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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 4:00 PM

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

Projected lineups for Avalanche, Oilers

Here are the lineups the Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers likely will use tonight when they meet at Rexall Place in Edmonton. The Avs lineup is in flux a bit, as the team will be without team captain Gabriel Landeskog.

AVALANCHE

Matt Duchene - PA Parenteau - Mark Olver

Jamie McGinn - Paul Stastny - David Jones

Chuck Kobasew - John Mitchell - Milan Hejduk

Cody McLeod - Brad Malone - Patrick Bordeleau

Erik Johnson - Ryan Wilson

Ryan O'Byrne - Jan Hejda

Greg Zanon - Matt Hunwick

Scratched: Shane O'Brien, Tyson Barrie

Injured: Gabriel Landeskog, Steve Downie

OILERS

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Nail Yakupov - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky

Ryan Smyth - Shawn Horcoff - Lennart Petrell

Teemu Hartikainen - Eric Belanger - Magnus Paajarvi

Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry

Nick Schultz - Justin Schultz

Ryan Whitney - Corey Potter

Devan Dubnyk

Yann Danis

Scratched: Darcy Hordichuk, Mark Fistric

Injured: Nikolai Khabibulin

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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 3:38 PM

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

Kings need some big names to start contributing

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Kings are four games into the season and still waiting for some big guns to get going.

Anze Kopitar scored two goals in L.A.'s first win last Saturday, but captain Dustin Brown, linemate Justin Williams and second-line center Mike Richards have combined for no goals and two assists going into the game Monday against the Vancouver Canucks.

Asked about Richards, coach Darryl Sutter said, "It's been an adjustment for some of our guys in terms of getting up to pace. He's one of those guys that need to get up to pace."

Sutter will likely bench Dustin Penner for a third straight game. Sutter was typically blunt when asked about Simon Gagne playing out of his usual role, as the fourth line left wing.

"He better get used to it or it will be a totally different role," Sutter said.

The Kings have basically picked up where they left off in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with an 0-for-23 drought on the power play. A lot of times it's a matter of getting that first goal out of the way.

"We've created some good chances on the power play, I think everyone can see that," Drew Doughty said. "But the bottom line is, it doesn't matter how many chances you're creating, you need to put the puck in the net. It's something that all of us on the power play are frustrated with right now. Going into tonight, we've just got to be hungry to score that goal."

The bright spot on offense is, of all players, usual fourth line wing Kyle Clifford, who leads the team with five points. Clifford emerged as a scorer two postseasons ago and played in the ECHL during the lockout.

Clifford is a Sutter-type player and Sutter naturally had no reservations putting him on the second line with Richards and Jeff Carter.

"He was so happy that he won [the Stanley Cup], he was still disappointed because he didn't get to play after he got [concussed] in the Vancouver series," Sutter said in reference to last season's Western Conference Quarterfinals.

"That was his whole purpose when he left -- to put himself in a position to play regularly."

Sutter predictably downplayed the rematch against the Canucks, who were the sixth Presidents' Trophy winner to lose in the first round. But Doughty acknowledged the subplot.

"They're a good team, so you kind of learn to hate them," Doughty said. "Tonight's going to be a full-out battle and we're all looking forward to it.

"Waking up this morning, knowing that we're playing them, everyone's so pumped to get out there and get after them. It's going to be a physical matchup -- which everyone loves -- you're getting banged, but at the same time you're giving it back. We love that, and there's nothing more rewarding than beating a team that's won the conference the last couple of years in a row, so we're really looking forward to hopefully doing that tonight."

Dustin BrownAnze KopitarJustin Williams

Kyle CliffordMike RichardsJeff Carter

Dwight KingJarret StollTrevor Lewis

Simon GagneColin FraserJordan Nolan

Rob ScuderiDrew Doughty

Alec MartinezSlava Voynov

Jake MuzzinDavis Drewiske

Jonathan Quick

Jonathan Bernier

Injuries: Willie Mitchell, Matt Greene

Scratches: Dustin Penner, Brad Richardson, Andrew Bodnarchuk

Roberto Luongo is expected to start in goal for Vancouver. Luongo was replaced by Cory Schneider after he allowed seven goals against the Kings in the first two games of the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals.

