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Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 2:44 PM

By Chris Adamski - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Morrow nervous, excited to make Penguins debut

PITTSBURGH -- More than 13 years after making his NHL debut, Brenden Morrow felt something during his drive to the rink Tuesday morning that he hadn't felt much since breaking into the League as a 20-year-old in 1999.


"I hadn't felt them in a long time," Morrow said after the morning skate Tuesday, in advance of his Pittsburgh Penguins debut Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens. "But those are good feelings. They're not maybe the best feelings in your body, but you know you're alive, you know you're feeling something when those butterflies show up."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 1:47 PM

By Louie Korac - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Blues go for season sweep of Oilers

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues will go for a season sweep of the Edmonton Oilers when the teams meet Tuesday at Scottrade Center.

It's the third meeting of the month between the teams, following Blues wins March 1 in St. Louis and March 23 in Edmonton.

Here are the probable lineups for both teams:

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 1:35 PM

By Staff -  / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Islanders, Capitals

The Washington Capitals will try to push their winning streak to a season-best four games Tuesday when they face the New York Islanders at Verizon Center.

The Capitals have outscored their previous three opponents 12-3.

In their previous game, the Islanders snapped a three-game losing streak.

Here are the lineups the teams likely will use Tuesday:

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 1:35 PM

By Chris Adamski - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Morrow on line with Neal at Penguins' morning skate

PITTSBURGH -- As Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma is wont to do, he did not expound on his plans for the line combinations for Tuesday's game against the Montreal Canadiens, but the just-acquired Brenden Morrow was on the left wing on a line with Dustin Jeffrey and James Neal for the morning skate -- real estate rookie Beau Bennett held in recent weeks.

Bylsma finally acknowledged a nagging injury to Matt Cooke, who has regularly sat out morning skates in recent weeks but has not missed any games. Assuming he is healthy, the addition of Morrow means one player will be left out.

Bennett was occupying the spot Cooke usually holds on the third line. With Jeffrey and Joe Vitale needed as true centers, Tanner Glass playing plenty of minutes on the penalty kill, and Tyler Kennedy's strong play of late, the best guess is that rookie Bennett will be the odd man out.

Here are the projected lines and defensemen pairings for Tuesday night's game between the Penguins and Canadiens at Consol Energy Center:

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 1:24 PM

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

Hurricanes place Jokinen, Wallace on waivers

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes placed forwards Jussi Jokinen and Tim Wallace on waivers Tuesday.

Jokinen, who scored 30 goals three seasons ago, has five goals and 10 points through the first 30 games.

Wallace has played 21 games with Carolina, recording one goal. He has 20 points in 43 games with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League.

Here are the projected lineups for Tuesday night's game between the Winnipeg Jets and Hurricanes:

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 1:12 PM

By Lonnie Herman - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Sabres, Lightning

TAMPA -- When the Tampa Bay Lightning host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday at Tampa Bay Times Forum, the scene behind both benches will be a lot different than the one at the beginning of the season.

Leading the Sabres will be interim coach Ron Rolston, having taken over the position Feb. 20 from longtime coach Lindy Ruff.

The Lightning will be led by assistant coach Daniel Lacroix and player development coach Steve Thomas, who will lead the team until new coach Jon Copper takes over Wednesday.

Here are what the lineups will likely be for both teams:

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 1:06 PM

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

Maple Leafs say they won't take Panthers lightly

TORONTO -- There's nothing like taking three of four points from the Boston Bruins to give an emerging team confidence. And the Toronto Maple Leafs know there's nothing like losing at home to the 30th place team in the NHL to throw that credibility out the window.

That's why the Maple Leafs insist they are not taking the Florida Panthers lightly.

"There might be the temptation to take them lightly, but we're not going to let that get into our heads," Toronto defenseman Mark Fraser said. "We got three of four points from a really good team, and now we're going to try to carry the momentum over into tonight's home game. We know we have to get the two points."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 12:59 PM

By Lonnie Herman - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Yzerman only wanted Cooper for new Lightning coach

TAMPA -- According to Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, it was a 3-2 Lightning victory at the Florida Panthers on March 12 that set his thought process in motion that a coaching change was needed.

"After that win, the atmosphere around the team was down," Yzerman said Tuesday, prior to the Lightning's game Tuesday night against the Buffalo Sabres. "We came back and played three more games and won two out of the three. Going on the road to Toronto, I had a sense that the atmosphere had changed, and watching the team play, the emotion, and trying to read the situation -- after watching the scenario play out over the last couple of weeks, the decision was made over a few days and just culminated with watching the game in Ottawa [a 5-3 Lightning loss which saw the team fall behind 4-0 in the opening period] I felt it was best for the team and I felt it was best for Guy Boucher at that point."

The Lightning announced Sunday that Boucher had been relieved of his duties, and a day later named Jon Cooper, the coach of the Lightning's American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, his replacement.

Cooper, the eighth full-time coach in team history, will make his debut Friday when the Lightning host the New Jersey Devils. Assistant coach Daniel Lacroix and player development coach Steve Thomas will share the coaching duties Tuesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 12:48 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live highlights Pens-Habs showdown

The top two Eastern Conference teams square off in Montreal on Tuesday, and Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will have this game and much more covered.

With Brenden Morrow expected to make his Pittsburgh Penguins debut, we'll get a live report from Penguins radio commentator and former player Phil Bourque from our Cisco Arena Cam in Montreal. With nine games slated for Tuesday, we'll also head into the arenas with our Ice Pass and take a peek at the pre-game skates.

The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers renew their rivalry tonight at Wells Fargo Center. We'll chat with Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam about being honored for his 1,000th game prior to the matchup. NHL Network analyst Darren Pang will drop by the show to talk about the Blues-Oilers game and goalie play around the League.

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 nine games being played on Tuesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 12:40 PM

By Pete Jensen - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Can't deny Bergeron's consistency

It's no surprise that Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has had another season of top-notch category coverage for fantasy owners.

Bergeron is one of only five NHL players in 2012-13 with at least a plus-15 rating, 25-plus points and 85-plus shots on goal, putting him in the elite company of Sidney Crosby, Eric Staal, Alexander Semin and Jonathan Toews. Bergeron has posted a positive rating in 17 of his 31 games this season, tied for the second-most in the NHL behind only Pascal Dupuis (19).

Patrice Bergeron
Center - BOS
GOALS: 9 | ASST: 18 | PTS: 27
SOG: 85 | +/-: 21
It's not surprising -- based on recent and career production -- to see the 27-year-old produce at such a high rate in major offensive categories. What's shocking is that so many owners passed on his services in drafts this season.

Bergeron, selected on average with the 114th overall pick in Yahoo! leagues, has the highest combined rating (plus-77) of any forward in the League spanning the last three seasons. Monday was the latest example of his diverse fantasy game, as he tallied a goal, two PIMs and three shots on goal in a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Plain and simple, Bergeron is an elite two-way forward in his prime that hasn't seen a single-season pointless drought of more than three games since the 2010-11 campaign.

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— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4