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Posted On Monday, 03.18.2013 / 10:00 AM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Melrose Minute

Melrose: My five favorite legendary arenas

I'm a lucky man because of when my playing career took place. I was in the NHL from 1979 until 1986, which meant I got to see all those new buildings, but I also got to play in some of the classic older buildings right as the architecture of arenas was changing.

The new arenas are gorgeous. They're much more luxurious. But they're all the same. They all hold 20,000 people, they all have private boxes, the ice is exactly the same, the lighting is exactly the same, the concourses are exactly the same. There's no uniqueness -- Philly is L.A. is Chicago is Pittsburgh. They're all beautiful buildings, but they don't have the character and the uniqueness of the old ones.

That's why the old ones are the ones that really have a place in my heart. These are my five favorite legendary arenas of all time.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.17.2013 / 2:48 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Jets, Senators

OTTAWA – Here are the projected lineups for the Winnipeg Jets and Ottawa Senators on Sunday afternoon at Scotiabank Place:

JETS

Andrew LaddBryan LittleBlake Wheeler

Evander KaneOlli JokinenAntti Miettinen

James WrightNik AntropovKyle Wellwood

Eric TangradiPatrice CormierChris Thorburn

Grant ClitsomeDustin Byfuglien

Ron HainseyZach Bogosian

Mark StuartDerek Meech

Ondrej Pavelec

Edward Pasquale

Injured: Al Montoya, Paul Postma, Anthony Peluso, Jim Slater, Zach Redmond, Tobias Enstrom

Scratches: Alexander Burmistrov

SENATORS

Guillaume LatendresseZack SmithDaniel Alfredsson

Colin GreeningKyle TurrisErik Condra

Jakob SilfverbergMika ZibanejadChris Neil

Matt KassianPeter Regin – Jim O’Brien

Marc MethotSergei Gonchar

Chris PhillipsEric Gryba

Andre BenoitPatrick Wiercioch

Robin Lehner

Ben Bishop

Injured: Milan Michalek, Mike Lundin, Jason Spezza, Craig Anderson, Dave Dziurzynski, Erik Karlsson, Jared Cowen

Scratches: Kaspars Daugavins

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Posted On Sunday, 03.17.2013 / 1:59 PM

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

Penguins' Letang out with lower-body injury

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will not return Sunday against the Boston Bruins because of a lower-body injury, the team announced.

The NHL's scoring leader among defensemen, Letang has three goals and 25 assists in 26 games this season. He recorded a shot on goal, a blocked shot and a minus-1 rating in 7:02 of ice time during the first period against the Bruins.

Letang, who missed three games in early February because of a lower-body injury, has at least one assist in seven of his past eight games -- all Pittsburgh victories. He is third in the NHL in assists behind teammate Sidney Crosby and the Tampa Bay Lightning's Martin St. Louis.

Letang's next point will be the 200th of his career. He has a seven-game assist streak in home games.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.17.2013 / 12:20 PM

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

Blackhawks could look to add center depth

Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is staying busy in the run-up to the April 3 NHL trade deadline, telling the Chicago Tribune he's "had tons of conversations," but that no moves are imminent.

"I'd like to add to the mix as opposed to trade players away," Bowman told the Tribune. "We would consider anything that would give us an improved chance to win, but we've played really well. If we don't end up making a trade I'd be comfortable with the group we have here."

The Blackhawks are 2-2-0 since their record-setting 24-game streak of games with a point to open the regular season ended, but still have a five-point lead on the Anaheim Ducks for the top spot in the Western Conference.

If Bowman does make any move, he said finding a center to play on the third or fourth lines might be an option.

"Probably just be depth-type moves," he said. "We have had a nice, consistent group on defense … [and] up front, we have some different looks. Perhaps some centermen maybe as a depth thing in case you run into injuries. There's really not one area that's a glaring area [in need] of improvement."

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Posted On Sunday, 03.17.2013 / 12:12 PM

NHL.com - 2013 Trade Deadline blog

Gonchar focused on playoffs, not trade deadline

Sergei Gonchar is a vital part of the defense for an Ottawa Senators team with hopes of getting back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

He's also a 38-year-old blueliner whose contract expires July 1, and according to the Ottawa Sun, Gonchar's representatives and the Senators have not had any talk about a new deal to keep him with the team.

