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Posted On Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 1:56 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Predators hit the road for a while

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- After opening the season with a pair of home games, Nashville's game Tuesday night against the Wild kicks off a two-week, seven game road trip. From Minnesota, the Preds will travel to St. Louis for a game Thursday before heading to the west coast for games against Anaheim, Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Jose before making another stop in St. Louis. Nashville won't play a home game game again until Feb. 7.

"I don't mind going on the road," Trotz said. "I like the fact that your team can come together. It's easy playing at home, anybody can play at home. This is where you are going to find out about your team, playing on the road."

Nashville alternate captain Mike Fisher said going on a long road trip, especially early in the season, can be a good thing.

"After a couple at home, sometimes the road is good for you," Fisher said. "It can force you to play a real solid, team game, play simple.

"It's a tough trip for us, no question. But I think it'll be a great test for us early."

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 1:20 PM

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

Canucks recall Schroeder, send Vandermeer to AHL

The Vancouver Canucks have recalled 2009 first-round draft pick center Jordan Schroeder from the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.

Schroeder, the 22nd pick of the 2009 NHL Draft, has nine goals and 10 assists in 30 AHL games. Schroeder earned positive reviews in training camp, but was lost the battle for an opening-night roster spot to Andrew Ebbet.

Schroeder takes the roster spot of defenseman Jim Vandermeer, who cleared waivers Tuesday and was assigned to Chicago. Vandermeer earned a contract after a strong showing at training camp, but had been a healthy scratch in the Canucks' first two games.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 1:11 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Lightning, Hurricanes

Here are the projected lineups for Tuesday night's game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Carolina Hurricanes:

LIGHTNING

Cory Conacher - Steven Stamkos - Martin St. Louis

Taylor Pyatt - Vincent Lecavalier - Teddy Purcell

Benoit Pouliot - Nate Thompson - Ryan Malone

Adam Hall - Dana Tyrell - BJ Crombeen

Eric BrewerMatthew Carle

Sami SaloVictor Hedman

Keith Aulie - Brendan Mikkelson

Mathieu Garon

Anders Lindback

The Lightning had an optional skate this morning.

Garon will make his first start of the season in goal. Mikkelson will dress for the first time tonight in place of Brian Lee, while Tyrell makes his season debut, replacing Pierre-Cedric Labrie.

HURRICANES

Drayson BowmanEric Staal – Alexander Semin

Jiri TlustyJordan StaalChad LaRose

Jeff SkinnerJussi Jokinen – Patrick Dwyer

Zach BoychukTim BrentKevin Westgarth

Tim GleasonJustin Faulk

Joni PitkanenBobby Sanguinetti

Jay HarrisonJoe Corvo

Cam Ward

Dan Ellis

Scratches: Jeremy Welsh, Jamie McBain

Illness: Zac Dalpe

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 1:09 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Panthers, Canadiens

MONTREAL -- Here are the projected lineups the Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night at Bell Centre.

PANTHERS

Tomas Fleischmann - Stephen Weiss - Scottie Upshall

Jonathan Huberdeau - Peter Mueller - Alex Kovalev

Tomas Kopecky - Shawn Matthias - Mike Santorelli

Jack Skille - Jerred Smithson - George Parros

Brian Campbell - Filip Kuba

Ed Jovanovski - Keaton Ellerby

Dmitry Kulikov - Mike Weaver

Scott Clemmensen

Jose Theodore

Injured: Kris Versteeg, Sean Bergenheim, Marcel Goc, Erik Gudbranson

Scratches: Michael Caruso, Tyson Strachan

The Panthers called up Drew Shore after placing Kris Versteeg on injured reserve with a groin injury. It is unclear who Shore would replace in the lineup, seeing as the Panthers held an optional skate Tuesday morning following their 4-0 loss in Ottawa a night earlier, and coach Kevin Dineen did not speak to the media after practice. These are the lines the Panthers used in the game against the Senators.

CANADIENS

Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Erik Cole

Rene Bourque - Tomas Plekanec - Brian Gionta

Brendan Gallagher - Alex Galchenyuk - Brandon Prust

Colby Armstrong - Ryan White - Travis Moen

Andrei Markov - Alexei Emelin

Josh Gorges - Raphael Diaz

Tomas Kaberle - Francis Bouillon

Carey Price

Peter Budaj

Scratched: Lars Eller, Mike Blunden, Yannick Weber

Injured: Petteri Nokelainen

One game after Alex Galchenyuk made his NHL debut in the Habs' opener Saturday, it will be the turn of Brendan Gallagher in Tuesday's game. He will be taking the lineup spot of center Lars Eller, with Galchenyuk sliding to center after playing left wing Saturday. Coach Michel Therrien said he didn’t like Eller's intensity in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Maple Leafs.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 1:01 PM

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

Rough start has Flyers flipping lines

NEWARK, N.J. -- Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter Laviolette did some line tinkering Tuesday in preparation for this team's meeting with the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

The Flyers, who have opened the season with two straight losses for the first time since 2008-09, are looking for some sort of spark three games into the shortened season.

The biggest change comes on the top line, where Jakub Voracek will supplant Brayden Schenn at right wing, and skate with center Claude Giroux and left wing Scott Hartnell.

Schenn will center a line with Wayne Simmonds and rookie Tye McGinn, who was called up Monday to replace injured Zac Rinaldo in the lineup. McGinn and Schenn had some chemistry working on a line together this season with Philadelphia's American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, earlier this season.

McGinn, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound forward, had 11 goals and 52 penalty minutes in 33 AHL games this season.

"It's a division opponent and this is the third game of 48, so we have to change our attitude and maybe the new lines will provide a spark," Hartnell said. "We have to treat this as a game to get us into playoffs, especially what happened last year. It has to be a huge effort by everyone."

While Laviolette wouldn't discuss the new line combinations he implemented at practice, he did hint that a change probably was called for.

"We've talked about it and certainly, when you finding you're not getting the results you want, the urgency level goes up and I think that's where we're at," Laviolette said. "I won't discuss the lines, but I think when you find success, you tend to leave things alone. When you're not getting the success, even offensively, you look at lines and combinations to see where you're at."

Rinaldo, who will be sidelined at least seven days, received a skate cut above his right knee after colliding with Buffalo Sabre defenseman Robyn Regehr. The cut required 20 stitches to close.

In addition to McGinn, defenseman Bruno Gervais will make his season debut, paired with Andrej Meszaros. Gervais is replacing Kurtis Foster in the lineup.

Here's the lineup the Flyers likely will use against the Devils on Tuesday:

Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux - Jakub Voracek

Wayne Simmonds - Brayden Schenn - Tye McGinn

Maxime Talbot - Scott Laughton - Eric Wellwood

Ruslan Fedotenko - Sean Couturier - Matt Read

Kimmo Timonen - Luke Schenn

Braydon Coburn - Nicklas Grossmann

Andrej Meszaros - Bruno Gervais

Ilya Bryzgalov

Michael Leighton

Injured: Danny Briere, Zac Rinaldo, Kurtis Foster

Scratched: Jody Shelley, Tom Sestito

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 12:53 PM

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

Crabb, Kundratek joining Caps' lineup

Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates will have a new look to his lineup when his team hosts the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, as forward Joey Crabb and defenseman Tomas Kundratek will make their season debuts.

Kundratek had 26 points in 41 games this season with the Caps' American Hockey League affiliate, the Hershey Bears. He also provides a right-hand shot, something Oates felt his team needed, and also allows him to not have to use John Erskine or Jeff Schultz on their off side.

"It’s more for balance and the game is so fast, you put a guy in the wrong position and sometimes they can’t execute," Oates told the Washington Post.

Kundratek, a 23-year-old Czech Republic native, will be paired at even strength with fellow Czech Roman Hamrlik, 38.

"Obviously he really respects [Hamrlik]," Oates said. "Hamr can slow him down teach him a little bit and hopefully guide him through some situations."

Crabb will play on the fourth line, and Oates said he also could see time on the penalty kill.

Here is the lineup the Capitals likely will use against the Jets:

Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Alex Ovechkin

Wojtek Wolski - Mike Ribeiro - Troy Brouwer

Jason Chimera - Jay Beagle - Joel Ward

Matt Hendricks - Mathieu Perreault - Joey Crabb

Karl Alzner - John Carlson

Tom Poti - Mike Green

Roman Hamrlik - Tomas Kundratek

Braden Holtby

Michal Neuvirth

Injured: Brooks Laich, Jack Hillen

Scratches: Eric Fehr, Jeff Schultz, John Erskine.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 11:47 AM

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

Anderson's value soars after near-perfect start

Three days into the NHL season, Ottawa Senators' goaltender Craig Anderson is Yahoo's No. 1-ranked overall fantasy player.

Craig Anderson
Goalie - OTT
RECORD: 2-0-0
GAA: 0.50 | SVP: 0.983
Let that sink in for a moment.

Is a borderline top-20 fantasy goalie that was taken on average in the eighth round of fantasy drafts really the most productive player in the land? The numbers certainly don't lie, and Anderson has seen an exponential value spike as a result.

Anderson, even after posting 33 wins in 63 outings last year, was perceived as a mediocre fantasy netminder at best coming into 2012-13. He was outside the top-20 in both GAA and save percentage last season, and had more than enough to worry about if he was to start the season slow.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 11:33 AM

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

Zajac, Josefson should be in the lineup

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils centers Travis Zajac and Jacob Josefson returned to practice Tuesday in preparation for the team's home opener against the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday at Prudential Center.

The game marks the first appearance by the Devils on their home ice since winning Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 9, 2012.

