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Posted On Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 12:27 PM

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

Bruins face tough task extending streak vs. Leafs

BOSTON -- The Bruins' seven-game win streak against the Toronto Maple Leafs is amazingly the longest the Boston franchise has had against its Original Six brother from the north.

That Toronto enters Thursday night's game at TD Garden one point behind Boston in the Eastern Conference, and riding a three-game winning streak, tells the Bruins that the Maple Leafs are a different team than the one it has handled easily the past couple seasons.

A glance at the fighting-major leaderboard, which features the Maple Leafs on top, also sends the Bruins a message that they're going to have their hands full.

"They've obviously got a big lineup and guys who can definitely take care of business," Bruins forward Milan Lucic said after an unusually aggressive morning skate. "With saying that, regardless of that fact, they've also been playing a good team game and been able to put pucks in the back of the net as well. So I think there's confidence up and down their lineup, from top to bottom, and you can see that in their play of late."

Posted On Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 12:13 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Richards out again with back, neck tightness

New York Rangers center Brad Richards will miss his second straight game Thursday night.

Richards was driven into the boards by Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta on Sunday night, a hit that resulted in Kaleta receiving a game misconduct and five-game suspension from the NHL.

Richards returned to that game, but he did not play against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday and will sit against the New York Islanders on Thursday.

Posted On Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 11:47 AM

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

Devils looking to avoid longest skid in 27 years

NEWARK, N.J. -- One day after New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello did a little roster tinkering, his team was back on the ice making preparations for the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday at Prudential Center.

The Devils play host to the Sabres (MSG-B, MSG PLUS) at 7 p.m. ET.

Wednesday, Lamoriello assigned goalie Keith Kinkaid and forward Cam Janssen to Albany of the American Hockey League and recalled goalie Jeff Frazee. The GM then claimed forward Tom Kostopoulos off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins and said the 6-foot, 197-pound right wing would be in the lineup against the Sabres.

Lamoriello then informed the media that goalie Martin Brodeur likely would miss the next three games with back soreness.

Posted On Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 10:56 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL 13 Prediction: Penguins vs. Flyers

Last time these two Eastern Conference rivals faced off neither team could buy a save and the contest was an absolute barn-burner with 11 goals scored. Expect both teams to clamp down and play a tight-checking, playoff-style game. Pittsburgh leads the Atlantic Division and is just two points off the Eastern Conference lead, yet the Flyers are beginning to hit their stride as they look to claim two points and get back into the top eight.

Find the Official NHL®13 Game Prediction below. Watch the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at 7:00pm ET on NHL Network-US 

Flyers' Keys to the Game

Top Line Production – With Scott Hartnell back in the lineup and Claude Giroux finding his scoring touch, the big line for the Flyers' needs to keep producing and put their team in a position to win games. 

Bryzy being Bryzy – The much scrutinized Ilya Bryzgalov has been playing well lately and needs to keep it up. Last time he faced the Penguins he simply let in too many goals. He'll need to keep the five hole sealed up tight and get a little help from the defense. 

Penguins' Keys to the Game

Capitalize on the PP – Capitalize on the PP – With arguably the deadliest powerplay lineup in the league, the Penguins need to capitalize on their inevitable powerplay chances. These teams play a scrappy game, so there should be opportunities, but it's a matter of capitalizing.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 7:17 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Max Domi

London Knights center and 2013 NHL Draft prospect Max Domi joins CISCO NHL Live as the Subway Fresh Face of the Week.

Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 7:14 PM

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

Bollig move to AHL could signal Montador return

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks reassigned forward Brandon Bollig to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

The move likely means veteran defenseman Steve Montador is ready to return from an upper-body injury believed to be concussion-related that has kept him out of the lineup since March 27, 2012, when he took a high hit in a game against the New Jersey Devils.

Montador had hoped to be ready for the start of the 2012-13 season, but he wasn't medically cleared to return.

Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 5:12 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Flyers' Grossmann listed as day to day

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann, who left Tuesday's game against the New York Rangers in the first period, is listed by the team as day to day with a lower-body injury.

Grossmann leads the NHL with 68 blocked shots and is third on the Flyers with 60 hits.

In addition, the team said forward Matt Read, out since Feb. 20 with torn muscles in his rib cage, is day to day, and defenseman Andrej Meszaros, who injured his shoulder Feb. 24, also is day to day.

Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 4:47 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Trade Deadline blog

NHL.com Trade Deadline blog features latest, best info

The NHL trade deadline is less than a month away and things are starting to heat up. Now is a great time to keep up with the latest trade news on Twitter -- if you're not doing so already -- and join in on the conversation using the hashtag #NHLTrade.

NHL.com's Trade Deadline Blog will be the top spot to find all the latest information leading up to deadline day on April 3.

In addition, "Cisco NHL Live" will have NHL Network Insider Darren Dreger on Wednesday to talk about the latest rumors.

Among the stories up for discussion could be the future of Vancouver Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard, who has been a frequent healthy scratch.

Also worth watching is the future of some key players who are headed to unrestricted free agency, among them Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames, Lubomir Visnovsky and Mark Streit of the New York Islanders, Mike Ribeiro of the Washington Capitals and Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild.

Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 4:23 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Brodeur out through the weekend; Frazee recalled

New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told The (Bergen) Record that injured goaltender Martin Brodeur likely will miss at least the next three games because of lingering back soreness.

Brodeur has not skated since Feb. 24, when he pulled himself out of warmups prior to a home game against the Winnipeg Jets. Lamoriello said Brodeur has not had a setback in his recovery, but the injury is taking longer to heal than originally expected.

"It's the back," Lamoriello the newspaper. "It just hasn't come as quickly and we're going to make sure it's perfect."

Devils coach Peter DeBoer told the media Wednesday that he informed Lamoriello that Johan Hedberg would start against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.
Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 3:52 PM

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

Ducks put Ryan back with Perry, Getzlaf

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks did not do line rushes at their morning skate Wednesday, but coach Bruce Boudreau on Tuesday had Bobby Ryan back on a line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

Boudreau has used Matt Beleskey, Kyle Palmieri, Daniel Winnik and Emerson Etem in that top-line left-wing spot in what has been a myriad of combinations on almost all four lines.

"We've got to kind of be prepared for everything and he made us well aware of that going into the season," Getzlaf said. "Bruce is a communicator. He lets us know on everything that's going on and he doesn't like to keep things one general way."

Ryan obviously is more than familiar with Getzlaf and Perry considering they formed one of the most potent lines in the League the past few seasons.

"By now we've played with everybody," Getzlaf said. "Generally we play a puck-possession game, so everybody who steps on our line knows that. They've got to come in and work, and we've got to try and work with them."

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