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Posted On Tuesday, 12.10.2013 / 2:53 PM

By Alain Poupart - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Red Wings' Weiss makes initial return to Florida

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Detroit center Stephen Weiss didn't try to downplay the significance of his return to South Florida.

The Florida Panthers' all-time leader in games played and assists will face his former team for a second consecutive game Tuesday night, but this one will be his first game back at BB&T Center, where he played the past decade.

"First time back, real excited to get the game underway," Weiss said after the Red Wings' morning skate. "The last few days I've been thinking about it quite a bit. I'm just real excited to start.

"It felt strange for sure [walking into the arena]. I really didn't know which way to come in the building, didn't know really where to go when we got in. A different feeling for sure coming to the rink. Just excited to get the game underway, but it certainly feels a little bit strange being on the other side."

Posted On Tuesday, 12.10.2013 / 2:38 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Kings' Doughty focused on outplaying Habs' Subban

MONTREAL -- In spite of the fact they practically never play each other, the game Tuesday between the Los Angeles Kings and Montreal Canadiens has a ton of interesting storylines.

Each team is on an extended roll, are playing well defensively and rely on a young, dynamic defenseman who eats a lot of minutes.

On that last point, Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said he sees it as his responsibility to outplay Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban.

"Even though it's a matchup between both teams," Doughty said, "in order for us to win I have to outplay P.K."

Posted On Tuesday, 12.10.2013 / 2:34 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Quenneville confident Blackhawks' Raanta is ready

DALLAS -- Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford will be sidelined about three weeks with a lower-body injury, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday.

Crawford was injured in the first period of the Blackhawks' game Sunday against the Florida Panthers and did not travel with his teammates to Dallas.

Antti Raanta replaced Crawford in the 6-2 win against the Panthers and will start Tuesday against the Dallas Stars. Kent Simpson has been recalled from the American Hockey League to serve as the backup. Regular backup Nikolai Khabibulin is out with a lower-body injury.

Quenneville has no reservations about starting the rookie Raanta, who is 3-0-1 with a 2.16 goals-against average.

"Well, he's handled it well. He's been in the net. Game's been on the line, he's been solid for us. Just moving forward, you like his approach, you like his competitiveness," Quenneville said. "He's a battler. It'll be a good test for him as well."

Posted On Tuesday, 12.10.2013 / 2:29 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Rangers look to call-up Asham for toughness

NEW YORK -- One day after being called up from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League, Arron Asham will be expected to do the things that have helped him carve out an NHL career for the past 14 years.

The veteran forward said he would be focusing on the physical play that has marked his career as he is inserted back into the New York Rangers lineup after spending the past two months in the AHL.

"I just have to come in here and spark a little life in the fourth line, try to get the boys going," Asham said. "Just play the way I have the last 14 years. Finish my checks, chip in offensively here and there and try to keep the puck out of my own net. It seems to have been working out so I'm going to try to work with that and not get too fancy."

Posted On Tuesday, 12.10.2013 / 1:57 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Rangers defenseman Staal out with concussion

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal sustained a concussion against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday and is out indefinitely, coach Alain Vigneault said Tuesday.

Staal's injury was originally diagnosed as a neck issue, although he was described as having concussion-like symptoms.

Now that the concussion is confirmed, the Rangers will keep Staal out of the lineup until his condition improves.

"Marc has been diagnosed with a concussion," Vigneault said. "He's being watched by our doctors. They don't feel it's as serious as what he might have had in the past. He's feeling better and we'll take it day by day."

Posted On Tuesday, 12.10.2013 / 1:40 PM

By Alain Poupart - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Red Wings get Datsyuk back in lineup

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk will make his much-anticipated return to the lineup Tuesday night against the Florida Panthers.

Datsyuk will be back after missing seven games because of a concussion he sustained as a result of an elbow from Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen on Nov. 23.

The Red Wings managed to post a 5-2-0 record during Datsyuk's absence, but have lost two of their past three. In their most recent game, the Red Wings lost to the Panthers 2-1 at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday.

"It means a lot [to have Datsyuk back], but it means a lot over the long haul," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said after his team's morning skate. "If we're looking at Pavel and counting on Pavel to get 'er done, that's not how it works. We have to be way better than we were last game. The bottom line is Pavel gives us lots of confidence, he's a real good player, but the rest of us gotta play better than we did."

Posted On Tuesday, 12.10.2013 / 1:29 PM

By Craig Merz - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Blue Jackets stick with McElhinney in back-to-back

COLUMBUS -- Curtis McElhinney will start on consecutive nights when the Columbus Blue Jackets host the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

He has stopped 56 of 58 shots since replacing injured starter Sergei Bobrovsky in the third period of a 1-0 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Dec. 3. McElhinney then beat the Minnesota Wild 4-0 on Friday but lost 2-1 on Monday at the Pittsburgh Penguins when he made 28 saves.

Still, coach Todd Richards opted to stay with McElhinney instead of going with Mike McKenna, who was called up from the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League last week after Bobrovsky was diagnosed with a groin strain that will keep him out least a month.

Richards also said he will keep the same lineup as the one used at Pittsburgh but hopes to see more scoring chances generated to support McElhinney.

Posted On Tuesday, 12.10.2013 / 1:15 PM

By Joe Yerdon - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Foligno promoted as Sabres shuffle lines

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres are shuffling lines for their matchup against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

Interim coach Ted Nolan is breaking up his top line of Matt MoulsonCody Hodgson and Drew Stafford, and spreading them out over three lines. Marcus Foligno is getting the biggest promotion, going from the fourth line to the second to join Stafford and team captain Steve Ott.

"It's huge for me," Foligno said. "I think I was set back because Ted wanted to show how I have to play. Fourth line, third line, second line, first line -- doesn’t matter. You have to bring your game every night. You're on a scoring line but it doesn't mean you're going to score every night. … This is going to be a big game tonight for myself to know that I can play there."

Forward Ville Leino, who had been centering the second line, will be scratched against the Senators in favor of John Scott.

Posted On Tuesday, 12.10.2013 / 1:08 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Bouchard clears waivers; Strome next for Islanders?

New York Islanders forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard cleared waivers Tuesday and was loaned to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League, the team announced.

Bouchard has nine points in 28 games in his first season with the Islanders; he signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the team in July.

The Islanders could recall forward Ryan Strome from the AHL. Strome, the fifth pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, leads the AHL with 33 points in 23 games. The hope is he can spark a team that is winless in 10 straight (0-8-2) heading into their game Tuesday at the San Jose Sharks.

Posted On Tuesday, 12.10.2013 / 12:16 PM

By Adam Vingan - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Capitals not taking wounded Lightning lightly

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning will limp into Verizon Center on Tuesday to face theWashington Capitals resembling the walking wounded.

Missing the likes of Steven StamkosRyan Malone and Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay, which has lost 101 man games due to injury, has fallen from first place in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference to fourth in the division and fifth in the conference since losing Stamkos to a broken right tibia on Nov. 11.

Having been ravaged by injuries, the Lightning have been forced to use a patchwork lineup that features eight players with less than 50 games of NHL experience.

Despite it all, the Capitals, very familiar with the Lightning as former Southeast Division co-tenants, will not take them lightly.

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