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Posted On Sunday, 03.17.2013 / 12:20 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Trade Deadline blog

Blackhawks could look to add center depth

Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is staying busy in the run-up to the April 3 NHL trade deadline, telling the Chicago Tribune he's "had tons of conversations," but that no moves are imminent.

"I'd like to add to the mix as opposed to trade players away," Bowman told the Tribune. "We would consider anything that would give us an improved chance to win, but we've played really well. If we don't end up making a trade I'd be comfortable with the group we have here."

The Blackhawks are 2-2-0 since their record-setting 24-game streak of games with a point to open the regular season ended, but still have a five-point lead on the Anaheim Ducks for the top spot in the Western Conference.

If Bowman does make any move, he said finding a center to play on the third or fourth lines might be an option.

"Probably just be depth-type moves," he said. "We have had a nice, consistent group on defense … [and] up front, we have some different looks. Perhaps some centermen maybe as a depth thing in case you run into injuries. There's really not one area that's a glaring area [in need] of improvement."

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Posted On Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 1:31 PM

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

Report: Lupul to play for Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul will return to action Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets after missing 25 games with a broken arm, TSN reports.

"It's not like it was before it was broken, but it's at a point where the doctor thinks it's safe to play," Lupul told TSN on Friday after his third practice.

"I've been shooting and practicing for probably a week now so the next test is to go out for a game. They've asked me what I felt and I said I felt confident that it's strong enough and so do they. I'm not going to think about it at all."

Lupul is projected to skate on a lie with Nazem Kadri and Nikolai Kulemin.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 12:25 PM

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

Hurricanes claim Hall on waivers from Lightning

The Carolina Hurricanes have claimed Adam Hall on waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team announced Saturday morning.

Hall had four assists in 20 games for the Lightning this season. When he packs up his gear, he won't have to take it very far -- the Hurricanes are in Tampa, Fla., and play the Lightning on Saturday night so Hall could make his Carolina debut against his former club.

"Adam gives us an added penalty killer," Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford said on Twitter (@HurricanesGM). "He plays the wing, but can also play center and is a very good face-off man."

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Posted On Friday, 03.15.2013 / 3:15 PM

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

Projected lineup for Oilers vs. Red Wings

Here's how the Edmonton Oilers' lines could look Friday night when they host the Detroit Red Wings, their first game back at Rexall Place after completing a nine-game road trip with a 3-4-2 mark:

Taylor Hall - Shawn Horcoff - Ales Hemsky

Ryan Jones - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Magnus Paajarvi - Sam Gagner - Nail Yakupov

Lennart Petrell - Ryan Smyth - Mike Brown

Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry

Ryan Whitney - Justin Schultz

Nick Schultz - Corey Potter

Devan Dubnyk

Yann Danis

Scratches: Ben Eager, Teemu Hartikainen, Theo Peckham

Injuries: Eric Belanger (groin), Mark Fistric (elbow), Nikolai Khabibulin (groin)

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Posted On Friday, 03.15.2013 / 12:59 PM

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

Wild's Zucker skates, questionable to return to lineup

Though Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker remains questionable to return to the lineup Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche, the team did receive a positive sign Friday when the 21-year-old forward joined the team for its morning skate at Xcel Energy Center.

Zucker left Tuesday's game against the Anaheim Ducks after receiving an illegal hit to the head from Corey Perry in the second period, and did not return. Perry was given a four-game suspension by the NHL's Departement of Player Safety on Wednesday.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.14.2013 / 12:45 PM

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

Projected lineups for Blackhawks, Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to extend their eight-game point streak (5-0-3) when they face the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday at Nationwide Arena.

Aiding in their effort will be Artem Anisimov, who has missed the past three games with a lower-body injury. He's second on the team with six goals.

For the Blackhawks, Jimmy Hayes will slide into the spot vacated by injured Patrick Sharp. Hayes, playing for Rockford of the American Hockey League, is tied for the team lead with 22 goals

"He brings a presence," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said of Hayes. "He's got some size to him and he's been on a tear down in the minors there, producing at a real good rate. [He] gets to the net well and I think he's got a real nice set of hands at the net."

The Blackhawks announced Corey Crawford would start in goal, and forward Rostislav Olesz, who has not played this season, has been assigned to Rockford.

Here is how the teams could look when they take the ice Thursday:

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Posted On Thursday, 03.14.2013 / 9:22 AM

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

Jets call up goalie Pasquale

The Winnipeg Jets on Thursday called up goaltender Edward Pasquale from St. John's of the American Hockey League.

Pasquale, 22, is 14-21-4 with a 2.69 goals-against average and .909 save percentage in 40 AHL games this season.

A 2009 fourth-round pick of the Atlanta Thrashers, this is the second time Pasquale has been called up this season.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 2:43 PM

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

Blue Jackets not getting caught up in win streak

Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards acknowledged after his team's practice Tuesday that its play has been improved lately. But he repeatedly stated that the Blue Jackets' focus was on their home game Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks, not their five-game win streak, which is tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the NHL's longest current run.

"We've been fortunate enough to win some games, but this is our next biggest game," Richards said. "Our focus has to be on [Tuesday] and nothing else. When this one's over, we'll get ready for the next one. Our guys have done a good job focusing and managing that part of it. We can never get ahead of ourselves."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 12:52 PM

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

Dubinsky back for Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets go for their sixth straight win Tuesday when they host the Vancouver Canucks at Nationwide Arena.

Sergei Bobrovsky, named Monday as the NHL's First Star of the Week, will be back in net. In four games last week, he was 4-0-0 with a 0.77 goals-against average, .972 save percentage and one shutout.

Returning to the lineup is center Brandon Dubinsky, who has been out for a month with a knee injury. In 15 games, Dubinsky -- who last played Feb. 16 -- has a goal and seven assists.

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Posted On Monday, 03.11.2013 / 3:11 PM

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

Rask likely to start in net for Bruins

CSNNE.com reported Monday that Tuukka Rask was the first goalie off the ice after the Boston Bruins' morning skate, making it likely Rask will start Monday's game at the Ottawa Senators.

Rask enters the game second in the League with 12 wins and in the top six in the NHL with a 1.97 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.

Here's how the rest of the Bruins' lineup could look Monday:

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