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Posted On Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 1:25 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Rangers' McDonagh could return Thursday

The New York Rangers will likely have defenseman Ryan McDonagh back in the lineup Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but Rick Nash and Michael Del Zotto are not sure bets to return from their injuries.

All three participated in an optional practice Wednesday in Greenburgh, N.Y., after missing Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Forward Arron Asham, who has missed three games with back spasms, was not on the ice.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 12:58 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Blues place McDonald on IR; Steen day-to-day

Tuesday's full practice proved to be a costly one for the St. Louis Blues.

Days after placing rookie wing Vladimir Tarasenko on injured reserve with a concussion and facial laceration sustained during Wednesday's game at the Colorado Avalanche, two more Blues forwards were hurt during practice.

Wednesday, the team announced that wing Andy McDonald has been placed on injured reserve with a left knee injury. McDonald is listed as week-to-week, and wing Alex Steen is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

"One guy is day-to-day, so it's not a big deal," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "The other guy is week-to-week. It happens. We've got lots of guys coming in that are hungry, guys that have played in the NHL. So we shouldn't miss a beat."

Hitchock said he has not ruled out Steen for Thursday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 12:18 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Edmonton places Khabibulin on injured reserve

The Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday placed goalie Nikolai Khabibulin on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.

Oilers coach Ralph Krueger told the media Wednesday morning that Khabibulin tweaked his groin on the last shootout shot of a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Feb. 23. He then aggravated the injury in overtime during a loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 10:44 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Capitals recall goalie Grubauer

The Washington Capitals on Wednesday recalled goalie Philipp Grubauer from the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey.

As a rookie with the Hershey Bears this season, the 21-year-old has posted a 6-4-1 record with a 2.10 goals-against average, a .928 save percentage and one shutout in 12 games.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 9:12 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Sestito recalled by Devils

The New Jersey Devils on Wednesday recalled forward Tim Sestito from the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Albany.

Sestito has played in 63 games for the Devils since the 2009-10 season. He has three assists and a minus-12 rating in that span. He played 18 games in 2011-12 and collected no points. In 50 games for the Albany Devils this season, the 6-foot, 195-pound center has seven goals and 20 points.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.26.2013 / 6:45 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Kings defenseman Mitchell in 'holding pattern'

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell had another medical procedure on his injured knee Tuesday, and his return to the lineup remains unknown, general manager Dean Lombardi said.

"We're still in the same holding pattern," Lombardi said. "There's really no timetable."

Mitchell has not played this season.

Lombardi said defenseman Alec Martinez is on schedule in his 2-4-week return from an upper-body injury sustained in mid-February, and defenseman Matt Greene is ahead of schedule in his return from a projected three-month back injury suffered in January.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.26.2013 / 3:12 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Report: Duchene (groin) out of lineup vs. Sharks

Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene will miss Tuesday night's game against the San Jose Sharks with a groin injury, according to a report by Denver Post beat writer Adrian Dater.

Duchene is the leading scorer on the Avalanche this season with 17 points (six goals).

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.26.2013 / 1:44 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Wisniewski out 'extended period' with broken foot

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced on Tuesday that defenseman James Wisniewski would be sidelined an extended amount of time after breaking a bone in his foot.

Jackets coach Todd Richards informed reporters of the injury Tuesday morning. According to the coach, Wisniewski sustained the injury during Sunday's loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. There is no timetable on his return, but Richards did say that Wisniewski would be out "an extended period of time."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.26.2013 / 1:38 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Canadiens confirm Bourque has concussion

After forward Rene Bourque missed the Montreal Canadiens' past two games with what was originally described by the team as a bout with the flu, coach Michel Therrien confirmed Tuesday that Bourque has a concussion.

Following the Canadiens' 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Islanders last Thursday, Bourque was a late scratch for the team's following game Saturday against the New York Rangers. Initially diagnosed with the flu, Bourque then did not travel with the team when they suffered a 2-1 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.26.2013 / 1:20 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

McDonald leaves Blues practice with injury

St. Louis Blues forward Andy McDonald was injured in practice Tuesday and needed help to get off the ice and into the locker room.

McDonald reportedly was injured during a drill when he collided with forward Vladimir Sobotka. McDonald was not able to put any pressure on his left leg as he was helped off the ice. He later limped to the locker room under his own power.

Teammate Alexander Steen had left practice moments earlier with an upper-body injury after a battle scrum in which his helmet popped off.

The Blues recalled forward Andrew Murray under emergency conditions from their AHL affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock told the media that the severity of the injuries won't be determined until Wednesday. The Blues are off until they host Chicago on Thursday night.

"Unfortunately when those two guys went down kind of took out from another really good practice," Hitchcock said. "We'll see where they're at tomorrow. We had a lot of fun, guys were working hard, we're really accomplishing a lot here, so hopefully we can take a good lineup into the game on Thursday."
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