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Posted On Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 11:06 AM

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

Mason to start in goal for Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers announced Steve Mason will make his first start in goal for the team Tuesday when it faces the New York Islanders.
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Posted On Monday, 04.08.2013 / 4:06 PM

By Kevin Woodley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Canucks deal with new injury, as Tanev sits

VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks will welcome Ryan Kesler back against the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night after the Selke Trophy-winning center missed more than a month with a broken bone in his foot, but the injury news wasn't entirely positive after the morning skate.

Defenseman Christopher Tanev will miss the game against the Coyotes after hurting his right leg taking a hit from Calgary Flames forward Tim Jackman in the first period on Saturday night. Tanev went straight to the locker room, returned for the second period and finished the game, but wasn't on the ice with teammates on Monday morning.

"It should be more day-to-day here," coach Alain Vigneault said. "We're going to give him a day today to recuperate and see how he feels tomorrow."


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Posted On Monday, 04.08.2013 / 3:42 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Getzlaf remains questionable for Ducks

ANAHEIM -- Ryan Getzlaf skated for the first time since sustaining a lower-body injury last week, but it's unknown if he will return Monday for the Anaheim Ducks when they face the Edmonton Oilers.

"It felt pretty good," Getzlaf said. "It responded the way we've kind of wanted it moving forward. We're kind of just waiting to make a decision on that [playing]. We've got a lot of time from now until then, so we'll see how it reacts after the skate this morning."

Getzlaf was injured when he got tangled with Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars in an awkward play during a game April 3. Anaheim won that game, lost to Dallas on Friday and won Sunday against the rival Los Angeles Kings.

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Posted On Monday, 04.08.2013 / 3:09 PM

By Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Flames recall Baertschi; Avalanche get Jones back

DENVER -- The Calgary Flames recalled left wing Sven Baertschi from the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League on Sunday and he is expected to play Monday against the Colorado Avalanche.

Baertschi, 20, had one assist in 10 previous games with the Flames this season. He was the Flames' No. 1 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft and had 10 goals and 15 assists in 31 games for Abbotsford.

On the other side, right wing David Jones will return to the Avalanche lineup after missing eight games with a knee injury. Jones has struggled this season with just three goals in 27 games. He has gone 10 games without a point.

Here are the projected lineups for Monday's game:


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Posted On Monday, 04.08.2013 / 3:08 PM

By Kevin Woodley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Kesler returns to Canucks lineup against Coyotes

VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks will welcome Ryan Kesler back from a broken foot Monday when the team faces against the Phoenix Coyotes.

They're just not entirely sure what Kesler they'll get after being off skates for a month.

Kesler has played just seven games all season, missing the start recovering from offseason wrist and shoulder surgeries only to break a bone in his foot blocking a shot in his Feb 15 return. He played six more games before the fracture turned up in a CT scan, and he couldn't skate until late last week.

"I'm not exactly sure what we're going to get back, to tell you the truth," coach Alain Vigneault said. "He's been off skates for quite some time, but like they used to do in the old days, we are going to play him into shape."

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Posted On Monday, 04.08.2013 / 12:40 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Bruins expect Kelly back in lineup vs. Hurricanes

BOSTON -- While there's still no news, positive or negative, pertaining to Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron's status after he suffered a concussion last week, the team should be healthier Monday when it faces the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

Coach Claude Julien said he expects center Chris Kelly, who has been out since March 11 with a broken tibia, to return to the lineup. Kelly took part in an optional morning skate and has been practicing with the team for about a week.

"I feel good and it'll be nice to get back," Kelly said.

The Bruins juggled their lines Sunday for practice.

Here's a look at the projected lineups for the Bruins and Hurricanes:

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Posted On Monday, 04.08.2013 / 12:32 PM

By Mike Brophy -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Maple Leafs brace for matchup with Lundqvist

TORONTO -- It hasn't been the season many expected from the New York Rangers, but with goalie Henrik Lundqvist finding his game, the end result could be a good one.

Lundqvist was sensational Saturday, making 48 saves, including 20 in the third period, as the Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. The Rangers, who are seventh in the Eastern Conference, go back to work Monday, starting a home-and-home set with the fifth-place Maple Leafs in Toronto.

New York defenseman Ryan McDonagh said there is a certain comfort level the Rangers enjoy when Lundqvist is in the zone.

"You enjoy it, but you don't want to rely on it," McDonagh said. "To be a successful team you need to be fundamentally sound in your defensive zone and make smart plays with the puck. We just didn't do that enough last game and he was able to correct our mistakes."


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Posted On Sunday, 04.07.2013 / 8:03 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Getzlaf out for Ducks against Kings

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks will be without captain Ryan Getzlaf for at least one more game.

Bruce Boudreau ruled out Getzlaf on Sunday when the coach spoke to a small group of reporters 90 minutes before the Ducks played the Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center.

“He’s day-to-day. He’s not playing tonight,” Boudreau said. “… At this point in time we want to make sure that he’s completely healthy before he plays.”

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Posted On Sunday, 04.07.2013 / 2:04 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Hawks go for clinch; Preds continue to battle injuries

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks could become the first team in the NHL to clinch a Stanley Cup Playoff spot if they pick up at least a point against the Nashville Predators on Sunday night (7 p.m. ET) at United Center.

Meanwhile, it's getting close to do-or-die time for the Predators, who continue to lose forwards to injuries and close games down the stretch run of the season. Nashville dropped a 1-0 game to Chicago on Saturday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena -- continuing a vexing trend of not scoring enough goals -- and now the Predators face the Blackhawks again a little more than 24 hours later without Gabriel Bourque and veteran forwards Paul Gaustad and Mike Fisher.

All three will miss Sunday's game with undisclosed upper-body injuries, and Colin Wilson remains on the injured reserve list with an upper-body injury. Bourque and Gaustad didn't play in the game Saturday, but Fisher did. Now he's out, and forward Austin Watson was recalled Sunday morning from the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League to take his place.

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Posted On Sunday, 04.07.2013 / 12:47 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Flu sidelines Blues forward McDonald

DETROIT -- St. Louis Blues forward Andy McDonald is out of the lineup for the game Sunday against the Detroit Red Wings because of the flu.

As a result of McDonald's absence, the Blues are playing with seven defensemen, but they're using Kris Russell as a left wing on the fourth line.

McDonald has four goals and 11 assists for 15 points in 26 games this season.

Follow Dan Rosen on Twitter at: @drosennhl

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