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Posted On Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 2:10 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Jamie Benn game-time decision for Stars

DALLAS -- After seeing captain Brenden Morrow unexpectedly return to the ice in Thursday’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks, the Dallas Stars could see top-line center Jamie Benn, who has missed the past two games with a wrist injury, return in similar fashion Saturday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at American Airlines Center.

Benn participated in morning skate Saturday morning, as he did Thursday, and Stars coach Glen Gulutzan termed the 2012 All-Star a game-time decision.

"Jamie will be a game-time decision. Skated today, shot a few pucks and feels great other than the wrist, but he’ll be a game-time decision,” Gulutzan said.

Kari Lehtonen will start a seventh straight game in goal for Dallas, and rookie defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, a healthy scratch against Anaheim, will return to the ice and be paired alongside Alex Goligoski with Philip Larsen heading back to the bench.

It also appears Ryan Garbutt, a fixture on Dallas’ fourth line, will miss the game with a hand injury.

"Garbutt is probably out for today. Just kind of got the similar injury as Jamie," Gulutzan said. "So we'll see how [Benn] is and how [Garbutt] is and will warm up [Tomas Vincour] as the extra guy."

Corey Crawford will start in goal for the Blackhawks, and it appears defenseman Michal Rozsival will return to the ice for the first time since March 8 at the Colorado Avalanche.

Here are the projected lineups for the game at American Airlines Center:

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Posted On Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 1:52 PM

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

Rookie sensation Tarasenko back for Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Both the Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues will welcome additions when they meet Saturday night at Scottrade Center.

The Blues (15-10-2), 4-1-0 in their past five games, will get a boost with the return of rookie Vladimir Tarasenko to the lineup.

Tarasenko has missed the previous 10 games dating to Feb. 21 with a concussion suffered against the Colorado Avalanche following a hit from Mark Olver. He has been activated from injured reserve, and T.J. Oshie (upper body) has been placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Tuesday.

"Yeah, he's playing tonight ... he'll come off injured reserve and participate today," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said of Tarasenko.

Tarasenko had 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 17 games and was the NHL Rookie of the Month in January.

"This is an unbelievable feeling," Tarasenko said. "I'm really happy to be back.

"I need a couple of games, maybe one, to remember the speed, passing and timing. I think I will be OK."

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Posted On Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 1:31 PM

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

Report: Lupul to play for Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul will return to action Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets after missing 25 games with a broken arm, TSN reports.

"It's not like it was before it was broken, but it's at a point where the doctor thinks it's safe to play," Lupul told TSN on Friday after his third practice.

"I've been shooting and practicing for probably a week now so the next test is to go out for a game. They've asked me what I felt and I said I felt confident that it's strong enough and so do they. I'm not going to think about it at all."

Lupul is projected to skate on a lie with Nazem Kadri and Nikolai Kulemin.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 1:18 PM

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

Ryder out, Blunden in for Canadiens

NEWARK, N.J. -- Montreal Canadiens forward Michael Ryder did not make the trip for the game Saturday night against the New Jersey Devils because of a lower-body injury.

Ryder, who practiced Friday, stayed in Montreal to receive treatment.

"There were too many question marks," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. "We feel it's better for him to treat it and resolve the problem. When we put him back in the lineup he's going to be 100 percent. At this time of the year we don't want to take any risks.

"It's not like a major injury, but it's something we have to pay attention to."

Ryder will be replaced in the lineup by Mike Blunden, who was recalled Friday from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League. Travis Moen will move up from the fourth line to play on the top line with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta.

Blunden had quite a trip just getting to Newark.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 1:07 PM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Panthers captain Jovanovski back against Islanders

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanovski is expected back in the lineup for the first time since January when they face the New York Islanders on Saturday night at BB&T Center.

The Panthers captain has missed the past 22 games since sustaining a lower-body injury in a 5-2 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 29.

Jovanovski took part in the morning skate for Thursday's game against the Boston Bruins and again Saturday morning.

