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Posted On Monday, 03.24.2014 / 2:42 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Stars seeking points, not revenge, as they host Jets

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars are eight days removed from a 7-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. However, as the Jets and Stars face each other again Monday at American Airlines Center, revenge will not be the goal of the Dallas players.

"Points are so important that the games within the game are overrated at this point in the year," Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski said. "It's more about points and playing the way we're supposed to play. At the end of the night if you do that you have a good chance of winning."

Dallas beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1 on Saturday to snap a four-game winless streak, and the Stars are 6-1-1 in their past eight home games, a trend coach Lindy Ruff would like to see continue.

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Posted On Monday, 03.24.2014 / 2:20 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Canadiens eager to try snapping Bruins' win streak

BOSTON -- You can count Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise among those excited that the Boston Bruins have won 12 in a row.

The Canadiens will face the Bruins at TD Garden on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

"We were checking the score the other night [Saturday] against Phoenix, and Phoenix was up going into the third period and we were kind of hoping Boston would come back and win so we would get the chance to knock them off," Weise said after the morning skate Monday.

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Posted On Monday, 03.24.2014 / 2:10 PM

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

Rangers' St. Louis, Stepan could be out with flu

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forwards Martin St. Louis and Derek Stepan missed practice Monday and could be out of the lineup when they host the Phoenix Coyotes at Madison Square Garden.

Right wing Derek Dorsett missed New York's 2-0 road win against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday with the flu, but skated Monday and could return.

"Both those guys and Dorsett are game-time decisions," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "He [Dorsett] is feeling a little bit better. We will try and sort this out as the day moves forward."

Forward J.T. Miller was in the process of being called up from Hartford of the American Hockey League in case St. Louis, Stepan or Dorsett can't go.

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Posted On Monday, 03.24.2014 / 1:53 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flyers focus on ending homestand with win

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers will end one of their more impressive recent homestands Monday against the Los Angeles Kings.

They won their first three games, beating the Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues; when you add in their sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins the previous weekend, that's five straight wins against top-level opposition.

The focus Monday is to finish this stretch as strongly as possible.

"It's really big," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. "We've been playing good teams and L.A. is up there [in the standings]. The way they play, they play a physical game defensively. I think if we're not responsible defensively they're going to score a lot of goals on us. We have to make sure we're responsible like we've been the last few games.

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Posted On Monday, 03.24.2014 / 1:05 PM

By Lonnie Herman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Senators' Ryan out; Anderson returns as backup

TAMPA -- The Ottawa Senators limp into their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday mired in a six-game winless skid (0-4-2). They got some good news and bad news on the injury front Monday.

Goalie Craig Anderson returns after missing five games due to an upper-body injury. Although he won't start Monday, Anderson will serve as the backup to Robin Lehner.

However, the Senators will be without forward Bobby Ryan. The team leader in goals with 23, Ryan injured himself when he went hard into the boards during a 3-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

"Ryan will not be available [Monday or Tuesday, at the Florida Panthers]," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. "He has re-aggravated something and right now we are going to keep him out for two games and evaluate him when we get home and make any more determinations after that."

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Posted On Sunday, 03.23.2014 / 8:02 PM

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

Ducks recall defenseman Vatanen

The Anaheim Ducks have recalled defenseman Sami Vatanen from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.

Vatanen has 14 points and a plus-2 rating in 41 games with the Ducks this season. Despite spending time in the AHL and being a healthy scratch for a number of games, Vatanen is tied with Cam Fowler for the Anaheim lead in goals among defensemen with six.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.23.2014 / 7:58 PM

By Kevin Woodley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Kesler, Sedin return to Canucks lineup

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler returned to play against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday after missing four games with a sprained left knee.

Kesler was at practice Friday for the first time since a knee-on-knee collision with Winnipeg Jets forward Jim Slater on March 12, but was a game-time decision against Buffalo. Kesler will center the second line in place of Shawn Matthias, who drops to the fourth line, and Jordan Schroeder goes from the fourth line to being a healthy scratch.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.23.2014 / 6:24 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Clarkson, with Maple Leafs, facing Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- For the second time in four days, the New Jersey Devils will welcome back a former teammate to Prudential Center on Sunday.

Right wing David Clarkson, who spent seven seasons with the Devils before signing a seven-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs in July 2013, will play in New Jersey for the first time since his departure. The Devils host the Maple Leafs at 7 p.m. ET.

"The Devils' fans were always good to me," Clarkson said. "I loved playing here, I loved wearing that Devils logo. It's a place that will always be close to my heart."

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Posted On Sunday, 03.23.2014 / 6:11 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Saad returns, Teravainen waits for Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Brandon Saad will return to the lineup Sunday night for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Nashville Predators at United Center (7 p.m. ET, FS-TN, WGN).

The 21-year old Saad, in his second full season, missed three games with an undisclosed upper-body injury. His versatility and skill have become valuable assets to coach Joel Quenneville, who's played him on both wings and on each of the top three lines.

Saad has scored 19 goals and has 25 assists in 68 games.

Forward Bryan Bickell (upper body) and defenseman Michal Rozsival (lower body) are not healthy enough to return, and Chicago will again make 19-year-old Finnish rookie forward Teuvo Teravainen a healthy scratch.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.23.2014 / 12:53 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Predators call up Forsberg to face Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Nashville doesn't have a lot of Swedish cuisine options, but the Music City is getting a proliferation of Swedish hockey players.

The Nashville Predators now have four on their roster after recalling 19-year-old forward Filip Forsberg from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

Swedish rookie forward Calle Jarnkrok made his NHL debut for Nashville on Friday at the Calgary Flames, picking up his first career assist in the 6-5 win, and the Predators already had forward Viktor Stalberg and defenseman Mattias Ekholm.

Forsberg was called up to help with a shortage of forwards going into the game Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks, who've won two straight games and hope to chase down the St. Louis Blues for the top spot in the Central Division.

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