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Posted On Monday, 02.06.2012 / 4:02 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Flames, Ducks

Here's how the lineups could look tonight when the Anaheim Ducks host the Calgary Flames at the Honda Center:

FLAMES
Alex Tanguay - Olli Jokinen - Jarome Iginla
Michael Cammalleri - Krys Kolanos - Blair Jones
Lance Bouma - Mikael Backlund - Blake Comeau
Tom Kostopoulos - Matt Stajan - Tim Jackman

Chris Butler - Jay Bouwmeester
Mark Giordano - Scott Hannan
TJ Brodie - Cory Sarich

Miikka Kiprusoff
Leland Irving

DUCKS
Bobby Ryan - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Matt Beleskey - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selanne
Jason Blake - Nick Bonino - Andrew Cogliano
Niklas Hagman - Rod Pelley - George Parros

Francois Beauchemin - Cam Fowler
Lubomir Visnovsky - Luca Sbisa
Toni Lydman - Sheldon Brookbank

Jonas Hiller
Iiro Tarkki
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Posted On Friday, 02.03.2012 / 3:46 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Jackets get Carter back, Ducks have Blake

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jeff Carter comes full circle just in time to help the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Carter will return to the lineup from a separated shoulder on Friday night in Anaheim, where he suffered the injury from a hit by Francois Beauchemin on Jan. 8.

"It's just kind of the way the schedule worked out," Carter said. "But it will be nice to get back on the ice no matter where it is. The guys have been playing hard here, so I'm going to try and help out a bit."

Judging from the morning skate, Columbus interim coach Todd Richards kept his top line intact and put Carter on the second line with Vinny Prospal and Colton Gillies.

Carter missed 10 games. He said he isn't limited and can take faceoffs.

"I think I should be pretty good," Carter said. "I think it's an injury that you're always going to feel a little bit. I'm sure it will last kind of through the end of the season but I don't think it's anything that is going to hold me back."

Asked if he'll keep his head up for Beauchemin, Carter smiled and said, "Yeah, if I see him coming."

The Jan. 8 meeting also saw Jean-Francois Jacques earn a three-game suspension for an elbow to RJ Umberger. There were also a combined five penalties for boarding, roughing and slashing.

Beauchemin acknowledged Columbus is chippy but said there won't be any carryover.

"We want to win games and we need those points, so we're not really worried about what happened last game," Beauchemin said. "Maybe we can expect them to come a little bit more aggressive, but we have to stay composed and be focused on what we have to do to win the game."

Said Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau, "I think our focus is in the right place. I think we've reined in our penalties. We know what we have to do and we can't do it from the penalty box."

Clockgate:
Richards made a point to put behind Wednesday night's controversial ending against Los Angeles where the clock stopped long enough for Drew Doughty to score the game-winning goal in the final seconds.

"For me, it's done," Richards said. "It's gone. I'm preparing for Anaheim, and I think that's how the players are, too."

Boudreau, who has playfully taken an anti-Kings stance, was asked if he feels for Columbus.

"I would preferably not feel for them, but because it was (against) LA, I feel for them," Boudreau said. "It shouldn't happen. In today's world, that shouldn't happen."

Blake returns:
Jason Blake will return to the lineup from a foot injury and is expected to go back into the third line left wing spot beside Nick Bonino and Andrew Cogliano.

Blake was hit by Lubomir Visnovsky's shot and was grateful the foot wasn't broken. It has been that kind of a season for Blake, who missed 34 games because of a severe cut above his left wrist when San Jose's Brent Burns accidentally stepped on him.

"I'm very anxious," Blake said. "Obviously the year has been very frustrating and disappointing -- missing 35 games and getting hit with a shot. It's like, when's it going to end? When you're not playing, especially my age, it's the game that I love and I want to play. I'm very excited."

Does Visnovsky owe Blake dinner?

