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Posted On Tuesday, 10.11.2011 / 3:55 PM

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

Hot memories of Ottawa for Wild

The Minnesota Wild doesn't travel to Ottawa very often, but their most recent trip prior to today's visit was a memorable one -- for all the wrong reasons.

On Dec. 17, 2009, the day before their game, a blow torch left in a bag ignited and destroyed 95 percent of the Wild's gear.

Thanks to hard work from a pair of equipment managers, they were able to get back to Minnesota, round up enough gear and get back to Ottawa in time for the morning skate, which at least allowed the players a bit of practice time a chance to get used to their equipment.

"It's not the way you want to prepare for a game, but the trainers did an unbelievable job to even make this game possible," goalie Niklas Backstrom said following the loss. He was wearing replacement gear after most of his original equipment was burned in the fire.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.11.2011 / 1:49 PM

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

One more opening night for Pens

For openers -- that is, NHL home openers -- this will be the Pittsburgh Penguins' fourth in as many games.
 
After playing the home openers for Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton in a four-night span, the Penguins returned home from their Western Canada road trip to take on the Florida Panthers on Tuesday in their own home opener.
 
The Penguins are looking to do better than last year's home opener, when they opened the Consol Energy Center with a 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
 
While there are ceremonies associated with each opening night, Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said the only adjustment the players must make is to a little more idle time than usual in the dressing room and on the ice during the pregame introductions.
 
"It's a little longer to wait, so you kind of just stand there," Fleury said. "It's a little longer, but it's not a big deal. You try to move around in the room and stay loose."

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.11.2011 / 1:44 PM

By Andrew Gordon -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Andrew Gordon Player Blog

'A once in a lifetime experience'

Andrew Gordon
Right Wing - ANA
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 1 | PTS: 1
SOG: 3 | +/-: -1
With another 14-plus hours in the air behind us, we have once again safely landed on North American soil. To conclude the trip, our plane actually landed for about an hour to refuel in Halifax, Nova Scotia -- no more than 30 minutes from my front door! Now if I could have only had a couple Donairs and some poutine from Willy's delivered to the plane -- that would have really been paradise for me. Nevertheless it was nice to feel like I was actually home, while en route "home," even if it was just for an hour. 

I feel we were all a little relieved to touch down in California. Although we all agree the trip was amazing, I think we were a little traveled-out by the time those nine days were over. As I mentioned a couple times before the time change was tough to get used to, and as most of us had just gotten into the swing of things it was time for us to ship out again.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.11.2011 / 1:23 PM

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

Projected lineups for Senators, Wild

Here are what the lineups could look like for Tuesday's game between the Ottawa Senators and Minnesota Wild at Scotiabank Place. The Senators had a full practice, while the Wild held an optional skate.

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

Jared Cowen - Sergei Gonchar
Chris Phillips - David Rundblad
Filip Kuba - Erik Karlsson

Craig Anderson will get the start in goal, with Alex Auld serving as back-up.

There will be a few lineup changes, as forwards Bobby Butler and Nikita Filatov, and defenseman Brian Lee all will sit out.

Of Filatov, Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said, "Other guys have played better."

Rundblad will replace Lee.

"We've had some issues getting pucks out of our own end and being efficient with it," said MacLean. "What David brings to the table is being good with the puck and making good outlet passes."

WILD
Dany Heatley - Mikko Koivu - Devin Setoguchi
Guillaume Latendresse - Matt Cullen - Brett Bulmer
Colton Gillies - Kyle Brodziak - Cal Clutterbuck
Matt Kassian - Darroll Powe - Nick Johnson

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

Nicklas Backstrom will get the start, with Josh Harding serving as back-up.
 
This is Cullen's first game in Ottawa since playing the final 21 games of the 2009-10 season there after being traded by the Carolina Hurricanes in February 2010.

