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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:50 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Jets limp home to face Panthers, with PK a focus

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Normally a midwinter trip that includes a stop in Florida is a welcome time for the Winnipeg Jets, but last week's three-game road trip left them limping home.

The Jets (3-4-1) dropped all three games, including a defeat last Thursday to the Florida Panthers, who visit MTS Centre for a Tuesday evening date. The penalty kill, a source of many of Winnipeg's defensive problems last season, has again become a major issue for coach Claude Noel and his club. Winnipeg has surrendered goals on eight of its past 16 shorthanded situations, and the Jets rank last in the League on the penalty kill.

Noel said defenseman Dustin Byfuglien will miss his third consecutive game with an undisclosed injury, but that a return for Thursday's game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs is a possibility. Winnipeg is also without Zach Bogosian, whose return remains slated for mid-February. Alexander Burmistrov centers Winnipeg's second line.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:47 PM

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

Neuvirth back in net for Capitals vs. Maple Leafs

Here is the projected lineup for the Washington Capitals when they play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Verizon Center on Tuesday night:

Wojtek Wolski - Mike Ribeiro - Alex Ovechkin

Jason Chimera - Nicklas Backstrom - Troy Brouwer

Marcus Johansson - Joey Crabb - Joel Ward

Matt Hendricks - Jay Beagle - Eric Fehr

Karl Alzner - Mike Green

Tom Poti - John Carlson

Jeff Schultz - Tomas Kundratek

Michal Neuvirth

Braden Holtby

Scratches: Roman Hamrlik, Mathieu Perreault

Suspended: John Erskine

Injured: Brooks Laich, Jack Hillen

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:41 PM

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

Foster feels season in Tampa Bay extended career

PHILADELPHIA -- When Kurtis Foster signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the summer of 2009, he admits he wasn't sure where he was going in his hockey career.

It was his first season back after a horrendous leg injury, and he wasn't sure he could become the player he was developing into during three previous solid seasons with the Minnesota Wild.

He only spent one season with the Lightning, but Foster believes his time in Tampa Bay -- and especially his time around Lightning veteran forward Martin St. Louis -- was essential to him remaining in the NHL.

"The thing I learned about the most from Marty was his drive for the game," Foster said. "He's 37, 38 years old and he loves being at the rink every day. He's one of the hardest-working guys in practice every day. I think he knows to stay in this League when he was younger he had to do that being a smaller guy. Now that he's created the aura of himself in the League, you think he'd take a day off and he really doesn't."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:37 PM

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

Cisco NHL Live to break down Blackhawks-Sharks

 

Ten games on the ice Tuesday night and Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will preview them all. We will break down the big Western Conference showdown between the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks. We'll also get a live report on the Nashville Predators vs. St. Louis Blues matchup from Blues TV analyst Darren Pang, on our Cisco NHL Arena Cam.

Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan will be on our set to discuss some recent hits, and rule changes for the 2012-13 NHL season.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, keep an eye on this Senior Reporter's dance moves in his EJ5: Hradek's Top 5 Thoughts of the Day with a brothers twist today, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Tuesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:22 PM

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

Familiar face back in Philly as Carle faces Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- You can forgive Matt Carle for feeling a bit out of sorts Tuesday morning when he arrived at Wells Fargo Center.

It's been nearly five years since the Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman had to use the visiting facilities here.

This will be Carle's first game back after signing with the Lightning as a free agent over the summer. In four seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, he had 137 points in 308 games, including a career-best 39 assists in 2010-11. He also had 26 points in 51 Stanley Cup Playoff games, and joined with Chris Pronger to form the Flyers' top defense pairing when they went to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.

"It's obviously a familiar place," Carle told NHL.com. "It is weird walking by the [home] locker room. I think I've played maybe one or two games here as a visitor. I had to do a quick tour of the visiting locker room because I really didn't remember what it looked like. It'll be weird going on the ice. I played here four years, and it was a good four years. Lot of memories out there."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:18 PM

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

Fantasy Spin: Fasth can steal time from Hiller

Viktor Fasth may be a newcomer to North America, but he's quickly found his niche with the Anaheim Ducks.