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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 3:30 PM

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

Fantasy Spin: Clowe, Simmonds top point/PIM assets

We're now one week into the 2012-13 NHL season and it's very clear which players have risen to the occasion from a point-production standpoint. Between Patrick Marleau's historic goal-scoring start, Martin St. Louis' distributing prowess and Zach Parise's immediate splash with the Minnesota Wild, these names are widely recognized and owned throughout the fantasy landscape.

But while the players who have racked up goals and assists are integral pieces to a championship squad, it's also worth noting which players have provided noteworthy category coverage so far. Specifically, players who put forth a combination of points and PIMs can lift your fantasy team to new heights.

While most of the players mentioned below are owned in the majority of fantasy leagues, putting together a package to acquire these assets can be a worthwhile initiative.

NOTE: "Penalties in Minutes" is a default category in Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey Leagues

Ryane Clowe
Left Wing - SJS
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 3
SOG: 10 | +/-: 1
1. Ryane Clowe (LW/RW, San Jose Sharks)

2012-13 production: 3 points, 37 PIMs in 5 games

- The League-leader in PIMs may only find himself in that spot after a 35-PIM outburst Sunday against the Vancouver Canucks, but his total is far from a fluke. Clowe has been a reliable points/PIMs producer in each of the past three seasons. He's played in 75-plus in each of those campaigns, racking up an average of 55 points and 109 PIMs per season during that span. Most of the Sharks' scoring has come from the likes of Marleau, Joe Thornton, Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski through five games, but Clowe remains a fixture on the team's second line -- meaning he's in great position to produce points every night.

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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 3:29 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp Blog

Keenan on coaches who have stood test of time

LAS VEGAS -- Since we had Mike Keenan in an interview chair for a while we couldn't let him go without asking him to give his thoughts on coaches in today's game that he admires.

To nobody's surprise, the 63-year-old Keenan immediately started talking about the veteran bench bosses. He mentioned four in particular:

"I like, and because of my age I guess, the senior guys because I know how difficult it is to stay in that job and to be on top of your game like Ken Hitchcock, like Joel Quenneville, like Darryl Sutter, like John Tortorella," Keenan told NHL.com. "These are guys that have had success, they've all won a Cup, and it's tough to stay in it.

"A lot of guys get spun out. The game doesn't call them back and they're done. That's probably the case for most people."

It's not for Hitchcock, Quenneville, Sutter and Tortorella.

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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 3:06 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp Blog

'Iron Mike' Keenan talks upcoming documentary

LAS VEGAS -- The life and career of former NHL coach and general manager Mike Keenan will be portrayed in an upcoming documentary that is the brainchild of The Shooting Eye Corporation, a production company based out of Hamilton, Ont.

"They just approached me and asked me if I would be willing to have them do a documentary on me," Keenan told NHL.com Monday. "That was it."

"Iron Mike: The Mike Keenan Story" will take nine months to a year to produce, Keenan said.

"They're just into it three or four months now," he added. "I haven't even been interviewed that much."

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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 2:50 PM

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

Landeskog out tonight for Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche will be without team captain Gabriel Landeskog for Monday's game against the Edmonton Oilers due to head and leg injuries.

The 20-year-old forward likely was hurt when he was hit hard by the San Jose Sharks' Brad Stuart late in the first period of the Avalanche's game Saturday. Landeskog was skating through the neutral zone when Stuart stepped into him.

Landeskog returned to the game early in the second period and played 16:23, just two minutes below his season average.

In four games this season, Landeskog has one goal. As a rookie last season, he had 22 goals and 52 points while playing all 82 games.
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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 2:50 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp Blog

Tocchet lauds Bryzgalov for play this season

LAS VEGAS -- Ex-Flyers forward Rick Tocchet sees holes in his former team both in the back and up front, but he also thinks the one area in most doubt heading into the season could be its most stable.

Tocchet, who serves as an analyst on CSN Philadelphia, appreciates the way Ilya Bryzgalov is both playing and acting now after a rocky first-season in Philadelphia.

Bryzgalov is 2-3 with a 2.21 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in five starts this season.

"They've played him in all but one game so far and he's played well for them, and that's a key for the whole city, the fans and the management to think they have the goalie they have paid for," Tocchet told NHL.com Monday from the 11th annual Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp. "He's played well for them so far."

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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 2:14 PM

By Jerry Brown -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Predators, Coyotes

Here's how the lineups could look Monday night when the Phoenix Coyotes host the Nashville Predators:

PREDATORS

Colin Wilson - Mike Fisher - Martin Erat

Gabriel BourqueDavid LegwandSergei Kostitsyn

Nick SpalingPaul GaustadBrandon Yip

Rich Clune -- Craig SmithMatt Halischuk

Roman Josi -- Shea Weber

Scott Hannan -- Ryan Ellis

Hal GillKevin Klein

Pekka Rinne

Chris Mason

Scratches – Jonathon Blum, Brian McGrattan

Injuries – Patric Hornqvist (lower body)

The Predators being without Hornqvist will force some shifting of the lines. Kostitsyn takes over for Hornqvist on the second line.

COYOTES

Steve SullivanAntoine VermetteShane Doan

Mikkel BoedkerMartin HanzalRadim Vrbata

Lauri KorpikoskiBoyd GordonDavid Moss

Alexandre BolducKyle ChipchuraNick Johnson

Zbynek Michalek – Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Keith YandleDerek Morris

David SchlemkoMichael Stone

Chad Johnson

Jason LaBarbera

Scratches – Paul Bissonnette. Mike Smith

Injuries – Matthew Lombardi (upper, IR), Rostislav Klesla (lower IR), Smith (lower)

With Mike Smith still out with an upper-body injury and LaBarbera ineffective in losses to San Jose and Los Angeles, Johnson will make his Coyotes debut in goal tonight against the Predators.

Johnson has appeared in six NHL games with the New York Rangers from 2009-11, starting once against the Coyotes on Jan. 30, 2010, in Glendale and taking the loss to LaBarbera, 3-2.

In 24 games with Portland of the American Hockey League, Johnson was this year 14-8-2 record with a 2.80 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.

Smith returned to the ice on his own Sunday and did the same on Monday. He remains day-to-day with no timetable for his return.

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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 2:05 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Khudobin to start for Bruins vs. Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Here are the projected lineups for Monday's game between the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes:

HURRICANES

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal -Alexander Semin

Jeff Skinner - Jordan Staal - Zac Dalpe

Chad LaRose - Drayson Bowman - Jussi Jokinen

Kevin Westgarth - Tim Brent - Patrick Dwyer

Tim Gleason - Joe Corvo

Jamie McBain - Joni Pitkanen

Jay Harrison - Bobby Sanguinetti

Cam Ward

Dan Ellis

Scratched: Zach Boychuk

Injured: Justin Faulk

BRUINS

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin

Chris Bourque - Rich Peverley - Chris Kelly

Shawn Thornton - Gregory Campbell - Daniel Paille

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk

Andrew Ference - Aaron Johnson

Dougie Hamilton - Dennis Seidenberg

Anton Khudobin

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Lane MacDermid

Injured: Adam McQuaid

Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin will make his first start of the season Monday. He is 5-1-0 in seven career NHL games, with a 1.32 goals against average. In his only previous action with Boston, he posted a 3-1 win against Ottawa last April.

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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 1:31 PM

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

Panthers keeping Huberdeau for rest of the season

The Florida Panthers announced on their official Twitter feed that Jonathan Huberdeau will remain with the team for the remainder of the season.

The third pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, Huberdeau has a goal and two assists in four games. He had all his points on opening night and has been held off the score sheet since then. However, he's third on the team with 13 shots on goal and is averaging 15:49 of ice time per game.

Huberdeau had an outstanding preseason with the Panthers in September 2011, but the team sent him back to Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for another season of development. With another half-season of junior hockey plus a solid turn at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, the Panthers are reaping the reward for that decision.

"With Jonathan, the difference between an 18-year-old and a 19-year-old is huge," Panthers coach Kevin Dineen told the Miami Herald. "You see a difference in maturity, and he had that extra year to develop as a person and a player. He wasn't part of that important first step of us making the playoffs, but he's going to be with us for a long, long time."

The Panthers had before their sixth game, Tuesday at the Tampa Bay Lightning, to make a decision. Prior to Huberdeau playing in his sixth game, the team again could have sent him back to his junior team, delaying the start of his contract. Once he plays his sixth game, his contract officially stars. He still can be sent back to his junior team after that, but it would waste the first season of his deal.

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