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Posted On Friday, 02.08.2013 / 2:13 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live: Game preview, Zombie visit

Cisco NHL Live with Deb Placey and EJ Hradek (5 p.m. ET, NHLN-US) will get you ready for your hockey weekend.

There is only one game on the schedule Friday, with the Anaheim Ducks visiting the Dallas Stars (8:30 p.m. ET, NHLN-US). We'll get a live update from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Dallas, as well as speak with NBC Sports' Eddie Olczyk and the NHL Network's Barry Melrose.

In addition rock legend Rob Zombie, currently working on a movie about the Broad Street Bullies of the 1970s, will be on today's show to talk about meeting some of the former Bullies this week at a Flyers game and what to expect in the movie.

Staying in Pennsylvania, we'll also talk to Penguins forward James Neal about the team's current five-game winning streak, and Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward will discuss his consecutive 40-plus save performances.

Don’t forget to submit your #AskEJ through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, keep an eye on a certain senior reporter’s dance moves in his EJ5: Hradek’s Top 5 players that have stepped up their game, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks a winner for tonight's Ducks-Stars game.

Posted On Friday, 02.08.2013 / 1:21 PM

By Staff -  / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Lander latest injured Oilers center

Edmonton Oilers coach Ralph Krueger said center Anton Lander will miss at least a month with a broken foot.

In four games this season Lander had one assist and a minus-1 rating in 9:40 of ice time per game.

A 2009 second-round pick, Lander had six points in 56 games with the Oilers last season while also spending time with the club's American Hockey League team, the Oklahoma City Barons.

Lander is the fourth Oilers center to get hurt recently. Eric Belanger is on injured reserve with broken toes, Shawn Horcoff is on IR with a broken knuckle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins sat out Wednesday's game with an upper-body injury.

Posted On Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 9:53 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

MTL @ BUF - 19:58 of the Third Period

At 19:58 of the third period in the Canadiens/Sabres game, Toronto Situation Room initiated a review to determine whether the puck crossed the goal line in a legal fashion. Video review upheld the referee's decision on the ice that the puck went off Thomas Vanek's stick and in the net. Good Goal Buffalo.

Posted On Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 8:06 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

NYI @ NYR - 0:56 of the Second Period

At 0:56 of the second period in the Islanders/Rangers game, Toronto Situation Room initiated a review after observing the puck entering the net. The referee then informed the Situation Room that he had blown the play dead prior to the puck entering the net. This is not a reviewable play.

Posted On Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 7:20 PM

By Chris Adamski - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Poti out, Hamrlik in for Capitals vs. Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- Washington Capitals defenseman Tom Poti is not playing in Thursday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins due to a upper-body injury.

Poti was replaced in the lineup by veteran Roman Hamrlik, who had not played since Jan. 24. The 38-year-old has one assist and is a minus-1 in three games this season.

Poti appeared in five of the Capitals' 10 games this season after not playing in the NHL for more than two years due to a groin injury. He had recorded one assist. A team official characterized Poti's status as day to day.

Posted On Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 7:09 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Dreger on Tim Thomas

CISCO NHL Live talks with NHL Network insider Darren Dreger on the latest of the trade of Tim Thomas from the Boston Bruins to the New York Islanders.

Posted On Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 7:03 PM

By Chris Adamski - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Injured Letang out for Penguins vs. Capitals

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is not in the lineup Thursday against the Washington Capitals.

He is out with a lower-body injury.

Letang, who is tied for second among NHL defensemen in scoring with nine points, is averaging 25:07 of ice time for the first-place Penguins. He had an assist during 25:19 in Tuesday's 4-2 victory at the New York Islanders and did not visibly appear to be physically hindered.

After he prematurely left the morning skate, Letang was not available to the media. Coach Dan Bylsma, as is his policy, did not comment.

Posted On Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 6:46 PM

By Dave Lozo - Staff Writer / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Callahan returns to Rangers lineup vs. Islanders

NEW YORK -- Ryan Callahan is back in the lineup for the New York Rangers on Thursday night against the New York Islanders after missing three games with a left shoulder injury.

The Rangers captain suffered the injury during a tussle with Philadelphia Flyers forward Max Talbot on Jan. 29. Doctors told Callahan the following day he would miss 10-14 days with the injury, but he is making his return nine days after the prognosis.

During Thursday’s pregame warmups before facing the Islanders at Madison Square Garden, Callahan skated on the Rangers’ third line with rookies Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller.

Posted On Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 5:00 PM

By Pete Jensen - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Five candidates for 10-point game

Thirty-seven years ago, Darryl Sittler's earth-shattering 10-point night for the Toronto Maple Leafs set a single-game NHL record that still stands.

The dynamic of the sport has changed significantly since Feb. 7, 1976, but that doesn't mean fantasy owners around the world aren't imagining the potential impact of a double-digit point effort. Considering how far a single multi-point game goes in determining head-to-head league results, a 10-point effort from a single fantasy player would almost certainly lead to a matchup victory during a particular week -- especially if it came in such balanced fashion as Sittler's (6 G, 4 A).

This brings us into the discussion of which players, based on both single-game and career point-production, would be most likely to challenge Sittler's seemingly untouchable mark. While one can make a case for many players around the League as candidates to reach that plateau in one game, here are five active players who could treat their fantasy owners to such a performance for the ages.

Posted On Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 2:48 PM

By Jerry Brown - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Torres faces Blackhawks for first time since hit

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks have already played this season, but this is the first time that Raffi Torres and Marian Hossa have shared the ice since Torres ended their seasons with an illegal hit to Hossa's head in Game 3 of their Stanley Cup Playoff series last spring.

Hossa spent months recovering from the hit, while Torres was suspended for 25 games -- later reduced to 21 -- for the transgression. This is Torres' third game back after the suspension and he has vowed to change his reckless ways on the ice after being suspended or fined six times in his career.

"We have to protect the top players in the League, and if it's going to take me kind of thinking out there instead of running around with my head cut off, then that's what it’s going to take," said Torres, who called Hossa to apologize for the hit. "At the end of the day, I need to keep playing. This is what I do, and if I want to keep playing I'm going to have to change my way."

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