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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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Posted On Wednesday, 10.12.2011 / 5:31 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Philly pick-me-up

It hasn't been a good week to be a Philadelphia sports fan.

First, the Phillies and their baseball-best 102 wins were drummed out of the playoffs in the first round, and the Eagles lost their third straight game to fall to 1-4. And with the NBA lockout meaning no 76ers basketball, that leaves the Flyers to lift the town's spirits.

"It's not something we think about when we're out there, but walking around town the last few days, that's what people are talking about," Flyers center Danny Briere told NHL.com. "'You're our hope now, we're relying on your guys.' It's good to hear, it's good to see. Although it would have been nice to have the Phillies keep playing and the Eagles doing a little better. Sometimes that's the way it is and we have to try and capture the attention while we can have it."

Scott Hartnell isn't a native Philadelphian, but he's become a huge Phillies fan in his four years with the Flyers.

"I'm just as sad as everyone else the Phillies are out," he told NHL.com. "I was planning on going all this week to a couple games, just like everyone else. And the Eagles are having a tough time as well."

Hartnell said he plans on giving the forlorn fans a fun night tonight against the Canucks.

"It's going to be an exciting night," he said. "That's all we care about, getting a win tonight."

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK
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Posted On Wednesday, 10.12.2011 / 5:07 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Kesler getting close

Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler was one of the nine skaters on the ice in Philadelphia this morning for the team's optional skate as he continues to work his way back from offseason hip surgery.

Kesler has been on the ice with the team since Oct. 5, and today marks the 10-week anniversary of the Aug. 2 surgery that repaired the labrum in his left hip. The initial recovery time was pegged for 10-12 weeks.

He's not quite ready yet, but said this morning, "I'm getting closer. It’s a matter of time."

That time could come as soon as the Canucks return home from their current four-game road trip, which would be Oct. 18 against the New York Rangers.

Kesler wouldn't commit to any date, saying, "I don't want to come in the lineup and not be at full speed, be in the best condition I can be in. That's what they have me doing."

Henrik Sedin, who was on the ice with Kesler this morning, said his teammate doesn't look too far removed from the All-Star who scored 41 goals last season.

"I don't know how he feels out there, but he looks good," Sedin said. "He's got a good stride out there, skates hard. Should be pretty close. … We'll see. It'll take some time for him to get back to game shape. We've got to give him some time."

Roberto Luongo, who also took part in this morning's skate, said he thought Kesler looked awfully good, too, but wasn't going to rush him back into the lineup.

"Health-wise I think he's feeling pretty good," Luongo told NHL.com. "With an injury like that you want to make sure you're 100 percent before you come back because it's a long season and we don't want to take any chances there."

Whenever he does return, the players know just how important Kesler is to the Canucks' success.

"We all know what he can do when he's healthy," said Sedin. "He's huge for the team, and when he comes back he'll help us big time. It's nice to see him getting closer."

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK
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Posted On Wednesday, 10.12.2011 / 4:05 PM

NHL.com - Roster Call

Roster Call for October 12, 2011

The following NHL teams have announced the following roster moves today.

  Anaheim Ducks

Signed: Troy Bodie.

  Chicago Blackhawks

Re-Assigned to AHL: Brandon Saad.
Recalled from AHL: Alexander Salak.

  Dallas Stars

Acquired via trade: Eric Nystrom.
Re-Assigned to AHL: Tomas Vincour.

  Nashville Predators

Re-Assigned to AHL: Zack Stortini.
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Posted On Wednesday, 10.12.2011 / 2:40 PM

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

Johansen earns another start for Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel told reporters that rookie Ryan Johansen will be in the lineup on Wednesday against the Colorado Avalanche.

Johansen, the team's fourth overall choice in the 2010 Entry Draft, earned 8:46 of playing time in his NHL debut against the Nashville Predators in the team's season-opener on Oct. 7. He totaled 40 goals and 92 points with the Portland WinterHawks of the Western Hockey League last season.

In other news out of Columbus, Arniel said that center Jeff Carter is questionable with the flu.

"We'll see how he is when he comes back in this afternoon," Arniel told The Columbus Dispatch. "We just wanted to get him home, get him away from everybody and let him rest. We'll see if he's feeling better tonight."
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Posted On Wednesday, 10.12.2011 / 1:02 PM

By Alex Galchenyuk -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Alex Galchenyuk draft blog

Galchenyuk set for takeoff in Sarnia

Alex Galchenyuk is a forward for the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot, 198-pound forward was born in Milwaukee but is of Russian decent -- his father, Alexander, spent five of his 22 professional seasons playing in the U.S. He was the first pick of the 2010 OHL draft, and last season had 31 goals and 52 assists in 68 games. He had 2 goals and 2 assists in four games for Team USA at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, and returned to take part in the 2011 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp in August. Galchenyuk has offered to maintain a monthly blog for NHL.com that will chronicle his season leading up to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Hi everyone! My name is Alex Galchenyuk. I'm 17 years old and playing for the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. I was born in Milwaukee and took my first steps on the ice when I was 18 months old.  

