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Posted On Sunday, 04.06.2014 / 12:45 PM

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

Blackhawks sticking with game plan against Blues

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks will host the rival St. Louis Blues on Sunday at United Center (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC,TSN2) and they're sticking with the same lineup that's won the past two games.

Only four games remain in the regular season for Chicago (44-19-15), which trails the Colorado Avalanche by three points for second place in the Central Division with only four games left.

Each of the past two games was played without top forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, who are sidelined with injuries until the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The lineup designed to be simpler in structure, yet the Blackhawks haven't lacked too much offensively. They beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 in a shootout Thursday at United Center on 26 shots and followed it up a day later with a 4-3 victory at the Columbus Blue Jackets on 38 shots.

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Posted On Saturday, 04.05.2014 / 7:14 PM

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

Lupul returns for Maple Leafs; Kane sits for Jets

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets will have notable lineup changes when they play at Air Canada Centre on Saturday night.

Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul took line rushes during warmups and will return to the lineup. Lupul missed the game Thursday against the Boston Bruins with a lower-body injury; Jerry D'Amigo will be scratched to make room for him.


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Posted On Saturday, 04.05.2014 / 5:08 PM

NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Forwards Elias, Henrique, Josefson out for Devils

New Jersey Devils forwards Patrik Elias, Adam Henrique and Jacob Josefson, who all left the game Friday against the Washington Capitals because of injury, won't be in the lineup Saturday at the Carolina Hurricanes.

None of the injured players made the trip. They will be replaced in the lineup by forwards Steve Bernier, Tim Sestito and Stephen Gionta. Bernier and Sestito were healthy scratches Friday, and Gionta will be returning from an ankle sprain that sidelined him the past three games.

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Posted On Saturday, 04.05.2014 / 4:40 PM

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

Capitals' Penner out; Grabner back in Islanders lineup

Washington Capitals forward Dustin Penner is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and won't play Saturday against the New York Islanders, who see forward Michael Grabner return to the lineup.

The Capitals activated forward Aaron Volpatti off injured reserve to take the place of Penner, who has one goal and two assists in 14 games since being acquired from the Anaheim Ducks at the NHL Trade Deadline.


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Posted On Saturday, 04.05.2014 / 4:10 PM

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

Doughty out for Kings against Canucks; Sedin in

VANCOUVER -- The Los Angeles Kings will not have defenseman Drew Doughty in the lineup Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks, who will have captain Henrik Sedin.

Doughty, the Kings' ice-time leader, sustained a shoulder injury against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday and didn't join his teammates for a second straight day Saturday.

"Day-to-day," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "We don't play until Wednesday and we just finished 10 [games] in 17 [days], so we'll try and get everybody ready for Wednesday."

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Posted On Saturday, 04.05.2014 / 3:40 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Sharks know they can't let chance slip vs. Predators

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks got some help Friday night in their quest for a Pacific Division title when the Nashville Predators defeated the first-place Anaheim Ducks 5-2.

With 107 points, the Sharks trail Anaheim by one point and can move into first place with a victory Saturday night against Nashville at SAP Center.

The question is whether the chance to jump Anaheim will provide a motivational boost to the Sharks, who are coming off an emotional win Thursday night against the Los Angeles Kings and have struggled this year against teams that don't appear to be headed to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"That's the million dollar question," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said after the morning skate. "We've been in this situation a couple times against non-playoff teams and we haven't taken advantage of it. We'll throw our best effort out there and we'll see where it goes. I'd like to think that our team can come out and do everything we can to get the win. If we can get a leg up on Anaheim it forces them to win. Right now they don't have to. That will be a goal of ours tonight."

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Posted On Saturday, 04.05.2014 / 2:46 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Penguins forward Jokinen sidelined against Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jussi Jokinen has been ruled out Saturday against the Minnesota Wild after sustaining an upper-body injury Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets.

The Penguins recalled former Wild forward Andrew Ebbett from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on Friday and he will play against his former team. Ebbett has 12 goals and 25 assists with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, where he is riding an 11-game point streak dating to March 7.

Ebbett has played in seven games with Pittsburgh this season and has one assist. He scored eight goals and 14 points in his only season with the Wild in 2009-10.

Bylsma said he didn't believe Jokinen's injury was serious and he is considered day-to-day. With the Metropolitan Division clinched and their positioning for the Stanley Cup Playoffs virtually locked, Bylsma said getting Jokinen healthy for the playoffs is the primary concern.

"It's not long-term at this point," Bylsma said.

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Posted On Saturday, 04.05.2014 / 1:32 PM

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

Red Wings look to solidify playoff spot vs. Canadiens

MONTREAL -- When the Detroit Red Wings hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 18, the Red Wings' streak of 22 straight appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs was in jeopardy.

A few weeks earlier, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock returned from leading Canada to the gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and defiantly stated Detroit was not going to let the streak be snapped.

"We got to find a way to get in," he said prior to the resumption of the NHL schedule after the Olympic break. "That's what we're going to do."

On March 18, the Red Wings were three points out of the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference and had won two of their previous seven games.

Babcock's words looked to be rather hollow.

But the Red Wings defeated the Maple Leafs 3-2, starting a run of seven wins in 10 games (7-2-1) that they ride into a game against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, where a fifth straight victory would likely cement that playoff streak being extended by another season.

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Posted On Saturday, 04.05.2014 / 1:20 PM

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

Maple Leafs sense tide finally turning in their favor

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs head into their final home game of the regular season hoping this won't be the last time they take the ice at Air Canada Centre this season.

The Maple Leafs have won two games in a row and head into their game against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday one point behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the Eastern Conference's second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Toronto got a bit of help when the Chicago Blackhawks defeated Columbus 4-3 Friday.

"I was watching it," Kadri said of the Blue Jackets loss to the Blackhawks. "It was a pretty spectacular finish. I did fist pump one or two times. That's just the bounce. We haven't seen any of those. Some of the goals, even, we're scoring, now I think it's catching up with us a little bit and it's starting to favor us a little more."

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Posted On Saturday, 04.05.2014 / 1:14 PM

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

Rangers still without McDonagh as they go for clinch

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh remains day-to-day with a left shoulder injury and will not play when they host the Ottawa Senators on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

McDonagh did not participate in the Rangers morning skate, meaning that if they hope to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with one point against the Senators, they'll do it without their top defenseman.

"Guys have to play in different positions than they're used to," defenseman Marc Staal said. "Guys will have to step up and get better, and hopefully we get him back sooner than later."

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