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Posted On Tuesday, 02.26.2013 / 12:06 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Nash back on ice, but unlikely to face Jets

For the first time in nine days, Rick Nash returned to the ice in a regular practice jersey for the New York Rangers' morning skate Tuesday. However, Nash sidestepped questions about when he will be able to return to the lineup and did not specify the nature of his injury.

The Rangers, who also have not disclosed Nash's injury, play the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. Nash missed the past three games due to the injury and it's unlikely he will play against the Jets, although he wouldn't rule himself out completely.

"I'm feeling good, getting better," Nash told reporters at the team's training facility in Greenburgh, N.Y. "It's a positive day for sure when you get back out and skate with the guys. I don’t know about tonight. Obviously, I'll talk to the trainers. But it was a good day to get a good skate in."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.26.2013 / 11:31 AM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Melrose Minute

Blackhawks' start even better than realized

If you pay attention to the NHL on a regular basis, you're already well aware of the special season that's brewing in Chicago, but I'm not sure we all realize just how special it is.

After Sunday night's 1-0 win against Columbus, the Blackhawks are now 15-0-3, which is the longest any team has ever gone without a regulation loss to start the season. When you do something that's never been done before in a league that's 96 years old, that's pretty impressive.

Not only has it never happened, but they did it basically without any training camp as a result of the lockout. You also need to remember that, yes, the Blackhawks have been pretty healthy for the most part, but they've also beaten Vancouver a couple of times, they've beaten San Jose a couple of times, they've beaten St. Louis. They've really beaten everybody. This isn't just a case of them beating up on the weakest horses in the field every night.

To play 18 games and not really have a bad game except for, possibly, Sunday night, while using two goaltenders and not have a game where you let up or get tired, it's amazing.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.26.2013 / 10:43 AM

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

Weiss to miss Tuesday's game for personal reasons

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers center Stephen Weiss will miss Tuesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins to attend his grandmother's funeral.

The Panthers on Tuesday recalled center Scott Timmins from San Antonio of the American Hockey League.

Timmins centered a line with Shawn Matthias and Tomas Kopecky at the Panthers' morning skate.

Timmins, a sixth-round pick of the Panthers in the 2009 NHL Draft, had 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in 47 games with San Antonio this season. He has played in 19 NHL games, all with Florida (2010-11), scoring one goal.


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Posted On Tuesday, 02.26.2013 / 9:30 AM

By Sean Monahan -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Sean Monahan Draft blog

Monahan continues to lead by example in Ottawa

Sean Monahan is a center for the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot-2, 186-pound forward was a second-team OHL all-star last season after scoring 33 goals in 62 games, and he added 15 points in 18 playoff games. In 50 games this season, Monahan leads his team in goals (26), assists (43), points (69) and power-play goals (12). Ranked No. 4 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm report, Monahan has offered to maintain a monthly blog for NHL.com that will chronicle his season leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft.

Hi, everyone!

It's obviously been a different kind of year for the team this season. The fact we're not winning [Ottawa is 15-41-4] is no fun at all, but I believe we have a strong leadership group which keeps a positive environment. I think I'm having the season I wanted to have with a few bumps in the road, but I just want to continue to be the best example I can be for my teammates the remainder of the season.

It's frustrating not to win and I sometimes lose sleep over games, but at the end of the day, you have to look past that and be excited that you're still playing the game. Come game time, there are no excuses. It's anyone's game any night, so there is always something to compete for.

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Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 10:33 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

EDM @ CHI - 2:24 of the Third Period

At 2:24 of the third period in the Oilers/Blackhawks game, video review determined that Chicago forward Viktor Stalberg's shot completely crossed the goal line. Good Goal Chicago.

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Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 7:29 PM

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

Despite streak, Blackhawks know they can improve

CHICAGO – They haven't lost a single game in regulation through the first 18 games, their goal differential is an astounding plus-23 prior to playing the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night at United Center, and still the Chicago Blackhawks insist they can take it up a notch.

"We should think we're not anywhere near as good as we can be – and have to be – [in order] to be effective," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said following a tough 1-0 home win on Sunday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. "There's not a lot of negative things [to criticize], but there were some things [against Columbus] … we want to look to improve our team situation, game in and game out. Let's want to get better."

The win against Columbus upped Chicago's current National Hockey League record string of games to start a season with at least a point to 18 straight, but the Blackhawks sound tired of talking about it.

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Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 7:16 PM

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

Emery gets the nod for Blackhawks against Oilers

CHICAGOCorey Crawford didn't allow a goal and picked up his eighth victory on Sunday night at United Center, but Ray Emery will be in goal for the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night against the Edmonton Oilers.

Chicago (15-0-3) still hasn't lost a game in regulation and is riding a National Hockey League record streak of 18 games with at least a point earned to start a season.

Emery (7-0-0) and Crawford (8-0-3) have both been outstanding options for Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, who watched the latter pick up his second shutout of the season in a 1-0 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday – which was his first game back since the injury occurred Feb. 12 against the Anaheim Ducks.

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Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 7:09 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL LIVE: Steven Stamkos

Tampa Bay Lightning Forward Steven Stamkos has goals in 5-straight and points in 6-straight games and joins Cisco NHL Live to talk about his hot play.

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Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 5:20 PM

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

Hurricanes recall Dalpe, Gragnani from AHL

The Carolina Hurricanes recalled forward Zac Dalpe and defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani from the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL on Monday.

Forward Andreas Nodl and defenseman Michal Jordan have been reassigned to Charlotte.

This marks the second NHL stint of the season for Dalpe, 23, who made the team’s roster out of training camp. He had two assists in six games with the Hurricanes before being assigned to Charlotte on Feb. 3.

Gragnani hasn't played in the NHL this season.

The Hurricanes' next game is Tuesday night against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center.

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Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 4:20 PM

By Pete Jensen -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Sources of power on waiver wire

To say the injury bug has ravaged fantasy rosters around the world in recent weeks would be an understatement.

High-profile fantasy forwards (i.e. Evgeni Malkin, Vladimir Tarasenko, Rick Nash) have been placed on injured reserve by their respective teams in recent days, meaning many owners are on the lookout for help in a number of offensive categories. Most notably, there's a high demand for power-play productivity from available waiver wire assets.

It goes without saying that it will be difficult to replace the fantasy impact of a player like Malkin, who leads the NHL with 14 PPP this season, but the players below could at least keep your team afloat with consistent production with the man advantage -- as well as in other stat categories.

Troy Brouwer (RW, Washington Capitals)

Troy Brouwer
Right Wing - WSH
GOALS: 8 | ASST: 4 | PTS: 12
SOG: 38 | +/-: -5
Brouwer has seen a heightened power-play role following the offseason departure of Alexander Semin, and the results have been better than anyone expected.

After only seeing 2:08 per game with the man advantage last season, the 27-year-old has seen nearly four minutes of power-play ice time per game through 17 games. He has already reeled off eight power-play points (T-18th in NHL) this season, nearly doubling his output a season ago (5 PPP in 82 games).

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