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Posted On Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 1:40 PM

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

Blues to give goaltender Allen first NHL start

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings did it for goalie Petr Mrazek a week ago in St. Louis. Now the St. Louis Blues will turn around and give Jake Allen his first NHL start.

Allen, 22, will get the call when the Blues face the Red Wings on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

Allen was recalled Tuesday from the American Hockey League's Peoria Rivermen for the second time in a week after Jaroslav Halak aggravated the groin strain that sidelined him for four-plus games during warm-ups prior to Monday's game vs. the Los Angeles Kings.

Allen, the 34th pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, is 12-16-2, with a 2.94 goals-against average and .903 save percentage for the Rivermen this season.

"It's a great feeling," Allen said. "It's something you work for your whole life. You want to make the most of it. I know I'm definitely going to enjoy it. I'll remember it for a while.

"It's another game. I'm excited. ... It's hopefully another step in my career. It's more experience under my belt and I'm looking forward to the challenge tonight."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 1:36 PM

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

Projected lineups for Blues, Red Wings

DETROIT -- Probable lineups for Wednesday night's Central Division battle between the St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings from Joe Louis Arena [7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN].

BLUES

David Perron - David Backes - T.J. Oshie

Andy McDonald - Alex Steen - Vladimir Tarasenko

Jaden Schwartz - Patrik Berglund - Chris Stewart

Vladimir Sobotka - Scott Nichol - Ryan Reaves

Ian Cole - Alex Pietrangelo

Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk

Kris Russell - Roman Polak

Jake Allen

Brian Elliott

Scratches: Matt D'Agostini, Wade Redden

Injuries: Jaroslav Halak (groin strain), Jamie Langenbrunner (hip)

RED WINGS

Valtteri Filppula - Henrik Zetterberg - Damien Brunner

Joakim Andersson - Pavel Datsyuk - Daniel Cleary

Patrick Eaves - Justin Abdelkader - Tomas Tatar

Drew Miller - Cory Emmerton - Jordin Tootoo

Niklas Kronwall - Brian Lashoff

Jonathan Ericsson - Ian White

Kyle Quincey - Jakub Kindl

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Kent Huskins, Jan Mursak

Injuries: Johan Franzen (hip flexor), Todd Bertuzzi (back), Darren Helm (back), Mikael Samuelsson (groin), Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder), Brendan Smith (shoulder), Jonas Gustavsson (groin)

Note: Franzen was a late scratch from the Wings lineup and was replaced by Eaves, who has been out the previous four games.

"It's day-to-day and has progressively gotten worse,'' Detroit general manager Ken Holland told MLive.com regarding Franzen's status. "We're going to give him a day off and see how he feels tomorrow."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 1:00 PM

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

Projected lineups for Senators, Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- The projected lines and defense pairings for Wednesday night's game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators at Consol Energy Center:

SENATORS

Colin Greening - Mika ZibanejadDaniel Alfredsson

Erik CondraKyle TurrisJakob Silfverberg

Jim O'BrienZack SmithChris Neil

Patrick WierciochStephane Da CostaKaspars Daugavins

Marc MethotErik Karlsson

Mike LundinSergei Gonchar

Chris PhillipsAndre Benoit

Craig Anderson

Ben Bishop

Scratches: Milan Michalek

Injured: Peter Regin, Guillaume Latendresse, Jared Cowen

For the 12th time in 14 games this season, Anderson will start. It's the second time this season he's playing both ends of a back-to-back; he allowed three total goals in two wins Jan. 29-30 against Washington and Montreal. Coach Paul MacLean swapped Benoit in for Wiercioch as the only lineup change from Tuesday's 2-0 win against Buffalo. "We want to make sure we keep both of them playing," MacLean said.

Michalek was a last-minute scratch due to a lower-body injury.

PENGUINS

Chris KunitzSidney CrosbyPascal Dupuis

Zach BoychukEvgeni MalkinJames Neal

Matt CookeBrandon SutterTyler Kennedy

Tanner GlassJoe VitaleCraig Adams

Brooks OrpikPaul Martin

Simon DespresKris Letang

Robert BortuzzoDeryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Tomas Vokoun

Injured: Matt Niskanen

Scratches: Eric Tangradi, Dustin Jeffrey, Dylan Reese

Letang has missed the past three games and Niskanen the most recent eight (both with lower-body injuries). Both skated with the team during practices the past two days, and each sounded encouraged he could play Wednesday night. Both are on injured reserve, however, so roster moves will be required if either or both is cleared. Letang sounded a bit more optimistic about his ability to play than Niskanen -- but neither is considered a sure thing, either way. Reese will play if both remain out; it's a toss-up as to whom the odd man out is if both suit up. The best guess is Bortuzzo.

