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Posted On Tuesday, 04.23.2013 / 11:57 AM

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

Devils playing for pride, jobs in final three games

NEWARK, N.J. -- The disappointment of being on the outside looking in on the Stanley Cup Playoff chase is beginning to hit home for the New Jersey Devils.

Now it's all about playing for pride and, perhaps, job security. The Devils have three games remaining in the regular season, including the first of two straight home games beginning Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens at Prudential Center.

The Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins visit Thursday before the Devils travel to Manhattan in their season finale on Saturday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

"It's hard to understand what happened, and not to be able to play for something in the regular season is hard, but it is what it is for us right now and we'll have to make the best of the last three games and stay focused and finish on a good note," Devils goalie Martin Brodeur said.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.23.2013 / 11:21 AM

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

Capitals can clinch Southeast against Jets

ARLINGTON, Va. -- A regulation or overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets at Verizon Center on Tuesday is all the Washington Capitals need to clinch the Southeast Division.

A shootout win will not be enough for the Capitals to clinch the division or even a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it will drop their magic number to one point either gained or lost by Winnipeg in its final game of the regular season Thursday.

However, if the Jets win in regulation or overtime they will take over the lead in the division and move up to third in the Eastern Conference standings. They also would take over the lead in the first tiebreaker, which is regulation/overtime wins (ROW).

"Hopefully we can just make sure we clinch the playoff spot tonight and we'll go from there," Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom said. "We're playing a good team and we've gotta be hungry."

Here is what the Capitals lines, defense pairs and goalie depth likely will look like Tuesday night:

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Posted On Monday, 04.22.2013 / 4:38 PM

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

Battered on defense, Canucks give Corrado a look

VANCOUVER -- While the Chicago Blackhawks contemplate resting key players in the final week of a dominant regular season, the Vancouver Canucks are just trying to find enough healthy defensemen to make it to the end.

Frank Corrado will not only make his NHL debut for Vancouver against League-leading Chicago on Monday night, he will do so on a top-four pairing with Alexander Edler. Not bad for a 20-year-old who was playing junior 10 days ago.

Corrado's debut comes with Kevin Bieksa and Christopher Tanev -- the Canucks' only two right-shot defensemen -- both out with lower-body injuries. Keith Ballard joined them on the sidelines after tweaking his back in a fight Saturday.

Derek Joslin was the only other healthy option, but he shoots left, so the Canucks called up Corrado, who played three games with their American Hockey League affiliate after his junior season in the Ontario Hockey League ended.

"It's a combination of we're curious to see if he can play at this level and, personnel-wise, we have two options right now and one of those options is a right-handed shot," coach Alain Vigneault said. "So that's basically how he won the job."


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Posted On Monday, 04.22.2013 / 2:27 PM

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

Report: Fasth to start in goal for Ducks

The Orange County Register is reporting the Anaheim Ducks will start Viktor Fasth in goal Monday against the Edmonton Oilers.

A win by the Ducks would give the franchise its first Pacific Division title since 2007, the year the franchise won its only Stanley Cup.

The Ducks won 3-1 at Edmonton on Sunday, with Jonas Hiller stopping 27 of 28 shots.

In 23 games this season, Fasth is 14-5-2 with a 2.20 goals-against average and .921 save percentage. It will be his first game against the Oilers this season.

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Posted On Monday, 04.22.2013 / 2:08 PM

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

Belanger, Whitney draw back in for Oilers

Eric Belanger, who has missed the past 13 games with a strained groin muscle, will return to the lineup Monday when the Edmonton Oilers host the Anaheim Ducks.

He has three assists in 23 games, but has won 54.1-percent of his faceoffs, second on the team among players to have taken more than 300 draws.

"I feel like I'm ready to go and Ralph [Krueger, coach] told me this morning he wants me to play," Belanger said. "I'm excited to get back in."

Belanger will replace Magnus Paajarvi in the lineup. The third-year forward will sit out with a bruised foot.

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Posted On Monday, 04.22.2013 / 1:27 PM

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

Redmond skating with Jets, no timetable on return

BUFFALO -- Zach Redmond skated with the Winnipeg Jets during their morning skate at First Niagara Center on Monday after the team recalled the rookie defenseman from a conditioning stint with St. John's of the American Hockey League.

