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Posted On Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 3:59 PM

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

Maroon may make NHL debut for Ducks

CHICAGO -- After skating with the Ducks’ second line in Tuesday’s morning skate, 6-foot-4, 225-pound rookie forward Patrick Maroon is hoping to make his NHL debut on Tuesday night in Chicago.

Maroon is from St. Louis, which is just a four-hour drive from Chicago, so his family will be in attendance to hopefully see his first game.

Maroon skated with center Saku Koivu and forward Teemu Selanne on Tuesday, but there seems to be some feeling among the Ducks traveling media contingent that Maroon could find himself replacing Bobby Ryan on the left wing of the top line with center Ryan Getzlaf and right wing Corey Perry.

Neither place in the lineup would change his designated role to use his big frame and help open up the ice for whomever’s playing with him.

“I’m just going to play my game, get pucks in, go to work and create offense for those guys,” he said of the Ducks’ top forwards. “Just create havoc, so they have room to play their game. It’s just exciting. If I play it will be my first game ever and first NHL experience.”

Maroon was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth round (No.161) of the 2007 Entry Draft. He was traded to Anaheim on Nov. 21, 2010 along with David Laliberte in exchange for Danny Syvret and Rod Bordson.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 3:56 PM

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

Ducks may take longer look at Smith-Pelly

CHICAGO -- The Anaheim Ducks are prepared to pay the price to keep 19-year-old rookie forward Devante Smith-Pelly longer than the nine games if they want to take a longer look.

Smith-Pelly, a two-way forward with a big body, is currently playing the wing on the Ducks’ third line. He’s recorded just one assist in seven games with a minus-3 rating, but his defensive ability and physicality (11 hits) are intriguing to Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle.

“(He’s a) big physical winger that has to play the body to be effective,” Carlyle said. “If he’s not skating and playing the body, he just becomes another player out there. He’s a 19-year-old kid we’re asking a lot of to play a third-line role for us, but again, that’s what it’s about.”

If the Ducks opt to keep Smith-Pelly longer than nine games, his time clock for NHL free agency would start with Game 10. They could still return him to the OHL’s Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors later in the season, but the season would count toward his eventual NHL free agency instead of counting as a junior season if he’s sent back before or at the nine-game mark.

Smith-Pelly hopes to make it a very tough decision no matter what the Ducks decide.

“I talked to (Ducks General Manager) Bob Murray and he said that nine-game mark … he’s not too worried about burning a year on the contract or whatever,” Smith-Pelly said on Tuesday. “He says as long as I deserve to be here I will be. If or when that time comes, if I don’t deserve to be here I won’t … whether it’s seven games, 10 games or 80 games. That kind of makes me feel like I’m doing some things right and making the decision pretty hard on them.”
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 3:45 PM

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

Quick gets a rest as Kings go with Bernier

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Jonathan Bernier will start Tuesday night for the Los Angeles Kings despite Jonathan Quick riding a franchise record shutout streak, coach Terry Murray said.

Murray said he mapped out his starters prior to last Saturday's game because he wants Bernier to see action before the team goes on the road.

The Kings host the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday before playing at Dallas, Phoenix and Colorado.

"It's a decision I made a couple of days ago," Murray said. "I want to get him prepared. I knew Sunday was going to be a day off and let him have an opportunity to get himself ready over the day off … we've got a lot of games coming up. Right now the schedule starts to get a little busy. It's an opportunity early out of training camp."

Quick was named the NHL's First Star of the week after he recorded his third straight shutout last Saturday. He has gone a club record 188 minutes, 10 seconds without allowing a goal and carries a 0.81 goals-against average with a .972 save percentage (151 saves on 154 shots faced) over his past five games.

Bernier has made only one appearance this season, a loss to Buffalo on Oct. 8 in the second of back-to-back games for the Kings in the NHL Premiere Games in Europe.

Asked if Quick tried to coax him into starting Tuesday, Murray laughed and said, "He's very understanding that it's the early part of the year and we have a lot of games coming up that are huge games for us."
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 3:36 PM

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

Projected lineups for Devils, Kings

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Here's how the lineups are projected to look when the New Jersey Devils face the Los Angeles Kings tonight at the Staples Center:

DEVILS
Petr Sykora - Patrik Elias - Dainius Zubrus
Ilya Kovalchuk - Zach Parise - Nick Palmieri
Mattias Tedenby - Adam Henrique - David Clarkson
Rod Pelley - Brad Mills - Cam Janssen

Andy Greene - Mark Fayne
Henrik Tallinder - Adam Larsson
Bryce Salvador - Anton Volchenkov

Johan Hedberg will get the start in goal with Keith Kinkaid serving as the backup.

