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Posted On Friday, 03.08.2013 / 2:34 PM

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

Sharp to miss at least 3 weeks with injury

The Chicago Blackhawks announced forward Patrick Sharp would miss 3-4 weeks with an upper-body injury sustained in Wednesday's game against the Colorado Avalanche

TSN's James Duthie reported that Sharp has a separated shoulder, posting on his official Twitter account that Sharp has "a fairly severe AC joint shoulder separation."

In 24 games this season, Sharp has five goals and 18 points.

The Blackhawks meet the Avalanche again Friday at Pepsi Center (9 p.m. ET, NHLN-US), trying to extend their point streak to 25 games to start this season, and 31 stretching to the end of the 2011-12 regular season.

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Posted On Friday, 03.08.2013 / 2:28 PM

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

Sharks recall goalie Heemskerk from ECHL

The San Jose Sharks on Friday called up goaltender Thomas Heemskerk from the San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL.

The 22-year-old is 13-17-3 with a 3.16 goals-against average and .904 save percentage in 37 ECHL games this season.

To make room, the Sharks sent forward Bracken Kearns to Worcester of the American Hockey League.

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Posted On Friday, 03.08.2013 / 1:45 PM

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

Report: White, Red Wings talk; no trade request yet

Ian White has met with both general manager Ken Holland and coach Mike Babcock to discuss his future, according to the Detroit News.

White, 28, has been a healthy scratch for the past five games, including a 3-0 win against Edmonton on Thursday night.

According to the Detroit News, White didn't ask for a trade when talking to Holland but does wonder about his future with the Red Wings.

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Posted On Friday, 03.08.2013 / 1:04 PM

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

Cisco NHL Live talks Hawks' run, weekend look-ahead

The Chicago Blackhawks look to extend their consecutive point streak to begin a season on Friday as they face the Colorado Avalanche on NHL Network. Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET, will get you ready for that game and your hockey weekend. We'll get a preview of tonight's matchup from Eddie Olczyk and EJ gives us his favorite moments of this historic streak in his EJ5. We'll also break down the Anaheim Ducks' signing of Ryan Getzlaf to an eight-year contract extension.

 

Two teams trending upwards square off in the Big Apple tonight. We'll get a live preview of the Senators-Rangers matchup from Dave Maloney on our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in MSG, and with the official mid-season on Saturday Barry Melrose will make his trophy tracker picks. Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert, fresh off Thursday night's overtime heroics, will also join the show.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks a winner for Friday's games.

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Posted On Friday, 03.08.2013 / 12:26 PM

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

Lehner anticipates possible matchup vs. Lundqvist

NEW YORK -- With Craig Anderson still nursing an ankle injury and Ben Bishop coming off a rocky outing Wednesday, Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean will turn to Robin Lehner in net against the New York Rangers on Friday at Madison Square Garden.

Bishop has gotten the bulk of the work since Anderson hurt his ankle against the Rangers on Feb. 21 and allowed seven goals in his next four starts. However, he gave up five goals on 28 shots against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old has yet to win in two starts, but not for his lack of stellar goaltending. He stopped 44 of 46 shots Feb. 28 against the Boston Bruins, but lost 2-1 in overtime. Sunday, Lehner made 33 saves but lost 3-2 in a shootout.

Lehner is hoping to face Henrik Lundqvist, who started for the Rangers on Thursday and made 28 saves in a 2-1 overtime win. If they decide to give Lundqvist a second straight start, it would mean Lehner would get to face his fellow Swedish countryman and mentor.

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Posted On Friday, 03.08.2013 / 11:59 AM

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

Wild activate Clutterbuck, make goalie moves

Minnesota Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck was activated off injured reserve Friday, while the club placed goaltender Darcy Kuemper on IR and recalled goalie Matt Hackett from its American Hockey League affiliate in Houston.

