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Posted On Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 2:07 PM

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

Methot proud of wearing an 'A' on his jersey

PITTSBURGH -- Marc Methot couldn't recall the most recent time he had a letter stitched onto his jersey for a game prior to Tuesday. He did know he was honored for the experience.

"That," the Ottawa Senators defenseman said, "was pretty cool for me."

Just 13 games into his tenure for his hometown team, the 27-year-old Methot was an alternate captain for the Senators in their 2-0 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday at Scotiabank Place.

Methot is a veteran of 288 NHL games since breaking into the League in the 2006-07 season. All his experience came with the Columbus Blue Jackets until being acquired by the Senators in a trade this past summer.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 1:52 PM

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

Hip flexor to sideline Franzen on Wednesday

The Detroit Red Wings will be without first-line forward Johan Franzen on Wednesday night against the St. Louis Blues.

General manager Ken Holland said Franzen will miss the game due to a hip flexor.

"It's day-to-day and has progressively gotten worse," Holland told Ansar Khan of MLive.com. "We're going to give him a day off and see how he feels tomorrow."

Franzen will be replaced in the lineup by Patrick Eaves.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 1:40 PM

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

Blues to give goaltender Allen first NHL start

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings did it for goalie Petr Mrazek a week ago in St. Louis. Now the St. Louis Blues will turn around and give Jake Allen his first NHL start.

Allen, 22, will get the call when the Blues face the Red Wings on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

Allen was recalled Tuesday from the American Hockey League's Peoria Rivermen for the second time in a week after Jaroslav Halak aggravated the groin strain that sidelined him for four-plus games during warm-ups prior to Monday's game vs. the Los Angeles Kings.

Allen, the 34th pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, is 12-16-2, with a 2.94 goals-against average and .903 save percentage for the Rivermen this season.

"It's a great feeling," Allen said. "It's something you work for your whole life. You want to make the most of it. I know I'm definitely going to enjoy it. I'll remember it for a while.

"It's another game. I'm excited. ... It's hopefully another step in my career. It's more experience under my belt and I'm looking forward to the challenge tonight."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 1:36 PM

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

Projected lineups for Blues, Red Wings

DETROIT -- Probable lineups for Wednesday night's Central Division battle between the St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings from Joe Louis Arena [7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN].

BLUES

David Perron - David Backes - T.J. Oshie

Andy McDonald - Alex Steen - Vladimir Tarasenko

Jaden Schwartz - Patrik Berglund - Chris Stewart

Vladimir Sobotka - Scott Nichol - Ryan Reaves

Ian Cole - Alex Pietrangelo

Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk

Kris Russell - Roman Polak

Jake Allen

Brian Elliott

Scratches: Matt D'Agostini, Wade Redden

Injuries: Jaroslav Halak (groin strain), Jamie Langenbrunner (hip)

RED WINGS

Valtteri Filppula - Henrik Zetterberg - Damien Brunner

Joakim Andersson - Pavel Datsyuk - Daniel Cleary

Patrick Eaves - Justin Abdelkader - Tomas Tatar

Drew Miller - Cory Emmerton - Jordin Tootoo

Niklas Kronwall - Brian Lashoff

Jonathan Ericsson - Ian White

Kyle Quincey - Jakub Kindl

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Kent Huskins, Jan Mursak

Injuries: Johan Franzen (hip flexor), Todd Bertuzzi (back), Darren Helm (back), Mikael Samuelsson (groin), Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder), Brendan Smith (shoulder), Jonas Gustavsson (groin)

Note: Franzen was a late scratch from the Wings lineup and was replaced by Eaves, who has been out the previous four games.

