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Posted On Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 10:24 AM

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

Mechanical issue with plane keeps Stars grounded

The Dallas Stars' stay in Detroit lasted a bit longer than expected after a mechanical problem with the team's plane.

According to a press release sent out Wednesday morning by Stars coordinator of communications Greg Ramirez, "The problem occurred shortly after de-icing, as a valve for one of the engines malfunctioned. As a precaution, the decision was made not to fly out and the team stayed at a hotel near Detroit."

Ramirez stressed that everyone was safe, and the Stars later added via their official Twitter account that they will be flying home Wednesday at 2 p.m. CT. They won't practice Wednesday as originally planned. The Stars play host to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.

The Stars got a pair of Michael Ryder goals Tuesday night to pick up a 2-1 win over the Red Wings and improve to 2-1-0 on the season.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 6:03 PM

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

Red Wings' Colaiacovo could miss up to a month

The Detroit Red Wings' beat-up blue line got more bad news Tuesday, as general manager Ken Holland announced Carlo Colaiacovo will miss 3-4 weeks with an injury to his left shoulder.

Colaiacovo was hurt midway through the third period of Monday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Wings already are missing blueliners Jonathan Ericsson (hip) and Jakub Kindl (groin). The Wings signed veteran free agent Kent Huskins to a one-year deal Tuesday morning, and had him in the starting lineup Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 5:23 PM

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

Report: Islanders' Niederreiter requests trade

According to a report from ESPN New York, Nino Niederreiter of the New York Islanders has requested a trade.

The fifth pick of the 2010 NHL Draft reportedly is unhappy with his current situation and feels he would be better served playing somewhere else.

"Any conversations I have regarding players, that remains confidential," Islanders general manager Garth Snow said.

The 20-year-old had one goal in 55 NHL games last season. In 39 games with Bridgeport of the American Hockey League this season, Niederreiter has 19 goals and 17 assists.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 4:26 PM

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

Brother battle part of Red Wings-Stars clash

Here are the projected lineups the Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings will use tonight when the teams meet at Joe Louis Arena:

STARS

Loui Eriksson - Derek Roy - Jaromir Jagr

Ray Whitney - Tom Wandell - Michael Ryder

Brenden Morrow - Vernon Fiddler - Eric Nystrom

Ryan Garbutt - Cody Eakin - Reilly Smith

Alex Goligoski - Stephane Robidas

Jordie Benn - Trevor Daley

Brenden Dillon - Philip Larsen

Kari Lehtonen

Cristopher Nilstorp

Injured: Aaron Rome

Scratched: Colton Sceviour

RED WINGS

Pavel Datsyuk - Henrik Zetterberg - Damien Brunner

Johan Franzen - Valtteri Filppula - Gustav Nyquist

Daniel Cleary - Justin Abdelkader - Drew Miller

Patrick Eaves - Cory Emmerton - Jordin Tootoo

Niklas Kronwall - Brian Lashoff

Kyle Quincey - Brendan Smith

Kent Huskins - Ian White

Jimmy Howard

Tom McCollum

Injured: Jonathan Ericsson, Darren Helm, Todd Bertuzzi, Jan Mursak, Jakub Kindl, Carlo Colaiacovo, Jonas Gustavsson

One interesting note to the game will be a brother-vs.-brother battle between the Stars' Reilly Smith and the Red Wings' Brendan Smith. They met three times in the AHL this season, with Brendan's Grand Rapids Griffins beating Reilly's Texas Stars twice.

"It will definitely be special," Reilly Smith told the Dallas Morning News. "The family is driving down for the game, so I'm really looking forward to it."

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 3:22 PM

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

Huskins signs with Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings have signed free-agent defenseman Kent Huskins to a one-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, ESPN.com is reporting the deal is for $750,000.

Huskins, 33, had two goals and five assists in 25 games with the St. Louis Blues last season, and played in one Stanley Cup Playoff game for them.

The Red Wings already were playing without injured defensemen Jonathan Ericsson and Jakub Kindl, and then lost blueliner Carlo Colaiacovo to an injured left shoulder in Monday's 3-2 shootout win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Coach Mike Babcock was asked after the game if Colaiacovo could be out weeks and said, "Yeah, it doesn't look like it's any time soon."

