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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 6:54 PM

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

Hurricanes' Skinner day-to-day with concussion

Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner has a concussion and is listed by the team as day-to-day.

Skinner, the team's second-leading scorer with seven goals and 14 points in 13 games, missed 16 games last season because of a concussion. He was injured last Thursday during Carolina's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, during which he took a couple of hard hits and went helmet-first into the boards on one of those hits.

Skinner said after the game he felt fine; he practiced Friday and took part in a fan event that night. But he was unable to practice Sunday and sat out Monday's game at the Montreal Canadiens. He has not practiced this week.

Skinner's 14 points trail only Eric Staal (17) on the Hurricanes. Skinner scored 31 goals in 2010-11 on the way to winning the Calder Trophy, then scored 20 last season despite the time missed.

He signed a six-year, $34 million contract extension with the Hurricanes in August.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 4:29 PM

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

Report: Hurricanes recall 2011 top pick Murphy

The Carolina Hurricanes have recalled defenseman Ryan Murphy, their first-round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, from his junior team, the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League, according to a report.

The emergency recall comes with the Hurricanes beset by injuries to their defense, including veterans Joni Pitkanen and Tim Gleason.

Murphy has eight goals and 39 points in 46 games this season, his fourth with Kitchener. He posted 26 goals and 79 points during the 2010-11 season before being taken by the Hurricanes with the 12th pick of the draft.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 3:34 PM

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

Halak expected to return for Blues vs. Avalanche

DENVER -- Here are the projected lineups for Wednesday night's game between the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.

BLUES

David PerronDavid BackesT.J. Oshie

Andy McDonaldAlex SteenVladimir Tarasenko

Vladimir SobotkaPatrik BerglundChris Stewart

Jaden SchwartzScott NicholRyan Reaves

Ian ColeAlex Pietrangelo

Barret JackmanKevin Shattenkirk

Kris Russell/Wade ReddenRoman Polak

Jaroslav Halak

Jake Allen

Scratches: Brian Elliott, Matt D'Agostini, Redden or Russell

Injuries: Jamie Langenbrunner (hip)

Halak is expected to start in goal against the Avalanche. He has missed eight games since suffering a groin injury in a Feb. 1 game against the Detroit Red Wings. Halak has a 2-2-1 record in eight career starts against Colorado with a 2.97 goals-against average and .909 save percentage.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 3:30 PM

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

Landeskog expecting to practice Friday

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, last season's Calder Trophy winner, skated for the sixth consecutive day Wednesday. He is expected to practice Friday -- the Avalanche aren't practicing Thursday -- and he might accompany the team on a three-game trip that begins Saturday at the Los Angeles Kings.

Landeskog will miss his 11th consecutive game Wednesday night since suffering head and leg injuries Jan. 26 on a hit by San Jose Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart.

"It's been feeling better and better," Landeskog said in his first public comments since getting hurt. "The hands aren't quite there yet, the feet aren't quite there yet and my lungs aren't quite there yet, but I'm working on it."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 3:17 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Giordano understands reasoning behind fine

CALGARY, Alberta -- At the time, Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano didn't think twice about his battle with Dallas Stars forward Antoine Roussel on Sunday night.

Upon review, he understands why the NHL fined him $10,000 on Tuesday for his slew-foot on Roussel in Calgary's 4-3 win over the Stars.

"I totally understand how it looks and it doesn't look great on video on the replay obviously and I'm happy the guy isn't hurt," said Giordano, a first-time offender. "Those plays around the boards, they do have to eliminate them. I guess I'll take the fine and more forward and try not to do stuff like that again."

The fine is the maximum allowed under the new collective bargaining agreement and goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 3:00 PM

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

Veteran D-man Eaton would love return to Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- The dressing room is a different one because the old building across the street was torn down. But when Mark Eaton walked into the Pittsburgh Penguins locker room at Consol Energy Center, he felt right at home.

Eaton, a 35-year-old, 12-year NHL veteran, skated with the Penguins on Wednesday and will remain with the team he won the 2009 Stanley Cup with for at least the next few days.

Although Eaton did not sign a contract with Pittsburgh, he has spent the previous few weeks with the organization's American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, playing in six games with the Baby Penguins.

"I've always expressed interest (in joining the Penguins), and there's some interest on the other side as well," Eaton said. "Other teams in the League and guys have been doing this -- unsigned and kind of skating with the team to have them get a look at them. Hopefully I can impress a little bit and end up here. That's the long-term goal."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 2:55 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Kings expected to turn to Bernier against Flames

CALGARY, Alberta -- Playing the second of back-to-back games, the Los Angeles Kings are expected to start Jonathan Bernier against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday night.

Bernier will play in place of Jonathan Quick, who made 23 saves in a 3-1 win a night ago against the Edmonton Oilers -- his first win in four starts.

Coach Darryl Sutter didn’t confirm which goaltender would play, but captain Dustin Brown said the team has confidence in Bernier, making his fourth appearance of the season.

"That's the beauty of having two good goalies, especially on scenarios like this when you're playing back-to-back," Brown said. "Bernier's played well for us when he's gotten the opportunity this year. He's always come in and played well."


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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 2:50 PM

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

Devils set to begin rare road-and-road in Washington

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils are entering into a unique situation starting Thursday, playing consecutive regular-season games on the road against the same team.

Outside of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, players can't recall a similar situation since their days of playing junior hockey, but that's what they'll do against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night and Saturday afternoon at Verizon Center.

"It is a little different," said Devils forward David Clarkson, who will be in the lineup Thursday after dealing with tightness in his back following Monday afternoon's 2-1 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators. "But I think with the schedule a lot of things are going to happen that you're not used to, so I think it'll be nice to get there and play tomorrow, have the day to practice and have no travel, so that will be good."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 2:28 PM

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

Penguins-Flyers rivalry brings out banter, antagonism

PITTSBURGH -- Dan Bylsma criticized a media member's choice of orange in his wardrobe. Then he talked of turning over framed pictures of Peter Laviolette.

Laviolette's counter? "Enough of this sentimental crap."

Ah, it must be Penguins-Flyers.

Just in time for the Wednesday Night Rivalry presented by Coors Light, the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Atlantic Division antagonist Philadelphia Flyers (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

"Any time you play Pittsburgh," veteran Flyers forward Danny Briere said, "for us with the rivalry with them, it's not hard to get up for a game like that."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 1:51 PM

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

Ducks sign Fasth to two-year contract extension

The player poised to be among the NHL's top free-agent goaltenders this summer is already off the market.

Viktor Fasth, the Swedish sensation who has posted an 8-0-0 record in his first NHL season with the Anaheim Ducks, has signed a two-year extension with the club that will run through the 2014-15 season. Per club policy, financial terms of the extension were not divulged, but Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reported it was for $5.8 million ($2.4 million next season and $3.4 million in 2014-15).

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