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Posted On Thursday, 02.14.2013 / 10:59 AM

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

Fantasy Spin: Loss of Karlsson tough to overcome

Erik Karlsson altered the perception surrounding fantasy defensemen last season. That's one of many reasons why his injury will be so tough for fantasy owners to endure.

Karlsson had 78 points, the most by a defenseman since Nicklas Lidstrom had 80 in 2005-06. He also led all players at his position in shots on goal (261).

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Posted On Thursday, 02.14.2013 / 10:43 AM

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

Canadiens, Lightning swap minor league goalies

The Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning pulled off a trade of minor league goalies Thursday.

The Canadiens acquired Dustin Tokarski and sent Cedrick Desjardins to the Lightning.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.14.2013 / 10:36 AM

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

Penguins recall Bennett from AHL

The Pittsburgh Penguins have called up forward Beau Bennett from their American Hockey League team, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He could make his NHL debut Friday when the Penguins face the Winnipeg Jets.

In 35 AHL games this season, Bennett has 18 assists and 25 points, and was selected to play in the AHL All-Star Game.

A native of Gardena, Calif., Bennett was the 20th player taken at the 2010 NHL Draft, making him the highest-drafted California-born player in NHL history.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 9:55 PM

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

Devils forward Zubrus to have surgery on wrist

New Jersey Devils forward Dainius Zubrus will have surgery on his injured wrist Thursday, the team said on its website.

General manager Lou Lamoriello said Zubrus could be out from two to eight weeks.

Wednesday, the team acquired forward Alexei Ponikarovsky in a trade with the Winnipeg Jets and recalled forward Andrei Loktionov from Albany of the American Hockey League, according to reports.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 7:24 PM

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

Michalek scratched by Senators with injury

PITTSBURGH -- Ottawa Senators winger Milan Michalek was scratched from Wednesday night's game against the Penguins due to a lower-body injury sustained during warm-ups.

The Senators dressed Patrick Wiercioch in place of Michalek, giving them seven defensemen for the game.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 7:12 PM

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

CISCO NHL Live: John Davidson

Cisco NHL Live talks with Columbus Blue Jackets president of hockey operations, John Davidson about the hiring of Jarmo Kekalainen as general manager.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 3:48 PM

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

Letang, Niskanen activated by Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are close to adding more than 46 minutes of ice time back to their blue line.

Defensemen Matt Niskanen (eight games) and Kris Letang (three games) were activated off injured reserve Wednesday. They have missed time in recent weeks due to lower-body injuries. Both practiced with the team Tuesday and took part in the morning skate Wednesday, and were termed "game-time decisions" for the Wednesday night game against the Ottawa Senators.

"[Letang and Niskanen] are moving close to being able and ready to play," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said earlier Wednesday. "We'll see both what the doctor says and (make) a game-time decision on the lineup."

Dylan Reese was returned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 3:30 PM

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

Avalanche defenseman Johnson out indefinitely

The injuries continue to pile up for the Colorado Avalanche.

The team learned Wednesday that defenseman Erik Johnson is out indefinitely after suffering a head injury during Monday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Phoenix Coyotes at the Pepsi Center.

Johnson would have been paired with Matt Hunwick, who returned to practice Wednesday after missing Monday’s loss with an injured torso.

Colorado is winless in its past three games. The Avalanche face the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday night.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 3:27 PM

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

Ducks return Rakell to junior team

The Orange County Register is reporting the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday will return Rickard Rakell to his junior team, the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.

Rakell has no points and three shots on goal in four games, but hasn't played since Jan. 29. He's been a healthy scratch in seven straight games.

The 19-year-old center, taken with the 30th pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, made the team out of training camp and centered the fourth line on opening night, playing 9:49.

Rakell had 30 points in 32 games with Plymouth at the start of the season.

By playing Rakell in fewer than six games this season, it delays the start of his three-year, entry-level contact to next season.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 3:05 PM

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

Davidson on Cisco NHL Live to discuss new GM

Jarmo Kekalainen has been named the new general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets, and we'll have president of hockey operations John Davidson on Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, to talk about this move with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek.

It's Rivalry Night in the NHL as the St. Louis Blues travel to Detroit to face the Red Wings. We'll talk to NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire, from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam, to preview this big Central Division matchup.

Our Subway Fresh Face of the week is Halifax Mooseheads goalie Zachary Fucale. One of Central Scouting's top goaltenders this season, Fucale is hoping to hear his name called this June at the 2013 NHL Draft. NHL Network insider Darren Dreger will also be on the program giving us the latest on hot topics around the League.

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 penalty kill unit, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Wednesday.

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