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Posted On Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 1:12 PM

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

Mrazek to make NHL debut in goal for Red Wings

ST. LOUIS -- Mike Babcock felt like Jimmy Howard couldn't play 48 straight games, so the Detroit Red Wings coach is going to give a young Czech Republic native his first experience in the National Hockey League.

Petr Mrazek will make his NHL debut tonight when the Red Wings face the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center.

Mrazek, 20, was recalled as the Red Wings have a host of injuries, including to goalies Jonas Gustavsson (groin) and Joey MacDonald (back). Plus, Babcock said he feels like Howard needs a break. He's started all nine games for the Red Wings this season and in a compressed schedule could use a breather.

"We didn't think [Howard] could play 48 straight, so we thought we better give him [a night off]," Babcock said. "This whole time we thought we'd be getting another goalie back. We just assumed that Gus would play, maybe MacDonald would play, but that never happened so we felt after the last two games that Howie needed a mental break. ... He needs a day where he doesn't have to think about getting another start."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.06.2013 / 3:28 PM

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

Goligoski a healthy scratch for Stars

Alex Goligoski will be a healthy scratch for the Dallas Stars' game against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night.

The 27-year-old defenseman, who was the centerpiece for the Stars in a 2011 trade that sent James Neal and Matt Niskanen to the Pittsburgh Penguins, has zero goals and three assists this season. Stars coach Glen Gulutzan confirmed his decision to scratch Goligoski.

"Alex needs to get back to Alex's level. It's pretty cut and dried," Gulutzan told Dallas Morning News reporter Mike Heika.

Asked if he thinks he might be putting too much pressure on himself and trying too hard, Goligioski said yes.

"I think it's probably a little of that," he said. "I just have to relax and simplify my game, and just make the smart play."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.06.2013 / 1:37 PM

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

Jets return Scheifele to junior team

For the second year in a row, forward Mark Scheifele hasn't been able to stick with the Winnipeg Jets after an early-season audition.

The Jets on Wednesday announced they have reassigned the seventh pick in the 2011 NHL Draft to the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League.

The 19-year-old played in four games with the Jets this season and failed to register a point. He had been a healthy scratch in five of the Jets' past six games.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.06.2013 / 12:25 PM

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

Kiprusoff out, Flames sign Taylor

Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, the Calgary Flames announced Wednesday.

Kiprusoff left Calgary's game Tuesday night after making 19 saves on 20 shots in a 4-1 victory against the Detroit Red Wings. Backup goaltender Leland Irving replaced Kiprusoff for the third period and stopped all six shots he faced.

The Flames signed Abbotsford Heat goaltender Danny Taylor to a one-year, two-way contract and he will fill Kiprusoff's spot. The 26-year-old is 13-9-1 and second in the American Hockey League in goals-against average (1.77) and save percentage (.930). The leader in both categories is Abbotsford's Barry Brust, who is 9-6-2 with a 1.69 GAA and .940 save percentage.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.06.2013 / 11:36 AM

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

Jackets send Johansen down to Springfield

The Columbus Blue Jackets assigned center Ryan Johansen to the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.

Johansen, 20, has two assists in 10 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He began the 2012-13 season with Springfield, tallying 14 goals and 27 points in 34 games.

The fourth pick in 2010 NHL Draft hadn't registered a point in five games, but he was the team's leader in faceoff percentage at .508.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 6:09 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Shanahan explains non-discipline decisions on NHL Live

Brendan Shanahan, NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety, made an appearance Tuesday on Cisco NHL Live and provided analysis of a few plays from recent games that the League's Department of Player Safety determined did not warrant any supplemental discipline.

Three players have been suspended so far in the 2012-13 season -- Philadelphia's Brayden Schenn for a charging infraction on New Jersey's Anton Volchenkov, Colin McDonald of the New York Islanders for a boarding penalty on Pittsburgh's Ben Lovejoy and Washington's John Erskine for a hit to the head of Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds.

The incidents Shanahan highlighted during his appearance on the show included hits by San Jose's Brad Stuart on Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog, Toronto's Mike Brown on Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta and Los Angeles' Jarrett Stoll on Anaheim's Cam Fowler.
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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 2:25 PM

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

Islanders sign Gallant to entry-level contract

The New York Islanders and forward Brett Gallant have agreed to terms on a one-year, entry-level contract.

Gallant, 24, is in the midst of his fourth professional season and third year with the Islanders American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The Summerside, Prince Edward Island native has appeared in 37 games this season, registering 174 penalty minutes, ranking him third in the AHL.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:47 PM

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

Neuvirth back in net for Capitals vs. Maple Leafs

Here is the projected lineup for the Washington Capitals when they play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Verizon Center on Tuesday night:

Wojtek Wolski - Mike Ribeiro - Alex Ovechkin

Jason Chimera - Nicklas Backstrom - Troy Brouwer

Marcus Johansson - Joey Crabb - Joel Ward

Matt Hendricks - Jay Beagle - Eric Fehr

Karl Alzner - Mike Green

Tom Poti - John Carlson

Jeff Schultz - Tomas Kundratek

Michal Neuvirth

Braden Holtby

Scratches: Roman Hamrlik, Mathieu Perreault

Suspended: John Erskine

Injured: Brooks Laich, Jack Hillen

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:12 PM

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

Nabokov will start for Islanders vs. Penguins

Evgeni Nabokov was the first goaltender off the ice for New York Islanders on Tuesday and will start against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"We're riding the hot hand for a bit," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "If you look at his past in San Jose, you see he's used to playing a lot of games."

This will be Nabokov's eighth start of the season. He has allowed seven goals in his past three games.

The Penguins held an optional skate this morning. Chris Kunitz took part after being under the weather of late and missing practices, not games, as a result. He had four goals in the Penguins' 6-3 victory against the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

Marc-Andre Fleury will likely get the start in net for Pittsburgh.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:10 PM

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

Calvert back for Blue Jackets

Matt Calvert, who suffered an upper-body injury in a win against the Dallas Stars last week, has skated the past two days in practice and will return to the Columbus Blue Jackets lineup Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings.

Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards confirmed the move after Tuesday's morning skate at Nationwide Arena, and said Jonathan Audy-Marchessault has been reassigned to the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.

"Matty will play tonight," Richards said after practice. "We actually just assigned Jonathan back to Springfield. It's another healthy body. Jonathan did a good job for us ... it's just another one of those things as far as numbers."

Calvert has zero points in six games.

The Blue Jackets expect Nikita Nikitin to play Thursday against the Calgary Flames, Richards said. Nikitin, who was injured last week in Minnesota, was placed on injured reserve over the weekend (retroactive to Jan. 29) and is eligible to be activated.

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