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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 12:37 PM

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

Could Senators be looking for top-six forward?

The Ottawa Senators have persevered through a number of injuries to key players, among them Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson, top-line center Jason Spezza and goaltender Craig Anderson.

The latest addition to that list is forward Milan Michalek, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday and is out indefinitely. Michalek has played just two games since originally getting hurt during pre-game warmups prior to a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 13.

Senators general manager Bryan Murray knows replacing Michalek with a player of similar skill won't be easy.

"I don't know how you ever get a scorer in the NHL anymore, but if you can get a top-six forward it's always the objective," Murray told the Ottawa Sun. "I haven't identified anybody who is going to be moved."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 12:37 PM

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

Knee surgery to sideline Michalek indefinitely

Ottawa Senators forward Milan Michalek underwent knee surgery and will be out indefinitely, the team announced Tuesday.

Michalek has played in two games since Feb. 12. He tried to return and play through the injury, recording assists against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 6 and the New York Rangers on March 8, but hasn't been in the lineup since.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 12:31 PM

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

Kaleta in for Sabres after sitting out one extra game

MONTREAL -- The Buffalo Sabres will be putting Patrick Kaleta back in the lineup Tuesday for their game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Kaleta was held out of Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals in what would have been his first game back after serving a five-game suspension for boarding Brad Richards of the New York Rangers. Kaleta voiced his frustration in being held out through the media following the team's morning skate Sunday and was reprimanded for doing so following the game by goaltender Ryan Miller.

Kaleta said he and Miller, former roommates on the road, have cleared the air and there’s nothing to be concerned about.

"We talked about it right off the bat," Kaleta said. "It was a little misunderstanding. Like I said, he's my brother. I have my blood brother at home, you say things, you fight. But he's my family. I've been his roommate for the past three years, we have an awesome bond together. I have his back 100 percent, no matter what happens."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 12:07 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Selleck set to make NHL debut for Panthers

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Already struggling to overcome injuries, the Florida Panthers will see at least one new face in the lineup Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Eric Selleck will make his NHL debut, adding some toughness to Florida's roster in the absence of George Parros. Selleck has 16 points and 181 penalty minutes in 60 games with San Antonio of the American Hockey League this season.

"I don't know how many shifts I'm going to get, so the early ones count," Selleck said. "We've got a game plan, so I'll just try to keep it simple and stick to my role."

Selleck's role is no mystery to either team -- and that simplifies his approach.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 11:50 AM

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

Brodeur will back up Hedberg against Rangers

NEWARK, N.J. -- Goalie Martin Brodeur will be on the bench serving as the backup to Johan Hedberg on Tuesday when the New Jersey Devils host the New York Rangers at Prudential Center.

After being sidelined the past 11 games with a pinched nerve in his neck/upper back that was causing numbness in his shoulder and arm, the 40-year-old Brodeur said Tuesday he feels strong enough to return to the active roster.

"That's the plan now … I've been given the OK and that's the way we're going now," Brodeur said Tuesday, after his second straight practice with the team. "It's been fun the last two days being in the room and knowing what's going on a little bit. When you're injured, you're always on the side doing your own thing, so it's nice to be back."

The Devils on Tuesday activated Brodeur from injured reserve and assigned goalie Jeff Frazee to the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Albany.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 11:45 AM

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

Fantasy Spin: Sharks' rookie Irwin picking up steam

The San Jose Sharks, after a 7-0-0 start, have only won five times in their last 21 games. But despite their recent struggles, a bright spot has emerged in rookie defenseman Matt Irwin.

Matt Irwin
Defense - SJS
GOALS: 5 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 8
SOG: 44 | +/-: -6
Irwin is riding a four-game point streak -- the longest of his career -- and has totaled four goals and two assists over his last six games. With the fantasy defenseman waiver-wire pool being especially thin these days, the 25-year-old defenseman's recent stretch of production has made him a commodity in deep leagues -- especially since Brent Burns moved from defenseman to wing on a line with Logan Couture and Joe Thornton.

The 6-foot-2 defenseman is operating on the team's top pairing with veteran Dan Boyle and is learning on the fly as the Sharks try to navigate through their struggles. Owned in only two percent of Yahoo! leagues, Irwin was instrumental in the Sharks' third period onslaught Monday after falling behind 4-1 to the Anaheim Ducks on the road.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 11:42 AM

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

Projected lineups for Senators, Islanders

Here are the lineups the Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders likely will use when they play Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum:

SENATORS
Guillaume Latendresse - Zack Smith - Daniel Alfredsson
Erik Condra - Mika Zibanejad - Chris Neil
Colin Greening - Kyle Turris - Jakob Silfverberg
Matt Kassian - Peter Regin - Jim O'Brien

Chris Phillips - Andre Benoit
Marc Methot - Eric Gryba
Patrick Wiercioch - Sergei Gonchar

Ben Bishop
Robin Lehner
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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 10:22 AM

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

Projected lineup for Blue Jackets

Here is the lineup the Columbus Blue Jackets likely will use when they face the Nashville Predators on Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena.

The Blue Jackets are unbeaten in regulation in 10 straight games (6-0-4), and have climbed to 13th in the Western Conference, just two points out of a playoff spot.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 10:05 AM

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

No skate for Rangers ahead of matchup with Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New York Rangers didn't conduct a morning skate at Prudential Center on Tuesday, hours after beating the Carolina Hurricanes in a shootout at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

The Rangers face the Devils on Tuesday night.

Against the Hurricanes, the top line of Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik generated no points, 10 shots and a minus-2 rating. It will be interesting to see if coach John Tortorella keeps that trio intact while giving goalie Henrik Lundqvist his fifth start in eight days. He could also opt for backup Martin Biron, who last started March 10 in a 4-1 victory against the Washington Capitals.

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Posted On Monday, 03.18.2013 / 7:00 PM

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

Corvo to sit for Hurricanes

NEW YORK -- Based on pregame warmups, the Carolina Hurricanes will be without defenseman Joe Corvo due to a lower-body injury that occurred Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Corvo wasn't on the ice for pregame warmups, and it looks like Bobby Sanguinetti will replace him against the New York Rangers, the team that selected him in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.

Dan Ellis will get the start in net for the Hurricanes, who were unable to have a morning skate because of construction taking place at Madison Square Garden.

Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller appears set to shuffle his middle two lines against the Rangers. Eric Staal will center the top line with Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty, but Jeff Skinner took line rushes on the third line with Riley Nash and Jussi Jokinen. The second line consisted of Jordan Staal centering Drayson Bowman and Patrick Dwyer.

Here are the updated Hurricanes lines:

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Alexander Semin

Drayson Bowman - Jordan Staal - Patrick Dwyer

Jeff Skinner - Riley Nash - Jussi Jokinen

Kevin Westgarth - Adam Hall - Tim Wallace

Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk

Tim Gleason - Bobby Sanguinetti

Joni Pitkanen - Jamie McBain

Dan Ellis

Justin Peters

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