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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 1:18 PM

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

Sharp, Hossa progressing, but won't return Monday

CHICAGO -- They're still healing from upper-body injuries that have kept them out for extended time, but Chicago Blackhawks forwards Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa will remain out for Monday night's game against the Nashville Predators.

After going through an optional morning skate at United Center, Sharp and Hossa both need more time to fully heal from what is believed to be shoulder-related issues. Chicago doesn't play again until Thursday at home against the St. Louis Blues.

"They're real close and then the fact we've got a couple extra days here, so I think we [want to be] … more than ready when they're coming back," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "We'll get 'em on the ice on Wednesday and we'll know for sure whether they'll be playing Thursday or not. They could."


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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 12:52 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Trade Deadline blog

Report: Jackets would deal first-rounder for scorer

Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen is willing to part with one of his three first-round picks before the trade deadline Wednesday in an effort to get more scoring into the lineup, according to a tweet from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

The Blue Jackets own their first-round pick plus first-round picks that originally belonged to the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers. They picked up the Kings' pick in the trade for Jeff Carter last season, and they got the Rangers' pick in the trade for Rick Nash in the offseason.

Columbus is eighth in the Western Conference with 37 points. The Blue Jackets have won two in a row and are 10-2-5 since Feb. 26.

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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 12:48 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Wild want to get normally reliable penalty kill clicking

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- On the surface, the Minnesota Wild's penalty kill numbers don't look bad. For the season, the team has killed off 82.2 percent of chances against it, good for 11th best in the National Hockey League.

But the Minnesota kill has been off the last two games, allowing five goals in its last eight chances against the Dallas Stars on Friday and Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

The three power-play goals allowed against the Stars amounted to the difference in the game -- a 5-3 loss that snapped the Wild's seven-game winning streak.


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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 12:40 PM

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

Report: Zetterberg still out, but Colaiacovo back

The Detroit Red Wings will be without Henrik Zetterberg again when they face the Colorado Avalanche on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN), but will get defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo back in the lineup, according to a report from Ansar Khan of mlive.com.

Colaiacovo, who missed the past 33 games with a sprained left shoulder, will replace rookie Brian Lashoff in the lineup and skate alongside Brendan Smith, coach Mike Babcock said.

Zetterberg missed Sunday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks with a groin issue that isn't quite better yet.

"Well, it's still day-to-day. I will say I feel a few percent better today than yesterday,'' Zetterberg told reporters. "That’s improvement. So we're still doing good treatment and hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow."

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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 12:18 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Melrose Minute

Barry's Power Rankings: Let's Make a Deal

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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 12:14 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Melrose Minute

Barry Melrose on Sidney Crosby

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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 11:58 AM

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

Avalanche place Stastny, Hejduk on injured reserve

The Colorado Avalanche on Monday placed forwards Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk on injured reserve and recalled David Van Der Gulik and Brad Malone from their American Hockey League affiliate, Lake Erie.

Hejduk suffered an apparent shoulder injury in Colorado's 1-0 overtime loss to Nashville on Saturday, while Stastny has been out since March 24 with a foot injury.

The Avalanche head into Monday night's game in Detroit sitting 15th in the Western Conference with 28 points, nine behind the eighth-place Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 11:08 AM

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

Zubrus to return to Devils' lineup Monday

NEWARK, N.J. -- Left wing Dainius Zubrus will make his anticipated return to the lineup on Monday when the New Jersey Devils play host to the New York Islanders at Prudential Center (7 p.m. ET, MSG PLUS 2, MSG PLUS).

Zubrus, who underwent surgery to repair ligament damage in his left wrist on Feb. 14, has missed the past 26 games. He's been skating on his own since mid-March and practiced with the team on Monday for the first time since he last played on Feb. 5 against the New York Rangers at Prudential Center.

"I feel good, it's been a while," Zubrus told reporters after practice. "I think I have [my stamina] back. After about 10 days after my surgery I was able to work out, so I feel like I'm in pretty good shape. I know getting back in a game situation is a little different since you battle guys and push guys, so that adds a lot more work, but it's not going to be the first time I've ever done this, so I think I'll be OK."


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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 10:38 AM

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

Oilers sign Smid to four-year contract extension

The Edmonton Oilers on Monday signed defenseman Ladislav Smid to a four-year, $14 million contract extension.

The 27-year-old Smid is in his seventh NHL season. He has a goal and three points in 34 games this season and has posted career totals of 10 goals, 62 points and 361 penalty minutes in 443 games, all with the Oilers.

"It's a huge day for me," Smid said. "I feel really happy for me and my family to stay in Edmonton. It's my home now."

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Posted On Sunday, 03.31.2013 / 2:45 PM

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

Canucks send Kassian on conditioning assignment

Vancouver Canucks center Zack Kassian, acquired at last year's trade deadline for Cody Hodgson, was sent to the Chicago Wolves of the AHL on a conditioning assignment Sunday.

The Canucks also reassigned forward Andrew Gordon and recalled forwards Nicklas Jensen and Bill Sweatt.

Kassian, 22, has appeared in one game since March 14. He has five goals and eight points in 27 games this season. Hodgson, meanwhile, has 12 goals and 28 points in 35 games this season for the Buffalo Sabres.

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