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Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 1:20 PM

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

Van Riemsdyk realizing potential with Maple Leafs

PHILADELPHIA -- The building is familiar, but the room he got dressed in wasn't the one Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk was used to.

After three seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, van Riemsdyk returns to play his first game at Wells Fargo Center as a visitor.

"It's a lot different now," van Riemsdyk said following the Leafs' practice Monday. "It's weird the things you think about when you walk in here for the first time. You think about all the memories you had playing here, but at the same time it's time to put those in the past and focus on tonight's game."


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Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 1:14 PM

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

Report: Panthers send Markstrom back to AHL

The Florida Panthers have returned goaltender Jacob Markstrom to their American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio, according to reports.

Markstrom was recalled last week and started consecutive games for the Panthers. He lost to both the Penguins and Bruins, but stopped 65 of 71 shots, a .915 save percentage.

A second-round pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, the 23-year-old Markstrom is 2-7-1 with a 2.77 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in 10 career appearances for Florida.

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Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 1:09 PM

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

Reimer close, but Scrivens will make another start

PHILADELPHIA -- The Toronto Maple Leafs had all three goalies on the ice for Monday's morning skate, but it looks like the same two who have been playing will be in the lineup Monday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

That means Ben Scrivens likely will make his seventh straight start, with Jussi Rynnas backing him up. James Reimer, who hasn't played since spraining the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during the Leafs' game against the Flyers in Toronto on Feb. 11, will sit out.

Reimer told reporters after the skate that he's feeling better and is "inching closer" to a return, but isn't there yet.

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Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 12:27 PM

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

Projected lineups for Canadiens, Senators

OTTAWA -- Here are the projected lineups for the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators on Monday night at Scotiabank Place:

CANADIENS

Brandon PrustTomas PlekanecBrian Gionta

Max PaciorettyDavid DesharnaisBrendan Gallagher

Alex GalchenyukLars EllerErik Cole

Travis MoenRyan WhiteColby Armstrong

Andrei MarkovAlexei Emelin

Josh GorgesRaphael Diaz

Francis BouillonP.K. Subban

Carey Price

Peter Budaj


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Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 11:32 AM

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

Injured center Spezza skates

Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza skated on his own before teammates took the ice at Scotiabank Place on Monday for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc earlier this month.

Spezza was projected to miss 6-8 weeks, which would put his earliest return around the end of March.

Spezza, who has two goals and five points in five games this season, has collected 228 goals and 621 points in 611 career games, all with the Senators. The Senators have won four straight and are sixth in the Eastern Conference with 24 points.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 8:22 PM

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

Panthers' Weiss watches most of third period

SUNRISE, Fla.Stephen Weiss has been a key player for the Florida Panthers for several years, but he was relegated mostly to the role of spectator in the third period of Sunday's 4-1 loss against the Boston Bruins.

Weiss received only 1:14 of ice time in the third period on only two shifts. He didn't play in the last 6:01 while the Panthers were trying to rally from a 3-1 deficit.

The longest-tenured member of the team, Weiss still leads all Panthers forwards in ice time, as he did in the last two seasons.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 6:20 PM

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

Crawford set to return for Blackhawks

CHICAGOCorey Crawford is healthy once again for the Chicago Blackhawks and will get the start on Sunday night at United Center against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Ray Emery started three straight games while Crawford sat out with an upper-body injury and also drew the start in Friday night's NHL-record setting 2-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks – which pushed Chicago's unprecedented start to 17 straight games with at least one point earned.

Corey Crawford
Goalie - CHI
RECORD: 7-0-3
GAA: 1.65 | SVP: 0.935
Emery has the hot hand, but Crawford was also outstanding before getting hurt – posting a line of 7-0-0 with a 1.65 goals-against average and .935 save percentage.

"Corey was going very well there, too, prior to getting injured, so it's good to have both guys back," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “We've got back-to-back games. We're just looking at [Sunday's] game. It's good to have Corey back and Ray did an excellent job, like our goaltending has all year."

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Posted On Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 6:07 PM

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

Columbus puts Johnson on IR, recalls Johansen

CHICAGO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost another integral part of their starting lineup after defenseman Jack Johnson was put on injured reserve Sunday morning.

Johnson is currently listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury after being injured in the first period of a 2-1 loss on Saturday night in St. Louis. The Blue Jackets (5-11-2) will be the next team trying to give the Chicago Blackhawks (14-0-3) their first regulation loss in a game Sunday night at United Center.

Johnson, who’d been playing on the second pairing with Adrian Aucoin, missed a couple of shifts toward the end of the first period against the Blues on Saturday night, then tried to play at the start of the second. He left the ice 6:47 into the second and didn’t return.

The Blue Jackets, who are also without forwards Brandon Dubinsky (knee sprain) and Artem Anisimov (upper-body), recalled forward Ryan Johansen from Springfield of the American Hockey League on Sunday morning to take Johnson’s place.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 4:59 PM

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

Brodeur out with soreness for Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur was supposed to start for the New Jersey Devils on Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets, but Johan Hedberg is getting the call instead. Hedberg will start for the second time in as many days.

Brodeur left the ice early during warmups and did not return. A team spokesman said Brodeur has "a little soreness, will be re-evaluated tomorrow."

Hedberg gave up five goals on 26 shots in a 5-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 4:51 PM

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

Projected lineups for Jets, Devils

Here are the projected lineups for a game Sunday between the New Jersey Devils and Winnipeg Jets at Prudential Center:

DEVILS

Bobby Butler - Adam Henrique - Ilya Kovalchuk

Patrik Elias - Travis Zajac - David Clarkson

Alexei Ponikarovsky - Andrei Loktionov - Steve Bernier

Krys Barch - Jacob Josefson - Stephen Gionta

Bryce Salvador - Marek Zidlicky

Andy Greene - Adam Larsson

Anton Volchenkov - Mark Fayne

Johan Hedberg
Martin Brodeur

JETS

Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler

Evander Kane - Alexander Burmistrov - Nik Antropov

James Wright - Olli Jokinen - Antti Miettinen

Eric Tangradi - Jim Slater - Anthony Peluso

Grant Clitsome - Dustin Byfuglien

Ron Hainsey - Zach Bogosian

Mark Stuart - Paul Postma

Ondrej Pavelec

Edward Pasquale

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You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.

— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense