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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 12:54 PM

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

Blues, Predators make minor-league swap

The St. Louis Blues traded defenseman Scott Ford to the Nashville Predators for forward Jani Lajunen on Tuesday.

Ford is a 33-year-old who spent four years at Brown University and has logged more than 400 games in the American Hockey League. He had two goals and six points in 43 games this season with the Peoria Rivermen after spending the previous four seasons with Milwaukee, which is Nashville's AHL affiliate.

Lajunen was a seventh-round pick in the 2008 NHL Draft by the Predators. The 22-year-old Helsinki native is in his second season in the AHL, and had one goal and five points in 40 games for the Admirals in 2012-13.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 12:27 PM

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

Gaustad a no-go as Predators host Red Wings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz said Tuesday center Paul Gaustad, who is tied for fourth in the League in faceoff efficiency at 62.8 percent, would miss that night's game against the Detroit Red Wings at Bridgestone Arena with an upper-body injury.

Gaustad got hurt in Monday's 6-5 loss at the Colorado Avalanche in the first period, playing 58 seconds, and did not return. Trotz said he would know more about Gaustad's injury in a few days. Gaustad also missed the second, third and fourth games of the season with an upper-body injury that could be related.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 12:05 PM

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

Projected lineups for Islanders, Senators

OTTAWA -- Here are the projected lineups the New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators likely will use when they play Tuesday at Scotiabank Place:

ISLANDERS

Matt Moulson - John Tavares - Brad Boyes

Josh Bailey - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo

Michael Grabner - Keith Aucoin - Marty Reasoner

Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Colin McDonald

Travis Hamonic - Andrew MacDonald

Thomas Hickey - Lubomir Visnovsky

Mark Streit - Joe Finley

Rick DiPietro

Evgeni Nabokov

Injured: Radek Martinek, Matt Carkner, Brian Strait

Scratched: David Ullstrom, Eric Boulton

Coming into Ottawa after a 7-0 blowout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at home, the Islanders are looking to regroup on this road trip.

"[Monday] was a horrible game for us," Streit said. "If you lose 7-zip, you want to turn the page. We have a big opportunity [Tuesday] to play better. As the captain, didn't really need to say anything [after that loss]. Everybody knew what happened on the ice and how awful we played. I didn't think it was the right moment to step up in the locker room. [Tuesday] on the ice, we need to play a really good game and come together."

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Posted On Monday, 02.18.2013 / 7:44 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Isles' Strait suffers fractured ankle

If it wasn’t bad enough that the New York Islanders had their doors blown off by the Philadelphia Flyers in a 7-0 rout at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Monday afternoon, they received more bad news later in the day.

Isles defenseman Brian Strait, a waiver-wire acquisition just prior to the start of the season who has emerged as one of the club’s more reliable blueliners, suffered a fractured left ankle and has been placed on injured reserve.

Strait, 25, caught an edge and crashed hard into the side boards and had to crawl back on to the Islanders’ bench. Moments later, he limped off to the team’s dressing room.


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Posted On Monday, 02.18.2013 / 7:40 PM

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

Gunnarsson returns to Leafs' lineup

SUNRISE, Fla.Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Carl Gunnarsson is back in the lineup Monday night against the Florida Panthers.

Gunnarsson had missed the previous eight games because of a hip injury. He took part in the morning skate Monday and coach Randy Carlyle said he would become available soon.

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Posted On Monday, 02.18.2013 / 4:14 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Hiller, not Fasth, likely starting for Ducks vs. Jackets

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks have as good a reason as any to put Viktor Fasth back in goal Monday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The traditional strategy is not to mess with a streak and go with the hot goalie. Fasth is 8-0-0 and one win away from tying Ray Emery for longest winning streak to begin an NHL career.

But Fasth has played twice in the previous three nights and it appears that Jonas Hiller will return to the lineup now that he’s healthy. Hiller was first off the ice at the morning skate and said he’s back from a lower-body muscle strain that forced him out of his last start Feb. 8.

“I’ve been skating full practices for the last few days and I’ve felt good and never gotten worse,” Hiller said. "I definitely feel comfortable where I’m at.”

Coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn’t tip his hand. Hiller served as Fasth’s backup last Saturday even though the club also has Jeff Deslauriers available.

“He’s ready to play – when we decide to play him,” Boudreau said of Hiller.

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Posted On Monday, 02.18.2013 / 3:32 PM

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

Staals hope for better ending in front of parents in Montreal

The first time Henry and Linda Staal watched their two eldest sons play on the same NHL team, things didn’t go so well for Eric and Jordan Staal’s Carolina Hurricanes.

It went so badly, in fact, Eric Staal all but erased it from his memory.

Henry and Linda Staal will be at Bell Centre to watch their sons take on the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night, and Eric thought it would be their first time watching a game live since Jordan was traded to the Hurricanes by the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2012 NHL Draft.

Not so, says Jordan, who pointed out his parents were in the building in Florida on the 2012-13 season’s opening night to watch the Hurricanes play the Panthers.

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Posted On Monday, 02.18.2013 / 3:06 PM

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

Predators activate Hornqvist off injured reserve

The Nashville Predators activated forward Patric Hornqvist off injured reserve for Monday afternoon's game against the Colorado Avalanche.

Hornqvist, who scored 78 goals over the past three seasons, had been sidelined since Jan. 26 with a knee sprain. He has one goal and four points in five games this season.

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Posted On Monday, 02.18.2013 / 3:02 PM

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

Hurricanes recall Nash, Welsh; Pitkanen to IR

The Carolina Hurricanes have recalled forwards Riley Nash and Jeremy Welsh from Charlotte of the American Hockey League.

Defenseman Joni Pitkanen has been placed on injured reserve.

Nash was a first-round pick by Edmonton in the 2007 NHL Draft whose rights were acquired by the Hurricanes prior to the 2010 Draft for a second-round pick. He made his NHL debut last season for Carolina, recording an assist in five games.

Welsh is scoreless in two NHL games over the past two seasons. He has 10 goals and 18 points in 47 games with the Checkers.

Pitkanen sustained a lower-body injury in a Feb. 12 game against the Devils. He has a goal, five assists and a plus-8 rating in 12 games this season.

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Posted On Monday, 02.18.2013 / 2:32 PM

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

Report: Franzen won't return for Wings on Tuesday

Johan Franzen will miss another game for the Detroit Red Wings when they face the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night, according to reports.

Franzen has been battling a hip flexor and last played Feb. 10 against Los Angeles. He has three goals and nine points in 12 games this season.

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