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Posted On Sunday, 11.27.2011 / 11:49 AM

By David Kalan -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Stars put Lehtonen on injured reserve

The Dallas Stars took a significant hit Sunday when the team announced that starting goalie Kari Lehtonen had been placed on injured reserve after suffering a lower-body injury in Saturday night's 3-0 loss to the Coyotes.

Lehtonen, 28, currently leads the NHL in wins, going 13-4-1 this season with a 2.35 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage. After winning eight games in the season's opening month, Lehtonen as named the NHL's Second Star of the Month for October. Behind Lehtonen's stellar play the Stars have been one of the pleasant surprises in the first quarter of the 2011-12 season and they are currently tied with Phoenix and San Jose for the most points in the Pacific Division.

With Lehtonen out, backup goalie and 11-year veteran Andrew Raycroft is expected to get the start Monday night when Dallas visits Colorado. Dallas did however call up goalie Richard Bachman from the AHL to fill the role of backup.

The Stars also recalled forward Francis Wathier Sunday.
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Posted On Sunday, 11.27.2011 / 12:00 AM

By Pete Jensen -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Lundqvist producing at elite level



With Pekka Rinne caught in a four-game winless skid, Henrik Lundqvist is quietly emerging as the League's top fantasy netminder. His performance on Saturday spoke for itself.

With the potent offense of the Philadelphia Flyers in town for a preview of the season's 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, things got heated early and often. But Lundqvist's 29-save shutout gave the New York Rangers the last laugh in the latest chapter of their spirited rivalry with Philly.

Lundqvist (9-4-3, 2.05 GAA, .935 save percentage, 2 SO) has won seven of his last eight starts overall, and notched another masterful effort in a big game behind a suddenly stout Rangers defensive front -- even with Marc Staal (concussion-like symptoms) having missed all 20 games this season. The Rangers, who started the season slow, are only five points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins -- who sport the League's best record -- with four games in hand.

In short, the Rangers have become an elite team for a reason. And with all due respect to Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards and Ryan Callahan, Lundqvist has been the team's backbone through thick and thin. The Blueshirts have played the second fewest games in the League to date (20), but Lundqvist is still tied for ninth in the League in wins. He also sports the fourth-best save percentage and is among the leaders in shutouts.

If this dominant stretch of play is any indication, Lundqvist will start 60-plus games for the Rangers and make his fantasy owners proud in the process.
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Posted On Saturday, 11.26.2011 / 8:19 PM

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PIT @ MTL - 1:04 of the Second Period

At 1:04 of the second period in the Penguins/Canadiens game, video review determined that the puck was batted in off Pittsburgh forward Chris Kunitz glove and into the net. According to rule 67.6 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who bats or directs the puck with his hand into the net".  No Goal Pittsburgh.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.26.2011 / 4:53 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Hitchcock doesn't expect emotional Columbus return

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- When Ken Hitchcock goes back to Columbus on Sunday, don’t expect the 59-year-old to get all emotional and teary-eyed about it.

Maybe in another time and another place there would be mixed emotions, especially if it were his first job. But the veteran coach has been there, done that. This will be Hitchcock's third time going back to a place he once called his bench.

Hitchcock, who has coached in Dallas, Philadelphia, Columbus and now St. Louis, was with the Jackets for four seasons before being fired in 2010, the third time a franchise has relieved him of his duties.

"I've been out two years (in Columbus) doing work for them," Hitchcock said of the Columbus organization. "I've developed a friendship with obviously the American (Hockey) League guys and some of the business people there just for fun, getting to know other people in the business.

"If it was (a big deal), I'd tell you. It isn't. But it was hard in Dallas."

Yes, Hitchcock admitted that at one time, it was difficult, and that was when he was fired from his first NHL job with the Stars, for whom he had won a Stanley Cup with in 1999 and spent seven seasons with.

"I said to people it was tough for me going back to Dallas," Hitchcock said. "It was really hard because we were in on the design on some of the stuff in the building. We were in on the design of the locker rooms, coach's offices, training rooms, murals that are up there that are still there ... we were in everything. Mr. (Tom) Hicks (who owned the Stars at the time) included us in everything. So it was really hard for me to go back there. Very emotional."

But this will be just another game for Hitchcock, who is 6-1-2 since taking over the Blues after they fired Davis Payne on Nov. 6 following a 6-7 start.

The Blues went from 14th in the Western Conference at that time to sixth heading into Saturday's action, and they've done it by buying into a style that has seen Hitchcock win at all levels he's been at.

"When we do it, they have found value in puck management and checking," Hitchcock said. "They've found real value in managing the three lines on the ice and checking. They've seen through a lot of video how that can manage the game properly and create scoring chances.

"I think the toughest thing in this League is to convince the players that the harder they check, the more they score. I think that's where the players are getting a good feel for ... if I compete and check, then that's how I get the puck because just waiting for the game or waiting for the puck to come to you doesn't work in this league. Teams are too good."

In the initial aftershock of Payne being let go, it's natural for players to react in a favorable way, simply because they understand that it's now time to hold the players accountable after management serves notice by relieving a coach.

