscured that Los Angeles was uncharacteristically undisciplined, again allowed a lot of shots, yielded much offensive-zone time, and continued to see little production from its top line.

L.A. gave San Jose five power plays in Game 3, its most times shorthanded since Game 1 of the quarterfinals against the St. Louis Blues. Prior to that, the Kings had not given the opposition five power plays since Feb. 17.

"I'm not happy taking that many penalties," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said Sunday. "It doesn't matter if we agreed with the calls or not. It doesn't have any impact on anything."

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Posted On Sunday, 05.19.2013 / 4:41 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - Blackhawks-Red Wings series blog

Wings found way to clog middle, slow Hawks' attack

CHICAGO -- Mike Babcock wasn't happy with the way his Detroit Red Wings defended the middle of the ice to start their Western Conference Semifinals series against the Chicago Blackhawks this past week, so the coach changed it up.

After dropping the opening game 4-1 at United Center, a better-rested Detroit team paid more attention to the middle of the ice, particularly in the neutral zone, in Game 2 on Saturday. The Red Wings won 4-1 to even the best-of-7 series at a game apiece, but how they did it was impressive.

Detroit made sure the middle of the ice was accounted for almost all game, from the neutral zone all the way back to its net, and pressured Chicago forwards sooner -- gumming up the Blackhawks' rush game before it got started.

"They do a good job of clogging things up and making it tough to skate," Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp said after practice Sunday, prior to leaving for Detroit. "Both teams skate really well and both teams are dangerous when their skill players have the puck in open ice. They've always been good at making it tough to get to the net and making it tough to get pucks back on the forecheck. They're a good team at [doing] that."

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Posted On Sunday, 05.19.2013 / 3:11 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor / - Penguins-Senators series blog

Penguins' penalty kill about to face new challenge

OTTAWA -- The Pittsburgh Penguins began Sunday with the third-best penalty kill in the Stanley Cup Playoffs at 88.9 percent, but will face a brand-new challenge in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

The Senators will be welcoming back Jason Spezza to the lineup after he missed more than three months recovering from back surgery, and the No. 1 area where he is likely to help Ottawa will be on the power play.

The Senators scored a power-play goal in four of the five regular-season games Spezza played. They scored with the man advantage in 18 of their remaining 43 games, so his introduction to a power play that has scored once in seven chances in the series is a major development.

"He brings a skill dynamic to their power play that isn't there otherwise," said Penguins forward Matt Cooke, one of his team's primary penalty killers. "We have to limit his time and space, but we can't change really much. We just have to stay with our approach and just recognize when he's on the ice."

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Posted On Sunday, 05.19.2013 / 2:50 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Bruins-Rangers series blog

Rangers sticking with same lineup for Game 2

BOSTON -- New York Rangers coach John Tortorella isn't letting an overtime loss in Game 1 affect his lineup for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Sunday at TD Garden against the Boston Bruins.

Like the Bruins, New York isn't making any changes to its lineup for Game 2. The forward lines and defense pairs the Rangers showed in pre-game warm-ups were exactly the same as they were in Game 1 as well as for the last two games of the conference quarterfinals against the Washington Capitals.

What may change is the Rangers' personnel on the power play. Although Tortorella repeated used the word "stinks" to describe Carl Hagelin on the power play on Saturday, he did offer the possibility that he would use the speedy left wing in that situation.

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Posted On Sunday, 05.19.2013 / 2:45 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - Blackhawks-Red Wings series blog

Speedy Stalberg likely to return to Blackhawks lineup

CHICAGO -- It's not a guarantee, but it looks like Viktor Stalberg will re-enter the Chicago Blackhawks lineup Monday night for Game 3 of their Western Conference Semifinals series against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

The best-of-7 series is knotted 1-1 with the next two games in Detroit, and the Blackhawks are looking to rebound from a lackluster 4-1 loss in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon at United Center.

Stalberg, a fast-skating right wing, appears on track to get back in the lineup at that position after practicing there Sunday with the linemates he's spent most of the season with: left wing Bryan Bickell and center Andrew Shaw.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after practice Stalberg is likely playing Monday night.

"I think you just keep playing the way I have all year," Stalberg said. "If we get to play together again, we've been effective all year, so I don't think you want to change too much.

"I don't want to make too big of a deal of it. I just want to get back in playing and hopefully that's [Monday]. We'll see what happens. If I get a chance to play, I'll do anything I can to make a difference and help us win these games."

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