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Posted On Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 1:24 PM

By NHL Public Relations -  /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Pronger to make return tonight for Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers announced via their Twitter account that captain Chris Pronger would return to the lineup to face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.

Pronger had missed the previous six games after being struck in the right eye by the stick of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski during a game on Oct. 24. For the season, Pronger has a goal, 7 points and a plus-2 rating in eight games.
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Posted On Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 12:38 PM

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

Projected lineups for Senators, Rangers

Here are the projected lineups for Wednesday's game between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place:

SENATORS
Milan MichalekJason SpezzaColin Greening
Nick FolignoStephane Da CostaBobby Butler
Kaspars DaugavinsZack SmithChris Neil
Jesse WinchesterZenon KonopkaErik Condra

Chris PhillipsDavid Rundblad
Filip KubaErik Karlsson
Jared CowenSergei Gonchar

Craig Anderson will get the start, with Alex Auld serving as backup. Brian Lee is the healthy scratch, with Rundblad returning to the lineup after sitting the last two games.

RANGERS

Brandon DubinskyBrad RichardsRyan Callahan
Artem AnisimovDerek StepanMarian Gaborik
Ruslan FedotenkoBrian BoyleBrandon Prust
Sean AveryErik ChristensenAndre Deveaux

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Michael SauerMichael Del Zotto
Jeff WoywitkaSteve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist will get the start, with Martin Biron backing him up.

While the Senators held a full practice, the Rangers went with an optional skate. Del Zotto, Girardi, Gaborik,  Dubinsky, Richards and Callahan did not participate.
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Posted On Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 12:32 PM

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

Alfredsson practices, hopes to return soon

Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson skated for the third day in a row, and practiced with the team Wednesday morning for the first time since suffering a concussion the last time the Senators faced the New York Rangers. Alfredsson has passed his latest baseline test and hopes to return to the lineup soon, although no timetable has been set.

"It feels good," he said. "It's been over a week, and the past few days it's been encouraging for sure. Friday I was dizzy, Saturday, so-so, but since Sunday the trainer's been working on my neck a lot, and it's been quite a bit better. Since Sunday, I've been doing a lot more -- skating and riding the bike, and it's been good. I haven't had any issues since then. We'll take it day-by-day."

Coach Paul MacLean says Alfredsson has been cleared for contact.

"My understanding is that he's passed all the NHL protocols," he said. "He's free to go."

Matt Carkner also took part in the morning practice, sporting a no-contact jersey. Carkner underwent knee surgery during training camp, and has yet to play this season. MacLean insists the defenseman is still "a little ways away" from returning to the lineup.
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Posted On Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 12:04 PM

By Jeremy Roenick -  NHL Network Contributor /NHL.com - World According to JR

Stars, Oilers look strong in net; Leafs have issues

NHL analyst and former All-Star Jeremy Roenick will be penning a weekly blog for NHL.com this season. Look for new entries from, "World According to JR," every Wednesday. Roenick will offer sharp, can't-miss opinions on What's Clicking and What's Missing in the National Hockey League.

A surprising team that just continues to impress, a goalie on a mission, and a team with its own goaltending woes are all on my mind this week. Read on to see who and what I'm talking about:

What's clicking?

The most surprising team at this point in the season is the Dallas Stars. They went into Washington last night to play the Capitals, a team that hadn't lost in regulation at home since Feb. 25, and they dominated the hockey game. The Capitals didn't even have a chance to win because of the amount of mistakes they made, but also because of the pressure, hard work and consistency that Dallas again showed on the road. 
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Posted On Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 9:00 AM

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

Galchenyuk starting on rehab program

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. Alex 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 1 assist in five 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. Despite suffering a major knee injury that could end his season before it really starts, 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 everybody. First of all I would like to thank all my fans and friends for supporting me through this little bump on the road. It was great to receive all those messages on Twitter (@AGally94). Thank you! It really made me feel much better and it's great to know that so many people support me.
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Posted On Tuesday, 11.08.2011 / 9:02 PM

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CAR @ NJD - 10:56 of the Second Period

At 10:56 of the second period in the Devils/Hurricanes, the referee ruled that Devils forward Dainius Zubrus tipped the puck into the net with his stick below the crossbar. Video review looked at the play but was inconclusive. The call on the ice stands, New Jersey goal.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.08.2011 / 5:18 PM

By Jerry Brown -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Injured defenseman Rozsival skates for Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- For the first time in a month, Phoenix defenseman Michal Rozsival took to the ice Tuesday and skated for about 15 minutes on his own before practice at Jobing.com Arena.

Rozsival, 33, hasn't played since suffering a facial injury on Oct. 8 in the first period of the season opener at San Jose when a slap shot off the stick of Sharks winger Patrick Marleau deflected off another stick and into Rozsival's face. The facial injuries have healed, but the post-concussive symptoms have remained and Rozsival has been unable to skate for the last month.
 
