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Posted On Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 1:45 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Oilers, Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Here are the projected lineups for Sunday's game between the Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center:

OILERS

Nail Yakupov - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Ryan Jones - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky

Ryan Smyth - Eric Belanger - Magnus Paajarvi

Ben Eager - Chris VandeVelde - Lennart Petrell

Nick Schultz - Justin Schultz

Jeff Petry - Ladislav Smid

Ryan Whitney - Theo Peckham

Devan Dubnyk

Yann Denis

Injured: Taylor Hall (hamstring), Shawn Horcoff (hand), Teemu Hartikainen (shoulder), Anton Lander (foot), Andy Sutton (knee), Corey Potter (head), Mark Fistric (elbow), Nikolai Khabibulin (undisclosed)

Posted On Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 1:34 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

No Hall for Oilers against Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall will not play Sunday against the Minnesota Wild, according to Oilers coach Ralph Krueger.

Hall, who injured his hamstring Friday night against the St. Louis Blues, is officially listed as day-to-day, but with the Oilers in the midst of a nine-game, 16-day road trip, Krueger said he'd rather give Hall some extra time off in order to avoid a more long-term injury.

"Taylor is still feeling a strain that we want to err to the cautious side," Krueger said. "This type of injury, we can give him four days of rest as opposed to forcing him in today. He's day-to-day but we expect him back very soon."

Posted On Tuesday, 02.26.2013 / 1:50 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Flames coach Hartley checks in with Cervenka

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Entering the season, expectations were high for Calgary Flames center Roman Cervenka.

He earned a reputation in Russia as a scorer, tallying 54 goals in two years in the KHL before signing with the Flames this offseason. The 27-year old Czech has struggled to translate that game to the National Hockey League, however, scoring two goals in 13 games this season.

Part of the issue is comfort.

Cervenka still struggles with language, understanding English enough when spoken to, but not comfortable enough to speak it. Communicating with teammates is difficult, except for with linemate and fellow Czech Jiri Hudler.

Posted On Thursday, 02.14.2013 / 1:40 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Brunette retires, takes job in Wild front office

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Former National Hockey League forward Andrew Brunette officially retired as a player Thursday, but he won't be out of the game for long.

Brunette was named Hockey Operations Advisor for the Minnesota Wild, an all-encompassing role that will allow Brunette to work directly with Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher, assistant GM Brent Flahr, Houston Aeros GM Jim Mill as well as the coaching staffs in Minnesota and Houston.

"It may be a bittersweet day for Andrew Brunette, but it's a great day for our franchise," Fletcher said. "To add someone with his experience and his intelligence to our hockey operations department … who knows where this takes him? I think he has unlimited potential to do what he wants to do in this game."

Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 2:25 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Wild shuffle lines against Predators

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In an effort to snap a three-game losing skid, the Minnesota Wild have made a couple of adjustments to their lineup prior to their game against the Nashville Predators.

Rookie center Mikael Granlund will be reassuming his role as the team's second line center between Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi, two wings who have combined for 456 NHL goals.

Matt Cullen will be shuffled back to left wing, this time on the team's third line.

Posted On Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 2:05 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Granlund sits, Coyle to top line for Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Losers of two straight games, the Minnesota Wild return home to St. Paul, where they are 4-1 this season, to face the Vancouver Canucks.

For the first time all season, Wild coach Mike Yeo has elected to break up his first line of center Mikko Koivu and wings Zach Parise and Dany Heatley. Koivu and Parise remain and will be joined by rookie right wing Charlie Coyle, who will play in his second career NHL game. It also will be the home debut for a player considered one of the Wild's top prospects since his acquisition from the San Jose Sharks two summers ago.

"It's special to be playing with those guys," Coyle said. "I'd like to thank coach for giving me the opportunity, but obviously, you have to take advantage of it. Whatever role they put me in, I'm going to play to the best of my ability and help this team win."

Also making his Wild debut will be fourth-liner Mike Rupp, who was acquired from the New York Rangers on Monday in a trade for Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri. Rupp will play on a line with center Zenon Konopka and Devin Setoguchi.

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