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Posted On Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 12:14 PM

By Staff -  / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Capitals place Green on IR, Hamrlik on waivers

The Washington Capitals have placed defenseman Mike Green on injured reserve with a groin injury that continues to keep him out of the lineup.

Green missed three games because of the injury in mid-February before returning for games on back-to-back nights. He aggravated the injury and will miss his fifth contest in seven games when the Capitals play the Boston Bruins on Tuesday at Verizon Center.

Posted On Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 11:44 AM

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

Lightning recall Desjardins, seek road win

NEWARK, N.J. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to get their first road victory outside the Southeast Division on Tuesday when they visit the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

The Lightning, losers of five straight and six of their past seven, lost 4-3 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday at Consol Energy Center. Tampa Bay's 3-8-0 mark away from Tampa Bay Times Forum includes a pair of victories against the Carolina Hurricanes and one against the Florida Panthers.

"At some point playing well is probably not enough. We need to get results and we need to get them quick," Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier told the Tampa Tribune following Monday's loss. "We are doing a lot of good things, we are just not getting points. It's disappointing, but we have to find a way to push harder."

The Lightning lost goalie Mathieu Garon on Monday to a lower-body injury. Garon left the game early in the second period after stopping 12 of 13 shots. Anders Lindback took the loss in relief, making 16 saves in his first appearance since Feb. 24.

With Garon hurting, the Lightning recalled goalie Cedrick Desjardins from the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse on Tuesday morning. He'll likely serve as Lindback's backup against the Devils.
Posted On Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 10:52 AM

By Staff -  / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Blue Jackets' Johnson says he's playing vs. Oilers

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson told the Columbus Dispatch that he will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers.

Johnson has missed the previous four games with an upper-body injury.

Johnson has eight points in 18 games, and is fourth in the League with 26:13 of ice time per game.

Posted On Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 10:44 AM

By Staff -  / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Rangers sign Nicholls

The New York Rangers announced Tuesday the club has signed free-agent forward Josh Nicholls.

Playing with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League this season, Nicholls, 20, is tied for fifth in the WHL with 41 goals, and he has 73 points in 65 games.

Posted On Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 10:38 AM

By Staff -  / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Islanders' Visnovsky out Tuesday for personal reasons

New York Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky will miss Tuesday's game against the Montreal Canadiens due to personal reasons.

According to a report by Arthur Staple of Newsday, Visnovsky also will miss Thursday's game against the New York Rangers.

Posted On Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 10:21 AM

By Staff -  / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineup for Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets had injured defenseman Jack Johnson on the ice ahead of the rest of the team Tuesday morning, and there's a chance he could return to the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Edmonton Oilers.

However, Johnson's availability is questionable, so here is the lineup the Columbus Blue Jackets could use against the Oilers on Tuesday at Nationwide Arena:

Matt Calvert - Artem Anisimov - Cam Atkinson

RJ Umberger - Ryan Johansen - Nick Foligno

Vinny Prospal - Mark Letestu - Derek Dorsett

Derek MacKenzie - Derick Brassard - Jared Boll

Tim Erixon - Adrian Aucoin

Fedor Tyutin - Cody Goloubef

Nikita Nikitin - Dalton Prout

Sergei Bobrovsky

Steve Mason

Scratched: Colton Gillies, Nick Drazenovich

Injured: James Wisniewski, Jack Johnson, Nikita Nikitin, John Moore, Brandon Dubinsky

Posted On Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 10:13 AM

By Alain Poupart - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Panthers call up Rheault

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The slumping and injury-riddled Florida Panthers called up forward Jonathan Rheault from their American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio on Tuesday.

Rheault, who could make his NHL debut Tuesday night when the Panthers face the Winnipeg Jets at BB&T Center, led the Rampage in scoring with 17 goals and 20 assists in 50 games.

Posted On Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 10:04 AM

By Staff -  / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

No Green, Brouwer for Capitals at morning skate

The Washington Post is reporting the Washington Capitals had nine defensemen on the ice for Tuesday morning's practice, but Mike Green was not among them.

Green sat out the March 2 game at the Winnipeg Jets due to a groin injury, and the newspaper is reporting it's unlikely he plays Tuesday against the visiting Boston Bruins.

The Post also is reporting that forward Troy Brouwer was not on the ice Tuesday morning due to illness, putting his availability for Tuesday's game in question.

Posted On Monday, 03.04.2013 / 10:19 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

TBL @ PIT - 19:52 of the Third Period

At 19:52 of the third period in the Lightning/Penguins game, video review upheld the call on the ice that Tampa Bay forward Steven Stamkos scored in a legal fashion. According to Rule 60.5 "The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick. If the puck makes contact with the stick below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed." Good goal Tampa Bay.

Posted On Monday, 03.04.2013 / 7:14 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Niklas Backstrom

CISCO NHL Live talks with Niklas Backstrom, Goaltender for the Minnesota Wild, who was named the NHL's Third Star of the week.

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