David Schlemko has stepped into Rozsival's starting spot and played very well. The Coyotes have been carrying only six defensemen for the last two weeks and are about to head into the most daunting stretch of the season, beginning with a five-game road trip that begins, ironically, in San Jose on Saturday. Rozsival isn't anywhere close to playing, but the sight of him back on the ice was a positive step.
 
"He skated 15 minutes and there seemed to be no ill-effect from that, so we'll continue to ramp that up," coach Dave Tippett said. "It's hard to put any timetable on it, but it's good to see him on the ice. This has been longer that we would have thought, but when your dealing with the concussion syndrome ... I don't think anyone expected Sidney Crosby to be out as long as he has, either. Today was a positive step getting him on the ice, and we hope he can move forward."
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Posted On Tuesday, 11.08.2011 / 3:52 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

For now, Lindback waits and watches

LOS ANGELES -- Pekka Rinne will eventually get a night off -- but will it be tonight?

Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz wouldn't tip his hand but he did say that backup Anders Lindback would start one of the final two games on their five-game road trip. Nashville plays at Los Angeles on Tuesday and at Anaheim on Wednesday.

For what it's worth, Lindback was off the ice first at Nashville's morning skate Tuesday.

"He works hard with (goaltending coach) Mitch (Korn) every day," Trotz said. "Lindy's got a good understanding. He knows he's backing up an elite goaltender in the league and A) learn from that and B) work on his game. Mitch has been outstanding in getting guys who aren't playing to be ready and improve their game while they’re not playing."

Rinne has started all 13 games for Nashville. Lindback's only appearance came Oct. 20 when Vancouver chased Rinne after 20 minutes.

"It's not easy, but it's all about staying sharp in practice," Lindback said. "I kind of see the practices as my games. It's tough, but that's my job and I've got to really get comfortable as quick as possible when you get out there and try to get into the flow."

Lindback, whose 23 career games still qualifies him for rookie status, might not see the 25-game threshold for a while backing up Rinne.

"I've been joking with him about it," Lindback said. "He's been playing as he always plays -- awesome. I think he's the best goalie. He gives us a chance to win and sometimes he almost does it by himself. It's good for me to watch him and learn."
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Posted On Tuesday, 11.08.2011 / 3:48 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Kings, Predators

Here are the projected lineups for tonight's game between the Nashville Predators and Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center:

KINGS
Simon Gagne - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams
Dustin Penner - Mike Richards - Dustin Brown
Scott Parse - Jarret Stoll - Ethan Moreau
Kyle Clifford - Brad Richardson - Trevor Lewis

Drew Doughty - Willie Mitchell
Rob Scuderi - Jack Johnson
Alec Martinez - Matt Greene

Goalie: Jonathan Bernier

PREDATORS
Colin Wilson - David Legwand - Patric Hornqvist
Sergei Kostitsyn - Mike Fisher - Martin Erat
Jerred Smithson - Craig Smith - Jordin Tootoo
Niclas Bergfors - Blake Geoffrion - Brian McGrattan

Ryan Suter - Shea Weber
Francis Bouillon - Jonathon Blum
Jack Hillen - Teemu Laakso

Goalie: Anders Lindback

Kostitsyn (lower body) and Kevin Klein (ankle) practiced and are game time decisions, coach Barry Trotz said.

Kostitsyn has practiced for at least two days and appears to be further along after he suffered the injury last week against Tampa Bay.

Blum played with Bouillon in Klein’s absence on the second defensive pairing and Trotz indicated he liked that pairing if he had to go to it again.

Blum grew up in south Orange County and will have another homecoming in Southern California. He said he has about 40 ticket requests from friends and family.

"People want to come and say hi," Blum said. "It's great."


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Posted On Tuesday, 11.08.2011 / 3:29 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Ian Cole recalled, will make season debut for Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Defenseman Ian Cole, recalled from Peoria on Monday, will make his season debut tonight for the St. Louis Blues against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blues are carrying nine defensemen on their roster, including Kent Huskins (bruised ankle), but want to give Cole, a 2007 first-round draft pick (No. 18), another look after a strong stretch of games with the Rivermen.

"I started in the same pattern as the team, kind of slow," Cole said, referring to the Rivermen. "Everyone just wasn't clicking. After those first couple weekends, everyone started figuring out and playing well. The past couple weeks, I've been playing well."

Cole, who played in 26 games and tallied 1 goal and 3 assists last season, will play with Roman Polak tonight. He was among the last cuts during the preseason.

"Of course you're disappointed but at the same time, I didn't see it as something that was debilitating," Cole said.

"There's a real trust within the organization for Ian," new Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "They want to see what he can do. He's had a very good AHL campaign so far this year. He's played very well, he's been really solid. He's a left shot, which can really help the group here and I think we're excited to give him a go here and see what it looks like.

"You want to reward him. He's been knocking on the door for a couple years now, and you want to reward a guy when he's been playing well down there. They wanted to give him the extra time, a ton of ice time down there. Now it's time to see if he can play."

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