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Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 1:36 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Blackhawks not taking Oilers lightly

CHICAGO – Maybe if it were any other team coming into United Center on Monday night, the Chicago Blackhawks might get caught napping.

It will be Chicago’s third game in four days and with each win or point, the Blackhawks now just extend their own NHL record for consecutive games to start a season with at least a point – which stands at 18 straight contests. There’s got to be a letdown at some point, but the team in the visiting dressing room this time might be enough to prevent it on Monday night.

The Edmonton Oilers walloped Chicago twice at Rexall Place last season and the Blackhawks haven’t forgotten.y)

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Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 1:31 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Bryzgalov to make NHL-high 19th start

The Flyers held their morning skate at their suburban practice facility in Voorhees, N.J., with the most significant news being that Ilya Bryzgalov will make his League-high 19th start in net.

He enters 9-8-1 with a 2.77 goals-against average and .902 save percentage. He stopped 34 of 37 shots in Saturday's 5-3 win against the Winnipeg Jets, and after saying he was "exhausted" during an interview with a Philadelphia radio station, he sounded more energized after Saturday's game. When asked after the game how he felt, he answered, "Good, like always."

Here is the lineup the Flyers likely will use when they face the Maple Leafs on Monday:


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Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 1:20 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Van Riemsdyk realizing potential with Maple Leafs

PHILADELPHIA -- The building is familiar, but the room he got dressed in wasn't the one Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk was used to.

After three seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, van Riemsdyk returns to play his first game at Wells Fargo Center as a visitor.

"It's a lot different now," van Riemsdyk said following the Leafs' practice Monday. "It's weird the things you think about when you walk in here for the first time. You think about all the memories you had playing here, but at the same time it's time to put those in the past and focus on tonight's game."


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Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 1:14 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Report: Panthers send Markstrom back to AHL

The Florida Panthers have returned goaltender Jacob Markstrom to their American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio, according to reports.

Markstrom was recalled last week and started consecutive games for the Panthers. He lost to both the Penguins and Bruins, but stopped 65 of 71 shots, a .915 save percentage.

A second-round pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, the 23-year-old Markstrom is 2-7-1 with a 2.77 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in 10 career appearances for Florida.

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Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 1:09 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Reimer close, but Scrivens will make another start

PHILADELPHIA -- The Toronto Maple Leafs had all three goalies on the ice for Monday's morning skate, but it looks like the same two who have been playing will be in the lineup Monday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

That means Ben Scrivens likely will make his seventh straight start, with Jussi Rynnas backing him up. James Reimer, who hasn't played since spraining the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during the Leafs' game against the Flyers in Toronto on Feb. 11, will sit out.

Reimer told reporters after the skate that he's feeling better and is "inching closer" to a return, but isn't there yet.

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Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 12:27 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Canadiens, Senators

OTTAWA -- Here are the projected lineups for the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators on Monday night at Scotiabank Place:

CANADIENS

Brandon PrustTomas PlekanecBrian Gionta

Max PaciorettyDavid DesharnaisBrendan Gallagher

Alex GalchenyukLars EllerErik Cole

Travis MoenRyan WhiteColby Armstrong

Andrei MarkovAlexei Emelin

Josh GorgesRaphael Diaz

Francis BouillonP.K. Subban

Carey Price

Peter Budaj


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Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 11:32 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Injured center Spezza skates

Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza skated on his own before teammates took the ice at Scotiabank Place on Monday for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc earlier this month.

Spezza was projected to miss 6-8 weeks, which would put his earliest return around the end of March.

Spezza, who has two goals and five points in five games this season, has collected 228 goals and 621 points in 611 career games, all with the Senators. The Senators have won four straight and are sixth in the Eastern Conference with 24 points.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 8:22 PM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Panthers' Weiss watches most of third period

SUNRISE, Fla.Stephen Weiss has been a key player for the Florida Panthers for several years, but he was relegated mostly to the role of spectator in the third period of Sunday's 4-1 loss against the Boston Bruins.

Weiss received only 1:14 of ice time in the third period on only two shifts. He didn't play in the last 6:01 while the Panthers were trying to rally from a 3-1 deficit.

The longest-tenured member of the team, Weiss still leads all Panthers forwards in ice time, as he did in the last two seasons.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 6:34 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

VAN @ DET - 15:45 of the Second Period

At 15:45 of the second period in the Canucks/Red Wings game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Detroit forward Pavel Datsyuk deflected the puck into the net with his stick above the cross bar. According to Rule 60.5 "An apparent goal scored by an attacking player who strikes the puck with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall not be allowed. The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick." No Goal Detroit.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 6:20 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Crawford set to return for Blackhawks

CHICAGOCorey Crawford is healthy once again for the Chicago Blackhawks and will get the start on Sunday night at United Center against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Ray Emery started three straight games while Crawford sat out with an upper-body injury and also drew the start in Friday night's NHL-record setting 2-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks – which pushed Chicago's unprecedented start to 17 straight games with at least one point earned.

Corey Crawford
Goalie - CHI
RECORD: 7-0-3
GAA: 1.65 | SVP: 0.935
Emery has the hot hand, but Crawford was also outstanding before getting hurt – posting a line of 7-0-0 with a 1.65 goals-against average and .935 save percentage.

"Corey was going very well there, too, prior to getting injured, so it's good to have both guys back," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “We've got back-to-back games. We're just looking at [Sunday's] game. It's good to have Corey back and Ray did an excellent job, like our goaltending has all year."

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