My family originally is from Russia, but since my dad was a hockey player we lived all over the world. He's been helping me and giving advice my whole life. My mom Inna and sister Anna have been very supportive as well. They all moved to Sarnia when I decided to play there.

This year, I had a very exciting summer. Our family spent some time in Moscow so I could pass my school exams, then we visited our grandparents, who live in Minsk, Belarus -- we had some good family time. Then we flew home to Sarnia and after training for a week there, me and my sister drove to Rochester, N.Y. for the Team USA U-18 camp. It was a dream come true to hear my name announced at the end of the week on the roster for the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Tournament.

I trained hard with my father and my friends in Florida for two weeks and then it was time to fly out to Slovakia for the tournament with Team USA. I think going there and playing for USA was definitely the highlight of my summer. It was the first time I played internationally and I loved it. I got a chance to meet and be friends with a lot of great guys from the team and the whole coaching staff and USA Hockey organization. It was amazing. My sister was there to support me and my parents watched online. It was a great overall experience, even though going through some things was tough -- like when I played against Russia and my skateblade broke after the first period, I had to try playing in different skates and then finished the game playing in my coach's skates

I really hope I get called up to play for Team USA again and I will try to do much better next time.

I am very excited about this season with the Sarnia Sting. Our organization made a lot of changes during the summer, our coaching staff is excellent and we have a lot of new, talented faces on our team. I hope we have a successful season!

This season I want to do the best I can, play my game and have a shot at winning the Memorial Cup with the boys. Of course I'm really excited for the 2012 Entry Draft, but I try not to think about it too much now and really just focus on getting on the ice as soon as I can and having an effective and successful season with my team. So far it's been a tough start for me because I injured my knee in an exhibition game, so right now I've been going to therapy and training hard but I really hope to be out there with the boys soon.

I really want to win something with our team this year and I'll work hard and do everything I can to make that happen.
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Posted On Wednesday, 10.12.2011 / 12:48 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Canucks, Flyers

Here is what the lineups could look like for the Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks when they meet tonight at the Wells Fargo Center for the Flyers' home opener.

The Flyers had a full skate while the Canucks had an optional, with only nine players on the ice -- among them Daniel Sedin, Ryan Kesler, Roberto Luongo and Corey Schneider.

So while the Flyers' lineup will look similar to what they've used in their first two games, the Canucks could change a bit before the puck drops tonight:

FLYERS

Wayne Simmonds - Danny Briere - Jakub Voracek
Jaromir Jagr - Claude Giroux - James van Riemsdyk
Scott Hartnell - Sean Couturier - Matt Read
Zac Rinaldo - Maxime Talbot - Andreas Nodl

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

Ilya Bryzgalov will make his third straight start in goal, with Sergei Bobrovsky backing him up. The only healthy scratch will be defenseman Matt Walker.

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

Roberto Luongo will start in goal, with Cory Schneider the backup. Kesler skated this morning but won't be playing -- more on him in  a bit -- while also sitting out will be defenseman Christopher Tanev and Alexander Sulzer, and center Andrew Ebbett.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.12.2011 / 12:38 PM

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

Projected lineups for Bruins, Hurricanes

Here are what the lineups could look like for Wednesday's game between the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.:

BRUINS
Milan Lucic - Tyler Seguin - Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Rich Peverley
Benoit Pouliot - Chris Kelly - Shawn Thornton
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Jordan Caron
 
Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference - Adam McQuaid

Tim Thomas will get the start in goal with Tuukka Rask serving as backup.

David Krejci is out of the lineup. He remains day-to-day with a core injury. He will be replaced on the top line by Tyler Seguin. Forward Jordan Caron will return to the lineup after two games as a healthy scratch.

HURRICANES

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

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

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

Carolina will dress defenseman Jamie McBain for the first time this season. He replaces 19-year-old rookie Justin Faulk, who played in the first three games.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.11.2011 / 10:03 PM

NHL.com - 2011-2012 Situation Room blog

MIN@OTT - 6:13 of the 3rd period

At 6:13 of the 3rd period in the Minnesota/Ottawa game video review was used to conclusively determine that Chris Neil scored. The puck clearly crossed the goal line and entered the net. The overhead look was used to make the ruling.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.11.2011 / 9:51 PM

NHL.com - 2011-2012 Situation Room blog

MIN@OTT - 1:57 of the 3rd Period

Video Review at 1:57 of the 3rd Period in the Minnesota/Ottawa game confirmed the referee's ruling on the ice that Minnesota forward Nick Johnson scored a goal during a goal mouth scramble.  The puck was conclusively determined to be entirely over the goal line.

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