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Posted On Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 2:33 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

MacDonald in net as Flames host Oilers

CALGARY -- Miikka Kiprusoff reportedly is staying in the Stampede City, but it will be Joey MacDonald between the pipes for the Calgary Flames against the Edmonton Oilers at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday.

Kiprusoff, who reportedly nixed a trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier in the day, will serve as backup. He has been pulled in back-to-back games, including Monday's game in Edmonton after allowing three goals on six shots in Calgary's 4-1 loss. In relief, MacDonald stopped 13 of 14 shots.

The recent struggles of Kiprusoff helped persuade Calgary coach Bob Hartley's decision to start MacDonald against the Oilers.

"I think that Joey played very good and at the same time, it's been a tough couple of weeks for Miikka," Hartley said. "Just to give him a break at the same time, I think that Joey deserves the start."

Posted On Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 1:56 PM

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

Canadiens ready to get a look at Drewiske

PHILADELPHIA -- The Montreal Canadiens certainly have missed defenseman Raphael Diaz, who hasn't played Feb. 25 due to a concussion. The team did find a bright side, using Diaz's absence as an opportunity to see how some of the organization's younger players could handle NHL pressure.

However, the stretch run to the Stanley Cup Playoffs means it's time to get serious, and the Canadiens did that Tuesday by trading for defenseman Davis Drewiske from the Los Angeles Kings.

Drewiske, 28, had four points and a plus-3 rating in 20 games with the Kings this season, his fifth in Los Angeles.

However, he had played twice in March, and said the best thing about leaving the Stanley Cup champions will be the opportunity play more often. And with Diaz just now skating for the first time since his injury Wednesday at the team's practice rink in Brossard, Quebec, Drewiske could get lots of playing time.

"You get to play games, that's a positive," he told "You make the most of the opportunity."

Posted On Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 1:34 PM

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

Flyers looking for first three-game win streak

VOORHEES, N.J. -- The Philadelphia Flyers have a chance to do something Wednesday when they face the Montreal Canadiens (7:30 p.m. ET, TSN) that they have yet to do this season: win their third straight game.

However, entering the game 13th in the Eastern Conference and six points out of a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with 13 games to go, the Flyers know they need a lot more than three wins.

"All games are huge for us and we have to put ourselves in a situation to play a good hockey game and put ourselves in position to try to get the two points at the end of the night," forward Simon Gagne said. "Sure we won the last two games and it would be nice to get three in a row [but] it doesn't matter what happened in the past. We have to focus on the game [Wednesday] and win this one. All points are going to be key for us right to the end of the season."

Posted On Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 11:36 AM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst / - 2013 Trade Deadline blog

Trade Deadline: Barry Melrose on all-time trades

Posted On Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 9:57 AM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst / - Melrose Minute

Barry Melrose on all-time trades

Posted On Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 10:22 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

COL @ NSH - 8:23 of the Third Period

At 8:23 of the third period in the Avalanche/Predators game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Nashville's goal stands after the puck went into the Colorado net off of Matt Duchene's skate. Good Goal Nashville.

Posted On Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 9:03 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

OTT @ BOS - 2:46 of the Second Period

At 2:46 of the second period in the Senators/Bruins game, video review determined that Andre Benoit's shot earlier in the play completely crossed the goal line. The time on the clock was reset to 1:55 of the second period, reflecting the time of the goal. Good Goal Ottawa.

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