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Posted On Sunday, 02.17.2013 / 2:33 PM

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

Blackhawks turn to Emery with Crawford out

CHICAGO – Corey Crawford is "fine," according to Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, who met with reporters prior to the game Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings at United Center.

Still, Crawford (day-to-day, upper body) will not play against the Kings. He also won’t be Ray Emery’s backup for the game (3:30 p.m., NBC). Henrik Karlsson will dress as the Blackhawks backup instead, as

Emery looks to keep an impressive streak going.

Since joining the Blackhawks last season, Emery has a 10-0-3 record at the Madhouse on Madison Street, including a 1-0-0 mark this year – after picking up the win in a 4-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks here on Friday.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.17.2013 / 12:58 PM

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

Stars looking forward to home cooking

DALLAS -- After playing on the road 10 times in their first 15 games, the Dallas Stars (8-6-1, 17 points) are now looking forward to the start of a three-game homestand on Sunday afternoon against the Calgary Flames (4-5-3, 11 points) at American Airlines Center. The contest Sunday also marks the start of a stretch where Dallas will play nine of their next 13 games on home ice.

"We're kind of looking at this as a road game, as a quick turnaround. We're traveling, we're back home and we play early," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. "We have a day off tomorrow but that's tomorrow so today we've got a good work day ahead of us."

Dallas is 3-1-1 at home this season but heads into Sunday just two days removed from a 4-3 comeback win at Vancouver, a solid ending to a three-game swing through Western Canada that saw the Stars take two out of three.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.17.2013 / 12:00 PM

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

Projected lineups for Flames, Stars

DALLAS - Here are the projected lineups for a Sunday afternoon game between the Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center:

FLAMES

Curtis GlencrossBlake ComeauJarome Iginla

Roman CervenkaAlex TanguayJiri Hudler

Michael CammalleriMatt StajanLee Stempniak

Tim JackmanSteve BeginRoman Horak

Mark GiordanoJay Bouwmeester

T.J. Brodie – Dennis Wideman

Chris ButlerAnton Babchuk

Joey McDonald

Danny Taylor

Scratches: Blair Jones, Cory Sarich, Derek Smith.

Injuries: Mikael Backlund (knee), Sven Baertschi (hip flexor), Paul Byron (hand), Miikka Kiprusoff (knee).

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Posted On Sunday, 02.17.2013 / 11:57 AM

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

Capitals projected lines against Rangers

NEW YORK - The Capitals enter Sunday's game on a three-game winningstreak. This will be the first meeting between the Caps and Rangers since their Eastern Conference Semifinal series last year, which the Rangers won in seven games.

That marked the end of coach Dale Hunter's tenure and set the stage for the hiring of Adam Oates during the offseason. How does Alex Ovechkin think the change in coaching philosophies from Hunter's defense-first mentality to Oates' more-aggressive style will affect a meeting with the Rangers?

"I'm probably going to get more ice time," said Ovechkin, who played fewer than 15 minutes three times in that series.

The Rangers did not have a skate Sunday, so the status ofRick Nash remains in doubt. Coach John Tortorella will address the media at 4:45 p.m.

Here's what Oates will likely throw at the Rangers in terms of line combinations and d-pairs, with Braden Holtby getting the start in net.

Wojtek WolskiNicklas BackstromTroy Brouwer

Jason ChimeraMike RibeiroAlex Ovechkin

Eric Fehr- Mathieu PerreaultJoel Ward

Matt HendricksJay BeagleJoey Crabb

John ErskineJohn Carlson

Karl AlznerTom Poti

Tomas KundratekJeff Schultz

Braden Holtby

Michal Neuvirth

Scratches: Mike Green (lower-body), Roman Hamrlik, Marcus Johansson (upper-body).

