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Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 12:50 PM

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

Report: Kiprusoff first goalie off the ice for Flames

The Calgary Sun reported that Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff was the first goaltender off the ice at Wednesday's morning skate, ahead of Wednesday night's game against the visiting San Jose Sharks. Traditionally, the first goalie off the ice at a morning skate will start that night's game.

Kiprusoff has been out a month since a sprained knee. In his absence, the Flames have gone 6-5-2 with Joey MacDonald and Daniel Taylor splitting time in goal.

In seven games prior to his injury, Kiprusoff is 2-3-2 with a 3.24 goals-against average and .870 save percentage.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 11:50 AM

By NHL Green -  /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

Devils looking for “Energy Heroes”

The New Jersey Devils have renewed a sponsorship agreement with Pfister Energy Inc., a national renewable energy company known for its “stackable” green energy solutions. Together, they have launched a new promotion called “Become an Energy Hero,” encouraging New Jerseyans to promote clean and renewable energy in the workplace.

“Energy Heroes” who successfully bring a sustainability project to fruition (based on campaign requirements) will be eligible to receive up to one full year of reimbursement for their personal household electrical bills. 

Jeff Vanderbeek, chairman, Devils Arena Entertainment, said, “We are thrilled to once again partner with this local and mindful company. We support Pfister’s commitment to sustainability education and innovation as well as their involvement in the local community. That’s a message we want to bring to our fans – and beyond.”

The “Become an Energy Hero” campaign will culminate on April 13, 2013. New Jersey fans can participate in the initiative by visiting http://pfisterenergy.com/hero/.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 11:42 AM

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

Devils rule Brodeur out for Thursday

New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer ruled goaltender Martin Brodeur out for Thursday's matchup against the Buffalo Sabres at Prudential Center due to lingering back soreness.

DeBoer told the media Wednesday that he informed general manager Lou Lamoriello that Johan Hedberg would start against the Sabres. He also told The (Newark) Star-Ledger that Brodeur, who was placed on injured reserve Feb. 26 (retroactive to Feb. 24), is feeling better but not close to returning.

DeBoer said Brodeur is no longer day-to-day.

"I wouldn't classify [Brodeur] as day to day," DeBoer said. "I mean, he's not going to play Thursday. I don't mean it's going to be a month. It's sometime in between day-to-day and a month."

Brodeur hasn't played since pulling himself from the lineup during warm-ups prior to a game against the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 24.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 11:41 AM

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

Barry's best of the first half

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 10:37 AM

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

Blues sign Edmundson, Veilleux to contracts

The St. Louis Blues on Wednesday announced the signings of defenseman Joel Edmundson and forward Yannick Veilleux to three-year, entry-level contracts.

Edmundson, a 2011 second-round draft choice (No. 46), has combined for nine goals and 25 points in 60 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors and Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League this season. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound defenseman has spent the past three seasons in the WHL, where he's totaled 15 goals, 68 points and 319 penalty minutes in 187 games.

Veilleux has 30 goals and 65 points in 58 games with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season. The 6-2, 208-pound forward, who was chosen in the fourth round (No. 102) of the 2011 NHL Draft, has 79 goals and 180 points in 240 games spanning four seasons in the QMJHL.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 10:33 AM

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

Blues recall Allen from AHL

The St. Louis Blues on Wednesday recalled goaltender Jake Allen from Peoria of the American Hockey League.

In five NHL games this season, Allen is 3-1-0 with a 2.62 goals-against average and .895 save percentage. In 34 AHL games with Peoria, the 22-year-old goalie is 13-18-2 with a 2.92 GAA, .904 save percentage and two shutouts.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 10:21 AM

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

Devils recall Frazee, send Kinkaid, Janssen to AHL

The New Jersey Devils on Wednesday assigned goalie Keith Kinkaid and right wing Cam Janssen to the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League and recalled goalie Jeff Frazee.

Both Janssen and Kinkaid saw action in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Prudential Center.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 6:50 PM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Byfuglien will play for Jets vs. Florida

SUNRISE, Fla. Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien made it to the BB&T Center in time for Tuesday night’s game against the Florida Panthers.

Byfuglien flew home Monday to attend to a personal matter, and Jets coach Claude Noel said after Tuesday’s morning skate that the defenseman was scheduled to land in Fort Lauderdale shortly after 5 p.m. ET.

Byfuglien leads the Jets in average ice time at 24:43. He has three goals and 10 points in 16 games.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 6:02 PM

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

Richards out for Rangers vs. Flyers

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers confirmed shortly before 6 p.m. ET that center Brad Richards will not be in the lineup Tuesday night when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

Physical forward Micheal Haley, who was called up from Connecticut of the American Hockey League earlier in the day, will take Richards' spot in the lineup. It's not known if Haley will play center or if another forward will move to the middle.

Richards is still dealing with the after-effects (soreness, stiffness) of the check from behind Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta delivered during Sunday's shootout victory. Richards, who didn't miss a shift in the game Sunday, was driven headfirst into the left-wing boards; Kaleta was suspended five games by the NHL's Department of Player Safety.

Richards skipped practice Monday and briefly skated Tuesday morning at the team's suburban training facility, but he left the ice quickly and did not address the media.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 5:50 PM

By Kevin Woodley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Kearns ready for Sharks' debut in his hometown

VANCOUVER -- This week just keeps getting better and better for Bracken Kearns.

First he got the call from the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, saying he'd been called up from the American Hockey League after veteran forward Martin Havlat was hurt on Saturday. Then he checked the schedule and saw the Sharks' next game was in his hometown of Vancouver against a Canucks team that his father, Dennis, played more than a decade for. Then he got put on San Jose's top line with Joe Thornton and Logan Couture.

For a late bloomer with just five NHL games in eight professional seasons, it may even top playing his first NHL game with the Florida Panthers on Oct. 20, 2011.

"That was a big deal for me," Kearns said of his NHL debut, "But coming here and getting to play with Thornton and Couture, it's just incredible. I checked the schedule and I couldn't believe it, so I am pretty pumped."

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Quote of the Day

I might have blacked out. I was pretty pumped.

— New Jersey Devils rookie goalie Keith Kinkaid on his first NHL win Friday against the Tampa Bay Lightning