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Posted On Monday, 03.18.2013 / 1:58 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

Bylsma to talk hot Penguins on Cisco NHL Live

Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will get you caught up on what you missed this weekend and preview all seven games Monday night. The Pittsburgh Penguins have won nine straight and we'll have coach Dan Bylsma on the show to talk about their recent hot streak.

NHL Network insider Bob McKenzie will drop by to give the latest on some trade rumors floating around as we get closer to the deadline. We'll also examine some top lines around the NHL with our resident coach NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all the games being played on Monday.

Posted On Monday, 03.18.2013 / 1:31 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Healthy Stars look to salvage finale of homestand

DALLAS -- After a highly disappointing 8-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in front of a sellout crowd at American Airlines Center on Saturday, the Dallas Stars return to the ice against the Calgary Flames on Monday.

The Stars are 0-2-0 against the Flames this season, having lost to them 7-4 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Feb. 13 and then falling 4-3 at home four days later. Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan has a formula for salvaging the final contest in a four-game homestand, a stretch in which the Stars are 0-2-1 and have been outscored 14-2.

"I think consistency [is the key]," Gulutzan said. "I think playing a 60-minute hockey game [is key]. I know that sounds redundant, but if it's 1-1, 0-0 after two, that's fine. We've just got to play 60 minutes."

The Stars enter this game almost completely healthy. Fourth-line wing Ryan Garbutt will miss a second straight game with a hand injury and veteran defenseman Stephane Robidas was absent from the morning skate, but for good reason.

Posted On Monday, 03.18.2013 / 12:56 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Flames, Stars

DALLAS -- Here are the projected lineups for Monday night's game between the Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.


Michael CammalleriAlex TanguayJarome Iginla

Curtis GlencrossMatt StajanLee Stempniak

Jiri HudlerRoman CervenkaBlake Comeau

Tim JackmanSteve BeginBrian McGrattan

Mark GiordanoDennis Wideman

TJ BrodieJay Bouwmeester

Chris ButlerDerek Smith

Joey MacDonald

Daniel Taylor

Posted On Monday, 03.18.2013 / 12:35 PM

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

Weekes' Beat: NHL '94 anniversary

Posted On Monday, 03.18.2013 / 12:34 PM

By Lonnie Herman - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Flyers, Lightning

TAMPA -- The Philadelphia Flyers will look to go into a six-day break on a high note when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

Both teams should be desperate for points; the Flyers are enter 11th in the Eastern Conference, four points out of a playoff spot. The Lightning are two points behind Philadelphia in 12th.

Also Monday, Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen will become the 282nd skater to play in 1,000 NHL games, the sixth player born in Finland to reach that mark -- and the first ever to do it on his birthday. Timonen turned 38 on Monday.

Here is what the lineups likely will be when the Flyers and Lightning take the ice Monday:

Posted On Monday, 03.18.2013 / 12:06 PM

By Dave Lozo - Staff Writer / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Rangers re-load big guns on top line

Mired in a three-game losing streak in which they have scored only two goals, the New York Rangers appear set to reunite their three biggest guns on one line Monday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

According to reporters in attendance in Greenburgh, N.Y., Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards and Rick Nash skated together on a line at practice. It was a common sight during the first two weeks of the season, but the unit eventually was broken up in an effort to give the team a more balanced look offensively.

Nash has been a consistent performer all season -- he has 9 goals and 23 points in 23 games -- but Richards and Gaborik have been mired in slumps since the season's early stages. Richards has two goals and six assists in his past 20 games, while Gaborik has three goals and six assists in his past 22 games, and just one goal in his past 14 games.

Posted On Monday, 03.18.2013 / 10:00 AM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst / - Melrose Minute

Melrose: My five favorite legendary arenas

I'm a lucky man because of when my playing career took place. I was in the NHL from 1979 until 1986, which meant I got to see all those new buildings, but I also got to play in some of the classic older buildings right as the architecture of arenas was changing.

The new arenas are gorgeous. They're much more luxurious. But they're all the same. They all hold 20,000 people, they all have private boxes, the ice is exactly the same, the lighting is exactly the same, the concourses are exactly the same. There's no uniqueness -- Philly is L.A. is Chicago is Pittsburgh. They're all beautiful buildings, but they don't have the character and the uniqueness of the old ones.

That's why the old ones are the ones that really have a place in my heart. These are my five favorite legendary arenas of all time.

Posted On Sunday, 03.17.2013 / 1:59 PM

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

Penguins' Letang out with lower-body injury

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will not return Sunday against the Boston Bruins because of a lower-body injury, the team announced.

The NHL's scoring leader among defensemen, Letang has three goals and 25 assists in 26 games this season. He recorded a shot on goal, a blocked shot and a minus-1 rating in 7:02 of ice time during the first period against the Bruins.

Letang, who missed three games in early February because of a lower-body injury, has at least one assist in seven of his past eight games -- all Pittsburgh victories. He is third in the NHL in assists behind teammate Sidney Crosby and the Tampa Bay Lightning's Martin St. Louis.

Letang's next point will be the 200th of his career. He has a seven-game assist streak in home games.

Posted On Sunday, 03.17.2013 / 12:20 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013 Trade Deadline blog

Blackhawks could look to add center depth

Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is staying busy in the run-up to the April 3 NHL trade deadline, telling the Chicago Tribune he's "had tons of conversations," but that no moves are imminent.

"I'd like to add to the mix as opposed to trade players away," Bowman told the Tribune. "We would consider anything that would give us an improved chance to win, but we've played really well. If we don't end up making a trade I'd be comfortable with the group we have here."

The Blackhawks are 2-2-0 since their record-setting 24-game streak of games with a point to open the regular season ended, but still have a five-point lead on the Anaheim Ducks for the top spot in the Western Conference.

If Bowman does make any move, he said finding a center to play on the third or fourth lines might be an option.

"Probably just be depth-type moves," he said. "We have had a nice, consistent group on defense … [and] up front, we have some different looks. Perhaps some centermen maybe as a depth thing in case you run into injuries. There's really not one area that's a glaring area [in need] of improvement."

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