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Posted On Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 11:22 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-13 Opening Day blog

Jagr has big night in Dallas debut

Eighteen years after Jaromir Jagr shared the NHL scoring lead during a lockout-shortened season, he looks like he could do it again.

The 40-year-old made a big impression on his new home fans by scoring twice and adding a pair of assists in the Dallas Stars' season-opening 4-3 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Jagr scored in each of the first two periods, and his perfect pass set up Loui Eriksson for the game-winning goal with 6:55 remaining in regulation time. The two goals give him 667 for his career, moving him within one of Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille on the all-time list.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 8:27 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-13 Opening Day blog

Schiefele quickly adjusts to NHL game

WINNIPEG – Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele's 2012-13 hockey itinerary included another stop Saturday afternoon against the Ottawa Senators.

Before arriving in Winnipeg, Scheifele had posted 22 goals in 30 games with the Ontario Hockey League's Barrie Colts and skated for Team Canada at the World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. Scheifele logged on game with Barrie earlier this month before the Jets summoned their 2011 first-round selection to training camp.

Scheifele played seven games with the Jets last season before they returned him to Barrie, but he started against Ottawa playing the right side on Winnipeg's fourth line.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 8:22 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-13 Opening Day blog

Methot-Karlsson pair solid for Senators

WINNIPEG – The Ottawa Senators' acquisition of Marc Methot last summer may not have drawn an abundance of headlines, but it helped reshape the club's blue line.

Methot, a 27-year-old Ottawa native, joined the Senators last July in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets for forward Nick Foligno. The Senators used Methot to replace the departed Filip Kuba and use his 6-foot-3, 231-pound frame to firm up a pairing with Erik Karlsson, the NHL's reigning Norris Trophy winner.

Methot spent parts of six seasons and logged 275 games with Columbus in that span. But his 2011-12 season ended with a broken jaw with 28 games remaining in a disastrous season for the Blue Jackets.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 8:00 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012-13 Opening Day blog

Hawks' Carcillo leaves with lower-body injury

LOS ANGELES -- It wasn't all good for the Chicago Blackhawks in their win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Forward Daniel Carcillo suffered what a lower-body injury after getting tied up with Drew Doughty along the half-wall, near the Kings' bench, in the third period.

Doughty was called for interference at 10:44 of the period, but Carcillo, who was slow to get up and gingerly made his way to the Blackhawks' bench skating under his own power, will likely not be in the lineup Sunday in Phoenix and could miss several more games.

Carcillo was skating on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa.

"Danny's going to miss some time here," coach Joel Quenneville said following Chicago's 5-2 victory. "We'll know more exactly of the time frame [Sunday]."

Carcillo missed the second half of last season after tearing the ACL in his left knee on Jan. 2 against Edmonton. He had surgery 15 days later.

Quenneville said it's "likely" that 20-year-old rookie Brandon Saad will get a chance to play as a result of Carcillo's injury. Saad played in two games last season. He was recently named the player of the week in the AHL and put up 20 points in 31 games with the Rockford Ice Hogs.

Before getting hurt, Carcillo had played 17 shifts totaling 10:53 of ice time. He had an assist on Hossa's first goal and was a plus-3.

Follow Dan Rosen on Twitter at: @drosennhl

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Posted On Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 6:59 PM

NHL.com - 2012-13 Opening Day blog

Islanders coach Capuano to miss opener

The New York Islanders are playing their season opener without their coach.

Just minutes before the start of Saturday's game against the New Jersey Devils, the Islanders announced via their Twitter account that Jack Capuano would not be behind the bench due to medical reasons. Capuano was present at the pregame skate and addressed the media this morning.

Newsday's Arthur Staple reported via Twitter that Capuano has been suffering with kidney stones for the past few days.

Capuano, 46, is entering his second full season as Islanders coach. Assistants Doug Weight and Brent Thompson are running the team in Capuano’s absence.

Capuano has missed one other game since taking over; he skipped a game in Buffalo last February due to the flu.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 5:15 PM

By Kevin Woodley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-13 Opening Day blog

Ducks looking to get off to strong start

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Anaheim Ducks open the season against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night hoping to pick up where they left off more than nine months ago.

