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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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Posted On Monday, 02.11.2013 / 3:22 PM

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

Canucks turn back to Luongo on Tuesday

Roberto Luongo has been confirmed as the Vancouver Canucks starting goaltender for Tuesday night's game against the Minnesota Wild (10 p.m. ET, TSN) at Rogers Arena.

Cory Schneider started the Canucks' game last week in Minnesota, where Luongo has had notoriously poor performances in his career. Schneider won and had a solid outing, and he got the nod again Saturday against Calgary, earning a 5-1 victory over the Flames.

This will be Vancouver's 12th game of the season and will mark an even split between Luongo and Schneider in terms of starts (Luongo also has one appearance in relief of Schneider in the season opener).

Luongo currently posts a 3-0-2 record with a 1.53 goals-against average and .940 save percentage.

Schneider has won two straight for a 4-2-0 record with a 2.36 GAA and .921 save percentage.

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Posted On Monday, 02.11.2013 / 12:41 PM

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

Flames claim MacDonald on waivers from Red Wings

The Calgary Flames announced Monday that they have acquired goaltender Joey MacDonald off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings.

MacDonald, 33, has yet to play this season due to a back injury. He split last season between the Red Wings and their American Hockey League team, the Grand Rapids Griffins. In 14 NHL games, he went 8-5-1 with a 2.16 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.

Long-time Flames top goalie Miikka Kiprusoff is on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. Leland Irving has started the last two games, going 1-1-0 while allowing eight goals on 60 shots. His backup, Daniel Taylor, has played one NHL game, for the Los Angeles Kings in the 2007-08 season.

In 101 NHL games with the Red Wings, Boston Bruins, New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs, MacDonald is 31-48-13 with two shutouts, a 3.04 GAA and .913 save percentage.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.10.2013 / 2:23 PM

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

Flyers place Leighton on IR, recall Boucher

The Philadelphia Flyers placed goalie Michael Leighton on injured reserve with an upper-body injury and recalled Brian Boucher from Adirondack of the American Hockey League.

Leighton has appeared in only one game this season, giving up five goals on 26 shots in a loss to Tampa Bay.

Boucher is in his third stint with the Flyers, having led the team to the 2000 Eastern Conference Finals as a rookie and shared goaltending duties with Leighton on their run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.10.2013 / 2:07 PM

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

Blues activate Halak off injured reserve

The struggling St. Louis Blues got positive news for a change Sunday when goaltender Jaroslav Halak was activated from injured reserve.

Halak, 27, has appeared in five games this season posting a 3-0-0 record including a 2.10 goals-against average and an .889 save percentage, and is tied for the NHL lead with two shutouts. He had been out with a groin injury.

The Blues are 0-3-1 since starting the season with six wins in their first seven games.

The team also assigned goaltender Jake Allen to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, Peoria Rivermen.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.10.2013 / 12:27 PM

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

Lightning recall Killorn from Syracuse, assign Tyrell

The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forward Alex Killorn from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, while reassigning forward Dana Tyrell to Syracuse.

Killorn, 23, has skated in 44 games with the Crunch this season, recording 16 goals and 38 points to go along with 32 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound forward ranks third in the AHL for rookie scoring with 38 points. Killorn ranks tied for second on the Crunch for assists with 22 and is tied for the team lead with seven power-play goals. He ranks first on the Crunch and third in the AHL with 166 shots on goal this season.

The Halifax, Nova Scotia native appeared in 130 career games with Harvard prior to joining the professional ranks, recording 53 goals and 109 points over four years from 2008 through 2012. He was the first player in Harvard history to notch 50 career goals at the school since 2004. Killorn joined the Norfolk Admirals at the end of last season and helped them to the Calder Cup Championship.

The Lightning selected Killorn in the third round at the 2007 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.10.2013 / 12:02 PM

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

Projected lineups for Oilers, Blue Jackets

Here are the possible line combinations and defense pairings for Sunday night's game between the Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets:

OILERS

Taylor Hall - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky

Nail Yakupov - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Teemu Hartikainen - Eric Belanger - Magnus Paajarvi

Ben Eager - Ryan Smyth - Lennart Petrell

Ladislav Smid - Corey Potter

Justin Schultz - Nick Schultz

Mark Fistric - Jeff Petry

Devan Dubnyk

Nikolai Khabibulin

BLUE JACKETS

Vinny Prospal - Artem Anisimov - Mark Letestu

Matt Calvert - Brandon Dubinsky - Nick Foligno

RJ Umberger - Derick Brassard - Derek Dorsett

Colton Gillies - Derek MacKenzie - Jared Boll

Fedor Tyutin - Nikita Nikitin

Nick Johnson - James Wisniewski

Nick Holden - Tim Erixon

Sergei Bobrovsky

Steve Mason

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Posted On Sunday, 02.10.2013 / 11:49 AM

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

Belanger returning to Oilers lineup

The Edmonton Oilers will get a welcome addition for Sunday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets as veteran forward Eric Belanger returns to the lineup.

Belanger suffered an injury to his foot Feb. 2 against Colorado and hasn't played since.

"It (foot) feels as good as it could a week later," Belanger said in a quote provided by the Oilers' official Twitter account. "I want to be back. It's a short season and we're battling."

The Oilers are tied for second in the Northwest Division after Saturday's 2-1 loss in Detroit.

"He's one of the better faceoff guys in the National Hockey League. That's a critical role for us," Edmonton coach Ralph Krueger said about what Belanger brings to the team.

Devan Dubnyk will start in goal after Nikolai Khabibulin made his season debut on Saturday. Dubnyk is expected to oppose Sergei Bobrovsky of the Blue Jackets.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 12:36 PM

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

Myers expected to be healthy scratch for Sabres

Tyler Myers is expected to be a healthy scratch Saturday for the Buffalo Sabres when they face the New York Islanders, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.

Myers was Buffalo's first-round pick (No. 12) in the 2008 NHL Draft and won the Calder Trophy in 2009-10. He has one goal, no assists and a minus-9 rating through the team's first 11 games. The Sabres have lost seven of nine games since starting the season 2-0.

Buffalo signed Myers to a seven-year, $38.5 million contract extension that began this season. The deal included a $10 million signing bonus and a $12 million salary (now pro-rated) for the 2012-13 campaign.

"I'm embarrassed, and I should be," Myers said to Vogl. "Two years in a row now. It doesn't feel very good, but silver lining, I responded the way I needed to last time, and this is what I have to do this time."

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