Also of note is that Fleury will start for the fourth time in the past five games.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 12:48 PM

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

Maple Leafs lose Frattin for minimum of one week

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday forward Matt Frattin will miss a minimum of a week with a knee injury.

TSN is reporting Frattin had a flare-up of MCL issues requiring a procedure on his knee.

Frattin has been a revelation for the Maple Leafs during their fast start, posting seven goals and 10 points in 10 games. He had the game-winning goal Monday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Tuesday, the Maple Leafs announced goaltender James Reimer also will miss at least a week with an MCL strain suffered Monday against the Flyers.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 5:57 PM

By Kevin Woodley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Henrik Sedin on verge of Canucks' scoring record

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Pretty soon the only place Henrik Sedin will still be looking up to Markus Naslund is in the rafters of Rogers Arena, where his fellow Swede’s retired No. 19 Vancouver Canucks jersey hangs.

Sedin is one point behind Naslund’s franchise record of 756 heading into Tuesday’s game against the Minnesota Wild, and will soon pass the player who preceded him -- first on the outdoor rinks of their hometown and later as captain of the Canucks. But along with Trevor Linden and Stan Smyl, the other players whose names hang from the Rogers Arena rafters but already sit below him on the scoring list, Sedin will continue to look up to Naslund in other ways.

“It’s a great honor,” Sedin said. “Markus is a guy from our hometown, and Trevor, what he meant for us our first couple of years, and a guy like Stan [now a Canucks senior adviser] is around the team on a weekly basis, so it's very nice to be up there with those guys.”

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 5:18 PM

By Kevin Woodley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Canucks, Wild

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- It hasn’t easy to find a goaltending story to trump the Vancouver Canucks’ ongoing saga with Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider, but the Minnesota Wild had one Tuesday.

News that symptoms related to multiple sclerosis will prevent Josh Harding from making a start on the second half of back-to-back games not only means a likely first NHL game for 22-year-old American Hockey League call up Darcy Kuemper, but could create a crunch on the 23-man roster should the Wild activate defenseman Jared Spurgeon from the injured list.

At the other end, it will be Luongo back in goal for the Canucks after watching Schneider win the past two.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 4:34 PM

By Kevin Woodley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Harding: '100 percent' he'll return from MS setback

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Symptoms related to multiple sclerosis will prevent Josh Harding from playing against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, but the Minnesota Wild goaltender insists the disease will not prevent him from continuing to stop pucks in the NHL.

Harding said he is "100 percent" confident he could keep playing through the unpredictable, incurable disease that can affect vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility. He was diagnosed with the illness in October.

"Coming into this I knew it wasn't going to be the most perfect road," he said after skating Tuesday. "There are going to be some bumps in the road and some challenges and I know things are going to get better and that's a positive point."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 2:54 PM

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

Reimer out at least one week with MCL strain

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Tuesday that goaltender James Reimer sustained a mild MCL strain during the second period of Monday night's game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Reimer is expected to be out for a minimum of one week.

Ben Scrivens replaced Reimer in the 5-2 win and stopped 32 of 33 shots.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 2:36 PM

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

Bruins sign Pandolfo to one-year deal

The Boston Bruins on Tuesday signed forward Jay Pandolfo to a one-year, two-way contract that will pay the veteran forward $600,000 if he plays in the NHL, $350,000 if he is in the AHL. The team also announced Pandolfo had been placed on waivers.

Pandolfo had been with the team on a professional tryout contract since Jan. 13.

Pandolfo, 38, had a goal, two assists and a minus-14 rating in 62 games with the New York Islanders last season. A Winchester, Mass., native, Pandolfo spent 13 of his first 14 NHL seasons with the New Jersey Devils, winning Stanley Cups in 2000 and 2003.

In 881 games, he has 100 goals and 126 assists, and 33 points in 131 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 2:28 PM

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

Ducks looking forward to their crack at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- It might be just another game on the schedule, with more points the biggest thing at stake, but Tuesday's matchup at United Center does carry with it a little more interest than normal.

The Anaheim Ducks come into the game knowing they could become the first team this season to hand the red-hot Chicago Blackhawks a regulation loss (10-0-2). That in itself adds a little more spice than normal to a game that features a pair of teams that weren't really discussed much as serious contenders in the Western Conference prior to the season.

The NHL record for most consecutive wins without a regulation loss to start a season is 16, held by the 2006-07 Ducks (12-0-4).

"I think you always want to beat a team that's undefeated," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said Tuesday prior to his team's morning skate. "You always think of it as quite a challenge. They're by and far, right now, the best team in the League. So it's a test for our team."

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