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WATCH LIVE: Flyers host Rangers in Thanksgiving Showdown

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Assuming the tryptophan has kept you from leaving the couch and trampling someone for a discounted waffle maker, we’ve got something for you to watch! It’s the annual Thanksgiving Showdown on NBC.

Today, the Flyers will host the Rangers at 1 p.m. ET, at Wells Fargo. You can catch the game on the tube, or watch online via NBC Sports’ Live Extra.


You can read the preview for today’s game here. The Rangers have announced that Henrik Lundqvist will be getting the start in goal, while the Flyers appear likely to go with Steve Mason.

Calling the Black Friday matinee will be Doc Emrick and Ed Olczyk, with Pierre McGuire providing analysis from between the benches.




Report: Veteran d-man Colaiacovo signs in Germany


Per Fox Sports Midwest’s Andy Strickland, longtime NHL defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has signed on with German League side Adler Mannheim.

It’s a significant change for Colaiacovo, who has bounced around the league over the last few years, yet always managed to secure some type of contract. He spent the ’15-16 campaign in Buffalo, scoring five points in 36 games and, the year prior to that, scored eight points in 33 games for the Flyers.

Colaiacovo has also logged time with the Blues, Red Wings and Maple Leafs — Toronto originally took him in the first round (17th overall) of the 2001 draft.

In Germany, Colaiacovo will join a Mannheim club featuring a number of ex-NHLers, including Marcel Goc, Aaron Johnson, Danny Richmond, David Wolf and Jamie Tardif.

Puempel to make Rangers debut today

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Big Black Friday for Matt Puempel.

Puempel, the former first-round pick the Rangers claimed off waivers from Ottawa this week, will make his Blueshirts debut this afternoon in a Black Friday matinee against the Flyers (1 p.m. ET, on NBC).

He’ll likely debut on the club’s fourth line, alongside Josh Jooris and Jesper Fast. Oscar Lindberg will be in the press box to make room.

Prior to getting claimed, Puempel, 23, appeared in 13 games for the Sens, going scoreless with a minus-5 rating. In 52 career NHL contests, he’s scored just four goals and six points.

A former OHL standout, Puempel was a quality goalscoring winger in junior, and carried that over to the American League. In his first full year with AHL Binghamton, he found the back of the net 30 times in 74 games — but that form hasn’t translated to the big league level.

Another defensive shakeup in Dallas, as Johns sent to minors


So far this season, Lindy Ruff has healthy scratched Dan Hamhuis, parked John Klingberg for missing a team meeting, lost Johnny Oduya to injury and given Julius Honka his NHL debut.

Needless to say, there have been plenty of developments on Dallas’ defense — and another one occurred on Friday, when the Stars sent Stephen Johns down to AHL Texas.

Johns, 24, was a fairly regular presence in the lineup this year, appearing in 16 of 21 games while racking up four points. He led the team with 44 hits, and sat tied for third in blocked shots (with 32).

But he, like several other Dallas d-men this season, has had his struggles. Johns sat as a healthy scratch on a few occasions — including a two-game stretch in late October — and really struggled in his last outing, going minus-3 in just under 18 minutes of action in a loss to Edmonton on Saturday.

Johns hasn’t played since the Oilers defeat, sitting out Monday’s win over Minnesota and Wednesday’s loss to Nashville.

Looking ahead, it’s tough to predict what will happen on Dallas’ blueline.

Honka’s emergence has given Ruff another option, and Ruff appears willing to use it. Honka, the 14th overall pick in 2014, played 21 minutes in his NHL debut versus Minny, then 18 against the Preds. Towering rearguard Jamie Oleksiak has also been used more in November, after getting just two games in October.

Esa Lindell has started to emerge of late, and there’s always the reliable Jordie Benn in the mix (Benn is actually having a solid year, with six points through 19 games, averaging 19:14 TOI).

Dallas hosts Vancouver tonight at American Airlines.

Goalie nods: Anderson looks to continue red-hot November


Just two games on the ledger tonight (Happy Thanksgiving, by the way), so let’s begin in Ottawa.

The Sens will roll with Craig Anderson for the second straight game, after he bested Carey Price in Tuesday’s 4-3 win in Montreal. Anderson stopped 36 of 39 shots faced against the Habs, for a .923 save percentage — pretty much on par with what he’s done for the majority of November.

Amid personal tragedy — his wife, Nicholle, was diagnosed with cancer — Anderson has performed extremely well, going 4-3-1 with a .933 save percentage this month. That includes banner efforts against the Wild (40 saves in an OT loss) and the Flyers (stopping 33 of 35 shots in a win).

All told, Anderson’s save percentage has dipped below .900 in just one of his last eight games.

For the visiting Bruins, no word on a starter yet. Tuukka Rask has played a ton lately — the goalie of record in each of the last six games — but lost his last outing, a 4-2 decision to the Blues.


— Carey Price is back in for Montreal, to take on the visiting Hurricanes. Carolina hasn’t announced a starter yet, but all signs point to Cam Ward making his eighth consecutive appearance. Backup Eddie Lack is out with a concussion (Michael Leighton, recalled from AHL Charlotte, is the new No. 2), and Ward has been excellent lately, allowing just five goals over his last five starts — all of which were wins.