"It's day-to-day and has progressively gotten worse,'' Detroit general manager Ken Holland told MLive.com regarding Franzen's status. "We're going to give him a day off and see how he feels tomorrow."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 1:00 PM

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

Projected lineups for Senators, Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- The projected lines and defense pairings for Wednesday night's game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators at Consol Energy Center:

SENATORS

Colin Greening - Mika ZibanejadDaniel Alfredsson

Erik CondraKyle TurrisJakob Silfverberg

Jim O'BrienZack SmithChris Neil

Patrick WierciochStephane Da CostaKaspars Daugavins

Marc MethotErik Karlsson

Mike LundinSergei Gonchar

Chris PhillipsAndre Benoit

Craig Anderson

Ben Bishop

Scratches: Milan Michalek

Injured: Peter Regin, Guillaume Latendresse, Jared Cowen

For the 12th time in 14 games this season, Anderson will start. It's the second time this season he's playing both ends of a back-to-back; he allowed three total goals in two wins Jan. 29-30 against Washington and Montreal. Coach Paul MacLean swapped Benoit in for Wiercioch as the only lineup change from Tuesday's 2-0 win against Buffalo. "We want to make sure we keep both of them playing," MacLean said.

Michalek was a last-minute scratch due to a lower-body injury.

PENGUINS

Chris KunitzSidney CrosbyPascal Dupuis

Zach BoychukEvgeni MalkinJames Neal

Matt CookeBrandon SutterTyler Kennedy

Tanner GlassJoe VitaleCraig Adams

Brooks OrpikPaul Martin

Simon DespresKris Letang

Robert BortuzzoDeryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Tomas Vokoun

Injured: Matt Niskanen

Scratches: Eric Tangradi, Dustin Jeffrey, Dylan Reese

Letang has missed the past three games and Niskanen the most recent eight (both with lower-body injuries). Both skated with the team during practices the past two days, and each sounded encouraged he could play Wednesday night. Both are on injured reserve, however, so roster moves will be required if either or both is cleared. Letang sounded a bit more optimistic about his ability to play than Niskanen -- but neither is considered a sure thing, either way. Reese will play if both remain out; it's a toss-up as to whom the odd man out is if both suit up. The best guess is Bortuzzo.

Also of note is that Fleury will start for the fourth time in the past five games.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 12:48 PM

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

Maple Leafs lose Frattin for minimum of one week

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday forward Matt Frattin will miss a minimum of a week with a knee injury.

TSN is reporting Frattin had a flare-up of MCL issues requiring a procedure on his knee.

Frattin has been a revelation for the Maple Leafs during their fast start, posting seven goals and 10 points in 10 games. He had the game-winning goal Monday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Tuesday, the Maple Leafs announced goaltender James Reimer also will miss at least a week with an MCL strain suffered Monday against the Flyers.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 10:19 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

MTL @ TBL - 18:17 of the Third Period

At 18:17 of the third period in the Canadiens/Lightning, the referee ruled on the ice that Tampa Bay forward Ted Purcell's clearing pass deflected off Victor Hedman and into the net in a legal fashion. Video review was inconclusive. Good Goal Tampa Bay.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 10:14 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

WPG @ PHI - 4:17 of the Third Period

At 4:17 of the third period in the Flyers/Jets game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Philadelphia forward Jakub Voracek's shot deflected off Tye McGinn and into the net. Good Goal Philadelphia.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 10:09 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

ANA @ CHI - 10:45 of the Second Period

At 10:45 of the second period in the Ducks/Blackhawks game, video review determined that Chicago forward Brandon Saad's shot crossed the goal line before the net came completely off its pegs. According to rule 78.4 "The flexible pegs could be bent, but as long as at least a portion of the flexible pegs are still in the hole in the ice and the goal post, the goal frame shall be deemed to be in its proper position. The goal frame could be raised somewhat on one post (or both), but as long as the flexible pegs are still in contact with the holes in the ice and the goal posts, the goal frame shall not be deemed to be displaced." Good Goal Chicago.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 9:47 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

WSH @ FLA - 6:25 of the Third Period

At 6:25 of the third period in the Capitals/Panthers game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Florida forward Drew Shore deflected the puck into the net with his stick below the crossbar. According to Rule 60.5 "The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick. If the puck makes contact with the stick below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed." Good Goal Florida.

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