Parise will move from wing to center for the first time since his rookie season in the NHL because the Devils are without Travis Zajac and Jacob Josefson.

Parise played center when he was younger, "but college is a little different than the NHL," he said.

"It will be pretty different. I'm going to have to re-learn the position. Hopefully, D-zone coverage will be pretty simplified for me. Hopefully I won't be too lost."

New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer hasn't seen Parise with Ilya Kovalchuk but he likes the potential.

"On the face of it I see arguably two of the top 10 forwards in the world," DeBoer said. "You never know how chemistry is going to work, but I like the fact that both guys are world class players and we'll hope it works."

Sykora isn't feeling well and if he can't play, defenseman Mark Fraser will play at forward, DeBoer said.

Meanwhile, goalie Martin Brodeur came on the ice at the end of New Jersey's morning skate Tuesday and took shots, but DeBoer said he probably won’t play on this road trip.

The team brought Brodeur on the trip to get him some work after he suffered a right shoulder injury diving when he made blocker save on Alec Martinez during an Oct. 13 game against the Kings.

KINGS
Simon Gagne - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams
Dustin Penner - Mike Richards - Dustin Brown
Brad Richardson - Jarret Stoll - Ethan Moreau
Kyle Clifford - Trevor Lewis - Kevin Westgarth

Jack Johnson - Rob Scuderi
Willie Mitchell - Slava Voynov
Alec Martinez - Matt Greene

Jonathan Bernier will get the start in goal with Jonathan Quick, he of the three consecutive shutouts, serving as backup.

It appears that defenseman Drew Doughty probably won’t return until the latter half of the week.

Doughty wore a no-contact yellow jersey in practice Monday and coach Terry Murray indicated he'll probably have no contact for "another few days."

Doughty injured his right shoulder when he was hit by Philadelphia's Zac Rinaldo last Saturday. The team initially said he would be out 7-10 days.

"It's kind of out of my hands," Doughty said. "I know how I feel. But the trainers know what they're talking about, too, and they've seen these injuries so many times, so obviously I've got to listen to them."

There is no pressing need for Doughty to return. Voynov, a rookie, has taken his place.

"I definitely need to get some practice in with some contact before I play, so that's why I'm kind of assuming I won't play tomorrow," Doughty said.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 2:25 PM

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

Projected lineups for Ducks, Blackhawks

Here are the projected lineups for when the Anaheim Ducks face the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at the United Center:

DUCKS
Bobby Ryan - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Patrick Maroon - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selanne
Andrew Gordon - Andrew Cogliano - Devante Smith-Pelly
Matt Beleskey - Maxime Macenauer - George Parros

Francois Beauchemin - Cam Fowler
Luca Sbisa - Lubomir Visnovsky
Sheldon Brookbank - Toni Lydman

Jonas Hiller is expected to start in goal with Dan Ellis serving as his backup.

BLACKHAWKS
Andrew Brunette - Jonathan Toews - Patrick Sharp
Daniel Carcillo - Patrick Kane - Marian Hossa
Bryan Bickell - Dave Bolland - Michael Frolik
Viktor Stalberg - Marcus Kruger - Jamal Mayers

Duncan Keith - Nick Leddy
Brent Seabrook - Niklas Hjalmarsson
Steve Montador - Sean O'Donnell

Corey Crawford is expected to start in goal with Ray Emery serving as his backup.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 2:20 PM

By John Manasso -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Fisher, Bouillon make season debuts for Preds

NASHVILLE -- Center Mike Fisher and defenseman Francis Bouillon will make their season debuts on Tuesday for the struggling Nashville Predators when they host the San Jose Sharks at Bridgestone Arena.

Both players have missed the first seven games of the season, as the Preds have gone 1-2-1 since winning their first two games. Nashville is coming off a three-game Western Canadian road trip in which it scored four goals.

Fisher, who was acquired in February from Ottawa for a couple of high-round draft picks, underwent a procedure on his shoulder during the offseason. He had 3 goals and 4 assists in 12 playoff games and 5 goals and 12 assists in 27 games during the regular season after coming over the from the Senators, as Nashville's management credited his performance with helping to get the team into the postseason.

He has been skating since August but was only recently cleared for contact. Nashville coach Barry Trotz said that Fisher would skate on a line with rookie Craig Smith, who also plays center, and that Smith would take some of the faceoffs to take pressure off Fisher.

"I'm feeling good and cleared to play, pretty excited," Fisher said. "It's been a long time. Yeah, it's good to be back …
I feel, conditioning-wise, ready and strong and should be good to go."

Bouillon has been sidelined much longer with a concussion. He last played on Jan. 16 at Chicago, missing the final 44 games of the regular season and all of the playoffs. He is likely to start out on Nashville's third defense pair with either Jack Hillen or Teemu Laakso.

