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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 3:22 PM

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

Darche hangs up his skates -- literally -- via Twitter

It appears former Montreal Canadiens forward Mathieu Darche has announced his retirement via his Twitter page (@matdarche52).

Darche, who played 149 games for the Montreal Canadiens over the past three seasons, tweeted a picture of skates hanging in a locker stall and wrote, "Time to make it official! Moving on to second career."

According to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, Darche's agent, Steve Freyer, confirmed his client was retiring.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 3:09 PM

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

Suspended AHL game to be resumed March 1

The Springfield Falcons announced they will finish their suspended game from Sunday, Feb. 17 against the Adirondack Phantoms on Friday, March 1 at 6:05 p.m. prior to that evening's scheduled contest between the two clubs, which will now begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Feb. 17 game was postponed due to an on-ice seizure suffered by Falcons forward Wade MacLeod, who has since been released from Baystate Medical Center, is in good spirits, and is resting comfortably.

The game will resume with 3:42 remaining in the second period with Adirondack leading, 2-1, and Springfield commencing a two-minute power play.

The public is invited to attend the conclusion of the Feb. 17 game free of charge. After that game has ended, fans will be asked to exit the MassMutual Center before re-entering the building to have their tickets for the 7:30 p.m. contest scanned. The teams will stay in their respective locker rooms during the break and will return to the ice at approximately 7:20 p.m. for a brief warm-up before the opening faceoff of the second game.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 1:42 PM

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

Oilers' projected lineup vs. Kings

The Edmonton Oilers skated Tuesday morning ahead of their game against the Los Angeles Kings at Rexall Place.

They had set forward lines, but rotated all seven defensemen, making the lineup a bit of a guessing game. And that didn't include Theo Peckham, who has been recalled from Oklahoma City of the American Hockey League.

Here is the lineup the Oilers could use Tuesday, with defense pairings that could change by game time:

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Teemu Hartikainen - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky

Ryan Smyth - Eric Belanger - Nail Yakupov

Ben Eager - Chris VandeVelde - Magnus Paajarvi

Nick Schultz - Justin Schultz

Ryan Whitney - Jeff Petry

Ladislav Smid - Mark Fistric

Nikolai Khabibulin

Devan Dubnyk

Scratched: Lennart Petrell, Theo Peckham, Corey Potter

Injured: Ryan Jones, Shawn Horcoff, Anton Lander

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 1:31 PM

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

Report: Landeskog back at Avalanche practice

Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog was back at practice Tuesday, according to a report from Denver Post writer Adrian Dater.

Landeskog was wearing an orange jersey, likely signifying no contact.

Landeskog hasn't played since absorbing a hard hit from San Jose Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart in a Jan. 26 game. He has one goal in four games this season.

"It's great to have him out there with us right now," wing P.A. Parenteau told the newspaper. "Even at a practice, he brings a lot of energy to the team."

Landeskog did not speak to the media, per team injury policy.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 1:18 PM

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

Schneider starts, Booth returns for Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks will start Cory Schneider in goal and get another big addition to the lineup with the return of forward David Booth for Tuesday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Chicago will be looking to tie the NHL record by earning at least a point in 16 consecutive games to start the season, and Schneider, who gave up four goals and lost his previous start to the Dallas Stars on Feb. 15, will be looking to end the Blackhawks' streak.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 12:54 PM

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

Blues, Predators make minor-league swap

The St. Louis Blues traded defenseman Scott Ford to the Nashville Predators for forward Jani Lajunen on Tuesday.

Ford is a 33-year-old who spent four years at Brown University and has logged more than 400 games in the American Hockey League. He had two goals and six points in 43 games this season with the Peoria Rivermen after spending the previous four seasons with Milwaukee, which is Nashville's AHL affiliate.

Lajunen was a seventh-round pick in the 2008 NHL Draft by the Predators. The 22-year-old Helsinki native is in his second season in the AHL, and had one goal and five points in 40 games for the Admirals in 2012-13.

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Posted On Monday, 02.18.2013 / 3:06 PM

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

Predators activate Hornqvist off injured reserve

The Nashville Predators activated forward Patric Hornqvist off injured reserve for Monday afternoon's game against the Colorado Avalanche.

Hornqvist, who scored 78 goals over the past three seasons, had been sidelined since Jan. 26 with a knee sprain. He has one goal and four points in five games this season.

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Posted On Monday, 02.18.2013 / 3:02 PM

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

Hurricanes recall Nash, Welsh; Pitkanen to IR

The Carolina Hurricanes have recalled forwards Riley Nash and Jeremy Welsh from Charlotte of the American Hockey League.

Defenseman Joni Pitkanen has been placed on injured reserve.

Nash was a first-round pick by Edmonton in the 2007 NHL Draft whose rights were acquired by the Hurricanes prior to the 2010 Draft for a second-round pick. He made his NHL debut last season for Carolina, recording an assist in five games.

Welsh is scoreless in two NHL games over the past two seasons. He has 10 goals and 18 points in 47 games with the Checkers.

Pitkanen sustained a lower-body injury in a Feb. 12 game against the Devils. He has a goal, five assists and a plus-8 rating in 12 games this season.

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Posted On Monday, 02.18.2013 / 2:32 PM

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

Report: Franzen won't return for Wings on Tuesday

Johan Franzen will miss another game for the Detroit Red Wings when they face the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night, according to reports.

Franzen has been battling a hip flexor and last played Feb. 10 against Los Angeles. He has three goals and nine points in 12 games this season.

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Posted On Monday, 02.18.2013 / 1:45 PM

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

Report: Hiller returns to Ducks' goal vs. Jackets

Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller will return from injury to start Monday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, according to reports.

Hiller left after the first period of a Feb. 8 game against the Dallas Stars with a lower-body injury. He's 3-2-1 in six starts this season with a 3.69 goals-against average and .872 save percentage.

"He's ready to play, when we decide to play him," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said.

In his absence, first-year NHLer Viktor Fasth has won four consecutive starts and was named the League's Second Star of the past week. Fasth is 8-0-0 overall to start his career and tied for the League lead in victories.

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