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Posted On Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 3:45 PM

By NHL Green -  / - NHL Green Slapshots™

Lightning To Host 'Go Green Night' Tonight

The Tampa Bay Lightning will host ‘Go Green Night’, benefiting Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, to encourage recycling and environmental awareness tonight when the Lightning take on the Florida Panthers at 7:30 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Fans who bring Panthers jerseys, hats or t-shirts, as well as any personal documents to shred at the Pro-Shred station will receive a $15 ticket in the Terrace Endzone for tonight’s game. This special ticket incentive will take place on Thunder Alley prior to the game; however, quantities are limited and will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis for those who participate.

The Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful program will recognize the numerous Bay area students that volunteer their time and talents to preserving and improving the community at tonight’s game. All donors will be honored during the game and on the Tampa Bay Lightning’s official website for their contributions. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful.

Posted On Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 3:20 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live talks Trade Deadline deals

We're one day away from the NHL Trade Deadline and major moves have already happened. Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you updated on both Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy's departures from Dallas, and NHL Network insider Darren Dreger will give us the very latest on trade buzz around the League.

The Blues and Flames completed a blockbuster deal last night as Jay Bouwmeester moves from Calgary to St. Louis. We'll talk with both Blues general manager Doug Armstrong and Flames GM Jay Feaster about the move and any other deals we should expect.

NHL Network analysts Darren Pang and Craig Button will also stop by the show to give their expertise on what to expect with goalies and prospects respectively during this deadline. Cisco NHL Live will play the Matchmaker Game and use our professional matchmaker E.J. Hradek to give potential trade targets homes.

With seven games on the ice, including the Pittsburgh Penguins looking to extend their win streak to 16 games, we'll go live to pregame skates in our Ice Pass and get EJ's pick on every game in our shootout.

Posted On Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 3:08 PM

By Staff -  / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Capitals sign Hillen to two-year extension

The Washington Capitals on Tuesday re-signed defenseman Jack Hillen to a two-year, $1.4 million contract extension.

Hillen, 26, has registered one assist and 10 penalty minutes in 10 games with the Capitals this season. Hillen ranks eighth on Washington in average ice time per game (18:21) after missing 25 games with an injury.

Posted On Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 2:30 PM

By Jerry Brown - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Coyotes must make homestand count

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes haven't won three games in a row all season. But if they are going force themselves back into the Western Conference playoff conversation as the final month of the season begins, three home wins this week are all but mandatory.

It begins Tuesday against the surging Los Angeles Kings, who beat the Coyotes twice in Los Angeles during a seven-game losing streak that sent Phoenix's season spiraling south. Phoenix will host the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday and Colorado Avalanche on Saturday before playing seven of their final 10 on the road.

Posted On Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 1:19 PM

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

Kennedy slots into Crosby's spot

PITTSBURGH -- Tyler Kennedy will slide into Sidney Crosby's spot on the Pittsburgh Penguins' top line for the Penguins' game Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres.

Kennedy skated during practice Tuesday morning at center, between Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis. However, coach Dan Bylsma said he could insert Dustin Jeffrey on that line if there's an important faceoff, as Kennedy is not an experienced center, and has taken just 16 faceoffs this season.

Crosby sustained a broken jaw during a game Sunday against the New York Islanders and will be out indefinitely. Coach Dan Bylsma said Crosby was released from the hospital Monday morning.

Posted On Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 1:17 PM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Alfredsson not worrying about trade deadline

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators have played three one-goal games this season and woke up Tuesday seeded fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Eastern Conference.

So any thoughts about the trade deadline Wednesday has to be on the back burner.

“I’m sure it is for every team in the League a little bit,” Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson said about potential distractions after his team’s morning skate at TD Garden. “But our goal is to keep an upbeat locker room and whatever happens, happens. We can’t control that, obviously. I like everybody we have here. We like the situation we’re in here with more players getting closer to returning from injuries and joining us on trips. So even if we don’t do anything, we’re still going to have some nice additions.”

Ottawa is starting a seven-game road trip. The Bruins lead the Senators by four points in the Eastern standings and have won the prior three meetings between the teams.

Here’s a look at the projected lineups:

Posted On Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 12:59 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Hurricanes expect Bergeron to step right in

RALEIGH N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes acquired defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday in exchange for forward Adam Hall and a seventh-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Bergeron joins his seventh NHL team and is expected to be in the Carolina lineup Tuesday against the Washington Capitals.

"We're bringing him in here for the power play," said Carolina coach Kirk Muller, whose team has an NHL-worst 12.7-percent conversion rate with the man advantage.

"Basically, he shoots the puck and he's got a cannon. He's a veteran guy and I've worked with him before."

Posted On Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 12:57 PM

By Staff -  / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Islanders can take eighth with point(s) against Jets

The New York Islanders will find themselves in eighth place in the Eastern Conference at the end of Tuesday night with either a victory or a post-regulation loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders begin play Tuesday in ninth, but have 37 points, tied with the eighth-place New York Rangers, who aren't in action again until Wednesday.

The Jets hold down the third seed by virtue of leading the Southeast Division, but they've lost three straight and are four points ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals, who face each other Tuesday.

Here's how the lineups could look for the Islanders and Jets:

Posted On Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 12:23 PM

By Staff -  / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Vanek to miss fourth straight game

Thomas Vanek told reporters he will miss his fourth straight game when his Buffalo Sabres play at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.

Vanek skated with the team Tuesday morning, but said he has not recovered fully from the upper-body injury that has sidelined him since March 26.

Vanek leads the Sabres with 16 goals and 33 points this season.

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