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Posted On Friday, 02.01.2013 / 12:04 PM

By Lonnie Herman - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Jets' Byfuglien to miss second straight game

TAMPA, Fla. -- Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel said defenseman Dustin Byfuglien will sit out Firday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning due to an undisclosed lower-body injury.

This will be the second straight game Byfuglien has missed. He also sat out Thursday's game against the Florida Panthers.

In six games, he has three goals and four assists.

Posted On Friday, 02.01.2013 / 11:47 AM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

Leading scorer Vanek on Friday's Cisco NHL Live


Cisco NHL Live with Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will get you ready for your hockey weekend. On Friday's show we have NBC Sports analyst Eddie Olczyk along with our own Barry Melrose to give their expert opinions on teams with hot and cold starts. Buffalo Sabres forward Thomas Vanek, whose 15 points lead the League in scoring, will also join us.

Tomorrow we celebrate Groundhogs Day. While we wait to see if Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow, EJ will take a look at players around the League who need to come out of hibernation. Plus, Super Bowl weekend is upon us! Players may love their ice time but they're football fans, too. Find our who is rooting for which teams.

EJ is back from the Gretzky Fantasy Camp and so is his signature segment, the EJ5. Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Friday.

Posted On Friday, 02.01.2013 / 11:34 AM

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

Concussion to sideline Thornton for 7-10 days

Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton will miss the next 7-10 days with a concussion, general manager Peter Chiarelli announced in a statement released by the team.

Thornton was injured during a fight with Buffalo Sabres forward John Scott at the 2:53 mark of the first period Thursday night. It was the only shift Thornton played in the game.

Thornton has played in all seven games for Boston this season and has one goal and 25 penalty minutes.

Posted On Friday, 02.01.2013 / 11:30 AM

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

Wings will have Zetterberg in lineup vs. Blues

Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg told that he will be in the lineup when his team hosts the St. Louis Blues on Friday (7:30 p.m., NHLN-US).

Zetterberg reported that he had a sore throat and a fever Thursday, but felt well enough to play Friday.

Zetterberg is second on the Red Wings with two goals and seven points.

Posted On Friday, 02.01.2013 / 1:06 AM

By Jason Bull -  Special to / - Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp Blog

Bull: Gretzky Camp memories

LAS VEGAS -- For my final blog entry I wanted to first take you through today and then go through my top five moments from one of the greatest weeks of my life.

First off, let's talk about today, the day my team got to the championship game and fell a shootout goal short of winning the Gretzky Cup. We lost it 4-3 in the shootout, but a couple of my new friends were playing for the other team so I was excited that they were able to win.

There were no pros playing in the championship game, so it was a little harder, faster and more physical. We had to bear down a little bit more and we did, but we just couldn't finish the job in the shootout.

However, Wayne Gretzky played with my team in the semifinal game, the early game of the day, and that was unbelievable. Seeing Gretzky coming down my left wing and send the puck out to him, that's just crazy. We ended up getting a goal out of that, too, which made an already special moment even better.

Now, for my top five moments of the week; to be honest, narrowing them down to five is tough, but here goes:

1. Meeting Gretzky

I was on the phone with my family back home when Gretzky and his dad, Walter, came walking up toward me. One of the guys from the camp recognized me from the registration day so while I was on the phone I got to shake Gretzky's hand for the first time. That was quite a moment.

2. Seeing Gretzky on the ice for the first time

Getting out on the ice with all the pros was amazing, but seeing Gretzky jump on the ice with us during the first day, when the pros weren't skating and we were just basically practicing, showing our skills so they could divide us into teams, was unreal. He skated right past me and I said to the guy next to me, "Well, you don't see that every day." Unless, of course, you're here.

3. Being on Gretzky's line

I mentioned this one before. It happened today. We created a goal together. Enough said.

4. Hanging out at the Bellagio

You walk into a sports bar to sit down, have a beer and watch a hockey game and you find Denis Savard, Mike Keenan, Mike Barnett and Brian Leetch. Just listening to them tell all these fantastic stories from their careers was thrilling. Those stories, I'll take them back home with me and tell all my brothers and my hockey teammates. Unbelievable.

5. My new Gretzky jersey

Winning the Gretzky jersey Wednesday night and then having The Great One sign it for me is easily a highlight. I held on to that thing for the rest of the night, praying that nobody would spill anything on it, stain it in anyway. That's a prized possession for me. I know I got some great treatment here because I came all the way from Australia, but I would recommend this camp to anyone and tell them they need to get out here to experience it.

Posted On Thursday, 01.31.2013 / 10:05 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

WPG @ FLA - 15:29 of the Third Period

At 15:29 of the Third Period in the Jets/Panthers game video review determined Jonathan Huberdeau's shot went of a Jets player and across the goal line before the net came of it's pegs. Good Goal Florida.

Posted On Thursday, 01.31.2013 / 8:35 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

BUF @ BOS - 16:45 of the Second Period

At 16:46 of the Second Period in the Sabres/Bruins game video review determined the puck deflected of the blade of Thomas Vanek's stick and across the goal line. Good Goal Buffalo.

Posted On Thursday, 01.31.2013 / 7:35 PM

By Alain Poupart - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Jets scratch Byfuglien vs. Panthers

Dustin Byfuglien
Defense - WPG
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 4 | PTS: 7
SOG: 25 | +/-: 0
SUNRISE, Fla. - Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien was scratched from the lineup for Thursday night's game against the Florida Panthers.

After Byfuglien did not take part in the morning skate, coach Claude Noel said a determination on Byfuglien's status would be made later, but the defenseman did not take part in pregame warmups.

"He aggravated something previous to the morning skate," Noel said.

Byfuglien played a team-high 28:26 of ice time in the Jets' 4-3 loss at Montreal on Tuesday. The Jets did not practice on Wednesday.

Byfuglien is tied for the team scoring lead with Evander Kane and

Tobias Enstrom with seven points.

Posted On Thursday, 01.31.2013 / 7:07 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live - Patrick Burke

The You Can Play Project has taken a stand for LGBT athletes everywhere, and today Cisco NHL Live was joined by one of the founding partners, Patrick Burke. Patrick, son of Brian Burke, talked about the strides his project is making and also the team he is a scout for, the Philadelphia Flyers.

Posted On Thursday, 01.31.2013 / 7:01 PM

By Neil Acharya - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Capitals trade for Wellman to help AHL team

TORONTO -- The Washington Capitals traded for forward Casey Wellman on Thursday, acquiring the rights of the Californian from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Zach Hamill.

The Capitals made the deal in hopes of improving their American Hockey League team, the Hershey Bears. The 11-time Calder Cup champions are ninth in the Eastern Conference and have gone 4-4-1-1 in their past 10 games.

"Hershey isn't playing the way we would like them to play; we have had really good teams there for a number of years and we are just trying to shake things up a little bit," Capitals general manager George McPhee said Thursday before the Capitals played the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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