"I don't want to start talking today about what's going to happen if I get hit and stuff like that, I just got to put them (negative thoughts) aside and to play my game," Bouillon said.

Trotz said the players should give Nashville, one of the League's youngest teams, a "comfort feeling" in the locker room.

"We could use their experience because we are young and a little bit fragile right now, so hopefully they'll be stabilizing factors," Trotz said.

San Jose coach Todd McLellan did not disclose any lineup changes prior to the game.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 2:16 PM

By John Manasso -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Potential lineups for Sharks, Predators

Here are the projected lines for tonight's game between the San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena:

SHARKS

Patrick Marleau - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski
Ryane Clowe - Logan Couture - Martin Havlat
Jamie McGinn - Michal Handzus - Benn Ferriero
Brad Winchester - Andrew Desjardins - Andrew Murray
 
Douglas Murray - Dan Boyle
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Brent Burns
Jim Vandermeer - Justin Braun
 
Antti Niemi is expected to get the start in goal with Thomas Greiss serving as his backup.

PREDATORS

Sergei Kostitsyn - David Legwand - Colin Wilson
Mike Fisher - Craig Smith - Patric Hornqvist
Jordin Tootoo - Jerred Smithson - Nick Spaling
Brian McGrattan - Blake Geoffrion - Matt Halischuk
 
Ryan Suter - Shea Weber
Kevin Klein - Jonathon Blum
Francis Bouillon - Teemu Laakso / Jack Hillen
 
Pekka Rinne is expected to get the start in goal with Anders Lindback serving as his backup.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 2:01 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Potential lineups for Canucks-Oilers

David Booth will make his Canucks debut tonight after he arrived in a trade from the Florida Panthers on Sunday. Gone are Marco Sturm and Mikael Samuelsson, although the latter is still in Vancouver rehabbing and resting.

Expect Vancouver's lines to like this against the Oilers tonight:

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

Dan Hamhuis - Kevin Bieksa
Alexander Edler - Keith Ballard 
Andrew Alberts - Sami Salo

Roberto Luongo
Cory Schneider

Look for Edmonton to roll with these combinations:

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Ryan Smyth - Shawn Horcoff - Ryan Jones
Magnus Paajarvi - Eric Belanger - Sam Gagner
Ben Eager - Anton Lander - Lennart Petrell

Ryan Whitney - Corey Potter
Ladislav Smid - Tom Gilbert
Cam Barker - Andy Sutton

Nikolai Khabibulin
Devan Dubnyk
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 1:46 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Crosby stays behind with Penguins on Long Island

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby did not make the trip to Long Island for Tuesday's game against the Islanders simply because he was not going to play so there was no reason for him to go on a one-game trip with his teammates. He remains back in Pittsburgh working through his rehab as he nears a return to the ice.
 
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma addressed Crosby's status Tuesday morning:
 
"He's still in the process of his rehab. While we'd all like to put a timetable on it, we haven't. It's not about missing games or projecting when that game might be, he has to still go through the process. He's progressing really well. You see him on the ice, his level of compete, speed and skill is great to watch, and we're still going through that process. I think everyone would like to know when game one is or what a timetable is, but we're still in the process of going through his rehab and that doesn't have a timetable on it."
 
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 1:42 PM

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

Potential lineups for Hurricanes, Senators

These are how the lineups are projected to look for tonight's game between the Ottawa Senators and Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center:

SENATORS

Milan Michalek - Jason Spezza - Colin Greening
Nick Foligno - Mika Zibanejad - Kaspars Daugavins
Erik Condra - Zack Smith - Chris Neil
Stephane Da Costa - Zenon Konopka - Jesse Winchester

Sergei Gonchar - Chris Phillips
Filip Kuba - Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowen - David Rundblad

Craig Anderson will start in goal with Alex Auld serving as his backup.

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson is out with a hip flexor injury. Daugavins has been recalled from Binghamton and will take his place in the lineup. According to coach Paul MacLean, Daugavins might start the game in Alfredsson's spot on Mika Zibanejad's line.

HURRICANES

Alexei Ponikarovsky - Eric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu
Jeff Skinner - Jussi Jokinen - Chad LaRose
Jiri Tlusty - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Zach Boychuk - Tim Brent - Brett Sutter

Tim Gleason - Joni Pitkanen
Bryan Allen - Jay Harrison
Tomas Kaberle - Jamie McBain

Cam Ward will start in goal with Brian Boucher serving as his backup.

The Hurricanes recalled winger Boychuk from Charlotte to replace Anthony Stewart in the lineup. Stewart is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

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You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.

— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense