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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.13.2013 / 1:09 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Senators, Canadiens

MONTREAL – Here are the projected lineups for the Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Wednesday night.

SENATORS

Guillaume LatendresseZack SmithDaniel Alfredsson

Colin GreeningKyle TurrisJakob Silfverberg

Kaspars DaugavinsMika ZibanejadChris Neil

Mark Stone – Jim O’Brien – Erik Condra

Sergei GoncharMarc Methot

Chris PhillipsEric Gryba

Andre Benoit – Eric Wiercoch

Robin Lehner

Ben Bishop

Scratched: Peter Regin

Injured: Milan Michalek, Dave Dziurzynski, Mike Lundin, Craig Anderson, Jason Spezza, Erik Karlsson

CANADIENS

Michael RyderTomas PlekanecBrian Gionta

Max PaciorettyDavid DesharnaisBrendan Gallagher

Gabriel DumontLars EllerAlex Galchenyuk

Colby ArmstrongRyan WhiteTravis Moen

Josh GorgesP.K. Subban

Andrei MarkovAlexei Emelin

Francis BouillonGreg Pateryn

Carey Price

Peter Budaj

Scratched: Tomas Kaberle

Injured: Brandon Prust, Raphael Diaz, Rene Bourque, Yannick Weber, Petteri Nokelainen

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POSTED ON Saturday, 02.23.2013 / 1:11 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Staal, Del Zotto questionable for Rangers

MONTREAL – Neither the New York Rangers nor the Montreal Canadiens will know exactly what their respective lineups will look like for their game at Bell Centre on Saturday night until just before the puck drops.

Rangers defenseman Marc Staal was surprisingly absent from the morning skate as he stayed at the team hotel battling the flu. Fellow defenseman Michael Del Zotto was on the ice but left before the skate was completed. Del Zotto did not finish Thursday night’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators after taking a hard check from Marc Methot midway through the third period.

The defensemen are game-time decisions, according to Rangers coach John Tortorella, who will already be missing top-line left wing Rick Nash and fourth-line checker Arron Asham. The Rangers have called up Christian Thomas from the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League, but his plane had mechanical issues and Tortorella did not confirm he would be in.

On the Canadiens side, former Rangers forward Brandon Prust also is a game-time decision, according to coach Michel Therrien. Prust did not practice with his teammates Friday and did not take part in an optional skate Saturday morning.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 11:52 AM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Islanders, Canadiens

Here are the projected lineups for the New York Islanders vs. the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Thursday night.

ISLANDERS

Matt MoulsonJohn TavaresBrad Boyes

Michael GrabnerMarty ReasonerKyle Okposo

Josh BaileyFrans NielsenKeith Aucoin

Matt MartinCasey CizikasColin McDonald

Andrew MacDonaldTravis Hamonic

Joe FinleyMark Streit

Thomas HickeyLubomir Visnovsky

Evgeni Nabokov

Rick DiPietro


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POSTED ON Monday, 02.18.2013 / 3:32 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Staals hope for better ending in front of parents in Montreal

The first time Henry and Linda Staal watched their two eldest sons play on the same NHL team, things didn’t go so well for Eric and Jordan Staal’s Carolina Hurricanes.

It went so badly, in fact, Eric Staal all but erased it from his memory.

Henry and Linda Staal will be at Bell Centre to watch their sons take on the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night, and Eric thought it would be their first time watching a game live since Jordan was traded to the Hurricanes by the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2012 NHL Draft.

Not so, says Jordan, who pointed out his parents were in the building in Florida on the 2012-13 season’s opening night to watch the Hurricanes play the Panthers.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.18.2013 / 1:57 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Habs will have Subban, Pacioretty vs. ailing Canes

MONTREAL – Defenseman P.K. Subban and left wing Max Pacioretty will both be in the Montreal Canadiens lineup when they face an injury-ravaged Carolina Hurricanes club Monday night at Bell Centre.

Subban's status was questionable after he missed Sunday's practice with the flu. Pacioretty did practice Sunday after suffering a rib injury in Saturday's 4-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers, but he wanted to test out Monday morning before confirming he will play against Carolina.

