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Posted On Thursday, 04.11.2013 / 4:02 PM

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

Aittokallio to make NHL debut in Avalanche net

With regular starter Semyon Varlamov scratched due to a hip injury and the Colorado Avalanche playing their third game in four nights, they will turn to Sami Aittokallio on Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings (10:30 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, NHLN-CA).

The team announced via its Twitter feed Thursday that the 20-year-old will be making his first NHL appearance after veteran goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere started four of Colorado's past five games, posting a 1-2-1 record.

A fourth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, Aittokallio has spent much of the season playing for Lake Erie of the American Hockey League. In 26 games with the Monsters, the native of Tampere, Finland posted a 2.89 goals-against average and .903 save percentage. He was the starting goaltender for a Finland squad that finished fourth at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.11.2013 / 12:30 PM

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

Penguins welcome Letang back to lineup

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma told the media that defenseman Kris Letang will return to the lineup Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Letang has missed the past six games with a lower-body injury believed to be a broken toe. He is third among NHL defensemen with 28 points despite playing in 28 games.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.11.2013 / 10:35 AM

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

Bergeron taking part in Bruins' optional skate

Injured Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron is taking part in the team's optional morning skate Thursday at TD Garden.

Bergeron has missed the past four games with a concussion, but Wednesday, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told a local radio station, 98.5 The Sports Hub, that Bergeron had begun working out and is "on his road to recovery."

In addition, Boston coach Claude Julien said injured forward Brad Marchand "was being reassessed by doctors this morning, so we'll have an update later today."

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Posted On Thursday, 04.11.2013 / 10:31 AM

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

Projected lineups for Sharks, Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings can create a little breathing room in their bid for a 22nd consecutive Stanley Cup Playoffs berth if they can get past the San Jose Sharks on Thursday at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings sit one point ahead of the ninth-place Phoenix Coyotes, who beat the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night. The Red Wings are four points behind the fifth-place Sharks.

Here are the projected lineups for the Sharks and Red Wings:

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.10.2013 / 3:14 PM

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

Oilers' Justin Schultz receives AHL rookie honor

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz hasn't played in the American Hockey League since Jan. 5, but on Wednesday he was named to the 2013 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Schultz recorded 18 goals and 48 points in 34 games with the Oklahoma City Barons, including a franchise record-tying 10-game point streak and a separate nine-game point streak.

Schultz still leads all AHL defensemen in points and was only recently surpassed as the top rookie scorer.

"It's an honor," Schultz said prior to Edmonton's game Wednesday night against the Phoenix Coyotes. "It's a great league. I had a blast down there."

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 1:25 PM

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

Erixon, Nikitin return to Columbus blue line

With one goal combined over a current two-game losing streak, the Columbus Blue Jackets welcomed some important reinforcements when they took to the ice Tuesday before their game against the San Jose Sharks.

The Blue Jackets defense, which has dealt with injuries through much of the season, saw Tim Erixon and Nikita Nikitin return to practice. The blueliners each had and upper-body injury but have been cleared to play against San Jose. Another defenseman, Dalton Prout, is a game-time decision.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 12:40 PM

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

Workhorse Nabokov again in Islanders' net

New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano admitted his approach to his team would not change heading into a crucial Atlantic Division matchup Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers. And in the true spirit of "business as usual," he revealed Evgeni Nabokov would be starting in net for the Islanders.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 12:36 PM

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

Hurricanes activate Faulk from IR

The Carolina Hurricanes , who have one win in their past 10 games, will get a bit of help in changing their fortunes with the return to the lineup of defenseman Justin Faulk.

Faulk was activated from injured reserve Tuesday and likely will be in the team's lineup when it faces the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 11:06 AM

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

Mason to start in goal for Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers announced Steve Mason will make his first start in goal for the team Tuesday when it faces the New York Islanders.
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Posted On Saturday, 04.06.2013 / 4:13 PM

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

Redmond gets standing ovation at Jets game

Injured Winnipeg Jets defenseman Zach Redmond was given a standing ovation during the first period of their home game Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

"The whole week's been pretty crazy," Redmond said at MTS Centre. "Obviously everybody knows Winipeg's a great place to play; all the support that they have is incredible. Y'know, it's just been more than I could have ever imagined."

Redmond skated for a second straight day Saturday as he recovers from what was a life-threatening laceration to his right thigh, which occured at practice Feb. 21.

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