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Posted On Friday, 03.22.2013 / 10:19 AM

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

Projected lineup for Blue Jackets

Sergei Bobrovsky will make his eighth straight start in goal for the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night when they take on the Calgary Flames at Nationwide Arena.

Here is the projected lineup for the Blue Jackets, who have won two in a row and have at least a point in 11 straight games (7-0-4):


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Posted On Thursday, 03.21.2013 / 12:22 PM

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

Boychuk back with the Hurricanes

Forward Zach Boychuk certainly has racked up plenty of frequent-flyer miles in this shortened season.

Boychuk on Thursday was claimed on waivers by the Carolina Hurricanes. It's the third time this season the 23-year-old has been claimed, this time going from the Nashville Predators to Carolina.

Boychuk was claimed by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 31 after being waived by the Hurricanes. He played in seven games for the Penguins before being acquired on waivers by the Predators on March 5.

He had one goal and two points in five games with the Predators, and has totaled two points and six penalty minutes in 13 NHL games this season with Carolina, Pittsburgh and Nashville.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.21.2013 / 11:04 AM

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

Islanders will start Poulin against Canadiens

Kevin Poulin will make his second start of the season when the New York Islanders host the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

It will be the third appearance for Poulin, who last played March 10 when he relieved Evgeni Nabokov for the third period of a game in Pittsburgh and stopped 10 of the 11 shots he faced.

In his only prior start this season, Poulin made 24 saves in a 4-2 home loss to Carolina.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.20.2013 / 9:12 PM

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

Oilers' Nugent-Hopkins out with illness

The Edmonton Oilers will be without one of their highly-skilled forwards Wednesday.

The team has announced that center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will not play against the San Jose Sharks at Rexall Place due to an illness. He will be replaced in the lineup by Teemu Hartikainen.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.20.2013 / 2:56 PM

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

Projected lineups for Oilers, Sharks

The Edmonton Oilers aren't planning any lineup changes as they try to climb over the .500 mark and extend the San Jose Sharks' struggles when the teams meet Wednesday at Rexall Place.

"The closer you get to the end, the more important these games get," said Devan Dubnyk, who gets the start for the Oilers in goal. "Every game is an opportunity to catch somebody."

Here's how the lineups for the Oilers and Sharks could look:

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.20.2013 / 1:27 PM

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

Report: Ducks to start Hiller against Blackhawks

According to reports, the Anaheim Ducks will give Jonas Hiller the start in goal Wednesday night when they host the Chicago Blackhawks in a battle of the NHL's top teams.

The Ducks will be shooting for their 13th consecutive home victory and could climb to within three points of the Blackhawks in the Presidents' Trophy race if they win in regulation.

Hiller is 10-2-3 with a 2.53 goals-against average and .911 save percentage, and has been particularly hot of late. He's 4-0-1 in his past five starts, giving up a total of six goals and posting a .956 save percentage.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.20.2013 / 10:37 AM

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

Maple Leafs recall Gardiner from AHL

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday the team had recalled defenseman Jake Gardiner from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. He will be available for Wednesday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Gardiner had no points, a minus-1 rating and four shots on goal in two games with the Maple Leafs earlier this season. Last season he had 30 points in 75 games.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 3:19 PM

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

Blues activate McDonald from injured reserve

St. Louis Blues forward Andy McDonald was activated from injured reserve Tuesday and will be in the lineup against the Vancouver Canucks.

McDonald has been out since suffering a leg injury during practice Feb. 26. He missed 10 games, and the Blues went 6-4-0 in his absence.

In 18 games this season, McDonald has three goals and eight assists.

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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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