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Posted On Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 11:14 AM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Learning what's wrong is helping Helm heal

DETROIT -- It wasn't the answer that Detroit Red Wings center Darren Helm was hoping to hear, but at least the medical specialist he saw recently in New York for his injured back had an answer.

Helm, a speedy third-line center, has only played one game for Detroit this season and has missed 17 straight with a frustrating back injury that, until recently, was caused by an unknown reason. After consulting with the specialist last Monday, Helm was given somewhat of a diagnosis.

"He seemed to think he found a small tear in one of the discs," Helm said. "It's kind of a six-to-eight week injury, he said, from the time it happened. I don't know if I'm close to where he thinks I should be healing or not, but I do feel better. That's the silver lining, I guess."

Playing in Helm's usual third-line center role is rookie Joakim Andersson, who will be there again Sunday when the Red Wings host the red-hot Chicago Blackhawks (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, NHLN-CA).

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Posted On Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 10:51 AM

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

With LaRose out, Hurricanes recall Sutter

The Carolina Hurricanes have recalled forward Brett Sutter from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, and he will replace Chad LaRose in the team's lineup for Sunday's game at the Florida Panthers.

LaRose did not travel with the team to Florida, instead remaining home to be evaluated for concussion symptoms.

Sutter is fourth on the Checkers with 33 points in 52 games this season. He played 15 games with the Hurricanes last season, totaling three assists and 11 penalty minutes.

LaRose has three points in 19 games and is tied for second on the team with 35 hits.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 10:40 AM

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

Crawford in for Blackhawks

Corey Crawford will start in goal Sunday for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Detroit Red Wings (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, NHLN-CA).

It will be Crawford's first start since Feb. 28, when he left that game after one period with what the team called an upper-body injury.

Crawford is 9-0-3 in 12 games, with a League-leading 1.46 goals-against average. He's also second with a .946 save percentage.

And while Blackhawks center Dave Bolland will sit out Sunday -- the fifth straight game he's missed, due to an upper-body injury -- he is expected back in the lineup for Tuesday's home game against the Minnesota Wild.

In 16 games this season, Bolland has five goals and two assists.
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Posted On Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 10:28 AM

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

Projected lineups for Blues, Stars

DALLAS -- Here are the projected lineups for Sunday's game between the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center:

BLUES

Jaden Schwartz - T.J. Oshie - David Backes

Patrik Berglund - Chris Stewart - David Perron

Vladimir Sobotka - Matt D'Agostini - Chris Porter

Scott Nichol - Ryan Reaves - Adam Cracknell

Barret Jackman - Alex Pietrangelo

Wade Redden - Kevin Shattenkirk

Kris Russell - Roman Polak

Brian Elliott

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Ian Cole, Andrew Murray

Injured: Jamie Langenbrunner (hip), Andy McDonald (left knee), Alex Steen (upper body), Vladimir Tarasenko (concussion)

Notes: The St. Louis Blues are 6-2-1 on the road so far this season. Among their six road wins is a 4-3 victory at Dallas on Jan. 26. David Perron found the back of the Stars' net twice in that win. Sunday's game marks the start of a five-game road trip for St. Louis. In Friday's 4-2 comeback win against the Edmonton Oilers, coach Ken Hitchcock plugged rookie Jaden Schwartz into his top line alongside T.J. Oshie and David Backes and it paid dividends as Schwartz had a goal and an assist in the victory. Brian Elliott gets the nod in goal against the Stars on Sunday in what will be his first start since Feb. 11 against the Los Angeles Kings. Elliott is winless in his previous five games (0-4-1).

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Posted On Saturday, 03.02.2013 / 5:16 PM

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

Schneider isn't blaming play on sharing Canucks' net

VANCOUVER -- When Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider sounded off on his own play after a 4-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday, his frustration was attributed but others to him sharing the No. 1 job with Roberto Luongo.

Despite winning his previous start five days earlier against the Dallas Stars, Schneider sat and watched Luongo start consecutive games, earning the second by pitching a shutout in the first.

So when Schneider said he was "sick and tired of being an average goalie" after the loss to Phoenix, most also assumed he was sick and tired of not being able to get into any kind of a rhythm. As he prepared to play against Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night, Schneider insisted to NHL.com that wasn't the case.

“I know people try to read between the lines and interpret things, but if you just read the words, exactly what I am saying is what I mean. It was self-analysis of the last four games," Schneider said. "I was just a little annoyed with myself. It has nothing to do with anything else."

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Posted On Saturday, 03.02.2013 / 4:56 PM

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

Sharks plan to take more shots at Predators

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan continued pounding home the same message Saturday morning to his struggling team: When in doubt, shoot.

The Sharks, who face the Nashville Predators on Saturday at HP Pavilion, have won two of their past 12 games with 15 goals during that span.

"We have to have a shoot-first mentality," McLellan said after the Sharks' morning skate. "We have to attack the net with some authority to score. Teams that aren't scoring are talking about this on a daily basis. We're stressing it. We have to have everybody with that type of mentality. We can't be a pass-first-and-react-off-of-that type of team."

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Posted On Saturday, 03.02.2013 / 4:30 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

NJ @ BUF - 9:24 of the Second Period

At 9:24 of the second period in the Devils/Sabres game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Steve Bernier 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 New Jersey.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.02.2013 / 4:23 PM

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

Defenseman Martinez cleared to rejoin Kings

VANCOUVER -- Defenseman Alec Martinez has been medically cleared to return to the Los Angeles Kings lineup, according to coach Darryl Sutter.

But whether or not he cracks a roster that has won five straight games and seven of the past eight remains to be seen. Sutter certainly hinted it wasn’t guaranteed, even though Martinez was one of the six defensemen to play every game of the Kings’ Stanley Cup Championship run last summer.

“He’s not getting in just for what he did,” Sutter said of Martinez, who hasn’t played since Feb. 11 and took part in his first full practice Friday. “He’s got to beat somebody out. So when that happens, if it’s based on other guy’s performance, [it's] not that big a deal.”

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Posted On Saturday, 03.02.2013 / 4:13 PM

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

Defenseman Bieksa game-time decision for Canucks

VANCOUVER -- Defenseman Kevin Bieksa is a game-time decision for the Vancouver Canucks after missing the past two with a sore groin, but whether he plays or not, they will have to shake up their roster for Saturday night’s game against the streaking Los Angeles Kings.

Ryan Kesler’s fractured right foot, and his attempt to play through the injury for six games, made sure of that. By the time the results of Kesler’s CT scan were known, the Canucks had placed fourth-line wing Aaron Volpatti on waivers a few hours earlier, losing him to a claim by the Washington Capitals.

That combination led to Vancouver claiming 6-foot-5, 228-pound forward Tom Sestito off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers, and the recall and subsequent demotion back to the American Hockey League of journeyman Andrew Ebbett.

It won’t help a Canucks team struggling to find chemistry and coming off consecutive losses, especially with three natural centers among their 12 healthy forwards.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.02.2013 / 2:22 PM

By Jerry Brown -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Coyotes have Brown, Klinkhammer at their disposal

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With center Martin Hanzal and winger Radim Vrbata now on injured reserve, the Phoenix Coyotes called up forwards Chris Brown and Rob Klinkhammer from the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.

Either Brown or Klinkhammer could make their Phoenix debuts when they open a rare run of three straight games Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks at Jobing.com Arena.
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