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Posted On Friday, 02.22.2013 / 1:26 PM

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

Projected lineups for Panthers, Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- The projected lines and defensemen pairings for tonight's game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers at Consol Energy Center:

PANTHERS

Tomas Fleischmann - Marcel Goc - Tomas Kopecky

Jack Skille - Stephen Weiss - Shawn Matthias

Jonathan Huberdeau - Drew Shore - Peter Mueller

Alex Kovalev - Mike Santorelli - George Parros

Dmitry Kulikov - Brian Campbell

Filip Kuba - Mike Weaver

Erik Gudbranson - Tyson Strachan

Jacob Markstrom

Scott Clemmensen


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Posted On Friday, 02.22.2013 / 12:44 PM

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

Hossa expects to play vs. Sharks

Marian Hossa told reporters he expects to be in the lineup Friday for the Chicago Blackhawks when they host the San Jose Sharks (8 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

"I should be ready to go," he said. "I feel good."

Hossa was knocked out of the Blackhawks' last game, Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks, when he was hit in the back of the head by Canucks forward Jannik Hansen 1:10 into the third period. Hansen was called for roughing during the game, and was suspended for one game by the NHL on Wednesday.

The Hawks are one game away from passing the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks' 16-game mark for most consecutive games without a regulation loss to start a season.

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Posted On Friday, 02.22.2013 / 11:47 AM

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

Senators recall goalie Robin Lehner

The Ottawa Senators have recalled goaltender Robin Lehner from Binghamton of the American Hockey League.

Senators goalie Craig Anderson suffered an ankle injury in the third period of Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over the New York Rangers. Ben Bishop relieved and stopped six of seven attempts in the shootout to earn the victory. Anderson's injury isn't considered to be severe, and he's listed as day-to-day.

The 21-year-old Lehner has appeared in 13 NHL games for the Senators over the previous two seasons, posting a 4-6-0 record with a 2.81 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.

The Senators also assigned forward Stephane Da Costa to Binghamton. Da Costa had one goal and one assist in nine games for Ottawa this season.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 6:52 PM

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

Flyers lose Matt Read for six weeks

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers announced Thursday that forward Matt Read will miss six weeks with torn muscles in his rib cage.

Read, who has a team-best seven goals, was hurt with 3:24 left in the first period of Wednesday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins when he was hit by the Pens' Chris Kunitz.

Read's absence in the short term allows Tye McGinn to return to the lineup in Read's spot on the Flyers' top line, alongside Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. And with forward Scott Hartnell about a week away from returning, the Flyers could temporarily survive any dip in offense.

Coincidentally, it's the third time already this season one of Giroux's linemates has sustained a serious injury. Hartnell broke his foot Jan. 22 skating with Giroux. Simmonds replaced him and then missed three games with a concussion suffered Feb. 1.

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

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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 6:00 PM

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

Jets' Redmond recovering after surgery for skate cut

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Winnipeg Jets announced that Zach Redmond underwent surgery Thursday for approximately three hours to repair a laceration to his right femoral artery and vein.

Redmond left the ice by ambulance near the end of Thursday's morning skate after being cut on the back of the leg during a 1-on-1 drill.

"We were trying to get our extra players conditioned, and there was a 1-on-1 battle at the net where he tripped up and landed on his back," Jets coach Claude Noel said. "(Another) player happened to step on him and cut him just above the back of the knee."

The Jets later said in a statement that Redmond was resting comfortably in recovery and is expected to be out indefinitely.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 6:00 PM

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

Rookie McGinn back in Flyers lineup; Read likely out

PHILADELPHIA -- Rookie forward Tye McGinn, a healthy scratch the past two games, will return to the lineup Thursday when the Philadelphia Flyers play the Florida Panthers.

McGinn's return makes it likely forward Matt Read will sit out Thursday. Read left Wednesday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins with an upper-body injury after being hit by Chris Kunitz with 3:24 left in the first period.

The Flyers would not give further details on the injury, but CSNPhilly.com is reporting Read has a concussion.