Kirk Muller's Hurricanes aren't as lucky, as left wing Jeff Skinner, forward Tim Brent and defensemen Joni Pitkanen and Tim Gleason will all miss the game with various ailments.

"We knew before the season that teams were going to face these kinds of situations, so it's an opportunity for guys to step in and do a job," Muller said. "We can't make any excuses, we've just got to find ways to win."


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POSTED ON Saturday, 02.16.2013 / 1:19 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Flyers-Canadiens likely to be battle of backups

The Philadelphia Flyers did not skate Saturday morning after arriving late Friday night following a dispiriting 5-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

Philadelphia may have lost more than the game; defenseman Kimmo Timonen did not play in the third period with a lower-body injury and his status for Saturday night remains in question.

Though there’s been no confirmation from the Flyers, Brian Boucher should get the start in goal over Ilya Bryzgalov.

The Canadiens also will be playing their backup goaltender with starter Carey Price out because of a stomach flu. Peter Budaj will be seeking his first win of the season in his third start.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 02.16.2013 / 10:55 AM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Price out with flu for Canadiens

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will miss the game Saturday night against the Philadelphia Flyers with the stomach flu.

The club has recalled Robert Mayer from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League to back up Peter Budaj.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 12:55 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected Lineups: Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens

MONTREAL – Here are the projected lineups for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday night.

MAPLE LEAFS

James van RiemsdykTyler BozakPhil Kessel

Nikolai KuleminMikhail GrabovskiLeo Komarov

Matt FrattinNazem KadriClarke MacArthur

Colton OrrJay McClementFrazer McLaren

Dion PhaneufKorbinian Holzer

John-Michael LilesMichael Kostka

Cody FransonMark Fraser

James Reimer

Ben Scrivens

Injured: Joffrey Lupul, Carl Gunnarsson, Mike Brown

Scratched: David Steckel, Mike Komisarek

CANADIENS

Rene BourqueTomas PlekanecBrian Gionta

Max PaciorettyDavid DesharnaisErik Cole

Brandon PrustAlex GalchenyukBrendan Gallagher

Travis MoenLars EllerColby Armstrong

Andrei MarkovAlexei Emelin

Josh GorgesRaphael Diaz

Francis BouillonP.K. Subban

Carey Price

Peter Budaj

Injured: Petteri Nokelainen

Scratched: Ryan White, Tomas Kaberle, Yannick Weber

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.06.2013 / 1:48 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Nine players to be initiated to the Habs-Bruins rivalry

MONTREAL – It will be initiation night at Bell Centre on Wednesday as nine players on either side of the rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins will be getting their first taste of it.

For the Canadiens, offseason acquisitions Brandon Prust and Colby Armstrong as well as rookies Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher have never felt it, while the Bruins have Chris Bourque and rookies Dougie Hamilton, Ryan Spooner, Lane MacDermid and Jamie Tardif.

“If you look at both teams there are some players who will be facing that for the first time,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Wednesday’s morning skate. “All I can say is they’ll figure it out quick enough what’s going to happen here.”

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.06.2013 / 11:56 AM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Bruins-Canadiens

Here are the projected lineups for the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Wednesday night.

BRUINS

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton

Gregory Campbell - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin

Chris Bourque - Chris Kelly - Rich Peverley

Jamie Tardif - Ryan Spooner - Lane MacDermid

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk

Dennis Seidenberg - Dougie Hamilton

Andrew Ference - Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Aaron Johnson

Injured: Brad Marchand, Shawn Thornton, Daniel Paille

CANADIENS

Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Erik Cole

Rene Bourque - Tomas Plekanec - Brian Gionta

Brandon Prust - Alex Galchenyuk - Brendan Gallagher

Travis Moen - Lars Eller - Colby Armstrong

Andrei Markov - Alexei Emelin

Josh Gorges - Raphael Diaz

Francis Bouillon - P.K. Subban

Carey Price

Peter Budaj

Scratched: Ryan White, Yannick Weber, Tomas Kaberle

Injured: Petteri Nokelainen

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Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1