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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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Posted On Friday, 11.11.2011 / 1:26 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Stars will have Morrow when they face Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- The Dallas Stars received some good news on Friday morning, hours before they face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Consol Energy Center.

First-line left wing Brenden Morrow is a go for the game after being questionable with an elbow injury. The Stars even put Steve Ott on IR on Thursday to open up a spot in case Morrow couldn't answer the bell.

But that proved not to be the case as Morrow took part in the morning skate, which dealt mainly with special-teams play.

"Brenden's a go," coach Glen Gulutzan said. "We knew Brenden was going to be a go. He fell on his elbow and had some stitches there, but you know that is not going to hold Brenden back."

The Stars are making one lineup change, however.

Krystofer Barch will be re-inserted into the lineup, playing a fourth-line wing role.

"Barchy will go for us tonight," Gulutzan said. "He's played with lots of energy and been real physical for us. He's gonna come in, and (Jake) Dowell and (Adam) Pardy will be out, but you will see both those guys most likely in tomorrow."

The Stars finish a taxing road trip with a Saturday night game against the Red Wings in Detroit.

STARS

Loui Eriksson - Jamie Benn - Michael Ryder
Brenden Morrow - Mike Ribeiro - Adam Burish
Eric Nystrom - Vernon Fiddler - Radek Dvorak
Krystofer Barch - Tom Wandell - Toby Petersen

Stephane Robidas - Sheldon Souray
Alex Goligoski - Mark Fistric
Trevor Daley - Nicklas Grossman

Kari Lehtonen
Andrew Raycroft

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Posted On Friday, 11.11.2011 / 1:13 PM

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

Alfredsson back in for Senators

After skating with the team for the first time Wednesday since suffering a concussion late last month, is appears Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson has the green light to make his return to the lineup on Friday at First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

"I was happy with what I did, so I don't think it's an issue at all," Alfredsson told the team's website. "I'm just going to take it one day at a time and we'll go from there."

Alfredsson was injured Oct. 29 against the New York Rangers when he was hit by the Rangers' Wojtek Wolski. On Tuesday, he passed the required baseline test.

"Isn't that good news?" Senators head coach Paul MacLean said. "I can't wait until (Friday)."

The Senators have gone 1-3-1 without Alfredsson and slipped three points out of a playoff spot. For the season, Alfredsson has 4 goals and 7 points in 10 games. Of the Senators' 16 games this season, 11 have been decided by one goal, so having Alfredsson's veteran knowledge certainly will be a welcomed addition. The Senators have won six of those 11 one-goal contests.

For more on tonight's game, check out the preview here.
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Posted On Friday, 11.11.2011 / 1:08 PM

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

Penguins to honor military heroes

PITTSBURGH -- A dozen wounded military veterans attended the Penguins' game-day skate, part of the team's Veterans Day tribute.
 
The veterans, seated near the glass during the skate, were greeted by Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux, who signed autographs for a group representing the Wounded Warrior Project, Operation Troop Appreciation and the Veterans Affairs department.
 
The veterans also were given a tour of the Penguins' dressing room, with numerous players coming up to shake hands and pose for pictures. Select members were given personalized Penguins jerseys.
 
During the pre-game skate before the Stars-Penguins game, the Pittsburgh players will wear special camouflage jerseys that they later will sign. The jerseys then will be auctioned on NHL.com, with proceeds benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project and Operation Troop Appreciation.
 
ROTC members will be stationed at all entry gates at Consol Energy Center, and selected military members will sit in suites purchased by Penguins stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. All fans will be given an American Flag Foundation wristband. Military veterans also will participate in Zamboni rides during the game.

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Posted On Friday, 11.11.2011 / 12:56 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Eric Staal still dealing with questions about hit

NEW YORK -- Eric Staal faced another round questions about the hit on brother Marc last season, one that eventually led to a concussion that has sidelined the Rangers top defenseman for the first six weeks of this season.

Parked at his locker in the visiting dressing room at Madison Square Garden on Friday morning, the Carolina Hurricanes captain once again answered questions after a story broke earlier in the day that said Marc was going to see a concussion specialist Dr. Robert Cantu in Boston next week.

"I don't know the medical terminology and everything and that's his deal with the doctors," said Eric, whose Hurricanes will face the red-hot Rangers, winners of five straight, on Friday night.

The brothers spent time together the past couple days with the Hurricanes in town to face the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday and no other games until Friday. Eric said he feels no guilt about the hit that didn't draw a penalty.

"No," Eric said when asked if the hit has weighed on his mind. "I've been talking with him the last couple days and all summer. There were a lot of steps that happened after that hit that probably put him in the position that he's in now. I don't think it's just that hit. It's not like I hit him and he's been done since that point. He played and came back. Now he's healing and on the right track to getting back."

Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice echoed that sentiment.

"It was a clean hit, and his brother came back and played," Maurice said. "To me, he's not the reason there's a concussion."

The hit took place during a game between the Hurricanes and Rangers on Feb. 22. Marc missed the next two games with a knee injury, but played in 15 of the Rangers' final 17 regular-season games and all five playoff games. Marc had setbacks during the summer with his workouts and was eventually shut down by the Rangers during training camp.

Eric said he's not sure if he should expect to face retribution from Marc's teammates Friday, but he'll just go out and play his game as he normally would.

Follow Dave Lozo on Twitter: @DaveLozo
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Posted On Friday, 11.11.2011 / 12:55 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lines for Hurricanes, Rangers

NEW YORK -- The Carolina Hurricanes shook up their lines at practice Thursday in the hopes of finding something that would end their three-game losing streak. Meanwhile, the New York Rangers have one sure thing line with Derek Stepan centering Marian Gaborik and Artem Anisimov, but coach John Tortorella was constantly shuffling his lines during Wednesday's win in Ottawa.

This is likely what the lines for each team will look like when the game starts Friday:

HURRICANES

Alexei Ponikarovsky - Eric Staal - Zach Boychuk
Tuomo Ruutu - Jeff Skinner - Jussi Jokinen
Jiri Tlusty - Brandon Sutter - Chad LaRose
Zac Dalpe - Tim Brent - Anthony Stewart

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

Cam Ward
Brian Boucher

RANGERS
Artem Anisimov - Derek Stepan - Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky - Brad Richards - Brandon Prust
Ruslan Fedotenko - Brian Boyle - Ryan Callahan
Sean Avery - Erik Christensen - Andre Deveaux

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

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron
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Posted On Friday, 11.11.2011 / 12:48 PM

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

Vokoun to start, lineup unknown for Caps

NEWARK, N.J. -- Tomas Vokoun will start in net for the Capitals tonight at Prudential Center, but the rest of Washington's lineup won't be determined until later today.

Mike Green will likely get back in after missing six games, but for now he's considered a game-time decision.

Matt Hendricks will also be a game-time decision because his wife, Kim, gave birth to twins Gunnar and Lennon on Thursday. Hendricks was not here this morning, but is supposed to be on his way and should arrive before the game. There is no word on if he will play.

It is also possible that Marcus Johansson swaps with Nicklas Backstrom to play center between Alex Ovechkin and Troy Brouwer. Johansson missed Thursday's practice, but Mathieu Perreault (healthy scratch if Hendricks plays) was in between Ovechkin and Brouwer while Backstrom was centering Alex Semin and Brooks Laich.

It looks like we'll all have to wait until pre-game warmups to figure anything out about the Capitals lineup tonight.

Follow Dan Rosen on Twitter at: @drosennhl

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