Originally selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the sixth round of the 1998 NHL Draft, Huskins has 67 points in 299 NHL games with the Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks and Blues. He was part of the Ducks' Stanley Cup championship team in 2007.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 2:09 PM

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

Projected lineup for Sharks, Oilers

Here are the projected lineups the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers will use when they play Tuesday at Rexall Place in Edmonton:

SHARKS

Patrick Marleau - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski

Martin Havlat - Logan Couture - Ryane Clowe

Tommy Wingels - Michal Handzus - TJ Galiardi

Frazer McLaren - Andrew Desjardins - Adam Burish

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Brad Stuart

Matthew Irwin - Dan Boyle

Douglas Murray - Justin Braun

Antti Niemi

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: James Sheppard, Nick Petrecki

Injured: Jason Demers, Brent Burns

OILERS

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Nail Yakupov - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky

Ryan Smyth - Shawn Horcoff - Teemu Hartikainen

Magnus Paajarvi - Eric Belanger - Lennart Petrell

Nick Schultz - Justin Schultz

Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry

Ryan Whitney - Corey Potter

Devan Dubnyk

Yann Danis

Scratched: Ben Eager, Darcy Hordichuk, Mark Fistric

Injured: Nikolai Khabibulin, Andy Sutton, Theo Peckham, Ryan Jones

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 1:20 PM

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

Canucks recall Schroeder, send Vandermeer to AHL

The Vancouver Canucks have recalled 2009 first-round draft pick center Jordan Schroeder from the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.

Schroeder, the 22nd pick of the 2009 NHL Draft, has nine goals and 10 assists in 30 AHL games. Schroeder earned positive reviews in training camp, but was lost the battle for an opening-night roster spot to Andrew Ebbet.

Schroeder takes the roster spot of defenseman Jim Vandermeer, who cleared waivers Tuesday and was assigned to Chicago. Vandermeer earned a contract after a strong showing at training camp, but had been a healthy scratch in the Canucks' first two games.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 12:53 PM

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

Crabb, Kundratek joining Caps' lineup

Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates will have a new look to his lineup when his team hosts the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, as forward Joey Crabb and defenseman Tomas Kundratek will make their season debuts.

Kundratek had 26 points in 41 games this season with the Caps' American Hockey League affiliate, the Hershey Bears. He also provides a right-hand shot, something Oates felt his team needed, and also allows him to not have to use John Erskine or Jeff Schultz on their off side.

"It’s more for balance and the game is so fast, you put a guy in the wrong position and sometimes they can’t execute," Oates told the Washington Post.

Kundratek, a 23-year-old Czech Republic native, will be paired at even strength with fellow Czech Roman Hamrlik, 38.

"Obviously he really respects [Hamrlik]," Oates said. "Hamr can slow him down teach him a little bit and hopefully guide him through some situations."

Crabb will play on the fourth line, and Oates said he also could see time on the penalty kill.

Here is the lineup the Capitals likely will use against the Jets:

Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Alex Ovechkin

Wojtek Wolski - Mike Ribeiro - Troy Brouwer

Jason Chimera - Jay Beagle - Joel Ward

Matt Hendricks - Mathieu Perreault - Joey Crabb

Karl Alzner - John Carlson

Tom Poti - Mike Green

Roman Hamrlik - Tomas Kundratek

Braden Holtby

Michal Neuvirth

Injured: Brooks Laich, Jack Hillen

Scratches: Eric Fehr, Jeff Schultz, John Erskine.

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Posted On Monday, 01.21.2013 / 10:00 AM

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

Lightning acquire Jacques from Panthers

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Jean-Francois Jacques from the Florida Panthers in exchange for future considerations.

Jacques, 27, has played in 24 games this season with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League, collecting five goals and seven points to go along with 37 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-3, 231-pound left winger ranks tied for first on the Rampage with three power-play goals.

The Montreal, Quebec native has skated in 166 career NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks, recording nine goals, 17 points and 197 penalty minutes. Last season, Jacques appeared in six games with the Ducks and tallied 12 penalty minutes.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.20.2013 / 4:02 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Quebec's Erne, Duclair allowed to play Sunday

           Adam Erne, Quebec Remparts, QMJHL
After initially suspending top 2013 NHL Draft prospects Adam Erne and Anthony Duclair, Quebec Remparts coach Patrick Roy changed course and inserted both forwards into the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

The Journal de Quebec had reported Saturday that Erne and Duclair had been suspended for Sunday's game by the team.

"We believe that we are not all on the same wavelength and what we want is a team concept," Roy told Gilles Moffet of Journal de Quebec. "This is a life lesson for these young people and I hope they will grow out of it. They will not play Sunday, then we'll see."

There was no report as to what persuaded Roy to change his mind.

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