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Posted On Wednesday, 03.13.2013 / 3:00 PM

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

Red Wings’ Filppula returns, Howard ill in Calgary

CALGARY – Facing a variety of lineup changes as the Detroit Red Wings prep for the Calgary Flames, coach Mike Babcock almost overlooked the return of forward Valtteri Filppula.

“Yep. He’s in," Babcock said casually. "Oh I guess that’s another lineup thing,”

Filppula has missed the past seven games for the Red Wings after suffering a shoulder injury against the Vancouver Canucks on Feb. 24. In his absence, Detroit has scored 10 goals and gone 3-2-2.

Posted On Wednesday, 03.13.2013 / 2:07 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Senators welcome addition of Kassian

MONTREAL – The Ottawa Senators lost a good deal of toughness over the summer when Zenon Konopka and Matt Carkner left as free agents. So players welcomed the news Wednesday that general manager Bryan Murray made a move to help make the team tougher.

Murray acquired Matt Kassian from the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. Kassian will join the team in Ottawa on Thursday and will not be in the lineup for Wednesday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

“We’ve added an element to our team that we feel, as an organization, is very important. It’s something that we thought we lacked as a group and we’ve addressed that,” Senators coach Paul MacLean said Wednesday. “This is an element we felt we were missing on our team with the decisions that were made in free agency in the summertime, with Konopka and Carkner taking advantage of opportunities that were presented to them. We just felt that element is still important to us in the game and we wanted to address it as soon as we could.”

Posted On Wednesday, 03.13.2013 / 12:47 PM

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

Flyers to put Briere, Gagne on line vs. Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- In an effort to generate some spark into the lineup, Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter Laviolette will reunite Danny Briere with Simon Gagne on a line with Sean Couturier when his team plays the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday at Prudential Center.

The Flyers sit last in the Atlantic Division and 11th in the Eastern Conference.

Couturier was centering Briere and Gagne during practice Tuesday at the Flyers SkateZone in Voorhees, N.J. Laviolette confirmed Wednesday after his team's morning skate that those three players would join forces in an attempt to "maybe try and find something offensively or try a different look."

Posted On Wednesday, 03.13.2013 / 12:33 PM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst / - Weekes on the Web

Weekes' Beat: Fashion 101

Posted On Wednesday, 03.13.2013 / 12:12 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live talks Rivalry Night


It's Wednesday so that means it's Rivalry Night in the NHL. Cisco NHL Live, 5 ET on NHL Network, with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, will have the Flyers-Devils game covered. We'll talk to NBC Sports Analyst Pierre McGuire, who will be Inside the Glass, for the fierce division battle. Plus, NHL Network Analyst Barry Melrose will share his X-Factor for that matchup.

Our Subway Fresh Face of the week is Boston College and World Junior Championship star Johnny Gaudreau, who will be joining the show to talk about his great season and winning Gold in Russia. NHL Network Insider Darren Dreger will also be with us giving the latest on trade talk around the league. And fresh off a big win against the Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller will stop by the show.

Don’t forget to submit your #AskEJ through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, play a game of plus-minus, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all three games being played on Wednesday.

Posted On Wednesday, 03.13.2013 / 12:00 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst / - Melrose Minute

Barry's pep talk to Philadelphia

Posted On Wednesday, 03.13.2013 / 11:59 AM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst / - Melrose Minute

Melrose Rivalry Night: Flyers at Devils

Posted On Wednesday, 03.13.2013 / 11:59 AM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Brodeur skates but Hedberg will start for Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur (back) skated on his own for the second straight day, but New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer said it's still too soon to determine when the injured goaltender will resume working out with the team. So Johan Hedberg will make his 10th consecutive start Wednesday night.

The Devils host the Philadelphia Flyers at Prudential Center in NBCSN's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2).

Hedberg hasn't started 10 games in a row since the 2001-02 season, when he started 10 straight for the Pittsburgh Penguins from Jan. 5-23.

"I feel good," Hedberg told "People always ask me before the year how many starts do you expect, and I say I don't expect anything. Anything that you do expect usually gets changed anyway. During the season, so many things happen so you have to be ready for whatever happens."

Posted On Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 9:27 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

SJS @ STL - 10:39 of the Second Period

At 10:39 of the second period in the Sharks/Blues game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that St Louis forward Patrik Berglund's pass deflected off David Perron's left skate and into the net. 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 St Louis.

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