"Any time you get a shakeup like a coach getting fired, it sends a message through the whole team," said veteran winger Jamie Langenbrunner, who played for Hitchcock in Dallas. "Things weren't going horribly here. We were right around .500 but still the message was sent we expect to be bigger and better. I think that was a wake-up call for everybody.

"Unfortunately, [Payne] pays the price for it, but I think the message was heard loud and clear."

And the Blues have responded to Hitchcock's demanding style of play with a smothering style that has yielded only 11 regulation/overtime goals in nine games. Although the power play still has work to do, the penalty kill is much improved and the five-on-five play has been spectacular, allowing only six goals in the nine games under Hitchcock.

"It's attention to detail, just doing the little things," said goalie Brian Elliott, who leads the league in goals-against average (1.34), save percentage (.951) and is tied for shutouts with three to go with a 9-1 record. "If you go around the room, that's what guys would say. It's being accountable and knowing why you're doing the things you do. He has a good way of explaining how and why you're doing things. When you know why you're doing it, then it helps a lot. Everybody can read off each other easily. It's simplifying our game and playing to our strengths and doing it for 60 minutes.

"He expects a lot out of you, but I think in the end, he enjoys being around the guys. It's nice to come in to see a smiling face every morning, someone you can go to with a question and you don't feel uncomfortable. He knows what he's talking about. He's been around the game so long. Anything you get out of him you can probably trust is the right thing."

Defenseman Kris Russell, who played for Hitchcock in Columbus and who will be making his return to Nationwide Arena for the first time since being traded to St. Louis Nov. 10, said of Hitchcock: "He brings structure, leadership. He's a guy that's been there. He's won a Cup obviously. He took a team in Columbus to the playoffs when they've never reached it. Those records speak for themselves.

"I'm sure he wants us to play as well as we can to get a win in there, but Hitch is a coach that is pretty even-keeled every game. He takes it one game at a time. You can't be too high, can't be too low in this league or you go for a ride."

The Blues are enjoying the ride they're on now, and as long as they can adhere to Hitchcock's message, they may just keep themselves in the thick of the rugged Western Conference race.

"For me, the controlling of the three lines ... when we do it well, we can play with and against anybody," Hitchcock said. "We did it for two periods and five minutes in Pittsburgh (on Wednesday) as well as we've ever done it since I've been here. We were really good. If we do those things, then we can beat anybody. That's where, to me, the buy-in has started. When your best players do it, then everybody else has to follow.

"It's not fun to play that way. It's a constant tug-of-war. The more success you have, the more they want to go back and play a different way. It's not easy playing that way. It's not easy at all. Not fun. It's very rewarding, but it's not fun. But when those guys buy in and play that way, we're very good."
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Posted On Saturday, 11.26.2011 / 4:31 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Sharks, Canucks ready after verbal jousting

SAN JOSE – The San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks exchanged a few verbal shots earlier this week, which could add even more spice to the game Saturday night at HP Pavilion, a rematch between last year’s Western Conference finalists.

Vancouver won that series in five games, all but one of them decided by two or fewer goals.

Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray and forward Ryane Clowe added fuel to the rivalry Friday morning when asked by Bay Area reporters if they disagreed with ex-Bruin Mark Recchi’s assessment of Vancouver when he said it was “the most arrogant team” and “the most hated team” he had played against in his long career.

“No,” Murray said. “No. I don’t think so. But it’s not the whole team either. It’s certain individuals that give them that reputation. I’m not going to sit here and call out names, but you guys know. It’s so obvious for anybody that watches the game.”

Added Clowe: “I think a lot of teams (that) played against them in the playoffs have similar feelings. We haven’t played them this year so we’ll see.”

Canucks center Ryan Kesler fired back, to the Vancouver Province, after their 5-0 win Friday night against Phoenix.

“We’re going to stay classy and we’re going to play our game and that’s a fast-paced game, and if we do that, I like our chances,” Kesler said. “You know, they can say whatever they want. I don’t understand. We play the game hard and we play it tough. We play their skilled players tough and most don’t like it.”

The question now is how heated and chippy the action will get once the puck drops at the Shark Tank.

“You never know what’s going to happen, but we’re prepared for it in here if it becomes anything like that, but it’s nothing we’re focused on,” Murray said Saturday morning. “If anything, we try to focus on us, how we play.”

Sharks center Patrick Marleau said he just welcomes the chance to play Vancouver again.

“Obviously there’s some carryover,” Marleau said. “You don’t like losing to anybody, that’s for sure. Our team’s changed a little bit, but the players that have been here know what we’re going to be up against tonight. It’s a good challenge.

“You want to win. You want to prove if we had to do it again it would be a different outcome. So that being said, we want to play our best game and come out firing.”
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Posted On Saturday, 11.26.2011 / 3:44 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Canucks stick with Schneider in net

SAN JOSE – Vancouver goaltender Cory Schneider, coming off back-to-back shutouts, will make his fifth straight start Saturday night against the San Jose Sharks, the team announced after an optional morning skate.

