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Posted On Monday, 04.08.2013 / 12:40 PM

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

Bruins expect Kelly back in lineup vs. Hurricanes

BOSTON -- While there's still no news, positive or negative, pertaining to Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron's status after he suffered a concussion last week, the team should be healthier Monday when it faces the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

Coach Claude Julien said he expects center Chris Kelly, who has been out since March 11 with a broken tibia, to return to the lineup. Kelly took part in an optional morning skate and has been practicing with the team for about a week.

"I feel good and it'll be nice to get back," Kelly said.

The Bruins juggled their lines Sunday for practice.

Here's a look at the projected lineups for the Bruins and Hurricanes:

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Posted On Monday, 04.08.2013 / 12:32 PM

By Mike Brophy -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Maple Leafs brace for matchup with Lundqvist

TORONTO -- It hasn't been the season many expected from the New York Rangers, but with goalie Henrik Lundqvist finding his game, the end result could be a good one.

Lundqvist was sensational Saturday, making 48 saves, including 20 in the third period, as the Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. The Rangers, who are seventh in the Eastern Conference, go back to work Monday, starting a home-and-home set with the fifth-place Maple Leafs in Toronto.

New York defenseman Ryan McDonagh said there is a certain comfort level the Rangers enjoy when Lundqvist is in the zone.

"You enjoy it, but you don't want to rely on it," McDonagh said. "To be a successful team you need to be fundamentally sound in your defensive zone and make smart plays with the puck. We just didn't do that enough last game and he was able to correct our mistakes."


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Posted On Monday, 04.08.2013 / 12:24 PM

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

Hitchcock, top prospect Drouin on Cisco NHL Live

Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will get you caught up on what you missed this weekend and preview all five games Monday night. The Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins face off on the NHL Network at 7 p.m. and we'll talk to Jordan Staal about the big matchup via our Cisco NHL Arena Cam.

The St. Louis Blues made headlines prior to the Trade Deadline when they acquired defensemen Jay Bouwmeester and Jordan Leopold. We'll ask coach Ken Hitchcock about his new players and the team's recent win streak.

While Central Scouting continues to meet in Toronto, we'll catch up with one of the top prospects in the upcoming NHL Draft, Jonathan Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads. NHL Network insider Bob McKenzie will also drop by the show to give us the latest buzz around the NHL.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all the games being played on Monday.

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Posted On Sunday, 04.07.2013 / 8:03 PM

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

Getzlaf out for Ducks against Kings

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks will be without captain Ryan Getzlaf for at least one more game.

Bruce Boudreau ruled out Getzlaf on Sunday when the coach spoke to a small group of reporters 90 minutes before the Ducks played the Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center.

“He’s day-to-day. He’s not playing tonight,” Boudreau said. “… At this point in time we want to make sure that he’s completely healthy before he plays.”

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Posted On Sunday, 04.07.2013 / 7:35 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

OTT @ FLA - 15:49 of the Second Period

At 15:49 of the second period in the Senators/Panthers game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Ottawa forward Kyle Turris' shot did not completely cross the goal line. No Goal Ottawa.

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Posted On Sunday, 04.07.2013 / 5:46 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

DAL @ SJ - 15:31 of the Second Period

At 15:31 of the second period in the Stars/Sharks game, video review conclusively determined that San Jose defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic's shot completely crossed the goal line. Good Goal San Jose.

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Posted On Sunday, 04.07.2013 / 2:04 PM

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

Hawks go for clinch; Preds continue to battle injuries

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks could become the first team in the NHL to clinch a Stanley Cup Playoff spot if they pick up at least a point against the Nashville Predators on Sunday night (7 p.m. ET) at United Center.

Meanwhile, it's getting close to do-or-die time for the Predators, who continue to lose forwards to injuries and close games down the stretch run of the season. Nashville dropped a 1-0 game to Chicago on Saturday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena -- continuing a vexing trend of not scoring enough goals -- and now the Predators face the Blackhawks again a little more than 24 hours later without Gabriel Bourque and veteran forwards Paul Gaustad and Mike Fisher.

All three will miss Sunday's game with undisclosed upper-body injuries, and Colin Wilson remains on the injured reserve list with an upper-body injury. Bourque and Gaustad didn't play in the game Saturday, but Fisher did. Now he's out, and forward Austin Watson was recalled Sunday morning from the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League to take his place.

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Posted On Sunday, 04.07.2013 / 12:47 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Flu sidelines Blues forward McDonald

DETROIT -- St. Louis Blues forward Andy McDonald is out of the lineup for the game Sunday against the Detroit Red Wings because of the flu.

As a result of McDonald's absence, the Blues are playing with seven defensemen, but they're using Kris Russell as a left wing on the fourth line.

McDonald has four goals and 11 assists for 15 points in 26 games this season.

Follow Dan Rosen on Twitter at: @drosennhl

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Posted On Sunday, 04.07.2013 / 12:36 PM

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

Youthful flavor working for Sabres, interim coach

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres will look to make it three wins in a row while the New Jersey Devils hope to snap a three-game losing streak when the teams meet at First Niagara Center on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

Thomas Vanek, Buffalo's leading scorer, will miss his sixth game in a row with an upper-body injury. He did not participate in the team's morning skate Sunday, but interim coach Ron Rolston said it was not due to a setback; Vanek was scheduled to have the day off. Rolston said Vanek would practice again Monday.

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Posted On Sunday, 04.07.2013 / 11:56 AM

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

Anderson to make first start back for Senators

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Ottawa Senators have lost three straight in regulation for the first time this season, but they’re hoping the return of goaltender Craig Anderson can make a difference Sunday against the Florida Panthers.

Anderson, who leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.49) and save percentage (.952), will be in net for the first time since Feb. 21 when he sustained an ankle injury against the New York Rangers.

"It can certainly help the psyche of your team, for sure," Senators coach Paul MacLean said. "We can use that boost right now."

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We have no doubt how he can play. You don't, with four teams that are left, you're not getting here without good goaltending. All great goalies left, and [Bishop] is a top-tier goaltender in this league and he's shown it.

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