"You never like to see an injury, that's unfortunate, but I've just got to go out and do my best, keep working hard, stay positive and take it one game at a time," McGinn said.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 3:36 PM

By Neil Acharya -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineup for Sabres vs. Maple Leafs

TORONTO -- The Buffalo Sabres did not skate in line rushes Thursday morning. However, new coach Ron Rolston said defensemen Jordan Leopold (upper-body injury) and Andrej Sekera (lower-body injury) and forward Mikhail Grigorenko will not play against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Here are the projected line combinations:

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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 2:08 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Canucks look to snap three-game skid in Dallas

DALLAS -- For a variety of reasons, the lineup Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault puts on the ice for Thursday night’s Western Conference game against the Dallas Stars will be different from previous games.

One reason for the shakeup is that the Canucks (8-3-4) will be without second-line wing Jannik Hansen. He received a one-game suspension from the League office for a blow to the head of Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa during a 4-3 overtime loss Tuesday at United Center.

To compensate for the loss of Hansen, Vigneault will move wing Zack Kassian, who earlier this year played on a line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin, up to the second line alongside recently returned Ryan Kesler and wing Chris Higgins.

Vigneault also revamped his defensive pairings Wednesday, moving Jason Garrison to the third pairing alongside Keith Ballard, who previously played alongside Garrison with the Florida Panthers.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 1:40 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Stars refocus after opening homestand with loss

DALLAS -- After last Friday's 4-3 comeback win at the Vancouver Canucks, the Dallas Stars (8-7-1, 17 points) were riding high. Glen Gulutzan's club had taken two of three in a swing through Western Canada, and Dallas was now looking at the start of a three-game homestand Sunday against the Calgary Flames at American Airlines Center.

Dallas found another gear in that game; after trailing 1-0 at the first intermission it scored three unanswered. The Stars looked in control of the game with a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes of play. However, Calgary countered with three unanswered of their own and left the Lone Star State with two points thanks to a 4-3 win.

Gulutzan gave his players Monday off, but in practice the past two days, he and his staff have focused on the Stars' attention to detail and on cleaning up the various issues that led to that defeat.

"Our guys practiced hard these last two days. I can tell you from a year-and-a-half of being here, the practices we've had in the last two weeks have been high-tempo, hard practices," Gulutzan said. "The guys have went and competed hard, but we do need to clean up those details. We had a chance in this little break to address some of those things, and now we have to put what we've learned and saw, tonight we have to do it in games."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 1:37 PM

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

Theodore will start in net for Panthers vs. Flyers

According to the Miami Herald, the Florida Panthers will start Jose Theodore in goal Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers, with Scott Clemmensen serving as the backup.

Top prospect Jacob Markstrom, called up from the American Hockey League on Wednesday, will be a healthy scratch, but the newspaper reported he is expected to play Friday, when the Panthers play at the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Herald also is reporting forward Alex Kovalev will be a healthy scratch Thursday.

Here are the lines the Flyers and Panthers likely will use when they meet in Philadelphia on Thursday:

PANTHERS

Jonathan Huberdeau - Drew Shore - Peter Mueller

Jack Skille - Stephen Weiss - Shawn Matthias

Tomas Fleischmann - Marcel Goc - Tomas Kopecky

Mike Santorelli - Jerred Smithson - George Parros

Dmitry Kulikov - Brian Campbell

Filip Kuba - Mike Weaver

Tyson Strachan - Erik Gudbranson

Jose Theodore

Scott Clemmensen

Injured: Kris Versteeg, Ed Jovanovski, Sean Bergenheim, Scottie Upshall, Michael Caruso

Scratched: Jacob Markstrom, Alex Kovalev

FLYERS

Matt Read - Claude Giroux - Jakub Voracek

Brayden Schenn - Danny Briere - Wayne Simmonds

Maxime Talbot - Sean Couturier - Mike Knuble

Zac Rinaldo - Harry Zolnierczyk - Ruslan Fedotenko

Kimmo Timonen - Luke Schenn

Braydon Coburn - Nicklas Grossmann

Bruno Gervais - Erik Gustafsson

Ilya Bryzgalov

Brian Boucher

Scratched: Tom Sestito, Tye McGinn, Kurtis Foster

Injured: Scott Hartnell, Andrej Meszaros, Michael Leighton

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