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Posted On Sunday, 02.17.2013 / 11:39 AM

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

Caps' Green will not play against Rangers Sunday

NEW YORKWashington Capitals defenseman Mike Green will not play against the New York Rangers on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

Green left practice early Saturday with a lower-body injury and did not partake in Sunday's optional morning skate. Capitals coach Adam Oates said he doesn't expect Green to miss more than one game and Tom Poti will slot into his spot in the lineup.

"I think he's our best D but will see how it goes," Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin said. "It's going to hurt us, but we're going to have to different guys on the PP and different guys are going to have more ice time."

Green leads the Capitals in time on ice at 26:33 per game, which is sixth in the NHL, and 4:43 per game of power-play time. He also leads the team's defensemen in scoring with 2 goals and 7 points in 11 games.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.16.2013 / 8:17 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Anisimov out with foot injury for Blue Jackets

GLENDALE -- The Columbus Blue Jackets were without center Artem Anisimov Saturday against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Anisimov, who is tied for second among the Blue Jackets with four goals, took a shot off the foot during Friday's 2-1 loss to the Kings in Los Angeles in the second period and didn't return. He is day-to-day.

Nick Drazenovic made his Columbus debut to replace Anisimov.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.16.2013 / 4:04 PM

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

Senators could have forwards back soon

The injury-riddled Ottawa Senators could welcome back two players early next week.

Coach Paul MacLean stated that forwards Peter Regin and Milan Michalek might return to the lineup on Monday.

Regin has missed two games with an injury to his chest while Michalek has missed one game with a knee injury.

With Jason Spezza out indefinitely after having back surgery and the devastating loss of dynamic defenseman Erik Karlsson to a lacerated Achilles tendon, times are certainly tough in Ottawa.

But alternate captain Chris Phillips feels that the best thing for his team to do is avoid dwelling on the situation.

“Our team is a lot better with those guys in the lineup. For us right now, the biggest thing is to not be thinking about that,” Phillips said. “[We have to be] confident in this group, in our ability and in the guys we have in to replace them. As a group, we all have to pick it up and try to fill those roles.”

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Posted On Saturday, 02.16.2013 / 3:09 PM

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

Rangers recall Kreider after short demotion

Chris Kreider's demotion to the American Hockey League lasted one game.

Kreider, sent down Friday to Connecticut, was recalled by the New York Rangers a day later. He played for the Whale on Friday night but did not score in a 4-1 victory.

A sudden sensation when Kreider made his NHL debut during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he has struggled in his first full season as a professional. Kreider has a goal and an assist in seven games for the Rangers this season, and he was a healthy scratch just before the demotion.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.16.2013 / 2:32 PM

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

Three Senators to make debut in Toronto

TORONTO -- The Ottawa Senators visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. It will be the Senators' first game since losing star defenseman Erik Karlsson to injury.

Forwards Dave Dziurzynski and Derek Grant will make their NHL debuts along with defenseman Eric Gryba. Ottawa recalled the trio from the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League on Friday.

Under the daunting spotlight of a nationally televised game in Canada, Senators coach Paul Maclean said he expects the three rookies to relish the opportunity and stick to the basics.

“We just want them to be them; we are not asking anyone to be anybody that they can’t be,” Maclean said. “Just come and play and enjoy it. It’s a great spot to show everyone you can play in the League.”

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Posted On Saturday, 02.16.2013 / 1:27 PM

By Jerry Brown -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Coyotes shake up lines in order to find offense

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Columbus Blue Jackets lost center Artem Anisimov early in the second period of Friday’s 2-1 loss at the Los Angeles Kings, but coach Todd Richards said the injury was just a bruise. Anisimov was walking without a limp and without a boot after the game and may be able to play Saturday.

Defenseman James Wisniewski remains away from the team to be with his wife for the birth of their daughter. Steve Mason is expected to be in the net tonight.

For the Phoenix Coyotes, Derek Morris is day-to-day with an upper-body injury he aggravated in the first period of Thursday’s 3-0 loss at the Nashville Predators. Coach Dave Tippett said center Matthew Lombardi, out since the second week of the season, could be ready to go as early as Monday against the Calgary Flames.

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