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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 2:25 PM

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

Islanders sign Gallant to entry-level contract

The New York Islanders and forward Brett Gallant have agreed to terms on a one-year, entry-level contract.

Gallant, 24, is in the midst of his fourth professional season and third year with the Islanders American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The Summerside, Prince Edward Island native has appeared in 37 games this season, registering 174 penalty minutes, ranking him third in the AHL.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 2:19 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Panthers hope to keep rolling in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – The Winnipeg Jets proved to be a good tonic for the Florida Panthers last week, and the Panthers hope that an encore engagement Tuesday night at MTS Centre will provide a similar result.

Florida thumped Winnipeg last Thursday at BB&T Center, using a five-goal third period to take a 6-3 decision. The Panthers followed that effort with a 4-3 road win at Buffalo that began a four-game road trip. The back-to-back two-point efforts have taken some of the sting out of a season-opening 1-5-0 start.

Panthers coach Kevin Dineen likes the steps that his team has taken.

"I think we're playing with little more group-of-five than the individual play that we saw earlier," Dineen said. "We were out of sync. There was not a whole of flow going on. I think there's better chemistry as a team and how we have to play."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 2:17 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Erat 'good to go' as Predators end lengthy road trip

ST. LOUIS -- Coaches Barry Trotz of the Nashville Predators and Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues were not 100 percent forthcoming with what lineups they will use Tuesday night at Scottrade Center in the third matchup of the season of the two squads.

The Predators, on the last leg of a seven-game trip, will get Martin Erat back in the lineup. Erat missed Saturday's 2-1 shootout win at the San Jose Sharks with a foot injury, suffered at practice Friday.

"I'm good to go," said Erat, who has four points in seven games. "It was too swollen to play [Saturday], but right now it feels good. I've got no worries about it."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:50 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Jets limp home to face Panthers, with PK a focus

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Normally a midwinter trip that includes a stop in Florida is a welcome time for the Winnipeg Jets, but last week's three-game road trip left them limping home.

The Jets (3-4-1) dropped all three games, including a defeat last Thursday to the Florida Panthers, who visit MTS Centre for a Tuesday evening date. The penalty kill, a source of many of Winnipeg's defensive problems last season, has again become a major issue for coach Claude Noel and his club. Winnipeg has surrendered goals on eight of its past 16 shorthanded situations, and the Jets rank last in the League on the penalty kill.

Noel said defenseman Dustin Byfuglien will miss his third consecutive game with an undisclosed injury, but that a return for Thursday's game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs is a possibility. Winnipeg is also without Zach Bogosian, whose return remains slated for mid-February. Alexander Burmistrov centers Winnipeg's second line.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:47 PM

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

Neuvirth back in net for Capitals vs. Maple Leafs

Here is the projected lineup for the Washington Capitals when they play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Verizon Center on Tuesday night:

Wojtek Wolski - Mike Ribeiro - Alex Ovechkin

Jason Chimera - Nicklas Backstrom - Troy Brouwer

Marcus Johansson - Joey Crabb - Joel Ward

Matt Hendricks - Jay Beagle - Eric Fehr

Karl Alzner - Mike Green

Tom Poti - John Carlson

Jeff Schultz - Tomas Kundratek

Michal Neuvirth

Braden Holtby

Scratches: Roman Hamrlik, Mathieu Perreault

Suspended: John Erskine

Injured: Brooks Laich, Jack Hillen

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:41 PM

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

Foster feels season in Tampa Bay extended career

PHILADELPHIA -- When Kurtis Foster signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the summer of 2009, he admits he wasn't sure where he was going in his hockey career.

It was his first season back after a horrendous leg injury, and he wasn't sure he could become the player he was developing into during three previous solid seasons with the Minnesota Wild.

He only spent one season with the Lightning, but Foster believes his time in Tampa Bay -- and especially his time around Lightning veteran forward Martin St. Louis -- was essential to him remaining in the NHL.

"The thing I learned about the most from Marty was his drive for the game," Foster said. "He's 37, 38 years old and he loves being at the rink every day. He's one of the hardest-working guys in practice every day. I think he knows to stay in this League when he was younger he had to do that being a smaller guy. Now that he's created the aura of himself in the League, you think he'd take a day off and he really doesn't."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:37 PM

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

Cisco NHL Live to break down Blackhawks-Sharks

 

Ten games on the ice Tuesday night and Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will preview them all. We will break down the big Western Conference showdown between the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks. We'll also get a live report on the Nashville Predators vs. St. Louis Blues matchup from Blues TV analyst Darren Pang, on our Cisco NHL Arena Cam.

Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan will be on our set to discuss some recent hits, and rule changes for the 2012-13 NHL season.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, keep an eye on this Senior Reporter's dance moves in his EJ5: Hradek's Top 5 Thoughts of the Day with a brothers twist today, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Tuesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:22 PM

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

Familiar face back in Philly as Carle faces Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- You can forgive Matt Carle for feeling a bit out of sorts Tuesday morning when he arrived at Wells Fargo Center.

It's been nearly five years since the Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman had to use the visiting facilities here.

This will be Carle's first game back after signing with the Lightning as a free agent over the summer. In four seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, he had 137 points in 308 games, including a career-best 39 assists in 2010-11. He also had 26 points in 51 Stanley Cup Playoff games, and joined with Chris Pronger to form the Flyers' top defense pairing when they went to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.

"It's obviously a familiar place," Carle told NHL.com. "It is weird walking by the [home] locker room. I think I've played maybe one or two games here as a visitor. I had to do a quick tour of the visiting locker room because I really didn't remember what it looked like. It'll be weird going on the ice. I played here four years, and it was a good four years. Lot of memories out there."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:18 PM

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

Fantasy Spin: Fasth can steal time from Hiller

Viktor Fasth may be a newcomer to North America, but he's quickly found his niche with the Anaheim Ducks.

Viktor Fasth
Goalie - ANA
RECORD: 3-0-0
GAA: 1.30 | SVP: 0.946
The Swedish Elite League standout signed with the Ducks in May and has made an immediate impact through his first three games at the NHL level. The 30-year-old improved to 3-0-0 on the young season after handing the San Jose Sharks their first regulation loss of the season on Monday.

Fasth's 25-save performance in that victory, coupled with strong showings in his debut vs. Nashville on Jan. 26 and his encore against the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 1, gives him a combined 70 saves on 74 shots faced to kick off this new chapter of his career in style. His stingy goals-against average (1.30) and save percentage (.946) trail only Craig Anderson for the League lead in both categories.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:14 PM

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

Lindback expected in net for Lightning vs. Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- Here is the lineup the Tampa Bay Lightning likely will use when they start their four-game road trip Tuesday here against the Philadelphia Flyers:

Ryan Malone - Steven Stamkos - Martin St. Louis

Cory Conacher - Vincent Lecavalier - Teddy Purcell

Nate Thompson - Adam Hall - BJ Crombeen

Benoit Pouliot - Tom Pyatt - Pierre-Cedric Labrie

Victor Hedman - Sami Salo

Matt Carle - Eric Brewer

Keith Aulie - Brian Lee

Anders Lindback

Mathieu Garon

Scratched: Dana Tyrell, Marc-Andre Bergeron

Injured: Brendan Mikkelson

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