So could the Senators look to move Gonchar prior to the April 3 NHL trade deadline?

Gonchar, who has 15 points in 25 games while playing 24:34 per game -- second on the club to Erik Karlsson, who is out for the season with an Achilles injury sustained Feb. 13 -- said he isn't concerned with any off-ice issues.

"It doesn't worry me," Gonchar told the Ottawa Sun. "I know we have to do well, I have to do well and everything [will] take care of itself. You can't go out there and think about it or worry about [it]. That won't do any good for you or your teammates. That's why I don't even think about it."

To Gonchar, all that matters is getting back to the postseason. The Senators enter Sunday 2-0-2 in their past four games, and fifth in the Eastern Conference.

"It's going to depend on the way we play," Gonchar said of his future with the Senators this season. "You have to think about it logically, and I've never had a discussion with Bryan [Murray, general manager], but what I'm thinking is if we have a chance to make playoffs, [he'll stay]. If some reason we're not, which I hope is not going to be the case, then that [a trade] is another way to look at it. My focus is the game. You can't worry about what-ifs, would-haves or could-haves. That doesn't do any good."

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Posted On Sunday, 03.17.2013 / 11:18 AM

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

Malkin skates again, still not ready

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin skated on his own again Sunday morning but will not play in the team's afternoon game against the Boston Bruins as he continues to recover from an upper-body injury.

Malkin, the NHL's reigning MVP and scoring champion, will sit out his fifth consecutive game and for the ninth time in the Penguins' past 12 contests. The team has said the latest injury is unrelated to a concussion that kept him out of four games from Feb. 24-March 2.

Malkin, who has four goals and 19 assists in 21 games this season, is believed to have sustained the current injury while absorbing a check from the Toronto Maple Leafs' James van Riemsdyk late in the third period of a game March 9. Malkin took one shift after the hit, which occurred along the boards in the neutral zone, but did not play the final two minutes of regulation nor during overtime.

The Penguins are 6-2 without Malkin this season, winning each of the past four games without the two-time Art Ross Trophy winner. Pittsburgh (21-8-0) has won eight consecutive games overall and can take over sole possession of the Eastern Conference lead with a win Sunday against Boston.

The No. 2 pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, Malkin had 50 goals and 59 assists last season and has 551 points in 448 career games. With Malkin out, the Penguins have used Dustin Jeffrey and Brandon Sutter in his place centering their second line.

With Malkin down, the Penguins have not had any healthy scratches among their forwards over the past week. If any of their forwards were to be injured, the team would be forced to dress seven defensemen unless it made a roster move.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.17.2013 / 12:40 AM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

DET @ VAN - 14:44 of the Third Period

At 14:44 of the third period in the Red Wings/Canucks game, video review determined that Pavel Datsyuk's pass deflected off Justin Abdelkader's body and into the net. According to Rule 78.4 "if an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed." Good Goal Detroit.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 10:34 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

DET @ VAN - 6:08 of the First Period

At 6:08 of the first period in the Red Wings/Canucks game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Detroit forward Pavel Datsyuk's centering pass deflected off Justin Abdelkader's 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 Detroit.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 8:41 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

WPG @ TOR - 10:36 of the Second Period

At 10:36 of the second period in the Jets/Maple Leafs game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Winnipeg forward Antti Miettinen deflected the puck into the net with his stick below the cross bar. According to Rule 60.5 "The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick. If the puck makes contact with the stick below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed." Good Goal Winnipeg.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 5:35 PM

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

Devils' Pesonen set to make NHL debut

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils forward Harri Pesonen will make his NHL debut Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens at Prudential Center. Pesonen will skate as the left wing on a line with Patrik Elias and David Clarkson.

The Devils signed Pesonen, 24, last year after the Stanley Cup Final ended. He was playing professionally in his native Finland.

Pesonen, who was called up Tuesday, has 25 points, including 11 goals, in 54 games with the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League.

"Some energy, some fresh legs," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said when asked what he wants to see out of Pesonen. "It's his first NHL game so I think he'll be excited. He's a guy that's played pro hockey over in Europe a little so he's not a 20-year-old rookie coming in; he's a 24-year-old that's played some pro. I'm hoping that that transition is a little bit easier for him."

Devils rookie Stefan Matteau will play for the first time March 9. He has been a healthy scratch for the past three games.

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I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.

— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic