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Posted On Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 12:38 PM

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

Neuvirth to start in Caps' goal Thursday

Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates told reporters Wednesday that goalie Michal Neuvirth will make his season debut Thursday when the Caps host the Montreal Canadiens.

Braden Holtby had started Washington's first two games, allowing 10 goals on 73 shots in a 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday and a 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

Neuvirth, 24, went 13-13-5 in 38 games last season, with a 2.82 goals-against average, .903 save percentage and three shutouts.

Posted On Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 12:32 PM

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

Rivalry Wednesday highlighted on Cisco NHL Live

It is Rivalry Wednesday and Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will have you covered with Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek.

The first rivalry matchup of the season pits two Original Six teams head to head, as the Rangers host the Bruins. Pierre McGuire, who will be reporting "Inside the Glass" for NBC Sports Network, will join us to preview the game along with Bruins radio analyst and former defenseman Bob Beers.

NHL Network's insider Darren Dreger will be on the show to give an update on Roberto Luongo and other hot topics around the League. We will also go live to the Consol Energy Center, via the Cisco NHL Arena Cam to get a preview the Penguins and Leafs.

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, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Wednesday.

Make sure to tune into Cisco NHL Live on NHL Network at 5 p.m. ET with Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek.

Posted On Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 12:15 PM

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

Report: Blues waive Woywitka

Multiple sources are reporting that St. Louis Blues defenseman Jeff Woywitka has been placed on waivers.

Woywitka, who broke into the NHL with the Blues during the 2005-06 season, hadn't skated in a game with the team this season. He played in 27 games for the New York Rangers last season.

Posted On Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 11:44 AM

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

Lundqvist takes third crack at first win of season

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Henrik Lundqvist will again be going for his first win of the season Wednesday night against the Boston Bruins.

It'll be his third try.

Lundqvist and the New York Rangers lost in Boston, 3-1, in their season-opener Saturday. He gave up four goals on 18 shots in less than 23 minutes the next night and got pulled early in a 6-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Lundqvist's mindset now is simply to play well enough at Madison Square Garden to give his team a chance to win.

"One win can change a lot," Lundqvist said after a brief morning skate at the Rangers' suburban practice facility.

"Right now my motivation is just to get a win and get a good feeling here in the room," he later added, "start building something positive."

Posted On Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 11:33 AM

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

Red Wings lose Ian White for 2-3 weeks

The Detroit Red Wings lost another player to injury Tuesday in a loss to the Dallas Stars when defenseman Ian White sustained a severe cut above his knee.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the media White could miss two to three weeks. This is the latest setback for a team that's already missing defensemen Jakub Kindl (groin), Jonathan Ericsson (hip) and Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder).

Holland signed free-agent defenseman Kent Huskins on Tuesday in an attempt to ease the losses on the back end. According to The Detroit News, Colaiacovo is expected to be out up to a month. Kindl should return Friday against the Minnesota Wild, and Ericsson is expected to return soon.

Additionally, the Red Wings expect forwards Todd Bertuzzi (flu) and Darren Helm (back) and goalie Jonas Gustavsson (groin) to return Friday against the Minnesota Wild.

Posted On Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 10:48 AM

By Pete Jensen -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Conacher latest trending waiver wire option

The healthy scoring arsenal of the Tampa Bay Lightning is clicking on all cylinders, and rookie Cory Conacher has been the primary beneficiary thus far.

Cory Conacher
Center - TBL
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 5
SOG: 5 | +/-: 3
The reigning AHL most valuable player and rookie of the year has made an immediate impact in his first three games with the Bolts, reeling off two goals, three assists, a plus-3 rating, four PIM, one power-play point and five shots on goal in an average of 14:41 ice time per game. On Tuesday night, the 23-year-old Conacher beat Cam Ward on the rebound for a first-period goal that was made possible by a nifty move to the net by Vincent Lecavalier.

And it's those sequences that are what make Conacher's situation so promising. In a matter of days, the dual-eligible (C/LW) fantasy forward's value has spiked as he's gone from owned in less than 1 percent of Yahoo! leagues to 18 percent on Wednesday morning.

Posted On Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 10:24 AM

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

Mechanical issue with plane keeps Stars grounded

The Dallas Stars' stay in Detroit lasted a bit longer than expected after a mechanical problem with the team's plane.

According to a press release sent out Wednesday morning by Stars coordinator of communications Greg Ramirez, "The problem occurred shortly after de-icing, as a valve for one of the engines malfunctioned. As a precaution, the decision was made not to fly out and the team stayed at a hotel near Detroit."

Ramirez stressed that everyone was safe, and the Stars later added via their official Twitter account that they will be flying home Wednesday at 2 p.m. CT. They won't practice Wednesday as originally planned. The Stars play host to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.

The Stars got a pair of Michael Ryder goals Tuesday night to pick up a 2-1 win over the Red Wings and improve to 2-1-0 on the season.

Posted On Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 10:14 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Walker named as Top Prospects Game replacement

The United States Hockey League has announced that Australian-raised Nathan Walker of the Youngstown Phantoms will replace teammate Austin Cangelosi at the 2013 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game presented by CCM slated Wednesday at the L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, Michigan.

Walker, who is in his second year of draft eligibility, was born in Wales, but his family moved to Sydney when he was two years old. He would eventually perfect his craft in Ostrava, Czech Republic. He spent six years there, playing for several clubs among men.


Posted On Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 8:23 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

NSH @ MIN - 6:02 of the First Period

At 6:02 of the first period in the Predators/Wild game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Minnesota forward Zach Parise tipped the puck into the net with his stick below the crossbar. According to Rule 60.5 "The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick. If the puck makes contact with the stick below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed." Good Goal Minnesota.

Posted On Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 7:31 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

WPG @ WSH - 10:02 of the First Period

At 10:02 of the first period in the Jets/Capitals game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Washington forward Matt Hendricks right skate and into the net. According to rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal." Good Goal Washington.

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