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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 1:36 PM

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

Orr out, Steckel likely in for Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Colton Orr took part in the morning skate but was ruled out of action against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday because of a lower-body injury. Because of the injury to Orr, it is expected that David Steckel will center the fourth line. It will be the first time Steckel has played since Feb, 14.

Goaltender James Reimer was also on the ice briefly before he left for the dressing room. Reimer injured his knee against the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 11, but is inching closer to returning.

Here is the Maple Leafs' projected lineup for Thursday's game:

James Van RiemsdykTyler BozakPhil Kessel

Leo KomarovMikhail GrabovskiNikolai Kulemin

Jay McClementNazem KadriClarke MacArthur

Frazer McLarenDavid SteckelMike Brown

Dion PhaneufKorbinian Holzer

Carl GunnarssonMichael Kostka

Cody FransonMark Fraser

Ben Scrivens

Jussi Rynnas

Scratches: John-Michael LilesMike Komisarek

Injured: Colton OrrJoffrey LupulJames Reimer

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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 1:23 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Muller: Hurricanes must step up in absence of Skinner

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The injuries are mounting for the Carolina Hurricanes, including a concussion to forward Jeff Skinner that will sideline the third-year player indefinitely.

For Skinner, this marks the second concussion of his career. He was sidelined for more than a month after a December 2011 hit by the Edmonton Oilers' Andy Sutton. Skinner's loss will be felt immediately; he had 14 points in his first 13 games.

"[Skinner] is a big part of the team this year," Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. "You see the big timely goals he was getting. We've got to adapt. We've got some guys that -- bottom line -- have to step up and contribute and help the hockey club win."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 1:15 PM

By Lonnie Herman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Compact schedule has yet to gang up on Bruins

TAMPA, Fla. -- When the schedule maker smiles on you, you accept it and smile back.

So far in this shortened season, the Boston Bruins have had a lot to smile about regarding their schedule. To date, they have played the fewest number of games in the NHL. The current League high is 18 games played; Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum will be game No. 14 for the Bruins.

And after Thursday, they get another break before facing the Florida Panthers on Sunday.

"Time off seems to be a recurring theme with our schedule of late," Boston forward Shawn Thornton said. "If I get caught saying it's a vacation I’m going to get yelled at. We had a couple of days off and had some practices to get ready for this -- at this point in the season we are fairly rested, so we should have a lot of energy. I think rest is a good thing, especially with the condensed schedule, so I'm going to look at it as a positive."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 12:51 PM

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

Projected lineups for Canucks, Stars

DALLAS -- Here are the projected lineups for Thursday night's game between the Vancouver Canucks and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center:

CANUCKS

Daniel SedinHenrik SedinAlexandre Burrows

Chris HigginsRyan KeslerZack Kassian

David BoothJordan SchroederMason Raymond

Dale WeiseMaxim LapierreAaron Volpatti

Dan HamhuisKevin Bieksa

Alexander EdlerChristopher Tanev

Keith BallardJason Garrison

Cory Schneider

Roberto Luongo

Scratches: Andrew Alberts, Cam Barker

Injuries: Jannik Hansen (suspension), Manny Malhotra (eye)

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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 12:32 PM

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

Projected lineups for Rangers, Senators

OTTAWA – Here are the projected lineups for the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on Thursday night:

RANGERS

Carl HagelinDerek StepanMarian Gaborik

Chris KreiderBrad RichardsRyan Callahan

Taylor PyattBrian BoyleJ.T. Miller

Brandon MashinterJeff HalpernArron Asham

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi

Marc StaalAnton Stralman

Michael Del ZottoMatt Gilroy

Henrik Lundqvist

Martin Biron

Injured: Rick Nash, Darroll Powe

Scratches: Stu Bickel

Coach John Tortorella hopes his team can use its time in Ottawa to shrug off the memories of a 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 12:00 PM

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

Report: Panthers to start Theodore against 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.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 11:52 AM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Islanders, Canadiens

Here are the projected lineups for the New York Islanders vs. the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Thursday night.

ISLANDERS

Matt MoulsonJohn TavaresBrad Boyes

Michael GrabnerMarty ReasonerKyle Okposo

Josh BaileyFrans NielsenKeith Aucoin

Matt MartinCasey CizikasColin McDonald

Andrew MacDonaldTravis Hamonic

Joe FinleyMark Streit

Thomas HickeyLubomir Visnovsky

Evgeni Nabokov

Rick DiPietro


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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 11:44 AM

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

Blues reassign Allen to AHL Peoria

Jaroslav Halak is healthy again, and that means Jake Allen finds himself back in the American Hockey League.

The St. Louis Blues assigned Allen to their affiliate in Peoria on Thursday, one day after Halak performed admirably in a 1-0 overtime loss to Colorado, stopping the first 19 shots he faced.

Allen started four straight games for the Blues while Halak was on the shelf, winning the first three. In five total appearances this season, the 22-year-old Allen is 3-1-0 with a 2.62 goals-against average and .895 save percentage.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 11:38 AM

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

Howard intends to make start against Blue Jackets

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard plans to start Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets after he was pulled from the team's previous game with blurry vision.

Howard left in the first period of Tuesday night's 4-3 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators after giving up two goals on seven shots.

In other lineup news, forward Jan Mursak is set to play for the first time since opening night, when he injured his collarbone. Defenseman Kent Huskins is set to replace Jakub Kindl on the blue line.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 7:39 PM

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

Flyers' Hartnell can practice, 7-10 days from return

PITTSBURGH -- The Philadelphia Flyers won't have to wait much longer for their leading goal-scorer from a season ago.

Wing Scott Hartnell was cleared to return to practice Wednesday and is on track to play in a game in a week to 10 days, general manager Paul Holmgren said. Hartnell missed his 15th consecutive game Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Hartnell, who had a career-high 37 goals last season, has been recovering from a broken left foot sustained in a Jan. 22 loss to the New Jersey Devils.

Holmgren also updated the status of injured defenseman Andrej Meszaros.

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