"He owes me a lot more than dinner," Blake said, joking. "I told him he owes me big."
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Posted On Friday, 02.03.2012 / 3:44 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Blue Jackets, Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Here are the projected lineups for tonight's game at the Honda Center between the Anaheim Ducks and Columbus Blue Jackets:

BLUE JACKETS
R.J. Umberger - Derick Brassard - Rick Nash
Colton Gillies - Jeff Carter - Vinny Prospal
Antoine Vermette - Samuel Pahlsson - Derek Dorsett
Ryan Russell - Derek MacKenzie - Jared Boll

Fedor Tyutin - Brett Lebda
Grant Clitsome - Marc Methot
John Moore - Aaron Johnson

Curtis Sanford
Steve Mason

DUCKS
Bobby Ryan - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Niklas Hagman - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selanne
Jason Blake - Nick Bonino - Andrew Cogliano
Matt Beleskey - Rod Pelley - George Parros

Francois Beauchemin - Cam Fowler
Lubomir Visnovsky - Luca Sbisa
Toni Lydman - Sheldon Brookbank

Jonas Hiller
Jeff Deslauriers
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Posted On Wednesday, 02.01.2012 / 4:08 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Ducks' Blake out another game, Benn back for Stars

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jason Blake will miss at least one more game for the Anaheim Ducks.

Blake did not participate in the team’s morning skate Wednesday and coach Bruce Boudreau said he is still recovering from a foot injury that kept him out Tuesday night.

“It’s lingering,” Boudreau said. “It’s still there. Unless there’s a miracle, he’s not going to be on the ice tonight.”

The red-hot Ducks kept rolling without the veteran Blake. They put hard-forechecking winger Matt Beleskey in Blake’s spot beside young center Nick Bonino and the veteran Andrew Cogliano.

Cogliano recorded his first hat trick Tuesday and Bonino has ably filled the third-line center role.
Boudreau likes Bonino and his line as a whole.

“Especially, on the road, (they) end up playing against the other team’s top line,” Boudreau said. “When you can be responsible defensively in your own zone, that’s so important. And that’s what I’ve thought. (Bonino) doesn’t get caught too often as the third guy high he gets back in the zone. He’s got a good stick. He reads the play well and anticipates really well.”

Kyle Palmieri was recalled from Syracuse in case Blake is out longer than expected.

Benn returns: Jamie Benn played in the All-Star game but Wednesday night marks his official return from emergency appendectomy surgery.

Benn said he recovered fully just before the break and he wasn’t necessarily curious to see how the first game will go.

“Not curious – just excited,” Benn said. “I’m ready to go – two big points on the line. I’m just looking forward to getting back on the ice with the guys.”

Benn won the accuracy shooting portion of the Skills Competition. Asked if that tells him anything more about his game, he joked, “If I’m standing in the slot by myself, not moving, I guess I should shoot more.”

Dallas healthy: Wednesday night represents the first time since Oct.29 that Dallas is fielding a full lineup with no one on injured reserve or listed as injured.

Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan said it comes at a good time as their schedule picks up in February.

“Certainly being healthy is what you need going into a heavy month like this,” Gulutzan said. “You’d hate to be all banged up heading into 16 games in 29 days. Health is a factor that contributes to your confidence and your overall group performance. We’re lucky to be healthy coming into it.”
Boudreau on Benn: Boudreau had the line of the day when he talked about seeing Benn with the Texas Stars when they played the Hershey Bears in the 2010 Calder Cup Finals and how much Benn has blossomed.

“I think he’s one of the finest young players in the League that nobody knows about,” Boudreau said. “If this kid was in Toronto, they’d be making statues of him.”

Smith-Pelly skating: Anaheim winger Devante Smith-Pelly skated with the club for the first time since he broke his foot in the World Junior Championship.

Here are the projected lineups:

STARS

Brenden Morrow - Mike Ribeiro - Loui Eriksson
Steve Ott - Jamie Benn - Michael Ryder
Eric Nystrom - Vernon Fiddler - Radek Dvorak
Toby Petersen - Tom Wandell - Adam Burish

Nicklas Grossman - Trevor Daley
Sheldon Souray - Stephane Robidas
Philip Larsen - Alex Goligoski

Kari Lehtonen
Richard Bachman

DUCKS

Bobby Ryan - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Niklas Hagman - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selanne
Matt Beleskey - Nick Bonino - Andrew Cogliano
Mark Bell - Rod Pelley - George Parros

Francois Beauchemin - Cam Fowler
Lubomir Visnovsky - Luca Sbisa
Toni Lydman - Sheldon Brookbank

Jonas Hiller
Jeff Deslauriers
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Posted On Monday, 01.23.2012 / 4:01 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Kings not worried about PK issues

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Kings killed 40 straight penalties from Dec. 17 to Jan. 14 but have allowed a power-play goal in each of the past six games.