"Jovo looks like he's a go there for tonight," Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. "That's a heck of an addition to have our captain back in the lineup. He's been sorely missed and he'll be a great addition to have back.

"He makes a big difference with our group. Obviously, I took my time deciding which direction I was going to go captain-wise, but at the end of it Jovo just kept sticking out. And as much as his leadership ability was his on-ice play. It was a mixture of both of those last year. We're looking forward to having both his leadership and his play back on the ice."

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Posted On Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 12:26 PM

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

Lightning face Hurricanes with Hall on other side

TAMPA -- When Vincent Lecavalier went on injured reserve Thursday with a lower-body injury, Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher said he would look to forward Adam Hall to step up and take more faceoffs.

That night against the New York Islanders, Hall skated 9:15 and won four of six faceoff opportunities.

Friday, the Lightning put Hall on waivers, and he was claimed Saturday by the Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay's opponent Saturday night.

"You have to ask Steve [Yzerman, Lightning general manager] about that," Boucher said. "I'm not the one making moves; I coach the guys that are here. I know we are going in a certain direction and Adam has been great for us. He has a terrific attitude, he's a great faceoff guy, he is a guy that has given us honest work every single day. It's sad to see those guys having to deal with that. But at the same time there is a bigger plan and Steve's in charge of directing that bigger plan, so I won't comment on the guys who are leaving; for me it's important to focus on the guys that will stay here.”

Yzerman was not immediately available for comment.

The Lightning did get one piece of encouraging news with Tom Pyatt, injured March 12 against the Florida Panthers, set to return against the Hurricanes.

"We miss a lot when Tom Pyatt is not in the lineup," Boucher said. "He's relentless, he's fast, penalty kill, first on the puck, first backchecker, great in his defensive zone. He's one of those guys that brings it all, so he's part of the relentless culture that we want.”

Carolina had the morning off after practicing Friday.

Here are how the lineups likely will look Saturday night:

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Posted On Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 12:25 PM

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

Hurricanes claim Hall on waivers from Lightning

The Carolina Hurricanes have claimed Adam Hall on waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team announced Saturday morning.

Hall had four assists in 20 games for the Lightning this season. When he packs up his gear, he won't have to take it very far -- the Hurricanes are in Tampa, Fla., and play the Lightning on Saturday night so Hall could make his Carolina debut against his former club.

"Adam gives us an added penalty killer," Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford said on Twitter (@HurricanesGM). "He plays the wing, but can also play center and is a very good face-off man."

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Posted On Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 10:48 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 Trade Deadline blog

Trade Deadline: What's next for surprising Canadiens?

One of the surprise teams of the 2012-13 NHL season has been the Montreal Canadiens, who head into their game Saturday at the New Jersey Devils (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, CBC) leading the Eastern Conference standings.

It's a long way from last season, when the Canadiens finished 15th in the conference; entering this season they weren't predicted to finish much higher.

As the April 3 NHL trade deadline approaches, the decisions only get tougher for Canadiens first-year general manager Marc Bergevin. Does he stay with the team that's gotten the Canadiens this far? Or does he look to add pieces for a Stanley Cup Playoffs run?

"I think it's a constant revisiting of how you can improve your team on a daily basis," Canadiens assistant GM Larry Carriere told NHL.com. "That's something we started when Marc came in and it's something we do every day."

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Posted On Friday, 03.15.2013 / 11:16 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

NSH @ CGY - 1:14 of the Third Period

At 1:14 of the third period in the Predators/Flames game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Curtis Glencross' body and into the net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 78.4 "if an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed." Good Goal Calgary.

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Posted On Friday, 03.15.2013 / 6:52 PM

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

CISCO NHL Live: David Desharnais

CISCO NHL Live talks with David Desharnais Forward for the Montreal Canadiens, who signed a new contract on Friday.

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— Rangers forward Rick Nash on scoring twice in a 5-1 Game 4 victory against the Lightning on Friday