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Newly acquired Los Angeles Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi waves as the fans applaud him to welcome him back to Los Angeles, during the first period of the Kings' NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
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Report: Injury-riddled Kings recall Scuderi

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Rob Scuderi is reportedly back in the National Hockey League.

According to L.A. Kings Insider Jon Rosen, the injury-riddled Kings on Monday recalled the 37-year-old defenseman from the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League.

This news comes a day after L.A. put fellow blue liner Brayden McNabb on injured reserve.

The Kings placed Scuderi on waivers prior to the beginning of the regular season.

A Stanley Cup champion with the Kings in 2012, Scuderi is in the final year of a four-year, $13.5 million deal.

The Kings re-acquired Scuderi last season, sending Christian Ehrhoff to the Chicago Blackhawks as part of the deal.

The injury situation in L.A. worsened over the weekend, as forward Andy Andreoff left Sunday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks with an upper-body injury.

Related: Sutter has belief that Scuderi ‘can still play’

Rick Nash is rewarding the Rangers for their ‘confidence to bring me back’

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19:  Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers celebrates his goal in the second period against the Philadelphia Flyers on November 19, 2014 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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It’s still early. But Rick Nash seems to be enjoying a resurgence with the New York Rangers, following a difficult 2015-16 campaign that saw him score a single-season career-low 15 goals.

That’s a long way off his 42 goals (his single-season career best) and 69 points from just the previous season.

An injury played a part in his reduced scoring, with a bone bruise limiting his season to just 60 games. When the end came for the Rangers with a first-round playoff loss to Pittsburgh, trade speculation around Nash began.

Here we are, at the end of October, and obviously no move ever occurred for the 32-year-old forward with a $7.8 million cap hit. But an off-season trade was a possibility Nash was fully aware of, especially since his production dipped dramatically.

“And I know that if you’re an expensive player, you have to perform. If you don’t, you could be moved. I knew that. And I appreciate the fact that they didn’t trade me and had the confidence to bring me back,” Nash told the New York Post.

It could turn out to be a very smart decision for the Rangers.

Nash has enjoyed a nice start to the season, with four goals and seven points in nine games. He has also been put on a line with Derek Stepan and college free agent signing Jimmy Vesey.

The latter is tied for the team lead in goals with five. Stepan is still looking for his first, but he’s chipped in with five assists.

Scoring hasn’t been an issue for the Rangers. And it hasn’t been restricted to players like Nash and Vesey.

So far, the Rangers are tied for the league lead in goals for with 35, a balanced attack helping to put them alongside the Flyers at the top of that category.

Seven different players on the Rangers have scored three or more goals through nine games. And that’s not including Mika Zibanejad or Kevin Hayes, who have two goals each but have been productive, with eight and six points, respectively.

The Rangers should get an added boost with the expected return of Chris Kreider to the lineup.

Kreider was off to an excellent start, with three goals and seven points in five games. But he hasn’t played since Oct. 22 due to a neck injury.

The Rangers host the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. Kreider is expected to play.

“You want to play obviously,” Kreider told NHL.com. “But it’s very encouraging to see how well the team is doing. Clicking on a lot of different levels, playing the way we want to play. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters. Try to come in and now screw that up.”

Julien: Backes (elbow) is doubtful for next two games

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 20:  David Backes #42 of the Boston Bruins skates against New Jersey Devils during the third period at TD Garden on October 20, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeat the Devils 2-1.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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There has been an encouraging development for the Boston Bruins, following a difficult time with injuries last week.

Best case scenario: David Backes could resume skating within the “next day or two” following surgery on his elbow, according to Bruins head coach Claude Julien on Monday. That’s the good news.

However, the coach also said that Backes is doubtful for Boston’s next two games, which are on the road against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.

Last week, Backes had a procedure done to remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow.

Beginning tomorrow, the Bruins have a stretch of eight games in 13 days, including a pair of back-to-backs.

In five games with the Bruins, Backes has two goals and four points.

