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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 8:09 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Coyotes' Vrbata, Hanzal late scratches vs. Blues

ST. LOUIS -- The Phoenix Coyotes will face the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday without veteran forwards Radim Vrbata (lower-body injury) and Martin Hanzal (illness).

Both were late scratches after coach Dave Tippett listed each as a game-time decision at the morning skate Tuesday.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 6:00 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Briere returning to Canadiens lineup

MONTREAL -- While the Tampa Bay Lightning are learning to adjust to life without Steven Stamkos, the Montreal Canadiens will be welcoming back a key forward when the two teams face each other at Bell Centre on Tuesday.

Daniel Briere will return to the lineup after missing 10 games recovering from a concussion, and he will be doing so at his natural position of center for the first time this season.

Briere will center a line with rookie Michael Bournival and Rene Bourque, taking the spot of David Desharnais, who will be a healthy scratch for the second time in a week.

"It's never easy to be out of the lineup," Briere said Tuesday. "You kind of feel like you are letting down your teammates, especially when things aren't going well. We had a bit of a bad streak where we lost four games in a row, and you feel a bit like it's your fault because you're out."

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 5:30 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Nash will practice with Rangers on Wednesday

New York Rangers forward Rick Nash (head) will return to practice Wednesday, coach Alain Vigneaulttold reporters Tuesday prior to a game against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden.

“With concussions, you never know," Vigneault said. "He’s made some big strides and, hopefully, he’ll continue on a daily basis to make strides.

"Since I've seen him on the ice before practice, every day I've asked how he's doing and today I got the call after the morning's skate that he was going to join the team tomorrow. I didn't ask [about contact], I was just told he was going to skate with the boys."

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 3:38 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flames hope Stempniak's return provides spark

CALGARY -- Having dropped three straight games and coming away from a four-game road trip with just two of a possible eight points, the Calgary Flames are searching for a spark at Scotiabank Saddledome.

They might have found one in Lee Stempniak.

Stempniak, who has missed Calgary's past seven games with a broken foot, is good to go when the Flames host the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

"It's just hard to see the team lose," said Stempniak, who has four goals and nine points in 10 games. "I don't know if I would've made a difference at all, but it's just not being a part of it. You work so hard to be able to play the games. Anytime you're not playing it's tough, especially when you're not winning.

"Hopefully we can turn that around tonight."


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 2:46 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Blues agree to terms with Colaiacovo

ST. LOUIS -- Looking to add depth to their blue line after an injury to Jordan Leopold, the St. Louis Blues have turned to a familiar face.

The Blues announced they have agreed to terms with Carlo Colaiacovo on a one-year contract, pending a physical. Colaiacovo has been out of hockey since the Detroit Red Wings bought out his contract in the summer.

Colaiacovo, 30, played six games with the Red Wings last season after signing a two-year, $5 million contract. He missed most of the season with a shoulder injury.

Colaiacovo spent four seasons with the Blues (2008-12). He had 18 goals and 106 points in 259 games after coming to St. Louis along with Alexander Steen from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Lee Stempniak.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 1:56 PM

By Sean Farrell -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Senators to start Anderson in goal against Flyers

OTTAWA -- Craig Anderson will start in goal for the Ottawa Senators against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday even though Robin Lehner was named the NHL's First Star of the Week on Monday.

Lehner led Ottawa to three straight wins while Anderson was sidelined because of a sore neck, posting a 1.33 goals-against average and .958 save percentage over the course of the streak.

"It's a nice honor, but I think it reflects on the whole team's defensive play too," Lehner said. "I think I got a lot more help the last three, four games. I think we're starting to play a lot better."

The 22-year-old Swede had no problem accepting coach Paul MacLean's decision to start Anderson against Philadelphia.

"Paul knows a lot more than I do," Lehner said. "Hopefully one day I can be the starter here. I don't know if it's next year or three years from now, but [Anderson] is great. He's a quality number-one goalie in this League. He's led his team to two playoff runs. All I did is win three games and people are talking about me playing again. He's the starter and that's the way it is."

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 1:46 PM

By Joe Yerdon -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Sabres hoping for more production from Leino

BUFFALO -- When the Buffalo Sabres host the Los Angeles Kings at First Niagara Center on Tuesday, Sabres forward Ville Leino will be back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the team's 6-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

"I've been playing around 10 or 11 minutes and not really [on the] power play so you've got to do the best in your time," Leino said. "I could do a little better, do a little more. I've got another chance to go at it [Tuesday]."

Sabres coach Ron Rolston said he'll use Leino on the power play against the Kings.

"He's a guy we'd like to have in our top six," Rolston said. "He's a guy that we need production out of him to create scoring opportunities for us, whether it's 5-on-5 or power play."

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 1:42 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Red Wings' Cleary to be a healthy scratch vs. Jets

The Detroit Red Wings will scratch forward Daniel Cleary when they face the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

Cleary has one goal and two assists in 18 games but just one point in the past 12, and Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said he hopes the time off helps Cleary rediscover his game.

"My job each and every day is to put the best 20 guys in the lineup that I think can help us win today," Babcock told reporters. "I've been with [Cleary] for nine years. I know him well; there's no one who's a bigger fan of Dan Cleary than Mike Babcock.

"I imagine he's very [angry] today and I don't know what you want me to do about it."


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 1:36 PM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Ducks without Getzlaf as they go for historic start

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Anaheim Ducks will be without center Ryan Getzlaf as they try to make franchise history Tuesday against the Florida Panthers.

Getzlaf will miss his second consecutive game with an upper-body injury sustained during a morning skate Friday. He went on that night to record a hat trick in a 6-2 victory against the Buffalo Sabres, but sat out Sunday when the Ducks beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 to finish a three-game homestand.

"Make no mistake about it, we missed the big fella coming in there," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said Tuesday. "He is our straw that stirs the drink. When he's playing he controls the power play, he kills penalties, he usually plays against the other team's best checking line. We miss him."

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 1:29 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Avalanche chase 7-0-0 road mark in Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Colorado Avalanche will put their 6-0-0 road record on the line against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

Colorado coach Patrick Roy said the key to winning away from Denver is making the right adjustments to combat each opponent's strengths.

"Their centers are pretty solid," Roy said of the Hurricanes. "So we're going to have to be solid on the puck and win our battles. We're going to have to put shots on [Hurricanes goalie Justin] Peters and test him early on. We've been playing with the lead, and when we are it seems we're a lot tougher to beat."

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Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild