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Posted On Monday, 02.04.2013 / 11:43 AM

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

Marchand missing from Bruins' practice

The Boston Bruins practiced Monday without Brad Marchand, who left Saturday's game with an injury.

Marchand crashed awkwardly into the boards midway through the second period of Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs and did not return. Bruins coach Claude Julien said after the game that Marchand had been removed for precautionary reasons and that he could have played in the third period if the Bruins were "in a pinch."

Marchand leads the Bruins with five goals in eight games.

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Posted On Monday, 02.04.2013 / 11:24 AM

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

Rangers' Callahan back on the ice

New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan joined his teammates on the ice for Monday's practice, wearing a yellow, non-contact jersey.

Callahan suffered a subluxation (partial dislocation) of his left shoulder Jan. 29 during a fight with the Philadelphia Flyers' Maxime Talbot.

The initial diagnosis was for Callahan to miss 10-14 days.

"It definitely could have been a lot worse than it was," Callahan said last Thursday when he learned of the diagnosis.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.03.2013 / 2:48 PM

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

Luongo to start again Monday for Canucks

Roberto Luongo will once again be between the pipes when the Vancouver Canucks return to action Monday night.

Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault announced Sunday that Luongo will receive his third straight start when the Canucks face the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.

Luongo, 33, stopped 27 of 28 shots on home ice Friday night in Vancouver's 2-1 shootout win against the Chicago Blackhawks. That victory came two nights after Luongo blanked the Colorado Avalanche in a 3-0 victory. He is 2-0-2 with a 1.46 goals-against average and .944 save percentage in five games.

Cory Schneider, who was labeled the club's No. 1 goaltender prior to the start of the season, hasn't seen any action since allowing four goals on 27 shots in a 4-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Jan. 27. Schneider has a 3.13 GAA and .897 save percentage in four appearances.

Luongo has been the subject of trade rumors for several months. Canucks general manager Mike Gillis was in Washington on Sunday afternoon to watch the Capitals host the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.02.2013 / 8:46 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

BOS @ TOR - 6:30 of the Second Period

At 6:30 of the second period in the Bruins/Maple Leafs game, the situation room initiated a review because the puck went into the Maple Leafs net. The referee was in the process of whistling the play dead following the incidental contact between Brad Marchand and James Reimer and prior to the puck entering the net because Reimer was unable to play his position following the contact. This is not a reviewable play.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.02.2013 / 8:37 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

NYR @ TBL - 13:04 of the Second Period

At 13:04 of the second period in the Rangers/Lightning game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Tampa Bay forward B.J. Crombeen batted the puck with his stick above the crossbar into the net. According to Rule 60.5 "An apparent goal scored by an attacking player who strikes the puck with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall not be allowed. The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick." No Goal Tampa Bay.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.02.2013 / 8:31 PM

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

Hawks will be without Bolland vs. Flames

CALGARY -- The Chicago Blackhawks will try to snap their two-game losing streak against the Calgary Flames on Saturday night, but they’ll have to do so without center Dave Bolland.

Bolland, who has three goals and four points in eight games this season, suffered a lower-body injury in the third period of Chicago's 2-1 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday and is day-to-day according to coach Joel Quenneville

"Bolly's out tonight," Quenneville said, adding he will continue to travel with the team to San Jose, where they face the Sharks on Tuesday.

"You're always concerned about the worst but he's not doing too bad today."

Bolland was anchoring the second line with Bryan Bickell andPatrick Kane. Not wanting to shake up his roster too much, Quenneville suggestedAndrew Shaw will be promoted to the second line while Marcus Kruger would also be promoted up the chart.

"We don't want to mix up too much if the lines," he said. "We'll probably move everybody up a line at center. Shawsy will probably move up in that spot. Krug's move up so everybody get maybe a little more quality."

Bolland's injury could mark the return of Jamal Mayers to the lineup. If Mayers does indeed draw in, he'll be skating in his 900th career National Hockey League game.