Goaltender Roberto Luongo, one of four Canucks on the ice Saturday morning at HP Pavilion, missed back-to-back games with an upper-body injury but suited up at Colorado on Wednesday and at Phoenix on Friday.

Schneider made 24 saves in a 3-0 victory against Colorado and 22 in a 5-0 victory over Phoenix. Before Schneider posted two straight shutouts – and three straight wins -- it seemed likely that Luongo would start against San Jose on the second of back-to-back games.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault did not attend the optional skate, and his decision to start Schneider was announced by a team spokesman.

“Roberto’s a great goalie and so is Schneider,” Sharks captain Joe Thornton said earlier in the day before the decision was announced. “So it doesn’t matter who you go against.”

Schneider is 5-4-0 with a 2.02 goals against average and a .928 save percentage. He’s allowed one goal in his past three games. Luongo is 7-5-1 with a 2.97 goals against average and .896 save percentage.

Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi, coming off a 1-0 shutout of Chicago, will start his second straight game against Vancouver.

Here’s how the lineups could look for tonight’s game between the San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks at HP Pavilion:

SHARKS

Joe PavelskiJoe ThorntonLogan Couture
Ryane ClowePatrick MarleauTorrey Mitchell
Jamie McGinnMichal HandzusMartin Havlat
Brad WinchesterAndrew DesjardinsAndrew Murray

Dan BoyleDouglas Murray
Brent BurnsMarc-Edouard Vlasic
Jason DemersJim Vandermeer

Antti Niemi

CANUCKS

Daniel SedinHenrik SedinAlexandre Burrows
Chris HigginsRyan KeslerDavid Booth
Manny MalhotraCody HodgsonJannik Hansen
Aaron VolpattiMaxim LapierreDale Weise

Dan HamhuisKevin Bieksa
Alex Edler – Sami Salo
Andrew AlbertsKeith Ballard

Cory Schneider

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Posted On Saturday, 11.26.2011 / 3:39 PM

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NYI @ NJD - 19:59 of the Third Period

At 19:59 of the third period in the Devils/Islanders game, video review used the overhead angle and the side camera to determine that Devils forward Zach Parise used his right skate to propel the puck into the net.  According to rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net". No Goal New Jersey.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.26.2011 / 3:15 PM

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PHI @ NYR - :29 of the Second Period

At :29 of the second period in the Rangers/Flyers game, video review used the overhead camera angle to conclusively determine that Rangers forward Ryan Callahan directed the puck into the net with his glove. No Goal Rangers.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.26.2011 / 2:51 PM

By Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Avalanche put Johnson on IR, recall Elliott

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche placed defenseman Erik Johnson on injured reserve today because of a groin injury and called up defenseman Stefan Elliott from the Lake Erie Monsters in the American Hockey League.

Elliott will be available for tonight’s game against the Edmonton Oilers at Pepsi Center. Elliott, 20, had two goals, seven assists and a plus-five rating with Lake Erie. He was a second-round pick (49th overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft.

These are the projected lineups for tonight’s game between the Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center:

OILERS

Ryan SmythRyan Nugent-HopkinsJordan Eberle
Taylor HallShawn HorcoffAles Hemsky
Ryan JonesEric BelangerSam Gagner
Darcy HordichukAnton LanderLennart Petrell

Ladislav SmidTom Gilbert
Theo PeckhamJeff Petry
Colten TeubertTaylor Chorney

Devan Dubnyk is expected to start in goal with Nikolai Khabibulin as the backup.

AVALANCHE

Matt DuchenePaul StastnyMilan Hejduk
Gabriel Landeskog – Ryan O’Reilly – Daniel Winnik
Cody McLeodTJ GaliardiDavid Jones
Kevin PorterJay McClementChuck Kobasew

Kyle Quincey, Shane O’Brien
Jan Hejda, Stefan Elliott
Ryan Wilson, Ryan O’Byrne

Semyon Varlamov is expected to start in goal with Jean-Sebastien Giguere as the backup.
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Posted On Saturday, 11.26.2011 / 2:46 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Detroit's Emmerton OK after collision Friday

DETROIT -- Cory Emmerton won't be in the lineup Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena against the visiting Nashville Predators, but Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said it's not a decision based on his health.

Emmerton appeared to be hurt during a collsion at center ice with Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, who was assessed a kneeing penalty on the play. Emmerton left the ice, but returned to finish the game.

He also participated in an optional morning skate on Saturday morning.

"I don't think it was intentional," Emmerton said of the hit. "It was just trying to make a hit there at center ice and I don't really know what happened, but (we) just kind of collided or whatever. It's more like a stretching of the leg than a direct hit on anything, so I was very fortunate."

Emmerton said there isn't much lingering pain and he could've played Saturday had Babcock called his number to go.

 "I don't think there's anything wrong besides a little bit of stiffness," said Emmerton, who has one goal and one assist in 18 games as the fourth-line center. "I'll take that any day over an injury. I feel fine."
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