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Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 12:43 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Simmonds will play for Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- Wayne Simmonds was on the ice for pregame warm-ups and will return to the lineup for the Philadelphia Flyers' game Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes after missing the previous three with a concussion sustained Feb. 1 when he was elbowed in the face by the Washington Capitals' John Erskine.

Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 12:42 PM

By Ben Raby - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Johansson to be scratched again for Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – Marcus Johansson is expected to be a healthy scratch Saturday night for the third time this season when the Washington Capitals play host to the Florida Panthers at Verizon Center.

The Capitals’ first-round selection in the 2009 NHL Draft (No. 24) has one goal and a team-worst minus-7 rating in nine games this season.

“I think his confidence might be one of the problems with his play,” said Capitals coach Adam Oates, who had high hopes for Johansson heading into the season.

Johansson spent the entire six-day training camp on Washington’s No. 1 line and began the season playing with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin.

Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 12:36 PM

By Staff -  / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Myers expected to be healthy scratch for Sabres

Tyler Myers is expected to be a healthy scratch Saturday for the Buffalo Sabres when they face the New York Islanders, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.

Myers was Buffalo's first-round pick (No. 12) in the 2008 NHL Draft and won the Calder Trophy in 2009-10. He has one goal, no assists and a minus-9 rating through the team's first 11 games. The Sabres have lost seven of nine games since starting the season 2-0.

Buffalo signed Myers to a seven-year, $38.5 million contract extension that began this season. The deal included a $10 million signing bonus and a $12 million salary (now pro-rated) for the 2012-13 campaign.

"I'm embarrassed, and I should be," Myers said to Vogl. "Two years in a row now. It doesn't feel very good, but silver lining, I responded the way I needed to last time, and this is what I have to do this time."

Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 11:57 AM

By Ben Raby - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Holtby starts in net for struggling Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – One day after Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee singled out discipline and goaltending as two areas that must improve, Braden Holtby will start for the Capitals tonight against the Florida Panthers.

Holtby’s 4.74 goals-against average is last in the NHL among goalies with at least five appearances.

"Obviously everyone in here knows they can be better," Holtby said of the 2-8-1 Capitals. "But that’s in the past, it’s all in the past now. We have to move forward. Looking at how we’ve played in the past isn’t going to help us at this point. We’ve dwelled on that long enough to dig us into this hole, so right now our focus is on the next game, doing little things that we need to, treat it as just another hockey game and have patience."

Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 11:49 AM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Devils seeking revenge in weekend series with Pens

NEWARK,N.J. -- Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma used the word "interesting" to describe the weekend home-and-home his team has with the New Jersey Devils starting Saturday afternoon at Prudential Center.

Only one point separates the Penguins from the Devils in the Atlantic Division standings and New Jersey has a game in hand. These two teams also played each other last weekend with Pittsburgh winning 5-1, so it'll be three games in nine days between the division rivals.

"You don't often have these situations where you see a team back-to-back," Bylsma said Saturday morning. "It's more like a college weekend than pro, but I think it makes for interesting hockey. It's a rivalry game anyway and you're going to play them six straight periods so that will make for an interesting storyline throughout these two games."

Devils coach Peter DeBoer likes the concept of seeing one team so often in such a short span. Even if it is the streaking Penguins, who have won five straight.

"I think it's good in that it's fresh in your mind what worked and what didn't work, and particularly with us what didn't work last game and what we have to correct," DeBoer said. "The job is to execute and make sure we don't make the same mistakes."

Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 11:28 AM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Simmonds return possible for Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers could see forward Wayne Simmonds return to the lineup after missing the past three games with a concussion.

Simmonds skated with the rest of his team at practice Friday and reported feeling no lingering symptoms from the head injury he sustained when the Washington Capitals' John Erskine elbowed him in the face during a game Feb. 1.

"I feel pretty good right now," Simmonds told reporters Friday. "I think it's just up to the coaching staff whether they want to put me in or not."

Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 10:57 AM

By Pete Jensen - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Worth taking chance on Visnovsky

Lubomir Visnovsky
Defense - NYI
If your fantasy blue line could use a spark, this may be your lucky day.

Lubomir Visnovsky, the high-scoring defenseman who was traded by the Anaheim Ducks to the New York Islanders on the night of the 2012 NHL Draft, has finally arrived on Long Island. The Isles had suspended Visnovsky after he failed to report to the team, but they lifted the ban on Thursday to activate the defenseman.

Reports are even indicating that the 36-year-old, who practiced Friday, could make his debut for New York as early as Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres, raising questions about his potential fantasy value.

Owned in only 29 percent of Yahoo! leagues entering the day, Visnovsky is far from a sure thing. But for fantasy owners to ignore what he was capable of only two seasons ago is just foolish.

Posted On Friday, 02.08.2013 / 7:06 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live - Rob Zombie

Musician and director Rob Zombie joins CISCO NHL Live to talk about his upcoming project about the Broad Street Bullies.

Posted On Friday, 02.08.2013 / 2:18 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Ducks, Stars

DALLAS -- Here are the projected lineups for the game Friday night between the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center:


Emerson EtemRyan GetzlafCorey Perry

Kyle PalmieriBobby RyanTeemu Selanne

Andrew CoglianoSaku KoivuDaniel Winnik

Matt BeleskeyNick Bonino - Brad Staubitz

Francois Beauchemin - Sheldon Souray

Luca Sbisa - Toni Lydman

Bryan AllenBen Lovejoy

Jonas Hiller

Viktor Fasth

Scratches: Jordan Hendry, Rickard Rakell, Sami Vatanen

Injuries: Cam Fowler (upper body)

Notes: Anaheim is 3-0-1 on the road. The Ducks went just 1-5-0 in their six games against the Stars last season. Defenseman Sheldon Souray, who spent last season in Dallas, has four goals for Anaheim early on. Fellow defenseman Ben Lovejoy, acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh earlier in the week, figures to make his debut for the Ducks on Friday night in Dallas.


Brenden MorrowJamie BennJaromir Jagr

Loui ErikssonDerek Roy - Michael Ryder

Reilly SmithCody EakinTomas Vincour

Eric NystromVernon FiddlerAntoine Roussel

Brenden Dillon - Stephane Robidas

Aaron RomeTrevor Daley

Jamie OleksiakAlex Goligoski

Kari Lehtonen

Richard Bachman

Scratches: Ryan Garbutt, Philip Larsen, Tom Wandell.

Injuries: Ray Whitney (foot).

Notes: The Stars head into this Pacific Division tilt on a two-game winning streak, their most recent win coming on Wednesday night in Edmonton (3-2). Center Jamie Benn has five points (3-2-5) in the Stars’ last two games. After Friday, Dallas won’t play at home again until Sunday, Feb. 17 when the Stars play host to the Flames at American Airlines Center.

Posted On Friday, 02.08.2013 / 2:13 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live: Game preview, Zombie visit

Cisco NHL Live with Deb Placey and EJ Hradek (5 p.m. ET, NHLN-US) will get you ready for your hockey weekend.

There is only one game on the schedule Friday, with the Anaheim Ducks visiting the Dallas Stars (8:30 p.m. ET, NHLN-US). We'll get a live update from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Dallas, as well as speak with NBC Sports' Eddie Olczyk and the NHL Network's Barry Melrose.

In addition rock legend Rob Zombie, currently working on a movie about the Broad Street Bullies of the 1970s, will be on today's show to talk about meeting some of the former Bullies this week at a Flyers game and what to expect in the movie.

Staying in Pennsylvania, we'll also talk to Penguins forward James Neal about the team's current five-game winning streak, and Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward will discuss his consecutive 40-plus save performances.

Don’t forget to submit your #AskEJ through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, keep an eye on a certain senior reporter’s dance moves in his EJ5: Hradek’s Top 5 players that have stepped up their game, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks a winner for tonight's Ducks-Stars game.

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