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Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 4:40 PM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes' Beat: Hot and cold goalie duos

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Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 3:52 PM

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

Blue Jackets' Moore sidelined; Prout gets call

CHICAGO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets were already short two regular defensemen when they took the ice Friday at United Center for their morning skate.

The shortage got even worse when defenseman John Moore left the ice surface earlier than expected and was pronounced out of Friday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks (7:30 p.m. CT, NHLN-US) with an undisclosed upper-body injury.

The Blue Jackets recalled defenseman Dalton Prout from Springfield of the American Hockey League, but his flight isn't scheduled to arrive in Chicago until early evening. Prout might not arrive at United Center until just before the game's start or later.

There is no "Plan B" if Prout can't get to the arena in time.

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Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 3:34 PM

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

Senators' Anderson continuing to work his way back

Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson, who has missed the past three games with a sprained ankle, continued on his road to recovery Friday when he practiced with teammates in Ottawa.

Anderson was off to a superb start before getting hurt in the third period of a victory against the New York Rangers on Feb. 21 in Ottawa. In 15 starts, he was 8-4-2 with a 1.49 goals-against average and .952 save percentage.

"Every day seems to be getting a lot better," Anderson told the team's website Friday. "I can skate, I can stop, I can push, I can do a lot of things that a forward can do. I haven't taken the step yet to see what a goalie can do. I think that's going to be the next step -- see how it is [Saturday] and see if I can get into the butterfly at all."

In Anderson's absence, Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner have split time in net. Senators coach Paul MacLean already has said Bishop would start Saturday's game at the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 3:15 PM

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

Anisimov, Blue Jackets relieved he's good to go

CHICAGO -- Eight days after a scary collision at Joe Louis Arena left Columbus Blue Jackets center Artem Anisimov motionless on the ice, he will get back into a game Friday night at United Center.

Anisimov, a big-bodied Russian forward, will have missed three games because of the upper-body injury that stemmed from the incident against the Detroit Red Wings. He will center a line between Matt Calvert and Cam Atkinson on Friday (8:30 p.m. ET), when Columbus plays the Chicago Blackhawks (17-0-3), who haven't lost in regulation and have twice beaten the Blue Jackets (5-12-3) in a pair of one-goal games.

"He hasn't done a whole lot leading up to it, so we're going to have to be smart in how we manage his minutes," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "He needs to be really solid 5-on-5 and then we'll go from there. If his energy's good and he feels good, we can start using him maybe on the power play or penalty kill, as well. [Just] having that big presence up the middle of the ice, some size and some skill, [is good for us]."

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Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 3:04 PM

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

Ducks' Souray likely to rest, while Sbisa returns

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau could give defenseman Sheldon Souray a day off when the Ducks host the Minnesota Wild on Friday.

Boudreau earlier this season suggested he would give veteran blueliners Souray and Toni Lydman days off during back-to-back sequences; Anaheim plays at the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday.

Souray did not take all of his turns with usual partner Francois Beauchemin at the morning skate, and Ben Lovejoy came off with the regulars. Asked if this might be an occasion to rest 36-year-old Souray, Boudreau said, "It might. I've got to talk to him. But somewhere during this month there's going to be days off for him."

Boudreau said he looks at Souray differently due to Souray's history of injuries.

"You look at him, how his season went last year, you look at him that he is an older player, how many minutes he plays -- all of these things you want to take into account," Boudreau said.

"There's a lot of reasons why you want to keep a guy like him fresh because he's done great for us.”

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Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 2:22 PM

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

Canucks to don jerseys honoring Millionaires

The Vancouver Canucks will pay tribute to the city's long hockey history March 16 when they don replica uniforms honoring the West Coast's first professional hockey team, the Vancouver Millionaires. The Canucks will wear the retro third jerseys that night for their game against the Detroit Red Wings.

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Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 2:06 PM

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

Report: Kovalev won't travel with Panthers to Carolina

Alex Kovalev's time with the Florida Panthers may be short-lived.

According to a report by Miami Herald beat writer George Richards, 40-year-old Kovalev did not skate with the team Friday and is not traveling with them for their game Saturday night against the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 1:34 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Oilers, Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Here are the projected lineups for tonight's game between the Edmonton Oilers and St. Louis Blues from Scottrade Center.

OILERS

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Ryan Jones - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky

Ryan Smyth - Eric Belanger - Nail Yakupov

Ben Eager - Chris Vandevelde - Lennart Petrell

Jeff Petry - Ladislav Smid

Nick Schultz - Justin Schultz

Ryan Whitney - Theo Peckham

Devan Dubnyk

Yann Danis


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Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 1:33 PM

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

Kane, Huberdeau to appear on Cisco NHL Live

The Chicago Blackhawks look to extend their consecutive point streak to 21 as they face the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight on the NHL Network. Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will get you ready for that game and your hockey weekend. We'll preview tonight's matchup with Eddie Olczyk on our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Chicago. Elsewhere in the Western Conference, we'll go inside the deal that will bring Ryan O'Reilly back on the ice for the Colorado Avalanche.

The Winnipeg Jets have won three in a row and we'll talk to one of their top forwards, Evander Kane, about his recent hot streak. Phoenix Coyotes president Mike Nealy will also stop by the show and NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will give out his awards for February. Speaking of February awards, the NHL Rookie of the Month, Florida Panthers Jonathan Huberdeau will join the show.

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, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks a winner for Friday's game.

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Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 1:30 PM

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

Flames recall McGrattan, assign Aliu

The Calgary Flames announced Friday they have recalled right wing Brian McGrattan from the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League and reassigned Akim Aliu.

The Flames acquired McGrattan a day earlier from the Nashville Predators in exchange for Joe Piskula. McGrattan has played two games with the Predators and six games with the Milwaukee Admirals (American Hockey League) this season.

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We've got a team filled with captains, that's what I think. With these first two games we got in, we're really dominating and moving the puck really fast, and it's worked out really good.

— U.S. goalie Brandon Halverson after a 6-0 win against Germany in the World Junior Championship on Sunday