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Posted On Sunday, 03.24.2013 / 11:58 AM

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

Caps sticking with lineup, Rangers making changes

One look at the likely lineups for the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers heading into their matchup Sunday at Madison Square Garden shows how things are going for each team.

The Capitals are coming off two straight road wins against the Winnipeg Jets -- 4-0 on Thursday and 6-1 on Friday -- and won’t make any lineup changes.

The Rangers, however, made two moves in the wake of their 3-1 home loss Thursday to the Florida Panthers, the NHL's 30th-place team. Fourth-line center Jeff Halpern was placed on waivers and claimed by the Montreal Canadiens, and Stu Bickel, who has split time on defense and at forward, also was placed on waivers.

Forward Kris Newbury was recalled from Connecticut of the American Hockey League and could find himself on a line with Chris Kreider, as the two worked well together during their time together with the Whale. Arron Asham is healed from a back injury that has sidelined him for more than a month and could be back against the Capitals.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.23.2013 / 9:14 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

BOS @ TOR - 1:34 of the Third Period

At 1:34 of the third period in the Bruins/Maple Leafs game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Toronto forward Frazer McLaren's right skate and into the net. 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 Toronto.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.23.2013 / 8:30 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

CBJ @ NSH - 9:29 of the First Period

At 9:29 of the first period in the Blue Jackets/Predators game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Columbus forward RJ Umberger shot the puck into the net in a legal fashion. Good Goal Columbus.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.23.2013 / 4:40 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Blues activate T.J. Oshie from injured reserve

The St. Louis Blues activated forward T.J. Oshie from injured reserve on Saturday, the team announced.

Oshie, 26, has played in 26 games this season, with 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) and 13 penalty minutes.

Oshie suffered an upper-body injury and last played March 12. The Blues play at the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.23.2013 / 2:40 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Stars set to begin critical homestand

DALLAS -- Dallas Stars coach Glen Gulutzan is well aware of his club's 6-6-2 record at home, a mark which ranks as the worst in the Western Conference. However, as Dallas begins a season-long five-game homestand Saturday night against the Colorado Avalanche at American Airlines Center, he and his players are focused on the task at hand, winning game one and moving on to the next one.

"That's irrelevant to us," Gulutzan said when asked about the importance of the homestand. "It's tonight, this game. Confident we can win on the road, just got to win this game."

Dallas is almost completely healthy, missing only defenseman Aaron Rome (foot), who has missed the past 12 games, and forward Ryan Garbutt (hand), who will miss his fifth straight game Saturday.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.23.2013 / 1:54 PM

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

Chiarelli trying to find right balance in deadline approach

Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli is walking a very fine line approaching the April 3 NHL trade deadline.

While he has a few spots in mind he'd like to improve his team, he has no interest in altering the core of a group that won the Stanley Cup in 2011.

"You always want to try and improve," Chiarelli told CSNNE.com. "I want to try and keep the roster as intact as possible. I'll never say 'never,' but that's been my objective. I think I've shown over the years I'm trying to keep the core together and I'm going to continue and try to do that."

The injury to Chris Kelly has Chiarelli most focused ont rying to add something to a third line that has struggled to perform consistently.

"We've been trying to fill that hole on the third line and we haven't been able to," Chiarelli said. "That's an area we'd like to improve."

CSNNE.com lists potential targets as the Dallas Stars' Jaromir Jagr and Brenden Morrow and Ryane Clowe of the San Jose Sharks. The Calgary Flames' Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester also are possibilities, but the cost could be too high.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.23.2013 / 1:35 PM

By Neil Acharya -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Komarov out for Maple Leafs, Boychuk for Bruins

TORONTO -- Forward Leo Komarov has been placed on injured reserve by the Toronto Maple Leafs with an upper-body injury.

"He is unavailable to our hockey club for a minimum of one week," coach Randy Carlyle said. "We are looking at it probably 7-10 days."

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Posted On Saturday, 03.23.2013 / 1:30 PM

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

Projected lineups for Canucks, Kings

Here are the projected lineups for a game Saturday night between the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center:

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Posted On Saturday, 03.23.2013 / 1:22 PM

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

Panthers search for season-long win streak

NEWARK, N.J. -- The Florida Panthers have an opportunity to win three consecutive games for the first time this season when they visit the New Jersey Devils on Saturday at Prudential Center.

The only other time the Panthers entered a contest having won the two previous matches was Feb. 5 when they dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the Winnipeg Jets. Florida has defeated the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers in the opening two games of this five-game road swing.

"We're looking at the first period and everything is short-term snapshots," Florida coach Kevin Dineen said. "It's been nice to have a couple days off where we can sit on a victory; it makes a tremendous difference. Rest comes easier when your mind is at ease."

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Posted On Saturday, 03.23.2013 / 1:08 PM

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

Vanek back, Stafford scratched for Sabres

MONTREAL – The Buffalo Sabres will welcome their leading scorer back to the lineup Saturday night when they face the Montreal Canadiens for the second time in four days.

Thomas Vanek is fully recovered after taking a Christian Ehrhoff slap shot off his left hip when the Sabres visited Bell Centre on Tuesday night, a 3-2 overtime win for Buffalo.

Struggling Drew Stafford will be a healthy scratch for Buffalo, and Nathan Gerbe draws in for the Sabres.

For the Canadiens, Ryan White will miss the game with a lower-body injury suffered in a 5-2 win Thursday night against the New York Islanders. He will be replaced on Montreal’s fourth line by Mike Blunden, who was called up from the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday.

Rene Bourque, who has missed the past month with a concussion, did not skate with the team for a second straight day after practicing with the Canadiens on Wednesday then making the trip to Long Island on Thursday. He missed an optional practice Friday and was not on the ice Saturday morning.

Defenseman Yannick Weber, who hurt his knee two weeks ago, did skate with the team Saturday morning for the first time since his injury.

Here are the projected lineups for the Sabres and Canadiens on Saturday night:

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Quote of the Day

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