Clutterbuck hasn't played since being injured in a Feb. 21 game against Edmonton, on a play in which Oilers forward Taylor Hall received a kneeing major and game misconduct, and later was suspended for two games. Clutterbuck has two goals and four points in 16 games this season.

Kuemper, 22, was recalled when Josh Harding had to be placed on IR due to symptoms from multiple sclerosis and made his NHL debut Feb. 12 in Vancouver. In four games (three starts), he is 1-2-0 with a 2.22 goals-against average and .924 save percentage.

Hackett, 23, played in 12 games for the Wild last season, going 3-6-0 with a 2.38 GAA and .922 save percentage. In 42 AHL games, he is 19-19-3, with a 2.56 GAA and .910 save percentage.

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Posted On Friday, 03.08.2013 / 11:37 AM

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

Capitals' Green back on ice; Grubauer could start

The Washington Post reported that Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green, out of the lineup since Feb. 27, skated by himself Friday prior to the team's practice, the first time since his most recent injury.

Green, on injured reserve with a groin injury, has missed six of the Capitals' past eight games. He was injured during a game Feb. 14 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and returned for back-to-back games Feb. 26 and Feb. 27 against the Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers, playing more than 21 minutes in each.

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Posted On Friday, 03.08.2013 / 11:15 AM

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

Fantasy Spin: Replacing tri-eligible forward Sharp

The Chicago Blackhawks' point streak lives on for yet another day, but fantasy owners of Patrick Sharp suddenly have a problem on their hands.

Sharp left Wednesday's game against the Colorado Avalanche in the third period after sustaining an upper-body injury when he was hit into the boards by Ryan O'Byrne. The No. 28 forward in NHL.com's most recent rankings, Sharp is the only player League-wide with tri-eligibility (LW/C/RW) in Yahoo fantasy leagues.

Patrick Sharp
Left Wing - CHI
GOALS: 5 | ASST: 13 | PTS: 18
SOG: 78 | +/-: 7

For that reason alone, it's impossible to replace the position flexibility he brings to the table. Sharp is also in the top 20 League-wide in shots on goal (78) with a plus-7 rating and 18 points (7 PPP) in 24 games. But despite injuries continuing to pile up on fantasy rosters around the world, owners must continue to keep a pulse on the waiver wire to stay afloat until Sharp returns.

On Friday, a report indicated that Sharp has a shoulder separation that could potentially keep him out of the lineup anywhere from three weeks to a month.

If you own Sharp in fantasy leagues, be sure to monitor his status over the coming days to see if he's placed on injured reserve. If that's the route Chicago takes, store him there and consider short-term replacements. For now, here's a trending player at each of the three forward positions to eye in the coming days.

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Posted On Friday, 03.08.2013 / 11:09 AM

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

Dorsett to miss rest of season with broken clavicle

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Derek Dorsett was placed on injured reserve Friday with a fractured clavicle and will miss the rest of the season.

The 26-year-old, a seventh-round pick of the Blue Jackets in the 2006 NHL Draft, had three goals, nine points and 53 penalty minutes this season.

He was injured on his only shift in Thursday night's 2-1 overtime win over the Vancouver Canucks.

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Posted On Friday, 03.08.2013 / 10:33 AM

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

Flyers send suspended Zolnierczyk to AHL

Philadelphia Flyers forward Harry Zolnierczyk, serving a four-game NHL suspension, has been sent to the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.

Zolnierczyk was suspended March 3 for a charging incident during a game against the Ottawa Senators on March 2, and has served two games of the suspension. Zolnierczyk will be eligible to play in the American Hockey League.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told the team's website, "When and whether [Zolnierczyk] is recalled [to complete the suspension] will be dictated by the 23-man roster at that time."

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I had one really not-good game. I came back to the hotel and he [his father] was on Skype. My mother called first and said, 'Your father wants to talk to you.' So he moved my mother away, and he yelled at me for like 30 seconds. I understood him, and then he said, 'I'm done.' And he was gone. The next game I got my first shutout.

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