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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 5:18 PM

By Kevin Woodley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Canucks, Wild

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- It hasn’t easy to find a goaltending story to trump the Vancouver Canucks’ ongoing saga with Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider, but the Minnesota Wild had one Tuesday.

News that symptoms related to multiple sclerosis will prevent Josh Harding from making a start on the second half of back-to-back games not only means a likely first NHL game for 22-year-old American Hockey League call up Darcy Kuemper, but could create a crunch on the 23-man roster should the Wild activate defenseman Jared Spurgeon from the injured list.

At the other end, it will be Luongo back in goal for the Canucks after watching Schneider win the past two.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 4:34 PM

By Kevin Woodley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Harding: '100 percent' he'll return from MS setback

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Symptoms related to multiple sclerosis will prevent Josh Harding from playing against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, but the Minnesota Wild goaltender insists the disease will not prevent him from continuing to stop pucks in the NHL.

Harding said he is "100 percent" confident he could keep playing through the unpredictable, incurable disease that can affect vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility. He was diagnosed with the illness in October.

"Coming into this I knew it wasn't going to be the most perfect road," he said after skating Tuesday. "There are going to be some bumps in the road and some challenges and I know things are going to get better and that's a positive point."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 2:54 PM

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

Reimer out at least one week with MCL strain

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Tuesday that goaltender James Reimer sustained a mild MCL strain during the second period of Monday night's game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Reimer is expected to be out for a minimum of one week.

Ben Scrivens replaced Reimer in the 5-2 win and stopped 32 of 33 shots.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 2:36 PM

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

Bruins sign Pandolfo to one-year deal

The Boston Bruins on Tuesday signed forward Jay Pandolfo to a one-year, two-way contract that will pay the veteran forward $600,000 if he plays in the NHL, $350,000 if he is in the AHL. The team also announced Pandolfo had been placed on waivers.

Pandolfo had been with the team on a professional tryout contract since Jan. 13.

Pandolfo, 38, had a goal, two assists and a minus-14 rating in 62 games with the New York Islanders last season. A Winchester, Mass., native, Pandolfo spent 13 of his first 14 NHL seasons with the New Jersey Devils, winning Stanley Cups in 2000 and 2003.

In 881 games, he has 100 goals and 126 assists, and 33 points in 131 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 2:29 PM

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

Melrose Matchup: Anaheim at Chicago

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 2:28 PM

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

Ducks looking forward to their crack at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- It might be just another game on the schedule, with more points the biggest thing at stake, but Tuesday's matchup at United Center does carry with it a little more interest than normal.

The Anaheim Ducks come into the game knowing they could become the first team this season to hand the red-hot Chicago Blackhawks a regulation loss (10-0-2). That in itself adds a little more spice than normal to a game that features a pair of teams that weren't really discussed much as serious contenders in the Western Conference prior to the season.

The NHL record for most consecutive wins without a regulation loss to start a season is 16, held by the 2006-07 Ducks (12-0-4).

"I think you always want to beat a team that's undefeated," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said Tuesday prior to his team's morning skate. "You always think of it as quite a challenge. They're by and far, right now, the best team in the League. So it's a test for our team."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 2:18 PM

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

Projected lineups for Ducks, Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Both the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks had some minor injury updates after their morning skates at United Center on Tuesday.

Joel Quenneville said Daniel Carcillo (knee sprain), Steve Montador (upper body) and Rostislav Olesz (knee) all skated on their own prior to the Blackhawks taking the ice for their team skate. Carcillo was injured in the third period of the season's first game at the Los Angeles Kings, and Montador is believed to be dealing with concussion symptoms that date to last season. Olesz is up with the Blackhawks rehabbing a knee injury that happened late last season in Rockford of the American Hockey League.

Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller did get on the ice for the skate at some point in his attempt to return from a lower-body injury that happened last Friday night at the Dallas Stars.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 2:15 PM

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

Smyth a surprising scratch for Oilers

The big surprise coming out of the Edmonton Oilers' morning skate is that forward Ryan Smyth will be a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against the Dallas Stars.

Smyth, second all-time on the Oilers' list of games played (864) and fifth in goals (285), has two points in 12 games, and has 22 penalty minutes in his past four, including three minor penalties Sunday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. His ice time also has gone down; he's played fewer than 15 minutes in three of the past four, including 11:25 on Sunday.

The 36-year-old, who has spent 14 of his 18 NHL seasons with the Oilers, chose not to talk to reporters after the team's morning skate.

Oilers coach Ralph Krueger said sitting Smyth out was an "extremely difficult" decision, but one he feels is best for the team ahead of Tuesday's game.

"The decisions I need to make, that are my responsibility, are the ones I believe are best for the team on a given day," he said. "Whether people are going to like it or not, or whether I'm popular or not is not the driving force."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 2:10 PM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Capitals chase first road victory, consecutive wins

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Fresh off their most impressive showing of the season, the Washington Capitals now are looking to build on Saturday's 5-0 victory against the Florida Panthers.

With a rematch against the Panthers at the BB&T Center coming up Tuesday night, the Capitals are hoping they've finally turned things around after their miserable start.

"Hopefully it's one of those turnaround games where we had our rock-bottom moment a few weeks ago and we wanted to be better, to a man," said wing Troy Brouwer, who scored twice in Saturday's victory. "Going into our last game, guys were real excited wanting to turn the season around. We feel we've taken the right steps toward moving forward here and we've got to continue that."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 2:00 PM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Panthers get immediate opportunity for payback

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers start an important four-game homestand Tuesday night and get an opportunity to avenge an embarrassing loss in their previous game.

The Panthers get another shot at the Washington Capitals, who shut them out 5-0 Saturday night at Verizon Center.

"For us, having come off a loss to them, a tough loss where it was a pretty lopsided score, that doesn't sit well with us," said Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen, who is expected to get the start Tuesday. "We're looking forward to getting another crack at them."

The game brought a disappointing end to what otherwise was a productive four-game road trip for the Panthers. Before the loss at Washington, Florida had gone 2-0-1, with victories at the Buffalo Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers and an overtime loss at the Winnipeg Jets.

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