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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 12:31 PM

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

Kaleta in for Sabres after sitting out one extra game

MONTREAL -- The Buffalo Sabres will be putting Patrick Kaleta back in the lineup Tuesday for their game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Kaleta was held out of Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals in what would have been his first game back after serving a five-game suspension for boarding Brad Richards of the New York Rangers. Kaleta voiced his frustration in being held out through the media following the team's morning skate Sunday and was reprimanded for doing so following the game by goaltender Ryan Miller.

Kaleta said he and Miller, former roommates on the road, have cleared the air and there’s nothing to be concerned about.

"We talked about it right off the bat," Kaleta said. "It was a little misunderstanding. Like I said, he's my brother. I have my blood brother at home, you say things, you fight. But he's my family. I've been his roommate for the past three years, we have an awesome bond together. I have his back 100 percent, no matter what happens."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 12:07 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Selleck set to make NHL debut for Panthers

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Already struggling to overcome injuries, the Florida Panthers will see at least one new face in the lineup Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Eric Selleck will make his NHL debut, adding some toughness to Florida's roster in the absence of George Parros. Selleck has 16 points and 181 penalty minutes in 60 games with San Antonio of the American Hockey League this season.

"I don't know how many shifts I'm going to get, so the early ones count," Selleck said. "We've got a game plan, so I'll just try to keep it simple and stick to my role."

Selleck's role is no mystery to either team -- and that simplifies his approach.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 11:50 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Brodeur will back up Hedberg against Rangers

NEWARK, N.J. -- Goalie Martin Brodeur will be on the bench serving as the backup to Johan Hedberg on Tuesday when the New Jersey Devils host the New York Rangers at Prudential Center.

After being sidelined the past 11 games with a pinched nerve in his neck/upper back that was causing numbness in his shoulder and arm, the 40-year-old Brodeur said Tuesday he feels strong enough to return to the active roster.

"That's the plan now … I've been given the OK and that's the way we're going now," Brodeur said Tuesday, after his second straight practice with the team. "It's been fun the last two days being in the room and knowing what's going on a little bit. When you're injured, you're always on the side doing your own thing, so it's nice to be back."

The Devils on Tuesday activated Brodeur from injured reserve and assigned goalie Jeff Frazee to the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Albany.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 11:42 AM

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

Projected lineups for Senators, Islanders

Here are the lineups the Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders likely will use when they play Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum:

SENATORS
Guillaume Latendresse - Zack Smith - Daniel Alfredsson
Erik Condra - Mika Zibanejad - Chris Neil
Colin Greening - Kyle Turris - Jakob Silfverberg
Matt Kassian - Peter Regin - Jim O'Brien

Chris Phillips - Andre Benoit
Marc Methot - Eric Gryba
Patrick Wiercioch - Sergei Gonchar

Ben Bishop
Robin Lehner
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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 10:22 AM

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

Projected lineup for Blue Jackets

Here is the lineup the Columbus Blue Jackets likely will use when they face the Nashville Predators on Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena.

The Blue Jackets are unbeaten in regulation in 10 straight games (6-0-4), and have climbed to 13th in the Western Conference, just two points out of a playoff spot.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 10:05 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

No skate for Rangers ahead of matchup with Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New York Rangers didn't conduct a morning skate at Prudential Center on Tuesday, hours after beating the Carolina Hurricanes in a shootout at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

The Rangers face the Devils on Tuesday night.

Against the Hurricanes, the top line of Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik generated no points, 10 shots and a minus-2 rating. It will be interesting to see if coach John Tortorella keeps that trio intact while giving goalie Henrik Lundqvist his fifth start in eight days. He could also opt for backup Martin Biron, who last started March 10 in a 4-1 victory against the Washington Capitals.

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Posted On Monday, 03.18.2013 / 7:00 PM

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

Corvo to sit for Hurricanes

NEW YORK -- Based on pregame warmups, the Carolina Hurricanes will be without defenseman Joe Corvo due to a lower-body injury that occurred Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Corvo wasn't on the ice for pregame warmups, and it looks like Bobby Sanguinetti will replace him against the New York Rangers, the team that selected him in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.

Dan Ellis will get the start in net for the Hurricanes, who were unable to have a morning skate because of construction taking place at Madison Square Garden.

Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller appears set to shuffle his middle two lines against the Rangers. Eric Staal will center the top line with Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty, but Jeff Skinner took line rushes on the third line with Riley Nash and Jussi Jokinen. The second line consisted of Jordan Staal centering Drayson Bowman and Patrick Dwyer.

Here are the updated Hurricanes lines:

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Alexander Semin

Drayson Bowman - Jordan Staal - Patrick Dwyer

Jeff Skinner - Riley Nash - Jussi Jokinen

Kevin Westgarth - Adam Hall - Tim Wallace

Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk

Tim Gleason - Bobby Sanguinetti

Joni Pitkanen - Jamie McBain

Dan Ellis

Justin Peters

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Posted On Monday, 03.18.2013 / 4:26 PM

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

Kings' projected lineup for game vs. Coyotes

Coming off their 5-2 win against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, it's likely the Los Angeles Kings stick with the same lineup when they face the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday.

That means rookie Tyler Toffoli, who had one shot on goal in 13:20 of ice time Saturday in his NHL debut, will remain in the lineup.

Goalie Jonathan Quick, who was pulled after allowing three goals on 12 shots in 28:34 of ice time, will make the start.

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Posted On Monday, 03.18.2013 / 4:16 PM

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

Luongo starts again, Schroeder in Canucks' lineup

VANCOUVER -- Jordan Schroeder is back with the Vancouver Canucks and Roberto Luongo is back in goal as the Canucks try to take back the Northwest Division lead from the Minnesota Wild on Monday.

Luongo gets a fourth straight start for just the second time this season despite giving up nine goals in his last two, including three in the final period of a 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Luongo has, however, only given up one goal in his last four starts against the Wild at Rogers Arena, and the Canucks are playing the first of back-to-back games, with Cory Schneider almost certain to start Tuesday against St. Louis.

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Posted On Monday, 03.18.2013 / 3:38 PM

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

Injury keeping Lecavalier off the ice

Vincent Lecavalier wouldn't give much detail on exactly what his lower-body injury is, but said it's keeping him off the ice.

"It's more of a waiting game and waiting and rest it," the Tampa Bay Lightning captain told reporters in Tampa on Monday. "I can still do some other stuff. Skating right now is not a possibility."

Lecavalier will miss his third straight game since when his Lightning host the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS). He sustained the injury during a March 12 game against the Florida Panthers.

"It didn't look like anything but obviously something did happen," he said. "I guess you could say it's kind of a fluky thing. … I knew something was wrong right away. I went to the bench, might have played another shift after [but I] knew something was wrong."

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