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Posted On Saturday, 01.26.2013 / 1:09 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Blues, Stars

DALLAS -- Here are the projected lineups for the Saturday night contest between the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

BLUES

David PerronDavid BackesT.J. Oshie

Andy McDonaldAlexander SteenVladimir Tarasenko

Jayden Schwartz – Patrik BerglundChris Stewart

Vladimir SobotkaScott NicholRyan Reaves

Wade ReddenAlex Pietrangelo

Barret JackmanKevin Shattenkirk

Kris RussellRoman Polak

Jaroslav Halak

Brian Elliott

Injuries: none

Scratches: Ian Cole, Matt D’Agostini, Jamie Langenbrunner.

NOTES: St. Louis has posted shutouts in two of its first four games, including a 4-0 blanking of Nashville at Scottrade Center on Thursday. Wade Redden made his Blues debut against the Predators, seeing 17:23 of ice time in his first NHL action since 2010. Heading into the contest Saturday, St. Louis has the NHL’s second-ranked power play, converting at a rate of 53.8 percent (7 of 13) and is tied for second in the League with seven power-play goals. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock was behind the Dallas bench between 1996 and 2002, leading the Stars to the 1999 Stanley Cup. RW Jamie Langenbrunner has spent two stints in Dallas, the first from 1994 through 2002 and the latter coming in 2011 when he skated in 39 games after coming over prior to the trade deadline.

STARS

Loui Eriksson - Derek RoyReilly Smith

Ray WhitneyCody Eakin - Michael Ryder

Brenden Morrow - Vernon Fiddler - Eric Nystrom

Ryan GarbuttTom WandellColton Sceviour

Alex Goligoski - Stephane Robidas

Aaron Rome - Trevor Daley

Brenden Dillon - Philip Larsen

Christopher Nilstorp

Kari Lehtonen

Scratches: Jordie Benn, Tomas Vincour.

Injuries: Jamie Benn (signed contract Thursday), Jaromir Jagr (back), Kari Lehtonen (undisclosed "tweak").

NOTES: This concludes a short, two-game homestand for Dallas, who lost 3-2 to Chicago in overtime on Thursday night. Through their first four games, the Stars have been on the power play six fewer times than their opposition. Dallas put the Blackhawks on the PP seven times in the OT loss with Chicago converting on three of those opportunities. Rookie goaltender Christopher Nilstorp gets his second NHL start against the Blues. Nilstorp was also between the pipes for Dallas in a 1-0 loss Sunday at Minnesota and stopped 31 of the 32 shots he faced from the Wild.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.26.2013 / 12:56 PM

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

Jagr out for Dallas against Blues

Jaromir Jagr will not play Saturday night for the Dallas Stars against the St. Louis Blues because of a sore back, coach Glen Gulutzan told reporters after the team's morning skate.

Jagr, who left the Stars' 3-2 overtime loss Thursday to the Chicago Blackhawks, missed practice Friday because of the injury. Mark Stepneski, writer for the Stars' website, wrote on Twitter that Gulutzan said rookie Reilly Smith could move into the top six to help replace Jagr.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.26.2013 / 12:45 PM

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

Weiss out again for Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla.Florida Panthers center Stephen Weiss will miss his second consecutive game Saturday night, but coach Kevin Dineen didn’t rule out the other two members of his top line, Kris Versteeg and Tomas Fleischmann, for the matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Versteeg has yet to play in a game this season after he sustained a lower-body injury in practice the day before the Jan. 19 opener against the Carolina Hurricanes. He took part in the morning skate Saturday, but didn’t work with a line and stayed on the ice for extra work after his teammates went off.

“He looked pretty good there today,” Dineen said. “With [Versteeg], I always have to be careful because his heart is telling him one thing and we’ve got to make sure that we get over this hump of our early-season injuries and make sure that guys are fully prepared to go instead of getting along with not firing on all the pistons. We’ll see where he’s at after a good skate today. It’s encouraging. There’s a possibility he can even play tonight.”

Fleischmann had the most ice time of any Florida forward in a 3-1 loss Thursday against the Ottawa Senators, but he sustained a cut on top of his right foot during the game.

Fleischmann stepped onto the ice before his teammates Saturday morning wearing warmup gear and skated briefly before stepping off. He returned after the start of the morning skate again in warmup gear before leaving after a short while and returning a third time in his full gear.

Dineen said Fleischmann’s availability has nothing to do with his past medical history — Fleischmann missed the second half of the 2010-11 because of a pulmonary embolism.

“Him and his medical team have done a really good job of staying on top of that,” Dineen said. “He’s aware of his history, but it’s all based on whether he can go out and be able to perform like he usually does.”

Like Versteeg, Fleischmann didn’t work with a line in the morning skate.

As for Weiss, who was a late scratch Thursday after taking part in the morning skate, Dineen said keeping him out because of his lower-body injury was a matter of playing things safely.

“Stephen is slowly coming along,” Dineen said. “It’s no different than anybody else. We want to make sure that when he comes back he’s feeling like he can contribute the way he usually does. He’s such a big part of everything we do here. He’s missed in the lineup. We’ll wait and get an evaluation, but he won’t be available for tonight.”