"Sometimes that's the way it goes," captain Dustin Brown said. "Our attitude is, I think, the main reason our PK is successful. I don't know if we've had the exact same attitude the last few games. Sometimes you get scored on, power plays make good plays. But there's been some breakdowns – the Colorado goals late in the game was just a breakdown on our part. It's not like they made a great play. We've got to tighten it up a bit."

Coach Darryl Sutter, though, isn't concerned. There's been no change in the group's structure and often their best penalty killers have been the ones serving the penalties.

There's also an element of luck. The streak ended on a play in which Calgary's Jarome Iginla scored because Trevor Lewis didn't have a stick to break up a pass.

"When you are so good for so long, that means you're good," Sutter said. "We're still in the top four or five in the League. We've got caught with broken sticks a little bit. We've got caught with not clearing pucks a little bit. We've got caught more with (the fact that) there is a hockey god. We've taken two bad change penalties that have cost us goals-against. We have taken retaliation penalties, which has cost us goals-against. That's probably where it is."
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Posted On Monday, 01.23.2012 / 3:47 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Westgarth back in for Kings

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- After using largely the same lineup for most of his tenure as Los Angeles Kings coach, Darryl Sutter will have one new wrinkle tonight.

Forward Kevin Westgarth, who has played just twice since Sutter became coach Dec. 20, will be inserted at right wing on the fourth line against the Ottawa Senators.

Sutter previously has gone with Trent Hunter in that spot, on a line with Colin Fraser and Kyle Clifford, because Hunter brings more offensive potential. But L.A. is coming off a disappointing loss to Colorado in which only its top line was a factor. The Kings have scored five goals in regulation the past four games.

"The fourth line has been sort of off on the energy part of it here, so we’ll see if we can give it a different look," Sutter said.

In his last game, Jan. 7, Westgarth played just two shifts, totaling 55 seconds. His last extended action was Dec. 26.

The Senators enter the game coming off a loss Saturday to the Anaheim Ducks. They haven't lost consecutive games in regulation since Nov. 9-11, but team history suggests that streak could be in jeopardy: The Senators have won just once in Los Angeles in franchise history (1-10-1). Their only win at L.A. was Jan. 11, 2000.

Here is what the lineups for the Kings and Senators likely will go with tonight:

SENATORS
Milan Michalek - Jason Spezza - Bobby Butler
Nick Foligno - Kyle Turris - Daniel Alfredsson
Colin Greening - Zack Smith - Chris Neil
Kaspars Daugavins - Zenon Konopka - Erik Condra

Filip Kuba - Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowen - Sergei Gonchar
Chris Phillips - Mark Borowiecki

Craig Anderson will start in goal, with Alex Auld the backup.

KINGS
Dustin Brown - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams
Dustin Penner - Mike Richards - Jarret Stoll
Brad Richardson - Andrei Loktionov - Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford - Colin Fraser - Kevin Westgarth

Drew Doughty - Rob Scuderi
Jack Johnson - Matt Greene
Willie Mitchell - Slava Voynov

Jonathan Quick will start in goal, with Jonathan Bernier the backup.
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Posted On Thursday, 01.19.2012 / 3:58 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Sutter guiding Kings through demanding stretch

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- One of the challenges Darryl Sutter has had to re-learn in his latest coaching stint is managing the schedule.

Since he took over the Los Angeles Kings on Dec. 20, Sutter has repeatedly talked about working through the back-to-back sequences and travel demands of a West Coast team.

Sutter is quite familiar with it from his tenure as San Jose coach, and this run up to the All-Star break is getting busy. Thursday's game against the Calgary Flames comes after three games in four nights on the road, and tonight will start a stretch of three games in five nights for Kings.

"I told the guys when I came in, 'I'm going to give you every break physically. You guys got to be with me on the brain part,'" Sutter said.

