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Posted On Saturday, 11.12.2011 / 11:00 AM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Penguins, Hurricanes

Here are the projected lineups for the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Carolina Hurricanes for their game Saturday night at RBC Center:

PITTSBURGH
 
Steve SullivanEvgeni Malkin - James Neal
Chris KunitzJordan StaalPascal Dupuis
Matt CookeRichard ParkArron Asham
Eric TangradiJoe VitaleCraig Adams
 
Paul MartinKris Letang
Brooks Orpik – Derek Engelland
Matt Niskanen – Alexandre Picard

Marc-Andre Fleury started in goal Friday night in a 3-1 win against Dallas at Consol Energy Center. Brent Johnson is his backup.
 
CAROLINA
 
Alexei PonikarovskyEric StaalZach Boychuk
Jeff SkinnerTuomo RuutuJussi Jokinen
Chad LaRoseBrandon SutterPatrick Dwyer
Jiri TlustyTim BrentAnthony Stewart
 
Tim GleasonBryan Allen
Tomas KaberleJay Harrison
Jamie McBainJoni Pitkanen

Cam Ward started in net Friday night at Madison Square Garden in a 5-1 loss to the New York Rangers. Brian Boucher is his backup.
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Posted On Friday, 11.11.2011 / 10:16 PM

NHL.com - 2011-2012 Situation Room blog

OTT @ BUF - 4:57 of the Third Period

At 4:57 of the third period in the Sabres/Senators game, video review confirmed the call on the ice that Buffalo forward Drew Stafford did not touch the puck with a high stick as Ville Leino's shot was heading into the goal. Good goal Buffalo.

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Posted On Friday, 11.11.2011 / 9:51 PM

NHL.com - 2011-2012 Situation Room blog

OTT @ BUF - 4:57 of the Third Period

At 4:57 of the third period in the Sabres/Senators game, video review confirmed the call on the ice that Buffalo forward Drew Stafford did not touch the puck with a high stick as Ville Leino's shot was heading into the goal. Good goal Buffalo.
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Posted On Friday, 11.11.2011 / 8:50 PM

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DAL @ PIT - 17:32 of the Second Period

At 17:32 of the second period in the Penguins/Stars game, video review proved inconclusive. Therefore referee Furlatt's call on the ice -- that Penguins forward Chris Kunitz deflected the puck into the net with his stick above the crossbar -- stands. No goal Pittsburgh.

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Posted On Friday, 11.11.2011 / 6:17 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Jets activate Chris Mason off IR

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets received a rare piece of positive news on the injury front on Friday morning.

The Jets activated goaltender Chris Mason from Injured Reserve after the veteran backup missed seven games with a groin injury. Mason exited the Jets' 9-8 win at Philadelphia on Oct. 27 after playing 8:27 in relief of starter Ondrej Pavelec. Mason is 1-2-0 in four games this season with a 2.68 goals-against average.

To make room for Mason, the Jets reassigned goaltender Peter Mannino to the St. John's IceCaps of the American League. Mannino logged third-period mop-up duty in Thursday night's 5-2 loss to the Florida Panthers.

"I'm excited to come off [Injured Reserve]," Mason said before the team departed for Saturday night's visit to Columbus. "It [stinks] being injured. I'm pretty happy to be back. You just want to be with the guys."

Mason also indicated that he is "100 percent" ready for game action. The demands of the position mean that groin injuries can sometimes linger for goaltenders, but Mason needed just two weeks to heal.

"I went full-bore here in the last three days here," Mason said of why he feels ready for game play. "I like to think that I heal quickly. The trainers here put me on an excellent regimen, so I feel great. There are no reservations at all."

Meanwhile, right wing Eric Fehr's surgically repaired right shoulder continues its long recovery. Fehr is testing the shoulder in practice, and Friday's contact-filled session provided it with a good workout. Fehr, acquired from the Washington Capitals in a July trade, has yet to play this season.

"It feels pretty good," Fehr said of his shoulder. "It's a little bit stronger than I expected, actually, just to be able to push guys and get body position."

While his teammates may not have relished the demanding practice, Fehr saw the session as a positive.

"That was a great practice for me to jump into," Fehr said. "We wanted to be physical in practice, we wanted to moving our feet and working hard. That's the kind of practice that, selfishly, I need to get back into the line-up."

Fehr plans to consult with the team's medical staff and see how his shoulder is progressing, but he could not provide a definitive timetable for his return.

Along with Fehr, the Jets own a long list of injured players on the blue line. Ron Hainsey has missed 12 games with an upper-body injury, Tobias Enstrom is out indefinitely with a broken collarbone, and Randy Jones and Derek Meech remain out as well.

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Posted On Friday, 11.11.2011 / 4:28 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Luongo doesn't skate, but will start vs. Ducks

ANAHEIM -- It appears that Roberto Luongo will get another turn in net for the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.
Luongo was expected to get the night off after he backstopped Vancouver to a 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday.

Luongo wasn't at Friday's sparsely attended optional skate, but when Corey Schneider came off the ice he threw reporters a curve when he said he wasn't starting against the Anaheim Ducks.

Vancouver is finishing a six-game road trip in which they had three days off between games.

"I think they just want to keep Lu in a rhythm," Schneider said. "He's coming back into form and is playing well, so I'm sure they just want to get him going."

Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault wasn't available to comment, and neither was Luongo. Schneider said he found out Thursday night and understood.

"We had three days off before, so to go back-to-back for Lu after three days off isn't such a big deal," he said. "I'm sure he's looking forward to getting back in there again."
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Posted On Friday, 11.11.2011 / 4:24 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Anaheim changes up power play

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks' power play has ranked in the top five in the NHL the past three seasons, including a No. 2 success rate in 2010-11.

It's not difficult to generate offense there with the likes of Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne setting up in the opposition's zone.

But Anaheim takes a meek 12.1 percentage on the power play, 26th in the NHL, into Friday's game against the Vancouver Canucks. Coach Randy Carlyle restated at the morning skate that he'll likely switch up the personnel within the two units.

"I think maybe we can mix up the groupings and maybe trying to create a little bit more competition for the ice time," Carlyle said. "We've considered that, and we've worked on a couple options within our grouping and who knows?  Maybe you'll see it tonight."

The Ducks' first unit is usually Getzlaf, Perry, Selanne, Lubomir Visnovsky and Cam Fowler, but second-unit pieces Bobby Ryan, Saku Koivu and Andrew Cogliano are also at their disposal.

"We've got to do whatever we have to do," Getzlaf said. "If we have to move guys around, that's what we're going to have to do. This morning they tried a few different things out there, and hopefully we'll have a few answers tonight."
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Posted On Friday, 11.11.2011 / 4:20 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Struggles for defense pair of Visnovsky, Lydman

ANAHEIM -- The Ducks' defensive pairing of Lubomir Visnovsky and Toni Lydman was perhaps the most dynamic in the NHL last season.

Visnovsky led all defensemen in scoring and Lydman was among the plus-minus leaders.

But the pair has struggled this season and coach Randy Carlyle has made Francois Beauchemin and Cam Fowler the top pair in regards to ice time.

Asked about Visnovsky's poor start, Carlyle said, "I think he's attacking the blue line way too much, taking too many chances. He's trying to do too much versus letting the game develop and come to him. We've shown him some video. We've been over some of the examples of that, and I think those things are costing him."
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Posted On Friday, 11.11.2011 / 4:16 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Canucks, Ducks

Here are the projected lineups for tonight's game between the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center:

CANUCKS

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alexandre Burrows
Chris Higgins - Ryan Kesler - David Booth
Jannik Hansen - Cody Hodgson - Manny Malhotra
Aaron Volpatti - Maxim Lapierre - Dale Weise

Dan Hamhuis - Kevin Bieksa
Alexander Edler - Sami Salo
Keith Ballard - Aaron Rome

Roberto Luongo
Cory Schneider

Burrows pronounced himself fit to return to the lineup after a few days of treatment on his back.

"I needed a realignment kind of thing," he said. "The medical staff did a great job. I didn't think it was bad at first. But for a few days it was tough walking around and getting out of bed. Now it's nice to see it's a quick fix and back in the lineup."

Burrows hasn’t played since he was hit by Chris Stewart of St. Louis on Nov.4.

DUCKS
Bobby Ryan - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selanne
Brandon McMillan - Peter Holland - Devante Smith-Pelly
Matt Beleskey - Maxime Macenauer - Andrew Gordon

Francois Beauchemin - Cam Fowler
Lubomir Visnovsky - Toni Lydman
Luca Sbisa - Kurtis Foster

Jonas Hiller
Dan Ellis

Visa issues could delay Ben Maxwell's arrival to Anaheim. The Ducks claimed Maxwell off waivers from Winnipeg on Thursday and coach Randy Carlyle indicated that they might not see him until after the weekend.
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Posted On Friday, 11.11.2011 / 4:07 PM

By Alan Robinson -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Tangradi earned way back to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH -- Even with Sidney Crosby and Tyler Kennedy sitting out with concussions and Evgeni Malkin missing seven games with knee soreness, the Pittsburgh Penguins didn't recall top forward prospect Eric Tangradi.
 
Tangradi didn't take it as a slight, however, just as he didn't when he was one of the first players cut during training camp. He didn't speak out. He just kept producing for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL), with 7 goals and 5 assists in 12 games.
 
That steady production led the Penguins to call up Tangradi for their game Friday against the Stars, even though they could have recalled Dustin Jeffrey or Steve MacIntyre, who are in Wilkes-Barre on conditioning assignments.
 
"I don't think I need to do anything different," said Tangradi, who has 1 goal and 2 assists in 16 NHL games the last two seasons. "I'm here for a reason. I'm here to play my game and not worry about anything else. Not be too nervous, not do more than I'm capable of doing and just play my game."
 
Coach Dan Bylsma said Tangradi is up for a reason.
 
"Eric's game has really come on strong the last eight games or so with Wilkes-Barre," Bylsma said. "He's playing strong down low. He's protecting the puck. He's been a physical presence. He's really improved his puck management in the neutral zone. That's something that he's been inconsistent on in the past. We're looking for him to continue that and be a force in the offensive zone, hold on to the puck, get to the net."
 
And show why he is Pittsburgh's top prospect.

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There was a lot of talk off the ice. From a player's standpoint, that's not the talk in the room. GMs make decisions, coaches make decisions, but as a team you have to come together and be ready to go, and we are.

— San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels on his team's approach entering training camp