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Posted On Wednesday, 10.02.2013 / 4:22 PM

By Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Roy, Selanne feel opening-night butterflies

DENVER -- Patrick Roy and Teemu Selanne will mark individual milestones Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center when the Colorado Avalanche and Anaheim Ducks begin regular-season play.

It will be Roy's first NHL game as a head coach when he goes behind the Avalanche bench. For Selanne, who has told the Ducks he plans to retire after the season, it will be his 22nd and final opening night.

"Yes, I'm nervous," Roy said following the morning skate. "There's nothing wrong for me to be nervous. I'm a proud person and I want to do well. I care, and when you care you have to be a bit nervous. I'm curious also to see the difference between preseason and how the (opposing) coaches are going to deal during the games, the adjustments I'm going to have to make. I'm convinced I'm going to learn a lot this year.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.02.2013 / 4:16 PM

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

Ducks scratch Penner against Avalanche

Dustin Penner and the Anaheim Ducks were reunited this past summer, but Penner will not be in the lineup when the team opens its 2013-13 season Wednesday night against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver.

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau confirmed following Wednesday's morning skate that Penner is a healthy scratch. Penner was skating with coaches and extra players following practice, a good indicator that he's out of the lineup. It was last week when Boudreau called Penner's camp "mediocre," but the coach cited a strong camp from Patrick Maroon, expected to play left wing alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, as part of his reasoning behind the decision.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.02.2013 / 3:05 PM

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

Sabres' Foligno to miss opener vs. Red Wings

Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston revealed Tuesday that promising young winger Marcus Foligno will not be suiting up for the team's season opener Wednesday night in Detroit against the Red Wings (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN). He also added that the 22-year-old was "not for sure" to play in the team's back-to-back games this weekend, Friday night at home against the Ottawa Senators and in Pittsburgh against the Penguins on Saturday.

Foligno has not played since sustaining an upper-body strain in the team's 5-3 preseason loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sept. 22. Prior to the injury, Foligno had enjoyed a strong preseason for the Sabres, collecting three goals and four points in three games. He has been skating both alone and with the team, but has been sporting a red non-contact jersey.

"He's been skating and we've been trying him every morning," Rolston said. "He's been going out in the morning and trying it, but it's just not where it needs to be to put him in that situation where if he gets bumped [it could] set him back further."

Posted On Wednesday, 10.02.2013 / 2:44 PM

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

Stastny, Cogliano talk Avalanche-Ducks on NHL Live

Twenty-six goals were scored on a wild first night of NHL action and three more home openers are on tap for Wednesday night. NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will recap #NHLFaceOff and look forward to Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN. We'll talk to Pierre McGuire who will be "Inside the Glass" as new Atlantic Division foes face off in the Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres.

Plus, it's Patrick Roy's coaching debut tonight in Denver as the Colorado Avalanche take on the Anaheim Ducks. We'll be joined by Paul Stastny, who is ready to begin his eighth season in Colorado and is in the last year of his current contract. On the Ducks' side, Andrew Cogliano will join us as he prepares for his seventh NHL campaign. Amazingly, he's never missed a game in his 458-game career with the Oilers and Ducks.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.02.2013 / 2:12 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Wednesday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Wednesday October 2nd:

Toronto Maple Leafs at Philadelphia Flyers - Maple Leafs

Buffalo Sabres at Detroit Red Wings - Red Wings

Anaheim Ducks at Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

E.J.'s Season Record: 2-1-0

Posted On Wednesday, 10.02.2013 / 12:50 PM

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

Pair of '12 picks may be tandem for Sabres vs. Wings

It appears as though Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston will give a pair of 2012 first-round picks a chance to star on the same line to open the 2013-14 season against the Detroit Red Wings in the Wednesday Night Rivalry game at Joe Louis Arena (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

Mikhail Grigorenko, selected No. 12 in the 2012 NHL Draft, and Zemgus Girgensons (No. 14, 2012) were skating on the team's third line during the morning skate at Joe Louis Arena.

"I got some confidence from last year, so I think this year is going to be a lot better," Grigorenko told The Buffalo News. "I just want to prove to the coaches that they need me and do what I can do best, which is create offense, work hard and just show him that I can be really helpful for this team."

Posted On Wednesday, 10.02.2013 / 12:32 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flyers' Meszaros thrilled to finally be healthy

PHILADELPHIA -- For the first time in a long time, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros is able to say he feels healthy.

Injures to his back and shoulder, as well as a torn Achilles tendon, has limited him 12 games since March 1, 2012. He played 11 games last season.

"I'm really excited," he told after taking part in the team's optional skate Wednesday. "I can't wait to play again. It's been a while. Preseason is over, so now I'm ready to go and it should be fun."

Posted On Wednesday, 10.02.2013 / 12:23 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Lecavalier excited for first game with Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- After a full training camp and a few preseason games, Vincent Lecavalier has grown familiar with his new orange jersey.

However, he said it will be a different feeling when he skates onto the ice here at Wells Fargo Center for his first regular season game as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.

"I'm definitely really excited," Lecavalier said. "Any opening night, especially when it's your first game with a new team, it's definitely extra special. I've never been through it. I've had a lot of great years in Tampa but I'm happy to be here. I think we have a great hockey team and I'm just excited to start."

Lecavalier, who will start centering the second line between Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn, said he hasn't needed to change much of his game to adjust to new teammates and a new style of play.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.02.2013 / 12:16 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flyers hold optional skate; projected lineup for opener

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers held an optional skate Wednesday morning, with only nine players taking the ice ahead of their game Wednesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. But that was OK with coach Peter Laviolette.

"It was their choice," he said. "We've been practicing hard here, going at it pretty hard here. Whatever they wanted to do to get ready to play."

It's been a long time since the Flyers played a meaningful game, and a few players said they felt a little extra jump in their step when they got to the arena Wednesday.

"It's been a while waiting here," captain Claude Giroux said. "A long summer. You think about it a lot in the summer. Last year, not being happy with the results, every day thinking about it, and today's the day. I think everybody is pretty excited."

Posted On Wednesday, 10.02.2013 / 12:02 PM

By Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Grabovski makes immediate PP impact

The fantasy significance of Mikhail Grabovski's opening-night performance went way beyond his hat trick.

The 29-year-old made a strong first impression with the man advantage, an indication that he can be an adequate replacement for Mike Ribeiro on the Washington Capitals' first power-play unit.

As a result, his time on the waiver wire has been short-lived.

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