"That's kind of how you got to look at it. Successful teams, that's what they have to trust their training and what they do for 12 months, not what they do the day before the game or the day after a game. You have to set your team up so that when you start training in the first of July to get prepared for back-to-backs and travel."

Sutter is aware of the team's six-game road trip in February, which includes back-to-back games at the New York Islanders and Dallas Stars.

"They aren't machines," said Sutter, who held an off-ice workout Wednesday and saw full attendance at Thursday's morning skate.

"You have to learn as a staff and as an organization how to manage it properly, because it can affect making the playoffs, not making the playoffs, home ice ... the old way of beating players up after you lost a game the next day, it serves zero purpose. It's way different."

Sutter vs. Sutter, part II: This will be the second meeting in six days between Darryl Sutter and brother Brent, who coaches Calgary.

There isn't as much media focus on the brothers this time around, and Darryl predictably said, "It wasn't very hard last time … We're used to it."

L.A. scored a 4-1 win last Saturday in Mike Cammalleri's first game back with the Flames. Darryl said Cammalleri isn't the only player to worry about.

"They've still got their goaltender and they've got an awesome defense and they really get up the middle," he said. "I'm not really worried the individuals more than positions."

Sutter on warm-up procedures:
Sutter delivered the line of the day when asked about the Taylor Hall incident and talk of players wearing helmets during warm-ups.

"If they wear wigs and sunglasses, I don't care," Sutter said. "It doesn't bother me one way or the other. It's an isolated, once-a-year (incident)."

Sutter, who had to wear a facemask on his helmet because of a facial injury as a player with Chicago, felt strongly about players' freedom not to wear a helmet in warm-ups.

"I still like the players having an identity," he said. "I think that's important in the game, and I think it's important that they grandfather the (face) shields in because the kids grow up with the shields and it's hard to imagine them taking it off. I still think that identity and the people seeing the player, I still think that's something there to it. I like that."

Sutter added that the facemask he wore was rather primitive.

"I got a football (cage) from Mike Ditka, from the (Chicago) Bears," Sutter said. "That was before the plexiglass and all that stuff, so I was either going to get Joe Girardi's catching mask or something from the Bears."

Nicholls helping power play:
Former King Bernie Nicholls has been working with the team as a consultant, particularly on the power play, and the results are tangible.

The Kings are 6-for-19 on the power play in the past five games.

"His experience helps," Jarret Stoll said. "He's seeing different things up there. It looks a lot different up there than it does down on the ice. He's letting us know what he sees, what he thinks is open, if we're not moving the puck quick enough, if we're not shooting when we should. Just little simple things, which make sense."
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Posted On Thursday, 01.19.2012 / 3:56 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Flames, Kings

Here's how the lineups could look tonight when the Los Angeles Kings host the Calgary Flames at Staples Center:

FLAMES
Mike Cammalleri - Mikael Backlund - Jarome Iginla
Blake Comeau - Olli Jokinen - Tim Jackman
Tom Kostopoulos - Blair Jones - Lee Stempniak
Lance Bouma - Matt Stajan

Jay Bouwmeester - Chris Butler
Mark Giordano - Scott Hannan
Cory Sarich - TJ Brodie
Anton Babchuk

Miikka Kiprusoff
Leland Irving

KINGS

Dustin Brown - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams
Dustin Penner - Mike Richards - Jarret Stoll
Brad Richardson - Andrei Loktionov - Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford - Colin Fraser - Trent Hunter

Drew Doughty - Rob Scuderi
Jack Johnson - Matt Greene
Willie Mitchell - Slava Voynov

Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Bernier
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Posted On Wednesday, 01.18.2012 / 3:44 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Boudreau warns Ducks can't get complacent

ANAHEIM -- Is it possible for the 29th-best team in the NHL to worry about complacency?

The Anaheim Ducks are far from relevant in the postseason picture, but a 5-0-1 streak has generated some buzz, and coach Bruce Boudreau is concerned about a letdown in Thursday night's home game against Phoenix.

"I told them I'm nervous about this game," Boudreau said. "We have no right to ever be complacent about the position that we're in, but complacency can always set in to a team that's had a two-week run that's been pretty good. But you know what? They've had a two-week run that's been pretty good, too. They know they can bury us. They play us twice in the next five games. They know they can do some damage if they beat us both times."

