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Posted On Friday, 03.08.2013 / 11:15 AM

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

Fantasy Spin: Replacing tri-eligible forward Sharp

The Chicago Blackhawks' point streak lives on for yet another day, but fantasy owners of Patrick Sharp suddenly have a problem on their hands.

Sharp left Wednesday's game against the Colorado Avalanche in the third period after sustaining an upper-body injury when he was hit into the boards by Ryan O'Byrne. The No. 28 forward in NHL.com's most recent rankings, Sharp is the only player League-wide with tri-eligibility (LW/C/RW) in Yahoo fantasy leagues.

Patrick Sharp
Left Wing - CHI
GOALS: 5 | ASST: 13 | PTS: 18
SOG: 78 | +/-: 7

For that reason alone, it's impossible to replace the position flexibility he brings to the table. Sharp is also in the top 20 League-wide in shots on goal (78) with a plus-7 rating and 18 points (7 PPP) in 24 games. But despite injuries continuing to pile up on fantasy rosters around the world, owners must continue to keep a pulse on the waiver wire to stay afloat until Sharp returns.

On Friday, a report indicated that Sharp has a shoulder separation that could potentially keep him out of the lineup anywhere from three weeks to a month.

If you own Sharp in fantasy leagues, be sure to monitor his status over the coming days to see if he's placed on injured reserve. If that's the route Chicago takes, store him there and consider short-term replacements. For now, here's a trending player at each of the three forward positions to eye in the coming days.

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Posted On Friday, 03.08.2013 / 11:09 AM

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

Dorsett to miss rest of season with broken clavicle

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Derek Dorsett was placed on injured reserve Friday with a fractured clavicle and will miss the rest of the season.

The 26-year-old, a seventh-round pick of the Blue Jackets in the 2006 NHL Draft, had three goals, nine points and 53 penalty minutes this season.

He was injured on his only shift in Thursday night's 2-1 overtime win over the Vancouver Canucks.

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Posted On Friday, 03.08.2013 / 10:33 AM

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

Flyers send suspended Zolnierczyk to AHL

Philadelphia Flyers forward Harry Zolnierczyk, serving a four-game NHL suspension, has been sent to the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.

Zolnierczyk was suspended March 3 for a charging incident during a game against the Ottawa Senators on March 2, and has served two games of the suspension. Zolnierczyk will be eligible to play in the American Hockey League.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told the team's website, "When and whether [Zolnierczyk] is recalled [to complete the suspension] will be dictated by the 23-man roster at that time."

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Posted On Friday, 03.08.2013 / 9:58 AM

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

Bruins hoping to add Swedish star Soderberg

The Boston Bruins are close to making themselves a better team -- and it may not be through the trade market, although GM Peter Chiarelli has not ruled that out either.

Thursday night, Chiarelli confirmed to the Boston Herald a report by TSN that the team is close to bringing Swedish star Carl Soderberg to the club.

The Bruins have owned Soderberg's rights since 2007 when his rights were acquired in a trade with St. Louis that landed the Blues goaltender Hannu Toivonen.


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Posted On Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 9:27 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

FLA @ WSH - 12:29 of the Third Period

At 12:29 of the third period in the Panthers/Capitals game, video review determined that Washington forward Matt Hendricks kicked the puck into the net with his right skate. According to Rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net." No goal Washington.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 9:22 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

PIT @ PHI - 7:07 of the Third Period

At 7:07 of the third period in the Penguins/Flyers game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Philadelphia forward Scott Hartnell deflected the puck into the net with his stick above the cross bar. According to Rule 60.5 "An apparent goal scored by an attacking player who strikes the puck with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall not be allowed. The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick." No Goal Philadelphia.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 7:05 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Matt Read returns for Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- Forward Matt Read returned to the Philadelphia Flyers' lineup Thursday night at Wells Fargo Center against the Pittsburgh Penguins after missing six games with torn muscles in his rib cage.

Read, who last played Feb. 20 against Pittsburgh, was originally supposed to miss six weeks, but he's back after missing exactly 15 days. He is starting the game on the third line with Sean Couturier and Simon Gagne.

Read had 13 points in 18 games this season.

Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann is also in the lineup after leaving the game Tuesday against the New York Rangers after the first period with a lower-body injury.

For the Penguins, defenseman Paul Martin is back after missing two games with a lower-body injury. Martin started the game paired with Brooks Orpik on the Penguins' blue line.

Follow Dan Rosen on Twitter at: @drosennhl

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Posted On Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 7:01 PM

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

Tallinder late scratch for Devils against Sabres

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils defenseman Henrik Tallinder was announced as a late scratch for Thursday's game against the Buffalo Sabres at Prudential Center.

The Devils said Tallinder has a lower-body injury. He will be replaced by Mark Fayne.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 6:47 PM

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

CISCO NHL Live: Bruce Boudreau

CISCO NHL Live talks with Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau about the teams hot start and how he is enjoying life on the West Coast.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 4:36 PM

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

Blackhawks recall Bollig, expect Hossa to play Friday

One day after sending forward Brandon Bollig to Rockford of the American Hockey League, the Chicago Blackhawks recalled Bollig on Thursday afternoon.

After Bollig was sent to the AHL on Wednesday afternoon, the Blackhawks used his roster spot to bring defenseman Steve Montador off the injured reserve list, which gave Chicago eight active defensemen heading into a home game that night against the Colorado Avalanche.

Prior to the Blackhawks' 3-2 win at United Center, forward Marian Hossa was a late scratch because of an upper-body injury after taking warm-ups.

Chicago then lost third-line center Andrew Shaw in the second period with an upper-body injury before star left wing Patrick Sharp was hurt 7:49 into the third after being driven hard into the boards by Colorado's Ryan O'Byrne. Sharp left the ice holding his left shoulder and Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he would probably miss some time.

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