Redmond has been out since Feb. 21 when an artery and vein in his right leg were cut by a skate during practice. Surgery was required to repair the injury.

Jets coach Claude Noel said there is no timetable for Redmond's return to the lineup, as he wants to work to build more strength in that leg.

"It's unbelievable that in a matter of six weeks, he's back. It's really hard to fathom," Noel said. "When he went down, we didn't really know what would take place. We were hopeful, but not like this."

The Jets are well aware that they will likely have to win their final three games to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


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Posted On Monday, 04.22.2013 / 12:22 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Vokoun to start for Penguins

OTTAWA -- Tomas Vokoun will start in goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday when they face the Ottawa Senators.

It will be his second straight start; he stopped 38 of 40 shots Saturday as the Penguins beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 to clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Marc-Andre Fleury did not make the trip to Ottawa with the team, as his wife is about to have a baby.

Eric Hartzell, signed April 14 after leading Quinnipiac University to the Frozen Four championship game, will serve as the backup.

The Penguins also will not have defenseman Kris Letang or rookie forward Beau Bennett in the lineup. Letang did not practice Sunday and did not travel with the team due to a case of food poisoning. Bennett is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Here are the projected lineups for the Penguins and Senators :

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Posted On Monday, 04.22.2013 / 11:33 AM

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

Red Wings sticking with Saturday lineup

When the Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes take the ice Monday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN) at Joe Louis Arena, both teams will be desperate for two points.

The Red Wings enter the game ninth in the Western Conference, three points behind the eighth-place Columbus Blue Jackets. The Coyotes are 11th, five points behind the Blue Jackets.

The Red Wings will use just about the identical lineup they went with Saturday in their 2-1 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks. The only change is on the fourth line, where Patrick Eaves replaces Drew Miller. Miller is out with a broken right hand sustained during the game Saturday.

Here is how the Red Wings will look Monday:

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Posted On Sunday, 04.21.2013 / 7:57 PM

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

Lineups for Blues, Avalanche

DENVER – Here are the projected lineups for Sunday’s game between the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center:

BLUES

Alexander SteenDavid BackesDavid Perron

Andy McDonaldVladimir SobotkaChris Stewart

Dmitrij JaskinPatrik BerglundVladimir Tarasenko

Jaden SchwartzChris PorterRyan Reaves

Jay BouwmeesterAlex Pietrangelo

Jordan LeopoldKevin Shattenkirk

Barret JackmanRoman Polak

Brian Elliott

Jake Allen

Scratched: Adam Cracknell, Ian Cole, Jaroslav Halak, Andrew Murray, Scott Nichol, Kris Russell

Injured: Jamie Langenbrunner (hip), T.J. Oshie (ankle)

AVALANCHE

John MitchellMatt DuchenePA Parenteau

Cody McLeod – Ryan O’Reilly -- Gabriel Landeskog

Jamie McGinnPaul StastnyAaron Palushaj

Patrick BordeleauMark Olver -- Chuck Kobasew

Greg ZanonTyson Barrie

Jan HejdaStefan Elliott

Matt Hunwick – Shane O’Brien

Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Semyon Varlamov

Scratched: David Jones, Milan Hejduk

Injured: Steve Downie (knee), Erik Johnson (wrist), Ryan Wilson (ankle)

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Posted On Sunday, 04.21.2013 / 4:12 PM

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

Projected lineups for Oilers, Ducks

The Edmonton Oilers face a win-or-else scenario when they play the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

The Oilers, who enter 12th in the Western Conference, need a victory to keep alive their flickering hopes for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. A loss would mean missing the postseason for the seventh straight year.

Making matters more difficult is the fact they'll have to make their push without second-year center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who the team announced Sunday would miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury that likely will require surgery.

The Ducks, meanwhile, can clinch the Pacific Division title with a win and some help. A Ducks win, combined with a Dallas Stars regulation-time win against the Los Angeles Kings and a Columbus Blue Jackets defeat of the San Jose Sharks would win their first division title since 2007 -- the year the franchise won its only Stanley Cup.

Here are the lineups the Ducks (via the Orange County Register) and Oilers likely will go with Sunday:

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