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Posted On Thursday, 10.13.2011 / 2:52 PM

NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Canucks-Red Wings

Here is the anticipated lineup for both Detroit and Vancouver tonight.

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

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

With the back-to-back Cory Schneider is getting the start and Roberto Luongo will be given the night off.

RED WINGS
Henrik Zetterberg - Pavel Datsyuk - Danny Cleary
Jiri Hudler - Valtteri Filppula - Johan Franzen
Justin Abdelkader - Darren Helm - Todd Bertuzzi
Drew Miller - Cory Emmerton - Tomas Holmstrom

Nicklas Lidstrom - Ian White
Niklas Kronwall - Brad Stuart
Jonathan Ericsson - Jakub Kindl

Jimmy Howard will get the start with Ty Conklin as the backup.
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Posted On Thursday, 10.13.2011 / 2:41 PM

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

Milestone night on tap for Price, Kiprusoff

The starting goalies at both ends of the ice will be looking to reach significant milestones when the Montreal Canadiens host the Calgary Flames in their home opener Thursday.

For the Flames, Miikka Kiprusoff will be taking his second shot at passing Mike Vernon to become the franchise leader in wins. They're tied with 262.

"That’s an individual accomplishment that really is a reflection of a team, the team he had in front of him, but also the fact he's a very good goaltender," said Flames coach Brent Sutter. "The one thing is he's constant; he's been very consistent for the most part in how he prepares and everything he does. He's a true professional."

Though getting the record for Kiprusoff is important, the Flames simply are looking to win a game at this point after starting the season with two losses where they allowed five goals in each game.

"We're definitely still upbeat in this room," said captain Jarome Iginla. "But at the same time, we know we need to play better."

At the other end of the ice, the Canadiens' Carey Price will be looking to become the seventh-youngest goalie in League history to reach 100 career wins.

Should Price get the win Thursday he will have done it at age 24 years, 58 days old. That would leave him behind Harry Lumley, Tom Barrasso, Terry Sawchuk, Grant Fuhr and Patrick Roy, all of whom registered their 100th win at the age of 23 or younger.

Former Canadien Jocelyn Thibault was 24 years, 32 days old when he got his 100th win to slide into sixth on the list, while Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was 24 years, 91 days old when he hit the milestone.

Fleury will fall to eighth on the list at some point, unless it takes Price more than a month to get another win.

"It's cool to be able to get to 100, but I'd like to get a couple of hundred more," Price said after practice Wednesday. "It shows how many good teams I've played on because you don't win if you're not on a good team."
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Posted On Thursday, 10.13.2011 / 2:16 PM

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

Lineups for Blackhawks, Jets game

Here is what the lineups could look like when the Blackhawks and Jets face off in Chicago tonight.

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

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

Ray Emery will make his season debut in goal tonight, with Corey Crawford serving as the backup.

JETS
Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler
Evander Kane - Kyle Wellwood - Mark Scheifele
Brett MacLean - Nik Antropov - Alexander Burmistrov
Tanner Glass - Jim Slater - Chris Thorburn

Dustin Byfuglien - Tobias Enstrom
Zach Bogosian - Mark Stuart
Ron Hainsey - Johnny Oduya

Ondrej Pavelec will start in goal, with Chris Mason the backup
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Posted On Thursday, 10.13.2011 / 2:09 PM

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

Kings' Penner debuts; Devils' Pelley, Janssen too

New Jersey Devils forwards Rod Pelley and Cam Janssen each will make their season debuts Thursday -- as linemates -- when New Jersey hosts to the Los Angeles Kings tonight at Prudential Center.
 
"I'm going to go out and do my things, whether I get two shifts or I get 10," Janssen told the media following practice. "It doesn't matter. I've got to bring it every shift and be responsible and just do what I've got to do."
 
Bradley Mills, who will center the line with Pelley and Janssen, is looking to "wreak some havoc."
 
"First and foremost, we want to by physical with lots of energy and be able to get in on the forecheck," Mills told NHL.com. "We want to wreak some havoc."
 
Said Devils coach Peter DeBoer: "I'd like to see constant energy from that line, defensive reliability, and at times, play hard in order to grab momentum or maintain momentum during parts of the game."
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Posted On Thursday, 10.13.2011 / 1:43 PM

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

Sick Fleury to get night off; Vokoun in for Caps

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has an undisclosed illness, which means backup Brent Johnson is expected to start Thursday against Washington (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US), his former club. Fleury would be the backup.

Johnson has started once during the Penguins' first four games, their 2-1 shootout loss in Edmonton on Sunday, in which Johnson stopped 34 of 35 shots. Johnson played for the Capitals from 2005-09.

Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said Tomas Vokoun would make his second start in goal. Michal Neuvirth has an undisclosed injury and did not make the trip to Pittsburgh. Braden Holtby was recalled from AHL Hershey and will be the backup.
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Posted On Thursday, 10.13.2011 / 1:40 PM

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

Sid, Geno availability leaves Pens' lines a question

The Penguins' line combinations during the morning skate weren't what they'll use in the game since captain Sidney Crosby -- cleared for full contact in practice for the first time this season -- centered a line with Matt Cooke and Pascal Dupuis.

Joe Vitale, who had 2 assists in a 4-2 win against Florida on Tuesday, is expected to remain on that line.

