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Posted On Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 7:05 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Matt Read returns for Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- Forward Matt Read returned to the Philadelphia Flyers' lineup Thursday night at Wells Fargo Center against the Pittsburgh Penguins after missing six games with torn muscles in his rib cage.

Read, who last played Feb. 20 against Pittsburgh, was originally supposed to miss six weeks, but he's back after missing exactly 15 days. He is starting the game on the third line with Sean Couturier and Simon Gagne.

Read had 13 points in 18 games this season.

Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann is also in the lineup after leaving the game Tuesday against the New York Rangers after the first period with a lower-body injury.

For the Penguins, defenseman Paul Martin is back after missing two games with a lower-body injury. Martin started the game paired with Brooks Orpik on the Penguins' blue line.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 1:24 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Penguins at home on road when visiting Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- As much as the Philadelphia Flyers faithful inside Wells Fargo Center attempt to make Sidney Crosby and Co. uncomfortable every time they're here, since coach Dan Bylsma took over, the Pittsburgh Penguins have typically been able to brush it off and play their game.

The Penguins are 8-2-1 under Bylsma at Wells Fargo Center. They'll try to push it to 9-2-1 Thursday night.

"They'd probably say the same about coming to Pittsburgh, they've done pretty well there," Crosby said, referring to the Flyers' 8-3-0 record there since Bylsma took over on Feb. 15, 2009.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 12:58 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Martin could return for Penguins

PHILADELPHIA -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin could return to the lineup Thursday night against the Philadelphia Flyers after missing two games with a lower-body injury.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Martin will be a game-time decision, but the defenseman, who skated in practice Thursday morning with regular partner Brooks Orpik, said he feels good and hopes to be in.

"The last couple of days it's been getting better and today was no different," Martin said. "I hopefully expect to be in tonight."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 6:02 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Richards out for Rangers vs. Flyers

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers confirmed shortly before 6 p.m. ET that center Brad Richards will not be in the lineup Tuesday night when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

Physical forward Micheal Haley, who was called up from Connecticut of the American Hockey League earlier in the day, will take Richards' spot in the lineup. It's not known if Haley will play center or if another forward will move to the middle.

Richards is still dealing with the after-effects (soreness, stiffness) of the check from behind Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta delivered during Sunday's shootout victory. Richards, who didn't miss a shift in the game Sunday, was driven headfirst into the left-wing boards; Kaleta was suspended five games by the NHL's Department of Player Safety.

Richards skipped practice Monday and briefly skated Tuesday morning at the team's suburban training facility, but he left the ice quickly and did not address the media.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 5:33 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Nash, McDonagh, Del Zotto will play for Rangers

NEW YORK -- Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh and Michael Del Zotto all will return to the New York Rangers lineup Thursday night at Madison Square Garden against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Nash missed four straight games with an undisclosed injury. He began skating on his own last week and with the team Tuesday.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 11:40 AM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Rangers' McDonagh says he's in, Nash a possibility

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Reinforcements are coming for the slumping New York Rangers.

Defenseman Ryan McDonagh declared himself healthy and ready to return to the lineup Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Right wing Rick Nash continued to sound optimistic about his status while still saying he won't know for sure if he'll be able to play for the first time in five games until he gets to Madison Square Garden.

Defenseman Michael Del Zotto (lower-body injury) also skated in a regular green practice jersey Thursday morning at the team's suburban training facility, but he left the dressing room before the media could speak to him.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 5:58 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Holtby to start for Capitals against Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- If Michal Neuvirth were healthy, he'd be starting in goal for the Washington Capitals in their NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

"It would have been a good night to give Neuvy a start," Capitals coach Adam Oates said prior to the game.

Neuvirth, though, is not healthy or even here, so Oates confirmed that Braden Holtby, who made 33 saves in a 3-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, will make his eighth consecutive start.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 1:09 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Holtby's hot play leading Capitals

PHILADELPHIA -- Forgive the Washington Capitals for seeming insensitive, but the news that Michal Neuvirth is ill and won't be able to play Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers isn't exactly devastating.

It's the exact opposite.

Of course, the Capitals would prefer to have Neuvirth healthy and with them on this trip to Philadelphia, but the fact that he's ill means Braden Holtby will make his eighth straight start and second in as many days.

That's good news for a team that has won two straight and five of seven, including a 3-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday, due in large part to Holtby's 33 saves.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.26.2013 / 5:07 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Devils put Brodeur on IR, recall Kinkaid from Albany

New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (back) has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 24, meaning he will not be eligible to play until at least Monday.

The Devils play at the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday and at the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

"It's just a precaution," New Jersey general manager Lou Lamoriello said, according to Rich Chere of the Newark Star Ledger. "It's a day-to-day situation. He's still feeling uncomfortable. It would be foolish to go X number of hours on a plane to Winnipeg."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.26.2013 / 12:06 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Nash back on ice, but unlikely to face Jets

For the first time in nine days, Rick Nash returned to the ice in a regular practice jersey for the New York Rangers' morning skate Tuesday. However, Nash sidestepped questions about when he will be able to return to the lineup and did not specify the nature of his injury.

The Rangers, who also have not disclosed Nash's injury, play the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. Nash missed the past three games due to the injury and it's unlikely he will play against the Jets, although he wouldn't rule himself out completely.

"I'm feeling good, getting better," Nash told reporters at the team's training facility in Greenburgh, N.Y. "It's a positive day for sure when you get back out and skate with the guys. I don’t know about tonight. Obviously, I'll talk to the trainers. But it was a good day to get a good skate in."

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