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Posted On Friday, 04.05.2013 / 9:33 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

NYR @ PIT - 15:08 of the Third Period

At 15:08 of the third period in the Rangers/Penguins game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Derick Brassard's shot did not completely cross the goal line. No Goal New York.

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Posted On Friday, 04.05.2013 / 4:41 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Prospecting with Central Scouting

NHL Central Scouting final meetings- Day 1

3:30 pm -- The most robust debate of opening day of the Central Scouting final meetings was the discussion of the prospects in the Ontario Hockey League. The scouts had high praise for several players listed high on the midterm ranking, including Sean Monahan, Darnell Nurse, Bo Horvat, Kerby Rychel, Chris Bigras, Ryan Hartman and Nikita Zadorov.

The scouts have been going at it pretty good today. It's amazing how much each scout can remember on each player, even during their cross-over viewings.

Some comments:

On Monahan: "Never quits; gave it 110 percent and played as well as he could on a bad Ottawa team. Eric Staal-like."

On Nurse: "What a season he had. Can play strong at both ends and plays with a great edge. Is also a great guy off the ice."

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Posted On Friday, 04.05.2013 / 4:17 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Torres debut with Sharks will have to wait

SAN JOSE -- Raffi Torres' debut with the San Jose Sharks is on hold until at least Sunday when they end their seven-game homestand against the Dallas Stars.

After San Jose's morning skate at HP Pavilion, coach Todd McLellan said Torres won't be in the lineup Friday night against the Calgary Flames for the Sharks, who have won six straight games.

"I didn't make the decision. Mother Nature made the decision," McLellan said. "He wasn't feeling real good last night. Feeling a little bit better today, but he won't play tonight, due in large part to that. But I also struggled sleeping last night whether or not we would put him in. The right thing to do for the individual is to put him in and make him feel comfortable right off the bat. But we have to do what's right for the team, and there's been a lot of guys that have played well lately and have to continue that reward."

Talking to reporters before McLellan's announcement, Torres didn't mention being ill, but he said he wouldn't mind if he wasn't in the lineup two days after being traded from the Phoenix Coyotes to the Sharks.

"If it was up to me, I probably wouldn't want to see myself play, just because you don't want to mess with a good lineup when it's winning," Torres said.

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Posted On Friday, 04.05.2013 / 3:55 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Getzlaf questionable for Ducks vs. Stars

ANAHEIM -- Ryan Getzlaf will be a game-time decision for Friday night, but Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau reiterated his captain's lower-body injury is "definitely not a serious thing."

Getzlaf got tangled up with Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars on Wednesday. He returned and scored a goal in the third period before Boudreau rested him the rest of the night. Getzlaf did not skate Friday morning and is still sore heading into Friday's game against Dallas.

"If he doesn't feel comfortable today, then he'll probably play Sunday," Boudreau said.

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Posted On Friday, 04.05.2013 / 3:54 PM

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

Fantasy Spin: Saad is best-kept secret on map

Brandon Saad
Left Wing - CHI
GOALS: 8 | ASST: 13 | PTS: 21
SOG: 75 | +/-: 13
With the fantasy hockey playoffs in full swing, owners find themselves eyeing the waiver wire for anything resembling a player with consistent category coverage.

At this time of year, it's even more rare to find such a readily available asset who is also worthy of keeper consideration in such leagues.

That's why Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad may be the best-kept secret on the fantasy landscape.

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Posted On Friday, 04.05.2013 / 3:06 PM

By Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Quincey expected back, Dekeyser to make NHL debut

DENVER -- The Detroit Red Wings will have a different look on defense Friday night when they meet the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Kyle Quincey is expected to play after missing nine games with a fractured cheekbone, and Danny Dekeyser will make his NHL debut after playing three seasons at Western Michigan University.

