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Posted On Sunday, 03.24.2013 / 1:46 PM

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

Projected lineups for Red Wings, Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings will face off at Honda Center on Sunday for the second straight game.

On Friday, the Red Wings snapped Anaheim's franchise-record 13-game home win streak with a 5-1 victory.

Here are the projected lineups for the teams for their game Sunday:

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Posted On Sunday, 03.24.2013 / 1:39 PM

By Chris Adamski -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Malkin waiting until shoulder is '100 percent' to return

PITTSBURGH -- Saying he will not return to the Pittsburgh Penguins' lineup until his injured shoulder feels 100 percent, Evgeni Malkin will not play Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

The reigning NHL MVP and scoring champion will miss his eighth consecutive game.

"I'm out until I'm 100 percent," Malkin said after participating in another morning skate with the team Sunday. "No rush. I have a workout program with my doctor and (Penguins strength and conditioning coach) Mike Kadar. I played a little in the corners today. It's still a little sore, but we will see next game."

The Penguins carry an 11-game winning streak into the game against the rival Flyers. Pittsburgh has won all seven of the most recent games Malkin has missed and is 9-2-0 without him this season.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.24.2013 / 1:22 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Backlund back in for Flames

CALGARY -- After a one-game absence, the Calgary Flames will insert forward Mikael Backlund back into the lineup for their game Sunday against the St. Louis Blues.

Backlund did not dress Friday in Calgary's 5-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. He's playing through a bruise associated with a crack in a bone in his foot sustained blocking a shot in a March 15 game against the Nashville Predators.

"When I'm out there playing I don't think about it," Backlund said. "Obviously it's not fully recovered, but it's not bothering me through games. It wasn't my best road trip so I've got to find a way back and get better."

Backlund missed 14 games earlier this season with a knee injury. He has four goals and seven points in 14 games this season.

The Blues, playing one night after their 3-0 win at the Edmonton Oilers, did not have a morning skate.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.24.2013 / 12:22 PM

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

Projected lineups for Panthers, Islanders

The New York Islanders will look to end their four-game homestand on a positive note when they host the Florida Panthers on Sunday (5 p.m. ET, NHLN-CA).

The Islanders lost the first three games, to the Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins, by a combined score of 14-7.

The Panthers, meanwhile, hope to keep their good road play going, as they've won two of the first three games of their current five-game road trip.

Here are the lineups the Panthers and Islanders likely will use Sunday:

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Posted On Sunday, 03.24.2013 / 11:58 AM

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

Caps sticking with lineup, Rangers making changes

One look at the likely lineups for the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers heading into their matchup Sunday at Madison Square Garden shows how things are going for each team.

The Capitals are coming off two straight road wins against the Winnipeg Jets -- 4-0 on Thursday and 6-1 on Friday -- and won’t make any lineup changes.

The Rangers, however, made two moves in the wake of their 3-1 home loss Thursday to the Florida Panthers, the NHL's 30th-place team. Fourth-line center Jeff Halpern was placed on waivers and claimed by the Montreal Canadiens, and Stu Bickel, who has split time on defense and at forward, also was placed on waivers.

Forward Kris Newbury was recalled from Connecticut of the American Hockey League and could find himself on a line with Chris Kreider, as the two worked well together during their time together with the Whale. Arron Asham is healed from a back injury that has sidelined him for more than a month and could be back against the Capitals.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.23.2013 / 9:14 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

BOS @ TOR - 1:34 of the Third Period

At 1:34 of the third period in the Bruins/Maple Leafs game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Toronto forward Frazer McLaren's 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 Toronto.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.23.2013 / 8:30 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

CBJ @ NSH - 9:29 of the First Period

At 9:29 of the first period in the Blue Jackets/Predators game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Columbus forward RJ Umberger shot the puck into the net in a legal fashion. Good Goal Columbus.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.23.2013 / 4:40 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Blues activate T.J. Oshie from injured reserve

The St. Louis Blues activated forward T.J. Oshie from injured reserve on Saturday, the team announced.

Oshie, 26, has played in 26 games this season, with 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) and 13 penalty minutes.

Oshie suffered an upper-body injury and last played March 12. The Blues play at the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.23.2013 / 2:40 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Stars set to begin critical homestand

DALLAS -- Dallas Stars coach Glen Gulutzan is well aware of his club's 6-6-2 record at home, a mark which ranks as the worst in the Western Conference. However, as Dallas begins a season-long five-game homestand Saturday night against the Colorado Avalanche at American Airlines Center, he and his players are focused on the task at hand, winning game one and moving on to the next one.

"That's irrelevant to us," Gulutzan said when asked about the importance of the homestand. "It's tonight, this game. Confident we can win on the road, just got to win this game."

Dallas is almost completely healthy, missing only defenseman Aaron Rome (foot), who has missed the past 12 games, and forward Ryan Garbutt (hand), who will miss his fifth straight game Saturday.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.23.2013 / 1:54 PM

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

Chiarelli trying to find right balance in deadline approach

Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli is walking a very fine line approaching the April 3 NHL trade deadline.

While he has a few spots in mind he'd like to improve his team, he has no interest in altering the core of a group that won the Stanley Cup in 2011.

"You always want to try and improve," Chiarelli told CSNNE.com. "I want to try and keep the roster as intact as possible. I'll never say 'never,' but that's been my objective. I think I've shown over the years I'm trying to keep the core together and I'm going to continue and try to do that."

The injury to Chris Kelly has Chiarelli most focused ont rying to add something to a third line that has struggled to perform consistently.

"We've been trying to fill that hole on the third line and we haven't been able to," Chiarelli said. "That's an area we'd like to improve."

CSNNE.com lists potential targets as the Dallas Stars' Jaromir Jagr and Brenden Morrow and Ryane Clowe of the San Jose Sharks. The Calgary Flames' Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester also are possibilities, but the cost could be too high.

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