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Posted On Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 11:36 AM

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

Flames acquire McGrattan from Predators

The Calgary Flames acquired forward Brian McGrattan from the Nashville Predators on Thursday in exchange for defenseman Joe Piskula.

McGrattan was assigned to the Flames' American Hockey League affiliate in Abbotsford.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 11:30 AM

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

Skinner, three others to return for Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes are set to welcome back four players to the lineup, star forward Jeff Skinner among them.

The team announced that Skinner will return for Thursday night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins along with forward Tim Brent and defensemen Tim Gleason and Jamie McBain.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 11:30 AM

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

Weiss, Kuba likely back for Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers will have some players back in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Buffalo Sabres.

In addition to center Stephen Weiss returning after missing Tuesday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins to attend his grandmother's funeral, defenseman Filip Kuba could be ready to play after missing the past two games because of an upper-body injury.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 7:33 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Dylan Smoskowitz

Mississauga Steelheads center Dylan Smoskowitz joins CISCO NHL Live.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 5:58 PM

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

Holtby to start for Capitals against Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- If Michal Neuvirth were healthy, he'd be starting in goal for the Washington Capitals in their NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

"It would have been a good night to give Neuvy a start," Capitals coach Adam Oates said prior to the game.

Neuvirth, though, is not healthy or even here, so Oates confirmed that Braden Holtby, who made 33 saves in a 3-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, will make his eighth consecutive start.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 5:54 PM

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

Canucks' Kesler sidelined by broken foot

Ryan Kesler
Center - VAN
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 4 | PTS: 5
SOG: 15 | +/-: -4
VANCOUVER -- Vancouver center Ryan Kesler has a broken right foot and could miss the Canucks' busiest month of the season.

Coach Alain Vigneault said a CT scan taken on Wednesday morning revealed the fracture. He did not have a timeline for the return of his Selke Trophy-winning center, but it's bad timing for a team about to play 16 games in March.

"Any fracture is usually four to six weeks, depending on the nature of the fracture," Vigneault said. "Some are less -- hairline fractures. I haven't gotten at length with our doctors how long this will be."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 4:01 PM

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

Malkin returns to ice with 30-minute skate

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, who is on injured reserve with a concussion, skated in Pittsburgh on Wednesday while his teammates are on a three-game road trip.

Malkin skated for 30 minutes and reported no symptoms, according to the Penguins. There is no timetable for his return.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 2:55 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Kings get chance to exact revenge vs. Red Wings

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- If a loss can be used as a starting point for a team, the Los Angeles Kings can point directly to their Feb. 10 game against the Detroit Red Wings.

Although they gave up the game-winning goal with five seconds remaining, the Kings played their best game to that point and have since won six of seven, allowing seven total goals in that span. They come full circle Wednesday night when Detroit comes to Staples Center.

What changed in that Feb. 10 game? Jarret Stoll said the Kings got back to better puck movement.

“Whether it’s a 5-, 6-, 8-foot pass to score, moving the puck up the ice is really key instead of having the sloppy pass or the sloppy bobbled puck, and then you’re in one in your own zone,” Stoll said. “A team like Detroit – they can sense that, they can feel that. They’re smart at that. We’ve got to make sure we’re sharp moving the puck, supporting each other.”

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 2:55 PM

By Larry Wigge -  NHL.com Columnist /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live talks Wednesday Night Rivalries

It is Rivalry Night in the NHL and on Cisco NHL Live (5 p.m. ET, NHLN) and Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek have both Wednesday Night Rivalry games covered.

 

We'll go live to the Wells Fargo Center with NBC Sports Analyst Pierre McGuire to discuss the fierce battle between the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers, and we'll get an update on the late game between the Los Angeles Kings and Detroit Red Wings from Kings radio analyst, Daryl Evans.

Our Subway Fresh Face of the week is Mississauga Steelheads forward Dylan Smoskowitz, who will join the show to talk about his prospects of being drafted in June.

NHL Network Insider Darren Dreger will also be with us giving the latest information on the proposed realignment, as well as trade rumors involving the Duck.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, keep an eye on this senior reporter's dance moves in his EJ5, his top 5 under-the-radar forwards, and stick around for the shootout as E.J. picks all four games being played Wednesday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 2:50 PM

By World Wildlife Fund (WWF) -  Special to NHL Green /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

Climate scientists call on hockey enthusiasts for help

For years, scientists have been tracking ice in western Hudson Bay, Canada - when the ice forms in fall, when it starts to break up in the spring and its thickness - in order to determine how climate change is affecting the health of the Hudson Bay ecosystem, including polar bears.

Polar bears need the sea ice of the Hudson Bay to successfully hunt ringed seals through the winter. They rely on stored fat to last them through the summer. Climate change has already led to the ice forming later in the fall, by several weeks, over the last 3 decades and breaking up earlier in the spring. This shortened feeding season has resulted in skinnier bears, fewer cubs born per bear, and lower survival for the young. It also leads to more bear-human interactions, as hungry bears wander closer to towns and garbage dumps searching for food. In other words, bad news for bears and people.

Now, scientists are studying ice conditions a little closer to home to assess how climate change is affecting a different, and increasingly endangered, species - the backyard hockey (shinny) player. Based on past data and models of the future, scientists are warning that climate change will lead to fewer outdoor skating days in Canada. In fact, in some areas of the country, scientists warn that there will be no more backyard rinks at all.

Rinkwatch.org, an innovative project led by scientists at Wilfred Laurier University, asks outdoor rink enthusiasts from all over the world to record the location of their rink and all the days that the rink is skate-able. Knowing only about what’s happening to your rink in your backyard tells you little more than what the recent weather has been like. But that information collected over several years, and added to information about thousands of other rinks across North America – well, that gives us some insight to wider trends like climate change.

Photo credit: WWF/Geoff York

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