Viktor Fasth
Goalie - ANA
RECORD: 3-0-0
GAA: 1.30 | SVP: 0.946
The Swedish Elite League standout signed with the Ducks in May and has made an immediate impact through his first three games at the NHL level. The 30-year-old improved to 3-0-0 on the young season after handing the San Jose Sharks their first regulation loss of the season on Monday.

Fasth's 25-save performance in that victory, coupled with strong showings in his debut vs. Nashville on Jan. 26 and his encore against the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 1, gives him a combined 70 saves on 74 shots faced to kick off this new chapter of his career in style. His stingy goals-against average (1.30) and save percentage (.946) trail only Craig Anderson for the League lead in both categories.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:14 PM

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

Lindback expected in net for Lightning vs. Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- Here is the lineup the Tampa Bay Lightning likely will use when they start their four-game road trip Tuesday here against the Philadelphia Flyers:

Ryan Malone - Steven Stamkos - Martin St. Louis

Cory Conacher - Vincent Lecavalier - Teddy Purcell

Nate Thompson - Adam Hall - BJ Crombeen

Benoit Pouliot - Tom Pyatt - Pierre-Cedric Labrie

Victor Hedman - Sami Salo

Matt Carle - Eric Brewer

Keith Aulie - Brian Lee

Anders Lindback

Mathieu Garon

Scratched: Dana Tyrell, Marc-Andre Bergeron

Injured: Brendan Mikkelson

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:14 PM

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

Rangers' Miller 'excited, anxious' to make NHL debut

NEWARK, N.J. -- J.T. Miller was talking fast.

Maybe that's how he normally is, or maybe he was just amped up and moving at a faster pace, knowing that in just a matter of hours he would be making his NHL debut.

The New York Rangers recalled Miller and Brandon Mashinter from the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. Miller, the Rangers' first-round pick in 2011, will likely play center on the fourth line Tuesday at Prudential Center against the New Jersey Devils.

Mashinter will be sent back down to the Whale, Rangers assistant coach/general manager Jim Schoenfeld told NHL.com.

"I'm just excited right now, anxious, just ready to play obviously," said Miller, who expects to have at least 10 friends and family members at the game Tuesday. "I've been looking forward to it since I was a little kid. I just want to go out there and try to get into the game as soon as possible. I think that will help me the most."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:12 PM

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

Nabokov will start for Islanders vs. Penguins

Evgeni Nabokov was the first goaltender off the ice for New York Islanders on Tuesday and will start against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"We're riding the hot hand for a bit," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "If you look at his past in San Jose, you see he's used to playing a lot of games."

This will be Nabokov's eighth start of the season. He has allowed seven goals in his past three games.

The Penguins held an optional skate this morning. Chris Kunitz took part after being under the weather of late and missing practices, not games, as a result. He had four goals in the Penguins' 6-3 victory against the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

Marc-Andre Fleury will likely get the start in net for Pittsburgh.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:11 PM

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

Powe gives Rangers flexibility, PK presence

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New York Rangers acquired forward Darroll Powe on Monday because coach John Tortorella was concerned with the inconsistent play from the middle of the lineup.

One thing Powe has displayed in his 294 career NHL games is consistency.

He can score some goals (28 in his career), but he's more of a third-line grinder, shot-blocker and penalty-killer who can play all three forward positions -- traits Tortorella is hoping translate well to the Rangers to give the team more versatility in their bottom six.

"With Powe it's a guy that can kill penalties, has played in the League, does a lot of little things on the boards, certainly adds to our depth in a lot of different situations where I can move people around," Tortorella said Tuesday morning from Prudential Center, where the Rangers will face the New Jersey Devils for the first time this season at 7 p.m. ET. "So, we're happy to get him."

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