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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 12:43 PM

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

Upper-body injury sidelines Capitals' Johansson

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson did not make the trip along with his teammates and will sit out Tuesday night's game against the Florida Panthers.

Johansson sustained an upper-body injury Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins and sat out Saturday's 5-0 victory against the Panthers at the Verizon Center.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 12:24 PM

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

Lightning's Malone to miss 3-4 weeks

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Lightning General manager Steve Yzerman set out to build depth in the organization, and his results are getting an early test. Forward Ryan Malone will be lost to the team for 3-4 weeks due to a lower-body injury aggravated during a pregame soccer ball kick-around.

The injury occurred Sunday prior to the Lightning's game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, and marks the third consecutive season Malone has lost game time due to injuries.

"I'd love to be able to figure it out," coach Guy Boucher said of the recurring injuries. "Then we could plan things. It's a short season and to be out for one month, that's a lot."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 12:11 PM

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

MCL sprain to sideline Kiprusoff another two weeks

Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has a slight Grade 2 MCL sprain and is expected to miss another two weeks, the team announced Tuesday.

Kiprusoff appeared to suffer the injury near the end of the second period of a Feb. 5 game against the Detroit Red Wings when he and Johan Franzen collided near the net.

The Flames claimed veteran goalie Joey MacDonald off waivers from the Red Wings and it appears will use him in tandem with rookie Leland Irving in Kiprusoff's absence.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 12:04 PM

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

Blues again recall goaltender Allen

The St. Louis Blues on Tuesday recalled goaltender Jake Allen from their American Hockey League team, the Peoria Rivermen.

The Blues again need an extra goalie after Jaroslav Halak sustained an injury in pregame warm-ups prior to Monday's game against the Los Angeles Kings.

Halak had missed the past three games due to a groin strain that landed him on injured reserve. Halak had been expected to start Monday's game.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 11:48 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Hurricanes look to finish road trip on a high

NEWARK, N.J. -- Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller opted to give his players the morning off Tuesday following a big road victory against the New York Islanders less than 24 hours earlier.

The Hurricanes, who now sit atop the Southeast Division and are third in the Eastern Conference, are 3-1-1 on their six-game road trip, which concludes Tuesday against the conference-leading New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

"I think our game against the Islanders might have been our best game of the whole road trip," Muller told reporters Monday after his team's 6-4 victory. "We just keep finding ways to win right now."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 11:39 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Fayne skips skate, but will be in Devils' lineup

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils will look to continue their winning ways Tuesday when they play host to Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center.

The Devils enter Tuesday's game riding a five-game winning streak and are first in Eastern Conference with 19 points, two ahead of the Northeast Division-leading Boston Bruins. The Bruins face the New York Rangers on Tuesday at TD Garden.

There doesn't appear to be any lineup changes in store for the Devils, although defenseman Mark Fayne was absent from the team's morning skate due to a death in his family. He was replaced by Peter Harrold during New Jersey's brisk 30-minute workout, but coach Peter DeBoer said he expects Fayne to be in the lineup alongside captain Bryce Salvador against the Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes on Tuesday.

Forward Dainius Zubrus will miss his fourth straight game with an upper-body injury. Zubrus was hurt during a 3-1 victory against the Rangers on Feb. 5.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 11:02 AM

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

Kovalev likely to return for Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers forward Alex Kovalev likely will be back in the lineup Tuesday against the Washington Capitals after being a healthy scratch the previous two games.

Kovalev, who turns 40 later this month, worked on a line with Tomas Kopecky and Marcel Goc during the morning skate.

Kovalev, who was signed after being invited to camp on a tryout basis, had been benched in favor of Jack Skille for Thursday's 3-2 shootout victory at the Philadelphia Flyers and Saturday's 5-0 loss at Washington.

Skille scored Florida's first goal in the victory against the Flyers. He'll stay in the lineup, with Jerred Smithson relegated to the press box.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 9:18 AM

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

Report: Flyers' Couturier sent home with flu

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier has been sent home from the team's road trip due to the flu, with forward Harry Zolnierczyk recalled from the club's American Hockey League team to replace him.

Couturier was a late scratch from Monday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs due to the flu. It was the first game of a six-game road trip that continues Tuesday in Winnipeg.

Zolnierczyk, 25, has nine goals and eight assists in 46 games with the Adirondack Phantoms this season. He split last season between Adirondack and the Flyers, totaling three goals and three assists in 37 NHL games.

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Posted On Monday, 02.11.2013 / 4:39 PM

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

Hiller likely to skate Tuesday; Fowler remains out

The Anaheim Ducks updated injury news on a couple of their key players Monday, goaltender Jonas Hiller and defenseman Cam Fowler.

According to coach Bruce Boudreau, Hiller is improving in his recovery from a lower-body injury and should skate Tuesday. He left Friday night's game against Dallas after the first period.

Fowler, meanwhile, is unlikely to play for the remainder of the Ducks' road trip, which includes stops Tuesday in Chicago, Friday in Detroit and Saturday in Nashville. Fowler hasn't played since sustaining an upper-body injury Feb. 2 against Los Angeles.

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Posted On Monday, 02.11.2013 / 3:29 PM

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

DiPietro to start in Islanders' goal

The New York Islanders announced goaltender Rick DiPietro will make his second start of the season when the team faces the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.

In DiPietro's previous game this season, Jan. 25 against the Boston Bruins, he allowed four goals on 27 shots in a 4-2 loss.

Due to a series of injuries, it will be just the 49th game DiPietro has played in since the start of the 2008-09 season. He's spent this season watching as Evgeni Nabokov has gotten the majority of the playing time.

"I think he's been handling it fine," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "He obviously hasn't played a lot, but at the same time, he's sharp. He's had a lot of practice time with us now. When you haven't played a lot, obviously practice is what you need. He gave us a chance in Boston, he just got a couple of unlucky bounces."

The loss in Boston was DiPietro’s first appearance since Dec. 3, 2011, when he was injured in a 5-4 victory at Dallas. He's elated at the chance to play.

"This opportunity to feel healthy and practice, and have a chance to come out here and help this team win hockey games is truly a blessing," he said. "I feel good. Hopefully that translates onto the ice."
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