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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 12:33 PM

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

Gretzky Fantasy Camp site for Cisco NHL Live

Today, Cisco NHL Live will be at the 11th annual Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas. We'll hit the airwaves an hour early, at 4 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, with all of this special coverage from the Bellagio.

E.J. Hradek will sit down with Wayne Gretzky to get his opinion on the state of the NHL and give us an inside look at what the lucky campers experience all week. The "Great One" will also lend a hand in E.J.'s signature segment, The EJ5, as they count down the senior analyst's Top 5 favorite Gretzky moments. We will also hear from hockey legends; Mike Keenan, Rick Tocchet, Grant Fuhr among others.

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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 12:16 PM

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

Senators recall 2011 top pick Zibanejad

The Ottawa Senators have called up forward Mika Zibanejad, the team's 2011 top pick, from their American Hockey League affiliate.

Zibanejad, the sixth pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, has four goals and seven assists in 23 AHL games this season.

Zibanejad had one assist in nine NHL games at the start of last season.

He will be available for the Senators' next game, Tuesday against the Washington Capitals.

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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 10:57 AM

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

Galchenyuk sticking with Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk, the third pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, will remain with the team for the remainder of the 2012-13 season.

Galchenyuk had his best game of the season Sunday with a pair of assists in the Canadiens' 4-3 overtime win against the New Jersey Devils.

In four games, Galchenyuk has a goal and two assists, and is tied for the team lead with a plus-2 rating.

The Canadiens had five games to decide if Galchenyuk would remain with the team or be returned to his junior team, the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. Once a junior-eligible player skates in his sixth game, it starts the clock on the first season of his three-year, entry-level deal.

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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 9:44 AM

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

Flyers send Laughton back to junior team

Prior to their game Sunday, the Philadelphia Flyers sent Scott Laughton, the team's first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, back to his junior team, the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League.

Laughton had no points and 10 shots on goal in five games. He averaged 11:32 of ice time per game and won 44.2 percent of his faceoffs.

"It's a difficult one," Holmgren told the team's website of the decision. "He played very well, but at the end of the day it was something that we talked about and it was in the best interest of the Flyers and also Scott.

"He needs to play [and] he needs to play in all situations. He's going back to a good team and he will play a lot in all situations. He's a good young prospect and the little bit of time he had here with us was good for him and good for us."

The Flyers had to decide prior to Laughton playing in a sixth game, which would have started the first season of his entry-level contract.

Laughton, the 20th pick of the draft, was the youngest player to skate in a game this season.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.27.2013 / 10:34 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

MIN @ STL - 15:52 of the Third Period

At 15:52 of the third period in the Wild/Blues game, video review proved inconclusive, therefore the referee's call on the ice that Minnesota Wild forward Dany Heatley deflected the puck into the net with his stick below the crossbar stands. According to Rule 60.5 "The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick. If the puck makes contact with the stick below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed." Good Goal Minnesota.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.27.2013 / 9:42 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

VAN @ SJ - 14:27 of the Second Period

At 14:27 of the second period in the Canucks/Sharks game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Patrick Marleau's skate and into the 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 San Jose.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.27.2013 / 9:38 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

MIN @ STL - 14:40 of the 2nd Period

At 14:40 of the second period in the Wild/Blues game, video review determined that Mikko Koivu's shot crossed the goal line. Good Goal Minnesota.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.27.2013 / 7:18 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

NJ @ MTL - 3:26 of the Second Period

At 3:26 of the second period in the Devils/Canadiens game, video review proved inconclusive, therefore the referee's call on the ice that New Jersey forward Patrik Elias deflected the puck into the net with his stick below the crossbar stands. According to Rule 60.5 "The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick. If the puck makes contact with the stick below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed." Good Goal New Jersey.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.27.2013 / 6:12 PM

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

Crawford gets nod again for Blackhawks

CHICAGO – A couple days off await the Chicago Blackhawks before getting back on the road again for six games, but that wasn’t the only reason coach Joel Quenneville opted to start Corey Crawford on Sunday night at United Center against the visiting Detroit Red Wings.

Crawford got the nod -- his fourth in a row and fifth in six games this season -- because he’s been solid in a starting role for the Blackhawks (5-0-0) – whose five-game win streak to start this season tied the franchise mark set by the 1971-72 team.

“He’s played well this week and we’re going to keep him going,” Quenneville said on Sunday afternoon, prior to playing Detroit (7 p.m. ET, FS-Detroit, CSN-Chicago). “He looks quick. He’s got some momentum, as well, so we’ll give him another crack tonight.”

Through his first four starts, Crawford is 4-0-0 with a 1.99 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. Quenneville said that backup goalie Ray Emery, whose only start was a 6-4 road victory against the Phoenix Coyotes on Jan. 20, will likely return to action during the upcoming road trip.

The Blackhawks won’t play Monday or Tuesday before embarking on a six-game swing that starts on Wednesday at Minnesota and includes back-to-back games next weekend against the rival Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames.

“We’ve got two days off and we’ve got three in four nights,” Quenneville said. “I’m sure that Ray’s going to get a game, at least. I don’t want to look too far ahead, but Corey’s deserving of keeping it going and [seeing] how it goes.”

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Posted On Sunday, 01.27.2013 / 5:54 PM

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

Helm back out of Red Wings' lineup

Darren Helm’s return to the Detroit Red Wings lineup on Friday night against the Minnesota Wild was effective but short lived.

The 26-year old Helm, who’s been hampered by a back injury that happened shortly before training camp, will again be inactive against the rival Chicago Blackhawks (5-0-0) on Sunday night at United Center.

Taking his place in the lineup will be veteran forward Patrick Eaves, who will shift to the right wing of the third line usually centered by Helm – whose spot in the middle will be manned by Justin Abdelkader.

“It’s his back,” said Detroit coach Mike Babcock, who didn’t say whether the injury will continue to be assessed day-to-day or whether Helm might need a longer time off for the injury to heal. “I don’t know if it’s a setback or a new thing. I don’t know. I’m not the doc.”

The Red Wings (2-2-0) are already without Mikael Samuelsson (groin), Ian White (leg laceration), Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder) and backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson. Valtteri Filppula is also playing through a nagging knee injury and Helm now rejoins the list of injured.

“Frustration’s a waste of time,” Babcock said, just a couple hours prior to playing the hottest team in the NHL with a patched-together lineup. “So, let’s just get on with it and win a game.”

Also among the injured for Detroit is defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, who’s missed three straight games with hip and shoulder injuries he sustained in Columbus during a practice. Ericsson will be a gametime decision against Chicago and will replace Jakub Kindl if he plays.

Johan FranzenHenrik ZetterbergDamien Brunner

Valtteri FilppulaPavel DatsyukTodd Bertuzzi

Danny ClearyJustin AbdelkaderPatrick Eaves

Drew MillerCory EmmertonJordin Tootoo

Niklas KronwallJonathan Ericsson

Brendan SmithKyle Quincey

Brian LashoffKent Huskins

Jimmy Howard

Tom McCollum

Injured: Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder), Ian White (leg laceration),

Jonas Gustavsson (groin), Mikael Samuelsson (groin)

Scratched: Patrick Eaves, Jakub Kindl

Lineup notes: Ericsson is a gametime decision because of hip and shoulder injuries, but he’s expected to return to the lineup soon. Kindl will play if Ericsson, a gametime decision, can’t go.

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Quote of the Day

It was the look in his eyes. Hockey is the most important thing in his life. He wants to be a hockey player, and nothing's going to stop him from being a hockey player.

— Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin on forward Alex Galchenyuk's potential