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Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 12:55 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected Lineups: Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens

MONTREAL – Here are the projected lineups for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday night.

MAPLE LEAFS

James van RiemsdykTyler BozakPhil Kessel

Nikolai KuleminMikhail GrabovskiLeo Komarov

Matt FrattinNazem KadriClarke MacArthur

Colton OrrJay McClementFrazer McLaren

Dion PhaneufKorbinian Holzer

John-Michael LilesMichael Kostka

Cody FransonMark Fraser

James Reimer

Ben Scrivens

Injured: Joffrey Lupul, Carl Gunnarsson, Mike Brown

Scratched: David Steckel, Mike Komisarek

CANADIENS

Rene BourqueTomas PlekanecBrian Gionta

Max PaciorettyDavid DesharnaisErik Cole

Brandon PrustAlex GalchenyukBrendan Gallagher

Travis MoenLars EllerColby Armstrong

Andrei MarkovAlexei Emelin

Josh GorgesRaphael Diaz

Francis BouillonP.K. Subban

Carey Price

Peter Budaj

Injured: Petteri Nokelainen

Scratched: Ryan White, Tomas Kaberle, Yannick Weber

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Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 12:50 PM

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

Montoya could start for Jets in Ottawa

OTTAWA – Friday, Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel said Ondrej Pavelec was battling flu-like symptoms but wouldn’t confirm Al Montoya as the starting goaltender. If Pavelec is still ill, look for Montoya to make his third start of the season Saturday against the Ottawa Senators. The Jets' backup goaltender sports a 4.33 goals-against average and .806 save percentage.

Here are the projected lineups for the Winnipeg Jets and Ottawa Senators on Saturday afternoon. Due to the 2 p.m. start, neither team held practices on Saturday.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 12:43 PM

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

Simmonds will play for Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- Wayne Simmonds was on the ice for pregame warm-ups and will return to the lineup for the Philadelphia Flyers' game Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes after missing the previous three with a concussion sustained Feb. 1 when he was elbowed in the face by the Washington Capitals' John Erskine.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 12:42 PM

By Ben Raby -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Johansson to be scratched again for Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – Marcus Johansson is expected to be a healthy scratch Saturday night for the third time this season when the Washington Capitals play host to the Florida Panthers at Verizon Center.

The Capitals’ first-round selection in the 2009 NHL Draft (No. 24) has one goal and a team-worst minus-7 rating in nine games this season.

“I think his confidence might be one of the problems with his play,” said Capitals coach Adam Oates, who had high hopes for Johansson heading into the season.

Johansson spent the entire six-day training camp on Washington’s No. 1 line and began the season playing with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 12:36 PM

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

Myers expected to be healthy scratch for Sabres

Tyler Myers is expected to be a healthy scratch Saturday for the Buffalo Sabres when they face the New York Islanders, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.

Myers was Buffalo's first-round pick (No. 12) in the 2008 NHL Draft and won the Calder Trophy in 2009-10. He has one goal, no assists and a minus-9 rating through the team's first 11 games. The Sabres have lost seven of nine games since starting the season 2-0.

Buffalo signed Myers to a seven-year, $38.5 million contract extension that began this season. The deal included a $10 million signing bonus and a $12 million salary (now pro-rated) for the 2012-13 campaign.

"I'm embarrassed, and I should be," Myers said to Vogl. "Two years in a row now. It doesn't feel very good, but silver lining, I responded the way I needed to last time, and this is what I have to do this time."

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Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 11:57 AM

By Ben Raby -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Holtby starts in net for struggling Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – One day after Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee singled out discipline and goaltending as two areas that must improve, Braden Holtby will start for the Capitals tonight against the Florida Panthers.

Holtby’s 4.74 goals-against average is last in the NHL among goalies with at least five appearances.

"Obviously everyone in here knows they can be better," Holtby said of the 2-8-1 Capitals. "But that’s in the past, it’s all in the past now. We have to move forward. Looking at how we’ve played in the past isn’t going to help us at this point. We’ve dwelled on that long enough to dig us into this hole, so right now our focus is on the next game, doing little things that we need to, treat it as just another hockey game and have patience."

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Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 11:49 AM

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

Devils seeking revenge in weekend series with Pens

NEWARK,N.J. -- Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma used the word "interesting" to describe the weekend home-and-home his team has with the New Jersey Devils starting Saturday afternoon at Prudential Center.

Only one point separates the Penguins from the Devils in the Atlantic Division standings and New Jersey has a game in hand. These two teams also played each other last weekend with Pittsburgh winning 5-1, so it'll be three games in nine days between the division rivals.

"You don't often have these situations where you see a team back-to-back," Bylsma said Saturday morning. "It's more like a college weekend than pro, but I think it makes for interesting hockey. It's a rivalry game anyway and you're going to play them six straight periods so that will make for an interesting storyline throughout these two games."

Devils coach Peter DeBoer likes the concept of seeing one team so often in such a short span. Even if it is the streaking Penguins, who have won five straight.

"I think it's good in that it's fresh in your mind what worked and what didn't work, and particularly with us what didn't work last game and what we have to correct," DeBoer said. "The job is to execute and make sure we don't make the same mistakes."

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Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 11:28 AM

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

Simmonds return possible for Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers could see forward Wayne Simmonds return to the lineup after missing the past three games with a concussion.

Simmonds skated with the rest of his team at practice Friday and reported feeling no lingering symptoms from the head injury he sustained when the Washington Capitals' John Erskine elbowed him in the face during a game Feb. 1.

"I feel pretty good right now," Simmonds told reporters Friday. "I think it's just up to the coaching staff whether they want to put me in or not."

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Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 10:57 AM

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

Fantasy Spin: Worth taking chance on Visnovsky

Lubomir Visnovsky
Defense - NYI
If your fantasy blue line could use a spark, this may be your lucky day.

Lubomir Visnovsky, the high-scoring defenseman who was traded by the Anaheim Ducks to the New York Islanders on the night of the 2012 NHL Draft, has finally arrived on Long Island. The Isles had suspended Visnovsky after he failed to report to the team, but they lifted the ban on Thursday to activate the defenseman.

Reports are even indicating that the 36-year-old, who practiced Friday, could make his debut for New York as early as Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres, raising questions about his potential fantasy value.

Owned in only 29 percent of Yahoo! leagues entering the day, Visnovsky is far from a sure thing. But for fantasy owners to ignore what he was capable of only two seasons ago is just foolish.

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Posted On Friday, 02.08.2013 / 7:06 PM

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

CISCO NHL Live - Rob Zombie

Musician and director Rob Zombie joins CISCO NHL Live to talk about his upcoming project about the Broad Street Bullies.

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