"He's had a nice career, the ultimate pro," Quenneville said. "It's not easy when you've got to sit a guy out like that knowing the leadership he brings your team, the way he competes and the experience factor. He's been handling it OK, but I know inside he wants to be playing in the worst way and it's nice to see him get back in the lineup"

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Posted On Saturday, 02.02.2013 / 6:57 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Hurricanes-Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- Here are the projected lineups for the Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers for Saturday's game at Wells Fargo Center:

HURRICANES

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Alexander Semin

Jeff Skinner - Jordan Staal - Zac Dalpe

Drayson Bowman - Jussi Jokinen - Patrick Dwyer

Andreas Nodl - Tim Brent - Chad LaRose

Justin Faulk - Tim Gleason

Joni Pitkanen - Jamie McBain

Bobby Sanguinetti - Jay Harrison

Dan Ellis

Cam Ward

Scratched: Kevin Westgarth, Joe Corvo

FLYERS

Danny Briere - Claude Giroux - Tye McGinn

Mike Knuble - Sean Couturier - Matt Read

Brayden Schenn - Maxime Talbot - Jakub Voracek

Zac Rinaldo - Ruslan Fedotenko - Tom Sestito

Kimmo Timonen - Luke Schenn

Braydon Coburn - Bruno Gervais

Nicklas Grossmann - Kurtis Foster

Ilya Bryzgalov

Michael Leighton

Scratched: Jody Shelley, Andreas Nodl

Injured: Wayne Simmonds, Scott Hartnell, Andrej Meszaros

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Posted On Saturday, 02.02.2013 / 5:13 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Flyers' Simmonds won't play vs. Hurricanes tonight

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers will have to try to snap their three-game losing without one of their leading scorers, Wayne Simmonds, who will sit out Saturday's game against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes due to head and neck injuries.

Simmonds, who is tied with Matt Read for the team lead with five points in seven games, was elbowed in the face by Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine late in the first period of Friday's game and did not return.

The Flyers gave no timetable for how long Simmonds would be out, but Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Simmonds would be re-evaluated Sunday.

"It's disappointing," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said of Simmonds' absence. "We certainly could use him in the lineup right now. His ability to score, his physical presence, the roles and situations and the minutes that he plays on our team, we'll miss him."

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Posted On Saturday, 02.02.2013 / 3:30 PM

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

Friends Kopitar, Ryan to meet as foes

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.Anze Kopitar got to know his friend and rival Bobby Ryan when the two played for Mora IK in Sweden during the work stoppage.

Kopitar actually recruited Ryan through his agent to bring him overseas.

But the two are back on different sides Saturday night when the Los Angeles Kings play at the Anaheim Ducks. Did Kopitar glean any more knowledge on how to play against Ryan after being his linemate?

"You get to know the guy a little better," Kopitar said. "You get to know his strengths and weaknesses at the same time … We all know he's a goal scorer. You got to play [well against] him just like any other guy in the League."

Kopitar said he hung out with Ryan during their off time and it's clear the two have respect for each other. Kopitar has feasted on the Ducks, with 37 points in 36 career games, while Ryan is known to have big games against the Kings. His spin-o-rama goal to complete a hat trick at Staples Center on Jan. 8, 2009 stands out.

Their friendship might get up close and personal now that Ryan is playing center and might take a few faceoffs against Kopitar.

"We'll be facing each other pretty often," Kopitar said.

This is the first meeting of the teams since Los Angeles won the Stanley Cup to match Anaheim's 2007 Cup triumph. Outside of Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau's open dislike of the Kings, both sides have downplayed the dynamic.

"They were the champs a few years ago," Kopitar said. "It will be like any other game. It will be physical. It will be intense. The crowd's going to be into it. We're looking for two points. It doesn't matter how they come."

Penner returns to the lineup: Dustin Penner will return to the lineup as the Kings look to generate scoring from the left wing.

Coach Darryl Sutter confimed to reporters Friday that Penner would return. Penner has not played since Jan. 22. He had no points with a minus-2 rating in the first two games, and conditioning seemed to be part of the issue.

The Kings have reverted to last season and are averaging 1.83 goals a game. Their power play is 2-for-33.

"Our left side has a grand total of two goals this year," Sutter said. "We need more balance right now."

Penner will likely slide into the left wing spot on the second line with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, a line that was quite effective for the Kings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Penner practically resurrected his career with 11 points in 20 postseason games.