Evgeni Malkin centered Steve Sullivan and James Neal on another line. Malkin has missed the last two games with right knee soreness and is a game-time decision. If he can't go, Mark Letestu likely would move into this spot.

The other Penguins lines were:

Chris Kunitz - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
Arron Asham - Richard Park - Craig Adams.

The defensemen pairs were:
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Kris Letang - Deryk Engelland.
Ben Lovejoy - Matt Niskanen

Brent Johnson will start in goal in place of Marc-Andre Fleury, who is sick, but still will serve as the backup.

More coming soon on the goaltender situation for both teams tonight.


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Posted On Thursday, 10.13.2011 / 1:02 PM

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

Projected lineups for Canadiens, Flames

Here are the lines for tonight's game between the Canadiens and Flames tonight in Montreal, based on this morning practices.

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

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

Carey Price will start in goal, with Peter Budaj backing him up.

Injured and sitting out tonight are forwards Michael Cammalleri and Ryan White, and defensemen Chris Campoli, Jaroslav Spacek and Andrei Markov

FLAMES
Alex Tanguay - David Moss - Jarome Iginla
Curtis Glencross - Olli Jokinen - Lee Stempniak
Tim Jackman - Roman Horak - Rene Bourque
Niklas Hagman - Matt Stajan - Tom Kostopoulos

Mark Giordano - Scott Hannan
Chris Butler - Jay Bouwmeester
Derek Smith - Cory Sarich

Miikka Kiprusoff will start in goal, with Henrik Karlsson serving as the backup.

Forwards Brendan Morrison and Mikael Backlund are injured and will not play. Healthy but sitting out are forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond and defenseman Anton Babchuk
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Posted On Thursday, 10.13.2011 / 12:50 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Lightning, Islanders

Here is what the lineups should look like for the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders when they meet tonight at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Neither team skated this morning, as both opted to only have meetings.

Both squads' lineups are expected to look very similar to their previous games. New York is coming off a 2-1 win against Minnesota on Monday afternoon, while the Lightning dropped a 6-5 shootout decision at Washington later that night.

LIGHTNING
Teddy Purcell - Steven Stamkos - Martin St. Louis
Steve Downie - Vincent Lecavalier - Ryan Malone
Brett Connolly - Dominic Moore - Ryan Shannon
Adam Hall - Mattias Ritola - Nate Thompson

Victor Hedman - Eric Brewer
Brett Clark - Pavel Kubina
Marc-Andre Bergeron - Bruno Gervais

Dwayne Roloson, who turned 42 yesterday, gets the start in goal. Blair Jones, Tom Pyatt and Matt Gilroy will be the scratches.

ISLANDERS

Matt Moulson - John Tavares - PA Parenteau
Michael Grabner - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo
Brian Rolston - Josh Bailey - Blake Comeau
Matt Martin - Marty Reasoner - Jay Pandolfo

Mark Streit - Steve Staios
Andrew MacDonald - Travis Hamonic
Mark Eaton - Mike Mottau

Al Montoya will get his third straight start in goal, with Evgeni Nabokov dressing for the first time this season as the backup. Rick DiPietro is being re-evaluated today after being struck near the temple by a Rolston slap shot yesterday. Trevor Gillies skated this morning and is expected to be activated off the injured reserve list, but the Isles will again be without Nino Niederreiter and Milan Jurcina, who are out with groin injuries.

Follow Brian Compton on Twitter: @BComptonNHL

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Posted On Thursday, 10.13.2011 / 12:22 PM

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

Projected lineups for Avalanche, Senators

Here's what the projected lineups could look like for Thursday's game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. The Sens held a full practice, while the Avalanche had an optional skate, after their overtime victory in Columbus Wednesday night:

SENATORS

Milan MichalekStephane Da CostaDaniel Alfredsson
Colin GreeningJason SpezzaMika Zibanejad
Nick FolignoPeter ReginChris Neil
Zack SmithBobby Butler

Filip KubaErik Karlsson
Chris PhillipsDavid Rundblad
Jared CowenSergei Gonchar
Brian Lee

Craig Anderson will get his fourth-straight start in goal, with Alex Auld serving as backup.

Zenon Konopka skated with the fourth line in Tuesday's practice, but head coach Paul MacLean has made him a healthy scratch, along with Erik Condra and Nikita Filatov. MacLean did not specify who will be playing with Smith and Butler, so expect some line juggling, possibly with Colin Greening and Peter Regin seeing time on the fourth line.

MacLean is also going with seven defensemen, with Brian Lee returning to the lineup after being named a healthy scratch in Tuesday’s game against the Wild.

Thursday night will also be the debut of Ottawa's Heritage jersey.

AVALANCHE
Peter MuellerMatt DucheneMilan Hejduk
David JonesPaul StastnyChuck Kobasew
Gabriel LandeskogRyan O'ReillyDaniel Winnik
Cody McLeodJay McClementTJ Galiardi

Shane O'BrienKyle Quincey
Erik JohnsonJan Hejda
Ryan WilsonRyan O'Byrne

Jean-Sebastien Giguere gets his first start of the season Thursday night, with Semyon Varlamov serving as backup.

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Posted On Thursday, 10.13.2011 / 8:56 AM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Melrose Minute

Barry's first 'Mullet of the Week' winner

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