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Posted On Saturday, 04.13.2013 / 1:24 PM

By Mike Brophy - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Maple Leafs, Canadiens ready for HNIC showdown

TORONTO – The Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens hooking up on a Saturday night on Hockey Night in Canada is a special occasion for many – especially now that both organizations are prospering.

For a kid like Joe Colborne, who is trying to make his mark in the NHL, it is a bit of a dream come true.

For others, such as Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle, it's just another day at the office.

"It's going to be very tough to have a pre-game nap today," said Colborne, who had his shares of ups and downs with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League this season before being recalled by the Maple Leafs on April 4. "There's such a buzz when you get to the rink; you can tell it's a big game. I'm ready to step into the rivalry and I know it's going to be a lot of fun."

The Canadiens, under new general manager Marc Bergevin, have been one of the NHL's biggest success stories this season. Through 40 games the Habs possess the fourth-best record in the league at 26-9-5 and sit second in the Eastern Conference behind only the Pittsburgh Penguins with 57 points. Toronto, meanwhile, appears poised to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004 and is fifth in the East at 22-13-5.

While the Maple Leafs are still without one of their best player, left wing Joffrey Lupul who is out with a suspected concussion, they got some good news that center Mikhail Grabovski is available for action. Carlyle wasn't sure if the Russian, who underwent a battery of tests in New York earlier in the week because of an infection, would dress, but did acknowledge Grabovski saves some of his best performances for his former team.

"The player is available and we will make out decision on tonight's lineup later this afternoon," Carlyle said. He added the results of the tests Grabovski took would not be available until Wednesday or Thursday.

Carlyle said he understands the fanfare that comes with a Montreal-Toronto matchup, but he said the team does its best not to get caught up in the extra hype.

"What we have tried to do is eliminate all the outside influences that take place," Carlyle said. "You can't ignore it, but you just try to focus on what you can control. Our preparation is paramount because we're a young team and we're learning how to prepare…how to push some of the things that normally would be front and center to the side. Believe me, there's as many things presented to me as the players; people looking for tickets to parking passes. Everybody thinks you have all this free time to concentrate on what their needs are."

Posted On Friday, 04.12.2013 / 11:20 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

DET @ CHI - Shootout

In the Red Wings/Blackhawks shootout, video review determined that Chicago defenseman Michal Rozsival's shot hit the post and did not completely cross the goal line. No Goal Chicago.

Posted On Friday, 04.12.2013 / 10:27 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

DAL @ NSH - 13:02 of the Third Period

At 13:02 of the third period in the Stars/Predators game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Rich Clune used his skate to kick the puck into the net. According to Rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net." No Goal Nashville.

Posted On Friday, 04.12.2013 / 9:44 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

PHX @ CGY - 19:04 of the First Period

At 19:04 of the first period in the Coyotes/Flames game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Jiri Hudler's skate and into the net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal." Good Goal Calgary.

Posted On Friday, 04.12.2013 / 7:43 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

STL @ CBJ - 14:32 of the First Period

At 14:32 of the first period in the Blues/Blue Jackets game, video review was inconclusive in determining whether Adrian Aucoin's shot was deflected by Cam Atkinson above the crossbar. Therefore, the referee's call on the ice stands. Good Goal Columbus.

Posted On Friday, 04.12.2013 / 7:06 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Barry Melrose

CISCO NHL Live talks with NHL Network Analyst Barry Melrose about the upcoming NCAA Frozen Four and NHL bubble teams.

Posted On Friday, 04.12.2013 / 6:27 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Michalek returns for Senators against Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean confirmed Friday prior to pregame warmups that left wing Milan Michalek will return to the lineup to face the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

MacLean said Michalek will be reunited with top-line center Kyle Turris and right wing Daniel Alfredsson to open the game. The 28-year-old has missed the past 24 games with a knee injury. He has two goals and 10 points in 15 matches in 2012-13.

"We're hoping he can bring speed, leadership and his ability to score," MacLean said during his pregame media scrum. "He's been a very consistent player throughout his career, and he's the type of player you can put on the ice in any situation; power play, penalty-kill or 4-on-4. He's a very valuable part of our team, and we look forward to having him back in the lineup."

Posted On Friday, 04.12.2013 / 2:35 PM

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

Smith's return sparked postseason hope for Coyotes

CALGARY -- The Stanley Cup Playoffs hope for the Phoenix Coyotes could rest on the broad shoulders of Mike Smith.

The 6-foot-4 goaltender has stopped 93 of 95 shots since returning to the lineup against the Colorado Avalanche on April 6 after missing six games with an upper-body injury. He's earned four of a possible six points for a Coyotes club that enters action against the Calgary Flames on Friday night trailing the Detroit Red Wings by two points for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.

According to coach Dave Tippett, Smith has been the injection the Coyotes needed as they try to close in on the Red Wings.

"We needed a guy that's going to take the ball and run with it," Tippett said. "We had a good week at home where we used three different goaltenders and got three wins, but ultimately if we're going to have a chance to be a playoff team, Smitty has to take that ball and run with it."

Posted On Friday, 04.12.2013 / 2:16 PM

By John Manasso - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Lehtonen not ready, so Stars to go with Bachman

NASHVILLE -- With the Dallas Stars in a desperate situation to try to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, No. 1 goalie Kari Lehtonen was not sounding optimistic Friday about his injured groin following his team's morning skate.

"I was hoping that I would feel a lot better than I did," Lehtonen said, but he added the injury is "going in the right direction."

As a result, Richard Bachman was going to start Friday at Bridgestone Arena against the Nashville Predators. Lehtonen will not be in uniform. Coach Glen Gulutzan said Cristopher Nilstorp, an emergency call-up from Texas of the American Hockey League, would back up Bachman.

Posted On Friday, 04.12.2013 / 1:48 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live to reveal Hobey Baker winner

In a special Cisco NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET Friday on NHL Network with Steve Mears and Butch Goring, we'll have the live announcement of the Hobey Baker Award winner between Boston College's Johnny Gaudreau, Quinnipiac's Eric Hartzell and St. Cloud State's Drew LeBlanc. We'll also get a preview of the NCAA championship game from NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose live in Pittsburgh.

The Montreal Canadiens became the latest team to punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Playoffs; we'll talk to Canadiens captain Brian Gionta. On the ice, two Central Division rivals square off on NHL Network at 8:30 p.m., as the Detroit Red Wings visit the Chicago Blackhawks. We'll have this game covered as we talk to Eddie Olczyk via the Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Chicago. We'll also get live pregame previews in New Jersey for the Devils-Senators and Columbus for the Blues-Blue Jackets.

Don't forget to submit your #AskButch questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork, and stick around for the shootout as Butch picks all five games being played on Friday.

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