Anaheim is coming off a successful road trip in which it went 2-0-1 against Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The Ducks are playing well, but Boudreau said it's not a big sample size.

"We're making a bigger deal of it -- it's just a short stretch," he said. "If it was 15 games, then we're talking about a trend."

Hiller hot:
Jonas Hiller has been the backbone of Anaheim's resurgence.

He has allowed two or fewer goals in each of his past five starts, including a stretch where he did not allow a goal for more than six periods.

It's quite a change from earlier this season, when Hiller was giving up a lot of rebounds behind a suspect defense. Hiller said the latter has been part of the difference.

"We're more solid on our own end," Hiller said. "We get pucks out more often. We don't give up that many high-quality scoring chances. It feels like if you make two or three big saves a game, you're not getting scored on at all, where before you might make two or three big saves and you still get scored on four goals because you gave up seven or eight great scoring chances."

Hiller, like the rest of the team, has finally found new attitude that Boudreau has sought.

"I definitely also feel that confidence that if I get scored on the team is still going to be there and still able to score," Hiller said. "We're not worried like before. … Right now there's definitely less pressure on me because we score a lot more it seems like and we play more in their zone."

Lydman turns a corner:
Good things happened for the Ducks when Toni Lydman was on the ice last season. His plus-32 rating was among the League leaders.

This season he has trended the other way, bottoming out with a season-low minus-13 rating on Dec. 12.

That's also a reflection of the team, but Lydman has owned up to his struggles and said it has nothing to do with not being with last year's partner Lubomir Visnovsky.

"No, I struggled with Lubo, too," Lydman said. "I struggled with everybody. It wasn't about the partners. It was more me dragging them down."

Lydman said Boudreau has met with him "a couple of times" this season and has emphasized getting Lydman to move his feet and be more physical.

Partnered with Sheldon Brookbank on Anaheim's third defensive pairing, Lydman is in a diminished role but has turned a corner with a plus-4 rating over the past five games.

"I think it's more things just started to go wrong and then it was hard to stop," Lydman said. "I think it was more mental than anything. Personal game reflected the team game pretty much.  On some nights it even costs us game. A big part of it is confidence. As long as it's turning the right way, that's all that matters."
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Posted On Wednesday, 01.18.2012 / 3:38 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Coyotes, Ducks

Here's how the lineups could look tonight when the Anaheim Ducks host the Phoenix Coyotes at the Honda Center:

COYOTES
Ray Whitney - Daymond Langkow - Shane Doan
Lauri Korpikoski - Boyd Gordon - Radim Vrbata
Mikkel Boedker - Marc-Antoine Pouliot - Taylor Pyatt
Raffi Torres - Gilbert Brule - Kyle Chipchura

Keith Yandle - Derek Morris
Rostislav Klesla - Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Michal Rozsival - Chris Summers

Mike Smith
Jason LaBarbera

Torres will return to the lineup for Phoenix, coach Dave Tippett said, while Adrian Aucoin (upper body) and Martin Hanzal (upper body) remain out.

Hanzal had played with Radim Vrbata and Hanzal’s absence for the past two weeks makes Vrbata’s 22 goals all the more impressive.

Tippett reiterated that Vrbata should get recognized.

"When you have 22 goals at this point in the season in his ranking, that certainly should bring a lot of attention to him," Tippett said.

"You have to recognize with him is that the goals he's scored with us are huge goals. He's been a factor to where we are. To me, those are the kind of players that should get saluted in the All-Star game."

DUCKS
Bobby Ryan - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Niklas Hagman - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selanne
Jason Blake - Nick Bonino - Andrew Cogliano
Matt Beleskey - Rod Pelley - George Parros

Francois Beauchemin - Cam Fowler
Lubomir Visnovsky - Luca Sbisa
Toni Lydman - Sheldon Brookbank

Jonas Hiller
Jeff Deslauriers

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau confirmed that backup goalie Dan Ellis will be out longer than the four-week period that the team initially announced.

Ellis has a groin injury that he told The Orange County Register was a tear.
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