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Posted On Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 12:58 PM

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

Bruins' schedule gets busy, with Senators up first

BOSTON -- The condensed schedule will finally catch up the Boston Bruins starting Thursday night, when they host the Ottawa Senators.

To date the Bruins have played the fewest games in the NHL with 16 (they're 12-2-2). After putting their season-high four-game winning streak on the line against the Senators, they'll play 17 games in March.

"I think rest is definitely going to be a big thing, making sure you're not too active away from the rink," forward Chris Bourque said after the Bruins' morning skate at TD Garden, "kind of taking it easy, whereas in a regular schedule you might go out with the family, hang out, go to the mall or something or go for a walk. You'll spend a lot more time on the couch, that kind of stuff. Just getting the proper rest and hydration all that sort of stuff is going to be key, I think."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 12:55 PM

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

Scott in, Foligno likely out for Sabres

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Buffalo Sabres enforcer John Scott will be in the lineup Thursday night against the Florida Panthers.

Scott was a healthy scratch the past two games, but Sabres coach Ron Rolston said the 6-foot-8 wing would play because of the anticipated presence in the Florida lineup of enforcer George Parros.

Scott and Parros had a fight when the teams met in Buffalo on Feb. 3, a game the Panthers won 4-3.

With Scott in the lineup, left wing Marcus Foligno is expected to be a healthy scratch.

On defense, the Sabres again will be without veterans Jordan Leopold and Alexander Sulzer.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 12:45 PM

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

Projected lines for Islanders

Here is the lineup the New York Islanders likely will use when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday at Nassau Coliseum:

Matt Moulson - John Tavares - Brad Boyes

Josh Bailey - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo

Michael Grabner - Casey Cizikas - Colin McDonald

Matt Martin - Marty Reasoner - Eric Boulton

Lubomir Visnovsky - Thomas Hickey

Travis Hamonic - Andrew MacDonald

Mark Streit - Joe Finley

Evgeni Nabokov

Kevin Poulin

Scratched: Keith Aucoin, David Ullstrom, Radek Martinek, Brian Strait

Injured: Matt Carkner, Jesse Joensuu

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Posted On Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 12:30 PM

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

Capitals claim Volpatti off waivers from Canucks

The Washington Capitals on Thursday claimed forward Aaron Volpatti off waivers from the Vancouver Canucks.

Volpatti, 27, has recorded one goal and 28 penalty minutes in 16 games with Vancouver this season. The native of Revelstoke, British Columbia, ranked second on Vancouver in penalty minutes this season and has collected three goals, one assist and 81 penalty minutes in 54 career NHL games with the Canucks.

The 6-foot, 215-pound forward tallied 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) and 91 penalty minutes in 61 career AHL games with Manitoba. He spent four seasons playing for Brown University in the NCAA and was named to the ECAC All-Academic team his first three seasons before being named team captain for his senior season.

Volpatti was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Vancouver on March 22, 2010.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 12:15 PM

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

Melrose Matchup: Blackhawks at Blues

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Posted On Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 11:47 AM

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

Capitals send Grubauer, Wellman to Hershey

One day after making his NHL debut, the Washington Capitals on Thursday sent goaltender Philipp Grubauer back to Hershey of the American Hockey League.

Grubauer, called up early Wednesday to play in place of an ill Michal Neuvirth, replaced Braden Holtby in the second period of Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, stopping all 14 shots he faced.

The Capitals also sent forward Casey Wellman to Hershey.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 11:40 AM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Rangers' McDonagh says he's in, Nash a possibility

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Reinforcements are coming for the slumping New York Rangers.

Defenseman Ryan McDonagh declared himself healthy and ready to return to the lineup Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Right wing Rick Nash continued to sound optimistic about his status while still saying he won't know for sure if he'll be able to play for the first time in five games until he gets to Madison Square Garden.

Defenseman Michael Del Zotto (lower-body injury) also skated in a regular green practice jersey Thursday morning at the team's suburban training facility, but he left the dressing room before the media could speak to him.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 11:36 AM

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

Flames acquire McGrattan from Predators

The Calgary Flames acquired forward Brian McGrattan from the Nashville Predators on Thursday in exchange for defenseman Joe Piskula.

McGrattan was assigned to the Flames' American Hockey League affiliate in Abbotsford.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 11:30 AM

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

Skinner, three others to return for Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes are set to welcome back four players to the lineup, star forward Jeff Skinner among them.

The team announced that Skinner will return for Thursday night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins along with forward Tim Brent and defensemen Tim Gleason and Jamie McBain.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 11:30 AM

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

Weiss, Kuba likely back for Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers will have some players back in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Buffalo Sabres.

In addition to center Stephen Weiss returning after missing Tuesday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins to attend his grandmother's funeral, defenseman Filip Kuba could be ready to play after missing the past two games because of an upper-body injury.

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