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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 1:33 PM

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

Kaberle gets his ring

BOSTON – Tomas Kaberle enjoyed the best morning of any of the Carolina Hurricanes players today.
               
In a private meeting with Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, Kaberle received his Stanley Cup championship ring. Kaberle joined Boston after a trade with Toronto last February. He posted 1-8-9 totals in 24 regular-season games, then registered 11 assists in 25 postseason contests.
               
"It was really nice," said Kaberle about the ring after the morning skate at TD Garden. "I think whoever did it, they did a nice job. I’m sure everybody liked it and it's nice. It was a long season, but it was well worth it. It's a new season now, so you just have to look at it that way. The boys are going to be the enemy tonight."
               
When he thinks back about his time in Boston, one memory sticks out for Kaberle.
               
"I think the memories were great, when we had the second day [back in Boston], when we had the parade. There were so many people in the streets, it was an amazing feeling," he said.
               
Kaberle left the Bruins as an unrestricted free agent in July. The Bruins tried to retain his services, but the Hurricanes came forward with a better offer.
              
"At the end of the day, Carolina was the most interested in me and I felt like it was a good decision," he explained. "My brother [Frantisek] helped me as well. He played here before and he only said good things about the Carolina organization and the teammates. So that made it even easier for me."
               
Carolina head coach Paul Maurice had no worries that a return to Boston would hinder Kaberle's effectiveness on the ice.
               
"He's a pretty even-keel guy, and has a lot of experience and patience," said Maurice. "And if there is some emotion, he's earned it. Good for him. He should be somewhat overwhelmed by getting a Stanley Cup ring and his part in it, and I'm happy for him."
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 1:23 PM

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

McQuaid still a question mark

BOSTON – Although they survived by playing just five defensemen in the third period of their shootout win at Chicago Saturday night, the Bruins will welcome back Adam McQuaid with open arms if he can return to their lineup tonight against Carolina at TD Garden.

McQuaid suffered a neck injury in Carolina last Wednesday and missed the contest with the Blackhawks. The Bruins did not use his fill-in, Matt Bartkowski, over the final 25 minutes against the Blackhawks.

McQuaid practiced Monday and participated in the morning skate today. He did not speak to the media after the skate. McQuaid might still need some official medical clearance before he gets to face the Hurricanes.

"All I would say to that – and I’m not trying to be smart here – is it's a game-time decision for that reason," said coach Claude Julien. "So there’s more than, I guess, I can tell you that needs to be done here before we make that decision for tonight."

Elsewhere on the Bruins’ blue line, Steven Kampfer, who suffered a knee injury in the preseason, skated again today but has not been cleared for contact yet, according to Julien.

If McQuaid doesn't play, Bartkowski would be in the lineup again. He logged just 5:32 of ice time, none after the second intermission. Nonetheless, Julien said he’s seeing improvement in the second-year pro.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 1:21 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lines for Flyers, Senators

Here's what the projected lineups could look like for Tuesday's game between the Ottawa Senators and the Philadelphia Flyers at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. Both teams held full practices, with the Sens coming off a 2-1 loss to the Capitals on Saturday in Washington, and the Flyers being beaten by the Kings 3-2 in overtime Saturday.

SENATORS
Colin Greening - Jason Spezza - Mika Zibanejad
Milan Michalek - Stephane Da Costa - Daniel Alfredsson
Nick Foligno - Peter Regin - Chris Neil
Erik Condra - Zenon Konopka - Zack Smith

Filip Kuba - Erik Karlsson
Chris Phillips - David Rundblad
Jared Cowen - Brian Lee

Alex Auld will get the start in goal for the second straight game, with Craig Anderson serving as backup.

Defenseman Sergei Gonchar is day-to-day (ankle), and forward is questionable Bobby Butler while battling a groin injury.

FLYERS
James Van Riemsdyk - Claude Giroux - Jaromir Jagr
Wayne Simmonds - Danny Briere - Jakub Voracek
Scott Hartnell - Sean Couturier - Matt Read
Zac Rinaldo - Maxime Talbot - Harry Zolnierczyk

Matt Carle - Chris Pronger
Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn
Andreas Lilja - Andrej Meszaros

Sergei Bobrovsky will get his first start of the season in goal, with Ilya Bryzgalov serving as the backup.

