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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 1:52 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Byfuglien returning for Jets vs. Flyers

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Winnipeg Jets and Philadelphia Flyers have one thing in common heading into their game Tuesday at MTS Centre -- both are coming off recent losses to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Jets lost 3-2 at home to Toronto on Feb. 7, but they were able to rebound with a 1-0 road win two nights later against the Ottawa Senators. They've been off since then, while the Flyers lost 5-2 in Toronto on Monday.

The Jets will welcome defenseman Dustin Byfuglien back to the lineup against the Flyers after a five-game absence with an undisclosed injury. Byfuglien will reunite with defense partner Tobias Enstrom, whose two goals and 11 assists tie him for the NHL lead in scoring among defensemen. Winnipeg also anticipates the imminent return of Zach Bogosian to its blue line. Bogosian has not played this season after offseason wrist surgery.

Jets coach Claude Noel would not confirm his defensive mix, but it is expected Grant Clitsome will be a healthy scratch to make room for Byfuglien.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 1:24 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

With Rangers performing, Boyle to sit again

BOSTON -- With the New York Rangers coming off their second straight victory, coach John Tortorella is inclined to go with the same lineup he used in wins against the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

So that means another healthy scratch for Boston native Brian Boyle, who is scheduled to sit out his third straight game.

"I'm trying not to think about anything, really, honestly," said Boyle, who was bag skated by assistant coach Mike Sullivan along with fellow scratches Stu Bickel and Steve Eminger after the Rangers' morning skate at TD Garden. "I'm just trying to come work every day and work as hard as I can because it's ... I've said it before, I didn't play as well as I think I could've, but I know I can be a good player and effective player in this League and on this team. It's infuriating sitting out, it's awful. And it's [ticking] me off a lot."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 1:12 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Bruins' Seguin back with Bergeron, Marchand

BOSTON -- Back on the ice for the Boston Bruins one day after sitting out practice due to a maintenance day, Tyler Seguin was back in a familiar spot, one he hadn't been in for a short while, during line rushes Tuesday at TD Garden.

Seguin skated on right wing alongside Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. From the third period of Boston's win against the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 6 through their next game, at the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 10, Seguin had switched places with Nathan Horton and skated with David Krejci and Milan Lucic.

That switch paid off in Montreal, as the newly formed Seguin-Krejci-Lucic top line scored goals on its first two shifts to lead the way to victory. Just because the lines reverted to their old form during the morning skate, however, doesn't mean coach Claude Julien won't shuffle things if his team needs another spark Tuesday against the New York Rangers (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 1:07 PM

By Lonnie Herman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Boucher liked what he saw from Killorn's debut

TAMPA, Fla. -- There wasn't much for the Tampa Bay Lightning to cheer about Sunday as they concluded a winless 0-3 road trip with a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of the New York Rangers for their fourth consecutive loss, but coach Guy Boucher did find one bright spot.

Alexander Killorn, making his NHL debut after being called up from Syracuse of the American Hockey League, picked up an assist and skated aggressively in 13:17 minutes of ice time.

"The AHL is a development league; the NHL is a performance league," Boucher said. "You're here to win. When a young guy enters your lineup it is not time for experiments; it's time to see if he can hack it. Can he contribute? Is he reliable? And if he is, you can show him more ice time.

"I saw Killorn in the first two shifts, I start him on the third line and then I realized that he had assets and he's proving it right now and I can use him with top guys, so he deserves it. It's not a question of age or experience, it's a matter of if they are ready. If a guy is ready, let's go."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 1:03 PM

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

Cisco NHL Live previews Ducks-Blackhawks

The top two teams in the Western Conference square off Tuesday night, and Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will have the Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks game covered. We'll be joined by Chicago forward Bryan Bickell on our Cisco NHL Arena Cam to preview this key matchup.

With nine other games on the schedule we'll get you ready for all of them, with live reports out of Boston, Winnipeg and Nashville. Detroit coach Mike Babcock will check in to talk about the Red Wings' recent success, and NHL Network analyst Darren Pang drops by the show to talk about goalie tandems around the League.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, keep an eye on this Senior Reporter’s dance moves in his EJ5: Hradek's Top 5 Thoughts of the Day with a power play theme, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Tuesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 12:59 PM

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

Projected lineups for Sharks, Predators

Here's how the lines could look when the San Jose Sharks visit the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night:

SHARKS

Ryane CloweJoe ThorntonJoe Pavelski

Patrick MarleauLogan CoutureMartin Havlat

James SheppardMichal HandzusTommy Wingels

Andrew DesjardinsScott GomezAdam Burish

Marc-Edouard VlasicDan Boyle

Brad StuartBrent Burns

Jason DemersJustin Braun

Antti Niemi

Thomas Greiss

PREDATORS

Sergei KostitsynMike FisherMartin Erat

Colin WilsonDavid LegwandGabriel Bourque

Brandon YipNick SpalingCraig Smith

Rich ClunePaul GaustadHal Gill

Scott HannanShea Weber

Roman JosiKevin Klein

Jonathon BlumRyan Ellis

Pekka Rinne

Chris Mason

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 12:53 PM

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

Senators to shift Zibanejad into the middle

OTTAWA -- Mika Zibanejad has played center and right wing during his time with the Ottawa Senators, but Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres, he'll get a chance to play in the middle on the team's top line.

The 19-year-old will be will be flanked by Daniel Alfredsson and Milan Michalek.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 12:43 PM

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

Upper-body injury sidelines Capitals' Johansson

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson did not make the trip along with his teammates and will sit out Tuesday night's game against the Florida Panthers.

Johansson sustained an upper-body injury Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins and sat out Saturday's 5-0 victory against the Panthers at the Verizon Center.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 12:24 PM

By Lonnie Herman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Lightning's Malone to miss 3-4 weeks

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Lightning General manager Steve Yzerman set out to build depth in the organization, and his results are getting an early test. Forward Ryan Malone will be lost to the team for 3-4 weeks due to a lower-body injury aggravated during a pregame soccer ball kick-around.

The injury occurred Sunday prior to the Lightning's game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, and marks the third consecutive season Malone has lost game time due to injuries.

"I'd love to be able to figure it out," coach Guy Boucher said of the recurring injuries. "Then we could plan things. It's a short season and to be out for one month, that's a lot."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 12:11 PM

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

MCL sprain to sideline Kiprusoff another two weeks

Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has a slight Grade 2 MCL sprain and is expected to miss another two weeks, the team announced Tuesday.

Kiprusoff appeared to suffer the injury near the end of the second period of a Feb. 5 game against the Detroit Red Wings when he and Johan Franzen collided near the net.

The Flames claimed veteran goalie Joey MacDonald off waivers from the Red Wings and it appears will use him in tandem with rookie Leland Irving in Kiprusoff's absence.

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