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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 12:49 PM

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

Flyers' Read skates despite torn rib cage muscles

VOORHEES, N.J. -- The first player on the ice for the Flyers at their morning skate Wednesday was forward Matt Read, which was odd because he's not expected back for six weeks due to torn muscles in the left side of his rib cage sustained Feb. 20.

After Read skated and shot a few pucks, the second-year forward said he's far from making any kind of speedy recovery.

"It's pretty painful," he told reporters. "I guess it could be a lot worse. … I can skate but can't do anything else beside that."

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 12:30 PM

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

Flyers excited to welcome back Gagne

VOORHEES, N.J. -- The news of Simon Gagne returning to the Philadelphia Flyers added a bit of energy to the locker room following Wednesday's morning skate.

"It's exciting," Danny Briere said. "It's fun to see an ex-teammate come back in the fold. Having someone you know, that you played with, that you fought battles with before, it's fun to have him back on your side."

The Flyers acquired Gagne from the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday for a 2013 fourth-round draft pick, and likely will have him in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Washington Capitals (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 12:18 PM

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

Edmonton places Khabibulin on injured reserve

The Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday placed goalie Nikolai Khabibulin on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.

Oilers coach Ralph Krueger told the media Wednesday morning that Khabibulin tweaked his groin on the last shootout shot of a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Feb. 23. He then aggravated the injury in overtime during a loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 10:44 AM

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

Capitals recall goalie Grubauer

The Washington Capitals on Wednesday recalled goalie Philipp Grubauer from the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey.

As a rookie with the Hershey Bears this season, the 21-year-old has posted a 6-4-1 record with a 2.10 goals-against average, a .928 save percentage and one shutout in 12 games.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 10:43 AM

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

Probable lines for Flyers as they host Capitals

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Newly acquired forward Simon Gagne wasn't on the ice with the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday, but it's likely he'll play when the team hosts the Washington Capitals.

Without Gagne, the Flyers skated with the same lines they had in Monday's loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 9:12 AM

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

Sestito recalled by Devils

The New Jersey Devils on Wednesday recalled forward Tim Sestito from the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Albany.

Sestito has played in 63 games for the Devils since the 2009-10 season. He has three assists and a minus-12 rating in that span. He played 18 games in 2011-12 and collected no points. In 50 games for the Albany Devils this season, the 6-foot, 195-pound center has seven goals and 20 points.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.26.2013 / 6:45 PM

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

Kings defenseman Mitchell in 'holding pattern'

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell had another medical procedure on his injured knee Tuesday, and his return to the lineup remains unknown, general manager Dean Lombardi said.

"We're still in the same holding pattern," Lombardi said. "There's really no timetable."

Mitchell has not played this season.

Lombardi said defenseman Alec Martinez is on schedule in his 2-4-week return from an upper-body injury sustained in mid-February, and defenseman Matt Greene is ahead of schedule in his return from a projected three-month back injury suffered in January.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.26.2013 / 5:25 PM

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

Rangers coping with plethora of injuries

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash will miss his fourth consecutive game, as the team announced he is out Tuesday night against the Winnipeg Jets with an undisclosed injury.

He's not the only Rangers player who will sit Thursday with injury: defensemen Michael Del Zotto (lower body) and Ryan McDonagh (head), and forward Arron Asham (back) will be absent from the lineup.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.26.2013 / 5:07 PM

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

Devils put Brodeur on IR, recall Kinkaid from Albany

New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (back) has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 24, meaning he will not be eligible to play until at least Monday.

The Devils play at the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday and at the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

"It's just a precaution," New Jersey general manager Lou Lamoriello said, according to Rich Chere of the Newark Star Ledger. "It's a day-to-day situation. He's still feeling uncomfortable. It would be foolish to go X number of hours on a plane to Winnipeg."

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.26.2013 / 5:01 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Landeskog not seeking revenge in return to San Jose

SAN JOSE - It was exactly one month ago today that Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog took a crushing hit from San Jose defenseman Brad Stuart midway through the first period of a 4-0 loss to the Sharks at HP Pavilion.

And as luck would have it, tonight also marks the first time Landeskog, who missed the next 11 games with a concussion and didn't return to action until Friday against the Los Angeles Kings, will meet Stuart since that collision.

Landeskog said he's not out for revenge, but Stuart admitted he'll be ready for whatever the Avalanche send his way.

"I want to get out there and show them that I'm fine, that I can take a hit," Landeskog said after Colorado's morning skate. "Even though it was a hard hit, I don't have any grief against Brad Stuart or anything. He apologized after the hit and said he had no intention of hurting me. So no hard feelings there, but I'm excited to get out there and show them what I can do and show them that I can take that."

Just seconds after Stuart leveled Landeskog, Avalanche defenseman Ryan O'Byrne instigated a scrap with the Sharks defenseman, who was not suspended by the NHL for his hit.

"I think that score's been settled, as far as I'm concerned," Stuart said. "If they want to concern themselves with that, that's good for them. I'll be ready to play the game. We saw how that worked out for us last time."

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Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1