Because of the uncertain status of both Fleischmann and Versteeg, Dineen might have some line juggling to do before the puck drops Saturday night.

“We look at the morning skate and you look at the bodies in the lineup and the possibilities, we’re not sure what we’re putting on the ice tonight just based on guys are that close to coming back. It’s a little bit of a stickhandling to see where we’re at when we drop the puck tonight.”

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Posted On Saturday, 01.26.2013 / 12:30 PM

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

Atkinson could miss 'a week or two weeks' for Columbus

Second-year wing Cam Atkinson is out of the lineup Saturday night for the Columbus Blue Jackets against the Chicago Blackhawks, and his absence might not be a brief one.

Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards told Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch of the Atkinson injury, "This could be a week or two weeks." Atkinson missed time during training camp with a lower-body injury, and he did not play Thursday in a 4-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

Atkinson is one of Columbus' top young forwards and began this season on the top line. He has eight goals and 15 points in 30 career NHL games, and boasts an impressive scoring record at the American Hockey League level (49 goals in 89 games).

Portzline (@Aportzline) also reported on Twitter that Steve Mason will be in net for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped three straight after winning their opener against the Nashville Predators. Mason yielded five goals on 42 shots in a 5-1 loss Wednesday to the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Blackhawks are the only 4-0-0 team in the NHL. Corey Crawford will be in net for Chicago, according to multiple reports.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.26.2013 / 11:39 AM

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

Kreider out with ankle injury, Ferriero in for Rangers

Two days after being scratched for Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers rookie Chris Kreider is expected to miss the next few days of action because of an injury. According to Jim Cerny of the Rangers' website, Kreider, who did not skate Saturday morning with the team, is expected to be out a few days because of bone chips in his ankle.

It's a difficult end to what has been a frustrating first week of the 2012-13 season for the Massachusetts native. After going pointless in his first three games, Kreider was held out of the game Thursday, sparking speculation he might be assigned to the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Connecticut. To say the least, it's been a disappointing start for the young player who captured the imagination of Rangers fans after scoring five goals during the team's Stanley Cup Playoffs run that ended in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

While Kreider was out, new addition Benn Ferriero, who was acquired Thursday in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins, did skate Saturday. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was reportedly the first to leave the ice, meaning he will likely get the start Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

These are the team's projected lines, according to Pat Leonard of New York Daily News:

Rick Nash - Brad Richards - Marian Gaborik

Taylor Pyatt - Derek Stepan - Ryan Callahan

Carl Hagelin - Brian Boyle - Mike Rupp

Jeff Halpern - Benn Ferriero - Aaron Asham.

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi

Marc Staal - Michael Del Zotto

Steve Eminger - Anton Stralman

Henrik Lundqvist

Martin Biron

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Posted On Friday, 01.25.2013 / 10:00 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

OTT vs. TBL - 5:25 of Third Period

At 5:25 of the third period in the Senators/Lightning game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Chris Neil's shot did not completely cross the goal line. No Goal Senators.

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Posted On Friday, 01.25.2013 / 8:14 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

NYI v@ BOS - 0:19 of Second Period

At 0:19 of the second period in the Islanders/Bruins game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Matt Moulson's shot did not completely cross the goal line. No Goal Islanders.

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Posted On Friday, 01.25.2013 / 7:49 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

NYI @ BOS - 17:57 of first period

At 17:57 of the first period in the Islanders/Bruins game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Tyler Seguin's shot did not completely cross the goal line. No Goal Boston.

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Posted On Friday, 01.25.2013 / 7:18 PM

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

CISCO NHL Live: The EJ 5

We saw a great Nail Yakupov celebration, that got E.J. Hradek thinking for his Top 5 goal celebration in Friday's EJ5.

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Posted On Friday, 01.25.2013 / 6:58 PM

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

Gomez debuts for Sharks on Saturday

Scott Gomez is making his debut for the San Jose Sharks on Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche.

"[There's] a very good chance we’ll see him tomorrow," coach Todd McLellan told the Sharks' website Friday. "We'll get a health update tomorrow morning on the roster, and obviously we've got to get him into the lineup."

CSN Bay Area reports Gomez took line rushes at center with Adam Burish and James Sheppard.

"[Scott] had a good practice today," McLellan said. "We used him in some different situations in practice, so he should feel a little more comfortable. We'd really like to see what he's going to do."

The 33-year-old, who signed with the Sharks on Wednesday, also practiced with the second power-play unit.

"That's an area that we think he can contribute in and he'll get every opportunity to do that," McLellan said.

CSN said Andrew Desjardins likely would sit out, and Michal Handzus would remain in the lineup.

"Because we have signed Scott Gomez, I don’t think that’s any reason for Michal Handzus to lose his job or his position," McLellan said. "They can battle it out, they can continue to push each other. Obviously different situations allow for different players to use a certain skill set.

"[Michal] has been very good on the penalty kill this year so far, very good in the faceoff circle. Scotty might be a little more offensive in power-play situations. There's room for both of them, and they can push each other."

The coach also said there was a chance backup goalie Thomas Greiss would play on the weekend.

CSN said Saturday's game is the first afternoon game scheduled for HP Pavilion since March 21, 2009.

The Sharks play Sunday night at home against the Vancouver Canucks.

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