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Posted On Monday, 03.11.2013 / 12:59 PM

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

Luongo gets nod for Canucks against Blue Jackets

Roberto Luongo will start in net for the Vancouver Canucks when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday, the team announced Monday.

Cory Schneider started the Canucks' previous three games -- all losses -- and has just two wins in his last eight starts. The Canucks have lost four straight and have been overtaken by the Minnesota Wild for first place in the Northwest Division.

Luongo hasn't played since March 3, when he allowed three goals on 24 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Calgary Flames. For the season, Luongo is 5-2-3 with a 2.19 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.

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Posted On Monday, 03.11.2013 / 12:50 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Tambellini honored by BCHL

The coaches of the British Columbia Hockey League recently revealed their league all-star team selections for the 2012-13 season.

Among those listed were two skaters on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft -- forward Adam Tambellini of the Surrey Eagles was named a Second-Team All-Star, and defenseman Dane Birks of the Merritt Centennials was named to the league's All-Rookie Team.

Tambellini, son of Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini, was listed as a 'B' prospect at the start of the season for the Vernon Vipers before his trade to Surrey on Jan. 10. Tambellini, who is committed to the University of North Dakota for the 2013-14 season, had 36 goals and 65 points in 52 games for Vernon and Surrey. In 16 games with Surrey, he's totaled 14 goals and 26 points.

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Posted On Monday, 03.11.2013 / 12:33 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Trade Deadline blog

Report: Struggling Lightning not ready to be sellers

The mindset of the Tampa Bay Lightning at the NHL Trade Deadline is a topic now being addressed with more regularity.

Inconceivably, the Lightning sit near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings -- eight points adrift in both the Southeast Division and the Eastern Conference -- thanks, in large part, to a 4-13-1 streak that has all but erased memories of their rather torrid start to the season.

Yet, general manager Steve Yzerman still believes his club has the goods to develop into a Stanley Cup Playoffs-caliber team.


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Posted On Monday, 03.11.2013 / 12:33 PM

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

Canucks recall Ebbett, send Schroeder to AHL

The Vancouver Canucks on Monday recalled center Andrew Ebbett from Chicago of the American Hockey League, and re-assigned center Jordan Schroeder to the AHL.

In five games earlier this season with the Canucks, Ebbett had no points, two penalty minutes and four shots on goal, while averaging 11:50 of ice time per game.

Schroeder, who played his first 22 NHL games this season, has two goals and three assists.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 10:06 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

VAN @ MIN - 1:02 of the Third Period

At 1:02 of the third period in the Canucks/Wild game, video review determined the puck deflected off Henrik Sedin'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 Vancouver.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 8:45 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

EDM @ CHI - 15:05 of the Second Period

At 15:05 of the second period in the Oilers/Blackhawks game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Sheldon Brookbank and into the net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 78.4 "if an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed." Good Goal Chicago.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 6:31 PM

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

Sabres activate defenseman Jordan Leopold

PHILADELPHIA -- The Buffalo Sabres activated defenseman Jordan Leopold from injured reserve and he will be in the lineup Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

Leopold had missed nine games with an upper-body injury. Interim coach Ron Rolston had said following the morning skate he was looking forward to having Leopold in the lineup for the first time since he replaced Lindy Ruff behind the Sabres' bench. Leopold was injured in practice the same day Ruff was fired.

"It'll be good back there," Rolston said of Leopold. "He's a good puck-mover, and that's what we've been emphasizing form our defense corps. He'll be one of those guys that can get us out of our zone. … He can be a player that can really be a difference-maker back there on the blue line."

To make room on the roster, the Sabres announced defenseman Adam Pardy had been sent to Rochester of the American Hockey League. Pardy had one assist, a plus-2 rating and 10 penalty minutes in five games this season. He had been a healthy scratch the previous two games.

Here is what the Sabres' lineup could look like:

Thomas Vanek - Cody Hodgson - Jason Pominville

Marcus Foligno - Kevin Porter - Brian Flynn

Steve Ott - Tyler Ennis - Nathan Gerbe

John Scott - Jochen Hecht - Drew Stafford

Robyn Regehr - Jordan Leopold

Christian Ehrhoff - Tyler Myers

Mike Weber - TJ Brennan

Ryan Miller

Jhonas Enroth

Scratched: Mikhail Grigorenko

Suspended: Patrick Kaleta

Injured: Andrej Sekera (upper body), Ville Leino (hip)

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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Posted On Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 6:22 PM

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

Bryzgalov gets the call for struggling Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- Flyers coach Peter Laviolette has opted to start Ilya Bryzgalov for a League-high 25th time Sunday when his team faces the Buffalo Sabres (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

Bryzgalov gave up three goals in a 2:18 span midway through the first period Saturday in a 3-0 loss at Boston, and he has allowed 11 goals on 64 shots in his previous three games, a save percentage of just .828. His 1,349:58 of ice time is three seconds less than Nashville's Pekka Rinne for the League lead; he's faced the third-most shots (621) and made the fourth-most saves (558).

Even with a three-day break coming up, as well as the recall of goalie Michael Leighton from Adirondack of the American Hockey League, Laviolette said he believes Bryzgalov is the best option to help the Flyers snap their three-game losing streak.

"I think you go through everything, you roll though all your options of personnel that's available to you," Laviolette said. "I think just coming off [Saturday], Bryz is a guy that needs to be in there and we need to get a win. Our group needs to dig out of this. Not to put him in there and give him that opportunity doesn't seem right."

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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Posted On Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 5:39 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Devils captain Salvador back in lineup vs. Jets

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils will have their captain back in the lineup against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday at Prudential Center.

Defenseman Bryce Salvador, who missed the team's game on Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes with an upper body injury, will replace Mark Fayne.


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Posted On Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 5:31 PM

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

Emery's streak still alive, chases 11th straight win

CHICAGO -- Ray Emery will get the start in net for the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night against the Edmonton Oilers at United Center (7 p.m. ET, CSN-CH).

Corey Crawford started the last game, a 6-2 road loss against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night at Pepsi Center, before being pulled after two periods for Emery. Crawford allowed five of the six goals in the first regulation loss of the season for the Blackhawks (21-1-3), but coach Joel Quenneville said his performance wasn't the reason he didn't get the nod.

Emery's play during a 3-2 Blackhawks win against the Oilers on Feb. 25 at United Center did appear to factor into the decision.

"Both guys have been very good, so that's a good argument for whoever's playing," Quenneville said in a pre-game meeting with reporters on Sunday afternoon. "Ray played well against these guys the other day and he's played well. [Crawford] will get back in there soon, too. We don't see him sitting there too long."


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