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Posted On Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 12:32 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Simmonds practices, reportedly doubtful for Thursday

According to CSNPhilly.com, Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren has said forward Wayne Simmonds is doubtful to play when the Flyers host the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

Simmonds has missed the past two games since sustaining a concussion when he was elbowed in the face by Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine during a game Feb. 1. Erskine was suspended three games for the hit.

Simmonds missed Saturday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes and Tuesday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but practiced with the team Wednesday, wearing a yellow (non-contact) jersey.

"I feel pretty good," Simmonds said after Wednesday's skate. "I feel good today especially."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 12:21 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Gudbranson returns for Panthers; Kovalev sits

PHILADELPHIA -- The Florida Panthers will have two new faces in the lineup, and one very familiar one sitting out.

Veteran forward Alex Kovalev will be a healthy scratch for the first time this season, with Jack Skille replacing him in the lineup.

Kovalev, 39, had a goal and two assists opening night, but has one goal since then.

"We're always looking to experiment and try different things, and every day is a different day," Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. "Tonight we'll get a look at what our options are game time and go from there."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 12:13 PM

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

Rangers' Callahan could return against Islanders

Ryan Callahan was expected to miss 10-14 days with a shoulder injury, but it appears he’ll be back in the New York Rangers' lineup after just nine days.

The team’s captain was on the ice in Greenburgh, N.Y., Thursday morning as a full participant when the Rangers prepared to face the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden.

The outlook seems less promising for defenseman Dan Girardi, who was an unexpected scratch Tuesday night against the New Jersey Devils with an undisclosed injury. Girardi left practice early and along with Callahan, didn’t speak to the media afterward.

Rangers coach John Tortorella will address reporters about an hour before the game at MSG.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 12:08 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Zubrus out, Matteau in for Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils will be without the services of left wing Dainius Zubrus on Thursday for their matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning at Prudential Center.

Zubrus, who has one goal and four points in nine games this season for New Jersey (5-1-3), will be sidelined with an upper-body injury. There is no timetable on his return to the lineup.

During the morning skate Thursday, coach Peter DeBoer had rookie Stefan Matteau playing left wing with center Travis Zajac and right wing Ilya Kovalchuk. The second line had Adam Henrique with wings Patrik Elias and David Clarkson.

Matteau will suit up Thursday against the Lightning, his sixth game with the club this season, meaning his entry-level contract will kick in. If Matteau didn't play in a sixth game with the Devils this season, the organization would save a year on his entry-level deal.

In five games with New Jersey, Matteau didn't record a point, sported a plus-one rating and has averaged 8:28 in ice time. He did open his last two games on the team's top line alongside center Travis Zajac and right wing Ilya Kovalchuk while Adam Henrique was recovering from thumb surgery, but was eventually moved to the fourth unit.

Follow Mike Morreale on Twitter: @mikemorrealeNHL

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Posted On Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 11:48 AM

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

Ehrhoff to take warm-ups, could play for Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff may be back in the Buffalo Sabres lineup Thursday night when the team hosts the Montreal Canadiens at First Niagara Center.

Ehrhoff missed Buffalo's game in Ottawa on Tuesday with a muscle strain. Adam Pardy was recalled from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League and made his Sabres debut against the Senators. Pardy played 18:25 and recorded an assist in the 4-3 loss.

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said seven defensemen, including Ehrhoff, will take part in pregame warm-ups Thursday. A decision will be made after that. Ehrhoff is Buffalo's highest-scoring defenseman this season with five points and has averaged a team-high 23:54 of ice time per game.

"Early indications are [Ehrhoff] should be able to make it, but no guarantee yet," Ruff said.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 11:41 AM

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

Projected lineups for Hurricanes, Senators

OTTAWA -- Here are the projected lineups for the Carolina Hurricanes and Ottawa Senators Thursday night:

HURRICANES

Jiri TlustyEric StaalAlexander Semin

Jeff SkinnerJordan StaalPatrick Dwyer

Drayson BowmanJussi JokinenChad LaRose

Tim WallaceTim BrentKevin Westgarth

Tim GleasonJustin Faulk

Joni PitkanenJamie McBain

Bobby SanguinettiJay Harrison

Cam Ward

Dan Ellis

Injuries: Tuomo Ruutu

Scratches: Joe Corvo, Andreas Nodl

The Hurricanes did not skate Thursday morning. On Wednesday, coach Kirk Muller wouldn't confirm if Corvo, a former Senator, would re-enter the lineup. If so, expect Sanguinetti to become a healthy scratch. Ward is expected to get the start.

SENATORS

Mika ZibanejadKyle TurrisDaniel Alfredsson

Milan MichalekZack SmithJakob Silfverberg

Colin GreeningPeter ReginChris Neil

Jim O'BrienStephane Da CostaErik Condra

Marc MethotErik Karlsson

Mike LundinSergei Gonchar

Chris PhillipsAndre Benoit

Craig Anderson

Ben Bishop

Scratches: Kaspars Daugavins, Mark Borowiecki, Patrick Wiercioch

Injuries: Guillaume Latendresse, Jared Cowen

Lundin, who has been sidelined with a finger injury, will enter the lineup Thursday night for his first game as a Senator. He will likely play alongside Gonchar, who has missed the last two games with the flu.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.06.2013 / 11:42 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

ANA @ COL - 6:40 of the Third Period

At 6:40 of the third period in the Ducks/Avalanche game, video review proved inconclusive, therefore the referee's call on the ice that Kyle Palmieri's shot did not completely cross the goal line stands. No Goal Anaheim.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.06.2013 / 7:08 PM

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

CISCO NHL Live: Peter DeBoer

Fresh off a win over the rival New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils Head Coach Peter DeBoer joins Cisco NHL Live to talk about his team's hot start.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.06.2013 / 5:55 PM

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

Flyers' Simmonds skates for first time since injury

For the first time since being diagnosed with a concussion following an illegal hit that earned Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine a three-game suspension, Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds skated Wednesday, participating in some isolated hockey drills.

Simmonds hasn't played since the game in Washington on Feb. 1.

"I felt pretty good. I think everything went well today," Simmonds told reporters following the skate. "We'll just have to see what happens."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.06.2013 / 3:41 PM

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

Projected lineups for Ducks-Avalanche

DENVER – Here are the projected lineups for Wednesday night’s game between the Anaheim Ducks and Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center.

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau didn’t announce whether Jonas Hiller or Viktor Fasth would start in goal. Forward David Jones will return to the Avalanche lineup after missing two games with a knee injury.

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