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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 3:19 PM

By Jerry Brown -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Lineups for Coyotes, Blackhawks

Here are the likely lineups for the Blackhawks and Coyotes game tonight in Phoenix:

COYOTES
Ray Whitney - Daymond Langkow - Shane Doan
Mikkel Boedker - Martin Hanzal - Radim Vrbata
Taylor Pyatt - Boyd Gordon - Lauri Korpikoski
Paul Bissonnette - Petteri Nokelainen - Raffi Torres

Keith Yandle - Derek Morris
Rostislav Klesla - David Schlemko
Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Adrian Aucoin

Jason LaBarbera, who has a career 4-0-0 record with a 2.01 goals-against average against the Blackhawks, will start in goal. Mike Smith will be the 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 will start in goal, with Ray Emery the backup.

For more on tonight's game, check out the preview here.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 3:09 PM

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

Wolski scratched; Kesler set to make season debut

The Vancouver Canucks held an optional skate at Rogers Arena this morning, but these are the lines Alain Vigneault will likely trot out against the New York Rangers:

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

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

Ryan Kesler is back on the team's second line after sitting out the first five games while rehabbing from offseason hip surgery. Dale Weise was with the Rangers in training camp, but the Canucks claimed him when he was put on waivers.

For the Rangers, Wojtek Wolski (hip) will be a healthy scratch. He'll be replaced by Kris Newbury. Michael Sauer (shoulder) is also out. Here's a look at the what the Rangers will likely do with their lines tonight:

RANGERS
Derek Stepan - Brad Richards - Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky - Artem Anisimov - Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko - Brian Boyle - Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp - Erik Christensen - Kris Newbury

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto - Steve Eminger
Tim Erixon - Jeff Woywitka

It will be Roberto Luongo for the Canucks and Henrik Lundqvist for the Rangers between the pipes.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 2:59 PM

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

Projected lineup for the Capitals

Here's what the lineup for the Washington Capitals likely will look like when they take the ice tonight against the Florida Panthers. The Panthers, who beat the Tampa Bay Lightning last night, didn't skate today, but likely will stick with the same lines with one change -- top prospect Jacob Markstrom likely will play his second NHL game tonight in goal.

Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Troy Brouwer
Alexander Semin - Marcus Johansson - Mike Knuble
Jason Chimera - Brooks Laich - Joel Ward
Matt Hendricks - Mathieu Perreault - Jeff Halpern

Karl Alzner - John Carlson
Roman Hamrlik - Mike Green
Jeff Schultz - Dennis Wideman

Tomas Vokoun will start in goal, with Dany Sabourin recalled from AHL Hershey to serve as the backup.

For more on tonight's game, check out the preview here.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 2:39 PM

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

Projected lineups for Kings, Blues

Here are what the lineups for the Kings and Blues likely will look like tonight when they meet in Los Angeles. It's the Kings' first game at home since a Sept. 25 preseason game against the Ducks.

In addition to the opening-night festivities, the wives and girlfriends of Kings players will sell "Love for Lokomotiv" bracelets near section 103 of Staples Center for $10 each to benefit the families and children of the KHL team members that were killed in a plane crash Sept. 7. 

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

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

Jonathan Quick is expected to start in goal, with Jonathan Bernier the backup.

BLUES
Alexander Steen - David Backes - Jamie Langenbrunner
T.J. Oshie - Patrik Berglund - Chris Stewart
Vladimir Sobotka - Jason Arnott - Matt D'Agostini
Evgeny Grachev - Scott Nichol - Chris Porter

Kent Huskins - Alex Pietrangelo
Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk
Nikita Nikitin - Roman Polak

Jaroslav Halak will start in goal, with Brian Elliott the backup.

For more on the game, check out the preview here.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 2:36 PM

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

Johnson to get more responsibility

Jack Johnson ably filled in for teammate Drew Doughty early last season when he had 7 points in the six games that Doughty missed with a concussion.

Kings coach Murray expects Johnson to do the same again with Doughty out 7-10 days with an upper-body injury suffered Saturday in Philadelphia.

"I thought he was a horse of a man there in Philadelphia," Murray said. "He played tremendous. He played with more authority on the puck, really tried to take the game over every time he was on the ice. That was outstanding."

Johnson downplayed his bigger responsibility.

"I don't really feel like I'm being put in a different situation," Johnson said. "It's what I've always done. I'm just going to keep playing (the same way) … hopefully I can play huge minutes each night. That's what I like to do."
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 2:33 PM

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

Voynov to make NHL debut

Not only is Slava Voynov expected to make his NHL debut as Drew Doughty's replacement, Kings coach Terry Murray has paired him with Doughty's regular partner, Willie Mitchell, and said Voynov will get power-play time.

Murray admittedly has not seen much of Voynov outside of training camp, but Voynov, 21, emerged ahead of fellow prospect Thomas Hickey because he has more offensive upside.

"I look at him as a veteran player getting an opportunity to play, not a player who's coming up just to fill in for an injured player," Murray said.

Alec Martinez was Voynov's partner in the minors and said Voynov has the tools to play at the NHL level.

"He can produce offensively," Martinez said. "He's got a real heavy shot and he can make plays. We had some good times playing together down there, and I think he'll do a great job."

Voynov's English is limited, but Martinez said he picked up the Russian phrase for "D to D" to communicate with him.

Said Martinez, "I’ve used that a few times."

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 2:27 PM

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

Penner in for Kings

Dustin Penner's injured knee is well enough for him to play in the Los Angeles Kings' home opener tonight against the St. Louis Blues.

Penner left the ice early Monday to have his right knee examined and said this morning that he has soreness, but it won't keep him from playing.