Zajac and Josefson sat out Monday's practice for "maintenance" reasons, according to coach Peter DeBoer. Zajac had "tweaked something" in Saturday's season-opening 2-1 defeat of the New York Islanders, while Josefson still is recovering from a sore foot he sustained during practice with the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Albany.

Zajac assumed his usual role on the top line, flanked by Dainius Zubrus and Ilya Kovalchuk, while Josefson centered rookie Stefan Matteau and Cam Janssen during the brisk morning session.

"No issues with either player," DeBoer told the media after practice.

Here's the lineup the Devils likely will use Tuesday:

Dainius Zubrus - Travis Zajac - Ilya Kovalchuk

Mattias Tedenby - Patrik Elias - David Clarkson

Ryan Carter - Stephen Gionta - Steve Bernier

Stefan Matteau - Jacob Josefson - Cam Janssen

Bryce Salvador - Marek Zidlicky

Andy Greene - Mark Fayne

Henrik Tallinder - Anton Volchenkov

Martin Brodeur

Johan Hedberg

Injured: Adam Henrique

Scratched: Adam Larsson, Peter Harrold, Krystofer Barch

All fans in attendance Tuesday will receive an opening-night puck sponsored by Prudential. There also will be a brief, pre-game ceremony Tuesday with the usual opening night introduction of the players, but nothing out of the ordinary. The 2011-12 Eastern Conference championship banner already is hanging from the rafters.

When asked if he would have wanted a pre-game ceremony to honor last season's run to the conference title, DeBoer grinned.

"You know my boss [Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello]," he said. "No parades for second place."

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 11:23 AM

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

Tuesday's Cisco NHL Live discusses Luongo, Suter

Roberto Luongo could be on the move and Tuesday's Cisco NHL Live, 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will have you covered, with Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek. Today is also Ryan Suter's first game against Nashville, and Michael Russo from the Minneapolis Star Tribune will be live from the Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Minnesota to get the latest on the star player's mentality heading in. Also scheduled to appear is New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

Sirius XM's Christopher "Mad Dog" Russo will be on our set to give his opinion on everything hockey. With nine games on the schedule, it is a full night of action on the ice. We'll give you live previews from the Carolina, New Jersey and Washington Cisco NHL Arena cams.

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, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Tuesday.

Make sure to tune into Cisco NHL Live on NHL Network at 5 p.m. ET with Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 10:35 AM

By NHL Green -  /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

NHL Green launches Hat Tricks for Trees™

NHL Green today announces the launch of Hat Tricks for Trees™, an initiative assisting The Nature Conservancy’s effort to save Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. The National Hockey League Foundation, through NHL Green’s Hat Tricks for Trees™, will donate 50 trees for every hat trick scored throughout the 2012-13 regular season and NHL Playoffs.

The initiative grew out of a recent online exchange between Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference and the Bruin’s community blog Stanley Cup of Chowder. Initially, the blog pledged to donate 50 trees for every goal scored by Ference this season. The Boston blueliner then delivered his own pledge, a commitment to plant 50 trees for every goal scored by teammate Tyler Seguin.

All contributions will support TNC’s Plant a Billion Trees campaign, a major restoration initiative launched by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in 2008 to restore Brazil's Atlantic Forest. The campaign aims to restore one million acres of land by helping plant one billion trees by 2015. The effort has the potential to remove four million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year.

According to TNC, “tropical forests are the lungs of the Earth, storing enormous amounts of carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen in a never-ending cycle of life. The Atlantic Forest – one of the biggest tropical forests in the world – helps stabilize the global climate and fight global warming.” Warming temperatures threaten the existence of the frozen pond where, over the years, many men and women of all skill levels learned to play hockey. The League is committed to preserving the conditions that fostered the game and protecting this rich tradition for the next generation.

In line with this mission, the NHL actively pursues more environmentally responsible measures of forest-product sourcing, is developing more robust post-consumer recycling practices, is promoting responsible forest management and is providing funds to aid in forest restoration.

At home, in 2012, NHL Green introduced a legacy tree project in Pittsburgh for the NHL Draft. In cooperation with the Pittsburgh Penguins and local non-profit Tree Pittsburgh, the League planted mature trees up the block from the CONSOL Energy Center, along the perimeter of the Hill House Association, an institution providing an array of health, welfare, recreation and other community programs. The tree-lined streets, parks and hillsides of Pittsburgh are not only a point of community pride, but they also offer substantial benefits to residents -- helping to conserve and reduce energy use, reducing local carbon dioxide levels, improving air quality and mitigating storm water runoff.

Through NHL Green’s Hat Tricks for Trees™, the League will continue to support initiatives – both local and global – that aim to restore both urban and tropical forests.

Throughout the season, we encourage fans to follow us on twitter to receive notifications of when hat tricks are scored. Fans can contribute to the initiative by visiting the NHL Green microsite on nature.org and making a donation.

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