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Weekend Watch: Five games you need to see


This is the Weekend Watch. It’s a guide of what to watch this weekend.

Tonight: Philadelphia at Anaheim, 10pm ET

Check out these tweets from Eric Stephens of the OC Register:



The term “culture change” gets thrown around a lot, but it might actually mean something in Anaheim. For as good a coach as Carlyle is, he was regarded as a guy that — because of his gruff personality and grumpy demeanor — wore players down. Don’t get me wrong, Boudreau will probably wear out the Ducks in a similar manner. But for now, weeeeee! No meetings!

Saturday: Toronto at Boston, 7pm ET

The Bruins didn’t lose a game in regulation last month. The last time they did that was January 1969, when Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge, Johnny Bucyk and Bobby Orr were wearing the black and gold. Needless to say, the Bruins are on some kind of roll right now. They demand your attention. And if you don’t give it, Milan Lucic will run you over. (Joking.) (I think.)

It’s also worth mentioning that the Bruins were 3-7-0 on Oct. 31, dead last in the Northeast Division and Eastern Conference. On Dec. 1 the Bruins were 15-7-1, first in the Northeast and second in the conference.

Saturday: New York Rangers at Tampa Bay, 7pm ET

The Torts Bowl! Well, sorta. This won’t be the first time John Tortorella returns to the city where he won a Stanley Cup, but it will be the first time he goes back coaching ex-Lightning star Brad Richards, the 2004 Conn Smythe winner.

Gotta think Torts had this one circled on the calendar. In addition to the “return to T-Bay” angle, his Rangers lost all four games against the Lightning last year.

Saturday: Chicago at St. Louis, 8pm ET

One of the best divisional rivalries in hockey, dating all the way back to the old Norris Divison (see: St. Patrick’s Day Massacre, Mar. 1991 — yeah, you have to watch the whole thing.)

This particular game will hold extra meaning for the Blues, however. It marks the return of LW David Perron, who has missed the last 97 games with a concussion.

“What we talked about last July is that our best free agent signing this year would be getting a healthy David Perron,” Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. “We’ve waiting a little bit into the season, but his talent and his skill set is not easily replaceable in the lineup.”

Sunday: Calgary at Vancouver, 9pm ET

Expect this to be asked in advance of every Canucks game for the foreseeable future: Luongo or Schneider?

NHL has no plans to change waiver rules

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Even with all the young players that have been healthy scratches this season, don’t expect the NHL to change its waiver rules.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly told PHT in an email that it’s not something that’s “ever been considered.”

“For better or worse that’s what waiver rules are there for,” Daly wrote. “They force Clubs to make tough decisions.”

Today, Montreal defenseman Jarred Tinordi became the latest waiver-eligible youngster to be sent to the AHL on a two-week conditioning loan.

Tinordi, 23, has yet to play a single game for the Habs this season. If he were still exempt from waivers, he’d have undoubtedly been sent to the AHL long before he had to watch so many NHL games from the press box.

In light of situations like Tinordi’s, some have suggested the NHL change the rules. Currently, the only risk-free way for waiver-eligible players to get playing time in the AHL is via conditioning stint, and, as mentioned, those are limited to 14 days in length.

So the Habs will, indeed, need to make a “tough decision” when Tinordi’s conditioning stint is up. Do they put him in the lineup? Do they keep him in the press box and wait for an injury or some other circumstance to create an opportunity for him to play? Do they risk losing him to waivers by attempting to send him to the AHL? Do they trade him?

Your call, Marc Bergevin.

Related: Stanislav Galiev is stuck in the NHL

Ortio clears waivers, assigned to Flames’ AHL team

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Joni Ortio has cleared waivers and been assigned to AHL Stockton, the Calgary Flames announced today.

The 24-year-old goalie was always likely to clear, what with his dreadful numbers this season (0-2-1, .868),

But we suppose there was always the chance he’d get picked up, so it’s a relief for the Flames all the same. With a little more time to hone his game in the AHL, Ortio could still turn out to be a quality NHL netminder.

In a related move, veteran goalie Jonas Hiller has been activated from injured reserve. Hiller and Karri Ramo are the only goalies on the Flames’ active roster now.

Price placed on injured reserve; Yakupov to miss 2-4 weeks with sprained ankle

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Two injury updates in one post.

First, the situation with Montreal goalie Carey Price, who was hurt last night versus the Rangers.

According to Canadiens coach Michel Therrien, Price has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. That means he’ll be out at least a week, though no exact timeline was provided.

“We don’t know how long Carey will be out, but for us it’s business as usual,” said Therrien.

Mike Condon will get the start tomorrow in New Jersey.

As for Oilers forward Nail Yakupov, he’ll be out 2-4 weeks after spraining his ankle last night in Carolina while getting tangled up with a linesman.

Getzlaf didn’t love the ‘dead’ atmosphere at Coyotes game

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Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf wasn’t impressed with at least two things last night in Arizona:

1. His team’s performance in a 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.
2. The atmosphere inside Gila River Arena, where the announced attendance was just 11,578.

“It’s hard. When you come into a building … it’s dead,” Getzlaf told the O.C. Register. “Nothing against the fans. It’s hard to fill a big building like this and have the amount of people in it to build your energy. So you have to do it yourself. You have to be ready when you step on the ice. I thought we came out flat.”

Anaheim’s record fell to 8-11-4 with the defeat.

The Coyotes’ average attendance also fell, to 13,144 in eight games.