Report: Zacha will remain with the Devils

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 9: Pavel Zacha #37 of the New Jersey Devils warms up prior to taking on the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Prudential Center on April 9, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
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Pavel Zacha has played eight games for the New Jersey Devils so far this season, and it appears the club will keep the 2015 sixth overall pick beyond the upcoming nine game threshold.

If the Devils do decide to keep Zacha beyond nine games, the club will burn the first year of his entry-level contract. Per Andrew Gross of The Record on Monday, that does, indeed, appear to be the plan.

In those eight games, Zacha has three assists, averaging 14:38 of ice time, while putting up decent puck possession numbers, too.

He’s also been promoted to center a line with the Devils’ leading goal scorer Taylor Hall and winger Kyle Palmieri, who had 30 goals last season.

His performance early this season as a 19-year-old playing up the middle in the NHL — not to mention with established scorers — hasn’t gone unnoticed, either.

“Great young player. He’s a guy that’s big and strong and very capable in his own end for a player of his age,” Hall recently told NJ.com. “You usually don’t see that. And on faceoffs, usually that takes a lot of time to get the faceoffs down and be a guy who can be relied on there.”

While Zacha is still searching for his first NHL goal, he’s been able to display his versatility, with the Devils giving him some opportunities on the power play and penalty kill.

“He’s shown that he’s been able to do a good job and handle that [responsibility],” added head coach John Hynes. “He’s shown that when he’s got energy and he’s engaged in the game, he can play anywhere [in our lineup].”

Last season, Zacha split his time between three teams.

The bulk of his campaign was spent with the OHL’s Sarnia Sting. But he also got in eight games, combined regular season and playoffs, with the AHL’s Albany Devils, and one game with the big club in New Jersey.

The Devils don’t play again until Thursday, when they face the Florida Panthers on the road.

Don’t look now, but the Red Wings have won five straight

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 21: Gustav Nyquist #14 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates his third period goal with teammates while playing the Nashville Predators at Joe Louis Arena on October 21, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 5-3. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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A 26th straight playoff appearance? It seemed, when this season began, that not many were giving the Detroit Red Wings much of a chance to accomplish the feat.

Time will tell.

Despite their doubters, the Red Wings have now won five straight games, following a pretty uninspiring start with back-to-back losses in Florida to begin the season.

Their latest win came Tuesday, as the Red Wings beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2. (For Carolina, that wraps up a six-game road trip to begin the season.)

Dylan Larkin, who had 23 goals as a rookie in 2015-16, finally got his first two goals of this season, scoring twice against the Hurricanes.

So far, 11 players on their roster have scored, with Darren Helm leading the way. Nineteen of 20 players have also recorded at least a single point. As a team, they’ve been able to extend leads against the opposition over the course of this streak, which is a welcomed change for coach Jeff Blashill.

“I said that to the coaching staff after the game,” he told the Detroit Free Press. “That’s the biggest difference – we score the fourth goal this year. So now you’ve got a two-goal cushion and if something goes the wrong way, you’re still fine.

“It’s a huge difference.”

A big help has been the play of their goalies — Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek.

As per stats.hockeyanalysis.com, the Red Wings currently have the second best save percentage (95.95) at five-on-five through six games, not to mention the 10th best shooting percentage (9.86).

Howard, who was part of trade speculation last season, has allowed only a single goal on 63 shots.

So far, so good for the Red Wings.

Not many seemed optimistic about this team as the season approached.

Sure, the Red Wings had made 25 consecutive playoff appearances, but they also entered this season with an older Henrik Zetterberg, and the health of Niklas Kronwall (click here) and Jonathan Ericsson (click here) in question.

They are also without Pavel Datsyuk, who returned to Russia. But the Red Wings tried to make up for that loss by signing Frans Nielsen.

Pundits and prognosticators, including the overwhelming majority at PHT, said the Red Wings’ playoff streak would be snapped this season.

A winning streak this early might not be enough to make doubters think twice.