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Posted On Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 12:25 AM

By David Satriano -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Might be time to acquire Semin

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane sustained an upper-body injury in the first period of a 3-2 shootout win against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday and did not return. Coach Joel Quenneville said after the game that Kane will miss some time and will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

Kane is tied with Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom and Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek for the League lead in scoring with 64 points; his 1.07 points per game are tied for second with Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin.

You can't replace that type of production, but there are a few players you could try and acquire.


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Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 11:06 PM

NHL.com - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

FLA @ CHI - 16:33 of the Third Period

At 16:33 of the third period in the Florida Panthers/Chicago Blackhawks game, video review determined that Vincent Trocheck's shot deflected off the Chicago defender and completely crossed the Blackhawks goal line. Good goal Florida.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 6:41 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Rangers forward Nash out against Flames

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward Rick Nash is not in the lineup Tuesday night against the Calgary Flames because of neck spasms. He is considered day-to-day. Nash had played in every game of the season until Tuesday.

Oscar Lindberg was expected to make his NHL debut in place of Nash. Lindberg was recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

Lindberg was expected to start the game centering the third line between J.T. Miller and Carl Hagelin. Kevin Hayes, who is normally the Rangers' third-line center, moved up to take Nash's spot on the top line with Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello.

Nash did not practice Monday, but it was listed as a maintenance day. He is second in the NHL with 37 goals behind Alex Ovechkin (38). Nash had two goals in the Rangers' 5-2 win at Calgary on Dec. 16.

Lindberg has 36 points (16 goals, 20 assists) in 54 games with Hartford this season. He leads the Wolf Pack with 155 shots on goal and is second in points and third goals.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 4:44 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Devils' Lamoriello not rushing to make moves: report

New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello appears content to wait and see what develops this week before deciding to buy, sell or stand pat heading into the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2 at 3 p.m. ET, according to NorthJersey.com.

The Devils have won four straight games and entered Tuesday eight points behind the Boston Bruins for the second Eastern Conference wild-card berth into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They also have two teams ahead of them in the standings, the Florida Panthers and the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Bruins and the Panthers each have a game in hand on the Devils.

Lamoriello believes most of the trade activity will come closer to the deadline.

"But that's a hard question to answer because really there's 29 other teams thinking independently and it takes two of them to do something," Lamoriello told NorthJersey.com. "Sometimes you think there's going to be no movement and there's a lot and then the reverse."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 3:56 PM

By Corey Long -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Cooper: Don't expect drastic changes for Lightning

With the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline looming Monday, the Tampa Bay Lightning are still in the market for a defenseman.

However, coach Jon Cooper said he doesn't expect the team to make a blockbuster deal or do anything that would cause a drastic change of the current roster.

"I can say that I'm positive this team will not be blown up," Cooper said. "They are staying together. We might add a piece and while I can't say that no one will be subtracted, I can't imagine that happening. We've had this group together for a while. Some came through the minors and others have been up here but they have grown together."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 3:49 PM

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

At the Rink: Red Wings at Kings

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg said Tuesday that he isn't sure when he can return from an upper-body injury. He will miss his second straight game when Detroit plays the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

Zetterberg left the game last Saturday after he was punched in the head by Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars. He said he has headaches but didn't say he sustained a concussion.

Zetterberg is tied with Pavel Datsyuk for the Red Wings lead with 49 points.

"I have some symptoms that I don't have when I'm 100 percent," Zetterberg said. "Until those symptoms go away, we've just got to take it easy."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 3:12 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Oilers at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Edmonton Oilers will get defenseman Jeff Petry back from injury but will be without forward Nail Yakupov against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

Petry has missed the past two games after being hit in the ribs by a puck against the Boston Bruins last Wednesday.

"There's nothing broken, just bruised," Petry said. "It [hurt] to flex my core and to rotate, but it feels a lot better now. I'm back to normal."

Petry is second among Oilers defensemen with 15 points and will jump back into his normal spot in the lineup on the right side of Andrew Ference.

But not all the injury news from the Edmonton room was good Tuesday, as coach Todd Nelson said the Oilers will be without Yakupov, who tweaked his groin against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday and was unable to finish practice Monday before the team departed for the Twin Cities.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 2:50 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Over the Boards blog

King helping to spark L.A.'s revamped 'That 70s line'

Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter will have to find a role for forward Tanner Pearson when he's ready to return to the lineup, ideally for the stretch run starting next month, but there's no sure thing he'll be reunited on "That 70s Line."

Dwight King has taken on Pearson's role and run with it, creating a new version of "That 70s Line."

King, No. 74 on the roster, has joined center Jeff Carter (77) and right wing Tyler Toffoli (73) to form one of the best lines in the NHL over the past two weeks, playing a huge role in Los Angeles' current seven-game winning streak.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 2:50 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Panthers at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- After taking a long look in the mirror, the Chicago Blackhawks will try to end a three-game losing streak while getting a look at their past at United Center on Tuesday.

The Blackhawks conclude a disappointing eight-game homestand against the Florida Panthers, who have six former Blackhawks in their organizational system and five on the NHL roster.

Injuries and ineffective play will keep all but Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell and forward Jimmy Hayes from facing their former team, but they'll have plenty of motivation being back at the Madhouse on Madison Street.

"It's always fun playing your old teammates, especially Brian Campbell," Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith said after Chicago's morning skate. "I got along with him good here and we're good friends to this day, so it's always fun playing guys you're familiar with. When you get out on that ice, the competitive nature takes over and you want to win the hockey game and do everything you can to get the best of them."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 2:48 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Stars at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The struggling Winnipeg Jets will have two more problems when they host the Dallas Stars at MTS Centre on Tuesday.

The Jets will be without right wing Blake Wheeler and defenseman Ben Chiarot as they try to fend off a host of competitors chasing them for the first Western Conference wild-card berth into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Wheeler (lower body) will miss his first game of the season. Right wing Michael Frolik will replace Wheeler on Winnipeg's top line, alongside left wing Andrew Ladd and center Bryan Little.

"[Wheeler] has that speed and that big body," Little said. "[Frolik] is a hard worker and I like that. He plays simple [and] up-and-down [hockey]. I kind of know what to expect. They are different styles but I think that they suit everybody's game in different ways."

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