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Posted On Tuesday, 04.23.2013 / 7:33 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Flyers shut down Timonen with broken foot

PHILADELPHIA -- Kimmo Timonen missed 15 games in his first five seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, but it's not like he's been a fully healthy all that time.

That's why it takes something like a broken bone to get the veteran defenseman out of the lineup. The club announced Tuesday morning that Timonen would miss the Flyers' final three games with a compression fracture in his right foot.

"This particular thing has been bugging him for a couple weeks," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. "Every time we'd want to go further than an x-ray with it, maybe get an MRI, take a little deeper look, Kimmo said no, it feels better [so] we just kind of put it aside. He got an MRI [Monday] and it showed this compression fracture and the doctor thought because of where it is, the potential risk of doing something much worse if he were to get hit there in that same spot, you're asking for trouble, so we just shut him down."

Holmgren said with rest, Timonen should be healthy in four to five weeks. It might Timonen that long to get over being taken out of the lineup.

"Kimmo hates missing games," Holmgren said. "He was decimated [Monday] when we called him and said this is what we're doing. He was in a bad mood this morning when I talked to him. He hates missing games. He's a tough, competitive older player."

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette hates having Timonen out of the lineup just as much.

"Losing a guy like Kimmo is tough," Laviolette said. "He provides a lot of veteran leadership on this team, a lot of quality minutes He's had a really good year for us. He's played strong. Taking a guy like him out of the lineup certainly is not what you want to do. … He's a reliable fixture in the locker room. That's why not having him in there tonight will be a difficult sight for everybody. We're used to him being in there."

In Timonen's place, Andreas Lilja was recalled from the American Hockey League Tuesday and will play his second NHL game Tuesday against the Boston Bruins (7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN).

The Flyers' other lineup change will be Steve Mason starting in goal for the fifth time since being acquired by the Flyers on April 3. In five games with Philadelphia, he's 2-2-0 with a 2.09 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.

Here is how the Flyers' lineup likely will look when they take the ice against the Bruins:

Simon Gagne - Claude Giroux - Jakub Voracek

Danny Briere - Brayden Schenn - Scott Hartnell

Matt Read - Sean Couturier - Wayne Simmonds

Jay Rosehill - Ruslan Fedotenko - Adam Hall

Oliver Lauridsen - Luke Schenn

Kurtis Foster - Brandon Manning

Andreas Lilja - Erik Gustafsson

Steve Mason

Ilya Bryzgalov

Injured: Maxime Talbot (leg), Zac Rinaldo (ankle), Jody Shelley (hip), Kimmo Timonen (foot), Braydon Coburn (shoulder), Andrej Meszaros (shoulder), Nicklas Grossmann (concussion), Kent Huskins (concussion), Bruno Gervais (torn stomach muscle)

Scratched: Jason Akeson, Scott Laughton, Mike Knuble, Tye McGinn, Matthew Konan

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.23.2013 / 7:22 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

NYI @ CAR - 6:04 of the First Period

At 6:04 of the first period in the Islanders/Hurricanes game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Mark Streit's shot deflected off Brad Boyes' left 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 New York.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.23.2013 / 7:18 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Darren Pang

CISCO NHL Live talks with NHL Network Analyst Darren Pang.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.23.2013 / 6:01 PM

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

Malkin, Letang return for Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang will play for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres after sitting out with various ailments.

Malkin has not played since April 11 with an upper-body injury. Letang, who has had multiple injuries this season, missed the gmae Monday against the Ottawa Senators with food poisoning.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.23.2013 / 5:53 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Traveling Jagrs ready to watch their hero play

PHILADELPHIA -- Hockey fans all over the Philadelphia region were looking forward to seeing Jaromir Jagr back in town when the Boston Bruins faced the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday (7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN).

However, Jagr's first game back in Philadelphia, the team he played with last season, also drew eight fans from western Canada. The Traveling Jagrs, a group of eight fans dressed like Jagr, flew from Calgary to Philadelphia on Tuesday to get to Wells Fargo Center in time for the game.

The "Traveling Jagrs" in Philadelphia.

The "Traveling Jagrs" in Philadelphia. (Click to enlarge)

Each fan wore a classic Jagr mullet and a personalized Jagr jersey from over the years -- from a Czech Republic national team sweater, through his NHL stops with the Penguins, Capitals, Rangers, Flyers, Stars and Bruins. An eighth Jagr, wearing a Wales Conference all-star jersey, was a late arrival after getting stuck at the airport in Chicago.

Tyler, also known as Ranger Jag, originated the Jagr look a few years ago in Las Vegas.

"We were looking for a group costume and a couple of us had Jagr jerseys," he told "We're all Jagr fans and said, 'let's go dressed as Jagr.' That was our thought process."

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.23.2013 / 5:29 PM

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

Jets ready for showdown with Capitals

WASHINGTON -- For a dozen players expected to be in the Winnipeg Jets lineup Tuesday night at Verizon Center, the game against the Washington Capitals will feel like nothing they have experienced before because they've never played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

For the other eight, including captain Andrew Ladd, a member of two Cup-winning teams, it will be reminiscent of playoff hockey even though the Jets can't clinch anything with a win or be eliminated with a loss.

There are two certainties going into the game Tuesday:

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.23.2013 / 5:15 PM

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

Projected lines for Kings, Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Here are the projected lines for Tuesday's game between the Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center:

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.23.2013 / 4:50 PM

By Eric Gilmore - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Sharks trying to stamp ninth straight trip to playoffs

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks can clinch their ninth straight trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs with one point Tuesday night in their final regular-season home game against the Dallas Stars.

The Sharks, who are in fifth place in the Western Conference with 55 points, know that point won't come easily against a team that has defeated them three straight times this season and is fighting for its playoff life.

"They played well against us all year," Sharks captain Joe Thornton said. "I think our power play and penalty kill kind of struggled against them all year. Tonight would be the battle of the special teams. If we could win that, we'll probably get the two points."

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.23.2013 / 2:53 PM

By Louie Korac - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Blues hope to clinch spot in rematch with Avalanche

ST. LOUIS -- Here is a look at the probable lineups for the rematch Tuesday night between the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues from Scottrade Center. The Avalanche won 5-3 Sunday night in Denver.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.23.2013 / 2:47 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live all over key Capitals-Jets matchup

The Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets square off for the Southeast Division lead on Tuesday and Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you ready for that game and catch you up on all the Stanley Cup Playoff implications around the NHL.

We'll talk to Jets assistant coach Perry Pearn on our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Washington to get the sense of the team before this big matchup. We'll also get a live pre-game preview from Senior Writer Dan Rosen in Washington.

With nine other games on the ice we'll also give you a look at pre-game skates in our Ice Pass, and discuss each one rapidly in Slapshots. We'll also get live pre-game updates from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Florida with Sam Rosen of MSG, as the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers face off. The Boston Bruins will square off with the Philadelphia Flyers and we'll get a live pre-game report from Joe Haggerty of CSN New England, via our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Philadelphia. Lastly, NHL Network analyst Darren Pang will drop by the show to talk about the St. Louis Blues' matchup with the Colorado Avalanche as well as goalie play as we get to crunch time.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all ten games being played on Tuesday.

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