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Posted On Monday, 03.25.2013 / 3:00 PM

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

Fantasy Spin: Schroeder aids injury-depleted Canucks

When the stretch run of the fantasy hockey season rolls around, waiver-wire pickups can simply mean the difference between your squad staying in playoff contention or being eliminated altogether.

Jordan Schroeder
Center - VAN
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 9
SOG: 25 | +/-: 0
Available players in promising situations that touch on more than one fantasy category should always be given thoughtful consideration -- especially if they remain under the radar despite a hot streak. For those reasons, Vancouver Canucks center Jordan Schroeder deserves to be on your team's radar in deep leagues.

The Canucks top-line center, Henrik Sedin, has put forth another top-tier fantasy campaign with consistent production (29 points, plus-16 in 32 games), but Vancouver's laundry list of injuries has dismantled its deep arsenal at the center position. David Booth is out for the season with an ankle injury and goal-scorer Ryan Kesler -- mired by multiple injuries over the last two seasons -- only played seven games before being sidelined again due to a fractured bone in his foot.

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Posted On Monday, 03.25.2013 / 2:14 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Stars set to start post-Morrow era against Wild

DALLAS -- The Minnesota Wild enter Dallas for Monday night's game having won five in a row to run their record to 8-3-2 in March.

On Sunday, the Wild recalled center Jake Dowell, who played 52 games for Dallas last season, and goaltender Darcy Kuemper from Houston of the American Hockey League. Wing Jason Zucker and goaltender Matt Hackett headed to the AHL for the Wild.

The Stars, meanwhile, will be playing their first game without captain Brenden Morrow, traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday for defenseman Joe Morrow and a fifth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. Morrow had been their longest-tenured player, being with the club for the last 14 seasons.

The Stars kicked off a season-long five-game homestand on Saturday night by beating the Colorado Avalanche, 5-2 at American Airlines Center. Stars coach Glen Gulutzan shuffled his lines a bit, putting Eric Nystrom on his top line alongside Jamie Benn and Jaromir Jagr and it worked. Nystrom had a goal and an assist, Benn turned in a three-point performance and Jagr added a goal and an assist.

Here are the projected lineups for Monday night's game between the Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.


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Posted On Monday, 03.25.2013 / 1:53 PM

By John Manasso -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Nugent-Hopkins back for Oilers, to skate with Yakupov

NASHVILLE -- After missing two games with strep throat, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will return to the lineup for the Edmonton Oilers on Monday when they visit the Nashville Predators and it looks like he will have new linemates.

"Feeling strong and feeling like my energy's back," Nugent-Hopkins said.

Nugent-Hopkins centered a line during the morning skate with Nail Yakupov and Ryan Smith. Edmonton coach Ralph Krueger said the combination was in part an effort to get Yakupov going.


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Posted On Monday, 03.25.2013 / 12:59 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Blackhawks without Hossa for second straight

CHICAGO -- When the Chicago Blackhawks host the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Monday night at United Center (8:30 p.m. ET), they will still be without star right winger Marian Hossa.

Hossa and star left winger Patrick Sharp are both out with upper-body injuries believed to be shoulder related, but the good news for Chicago is that center Andrew Shaw (flu) -- who didn't participate in the team's morning skate -- will play against the Kings.


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Posted On Monday, 03.25.2013 / 12:36 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Maple Leafs, Bruins

BOSTON -- It was a contrast in approaches Monday morning, as the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs prepared for their evening showdown.

After a lengthy practice Sunday, the Bruins decided to scrap their morning skate. Meanwhile, the Leafs took the ice for a hard-working session.

Toronto snapped its eight-game losing streak against the Bruins on Saturday.

Michael Kostka is expected to replace the injured John-Michael Liles in the Maple Leafs' lineup. The Bruins could use the juggled forward lines they used during Sunday's practice. Expect the goaltending matchup to feature Tuukka Rask for Boston and Toronto's James Reimer.

Here's a look at the complete lineup for both squads:


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Posted On Monday, 03.25.2013 / 12:28 PM

By John Manasso -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Predators could get Hornqvist back vs. Oilers

NASHVILLE -- Slowly but surely the Nashville Predators are regaining their health.

On Monday, right wing Patric Hornqvist, the team's top goal scorer in two of the three previous seasons, could return to the lineup when Nashville hosts the Edmonton Oilers.

Nashville coach Barry Trotz said he would speak to Hornqvist after the skate but that he that Hornqvist had a "good chance" of playing. Hornqvist said, "If he wants me, I'm ready to go."

Hornqvist has missed the last eight games with an upper body injury. His last game was on March 8 against these very same Oilers. Overall, he has missed 18 games this season with various injuries.

If Hornqvist does play, Nashville will have to make a roster move.


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Posted On Monday, 03.25.2013 / 12:24 PM

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

Anderson 'progressing' for Senators

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, who has missed the last 14 games with a high ankle sprain, took shots on net for the first time at practice on Monday morning. Coach Paul MacLean said that Anderson is "progressing" but did not offer any timeline for his return.

Here's how the lineups project for Monday night's game between the Senators and New Jersey Devils:


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Posted On Sunday, 03.24.2013 / 5:52 PM

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

Report: Morrow waives NTC to join Penguins

TSN and ESPN are reporting that Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow has opted to waive the no-trade clause in his contract and accept a deal to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun is reporting the Stars will send Brenden Morrow and a third-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft to the Penguins in return for Penguins defense prospect Joseph Morrow (no relation) and a 2013 fifth-round pick.

Brenden Morrow has just six goals and 11 points in 29 games this season, and for a short time was playing on the Stars' fourth line. However, he could be rejuvenated by potentially playing right wing on a line with two-time Art Ross Trophy winner Evgeni Malkin (when healthy) and 40-goal scorer James Neal with the Penguins.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.24.2013 / 4:38 PM

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

Noel understands situation facing Lightning coaches

WINNIPEG -- When Daniel Lacroix, Martin Raymond and Steve Thomas assume interim coaching duties for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets, they will find a kindred spirit in the coach standing behind the Winnipeg bench.

The trio will serve as Tampa Bay's interim coaches while Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman searches for a full-time replacement for Guy Boucher, who was fired late Saturday night.

Jets coach Claude Noel replaced Ken Hitchcock with the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2009-10 season. Noel, an assistant coach on Hitchcock's staff, took over Feb. 3, 2010 and finished the season with a 10-8-6 record. The Blue Jackets did not retain Noel after the season.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.24.2013 / 4:18 PM

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

Report: Penguins, Stars agree on Morrow trade

TSN is reporting the Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins have a deal in place that would see the Stars trade team captain Brenden Morrow to the Penguins.

In return, TSN is reporting the Stars would receive a package that includes Penguins defense prospect Joseph Morrow (no relation).

TSN is reporting the deal could be hinging on Brenden Morrow's decision to waive his no-trade clause.

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That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— 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