Penner suffered what the team called a contusion when he landed on the knee during a fight with Philadelphia's Zac Rinaldo last Saturday.

"It's built up over time," Penner said. "Landing on it from the fight is just inflammation (and) is causing immobility in my joints. We're working on that diligently now and it should be fine."

Coach Terry Murray has no reservations about putting the power forward in the lineup.

"As long as I hear from the doctors and medical staff that there's no issue there, then I have no problem putting him in at all. I had a meeting with him earlier, and before the practice … I definitely want him in."

Penner fought Rinaldo in response to Rinaldo's hit on Drew Doughty, who is out at least a week with what the team has called an upper-body injury but not a head injury.

Asked if his fighting days would cease, Penner joked, "Dewey (Doughty) on the IR for seven more days, so at least until then."

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 1:58 PM

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

Projected lineups for Stars, Blue Jackets

Here are the likely lineups for tonight's game between the Stars and Blue Jackets in Columbus. The injury to Jeff Carter -- the top-line center was placed on injured reserve with a broken bone in his foot -- means major changes for the Jackets, who are looking for their first win.

STARS
Brenden Morrow - Mike Ribeiro - Michael Ryder
Steve Ott - Jamie Benn - Loui Eriksson
Adam Burish - Vernon Fiddler - Radek Dvorak
Tom Wandell - Jake Dowell - Eric Nystrom

Alex Goligoski - Adam Pardy
Sheldon Souray - Stephane Robidas
Nicklas Grossman - Trevor Daley

Forwards Krystofer Barch and Toby Petersen, and defenseman Mark Fistric will be the scratches

Kari Lehtonen will start in goal, with Andrew Raycroft the backup.

BLUE JACKETS
R.J. Umberger - Derick Brassard - Rick Nash
Vinny Prospal - Antoine Vermette - Alexandre Giroux
Maksim Mayorov - Samuel Pahlsson - Derek Dorsett
Derek MacKenzie - Ryan Johansen - Cody Bass

Fedor Tyutin - David Savard
Radek Martinek - Marc Methot
Kris Russell - Grant Clitsome

Steve Mason will start in goal. Mathieu Corbeil, the Jackets' 2009 fourth-round pick, was called up from Saint John of the QMJHL under emergency conditions to serve as the backup.

For more on tonight's game, check out the preview here.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 1:48 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Lot of similarities between Sabres, Canadiens

When the Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres meet at the Bell Centre tonight, it might seem like they're looking into a mirror when they stare at the opposing bench.

Except for one major difference -- their respective positions in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Sabres (3-1-0) may be looking down at the Canadiens (1-2-1) at the moment, but it is quite remarkable to see how similarly the two teams are built.

Both had a major influx of new talent over the course of one offseason, both lack a true scoring superstar but have enough depth up front to roll three offensive lines, both have seemingly emphasized speed over size in their forward groups, both have a young, stud defenseman that eats up a lot of minutes, and both count on a world-class goaltender.

"They're a little like us in a sense," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. 'They've got some new pieces, they have an (Erik) Cole who's trying to fit in, they're trying to figure out how to utilize some pieces. They've given up more goals than we've seen in the past, but they have good team speed. They've got some guys from the back end that can join and make some plays. So we have to be aware of certain plays and certain individuals."

The Canadiens have a good deal more urgency about them than the Sabres do, and with good reason. Neither goaltender Carey Price nor defenseman P.K. Subban has gotten off to a strong start to the season, and they've both taken some heat lately for the team's pedestrian record to date.

Meanwhile, the Canadiens' special teams -- normally a strength -- has faltered to the tune of a 20th place ranking for the power play and 23rd on the penalty kill.

And Buffalo is the strongest test the Canadiens have faced so far this season, being their first opponent who qualified for last season's playoffs. But a struggling team has Ruff leery of what the Sabres will face tonight.

"I've read some stuff where they need a better performance out of certain individuals, and I think the pride factor for them at home is going to be a big deal," he said. "We don't want to play like we did in our last home game (a 4-3 loss to Carolina), and I'm sure they don't want to play the way they did their last home game. I think we're going to see a different team."

The Sabres entered the season with heightened expectations after bringing in Christian Ehrhoff and Ville Leino through free agency and acquiring Robyn Regehr in a trade with the Calgary Flames. Add those players to the acquisition of Brad Boyes at the trade deadline last season and the early-season emergence of rookie center Luke Adam, and the city of Buffalo is buzzing about their Sabres' chances for the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

External expectations are one thing; living up to them on the ice is another. Through the early going, the Sabres are doing just that.

"So far I've liked our attitude, but we still have a long way to go," goaltender Ryan Miller said. "But that is also encouraging because I think we have a whole other level of hockey we can play with some attention to detail and getting to know each other a little better with our lines and our (defense) pairings. I think that's a good thing."

And likely a scary thing for the rest of the Eastern Conference.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 1:38 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Potential lineups for Bruins, Hurricanes

Here are what tonight's lineups for the Bruins and Hurricanes could look like, based on this morning's skates.

BRUINS
Milan Lucic - Tyler Seguin - Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Rich Peverley
Jordan Caron - Chris Kelly - Benoit Pouliot
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference - Matt Bartkowski

Tuukka Rask was the first goalie off the ice this morning, meaning he'll be the starter. Tim Thomas will be the backup.

Adam McQuaid (neck) will be a game-time decision. If he plays, he'll play on the third pairing, likely in place of Bartkowski.

HURRICANES
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Eric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu
Jiri Tlusty - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Jussi Jokinen - Jeff Skinner - Chad LaRose
Brendon Sutter - Tim Brent - Anthony Stewart

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

Cam Ward will start in goal, with Brian Boucher the backup.

For more on tonght's game, check out the preview here.
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