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Posted On Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 2:41 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sabres at Stars

DALLAS -- The Buffalo Sabres have the League's second-worst penalty kill (72.9 percent) but hope to keep the power play of the Dallas Stars, who have the League's second-best unit (28.3 percent) in check on Saturday at American Airlines Center (8 p.m. ET; MSG-B, BELL TV, FS-SW).

"We've been much better in a lot of areas of the penalty kill. What we haven't been as good at is allowing zone time and allowing time for a power play. When you can prevent that, that's when we've been at our best," Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. "Give a power play extended zone time, like the one we're going to be facing tonight, they're going to take their opportunities."

Posted On Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 2:23 PM

By Corey Long - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Ducks at Lightning

TAMPA -- Forward Ryan Callahan could be back in the lineup when the Tampa Bay Lightning play the Anaheim Ducks at Amalie Arena on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-SD, SUN).

Callahan was a full participant in practice Friday and did not wear a non-contact jersey. Lightning coach Jon Cooper did not give additional details on Callahan's playing status.

"I'm not sure," Cooper said. "It'll be a game-time decision."

Tampa Bay (9-9-3) earned a 2-1 win against the New York Rangers on Thursday despite missing five of its top nine forwards. Tyler Johnson participated in the optional morning skate without a non-contact jersey but he and Jonathan Drouin are doubtful Saturday, while Cedric Paquette and Ondrej Palat will be out.

If Callahan can't play Saturday, Cooper may add Luke Witkowski to the lineup and go with seven defensemen like he did Thursday. Forward Mike Angelidis, who was called up from Syracuse of the American Hockey League, would be another option.

Posted On Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 2:04 PM

By Katie Brown - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Avalanche at Capitals

WASHINGTON -- Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik will not play against the Colorado Avalanche at Verizon Center on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-DC, ALT).

Orpik sustained a lower-body injury Nov. 12 against the Philadelphia Flyers and has missed five consecutive games, but coach Barry Trotz cautions that Orpik’s ailment is not serious.

“Once he gets 100 percent, then we’ll give him a couple practices and then we can expect him to be in the lineup after that point,” Trotz said. “It’s sort of how we’re looking at it. It’s a long haul, and he’s an important piece, so we’re just going to get him 100 percent. As I’ve said, it’s not anything that’s a serious injury. It just takes some time for what he has.”

Posted On Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 2:00 PM

By Louie Korac - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Red Wings at Blues

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues will go through the day Saturday before deciding whether rookie defenseman Colton Parayko will play against the Detroit Red Wings (8 p.m. ET; FS-D, FS-MW).

Parayko has missed two games with a lower-body injury sustained late in the third period of a victory against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. He took part in the morning skate Saturday and was paired with Carl Gunnarsson, but coach Ken Hitchcock said not to go on what was seen on the ice.

"Hopefully he gets to play tonight," Hitchcock said. "I'm not sure we'll know until the game-time skate. We'll see how he gets through the rest of the day today."

Parayko, who is among the rookie leaders in points with 12, hopes to play.

Posted On Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 1:47 PM

By Chris Stevenson - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flyers at Senators

OTTAWA Ottawa Senators wing Bobby Ryan, their hottest forward recently, said he expects to play Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers at Canadian Tire Centre (7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, CITY, TCN-PH).

Ryan, who has three goals and five assists in his past seven games, was hit into the boards by Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard and left the game late in the third period Thursday with an undisclosed injury.

“I’m really happy with everything we did over the last 36 hours to prepare for it, so we’ll have another conversation tonight, but the plan is to play," Ryan said. "We’ll see. It was scary for 15, 20 minutes, but once things calmed down it was nice. There’s never an ideal time to be hurt, but when you’re playing OK and feeling good you don’t want that train to stop rolling. It’s a huge relief.”

Posted On Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 1:13 PM

By Wes Crosby - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sharks at Penguins

PITTSBURGH – San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer will miss the game Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center (7 p.m. ET; CSN-CA, ROOT) because of a personal matter.

Assistant coaches Steve Spott, Bob Boughner, and Johan Hedberg will handle the coaching duties for the Sharks (11-8-0, 22 points), who enter the game winners of four straight and in second place in the Pacific Division. Spott said he will work with the forwards while Boughner focuses on the defensemen and Hedberg comes down from the press box to be on a headset with video coach Dan Darrow.

"Nothing will change with regards to our responsibilities," Spott said.

Forward Melker Karlsson said he doesn't expect a drop-off without DeBoer.

"We know what to do out there and we have a great staff taking care of that, I think," Karlsson said. "It's not going to change too much, but Pete is a great guy. He's great to have back there, but the other guys will do a great job."

Posted On Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 12:43 PM

By Alain Poupart - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Rangers at Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. — The Florida Panthers are going back to their speed lineup for their game against the New York Rangers at BB&T Center on Saturday night (7 p.m. ET; FS-F, MSG+).

Speedy forwards Quinton Howden and Rocco Grimaldi will be back in the lineup to help the Panthers try to match the speed of the Rangers.

“They’re one of the fastest teams in the league,” Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said after an optional morning skate. “They’re a great team. They score a lot of goals. They don’t give up much. We’ve got to play well, that’s all.”

Howden and Grimaldi will replace Garrett Wilson and veteran Shawn Thornton, who played Thursday when the Panthers needed more of a physical presence against the bigger Anaheim Ducks.

Posted On Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 12:25 PM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Maple Leafs at Bruins

BOSTON – With Boston Bruins rookie Frank Vatrano ruled out by coach Claude Julien against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday at TD Garden (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC, NESN) because of an upper-body injury sustained Thursday, it will probably fall on forward Matt Beleskey to fill the spot on left wing next to center David Krejci and right wing Loui Eriksson.

Beleskey started the season as Krejci's left wing but failed to find chemistry. In the Bruins' 4-2 win against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, Beleskey replaced Vatrano in the third period and assisted on Eriksson's third goal.

Beleskey has no goals and has three assists, in his past eight games, but he leads the Bruins with 68 hits and might be on the cusp of breaking out offensively.

Posted On Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 11:22 AM

By Eric Goodman - Fantasy Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

DraftKings daily fantasy value picks for Nov. 21

Each day during the 2015-16 season,'s fantasy staff will identify one player at each position worth owning in DraftKings daily fantasy hockey contests. Based on factors including but not limited to matchups, line combinations, power-play usage, statistical coverage and recent production, we'll provide you with lower-priced options that can help you build a winning lineup.

Matt Duchene
, C, Colorado Avalanche

DraftKings price: $5,600

Taking a player who has increased scoring recently makes sense but the downside is that the hot play must eventually come to an end. Considering the busy NHL game night Saturday, it’s tough to pass up on the moderately priced Duchene with his six goals and five assists during a current five-game scoring streak. All the analytics show that Duchene could continue racking up the points at the Washington Capitals with eight goals, five assists and 31 shots on goal in 11 road games this season as well as eight goals, four assists and 30 shots on goal in 10 games played after one day of rest.

Posted On Friday, 11.20.2015 / 9:52 PM - 2015-2016 Situation Room blog

Coach's Challenge: CHI @ CGY - 16:59 of the First Period

At 16:59 of the first period in the Blackhawks/Flames game, Calgary requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Chicago’s Artem Anisimov interfered with Calgary goaltender Karri Ramo prior to his goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred before the puck crossed the goal line.

Therefore the original call stands – good goal Chicago Blackhawks.

Since the Coach’s Challenge did not result in the original call being overturned, the Calgary Flames forfeit their time-out.

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