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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 3:22 PM

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

Darche hangs up his skates -- literally -- via Twitter

It appears former Montreal Canadiens forward Mathieu Darche has announced his retirement via his Twitter page (@matdarche52).

Darche, who played 149 games for the Montreal Canadiens over the past three seasons, tweeted a picture of skates hanging in a locker stall and wrote, "Time to make it official! Moving on to second career."

According to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, Darche's agent, Steve Freyer, confirmed his client was retiring.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 3:09 PM

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

Suspended AHL game to be resumed March 1

The Springfield Falcons announced they will finish their suspended game from Sunday, Feb. 17 against the Adirondack Phantoms on Friday, March 1 at 6:05 p.m. prior to that evening's scheduled contest between the two clubs, which will now begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Feb. 17 game was postponed due to an on-ice seizure suffered by Falcons forward Wade MacLeod, who has since been released from Baystate Medical Center, is in good spirits, and is resting comfortably.

The game will resume with 3:42 remaining in the second period with Adirondack leading, 2-1, and Springfield commencing a two-minute power play.

The public is invited to attend the conclusion of the Feb. 17 game free of charge. After that game has ended, fans will be asked to exit the MassMutual Center before re-entering the building to have their tickets for the 7:30 p.m. contest scanned. The teams will stay in their respective locker rooms during the break and will return to the ice at approximately 7:20 p.m. for a brief warm-up before the opening faceoff of the second game.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 2:27 PM

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

Seabrook out for Blackhawks, Keith's partner TBD

CHICAGO – After taking a hard slap shot to the midsection late in the second period of a 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook left for a stretch before returning in the third to finish the game.

Seabrook, however, will not be in uniform when the Blackhawks (12-0-3) play the rival Vancouver Canucks (8-3-3) Tuesday night at United Center – a contest in which the hosts are vying for to tie the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks for the NHL record of 16 consecutive games with at least a point to start a season.

Seabrook wasn’t on the ice for the Blackhawks morning skate, and coach Joel Quenneville said afterward the top-pair defenseman would miss the game with what's being termed a lower-body injury.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 2:05 PM

By John Manasso -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Nashville fan favorite Tootoo returns with Red Wings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jordin Tootoo spent his first eight seasons in the NHL with the Nashville Predators and was a fan favorite.

When he stepped on the ice wearing his No. 22, the hoot of train whistles would cut through the sound at Bridgestone Arena, and when he crashed into an opposing player with one of his trademark hits, delight and applause would spring forth.

Tuesday, he will play his first game in his former city as a member of the Detroit Red Wings. Tootoo, 30, signed a three-year deal worth $5.7 million. Nashville, busy signing players it traded for last season (Hal Gill and Paul Gaustad), did not make much of an effort to re-sign Tootoo. Rich Clune has taken up Tootoo's role with Nashville.

The sight of Tootoo wearing red and white will take some getting used in this city.

"Obviously it's different," he said. "Everything about the whole experience. Dressing in this (visitors) room -- I've never been in this room before. Walking across the street, staying in a hotel, everything has been an experience in itself, but as a hockey player guys come and go and move from team to team. It's just part of it."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 1:42 PM

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

Oilers' projected lineup vs. Kings

The Edmonton Oilers skated Tuesday morning ahead of their game against the Los Angeles Kings at Rexall Place.

They had set forward lines, but rotated all seven defensemen, making the lineup a bit of a guessing game. And that didn't include Theo Peckham, who has been recalled from Oklahoma City of the American Hockey League.

Here is the lineup the Oilers could use Tuesday, with defense pairings that could change by game time:

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Teemu Hartikainen - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky

Ryan Smyth - Eric Belanger - Nail Yakupov

Ben Eager - Chris VandeVelde - Magnus Paajarvi

Nick Schultz - Justin Schultz

Ryan Whitney - Jeff Petry

Ladislav Smid - Mark Fistric

Nikolai Khabibulin

Devan Dubnyk

Scratched: Lennart Petrell, Theo Peckham, Corey Potter

Injured: Ryan Jones, Shawn Horcoff, Anton Lander

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 1:34 PM

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

Missed coverage earns Leopold spot on sideline

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- As the Buffalo Sabres try to tighten up defensively, coach Lindy Ruff will make veteran defenseman Jordan Leopold a healthy scratch Tuesday, when the Sabres play host to the Winnipeg Jets at First Niagara Center.

Buffalo has given up 33.8 shots per game, more than any team in the NHL. Only the Florida Panthers (56) have allowed more non-shootout goals than the 54 the Sabres have given up.

"It's not the first time I've ever sat and watched a game," Leopold said. "You learn from it. It creates a fire underneath you and urges you to get better."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 1:31 PM

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

Report: Landeskog back at Avalanche practice

Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog was back at practice Tuesday, according to a report from Denver Post writer Adrian Dater.

Landeskog was wearing an orange jersey, likely signifying no contact.

Landeskog hasn't played since absorbing a hard hit from San Jose Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart in a Jan. 26 game. He has one goal in four games this season.

"It's great to have him out there with us right now," wing P.A. Parenteau told the newspaper. "Even at a practice, he brings a lot of energy to the team."

Landeskog did not speak to the media, per team injury policy.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 1:23 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Sharks, Blues

ST. LOUIS -- The probable lineups for a game Tuesday night between the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center:

SHARKS

Patrick Marleau - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski

Ryane Clowe - Logan Couture - Martin Havlat

Tommy Wingels - Michal Handzus - Tim Kennedy

Matt Pelech - Andrew Desjardins - Adam Burish

Dan Boyle - Brad Stuart

Justin Braun - Andrew Murray

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Brent Burns

Antti Niemi

Thomas Greiss

Scratches: Scott Gomez, TJ Galiardi, Jason Demers.

Injuries: James Sheppard (lower-body).

Note: The Sharks hadn't announced it officially as of Tuesday morning but Desjardins (undisclosed) was expected to be removed from injured reserve and inserted into the lineup after missing four games.

BLUES

David Perron - David Backes - T.J. Oshie

Andy McDonald - Alex Steen - Vladimir Tarasenko

Vladimir Sobotka - Patrik Berglund - Chris Stewart

Jaden Schwartz - Scott Nichol - Ryan Reaves

Ian Cole - Alex Pietrangelo

Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk

Kris Russell/Wade Redden - Roman Polak

Jake Allen

Jaroslav Halak

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

Injuries: Jamie Langenbrunner (hip) is out for the season.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 1:18 PM

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

Schneider starts, Booth returns for Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks will start Cory Schneider in goal and get another big addition to the lineup with the return of forward David Booth for Tuesday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Chicago will be looking to tie the NHL record by earning at least a point in 16 consecutive games to start the season, and Schneider, who gave up four goals and lost his previous start to the Dallas Stars on Feb. 15, will be looking to end the Blackhawks' streak.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 1:00 PM

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

Lightning figure to have hands full with Maple Leafs

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning will be seeking to end a three-game home slide Tuesday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

The good news? Their opponent is playing the second half of back-to-back road games, and the Lightning have had excellent results when catching a team in that scenario.

The bad news? Their opponent is the sizzling Toronto Maple Leafs, coming off a 3-0 shutout of the Florida Panthers on Monday night. Toronto has posted a 7-2-0 record in their first nine road games of the season, a record of road success the likes of which the Maple Leafs have not enjoyed since the 1940-41 season.

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