Author: Joe Yerdon

Magnus Hellberg

Report: Predators call up goalie Hellberg

According to a report from Fox 6 in Milwaukee, the Nashville Predators have called up goalie Magnus Hellberg. While he’s got one of the best current names in hockey, the big question now is: Who is hurt for the Preds?

Josh Cooper of The Tennessean wonders the same thing and suspects there may be concerns with starter Pekka Rinne.

It’s unclear to as why Hellberg, a 2011 second round draft pick, is coming to Nashville, but one has to wonder if it has to do with goaltender Pekka Rinne and his hip. Rinne underwent a hip arthroscopy in the offseason, and didn’t play a full game game until the regular season started almost three weeks ago.

Backup goalie Carter Hutton practiced yesterday and was victorious on Sunday in Winnipeg. Rinne was a hard-luck loser against Minnesota on Tuesday night stopping 27 of 28 shots in a 2-0 Wild win.

Rinne signed a seven-year, $49 million extension in November 2011 to stay in Nashville as their franchise goaltender.

Update (10:21 a.m. ET): Rinne’s agent, Jay Grossman, shared this via Twitter:

Cue up the foreboding music, Preds fans.

Green on benching: ‘Nothing was working for me’

Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green, Alex Ovechkin

When Washington Capitals forward Mike Green was benched against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night, it raised more than a few eyebrows. After all, Green is one of their top blue liners and it was a close game that eventually went to a shootout.

Green wants everyone to know there was a good reason for him being sat down as Katie Carrera of The Washington Post shares.

“I honestly had a bad day, nothing was working for me. I wasn’t even upset. I just had nothing,” Green said in Edmonton a day later. “My legs wouldn’t go, my hands, my vision, everything was off, the puck was bobbling. It was just one of those nights, and I didn’t feel that anything I was going to do was going to be beneficial.”

That’s a brutally honest self-assessment and almost refreshing to see a player own up to their poor play. Caps coach Adam Oates said he expects Green to be his normal self when they take on the Oilers on Thursday night.

The team will need Green to get back to normal, however, if they’re going to improve upon their 4-5-0 record.

PHT Morning Skate: Bobby Ryan is fitting in just fine

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Daniel who? Bobby Ryan’s start with the Ottawa Senators is helping fans move on past their former captain’s departure. Having him help beat up his new team in their first meeting helps out as well. (Sportsnet)

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Kimmo Timonen is upset with himself after being demoted off the Flyers’ power play. (,

Saku Koivu is itchy for one more run with Team Finland at the 2014 Winter Olympics. (

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock wants better results in the shootout from his team. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

If there’s a positive story for the Buffalo Sabres after Wednesday night’s game, it has everything to do with Nikita Zadorov. (The Buffalo News)

The Tampa Bay Lightning return to action after four days off. They’re not quite like the Blues who are in the midst of a week off of their own. (The Tampa Tribune)

Bettman to hear Kaleta appeal at 2 p.m. ET

Steven Stamkos, Patrick Kaleta

Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta will fight his 10-game suspension today in New York City.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will hear Kaleta’s appeal of the ban at 2 p.m. ET today.

Kaleta was suspended for his hit to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson during the Sabres 4-1 loss to the Jackets on October 12. Johnson was uninjured on the play.

Since being suspended, Kaleta has missed five games as it is. Buffalo is 1-4-0 with him out of the lineup and host the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night (8 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

NHL on NBCSN: Red-hot Penguins host red-hot Avalanche

Sidney Crosby

NBCSN continues its coverage of the 2013-14 campaign tonight when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Colorado Avalanche at CONSOL Energy Center at 7:30 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game online.

If fans in Nova Scotia seem to be a bit more interested in Monday night’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche, there’s good reason. A pair of Cole Harbour’s favorite sons will face each other for the first time in the NHL.

One you already know all about in Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. He leads the NHL in points, he’s tied with four others for the league lead in goals. He’s an all-world talent and perhaps the best player in the game today. Like you needed to be told all that already.

The other is Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon. As a kid growing up in Cole Harbour, Crosby was his role model and now he’s one of a handful of Avs centers helping lead the team to a surprising 7-1-0 start. His seven points to start the year is strong, tying him for second on the team with P.A. Parenteau.

source: Getty ImagesOf course, Crosby’s Penguins are also 7-1-0 which makes Monday night’s game all the more interesting.

Pittsburgh’s only loss came on the road against Florida with backup Jeff Zatkoff in goal. Colorado’s lone defeat came at home against the veteran Detroit Red Wings, a loss that was overshadowed by Cody McLeod’s hit on Niklas Kronwall.

For the Penguins, the usual cast of characters are getting it done for them. Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, Pascal Dupuis, and Jussi Jokinen are off to strong starts as well.

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In Colorado, the play of Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly has had coach Patrick Roy gushing over them. It’s been a team effort for the Avalanche, however, as they have nine players with five points or more and play a speed game that puts pressure on opponents to make decisions quickly.

For the Penguins, they might feel like they’re looking in the mirror if the Avalanche offense gets rolling.