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Posted On Monday, 03.11.2013 / 12:33 PM

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

Canucks recall Ebbett, send Schroeder to AHL

The Vancouver Canucks on Monday recalled center Andrew Ebbett from Chicago of the American Hockey League, and re-assigned center Jordan Schroeder to the AHL.

In five games earlier this season with the Canucks, Ebbett had no points, two penalty minutes and four shots on goal, while averaging 11:50 of ice time per game.

Schroeder, who played his first 22 NHL games this season, has two goals and three assists.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 6:31 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Sabres activate defenseman Jordan Leopold

PHILADELPHIA -- The Buffalo Sabres activated defenseman Jordan Leopold from injured reserve and he will be in the lineup Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

Leopold had missed nine games with an upper-body injury. Interim coach Ron Rolston had said following the morning skate he was looking forward to having Leopold in the lineup for the first time since he replaced Lindy Ruff behind the Sabres' bench. Leopold was injured in practice the same day Ruff was fired.

"It'll be good back there," Rolston said of Leopold. "He's a good puck-mover, and that's what we've been emphasizing form our defense corps. He'll be one of those guys that can get us out of our zone. … He can be a player that can really be a difference-maker back there on the blue line."

To make room on the roster, the Sabres announced defenseman Adam Pardy had been sent to Rochester of the American Hockey League. Pardy had one assist, a plus-2 rating and 10 penalty minutes in five games this season. He had been a healthy scratch the previous two games.

Here is what the Sabres' lineup could look like:

Thomas Vanek - Cody Hodgson - Jason Pominville

Marcus Foligno - Kevin Porter - Brian Flynn

Steve Ott - Tyler Ennis - Nathan Gerbe

John Scott - Jochen Hecht - Drew Stafford

Robyn Regehr - Jordan Leopold

Christian Ehrhoff - Tyler Myers

Mike Weber - TJ Brennan

Ryan Miller

Jhonas Enroth

Scratched: Mikhail Grigorenko

Suspended: Patrick Kaleta

Injured: Andrej Sekera (upper body), Ville Leino (hip)

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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Posted On Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 6:22 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Bryzgalov gets the call for struggling Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- Flyers coach Peter Laviolette has opted to start Ilya Bryzgalov for a League-high 25th time Sunday when his team faces the Buffalo Sabres (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

Bryzgalov gave up three goals in a 2:18 span midway through the first period Saturday in a 3-0 loss at Boston, and he has allowed 11 goals on 64 shots in his previous three games, a save percentage of just .828. His 1,349:58 of ice time is three seconds less than Nashville's Pekka Rinne for the League lead; he's faced the third-most shots (621) and made the fourth-most saves (558).

Even with a three-day break coming up, as well as the recall of goalie Michael Leighton from Adirondack of the American Hockey League, Laviolette said he believes Bryzgalov is the best option to help the Flyers snap their three-game losing streak.

"I think you go through everything, you roll though all your options of personnel that's available to you," Laviolette said. "I think just coming off [Saturday], Bryz is a guy that needs to be in there and we need to get a win. Our group needs to dig out of this. Not to put him in there and give him that opportunity doesn't seem right."

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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Posted On Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 5:39 PM

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

Devils captain Salvador back in lineup vs. Jets

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils will have their captain back in the lineup against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday at Prudential Center.

Defenseman Bryce Salvador, who missed the team's game on Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes with an upper body injury, will replace Mark Fayne.


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Posted On Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 5:31 PM

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

Emery's streak still alive, chases 11th straight win

CHICAGO -- Ray Emery will get the start in net for the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night against the Edmonton Oilers at United Center (7 p.m. ET, CSN-CH).

Corey Crawford started the last game, a 6-2 road loss against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night at Pepsi Center, before being pulled after two periods for Emery. Crawford allowed five of the six goals in the first regulation loss of the season for the Blackhawks (21-1-3), but coach Joel Quenneville said his performance wasn't the reason he didn't get the nod.

Emery's play during a 3-2 Blackhawks win against the Oilers on Feb. 25 at United Center did appear to factor into the decision.

"Both guys have been very good, so that's a good argument for whoever's playing," Quenneville said in a pre-game meeting with reporters on Sunday afternoon. "Ray played well against these guys the other day and he's played well. [Crawford] will get back in there soon, too. We don't see him sitting there too long."


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Posted On Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 3:50 PM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Prust out 10 days with minor shoulder separation

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Montreal Canadiens will be without wing Brandon Prust when they face the Florida Panthers on Sunday at BB&T Center.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said Sunday that Prust would be out approximately 10 days after sustaining a mild shoulder separation in Saturday's 4-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In his first season with the Canadiens, the 28-year-old Prust has proven extremely valuable with four goals, nine points and an NHL-leading 81 penalty minutes in 25 games.


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Posted On Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 3:45 PM

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

Oilers get reinforcements, place Belanger on IR

CHICAGO -- The Edmonton Oilers will shake up their lineup prior to facing the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night at United Center, during a second trip to the Windy City on this season-long nine-game road trip.

Oilers forwards Shawn Horcoff (hand) and Teemu Hartikainen (shoulder) will both come off injured reserve to face Chicago (21-1-3), while center Eric Belanger is headed to IR because of a groin injury. Belanger was injured on the last shift of Edmonton's previous game, a 6-0 loss on Friday night in Nashville.

"He's going to be going home [Sunday] night," Edmonton coach Ralph Krueger told reporters at the team's hotel on Sunday afternoon. "It's definitely an injury in the groin area that needs some care and some time. [He] felt a little bit of a pop in the groin area and we've done our best here the last couple of days, but we realize this is an injury that needs deeper care. That's why he's going home [Sunday night], so he can get right into treatment in Edmonton. The earliest he could play would be next Sunday."


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Posted On Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 2:48 PM

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

Projected lineups for Sharks, Avalanche

DENVER -- Here are the projected lineups for Sunday night's game between the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.

SHARKS

Logan CoutureJoe ThorntonTommy Wingels

Tim KennedyPatrick MarleauJoe Pavelski

Ryane CloweScott GomezJames Sheppard/TJ Galiardi

Andrew DesjardinsMichal HandzusAdam Burish

Matt IrwinDan Boyle

Brad StuartMarc-Edouard Vlasic

Douglas MurrayJustin Braun

Antti Niemi

Alex Stalock

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Posted On Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 1:50 PM

By Chris Adamski -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Islanders, Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- The projected lines and defensemen pairings for Sunday night's game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders at Consol Energy Center:

ISLANDERS

Matt Moulson - John Tavares - Brad Boyes

Josh Bailey - Frans NielsenKyle Okposo

Michael GrabnerMarty ReasonerDavid Ullstrom

Matt Martin - Casey CizikasColin McDonald

Travis Hamonic - Andrew MacDonald

Thomas HickeyLubomir Visnovsky

Mark Streit - Radek Martinek

Evgeni Nabokov

Kevin Poulin


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Posted On Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 1:36 PM

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

Jets' Pavelec valued time as Hedberg's teammate

NEWARK, N.J. -- Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec considers himself lucky to have been an understudy of one of the hardest-working goalies to strap on the pads in the National Hockey League -- Johan Hedberg.

Pavelec and Hedberg were partners for three seasons with the then-Atlanta Thrashers from 2007-08 through 2009-10 before Hedberg signed with the New Jersey Devils in July 2010.

The former teammates will be opposite each other on Sunday when the Devils play host to the Jets at Prudential Center.


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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres