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Posted On Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 2:27 PM

By Jerry Brown -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Blue Jackets, Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Here are the projected lineups for the Columbus Blue Jackets and Phoenix Coyotes when the teams meet Wednesday at Jobing.com Arena.

BLUE JACKETS

Brandon Dubinsky - Artem Anisimov - Cam Atkinson

Nick Foligno - Ryan Johansen - Vinny Prospal

RJ Umberger - Derick Brassard - Derek Dorsett

Matt Calvert - Mark Letestu - Jared Boll

Jack Johnson - James Wisniewski

Fedor Tyutin - Nikita Nikitin

John Moore - Adrian Aucoin

Steve Mason

Sergei Bobrovsky

Scratched: Derek MacKenzie

Letestu makes his first start of the season, in place of MacKenzie as the fourth line center. Atkinson jumps to the first line alongside Dubinsky and Anisimov, with Dorsett moving to a line with Umberger and Brassard.

COYOTES

Mikkel Boedker - Antoine Vermette - Shane Doan

Steve Sullivan - Martin Hanzal - Radim Vrbata

Lauri Korpikoski - Matthew Lombardi - David Moss

Kyle Chipchura - Boyd Gordon - Paul Bissonnette

Zbynek Michalek - Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Keith Yandle - Derek Morris

Rostislav Klesla - David Schlemko

Mike Smith

Jason LaBarbera

Scratched: Alexandre Bolduc, Michael Stone

Suspended: Raffi Torres

Smith stays in net as the Coyotes try to avoid a 0-3 start. The Phoenix offense has been fine (3.5 goals a game), but Smith and the turnover-prone Phoenix defense have allowed 10 goals in the first two games and has been the focus of coach Dave Tippett's practices the last two days. Tippett singled out defenseman Yandle for allowing three breakaways in Sunday's 6-4 loss to Chicago.

Hanzal, Sullivan and Klesla did not practice Tuesday. Sullivan was hit in the first period, and while he played in the second, he sat out the third. Tippett said there might be some game-time decisions, but was non-committal at the skate.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 1:28 PM

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

Blues activate defenseman Redden

The St. Louis Blues activated defenseman Wade Redden, making the veteran blueliner a possibility for their next game, Thursday against the Nashville Predators.

Redden signed a one-year contract with the Blues on Sunday after his contract was bought out by the New York Rangers.

To make room on the roster, the Blues sent defenseman Ian Cole to their American Hockey League team, the Peoria Rivermen. Cole had one assist and two penalty minutes in three games this season.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 1:24 PM

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

Projected lineups for Maple Leafs, Penguins

Here are the projected lineups for Wednesday night's game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins:

MAPLE LEAFS
Joffrey Lupul – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
James van Riemsdyk – Mikhail Grabovski – Nikolai Kulemin
Clarke MacArthur – Nazem Kadri – Leo Komarov
Mike Brown – Jay McClement – Colton Orr

Dion Phaneuf – Michael Kostka
Carl Gunnarsson – Mike Komisarek
John-Michael Liles – Jake Gardiner

James Reimer
Ben Scrivens

Scratched: Cody Franson, Mark Fraser, David Steckel

Gardiner will make his season debut after being cleared by the Leafs' medical staff and activated by the Leafs. He hasn't played since suffering a concussion while playing for the Leafs' AHL farm team, the Toronto Marlies, on Dec. 8. He bumped Franson from the lineup.


PENGUINS

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Pascal Dupuis
Eric Tangradi – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Matt Cooke – Brandon Sutter – Tyler Kennedy
Tanner Glass – Joe Vitale – Craig Adams

Matt Niskanen – Kris Letang
Brooks Orpik – Paul Martin
Simon Despres – Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury
Tomas Vokoun

Injured: None
Scratched: Robert Bortuzzo, Dustin Jeffrey, Ben Lovejoy

As is his custom, coach Dan Bylsma did not reveal his lineup, but there is a chance that Bortuzzo makes his season debut in place of Despres against the Leafs. While praising Despres' overall talent level, Bylsma was lukewarm when discussing the 21-year-old's play in season-opening wins at Philadelphia and the New York Rangers this past weekend.
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Posted On Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 12:57 PM

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

Commodore released from P.T.O. by Bulldogs

The Hamilton Bulldogs announced Wednesday they have released veteran defenseman Mike Commodore from his Professional Try-Out Contract with the team.

The 33-year-old has played for seven teams over 11 NHL seasons, including the 2011-12 campaign, which he split between the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning.

In 17 games with the Bulldogs, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, Commodore registered two assists and 26 penalty minutes. He was invited to Canadiens training camp last week, where he said his wish was to "Come here, move my feet, play well in the intersquad scrimmage and see where it goes."

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 12:47 PM

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

Flyers forward Hartnell hurting

The Philadelphia Flyers practiced Wednesday without top-line forward Scott Hartnell, who reportedly sustained a foot injury during Tuesday's 3-0 loss at the New Jersey Devils.

According to CSNPhilly.com, Hartnell took a shot off his left foot at 6:53 of the third period and was seen walking gingerly after the game.

If Hartnell, who tied for sixth in the League last season with 37 goals, is unavailable for Thursday's game against the New York Rangers, it could put a struggling team already in deeper trouble. Philadelphia has just three goals in three games and entered the season weakened by the offseason departures of James van Riemsdyk and Jaromir Jagr, as well as the wrist injury sidelining Danny Briere.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 12:42 PM

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

Bruins label Seidenberg, Marchand game-time calls

NEW YORK -- Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and forward Brad Marchand were labeled game-time decisions by Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien on Wednesday morning.

The Bruins (2-0) will look for their second win in three games against the New York Rangers (0-2) at Madison Square Garden (7:30 ET, NBCSN).

"They're out there this morning. I'm going to leave it as a game-time decision," said Julien, who wasn't on the ice for the skate. "I'm very hopeful for both of them. But I'll see after this morning's skate and after warmup, it'll be better to make those decisions then."

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 12:38 PM

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

Neuvirth to start in Caps' goal Thursday

Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates told reporters Wednesday that goalie Michal Neuvirth will make his season debut Thursday when the Caps host the Montreal Canadiens.

Braden Holtby had started Washington's first two games, allowing 10 goals on 73 shots in a 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday and a 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

Neuvirth, 24, went 13-13-5 in 38 games last season, with a 2.82 goals-against average, .903 save percentage and three shutouts.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 12:32 PM

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

Rivalry Wednesday highlighted on Cisco NHL Live

It is Rivalry Wednesday and Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will have you covered with Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek.

The first rivalry matchup of the season pits two Original Six teams head to head, as the Rangers host the Bruins. Pierre McGuire, who will be reporting "Inside the Glass" for NBC Sports Network, will join us to preview the game along with Bruins radio analyst and former defenseman Bob Beers.

NHL Network's insider Darren Dreger will be on the show to give an update on Roberto Luongo and other hot topics around the League. We will also go live to the Consol Energy Center, via the Cisco NHL Arena Cam to get a preview the Penguins and Leafs.

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 Wednesday.

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 Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 12:15 PM

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

Report: Blues waive Woywitka

Multiple sources are reporting that St. Louis Blues defenseman Jeff Woywitka has been placed on waivers.

Woywitka, who broke into the NHL with the Blues during the 2005-06 season, hadn't skated in a game with the team this season. He played in 27 games for the New York Rangers last season.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 11:44 AM

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

Lundqvist takes third crack at first win of season

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Henrik Lundqvist will again be going for his first win of the season Wednesday night against the Boston Bruins.

It'll be his third try.

Lundqvist and the New York Rangers lost in Boston, 3-1, in their season-opener Saturday. He gave up four goals on 18 shots in less than 23 minutes the next night and got pulled early in a 6-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Lundqvist's mindset now is simply to play well enough at Madison Square Garden to give his team a chance to win.

"One win can change a lot," Lundqvist said after a brief morning skate at the Rangers' suburban practice facility.

"Right now my motivation is just to get a win and get a good feeling here in the room," he later added, "start building something positive."

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Because of the way they play and their skill set I don't think they're fourth-line players, so in my mind I'm looking at one of those guys I'll have to move over to the wing.

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