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Posted On Wednesday, 03.27.2013 / 3:53 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Sharks' Clowe set to return from shoulder injury

SAN JOSE -- After missing four games with a shoulder injury, San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe will return to the lineup and skate on the third line Wednesday night against the Anaheim Ducks at HP Pavilion.

Clowe hasn't played since the first period against the Los Angeles Kings on March 16 when he aggravated a nagging shoulder injury.

"I feel good," Clowe said after the Sharks' morning skate. "I probably felt pretty good last game, but I just needed a couple extra skates. ... I had a little skate yesterday. I feel good today."

Clowe will skate on a line with center Joe Pavelski and left wing TJ Galiardi. James Sheppard will drop from the third line to the fourth line, bumping Adam Burish out of the lineup.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.27.2013 / 3:45 PM

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

Fantasy Spin: Rangers' Stepan suddenly a 'must-own'

Derek Stepan
Center - NYR
GOALS: 10 | ASST: 15 | PTS: 25
SOG: 67 | +/-: 12
A month ago, New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan was a shot in the dark from a fantasy standpoint.

How things have changed.

After registering nine points in his first 18 games this season, Stepan has had points in 11 of his next 14 -- totaling 16 during that stretch. On Tuesday, the damage was done at the expense of the division rival Philadelphia Flyers, as the 22-year-old reeled off the first four-point game (1G, 3A, plus-3) of his three-year National Hockey League career.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.27.2013 / 3:04 PM

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

Chiarelli: Bruins won't deal Malcolm Subban

With the rumors swirling that the Boston Bruins are in the mix to acquire Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames, some have speculated goaltending prospect Malcolm Subban would have to be involved in order to land the services of the future Hall of Fame right wing.

But Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Subban, the team's first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, isn't going anywhere.

"I can tell you this: I'm not trading Malcolm Subban," Chiarelli said on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher and Rich" show. "He's young. He's a very good goalie prospect and I see him in our future and being a big part of our future. We've got some goalie depth, but I'm telling you I'm not trading Malcolm Subban. There are other players, and we've got a fairly well-stocked cupboard of prospects, but I'm not trading Malcolm Subban."

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.27.2013 / 2:39 PM

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

Night off for Kiprusoff as Flames host Avalanche

CALGARY -- Playing the tail end of a back-to-back set in split cities, the Calgary Flames are expected to start goaltender Joey MacDonald against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday.

Miikka Kiprusoff started a night ago against the Chicago Blackhawks, making 33 saves in a 2-0 losing effort at the United Center, his fourth consecutive outing.

Citing travel and the birth of his second son Oskar last week, coach Bob Hartley is opting to give Kiprusoff the night off, starting MacDonald for the ninth time this season.

"He was a busy man in the last couple of games, plus the traveling plus the new baby and everything," Hartley said. "It's a lot on his plate. After talking with Kipper, we both decided that we would give the start to Joey MacDonald."

MacDonald is 3-5-1 with a 2.98 goals against average and .894 save percentage this season.


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Posted On Wednesday, 03.27.2013 / 2:24 PM

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

Barry Melrose Talks Trade Deadline

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.27.2013 / 1:52 PM

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

Streaking Wild, skidding Coyotes meeting tonight

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Two teams going in very different directions in the Western Conference standings will meet tonight at Xcel Energy Center when the Minnesota Wild face the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Wild, playing some of their best hockey under second-year coach Mike Yeo, have won a franchise-best six straight games.

The Coyotes kick off a three-game road trip having lost six games in a row. Phoenix, which sat in sixth place in the West on March 14, one point out of fourth, has tumbled seven spots as a result of the skid and now sits four points back of the San Jose Sharks for the eighth and final spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.27.2013 / 1:24 PM

By Sean Monahan -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Sean Monahan Draft blog

Monahan reflects on challenges of season

Sean Monahan, NHL Central Scouting's No. 4-rated skater among the top draft-eligible prospects in North America, is a center for the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot-2, 186-pound forward led his team with 31 goals, 47 assists, 15 power-play goals and 78 points in 58 games this season for the 67's. Monahan, who was voted among the top three players in four separate categories during the OHL Eastern Conference Coaches Poll in March, has offered to maintain a monthly blog for NHL.com that will chronicle his season leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft.

Hi, everyone!

It was a challenging season this year and with that brings a lot of positives and negatives.

I guess the biggest negative was losing many games (16-46-6), but then there were positives. We still have our loyal fans in Ottawa cheering and always supporting our team. I believe that playing on a rebuilding team at some point in your career is part of being a professional. I learned how to control my emotions better during a game, and that allowed me to focus and play my game.

I was also able to build on my leadership skills and was able to react differently at different times during the season. The one downfall was not really having a home rink, although that's not an excuse to lose games. It just didn't feel like we really ever had a home game. Personally, I definitely had more positives than negatives this past season. I can't thank everyone enough who was a part of it, especially all my teammates.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.27.2013 / 12:47 PM

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

Rutherford, MacLean, Erat join Cisco NHL Live

It's Wednesday, and so it's Rivalry Night in the NHL! Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek will get you ready for one of the most storied rivalries in hockey when the Montreal Canadiens face off against the Boston Bruins. We'll talk to NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire, who will be Inside the Glass for the fierce division battle, and we'll get the X-Factor from NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose.

The Ottawa Senators continue to add points despite missing their Norris Trophy Winner, Erik Karlsson. Coach Paul MacLean will join the show to talk about how his team has overcome the odds. Nashville Predators forward Martin Erat, who has enjoyed three-straight multi-point games, will also stop by. And don't forget, the NHL Trade Deadline is a week away. NHL Network insider Darren Dreger will give the latest on rumors from around the League. Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford will also make an appearance.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, play a game of plus-minus, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks the winners of all four games tonight.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.27.2013 / 12:24 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Canadiens, Bruins

BOSTON – With first place in the Northeast Division on the line for the Boston Bruins when they play the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night at TD Garden, Bruins coach Claude Julien probably will return his first line to its usual form after separating Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton for two periods Monday in a win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Lucic, Krejci and Horton skated together during the morning skate at TD Garden. Lucic snapped a 15-game goal drought against the Maple Leafs.

Johnny Boychuk skated with the team, but Julien said the defenseman’s status was uncertain. Boychuk was injured during practice last Friday and he has missed two games.

The Canadiens, who lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night, did not hold a full skate.

Here are the projected lineups for the Bruins and Canadiens:

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 9:23 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

NYR @ PHI - 17:53 of the Second Period

At 17:53 of the second period in the Rangers/Flyers game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Wayne Simmonds' right skate and into the net in a legal fashion. 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 Philadelphia.

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Quote of the Day

I was going nuts and I saw [Subban], he was going crazy, and the ref had no idea where to go. [Subban] was skating to me, and I was skating to him and the ref was right in between us and I don't know, I kind of hit him pretty hard, I thought, but those were some emotions and I'm pretty sure he understands that.

— Montreal forward Alex Galchenyuk on the celebration following his OT goal against Ottawa in Game 2