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Posted On Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 7:01 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Tallinder late scratch for Devils against Sabres

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils defenseman Henrik Tallinder was announced as a late scratch for Thursday's game against the Buffalo Sabres at Prudential Center.

The Devils said Tallinder has a lower-body injury. He will be replaced by Mark Fayne.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 1:06 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Sabres' Enroth receives rare start against Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston will go with backup goalie Jhonas Enroth between the pipes on Thursday when his team battles the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

Enroth, who will be making his fourth appearance of the season and first start since Feb. 5 at the Ottawa Senators, will be seeking his first victory of the season. Ryan Miller started the previous 14 games (6-7-1) for Buffalo.

"We are playing things off of Ryan and how he was doing and felt this was a good opportunity to get Jhonas in there," Rolston said after his team's morning skate. "Jhonas has done a good job since I've been here working with Jim Corsi [goalie coach]. Really, for him, practices are his games, and we've had limited practice times, but in those situations he's certainly done a good job for us and merits an opportunity."

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Posted On Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 11:47 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Devils looking to avoid longest skid in 27 years

NEWARK, N.J. -- One day after New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello did a little roster tinkering, his team was back on the ice making preparations for the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday at Prudential Center.

The Devils play host to the Sabres (MSG-B, MSG PLUS) at 7 p.m. ET.

Wednesday, Lamoriello assigned goalie Keith Kinkaid and forward Cam Janssen to Albany of the American Hockey League and recalled goalie Jeff Frazee. The GM then claimed forward Tom Kostopoulos off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins and said the 6-foot, 197-pound right wing would be in the lineup against the Sabres.

Lamoriello then informed the media that goalie Martin Brodeur likely would miss the next three games with back soreness.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 2:49 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

MacKinnon, Drouin ruled out for Halifax

The Halifax Mooseheads will be without top 2013 NHL Draft prospects Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon on Wednesday when they face the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at K.C. Irving Regional Centre in Bathhurst, New Brunswick.

Mooseheads general manager Cam Russell confirmed to NHL.com via e-mail that both forwards have been ruled out for the game. The Mooseheads are riding a 10-game winning streak.

There was a slight chance MacKinnon, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top draft-eligible North American skaters, would return to the lineup for the first time since Feb. 8. The 6-foot, 182-pound center has missed the past 10 games with a lower-body injury.
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Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 10:21 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Devils recall Frazee, send Kinkaid, Janssen to AHL

The New Jersey Devils on Wednesday assigned goalie Keith Kinkaid and right wing Cam Janssen to the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League and recalled goalie Jeff Frazee.

Both Janssen and Kinkaid saw action in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Prudential Center.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 11:44 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Lightning recall Desjardins, seek road win

NEWARK, N.J. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to get their first road victory outside the Southeast Division on Tuesday when they visit the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

The Lightning, losers of five straight and six of their past seven, lost 4-3 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday at Consol Energy Center. Tampa Bay's 3-8-0 mark away from Tampa Bay Times Forum includes a pair of victories against the Carolina Hurricanes and one against the Florida Panthers.

"At some point playing well is probably not enough. We need to get results and we need to get them quick," Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier told the Tampa Tribune following Monday's loss. "We are doing a lot of good things, we are just not getting points. It's disappointing, but we have to find a way to push harder."

The Lightning lost goalie Mathieu Garon on Monday to a lower-body injury. Garon left the game early in the second period after stopping 12 of 13 shots. Anders Lindback took the loss in relief, making 16 saves in his first appearance since Feb. 24.

With Garon hurting, the Lightning recalled goalie Cedrick Desjardins from the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse on Tuesday morning. He'll likely serve as Lindback's backup against the Devils.
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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 3:03 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Euro goalie Saros gaining attention

Goalie Juuse Saros is quietly gaining momentum and opening plenty of eyes with HPK Jr. in the Finnish junior league this season.

At the start of the season, NHL Director of European Scouting, Goran Stubb, had the 5-10.25, 178-pound keeper listed as a "C Watch" player, indicating he could very well be drafted in the fourth round at the 2013 NHL Draft in June.

On Feb. 15, Stubb upgraded his ranking to an "A Watch," meaning Saros has suddenly become a potential first-round candidate.

"He is the main reason why his HPK team is in the clear lead in the Finnish junior league," Stubb told NHL.com. "He is playing a great, great season. He has extremely quick reactions, and reads the game very well.

"He's the No. 1 goalie prospect in Europe. He was good last year but has been sensational this season."

In 39 games this season, Saros has a 1.85 goals-against average and .932 save percentage. He's represented Finland at the Under-18 level nine times and could very well serve as backup on HPK's senior team next season as an 18-year-old.

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Posted On Monday, 02.18.2013 / 11:19 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Bishop to start Monday afternoon for Senators

NEWARK, N.J. -- Ottawa Senators backup goalie Ben Bishop will make his third start of the season on Monday afternoon against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center (1 p.m. ET, SNET-E, MSG).

Starting goalie Craig Anderson, who is 7-4-2 with a 1.61 goals-against average and .948 save percentage, will earn some rest after making three starts in five days but will likely return between the pipes on Tuesday at Scotiabank Place to face the New York Islanders.

Bishop (0-2-0, 3.03 GAA, .910 save percentage) is not only making his first start since a 36-save performance in a 1-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in Ottawa on Feb. 9, but seeking his first win since March 16, 2012.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.16.2013 / 3:57 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

In MacKinnon's absence, Drouin soars

Left wing Jonathan Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads has taken his offensive game to new heights this season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The No. 3 player on NHL Central Scouting's midterm release of the top 2013 draft-eligible North American skaters, Drouin is on an 18-game point scoring streak for the Mooseheads. During that stretch, he's accounted for 18 goals and 37 points.

The 5-foot-10.75, 185-pounder leads Halifax with 33 goals, 44 assists and 77 points in 37 games -- a 2.08 points-per-game average. In 70 career games with the Mooseheads, he's struck for 40 goals and 106 points.

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Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 6:47 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Couturier back in Flyers lineup vs. Devils

Sean Couturier
Center - PHI
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 5
SOG: 20 | +/-: -3
NEWARK, N.J. -- Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier, sidelined the past two games with a stomach virus, will be in the lineup on Friday against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

Couturier, who missed the opening two games of Philadelphia's current six-game road trip against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets, has two goals and five points in 12 games. He had 13 goals and 27 points in 77 games for the Flyers as a rookie last season.

Couturier will likely center Maxime Talbot and Zac Rinaldo on the fourth line to begin the game. In seven career games against New Jersey, Couturier has one goal, three points and a plus-5 rating.

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