Defenseman Marek Zidlicky was among those who skipped Tuesday's skate, but coach Mike Yeo insists he will play.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.11.2011 / 12:38 PM

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

With Malkin out, Letestu remains on top line

With center Evgeni Malkin (lower body) out for the Penguins' home opener Tuesday night against Florida, Mark Letestu again moved into his spot on a line with Steve Sullivan at left wing and James Neal at right wing. That could very well be one of the Penguins' lines once Sidney Crosby returns from his concussion.
 
Crosby took part in the Penguins' morning skate, as he did during their three-game road trip to Western Canada, but again wore a white helmet signifying he cannot be hit. He said he is closer to being cleared for contact, but that he is not certain when he will get the go-ahead to take part in all aspects of practice.
 
The Penguins' other line combinations were: Chris Kunitz - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy; Matt Cooke - Joe Vitale - Pascal Dupuis; and Arron Asham - Richard Park - Craig Adams. The defensive pairs were Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek, Kris Letang - Deryk Engelland and Ben Lovejoy - Matt Niskanen. Marc-Andre Fleury will be in goal.

The Panthers, coming off a 2-0 victory over the Islanders on Saturday, are something of an unknown quantity to the Penguins given all of their roster changes since last season. Among the additions were Jose Theodore, Brian Campbell, Tomas Fleischmann, Scottie Upshall and Kris Versteeg, plus coach Kevin Dineen.

"It's a lot of new players, a new coach, a new goalie, a lot of different things," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "The similarities, the things we know about them are from people from other teams. I coached against their coach in the minor leagues. Their goalie (Theodore) we've seen at different spots. (There's a) familiarity with some of the players and the parts, but not necessarily the team."
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Posted On Monday, 10.10.2011 / 9:16 PM

NHL.com - 2011-2012 Situation Room blog

VAN @ CBJ - 0:51 of the 3rd Period

At 0:51 of the 3rd period of the Canucks/Blue Jackets game. Video Replay saw a puck cross the Canucks goalline after a goalmouth scramble. Upon consultation with Referee Marcus Vinnerborg it was determined that the referee had called the play dead when defenceman Chris Tanev  put his hand on the puck which was prior to the puck crossing the goalline. A penalty shot was awarded to the Blue Jackets on the play. 

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Posted On Monday, 10.10.2011 / 8:00 PM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Top eight goalies

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Posted On Monday, 10.10.2011 / 7:04 PM

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

Vokoun makes Caps debut

Tomas Vokoun, who signed for a bargain ($1.5 million) this summer, is just minutes away from making his debut with the Washington Capitals as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning at Verizon Center.

Here are Washington's forward lines, accoriding to Katie Carrera of The Washington Post:

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

Dwayne Roloson gets the nod between the pipes for the Lightning, who swept the Caps out of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs five months ago.
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Posted On Monday, 10.10.2011 / 5:47 PM

NHL.com - Roster Call

Roster Call for October 10, 2011

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

  Edmonton Oilers

Waived with the intent of being re-assigned to AHL: Tyler Chorney.

  Los Angeles Kings

Re-assigned to AHL: Jeff Zatkoff.

  Montreal Canadiens

Recalled from AHL: Aaron Palushaj.

  Phoenix Coyotes

Recalled from AHL: Chris Summers.
Placed on injured reserve: Michal Roszival.
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Posted On Monday, 10.10.2011 / 2:34 PM

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

Lineups for Canucks, Blue Jackets

Here is what the lineups for the Canucks and Blue Jackets could look like when the teams meet today at Columbus' Nationwide Arena.

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

Dan Hamhuis - Kevin Bieksa
Alexander Edler - Sami Salo
Keith Ballard - Christopher Tanev

Cory Schneider will get his first start of the season, with Roberto Luongo backing him up.

BLUE JACKETS
Vinny Prospal - Jeff Carter - Rick Nash
R.J. Umberger - Antoine Vermette - Cam Atkinson
Matt Calvert - Samuel Pahlsson - Derek Dorsett
Maksim Mayorov - Derek MacKenzie - Derick Brassard
 
Fedor Tyutin - Radek Martinek
Marc Methot - Grant Clitsome
Kris Russell - David Savard
 
Steve Mason will start in goal, with Curtis Sanford backing him up.

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Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres