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Posted On Tuesday, 04.08.2014 / 1:16 PM

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

Sabres get Stewart, Foligno back vs. Red Wings

BUFFALO -- The Detroit Red Wings won't make any lineup changes when they face the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, but the same can't be said of the Sabres.

Buffalo will have forwards Chris Stewart, Marcus Foligno and Torrey Mitchell back after each missed time with injury.

Stewart has been out since March 6, his second game with the Sabres, when he sustained an ankle injury in a collision with Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Anders Lindback and was believed to be out for the season.

"A couple weeks ago I really turned the corner," Stewart said. "I made up my mind I was going to try and push it here and get back for a couple games."

Posted On Tuesday, 04.08.2014 / 12:46 PM

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

Gallant debuts for Islanders against Senators

Forward Brett Gallant will become the latest player to make his NHL debut for the New York Islanders when they host the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Gallant was recalled Monday from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League, where he had one goal, one assist and 245 penalty minutes in 56 games this season.

Gallant, 25, has played the past four seasons in Bridgeport after being signed as an undrafted free agent. He joins forwards Ryan Strome, John Persson, Johan Sundstrom and Mike Halmo, and defensemen Kevin Czuczman and Scott Mayfield, as Islanders to make their NHL debut during the 2013-14 season. Forward Brock Nelson made his regular-season debut this season after playing one game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.

Posted On Monday, 04.07.2014 / 5:10 PM

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

Ducks give Gibson first NHL start vs. Canucks

VANCOUVER -- If being 43 didn't make Teemu Selanne feel old enough already, his last game in Vancouver will be the first in the NHL for 20-year-old Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson.

Selanne, who plans to retire at the end of the season after 22 years in the NHL and hasn't played back-to-back games all season, made sure he'd get one more against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday when he sat out against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.

"The Western Canada cities are where I have played the most in my career," said Selanne, who started with the Winnipeg Jets and played all 1,448 games with Western Conference teams. "And this has always been my favorite city, so I wanted to play one more."

Posted On Monday, 04.07.2014 / 3:18 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Wild expect fight from Jets; Byfuglien out for season

WINNIPEG -- The Minnesota Wild will look to move one step closer to a return visit to the Stanley Cup Playoffs when they visit the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.

The Wild have 92 points and hold the Western Conference's first wild-card spot after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 at home Saturday. The game against the Jets will be the final road game of the season for the Wild, who are 4-1-2 in their past seven road games.

"Obviously we still need points," said Wild captain Mikko Koivu, who has four multi-point games in his past 10. "That's the most important thing, but it's also talking about the processing, getting our game better and getting better as a team. Our goal is to make the playoffs and be at our best when the playoffs start."

Posted On Monday, 04.07.2014 / 1:12 PM

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

Devils still without injured forwards; Schneider starts

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider is expected to make his fourth straight start Monday against the Calgary Flames at Prudential Center.

Schneider (16-14-11), who made 24 saves in a 2-1 win against the Washington Capitals on Friday and 26 saves in a 3-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, has allowed two or fewer goals in five straight starts (3-0-2). He has a 1.22 goals-against average and .948 save percentage over that stretch, and ranks third in the NHL with a 2.02 GAA.

The Devils extended their point streak to a season-high seven games (4-0-3, 11 points) to keep alive their hope of qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They trail the Columbus Blue Jackets by three points for the second of two wild-card spots in the Eastern Conference.

Posted On Sunday, 04.06.2014 / 6:56 PM

By Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Penguins to play without Crosby vs. Avalanche

DENVER -- The Pittsburgh Penguins will play without captain Sidney Crosby for the first time this season when they visit the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Sunday night due to an upper-body injury.

Crosby leads the NHL with 102 points (36 goals, 66 assists) in 78 games.

The Penguins, who lost 4-0 to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday and have gone 1-1-0 in the first two games of a three-game road trip, will also be without forward Chris Kunitz (lower body) and defensemen Brooks Orpik (lower body) and Olli Maata (upper body). The Penguins said none of the injuries are expected to be long-term.

Posted On Sunday, 04.06.2014 / 6:10 PM

NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flyers' Rinaldo to stay on line with Couturier, Read

PHILADELPHIA -- Zac Rinaldo tried to provide the Philadelphia Flyers with a spark Saturday and coach Craig Berube hopes that energy carries over to their game Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

Berube said Rinaldo would be back on a line with Sean Couturier and Matt Read to start the game Sunday. Rinaldo started Saturday on that line and opened the game with an open-ice hit on Boston Bruins power forward Milan Lucic. He then kept his composure when Lucic tried to goad him into a fight, with Lucic being sent off for roughing. The Bruins won the game, 5-2.

Rinaldo is eighth in the League with 137 penalty minutes, but in the past 10 games he's taken four minor penalties while still playing a physical style. That maturation process is something Berube has harped on with Rinaldo all season, and now he's seeing the fruits of that labor.

"You can't continually take penalties because you put the team in tough spots and he's smarter about it now," Berube said. "Smarter about his hitting, picking his spots, picking his spots for big hits. He's playing more with the puck. He's becoming a more complete player."

Posted On Sunday, 04.06.2014 / 2:58 PM

By Derek Van Diest -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Oilers' Fasth gets second chance vs. former team

EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers goaltender Viktor Fasth is looking forward to another opportunity to play against his former team.

Fasth was in goal in a 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday and will get the start Sunday when the Oilers play the Ducks for the final time this season.

"It doesn't matter really what team you play, you want to win every game and that's why you play hockey," Fasth said. "That's what it's all about. Of course it's a special game, I've played with these guys [Ducks] for over a year. But it's still two points and it's a new game."

The Oilers acquired Fasth from the Ducks a day prior to the March 5 NHL Trade Deadline in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in the 2015 draft.

Posted On Sunday, 04.06.2014 / 2:18 PM

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

Struggling Flyers refuse to look past Sabres

PHILADELPHIA -- With one win in their past seven games and teams racing up behind them in the Stanley Cup Playoff chase, the Philadelphia Flyers have their focus squarely set on their opponent Sunday, the Buffalo Sabres (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

"I'd say it's a must-win for us," Flyers forward Scott Hartnell said. "We have to treat this as the last game of the year to get in the playoffs. We need two points. It's getting little too close for comfort right now with the way we've played the last few games."

The Flyers are coming off a 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday and are 1-4-2 in their past seven. They're third in the Metropolitan Division, one point ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets and three ahead of the New Jersey Devils.

Posted On Sunday, 04.06.2014 / 12:51 PM

By Craig Merz -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Grabner, de Haan out for Islanders vs. Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS – New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (lower body) and forward Michael Grabner (upper body) will each miss the game Sunday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

De Haan and Grabner were hurt during a 4-3 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday, prompting the recalls of defenseman Scott Mayfield and forward Johan Sundstrom from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.

Grabner was playing in his first game since sustaining a concussion March 10 against the Vancouver Canucks and had to leave in the second period. The Islanders (31-35-11) are also without injured players including John Tavares, Eric Boulton and Kyle Okposo, but are 5-0-2 in the past seven games.

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