Not as the 13th-place team in the Western Conference and out of the playoffs, but as one of the hottest teams in the season's second half, when they went 24-4-6 down the stretch. With top forwards Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Teemu Selanne and Bobby Ryan all back, and Jonas Hiller healthy between the pipes, they believe they can keep that pace.

"I don’t see why it shouldn’t carry over," Perry said. "As a team in the second half, we were right up there with the best in the League. We fell a little bit short but if we continue to do the same things we were doing I don’t see why we can’t be one of the top teams."

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Posted On Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 4:34 PM

By Kevin Woodley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-13 Opening Day blog

Canucks start season with injury-depleted lineup

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks open the season against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night with almost all of the players who helped them win a second-straight Presidents' Trophy last season.

Unfortunately for the Canucks, not all are healthy.

Offseason surgeries to his left wrist and shoulder have left Ryan Kesler uncertain about a return date, and a groin injury suffered during fitness testing Sunday has David Booth out 4-6 weeks, leaving the Canucks without two-thirds of their second line for at least the first month of the shortened season.

Instead they will start the season with journeyman Andrew Ebbett and sophomore Zack Kassian trying to fill those roles, while the rest of a mostly intact lineup tries to make up for any slack.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 3:40 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2012-13 Opening Day blog

Projected lineups for Canadiens, Maple Leafs

MONTREAL – Here are the opening night lineups for the game Saturday night between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre.

MAPLE LEAFS

Joffrey LupulTyler BozakPhil Kessel

Clarke MacArthurMikhail GrabovskiNikolai Kulemin

James van RiemsdykNazem KadriLeo Komarov

Mike BrownJay McClementColton Orr

Dion PhaneufMichael Kostka

John-Michael LilesCody Franson

Carl Gunnarson – Mike Komisarek

Ben Scrivens

James Reimer

Injured: Jake Gardiner

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Mark Fraser

CANADIENS

Max PaciorettyDavid DesharnaisErik Cole

Alex GalchenyukTomas PlekanecBrian Gionta

Rene BourqueLars EllerTravis Moen

Brandon PrustRyan WhiteColby Armstrong

Andrei MarkovAlexei Emelin

Tomas KaberleJosh Gorges

Francis BouillonRaphael Diaz

Carey Price

Peter Budaj

Scratched: Brandon Gallagher, Mike Blunden, Yannick Weber

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Posted On Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 3:31 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2012-13 Opening Day blog

Projected lineups for Penguins, Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- Here are the lines the Flyers and Penguins will use in their season opener today at Wells Fargo Center:
 
FLYERS

Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux - Brayden Schenn
Matt Read - Scott Laughton - Wayne Simmonds
Maxime Talbot - Sean Couturier - Jakub Voracek
Zac Rinaldo - Eric Wellwood - Ruslan Fedotenko
 
Braydon Coburn - Nicklas Grossmann
Kimmo Timonen - Luke Schenn
Andrej Meszaros - Kurtis Foster
 
Ilya Bryzgalov
Michael Leighton

PENGUINS
 
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Eric Tangradi - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Matt Cooke - Brandon Sutter - Tyler Kennedy
Tanner Glass - Dustin Jeffrey - Craig Adams
 
Kris Letang - Matt Niskanen
Paul Martin - Brooks Orpik
Deryk Engellend - Simon Despres
 
Marc-Andre Fleury
Tomas Vokoun
 
Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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Posted On Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 2:58 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-13 Opening Day blog

Projected Lineups: Detroit Red Wings at St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Here are the opening night lineups for Saturday's game between the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues from Scottrade Center:

BLUES

David Perron - David Backes - T.J. Oshie

Andy McDonald - Alex Steen - Vladimir Tarasenko

Jaden Schwartz - Patrik Berglund - Chris Stewart

Vladimir Sobotka - Scott Nichol - Ryan Reaves

Ian Cole - Alex Pietrangelo

Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk

Kris Russell - Roman Polak

Jaroslav Halak gets the opening start in goal; Brian Elliott is the backup.

The Blues have no injuries. Healthy scratches include wingers Matt D'Agostini and Jamie Langenbrunner as well as defenseman Jeff Woywitka.

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