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Posted On Friday, 02.22.2013 / 2:08 PM

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

Hawks also get good news on Crawford, Seabrook

CHICAGO -- There were 24 players who participated in Friday's morning skate for the Chicago Blackhawks, which meant good news for a number of injured players in various stages of the recovery process.

The biggest news of the day was star forward Marian Hossa skating for the second straight day after taking a big blow to the back of his head on Tuesday night against Vancouver, but there were other storylines of note. One was starting goalie Corey Crawford (undisclosed upper-body injury), who will return to the bench to back up Ray Emery on Friday night against the San Jose Sharks (8-4-3) at United Center.

It was his second straight team workout and first morning skate since leaving the lineup four games ago.

"I feel good," Crawford said. "I had a pretty good practice [Thursday] and I had to get the timing down a little bit. I felt better today for timing, so I feel ready. I'm 100 percent now."

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Posted On Friday, 02.22.2013 / 1:56 PM

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

Report: Rinne, Gill in for Predators

The Tennessean is reporting Pekka Rinne will start in goal for the Nashville Predators when they host the Vancouver Canucks on Friday.

Rinne had missed practice Wednesday due to an illness.

The newspaper also is reporting veteran defenseman Hal Gill will return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch the last two games and four of the last five.

Coach Barry Trotz said he has not been happy with the team's defensive play recently and without confirming Gill would be in, he said a lineup change was in order. Gill is the Predators' only healthy extra player.
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Posted On Friday, 02.22.2013 / 1:49 PM

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

Sharks want to keep focus on what they need to do

CHICAGO -- As much as the Chicago Blackhawks want to set a record Friday at United Center, the San Jose Sharks don't want to be the team on the wrong side of history.

That alone is reason enough for the Sharks to view this game as something bigger than just another regular-season game. Even though it's still only for two points, the outcome means more to them than just that.

"Of course you want to say that every game is just as important, but obviously certain games are a little easier to get up for and this is one of them," Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle told NHL.com. "They're going for a NHL record and we'd love to put a stop to it. If anything it motivates you to not want to be that team. You don't want to be that team that goes down in the record books on the losing side of anything."

"It's a pretty impressive streak and obviously we're happy with the chance to stop it," added Sharks forward Joe Pavelski. "We'd like to end it."

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Posted On Friday, 02.22.2013 / 1:26 PM

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

Projected lineups for Panthers, Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- The projected lines and defensemen pairings for tonight's game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers at Consol Energy Center:

PANTHERS

Tomas Fleischmann - Marcel Goc - Tomas Kopecky

Jack Skille - Stephen Weiss - Shawn Matthias

Jonathan Huberdeau - Drew Shore - Peter Mueller

Alex Kovalev - Mike Santorelli - George Parros

Dmitry Kulikov - Brian Campbell

Filip Kuba - Mike Weaver

Erik Gudbranson - Tyson Strachan

Jacob Markstrom

Scott Clemmensen


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Posted On Friday, 02.22.2013 / 12:44 PM

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

Hossa expects to play vs. Sharks

Marian Hossa told reporters he expects to be in the lineup Friday for the Chicago Blackhawks when they host the San Jose Sharks (8 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

"I should be ready to go," he said. "I feel good."

Hossa was knocked out of the Blackhawks' last game, Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks, when he was hit in the back of the head by Canucks forward Jannik Hansen 1:10 into the third period. Hansen was called for roughing during the game, and was suspended for one game by the NHL on Wednesday.

The Hawks are one game away from passing the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks' 16-game mark for most consecutive games without a regulation loss to start a season.

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Posted On Friday, 02.22.2013 / 11:47 AM

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

Senators recall goalie Robin Lehner

The Ottawa Senators have recalled goaltender Robin Lehner from Binghamton of the American Hockey League.

Senators goalie Craig Anderson suffered an ankle injury in the third period of Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over the New York Rangers. Ben Bishop relieved and stopped six of seven attempts in the shootout to earn the victory. Anderson's injury isn't considered to be severe, and he's listed as day-to-day.

The 21-year-old Lehner has appeared in 13 NHL games for the Senators over the previous two seasons, posting a 4-6-0 record with a 2.81 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.

The Senators also assigned forward Stephane Da Costa to Binghamton. Da Costa had one goal and one assist in nine games for Ottawa this season.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 7:17 PM

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

Cory Conacher's road to the NHL

NHL network's Steve Mears sits with Tampa Bay Lightning's Cory Conacher about his road to the NHL

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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 6:52 PM

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

Flyers lose Matt Read for six weeks

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers announced Thursday that forward Matt Read will miss six weeks with torn muscles in his rib cage.

Read, who has a team-best seven goals, was hurt with 3:24 left in the first period of Wednesday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins when he was hit by the Pens' Chris Kunitz.

Read's absence in the short term allows Tye McGinn to return to the lineup in Read's spot on the Flyers' top line, alongside Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. And with forward Scott Hartnell about a week away from returning, the Flyers could temporarily survive any dip in offense.

Coincidentally, it's the third time already this season one of Giroux's linemates has sustained a serious injury. Hartnell broke his foot Jan. 22 skating with Giroux. Simmonds replaced him and then missed three games with a concussion suffered Feb. 1.

Contact Adam Kimelmanat akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 6:00 PM

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

Jets' Redmond recovering after surgery for skate cut

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Winnipeg Jets announced that Zach Redmond underwent surgery Thursday for approximately three hours to repair a laceration to his right femoral artery and vein.

Redmond left the ice by ambulance near the end of Thursday's morning skate after being cut on the back of the leg during a 1-on-1 drill.

"We were trying to get our extra players conditioned, and there was a 1-on-1 battle at the net where he tripped up and landed on his back," Jets coach Claude Noel said. "(Another) player happened to step on him and cut him just above the back of the knee."

The Jets later said in a statement that Redmond was resting comfortably in recovery and is expected to be out indefinitely.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 6:00 PM

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

Rookie McGinn back in Flyers lineup; Read likely out

PHILADELPHIA -- Rookie forward Tye McGinn, a healthy scratch the past two games, will return to the lineup Thursday when the Philadelphia Flyers play the Florida Panthers.

McGinn's return makes it likely forward Matt Read will sit out Thursday. Read left Wednesday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins with an upper-body injury after being hit by Chris Kunitz with 3:24 left in the first period.

The Flyers would not give further details on the injury, but CSNPhilly.com is reporting Read has a concussion.

"You never like to see an injury, that's unfortunate, but I've just got to go out and do my best, keep working hard, stay positive and take it one game at a time," McGinn said.

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I was going nuts and I saw [Subban], he was going crazy, and the ref had no idea where to go. [Subban] was skating to me, and I was skating to him and the ref was right in between us and I don't know, I kind of hit him pretty hard, I thought, but those were some emotions and I'm pretty sure he understands that.

— Montreal forward Alex Galchenyuk on the celebration following his OT goal against Ottawa in Game 2