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Rickard Rakell, Andrew Shaw

Rakell returns to Ducks’ lineup


After missing three games, Rickard Rakell is back for the Anaheim Ducks, who take on the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

The Ducks have been on a roll lately, although they did lose a 4-3 overtime decision against the Arizona Coyotes on Monday.

Rakell isn’t a big name, yet he received some looks as a top-line center when Ryan Getzlaf was sidelined. He may help boost Anaheim’s scoring depth, often a concern for the Ducks.

Marc-Andre Fleury laughs off being bloodied

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Let’s all say it together: “Hockey goalies are tough.”

Marc-Andre Fleury experienced a busy first period even before he was getting patched up. Those repairs were needed when Ben Lovejoy accidentally high-sticked his own goalie, which managed to get under his mask and cut him up.

Fleury missed a little bit of time getting repairs, forcing Jeff Zatkoff to make three saves.

Pittsburgh’s workhorse seemed fine, essentially laughing it off … while bleeding.

Yes, that’s hockey.

Video is likely to come.

Montreal’s goalie Mike Condon stood out himself, even if he didn’t get wounded.

The second period’s been one of frustration for the Penguins, including Kris Letang getting frazzled because of the hit Andrei Markov delivered leading into Brendan Gallagher‘s goal:

So Mike Richards is skating again

Mike Richards

Will we see Mike Richards play in the NHL in 2015-16?

There are still quite a few hoops to jump through, with sorting out legal issues being the most obvious hurdle to clear.

Regardless, it’s worth noting this report from TSN’s Bob McKenzie: Richards is skating with the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers.

Seems like a mutually beneficial setup: Richards gets to stay in shape while OHL players maybe get to pick his hockey brain a bit.

It would likely be some time before Richards is even really an option for NHL teams – even assuming he wouldn’t face any sort of league discipline before returning – but is there a team that’s a good fit for the two-way forward?

Pascal Dupuis is back (and he already scored)


Not that far removed from a trip to the hospital to make sure he wasn’t dealing with blood clot issues, Pascal Dupuis is indeed back in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ lineup on Wednesday.

The Pens host the Montreal Canadiens in what should be an interesting game.

It was expected that Dupuis might play after returning to practice on Monday, so here’s your confirmation.

Update: Wow, he did not take long to score, either. Check out the beautiful feed by Sidney Crosby and Dupuis goal in the video above.

WATCH LIVE: Canadiens at Penguins – Wednesday Night Rivalry

Alex Galchenyuk, Derrick Pouliot

After a jam-packed Tuesday night of action, the league sets its eyes on two games (and net/goalie equipment size debates, apparently).

There’s quality even if there isn’t quantity, especially with the NBCSN contest as the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Montreal Canadiens.

Aside from a hiccup against the Calgary Flames, the Penguins have been hot lately. That’s good for them, as the Habs are currently riding high as the top-ranked team in the NHL, not just the East.

It should be a lot of fun, and you can stream it via the link below.