Harry Zolnierczyk was called up from the Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League for tonight's game, and is expected to replace Andreas Nodl, who is banged up. Also, Matt Walker could make his season debut in place of defenseman Andreas Lilja.

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


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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 1:12 PM

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

Montreal's Markov out until at least November

Montreal Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin confirmed Tuesday that injured defenseman Andrei Markov's return to action prior to the end of the month is "out of the question."

Markov is recovering from a second operation to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a span of seven months. He first tore the ligament in Game 1 of the second round of the 2009 playoffs, and then tore it again seven games into his comeback on Nov. 13, 2010.

Renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews performed the most recent surgery, Dec. 8, 2010 in Florida.

Markov traveled to Florida on Oct. 9 to visit with Andrews and remains there, with Martin saying he should spend another week training under his surgeon's watchful eye before returning to Montreal.

"He just needs to build the strength in his leg," Martin said.

Martin said Tuesday that the team is following the doctor's suggestions and that
recovery from a second surgery on the same knee takes longer than the first recovery.

The absence of Markov, combined with injuries to Jaroslav Spacek and Chris Campoli, is part of the reason the Canadiens have started 1-2-1.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 1:12 PM

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

Krejci could be back soon

BOSTON -- While Tyler Seguin has filled in well as the Bruins’ first-line center between Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton, David Krejci’s return from a core injury would be a big help.

Krejci, who suffered the injury last week in a practice, skated with his teammates Monday and took the morning skate today. He did not go through line drills, as Seguin continued to fill Krejci’s spot. Krejci declined to speak with the media about his condition after the skate. Tonight will be his third game missed with the injury.

“Krejci’s not ready to go yet,” coach Claude Julien said about last year’s team co-leader in points. “He’s obviously starting to skate with us, so he’s inching closer to returning, but not tonight.”

Seguin leads the team in scoring with 5 points (1 goal). Prior to his injury, Krejci had scored just 1 goal in three games.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 12:58 PM

By Corey Masisak -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Markstrom to get first start for Panthers?

The Florida Panthers will see their past in net Tuesday night when Tomas Vokoun starts for the Washington Capitals, but they might also get a glimpse of their future.

It is possible Jacob Markstrom will make his first career NHL start against the Capitals after starter Jose Theodore played Monday night in a win against Tampa Bay. Markstrom, the 31st pick in the 2008 Entry Draft, is with the club because backup Scott Clemmensen is injured.

Markstrom is generally considered the best goaltending prospect in the world. He tops the list for Justin Goldman, who runs the site Goalie Guild and contributes to NHL.com. He’s the second-ranked goaltender on Hockey’s Future top prospects list behind Los Angeles’ Jonathan Bernier, who has appeared in too many NHL games to be eligible for Goldman’s list.

The Gavle, Sweden, native (same hometown as the No. 1 center he’d face if he plays, Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom) was a star for Brynas IF in the Swedish Elite League and at the world junior championships before spending last season with Rochester in the American Hockey League.

Markstrom made a relief appearance for Clemmensen last season, playing the final two periods Jan. 23 against New Jersey. He allowed two goals on 14 shots, but should he get the nod tonight it would be the first start for the tall goaltender who turns 22 in January.

Here is what the lineup should look like for the Panthers:

Tomas FleischmannStephen WeissKris Versteeg
David BoothTomas KopeckyScottie Upshall
Sean BergenheimMarcel GocJack Skille
Ryan CarterShawn MatthiasMatt Bradley

Ed JovanovskiErik Gudbranson
Mike WeaverDmitry Kulikov
Brian CampbellJason Garrison

Jacob Markstrom
Jose Theodore

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 12:04 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Jackets go to QMJHL for backup goalie

In addition to placing center Jeff Carter on injured reserve Tuesday morning, the Columbus Blue Jackets have been forced to call up unsigned draft choice Mathieu Corbeil from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to serve as Steve Mason's backup tonight against the Dallas Stars.

