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Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 2:49 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

MacKinnon, Drouin ruled out for Halifax

The Halifax Mooseheads will be without top 2013 NHL Draft prospects Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon on Wednesday when they face the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at K.C. Irving Regional Centre in Bathhurst, New Brunswick.

Mooseheads general manager Cam Russell confirmed to NHL.com via e-mail that both forwards have been ruled out for the game. The Mooseheads are riding a 10-game winning streak.

There was a slight chance MacKinnon, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top draft-eligible North American skaters, would return to the lineup for the first time since Feb. 8. The 6-foot, 182-pound center has missed the past 10 games with a lower-body injury.
Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 2:20 PM

By Neil Acharya -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Senators hoping for boost from Michalek return

TORONTO -- The Ottawa Senators will get a much-needed boost when they face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday as Milan Michalek returns to the lineup after a 10-game absence. Michalek injured his knee in the pre-game warm-ups prior to a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 13.

"It's been a while; I'm really excited," Michalek said. "It took me a few weeks, I was rehabbing, but now [my knee] feels good. Hopefully I can provide some offense that has been missing. I'm going to try not to put too much pressure on [myself].

The Senators have struggled offensively this season, entering Wednesday 29th with 2.13 goals per game.

"Milan brings a veteran presence and experience that we definitely need," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "His speed and offensive ability is going to help us, give us more offensive depth. That is a great addition."

Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 1:17 PM

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

Cisco NHL Live sets up Blackhawks-Avs battle

The Blackhawks' historic run to start the season survived yet another day after beating the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. Less than 24 hours later, Chicago welcomes the only team they have yet to face in the Western Conference, the Colorado Avalanche. Steve Mears and EJ Hradek will get you set for that matchup on Wednesday's edition of Cisco NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network.

NBC Sports Insider Pierre McGuire will be standing by via our Cisco NHL Arena Cam as he prepares for the game.

We'll fill you in on the latest status of Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and we'll weigh in on the visor debate. Find out how the League and players feel in light of the latest injury.

Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 1:03 PM

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

Rangers claim Hamrlik off waivers

The New York Rangers claimed veteran defenseman Roman Hamrlik off waivers from the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.

The move comes one day after Rangers defenseman Marc Staal was hit in the right eye by a deflected slap shot during Tuesday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Staal was injured 5:45 into the third period when Kimmo Timonen's slap shot was deflected up and into his face. Staal immediately left the ice and did not return to the game. The Rangers have not provided an update on his condition as of yet, but one is reportedly expected to come Wednesday.

Hamrlik, 38, was placed on waivers by the Capitals on Tuesday. He was a healthy scratch in 16 of the team's 20 games. He is in the final year of a two-year contract that carries a $3.5 million salary cap hit. By claiming him, the Rangers pick up the remainder of Hamrlik's contract and cap hit.

Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 12:50 PM

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

Report: Kiprusoff first goalie off the ice for Flames

The Calgary Sun reported that Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff was the first goaltender off the ice at Wednesday's morning skate, ahead of Wednesday night's game against the visiting San Jose Sharks. Traditionally, the first goalie off the ice at a morning skate will start that night's game.

Kiprusoff has been out a month since a sprained knee. In his absence, the Flames have gone 6-5-2 with Joey MacDonald and Daniel Taylor splitting time in goal.

In seven games prior to his injury, Kiprusoff is 2-3-2 with a 3.24 goals-against average and .870 save percentage.

Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 11:50 AM

By NHL Green -  /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

Devils looking for “Energy Heroes”

The New Jersey Devils have renewed a sponsorship agreement with Pfister Energy Inc., a national renewable energy company known for its “stackable” green energy solutions. Together, they have launched a new promotion called “Become an Energy Hero,” encouraging New Jerseyans to promote clean and renewable energy in the workplace.

“Energy Heroes” who successfully bring a sustainability project to fruition (based on campaign requirements) will be eligible to receive up to one full year of reimbursement for their personal household electrical bills. 

Jeff Vanderbeek, chairman, Devils Arena Entertainment, said, “We are thrilled to once again partner with this local and mindful company. We support Pfister’s commitment to sustainability education and innovation as well as their involvement in the local community. That’s a message we want to bring to our fans – and beyond.”

The “Become an Energy Hero” campaign will culminate on April 13, 2013. New Jersey fans can participate in the initiative by visiting http://pfisterenergy.com/hero/.

Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 11:42 AM

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

Devils rule Brodeur out for Thursday

New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer ruled goaltender Martin Brodeur out for Thursday's matchup against the Buffalo Sabres at Prudential Center due to lingering back soreness.

DeBoer told the media Wednesday that he informed general manager Lou Lamoriello that Johan Hedberg would start against the Sabres. He also told The (Newark) Star-Ledger that Brodeur, who was placed on injured reserve Feb. 26 (retroactive to Feb. 24), is feeling better but not close to returning.

DeBoer said Brodeur is no longer day-to-day.

"I wouldn't classify [Brodeur] as day to day," DeBoer said. "I mean, he's not going to play Thursday. I don't mean it's going to be a month. It's sometime in between day-to-day and a month."

Brodeur hasn't played since pulling himself from the lineup during warm-ups prior to a game against the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 24.

Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 11:41 AM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Melrose Minute

Barry's best of the first half

Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 10:37 AM

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

Blues sign Edmundson, Veilleux to contracts

The St. Louis Blues on Wednesday announced the signings of defenseman Joel Edmundson and forward Yannick Veilleux to three-year, entry-level contracts.

Edmundson, a 2011 second-round draft choice (No. 46), has combined for nine goals and 25 points in 60 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors and Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League this season. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound defenseman has spent the past three seasons in the WHL, where he's totaled 15 goals, 68 points and 319 penalty minutes in 187 games.

Veilleux has 30 goals and 65 points in 58 games with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season. The 6-2, 208-pound forward, who was chosen in the fourth round (No. 102) of the 2011 NHL Draft, has 79 goals and 180 points in 240 games spanning four seasons in the QMJHL.

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