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Posted On Saturday, 04.06.2013 / 12:58 PM

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

Report: Lupul out for Maple Leafs on Saturday

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul will not play against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported.

Lupul sustained an upper-body injury when hit during a game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.

Coach Randy Carlyle would not call the injury a concussion Friday.

“No that’s a bad word,” Carlyle told the newspaper. “We don’t use that word until we’re 100 percent sure on any of those situations medically. The term concussion, in today’s sporting world, you want to make sure you’re 100 percent sure before you start using that one.”

Posted On Saturday, 04.06.2013 / 11:38 AM

By Pete Jensen - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Niemi making case for goalie MVP

When fantasy owners invest in a goalie, they want nothing more than job security, category coverage and consistency.

Antti Niemi
Goalie - SJS
RECORD: 19-8-5
GAA: 2.09 | SVP: 0.926
San Jose Sharks netminder Antti Niemi has covered each of those bases.

Niemi has put the Sharks on his back during the team's current seven-game win streak, picking up victories in each game with only 10 combined goals allowed over that stretch. The 29-year-old stopped 23 of 24 shots to defeat the Calgary Flames on Friday and earn his 19th win of the season, tying him with Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild for the NHL lead.

But this Finnish-born goalie's success hasn't just been limited to this streak. He's held the opposition to one goal or less in 11 of his 33 games this season and has allowed three goals or fewer 29 times.

Posted On Saturday, 04.06.2013 / 11:00 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Prospecting with Central Scouting

Day 2 at NHL Central Scouting final meetings

11:35 a.m. -- So tough to update when you are completely entrenched in the dialogue taking place. Computer voting and hand votes are taking place with regularity right now as the scouts attempt to nail down the top six players in the final ranking. During those votes, a few scouts will make one last effort to push the player in their area.

High drama at its best!

While I cannot reveal the results of those votes, I can provide you with a peak into some of the round-table commentary:

Posted On Saturday, 04.06.2013 / 9:00 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Prospecting with Central Scouting

Central Scouting league lists revealed

TORONTO -- It's early Saturday morning and the men of NHL Central Scouting have returned to the board room at the League office in Toronto to continue ranking the top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft.
The scouts will begin the process of ranking all the players after careful discussion and healthy debate Friday that established the six league lists in North America.
As promised, here are the top 10 skaters Central Scouting ranked in each league. In order to maintain some level of confidentiality, the players are listed in alphabetical order rather than numeric.
Posted On Friday, 04.05.2013 / 9:33 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

NYR @ PIT - 15:08 of the Third Period

At 15:08 of the third period in the Rangers/Penguins game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Derick Brassard's shot did not completely cross the goal line. No Goal New York.

Posted On Friday, 04.05.2013 / 4:41 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Prospecting with Central Scouting

NHL Central Scouting final meetings- Day 1

3:30 pm -- The most robust debate of opening day of the Central Scouting final meetings was the discussion of the prospects in the Ontario Hockey League. The scouts had high praise for several players listed high on the midterm ranking, including Sean Monahan, Darnell Nurse, Bo Horvat, Kerby Rychel, Chris Bigras, Ryan Hartman and Nikita Zadorov.

The scouts have been going at it pretty good today. It's amazing how much each scout can remember on each player, even during their cross-over viewings.

Some comments:

On Monahan: "Never quits; gave it 110 percent and played as well as he could on a bad Ottawa team. Eric Staal-like."

On Nurse: "What a season he had. Can play strong at both ends and plays with a great edge. Is also a great guy off the ice."

Posted On Friday, 04.05.2013 / 4:17 PM

By Eric Gilmore - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Torres debut with Sharks will have to wait

SAN JOSE -- Raffi Torres' debut with the San Jose Sharks is on hold until at least Sunday when they end their seven-game homestand against the Dallas Stars.

After San Jose's morning skate at HP Pavilion, coach Todd McLellan said Torres won't be in the lineup Friday night against the Calgary Flames for the Sharks, who have won six straight games.

"I didn't make the decision. Mother Nature made the decision," McLellan said. "He wasn't feeling real good last night. Feeling a little bit better today, but he won't play tonight, due in large part to that. But I also struggled sleeping last night whether or not we would put him in. The right thing to do for the individual is to put him in and make him feel comfortable right off the bat. But we have to do what's right for the team, and there's been a lot of guys that have played well lately and have to continue that reward."

Talking to reporters before McLellan's announcement, Torres didn't mention being ill, but he said he wouldn't mind if he wasn't in the lineup two days after being traded from the Phoenix Coyotes to the Sharks.

"If it was up to me, I probably wouldn't want to see myself play, just because you don't want to mess with a good lineup when it's winning," Torres said.

Posted On Friday, 04.05.2013 / 3:55 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Getzlaf questionable for Ducks vs. Stars

ANAHEIM -- Ryan Getzlaf will be a game-time decision for Friday night, but Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau reiterated his captain's lower-body injury is "definitely not a serious thing."

Getzlaf got tangled up with Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars on Wednesday. He returned and scored a goal in the third period before Boudreau rested him the rest of the night. Getzlaf did not skate Friday morning and is still sore heading into Friday's game against Dallas.

"If he doesn't feel comfortable today, then he'll probably play Sunday," Boudreau said.

Posted On Friday, 04.05.2013 / 3:54 PM

By Pete Jensen - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Saad is best-kept secret on map

Brandon Saad
Left Wing - CHI
GOALS: 8 | ASST: 13 | PTS: 21
SOG: 75 | +/-: 13
With the fantasy hockey playoffs in full swing, owners find themselves eyeing the waiver wire for anything resembling a player with consistent category coverage.

At this time of year, it's even more rare to find such a readily available asset who is also worthy of keeper consideration in such leagues.

That's why Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad may be the best-kept secret on the fantasy landscape.

Posted On Friday, 04.05.2013 / 3:06 PM

By Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Quincey expected back, Dekeyser to make NHL debut

DENVER -- The Detroit Red Wings will have a different look on defense Friday night when they meet the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Kyle Quincey is expected to play after missing nine games with a fractured cheekbone, and Danny Dekeyser will make his NHL debut after playing three seasons at Western Michigan University.

Quincey, 27, who was injured in a March 15 game against the Edmonton Oilers, has one goal and one assist in 26 games. Dekeyser, 22, signed a two-year contract with the Red Wings on March 30. He was Western Michigan's captain this season and had two goals and 13 assists in 35 games.

Here are the projected lineups for Friday's game between the Red Wings and Avalanche:

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