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Posted On Saturday, 02.16.2013 / 1:19 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Flyers-Canadiens likely to be battle of backups

The Philadelphia Flyers did not skate Saturday morning after arriving late Friday night following a dispiriting 5-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

Philadelphia may have lost more than the game; defenseman Kimmo Timonen did not play in the third period with a lower-body injury and his status for Saturday night remains in question.

Though there’s been no confirmation from the Flyers, Brian Boucher should get the start in goal over Ilya Bryzgalov.

The Canadiens also will be playing their backup goaltender with starter Carey Price out because of a stomach flu. Peter Budaj will be seeking his first win of the season in his third start.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.16.2013 / 1:13 PM

By Neil Acharya -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Senators, Maple Leafs

Here are the projected lineups for a game Saturday night at Air Canada Centre between the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs:

MAPLE LEAFS

James van RiemsdykTyler BozakPhil Kessel

Jay McClementMikhail GrabovskiNikolai Kulemin

Leo KomarovNazem KadriClarke MacArthur

Mike BrownDavid SteckelColton Orr

Dion PhaneufKorbinian Holzer

John-Michael LilesMichael Kostka

Cody FransonMark Fraser

Ben Scrivens

Jussi Rynaas

Injured: Joffrey Lupul, Carl Gunnarsson, James Reimer

Scratched: Frazer McLaren, Mike Komisarek

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Posted On Saturday, 02.16.2013 / 11:26 AM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Islanders hope to build momentum against Devils

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – The New York Islanders ended a five-game losing streak Thursday night when they rallied for a 4-3 shootout victory against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

The Islanders (5-7-1) hope to build off that win Saturday evening, when they play host to the New Jersey Devils at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. New Jersey, which also rallied for a 5-3 win on home ice against the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday, sit atop the Eastern Conference with 21 points (9-2-3).

Johan Hedberg gets the start in goal for New Jersey. Hedberg, who turns 40 in May, has allowed two goals in three appearances this season. He is 2-0-1 with a 0.65 goals-against average and .973 save percentage. Hedberg stopped all 22 shots he faced in the Devils’ 3-0 win against the Islanders on Feb. 3 at the Coliseum.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.16.2013 / 10:55 AM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Price out with flu for Canadiens

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will miss the game Saturday night against the Philadelphia Flyers with the stomach flu.

The club has recalled Robert Mayer from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League to back up Peter Budaj.

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Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 8:07 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Langenbrunner undergoes surgery, will miss season

St. Louis Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong announced forward Jamie Langenbrunner underwent successful surgery on his left hip today. Langenbrunner will miss the remainder of the season.

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Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 7:22 PM

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

CISCO NHL Live: Eddie Olczyk

NBC Sports NHL Analyst Eddie Olcyzk breaks down Friday's matchups on NHL Live and previews Hockey Weekend in America.

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Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 7:20 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Datsyuk sits out Wings' game vs. Ducks

Pavel Datsyuk
Center - DET
GOALS: 6 | ASST: 8 | PTS: 14
SOG: 28 | +/-: 5
Center Pavel Datsyuk is not in the Detroit Red Wings' line for Friday night's game against the Anaheim Ducks. According to published reports, he is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Prior to Friday, Datsyuk had registered goals in three straight games. It was the first time in more than a year that the Wings' Russian star had scored in three consecutive games. He has six goals and eight assists in 13 games.

Detroit recalled rookie forward Gustav Nyquist from their AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, to take Datsyuk's place. He'll play with center Valtteri Filppula and forward Justin Abdelkader on the second line.

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Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 6:47 PM

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

Couturier back in Flyers lineup vs. Devils

Sean Couturier
Center - PHI
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 5
SOG: 20 | +/-: -3
NEWARK, N.J. -- Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier, sidelined the past two games with a stomach virus, will be in the lineup on Friday against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

Couturier, who missed the opening two games of Philadelphia's current six-game road trip against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets, has two goals and five points in 12 games. He had 13 goals and 27 points in 77 games for the Flyers as a rookie last season.

Couturier will likely center Maxime Talbot and Zac Rinaldo on the fourth line to begin the game. In seven career games against New Jersey, Couturier has one goal, three points and a plus-5 rating.

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Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 4:38 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Report: Landeskog back on the ice

Gabriel Landeskog
Left Wing - COL
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 0 | PTS: 1
SOG: 15 | +/-: 3
The Denver Post is reporting that Gabriel Landeskog, out since sustaining a concussion Jan. 26, skated for the first time Friday.

The report states that the 20-year-old Colorado Avalanche captain skated for an unspecified length of time at the team's practice facility, with club medical personnel watching. Neither Landeskog nor the team would comment on where Landeskog is in his recovery.

It's unclear when Landeskog will skate again.

Landeskog was hit hard by the San Jose Sharks' Brad Stuart during a Jan. 26 game. Landeskog was able to return after missing a few shifts, but has yet to play again. He has one goal and a plus-3 rating in four games.

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Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 4:33 PM

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

Rome still has exalted place in Canucks' history

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Aaron Rome was a popular player when he left the Vancouver Canucks and signed with the Dallas Stars last summer.

The defenseman returned as a franchise leader Friday.

As Rome walked down a hallway that became familiar during three seasons in Vancouver, he couldn't help but notice his name on the wall where the Canucks honor past team award winners. Atop each category, from all-stars and MVPs, to most exciting player and unsung hero, was a piece of white hockey tape with Rome’s full name scribbled across it.

Rome, who often made headlines in Vancouver for getting picked to play ahead of more established, higher-paid players, took it in stride.

"Nothing new," Rome said. "It's all good fun. Guys like to have fun here and I had a lot of fun in the three years I was here."

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