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Posted On Sunday, 03.15.2015 / 12:10 PM

By Craig Merz -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Hurricanes at Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS -- Illnesses have seemed to move away from the Columbus Blue Jackets but not the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Blue Jackets (30-34-4) should get center Brandon Dubinsky back against Carolina at Nationwide Arena on Sunday after he missed the past two games at the Detroit Red Wings and home to the Edmonton Oilers because he was sick.

Columbus coach Todd Richards said Sunday morning that Dubinsky was feeling significantly better than previous days.

Dubinsky’s absence was preceded by left wing Nick Foligno missing a 4-3 shootout win at Carolina on Tuesday because of a virus. Foligno returned to play the past two games.

Also, Richards said goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who has been battling a cold, will get the start.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.15.2015 / 10:56 AM

By Wes Crosby -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Malkin out, Crosby in for Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- Evgeni Malkin will not play Sunday, but Sidney Crosby will for the Pittsburgh Penguins when they face the Detroit Red Wings.

Malkin will be unavailable because of a lower-body injury sustained during his first shift of Pittsburgh’s 2-0 loss Saturday to the Boston Bruins, coach Mike Johnston said. Crosby’s status was questionable after electing not to play because of illness against Boston minutes before the game began, Johnston said, but he is in the lineup.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.15.2015 / 12:09 AM

NHL.com - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

CGY @ COL - 3:54 of the Third Period

At 3:54 of the third period in the Calgary Flames/Colorado Avalanche game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off the skate of David Jones and into the Colorado net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal." Good goal Calgary.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.14.2015 / 10:52 PM

NHL.com - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

CGY @ COL - 19:29 of the First Period

At 19:29 of the first period in the Calgary Flames/Colorado Avalanche game, the referee initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Colorado net. The referee then informed the Situation Room that he blew his whistle to stop play before the puck crossed the goal line. According to Rule 78.5, apparent goals shall be disallowed "when the Referee deems the play has been stopped, even if he had not physically had the opportunity to stop play by blowing his whistle." This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no goal Calgary.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.14.2015 / 9:20 PM

NHL.com - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

MIN @ STL - 5:10 of the Second Period

At 5:10 of the second period in the Minnesota Wild/St. Louis Blues game, video review determined that Zach Parise kicked the puck into the St. Louis net. According to Rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net." No goal Minnesota.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.14.2015 / 8:21 PM

NHL.com - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

MIN @ STL - 1:41 of the First Period

At 1:41 of the first period in the Minnesota Wild/St. Louis Blues game, video review determined that the puck deflected by Patrik Berglund hit the side of the net and did not cross the Minnesota goal line. No goal St. Louis.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.14.2015 / 6:33 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Wild at Blues

ST. LOUIS -- After making sure he was symptom-free and his conditioning was up to par, defenseman Zbynek Michalek will make his St. Louis Blues debut Saturday against the Minnesota Wild.

Michalek, who has not played in a game since sustaining a concussion Feb. 14, will step into the lineup after eight consecutive days of being on the ice to test the injury.

After talking it over with the Blues' medical staff, Michalek, who was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes along with a conditional 2015 third-round pick for prospect Maxim Letunov, was cleared to return.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.14.2015 / 4:22 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Predators at Kings

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll will likely miss the game Saturday against the Nashville Predators with an injury, coach Darryl Sutter said.

Sutter didn’t specify the injury, but Kings general manager Dean Lombardi told the Los Angeles Times it was an upper-body injury. Stoll absorbed a hit from center Derek Dorsett of the Vancouver Canucks early in the third period Thursday.

“He didn’t skate [Friday] and he didn’t skate today, so he’s probably not going to be available tonight,” Sutter said before the Kings played the Predators at Staples Center.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.14.2015 / 3:31 PM

By Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flames at Avalanche

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche forwards Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay enjoyed their time with the Calgary Flames, but said they aren't interested in nostalgia. They're more concerned with defeating the Flames at Pepsi Center on Saturday to remain in the hunt for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Avalanche (31-26-11) are six points behind the Los Angeles Kings for the second wild card spot into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference with 14 games remaining.

The Flames (38-25-5), who also have 14 games left, are in second place in the Pacific Division, one point ahead of the Vancouver Canucks and tied with the Minnesota Wild, who have the first wild card because they have fewer wins.

"We know we have to get to a certain amount of points to give ourselves a chance," said Iginla, who spent his first 15-plus NHL seasons with the Flames. "It's more about the Avalanche and trying to win an important game."

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Posted On Saturday, 03.14.2015 / 2:06 PM

By Corey Long -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Jets at Lightning

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning will open up a six-game home stand against the Winnipeg Jets at Amalie Arena on Saturday with some changes in their lineup because of injuries.

The Lightning (42-20-7) are currently in a three-way tie for first place in the Eastern Conference with Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers with the Rangers having played three fewer games. Tampa Bay took three out of a four possible points during a two-game road swing this week with a 1-0 overtime win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday and a 3-2 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins on Thursday.

However, the points came at a price as Tampa Bay lost forwards Ondrej Palat and Cedric Paquette and defenseman Braydon Coburn in the win over Montreal.

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