Dustin BrownAnze KopitarJustin Williams

Dustin PennerMike RichardsJeff Carter

Simon GagneJarret StollTrevor Lewis

Kyle CliffordColin FraserJordan Nolan

Rob ScuderiDrew Doughty

Slava VoynovAlec Martinez

Jake MuzzinDavis Drewiske

Jonathan Quick

Jonathan Bernier

Injured: Matt Greene, Willie Mitchell.

Scratched: Dwight King, Brad Richardson, Andrew Bodnarchuk.

Willie Mitchell has not skated for a week but club officials have said the defenseman has not had a setback from December knee surgery to remove cartilage. Mitchell said last month he wanted to be smart in his recovery and has been working out away from the ice.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.02.2013 / 2:40 PM

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

Projected lineups for Maple Leafs, Bruins

The Toronto Maple Leafs have won two staright games, but Saturday they face a Boston Bruins club that won all six contests in the rivalry last season.

Toronto will go with James Reimer in goal, who stopped 20 shots on Thursday to help the Maple Leafs win at home for the first time this season.

Asked if he would use the same lineup from the 3-2 victory against the Washington Capitals 48 hours earlier, Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle simply said, "No."

This could mean that Toronto's recent waiver claim, 6-foot-5, 230-pound left wing Frazer McLaren, might play on the fourth line and if so, he will be counted on to add some toughness to counter the gritty Bruins.

"[The Maple Leafs] know how I play, I'm just a big physical winger [adding] toughness when it's needed," said McLaren, one of the last players off the ice at the morning skate. "I haven't heard for sure if I am going to play tonight but I will come ready and see what the lineup is."

In a less likely scenario, Clarke MacArthur may be ready return to action. He has been out with a lacerated finger but was on the ice Saturday morning.

The Maple Leafs have not beaten the Bruins at home since Dec. 4, 2010.

"We never lose respect for our opponents," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "I think that has served well in the past, because every time you do that, you get surprised and you are not prepared the way you should be. We are certainly a team that right now has an opportunity to finish this four-game stretch this week with a 3 -1 record or if not it's going to be a 2-2 record and for us that's not good enough."

For the Bruins, Daniel Paille did not make the trip north of the border. He remains out after taking a high-stick to the face in a 7-4 loss Thursday to the Buffalo Sabres.

"He is doing better, he got the high stick the other day just underneath the shield and he is progressing," Julien said. "He is a day-to-day situation right now, so we left him behind because our doctors wanted him to be cautious."

Jamie Tardif, a 28-year-old with no NHL experience, has been called up to replace Paille. Tardiff has 30 points in 39 games this season with Boston's American Hockey League affiliate, the Providence Bruins.

Dougie Hamilton, who was the ninth pick in the 2011 NHL Draft for the Bruins with one of the first-round picks acquired from the Maple Leafs in 2009 for Phil Kessel, will play Saturday night in front of friends and family. The 19-year-old from Toronto has shown poise on and off the ice this season and has earned him a full-time roster spot.

"I'm starting to get more adjusted now with the systems and the teammates and stuff like that," Hamilton said. "I think it's a much different game than in junior and [I'm] just trying to get used to that and play my best and have fun."

Here are the projected lineups for the game:

MAPLE LEAFS

James van RiemsdykTyler BozakPhil Kessel

Jay McClementMikhail GrabovskiNikolai Kulemin

Matt FrattinNazem KadriLeo Komarov

Frazer McLarenDavid SteckelColton Orr

Dion Phaneuf – Mike Kostka

Carl GunnarssonJohn-Michael Liles

Mark Fraser - Cody Franson

James Reimer

Ben Scrivens

Injured: Mike Brown, Clarke MacArthur, Joffrey Lupul

BRUINS

Milan LucicDavid KrejciNathan Horton

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronTyler Seguin

Chris BourqueChris KellyRich Peverley

Lane MacDermidGregory Campbell - Jamie Tardif

Zdeno CharaJohnny Boychuk

Dennis SeidenbergDougie Hamilton

Andrew FerenceAdam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Injured: Daniel Paille, Shawn Thornton

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