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Posted On Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 4:02 PM

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

Carlyle: 'It's time for action'

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks have had three days to stew over a disastrous road trip, and that has translated to three days of the same talking points.

An 0-3-2 end to a seven-game road trip culminated with a 5-0 loss to Detroit that coach Randy Carlyle called their "worst game of the year."

Anaheim is dead last in the NHL at 1.86 goals per game as it begins a homestand against Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night.

After days of questions about everything from the Ducks' lack of secondary scoring to concerns about confidence, Carlyle bristled at Wednesday's morning skate.

"There's been a lot of negative written, said, professed," Carlyle said. "Now it's time for action. Go out and play to the highest possible level we can, and that's young players, old players, as coaches, everybody's involved in this."

Carlyle also barked when asked about Nashville's recent success against Anaheim in the wake of the Predators' elimination of the Ducks in the first round of the playoffs last season.

Including the postseason, Nashville has won nine of the past 12 meetings against Anaheim. The Predators beat the Ducks, 3-0, on Oct. 29, but tonight is the first meeting at Honda Center since the playoff series.

"Because we lost 3-0 and we lost the playoff series, does that give them advantage?" Carlyle said. "If that's what you're asking, I don't think that. I don't think we played very well in Nashville. I think we can play to a much higher level, and I think we've got to go out and prove to ourselves that we can do that."

At least one Ducks player acknowledged that this appears to be a budding rivalry.

"There's always a lot of emotion in those games," Francois Beauchemin said. "We both play hard. You want to win those battles and that's what makes those games always exciting to play."
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Posted On Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 3:59 PM

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

Beauchemin, Fisher downplay earlier hit

ANAHEIM -- Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin laid a big open-ice hit on Mike Fisher in the Oct. 29 meeting, but he doesn't expect any carryover effect.

"I think the hit was clean and obviously they didn't (have) a suspension," Beauchemin said. "I don't really expect anything. But you never know. Sometimes the games go our way and they decide to do something, and I'll be ready for it. But I don't really expect it."

Fisher didn't have a problem with it.

"I know he didn't mean to hurt me," Fisher said. "He texted me after to make sure I was all right. It was a classy thing to do. He plays physical and caught me at a vulnerable spot. It could have been worse…he's an honest, fair player. He plays hard and hits hard and that's part of it."
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Posted On Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 3:56 PM

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

Ducks get even younger with Parros out of lineup

ANAHEIM -- The Ducks will be without enforcer George Parros for four weeks after Parros had laser eye surgery to correct a torn retina when he was struck by a puck in practice.

That means Anaheim is even younger on their third and fourth lines, with three rookies in Devante Smith-Pelly, Maxime Macenauer and Peter Holland.

"There's a lot of youth injected into that grouping and we're looking for some people to step to the forefront," Carlyle said. "We think there's some people in there that have made some strides, but on the other hand we think there has to be a better understanding on our expectations on how they have to play.

"If you don't inject youth into your lineup, at some point you're going to be old and slow. They're not all Teemu Selannes."
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Posted On Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 3:53 PM

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

Projected lineups for Predators, Ducks

Here's how the lineups could look tonight when the Nashville Predators visit the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center:

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

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

Goalie: Pekka Rinne

Nashville lost leading scorer David Legwand to an upper-body injury when he was hit by Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown in the first period Tuesday night.

Smith filled in at center while Erat and Fisher logged season highs in ice time.

Nashville will get Kostitsyn back into the lineup while defenseman Kevin Klein is a game time decision, according to The Tennessean.

DUCKS
Bobby Ryan - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selanne
Devante Smith-Pelly - Brandon McMillan - Peter Holland
Andrew Gordon - Maxime Macenauer - Matt Beleskey

Francois Beauchemin - Cam Fowler
Lubomir Visnovsky - Toni Lydman
Luca Sbisa - Kurtis Foster

Goalie: Jonas Hiller
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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

NHL.com - 2011-2012 Situation Room blog

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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— Peter Laviolette on facing his former team (Flyers) for the first time since his departure