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Posted On Wednesday, 03.27.2013 / 12:47 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

Rutherford, MacLean, Erat join Cisco NHL Live

It's Wednesday, and so it's Rivalry Night in the NHL! Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek will get you ready for one of the most storied rivalries in hockey when the Montreal Canadiens face off against the Boston Bruins. We'll talk to NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire, who will be Inside the Glass for the fierce division battle, and we'll get the X-Factor from NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose.

The Ottawa Senators continue to add points despite missing their Norris Trophy Winner, Erik Karlsson. Coach Paul MacLean will join the show to talk about how his team has overcome the odds. Nashville Predators forward Martin Erat, who has enjoyed three-straight multi-point games, will also stop by. And don't forget, the NHL Trade Deadline is a week away. NHL Network insider Darren Dreger will give the latest on rumors from around the League. Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford will also make an appearance.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, play a game of plus-minus, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks the winners of all four games tonight.

Posted On Wednesday, 03.27.2013 / 12:24 PM

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

Projected lineups for Canadiens, Bruins

BOSTON – With first place in the Northeast Division on the line for the Boston Bruins when they play the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night at TD Garden, Bruins coach Claude Julien probably will return his first line to its usual form after separating Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton for two periods Monday in a win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Lucic, Krejci and Horton skated together during the morning skate at TD Garden. Lucic snapped a 15-game goal drought against the Maple Leafs.

Johnny Boychuk skated with the team, but Julien said the defenseman’s status was uncertain. Boychuk was injured during practice last Friday and he has missed two games.

The Canadiens, who lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night, did not hold a full skate.

Here are the projected lineups for the Bruins and Canadiens:

Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 9:23 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

NYR @ PHI - 17:53 of the Second Period

At 17:53 of the second period in the Rangers/Flyers game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Wayne Simmonds' right 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 Philadelphia.

Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 8:37 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

WPG @ CAR - 16:39 of the Second Period

At 16:39 of the second period in the Jets/Hurricanes game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Alexander Burmistrov's stick below the crossbar and into the net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 60.5 "The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick. If the puck makes contact with the stick below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed". Good Goal Winnipeg.

Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 8:04 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013 Trade Deadline blog

Report: Kiprusoff won’t report if traded by Flames

Though the Calgary Flames have the right to trade Miikka Kiprusoff to any team they choose prior to next Wednesday’s deadline, the goaltender apparently isn’t prepared to play elsewhere.

Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported via Twitter on Tuesday that Kiprusoff won’t report to any team he’s dealt to due to family reasons. The 36-year-old does not have a no-trade clause.

Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 7:21 PM

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

Hossa gets on-ice conditioning work in for Hawks

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks didn’t hold an official morning skate on Tuesday at United Center, but they did get some good news.

Injured star right wing Marian Hossa returned to the ice for conditioning work for the first time since leaving a game against the Colorado Avalanche on March 18 late in the first period after a hit from defenseman Ryan O’Byrne.

Hossa, who’s missed two games with the ailment, appeared to be holding his shoulder on the bench in that game, and the Blackhawks have called it an upper-body injury. Tuesday morning he joined teammates Patrick Sharp, Daniel Carcillo, Sheldon Brookbank and goalies Ray Emery and Corey Crawford on Tuesday for a series of drills.

“He skated today, so he’s progressing” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said of Hossa, prior to Chicago facing the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night (8:30 p.m. ET). “He’s kind of comparable with [Sharp], so we’ll see how they do. But he’s not playing [against Calgary].”

Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 4:23 PM

By Kevin Woodley - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Edler back for Canucks, Ballard enjoying life up front

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler will be back in the lineup Tuesday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets after serving a two-game suspension for hitting Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith behind the net.

Edler may get some unsolicited advice from fellow defenseman Keith Ballard, who will again play up front on a team missing six injured forwards.

"As soon as I switched to wing I turned my brain off and started complaining to the D-men," Ballard said with a smile. "That's what forwards do, right?"

Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 3:30 PM

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

Letang activated from IR; Malkin questionable

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins likely will have one of their two injured stars back in the lineup when they face the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

The Penguins have activated defenseman Kris Letang from injured reserve and sent defenseman Simon Despres to the American Hockey League to open a roster spot.

Letang had missed the previous three games with a lower-body injury. Letang leads all NHL defensemen with 28 points in 27 games.

Letang and center Evgeni Malkin skated with the rest of the team Tuesday morning, but coach Penguins coach Dan Bylsma still classified both as "day-to-day."

When pressed he added, "They're both very close and they're both practicing with the team and ... they're both very close. I guess there's a possibility that they both could play [Tuesday]."

Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 3:19 PM

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

Penguins send Despres to AHL

The Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday announced the club had reassigned defenseman Simon Despres to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

The move comes one day after the Penguins acquired defenseman Douglas Murray from the San Jose Sharks for a pair of draft picks.

In 24 games this season Despres has two goals, five assists and a plus-10 rating.

Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 2:49 PM

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

Lightning assign Lee to AHL

The Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday announced defenseman Brian Lee had been reassigned to the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.

In 22 games this season, Lee had no points, a minus-13 rating and 16 penalty minutes. He had been a healthy scratch the past seven games.

Selected by the Ottawa Senators with the ninth pick of the 2005 NHL Draft, the 26-year-old has five goals and 36 points in 209 games in six NHL seasons.

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