Corbeil, the club's fourth-round choice (No. 102 overall) in 2009, was recalled from the Saint John Sea Dogs on an emergency basis.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the organization's Nos. 2, 3 and 4 goalies all are hurt. Mark Dekanich, Mason's regular backup, is sidelined with a high-ankle sprain. The third goalie on the depth chart, Curtis Sanford, suffered a groin strain in practice Monday.

The team's top American Hockey League prospect in Springfield, Allen York, is recovering from a shoulder injury he suffered over the weekend. According to Columbus General Manager Scott Howson, York was feeling "much better" Tuesday but will remain off the ice and be re-evaluated Wednesday.

By rule Corbeil only can be with the team for 24 hours, meaning he'll have to rejoin the defending Memorial Cup champion Sea Dogs on Wednesday morning.

"We'll get through Tuesday," Howson told the Disptach. "We'll see where we stand on Wednesday. We'll deal with it on Thursday."
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 12:02 PM

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

Bobrovsky looks to be Flyers starter in Ottawa

Sergei Bobrovsky was the first goalie off the ice for the Flyers this morning in Ottawa, meaning he will be getting his first start of the season tonight against the Senators.

Ilya Bryzgalov started the first four games for the Flyers and went 3-0-1 including a shutout, posting a 1.99 goals-against average and .927 save percentage along the way.

Bobrovsky went 28-13-8 over 54 appearances as a rookie last season. He had a .915 save percentage and 2.59 GAA.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 11:58 AM

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

Projected lineups for Sabres, Canadiens

Here is what the lineups could look like for the Sabres and Canadiens when they meet tonight in Montreal.

CANADIENS
Lars Eller - Tomas Plekanec - Erik Cole
Travis Moen - Scott Gomez - Brian Gionta
Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Andrei Kostitsyn
Mathieu Darche - Andreas Engqvist - Aaron Palushaj

Josh Gorges - P.K. Subban
Hal Gill - Raphael Diaz
Alexei Emelin - Yannick Weber

Carey Price will start in goal, with Peter Budaj the backup.

SABRES
Thomas Vanek - Luke Adam - Jason Pominville
Nathan Gerbe - Derek Roy - Drew Stafford
Tyler Ennis - Ville Leino - Brad Boyes
Cody McCormick - Paul Gaustad - Patrick Kaleta

Robyn Regehr - Tyler Myers
Jordan Leopold - Christian Ehrhoff
Andrej Sekera - Marc-Andre Gragnani

Forward Matt Ellis and defenseman Mike Weber will be healthy scratches.

Ryan Miller will start in goal, with Jhonas Enroth the backup.

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

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 11:53 AM

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

Lineups for Penguins, Wild

Here's what the lineups for the Penguins and Wild could look like when they meet tonight in Minnesota (7:30 p.m. ET, Versus, TSN2). The Penguins didn't skate today after playing last night in Winnipeg.

PENGUINS
Matt Cooke - Mark Letestu - Arron Asham
Chris Kunitz - Jordan Staal - Pascal Dupuis
James Neal - Richard Park - Steve Sullivan
Steve MacIntyre - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams

Zbynek Michalek - Paul Martin
Deryk Engelland - Kris Letang
Matt Niskanen - Ben Lovejoy

The Penguins called up Brian Strait today, in case Kris Letang is suspended. He has a disciplinary hearing this morning for a hit on the Jets' Alexander Burmistrov last night.

Marc-Andre Fleury could start in goal for the second straight night, with Brent Johnson the backup.

WILD
Devin Setoguchi - Mikko Koivu - Dany Heatley
Guillaume Latendresse - Matt Cullen - Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Colten Gillies - Kyle Brodziak - Cal Clutterbuck
Brad Staubitz - Darroll Powe - Brett Bulmer

Nick Schultz - Marek Zidlicky
Clayton Stoner - Greg Zanon
Marco Scandella - Jared Spurgeon

Nicklas Backstrom will start in goal, with Josh Harding serving as the backup.

The game also marks Wild coach Mike Yeo's first game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Yeo spent five seasons as an assistant coach for the Pens, including working for two seasons under coach Dan Bylsma.

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