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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 12:54 PM

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

Kostitsyn scratched from Predators lineup

The Nashville Predators did not skate in line rushes during their practice Tuesday morning, making their lineup for Tuesday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets unclear.

However, one name that will not be in it is forward Sergei Kostitsyn, whom Predators coach Barry Trotz said will be a healthy scratch.

“Absolutely not,” Trotz told The Tennessean without any level of hesitation when asked if Kostitsyn would play Tuesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 12:37 PM

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

Knee surgery to sideline Michalek indefinitely

Ottawa Senators forward Milan Michalek underwent knee surgery and will be out indefinitely, the team announced Tuesday.

Michalek has played in two games since Feb. 12. He tried to return and play through the injury, recording assists against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 6 and the New York Rangers on March 8, but hasn't been in the lineup since.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 12:37 PM

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

Could Senators be looking for top-six forward?

The Ottawa Senators have persevered through a number of injuries to key players, among them Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson, top-line center Jason Spezza and goaltender Craig Anderson.

The latest addition to that list is forward Milan Michalek, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday and is out indefinitely. Michalek has played just two games since originally getting hurt during pre-game warmups prior to a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 13.

Senators general manager Bryan Murray knows replacing Michalek with a player of similar skill won't be easy.

"I don't know how you ever get a scorer in the NHL anymore, but if you can get a top-six forward it's always the objective," Murray told the Ottawa Sun. "I haven't identified anybody who is going to be moved."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 11:42 AM

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

Projected lineups for Senators, Islanders

Here are the lineups the Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders likely will use when they play Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum:

SENATORS
Guillaume Latendresse - Zack Smith - Daniel Alfredsson
Erik Condra - Mika Zibanejad - Chris Neil
Colin Greening - Kyle Turris - Jakob Silfverberg
Matt Kassian - Peter Regin - Jim O'Brien

Chris Phillips - Andre Benoit
Marc Methot - Eric Gryba
Patrick Wiercioch - Sergei Gonchar

Ben Bishop
Robin Lehner
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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 10:22 AM

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

Projected lineup for Blue Jackets

Here is the lineup the Columbus Blue Jackets likely will use when they face the Nashville Predators on Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena.

The Blue Jackets are unbeaten in regulation in 10 straight games (6-0-4), and have climbed to 13th in the Western Conference, just two points out of a playoff spot.

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Posted On Monday, 03.18.2013 / 4:26 PM

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

Kings' projected lineup for game vs. Coyotes

Coming off their 5-2 win against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, it's likely the Los Angeles Kings stick with the same lineup when they face the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday.

That means rookie Tyler Toffoli, who had one shot on goal in 13:20 of ice time Saturday in his NHL debut, will remain in the lineup.

Goalie Jonathan Quick, who was pulled after allowing three goals on 12 shots in 28:34 of ice time, will make the start.

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Posted On Monday, 03.18.2013 / 3:38 PM

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

Injury keeping Lecavalier off the ice

Vincent Lecavalier wouldn't give much detail on exactly what his lower-body injury is, but said it's keeping him off the ice.

"It's more of a waiting game and waiting and rest it," the Tampa Bay Lightning captain told reporters in Tampa on Monday. "I can still do some other stuff. Skating right now is not a possibility."

Lecavalier will miss his third straight game since when his Lightning host the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS). He sustained the injury during a March 12 game against the Florida Panthers.

"It didn't look like anything but obviously something did happen," he said. "I guess you could say it's kind of a fluky thing. … I knew something was wrong right away. I went to the bench, might have played another shift after [but I] knew something was wrong."

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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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It was a different game in the past, that's for sure. It's not exactly what I was expecting but I think the experience paid off for a lot of our guys that realized what it takes in a Game 7. Realistically the effort we put forward, we might not even had to put 60 [minutes], but we just couldn't get a couple bounces to go our way and we just kept pushing.

— Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby on Washington's play in Game 7 vs. the Islanders