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Posted On Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 12:48 PM

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

Maple Leafs lose Frattin for minimum of one week

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday forward Matt Frattin will miss a minimum of a week with a knee injury.

TSN is reporting Frattin had a flare-up of MCL issues requiring a procedure on his knee.

Frattin has been a revelation for the Maple Leafs during their fast start, posting seven goals and 10 points in 10 games. He had the game-winning goal Monday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Tuesday, the Maple Leafs announced goaltender James Reimer also will miss at least a week with an MCL strain suffered Monday against the Flyers.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 2:54 PM

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

Reimer out at least one week with MCL strain

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Tuesday that goaltender James Reimer sustained a mild MCL strain during the second period of Monday night's game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Reimer is expected to be out for a minimum of one week.

Ben Scrivens replaced Reimer in the 5-2 win and stopped 32 of 33 shots.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 2:36 PM

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

Bruins sign Pandolfo to one-year deal

The Boston Bruins on Tuesday signed forward Jay Pandolfo to a one-year, two-way contract that will pay the veteran forward $600,000 if he plays in the NHL, $350,000 if he is in the AHL. The team also announced Pandolfo had been placed on waivers.

Pandolfo had been with the team on a professional tryout contract since Jan. 13.

Pandolfo, 38, had a goal, two assists and a minus-14 rating in 62 games with the New York Islanders last season. A Winchester, Mass., native, Pandolfo spent 13 of his first 14 NHL seasons with the New Jersey Devils, winning Stanley Cups in 2000 and 2003.

In 881 games, he has 100 goals and 126 assists, and 33 points in 131 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 2:15 PM

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

Smyth a surprising scratch for Oilers

The big surprise coming out of the Edmonton Oilers' morning skate is that forward Ryan Smyth will be a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against the Dallas Stars.

Smyth, second all-time on the Oilers' list of games played (864) and fifth in goals (285), has two points in 12 games, and has 22 penalty minutes in his past four, including three minor penalties Sunday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. His ice time also has gone down; he's played fewer than 15 minutes in three of the past four, including 11:25 on Sunday.

The 36-year-old, who has spent 14 of his 18 NHL seasons with the Oilers, chose not to talk to reporters after the team's morning skate.

Oilers coach Ralph Krueger said sitting Smyth out was an "extremely difficult" decision, but one he feels is best for the team ahead of Tuesday's game.

"The decisions I need to make, that are my responsibility, are the ones I believe are best for the team on a given day," he said. "Whether people are going to like it or not, or whether I'm popular or not is not the driving force."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 12:59 PM

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

Projected lineups for Sharks, Predators

Here's how the lines could look when the San Jose Sharks visit the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night:

SHARKS

Ryane CloweJoe ThorntonJoe Pavelski

Patrick MarleauLogan CoutureMartin Havlat

James SheppardMichal HandzusTommy Wingels

Andrew DesjardinsScott GomezAdam Burish

Marc-Edouard VlasicDan Boyle

Brad StuartBrent Burns

Jason DemersJustin Braun

Antti Niemi

Thomas Greiss

PREDATORS

Sergei KostitsynMike FisherMartin Erat

Colin WilsonDavid LegwandGabriel Bourque

Brandon YipNick SpalingCraig Smith

Rich ClunePaul GaustadHal Gill

Scott HannanShea Weber

Roman JosiKevin Klein

Jonathon BlumRyan Ellis

Pekka Rinne

Chris Mason

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 12:11 PM

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

MCL sprain to sideline Kiprusoff another two weeks

Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has a slight Grade 2 MCL sprain and is expected to miss another two weeks, the team announced Tuesday.

Kiprusoff appeared to suffer the injury near the end of the second period of a Feb. 5 game against the Detroit Red Wings when he and Johan Franzen collided near the net.

The Flames claimed veteran goalie Joey MacDonald off waivers from the Red Wings and it appears will use him in tandem with rookie Leland Irving in Kiprusoff's absence.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 12:04 PM

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

Blues again recall goaltender Allen

The St. Louis Blues on Tuesday recalled goaltender Jake Allen from their American Hockey League team, the Peoria Rivermen.

The Blues again need an extra goalie after Jaroslav Halak sustained an injury in pregame warm-ups prior to Monday's game against the Los Angeles Kings.

Halak had missed the past three games due to a groin strain that landed him on injured reserve. Halak had been expected to start Monday's game.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 9:18 AM

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

Report: Flyers' Couturier sent home with flu

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier has been sent home from the team's road trip due to the flu, with forward Harry Zolnierczyk recalled from the club's American Hockey League team to replace him.

Couturier was a late scratch from Monday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs due to the flu. It was the first game of a six-game road trip that continues Tuesday in Winnipeg.

Zolnierczyk, 25, has nine goals and eight assists in 46 games with the Adirondack Phantoms this season. He split last season between Adirondack and the Flyers, totaling three goals and three assists in 37 NHL games.

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Posted On Monday, 02.11.2013 / 4:39 PM

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

Hiller likely to skate Tuesday; Fowler remains out

The Anaheim Ducks updated injury news on a couple of their key players Monday, goaltender Jonas Hiller and defenseman Cam Fowler.

According to coach Bruce Boudreau, Hiller is improving in his recovery from a lower-body injury and should skate Tuesday. He left Friday night's game against Dallas after the first period.

Fowler, meanwhile, is unlikely to play for the remainder of the Ducks' road trip, which includes stops Tuesday in Chicago, Friday in Detroit and Saturday in Nashville. Fowler hasn't played since sustaining an upper-body injury Feb. 2 against Los Angeles.

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Posted On Monday, 02.11.2013 / 3:29 PM

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

DiPietro to start in Islanders' goal

The New York Islanders announced goaltender Rick DiPietro will make his second start of the season when the team faces the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.

In DiPietro's previous game this season, Jan. 25 against the Boston Bruins, he allowed four goals on 27 shots in a 4-2 loss.

Due to a series of injuries, it will be just the 49th game DiPietro has played in since the start of the 2008-09 season. He's spent this season watching as Evgeni Nabokov has gotten the majority of the playing time.

"I think he's been handling it fine," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "He obviously hasn't played a lot, but at the same time, he's sharp. He's had a lot of practice time with us now. When you haven't played a lot, obviously practice is what you need. He gave us a chance in Boston, he just got a couple of unlucky bounces."

The loss in Boston was DiPietro’s first appearance since Dec. 3, 2011, when he was injured in a 5-4 victory at Dallas. He's elated at the chance to play.

"This opportunity to feel healthy and practice, and have a chance to come out here and help this team win hockey games is truly a blessing," he said. "I feel good. Hopefully that translates onto the ice."
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