Simmonds hasn't played since the game in Washington on Feb. 1.
"I felt pretty good. I think everything went well today," Simmonds told reporters following the skate. "We'll just have to see what happens."
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau didn’t announce whether Jonas Hiller or Viktor Fasth would start in goal. Forward David Jones will return to the Avalanche lineup after missing two games with a knee injury.
The 27-year-old defenseman, who was the centerpiece for the Stars in a 2011 trade that sent James Neal and Matt Niskanen to the Pittsburgh Penguins, has zero goals and three assists this season. Stars coach Glen Gulutzan confirmed his decision to scratch Goligoski.
"Alex needs to get back to Alex's level. It's pretty cut and dried," Gulutzan told Dallas Morning News reporter Mike Heika.
Asked if he thinks he might be putting too much pressure on himself and trying too hard, Goligioski said yes.
"I think it's probably a little of that," he said. "I just have to relax and simplify my game, and just make the smart play."
Cisco NHL Live with Deb Placey and E.J. Hradek (5 p.m. ET, NHL Network) will be all over one of the fiercest rivalries in the League. We'll talk to NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire, who will be Inside the Glass in Montreal, and get NHL Network's Barry Melrose's X-Factor to this big Northeast Division matchup.
We'll talk to Devils coach Peter DeBoer about his team's hot start. Our Subway Fresh Face of the week is Medicine Hat forward Curtis Valk, who will be joining the show. One of the top WHL players this season is hoping to hear his name called this June at the 2013 NHL Draft. NHL Network's Insider Darren Dreger will also be on the program giving us the latest on hot topics around the League.
Don’t forget to submit your #AskEJ through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, keep an eye on the Senior Reporter’s dance moves in his EJ5: Hradek’s Top 5 Thoughts of the Day, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Wednesday.
MONTREAL – It will be initiation night at Bell Centre on Wednesday as nine players on either side of the rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins will be getting their first taste of it.
For the Canadiens, offseason acquisitions Brandon Prust and Colby Armstrong as well as rookies Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher have never felt it, while the Bruins have Chris Bourque and rookies Dougie Hamilton, Ryan Spooner, Lane MacDermid and Jamie Tardif.
“If you look at both teams there are some players who will be facing that for the first time,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Wednesday’s morning skate. “All I can say is they’ll figure it out quick enough what’s going to happen here.”
The Jets on Wednesday announced they have reassigned the seventh pick in the 2011 NHL Draft to the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League.
The 19-year-old played in four games with the Jets this season and failed to register a point. He had been a healthy scratch in five of the Jets' past six games.
The days of David Clarkson being regarded as a PIMs-only fantasy asset are long gone.
Operating alongside veteran Patrik Elias and sophomore Adam Henrique, who returned to the lineup last week after being sidelined due to injury, Clarkson reeled off two goals and an assist in the Devils' 3-1 victory over the rival New York Rangers. Clarkson and Elias (10 points in nine games), a duo that has vastly outperformed New Jersey's top line tandem of Ilya Kovalchuk and Travis Zajac this season, fueled the Devils' offense again by having a hand in all three of the team's goals.
Kiprusoff left Calgary's game Tuesday night after making 19 saves on 20 shots in a 4-1 victory against the Detroit Red Wings. Backup goaltender Leland Irving replaced Kiprusoff for the third period and stopped all six shots he faced.
The Flames signed Abbotsford Heat goaltender Danny Taylor to a one-year, two-way contract and he will fill Kiprusoff's spot. The 26-year-old is 13-9-1 and second in the American Hockey League in goals-against average (1.77) and save percentage (.930). The leader in both categories is Abbotsford's Barry Brust, who is 9-6-2 with a 1.69 GAA and .940 save percentage.
Scratched: Aaron Johnson
Injured: Petteri Nokelainen
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.