Quincey, 27, who was injured in a March 15 game against the Edmonton Oilers, has one goal and one assist in 26 games. Dekeyser, 22, signed a two-year contract with the Red Wings on March 30. He was Western Michigan's captain this season and had two goals and 13 assists in 35 games.

Here are the projected lineups for Friday's game between the Red Wings and Avalanche:

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Posted On Friday, 04.05.2013 / 2:31 PM

NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live: Bishop, Kekalainen, Wilson

Today on Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek we'll take a look at new faces who are already having a big impact, including Tampa Bay's new netminder Ben Bishop when he joins the show. We'll ask him how it feels to be the new guy in the locker room, and about his 45-save shutout debut.

Jarmo Kekalainen made the move for Marian Gaborik and it's already paying off. The Columbus GM will break down why he thinks his Jackets are playoff-bound for the second time in their history.

Plus, the Sharks have a few changes to their roster as they look to win seven in a row. San Jose GM Doug Wilson will fill us in on the recent run and the tough decisions he had to make at the trade deadline.

We'll visit Pittsburgh on the Cisco NHL Arena Cam where the Rangers try to repeat their success against the Penguins who have hit a skid without captain Sidney Crosby.

Remember to tune in to NHL Network at 5pm ET, and if you send in your #AskEJ tweets to @EJHradek_NHL we might answer them on the show!

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Posted On Friday, 04.05.2013 / 2:08 PM

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

Projected lineups for Blue Jackets, Blues

ST. LOUIS -- The Columbis Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues, coming off road victories Thursday, had optional skates Friday morning with limited participation.

One change likely for the Blue Jackets will be the addition of forward Blake Comeau. He was acquired from the Calgary Flames on Wednesday, got his visa and working papers in order and will be available Friday.

Here are the projected lineups for when the teams face off Friday night at Scottrade Center:

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Posted On Friday, 04.05.2013 / 1:19 PM

By Chris Adamski -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Jokinen slotted into Crosby's spot as top-line center

PITTSBURGH -- Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz lost the player they call the best in the world as their center. But the Pittsburgh Penguins wings insist they won't change their games as a result.

Dupuis and Kunitz will play their third game without Sidney Crosby on Friday against the New York Rangers (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US). The team traded for former Carolina Hurricanes forward Jussi Jokinen on Wednesday, and coach Dan Bylsma said he will slot Jokinen between Kunitz and Dupuis while Crosby is out indefinitely because of a broken jaw.

The trio got a crash course in playing together during the morning skate Friday.

"There's obviously a little adjustment period, but me and [Dupuis], we're going to play the same style," Kunitz said. "We're not ad libbing a whole bunch. We're going to be in certain areas and putting pucks in certain places. As soon as we get a feel for each other, we're going to have success."

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Posted On Friday, 04.05.2013 / 1:16 PM

By Chris Ryndak -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Senators to debut Conacher on all-rookie line

BUFFALO -- Cory Conacher will make his debut with the Ottawa Senators on Friday against the Buffalo Sabres on an all-rookie line.

The undrafted rookie will play alongside center Mika Zibanejad and right wing Jakob Silfverberg on Ottawa's second line. Conacher had nine goals and 15 assists in 35 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning this season before being traded to the Senators on Wednesday for goaltender Ben Bishop.

"I think we have a lot of speed on our line. Those two guys that I'm playing with are guys that are very confident with the puck and they're very patient," Conacher said. "They know how to make plays and, like I said, they're fast too, so they'll take pucks to the net pretty quick. So you've got to be ready for that."

Conacher grew up in Toronto and played at Canisius College in Buffalo, so he's expecting a big turnout of fans and family for the game.

"We certainly feel that motivation isn't going to be a concern for him. It might be over the top if it's going to be anything," Senators coach Paul MacLean said.

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I didn't even know how to celebrate. I threw my hands up, they gave me a hug, so I guess that's all I needed.

— Sabres forward Tim Schaller on scoring his first NHL goal Sunday against the Bruins