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Posted On Monday, 04.22.2013 / 2:08 PM

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

Belanger, Whitney draw back in for Oilers

Eric Belanger, who has missed the past 13 games with a strained groin muscle, will return to the lineup Monday when the Edmonton Oilers host the Anaheim Ducks.

He has three assists in 23 games, but has won 54.1-percent of his faceoffs, second on the team among players to have taken more than 300 draws.

"I feel like I'm ready to go and Ralph [Krueger, coach] told me this morning he wants me to play," Belanger said. "I'm excited to get back in."

Belanger will replace Magnus Paajarvi in the lineup. The third-year forward will sit out with a bruised foot.

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Posted On Monday, 04.22.2013 / 1:27 PM

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

Redmond skating with Jets, no timetable on return

BUFFALO -- Zach Redmond skated with the Winnipeg Jets during their morning skate at First Niagara Center on Monday after the team recalled the rookie defenseman from a conditioning stint with St. John's of the American Hockey League.

Redmond has been out since Feb. 21 when an artery and vein in his right leg were cut by a skate during practice. Surgery was required to repair the injury.

Jets coach Claude Noel said there is no timetable for Redmond's return to the lineup, as he wants to work to build more strength in that leg.

"It's unbelievable that in a matter of six weeks, he's back. It's really hard to fathom," Noel said. "When he went down, we didn't really know what would take place. We were hopeful, but not like this."

The Jets are well aware that they will likely have to win their final three games to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


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Posted On Monday, 04.22.2013 / 12:22 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Vokoun to start for Penguins

OTTAWA -- Tomas Vokoun will start in goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday when they face the Ottawa Senators.

It will be his second straight start; he stopped 38 of 40 shots Saturday as the Penguins beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 to clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Marc-Andre Fleury did not make the trip to Ottawa with the team, as his wife is about to have a baby.

Eric Hartzell, signed April 14 after leading Quinnipiac University to the Frozen Four championship game, will serve as the backup.

The Penguins also will not have defenseman Kris Letang or rookie forward Beau Bennett in the lineup. Letang did not practice Sunday and did not travel with the team due to a case of food poisoning. Bennett is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Here are the projected lineups for the Penguins and Senators :

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Posted On Monday, 04.22.2013 / 11:33 AM

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

Red Wings sticking with Saturday lineup

When the Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes take the ice Monday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN) at Joe Louis Arena, both teams will be desperate for two points.

The Red Wings enter the game ninth in the Western Conference, three points behind the eighth-place Columbus Blue Jackets. The Coyotes are 11th, five points behind the Blue Jackets.

The Red Wings will use just about the identical lineup they went with Saturday in their 2-1 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks. The only change is on the fourth line, where Patrick Eaves replaces Drew Miller. Miller is out with a broken right hand sustained during the game Saturday.

Here is how the Red Wings will look Monday:

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Posted On Sunday, 04.21.2013 / 11:53 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

DAL @ LAK - 4:08 of Overtime

At 4:08 of overtime in the Stars/Kings game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Los Angeles forward Mike Richards' shot deflected off Jeff Carter's shoulder and into the net. According to Rule 78.4 "if an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed." Good Goal Los Angeles.

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Posted On Sunday, 04.21.2013 / 8:39 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

STL @ COL - 11:48 of the First Period

At 11:48 of the first period in the Blues/Avalanche game, video review upheld the referee's decision on the ice that Colorado forward Aaron Palushaj's centering pass deflected off Jamie McGinn's left 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 Colorado.

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Posted On Sunday, 04.21.2013 / 7:57 PM

By Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Lineups for Blues, Avalanche

DENVER – Here are the projected lineups for Sunday’s game between the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center:

BLUES

Alexander SteenDavid BackesDavid Perron

Andy McDonaldVladimir SobotkaChris Stewart

Dmitrij JaskinPatrik BerglundVladimir Tarasenko

Jaden SchwartzChris PorterRyan Reaves

Jay BouwmeesterAlex Pietrangelo

Jordan LeopoldKevin Shattenkirk

Barret JackmanRoman Polak

Brian Elliott

Jake Allen

Scratched: Adam Cracknell, Ian Cole, Jaroslav Halak, Andrew Murray, Scott Nichol, Kris Russell

Injured: Jamie Langenbrunner (hip), T.J. Oshie (ankle)

AVALANCHE

John MitchellMatt DuchenePA Parenteau

Cody McLeod – Ryan O’Reilly -- Gabriel Landeskog

Jamie McGinnPaul StastnyAaron Palushaj

Patrick BordeleauMark Olver -- Chuck Kobasew

Greg ZanonTyson Barrie

Jan HejdaStefan Elliott

Matt Hunwick – Shane O’Brien

Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Semyon Varlamov

Scratched: David Jones, Milan Hejduk

Injured: Steve Downie (knee), Erik Johnson (wrist), Ryan Wilson (ankle)

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Posted On Sunday, 04.21.2013 / 7:16 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

CAR @ TBL - 4:04 of the Second Period

At 4:04 of the second period in the Hurricanes/Lightning game, video review upheld the referee's call that Carolina forward Eric Staal's centering pass deflected off Tampa defenseman Eric Brewer's skate but did not completely cross the Tampa goal line. No Goal Carolina.

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Posted On Sunday, 04.21.2013 / 4:12 PM

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

Projected lineups for Oilers, Ducks

The Edmonton Oilers face a win-or-else scenario when they play the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

The Oilers, who enter 12th in the Western Conference, need a victory to keep alive their flickering hopes for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. A loss would mean missing the postseason for the seventh straight year.

Making matters more difficult is the fact they'll have to make their push without second-year center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who the team announced Sunday would miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury that likely will require surgery.

The Ducks, meanwhile, can clinch the Pacific Division title with a win and some help. A Ducks win, combined with a Dallas Stars regulation-time win against the Los Angeles Kings and a Columbus Blue Jackets defeat of the San Jose Sharks would win their first division title since 2007 -- the year the franchise won its only Stanley Cup.

Here are the lineups the Ducks (via the Orange County Register) and Oilers likely will go with Sunday:

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Posted On Sunday, 04.21.2013 / 2:53 PM

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

Kings happy to be in, but know work remains

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- For a team that barely squeaked into the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, the Los Angeles Kings weren't really breathing a big sigh of relief Sunday.

Los Angeles clinched a berth when the Detroit Red Wings lost Saturday night, but they have bigger fish to fry as it sits fourth in the Western Conference standings going into a game against the Dallas Stars on Sunday (9 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

"It's always nice when that 'X' appears in front of your team's name," Anze Kopitar said. "But we have some other business to take care of. We're shooting for home ice. That's been the goal for the last two weeks, and we're going to stick to it."

The defending Cup champions know last season was a historical anomaly. They were the first eighth seed to win the Cup, having started all four postseason series in another city.

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