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Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 3:46 PM

By Derek Van Diest - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Helm returns for Red Wings; Mrazek in goal

EDMONTON -- Darren Helm will return to the Detroit Red Wings lineup, and goaltender Petr Mrazek will make his first NHL start of the season Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers.

Helm has played one game in 18 months due to injuries dating to March 2012. The center has battled a knee injury, lacerated forearm, back problems, and most recently groin issues.

"There were days where I was really uncertain this day would ever come and whether or not I would be playing again," Helm said. "There were some days of doubt, and I'm really happy to be back."

Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 3:33 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Kings insert Toffoli for Carter; Vey could debut

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Tyler Toffoli was deep asleep when Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi tried his cell phone Thursday night several times to give him and teammate Linden Vey the big news: They were being recalled from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League because of an injury to Jeff Carter.

"I was taking a nap and I turned over and I had like six missed calls," Toffoli said.

"I was confused. I had a 310 [area code] number [on my phone]. I didn't have his number on my phone. I didn't really know what to expect, and then once he picked us up [in the car], we were just trying to go through our heads and see what we did wrong for Dean have this meeting with us. Fortunately, it was a good meeting."

Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 3:18 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flyers' Downie out indefinitely, Lecavalier day-to-day

NEWARK, N.J. -- Philadelphia Flyers forward Steve Downie is out indefinitely with a concussion, and forward Vincent Lecavalier is day-to-day with facial injuries sustained during a 7-0 loss to the Washington Capitals on Friday.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren provided the updates prior to the game against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday (7 p.m. ET) at Prudential Center.

Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 2:12 PM

By Patrick Williams - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Blackhawks captain Toews back home in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG -- Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews makes his hometown return when his team plays the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on Saturday.

Toews met with the Winnipeg media Saturday morning before the Blackhawks-Jets matinee that will be his first NHL regular-season game in his hometown since the NHL returned to Winnipeg in 2011.

Toews played college hockey at the University of North Dakota, a short drive from Winnipeg, and played a 2010 preseason game here with the Blackhawks, but opportunities for him to play close to home have been limited.

"It will be an emotional game," Toews said. "It's kind of weird being back here during the season."

Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 1:45 PM

By Craig Merz - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Blue Jackets not concerned by Bobrovsky's play

COLUMBUS -- Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards isn't sure why Sergei Bobrovsky isn't at the level he displayed in winning the Vezina Trophy last season. But he is convinced a turnaround will come.

It just won't start Saturday in Nationwide Arena. Columbus completes a home-and-home on consecutive nights against the Pittsburgh Penguins with Curtis McElhinney making his second start of the season.

Bobrovsky was pulled at 3:01 of the second period Friday after the Penguins (10-4-0) jumped to a 3-0 lead on 13 shots. McElhinney stopped 13 of 14 shots in the 4-2 defeat, the second straight for the Blue Jackets (5-7-0) after a three-game winning streak which began when McElhinney defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Oct. 20.

"We have full confidence in both goalies," Columbus defenseman James Wisniewski said. "We have to make sure we play the game well and play our style."

Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 1:33 PM

By Joe Yerdon - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Tropp returns as Sabres host Ducks

BUFFALO -- Two days after dropping a 2-0 game to the New York Rangers, the Buffalo Sabres are shaking up their lineup for their game Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Sabres placed forward Patrick Kaleta on waivers in an effort to make room for the return of forward Corey Tropp and to try to help Kaleta save his future.

"This was a move we thought was necessary to help Pat change his game and preserve his career in this League," Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said in a statement to the media. "We believe in Pat as a person and we hope he will continue his career in our organization and, if the circumstances are right, with the Buffalo Sabres."

Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 12:35 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flyers look to regroup against Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- After accumulating the seventh-highest penalty-minute total in Philadelphia Flyers history in a home loss to the Washington Capitals less than 24 hours ago, the team got the morning off in preparation for the New Jersey Devils on Saturday at Prudential Center (7 p.m. ET).

The Flyers recalled forward Tye McGinn from their American Hockey League affiliate in Adirondack after it was learned forwards Steve Downie (concussion) and Vincent Lecavalier (facial injury) would not suit up against the Devils. It's possible the team might recall one other forward.

Downie and Lecavalier were injured during a fight-filled affair at Wells Fargo Center on Friday in which Philadelphia amassed 99 minutes in penalties, the most since a franchise record 231 against the Ottawa Senators on March 5, 2004.

Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 12:24 PM

By Adam Vingan - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Third line leading offensive charge for Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. -- As he warmed up ahead of the Washington Capitals' matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers Friday, right wing Joel Ward turned to linemate Jason Chimera and told him he was feeling pretty good.

"You know, I feel pretty good today too," Chimera responded.

The pair combined for four goals and three assists, including Ward's first career hat trick, in Washington's 7-0 victory.

Along with center Mikhail Grabovski, who had three assists of his own Friday, the Capitals' third line has been their most productive trio over the last two weeks. Since joining forces Oct. 19 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Chimera, Grabovski and Ward have combined for 10 goals and 22 points at even-strength.

"We've just been rolling," Ward said. "Chim has been flying and has been getting some big goals for us. Grabo makes good plays, got a great shot and he's got a good stick."

Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 12:11 PM

By Kevin Woodley - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Kulemin could return for Maple Leafs against Canucks

VANCOUVER -- On a night with no shortage of storylines, it might be easy to overlook Nikolai Kulemin returning from a fractured foot. But the Toronto Maple Leafs could use him against the Vancouver Canucks.

It may have gotten lost amid plans for the retirement of Pavel Bure's No. 10, the contract extension Canucks forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin signed Friday, the return of Mason Raymond to Vancouver, or the similarities between the Maple Leafs goaltending tandem and what the Canucks went through the past two seasons. But with forward Carter Ashton starting a two-game suspension for a hit from behind on Derek Smith of the Calgary Flames on Wednesday, Kulemin is the best option to take his place in a matchup with the Canucks' loaded top line of the Sedin twins with Ryan Kesler.

Assuming Kulemin plays, that is.

Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 11:20 AM

By Lonnie Herman - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Lightning, Blues feeling confident after shutouts

TAMPA -- After the Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Louis Blues each posted a shutout against their respective opponent Friday night, they rested Saturday morning.

The Lightning arrived home from Raleigh, N.C., where they defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0. St. Louis made the hop north from Sunrise, Fla., after shutting out the Florida Panthers 4-0. With each team having played the night before, morning skates were optional, with only a handful of players on the ice.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper tapped Ben Bishop to start in net Saturday against the Blues. Bishop stopped all 31 shots he faced against the Hurricanes for his eighth win and first shutout of the season.

The Blues are expected to counter with Jaroslav Halak in net.

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