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Posted On Thursday, 03.20.2014 / 2:06 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

In search of offense, Stars move Chiasson to top line

PHILADELPHIA -- Looking for a way to enliven his team's offense, Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff will use rookie right wing Alex Chiasson on the top line alongside center Tyler Seguin and left wing Jamie Benn on Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Chiasson has 12 goals and 29 points in 65 games, but two of those goals have come in the past four games.

"He competes, he drives to the net hard, he's standing in front," Seguin said of Chiasson. "Playing against teams like Philly, you need to be competing, you need to be battling, you need to be getting into the dirty areas, and Chiasson does that."

It won't be the first time Ruff has put Chiasson with Seguin and Benn.

"We've tried a couple times throughout the year," Chiasson said, "and to be honest it hasn't worked really well. Let's hope that [Thursday] maybe something changes.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 2:11 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Blackhawks' Smith getting chance to center Kane

PHILADELPHIA -- It's been nearly four years since his Stanley Cup-winning goal here at Wells Fargo Center, but for Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane there's still something magical about coming to Philadelphia.

"Kind of cool to be back and remember what happened," Kane said after the Blackhawks' morning skate, which featured a toned-down re-creation of his goal celebration after he scored in overtime of Game 6 of the 2010 Cup Final. "It was a long time ago, but feels like it was just yesterday."

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Posted On Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 1:26 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Penguins forward Kunitz out against Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without forward Chris Kunitz when they open a home-and-home weekend set against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday at Wells Fargo Center.

Kunitz sat out practice after sustaining a lower-body injury in the third period of the Penguins' 2-0 win Tuesday against the Washington Capitals. He skated Friday but was ruled unavailable Saturday.

Replacing Kunitz will be Taylor Pyatt, who will skate alongside center Sidney Crosby and right wing Lee Stempniak.

The Penguins also are without forward James Neal, who this week was ruled out indefinitely because of a concussion.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 5:41 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flyers call-up VandeVelde to play against Devils

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers have recalled forward Chris VandeVelde from Adirondack of the American Hockey League, and he'll play Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils.

VandeVelde will replace Zac Rinaldo on the fourth line, where he'll play left wing alongside center Michael Raffl and right wing Adam Hall. He is also likely to see time on the penalty kill. The Flyers announced Rinaldo is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

In 17 NHL games this season, VandeVelde has one assist, a minus-3 rating and eight shots on goal. In 39 AHL games, he has nine goals and 14 assists.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 5:40 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Rested Henrique attacking, scoring for Devils

PHILADELPHIA -- For New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer, no player needed the break during the 2014 Sochi Olympics more than center Adam Henrique.

Whatever Henrique did certainly is paying dividends now. He has at least a goal in all six games since play resumed, an NHL-best nine goals since the break ended, and his 11 points are tied with Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen for most in the League.

Henrique's six-game goal streak has tied a Devils record, and according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he's the first Devils player since John MacLean in December 1988 to score at least nine goals in a six-game span.

"I think we probably overplayed some people, including him, the first half of the year, dealing with injuries and some things," DeBoer said. "I think he got a little bit fatigued. I think the break helped him as much or more than anybody recharge and come back with a little more jump, which has helped."

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 5:59 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014 Trade Deadline blog

Bruins trade for Meszaros, claim Potter off waivers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday traded defenseman Andrej Meszaros to the Boston Bruins for a conditional third-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

The pick would become a second-round selection if the Bruins reach the Eastern Conference Final and Meszaros plays two-thirds of their Stanley Cup Playoff games, or if he is re-signed before the draft. Meszaros can become an unrestricted free agent after the season. If the Bruins fail to reach the conference final and Meszaros signs after the draft, the Flyers will get the Bruins' fourth-round pick in 2015.

Meszaros, who can become an unrestricted free agent after the season, became expendable when the Flyers acquired defenseman Andrew MacDonald from the New York Islanders on Tuesday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 4:54 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

MacDonald, Penner set to debut for Flyers, Capitals

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals each will welcome a new face into the lineup when they take the ice Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

Defenseman Andrew MacDonald, acquired by the Flyers on Tuesday from the New York Islanders, will make his debut. Forward Dustin Penner, picked up Tuesday in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks, also will play.

Philadelphia coach Craig Berube said MacDonald would start the game paired with Luke Schenn at even strength and could see time at the point on the second power play.

"He adds skating, puck moving," Berube said. "He's a good two-way defenseman. ... Gets back to pucks quick, moves the puck, gets up the ice and he defends well."

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 4:07 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014 Trade Deadline blog

Capitals acquire goalie Halak for Neuvirth

PHILADELPHIA -- The Washington Capitals on Wednesday acquired goaltender Jaroslav Halak and a third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from the Buffalo Sabres in a trade for goaltender Michal Neuvirth and defenseman Rostislav Klesla.

Halak joined the Sabres on Friday as part of the trade that sent Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues. Halak leaves Buffalo without playing a game for the Sabres; he was the backup to Jhonas Enroth on Monday against the Dallas Stars.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.02.2014 / 2:14 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Lack in goal for Canucks at Heritage Classic

VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks officially announced Eddie Lack will start Sunday against the Ottawa Senators at the 2014 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic at BC Place (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"Lack has played really well the last two games and deserves the start," Canucks coach John Tortorella told the team's website.

It will be Lack's third straight start. He had a 20-save shutout Wednesday against the St. Louis Blues and then made 22 saves on 23 shots in regulation and overtime, plus six saves on seven shots in the shootout in a 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Friday.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 2:18 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Healthy Timonen relieved to play in Olympics

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen isn't the sort of person who shows his emotions publicly.

But in speaking with the 38-year-old, it's obvious how important is for him to play for his native Finland in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. And after missing two games with a foot injury, Timonen said two days of skating has him feeling healthy enough to get back in the lineup for the Flyers for their game Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche.

"The last five, six days have been tough," said Timonen, who was injured blocking a shot during a game Jan. 31 against the Anaheim Ducks. "I want to play. The Olympics is coming. I want to get a couple games in, at least one. It [the foot] is going the right way and I feel pretty good. It's a good feeling."

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