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Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 6:58 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Evander Kane

CISCO NHL Live talks with Winnipeg Jets Forward Evander Kane.

Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 6:01 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

NHL 13 Sim of the Week: Kings vs Canucks

After winning the President’s Trophy in 2012, the Vancouver Canucks were upset in the playoffs by the 8th seed LA Kings, who would go on to win the Stanley Cup. After dropping their first game to LA this year, the Canucks are still looking for revenge. Both teams are beginning to hit their stride and are adapting to the condensed schedule, so this should be one to watch. Find the Official NHL®13 Game Prediction below. Watch the LA Kings take on the Vancouver Canucks on March 2nd at 10 ET on the NHL Network.

Keys to the Game

LA Kings

Contain the Twins

Easy to say but hard to accomplish, the Kings need to keep the Sedins to the outside and eliminate the down low passing as much as possible.

Traffic In The Crease

You can’t stop what you can’t see, and that’s the name of the game with two solid goalie options in Vancouver. Pucks on net with traffic in front will create deflection chances as well as chances off the rebound.

Vancouver Canucks

Bury On The PP

It’s no secret that LA isn’t an easy team to score on in recent years, so the Canucks need to take advantage with the extra man. The Kings like to take penalties, and Vancouver has a potent PP that needs to be at its best for this game.

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Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 5:16 PM

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

O'Reilly will practice with Avalanche on Saturday

The Colorado Avalanche announced Friday that center Ryan O'Reilly has been medically cleared to play and will practice with the team Saturday.

O'Reilly, a restricted free agent, signed a two-year, $10 million offer sheet with the Calgary Flames on Thursday. Hours later, the Avalanche matched the deal, allowing them to retain O'Reilly.

Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 4:57 PM

By Pete Jensen - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: O'Reilly can be difference-maker

With contract negotiations now in his rearview mirror, forward Ryan O'Reilly can be a key piece to the puzzle for fantasy owners around the world.

The Colorado Avalanche matched a two-year offer sheet to the forward tendered by the Calgary Flames on Thursday, meaning the team's leading scorer from a season ago is back in the fold and could return as early as Sunday.

Most fantasy owners who drafted O'Reilly (center eligible in Yahoo leagues) could not afford to store him on their benches for the first five-plus weeks of the regular season, so it's important for all owners to consider what this 22-year-old can bring to the table from a fantasy standpoint.

Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 4:40 PM

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

Weekes' Beat: Hot and cold goalie duos

Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 3:52 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Blue Jackets' Moore sidelined; Prout gets call

CHICAGO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets were already short two regular defensemen when they took the ice Friday at United Center for their morning skate.

The shortage got even worse when defenseman John Moore left the ice surface earlier than expected and was pronounced out of Friday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks (7:30 p.m. CT, NHLN-US) with an undisclosed upper-body injury.

The Blue Jackets recalled defenseman Dalton Prout from Springfield of the American Hockey League, but his flight isn't scheduled to arrive in Chicago until early evening. Prout might not arrive at United Center until just before the game's start or later.

There is no "Plan B" if Prout can't get to the arena in time.

Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 3:34 PM

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

Senators' Anderson continuing to work his way back

Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson, who has missed the past three games with a sprained ankle, continued on his road to recovery Friday when he practiced with teammates in Ottawa.

Anderson was off to a superb start before getting hurt in the third period of a victory against the New York Rangers on Feb. 21 in Ottawa. In 15 starts, he was 8-4-2 with a 1.49 goals-against average and .952 save percentage.

"Every day seems to be getting a lot better," Anderson told the team's website Friday. "I can skate, I can stop, I can push, I can do a lot of things that a forward can do. I haven't taken the step yet to see what a goalie can do. I think that's going to be the next step -- see how it is [Saturday] and see if I can get into the butterfly at all."

In Anderson's absence, Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner have split time in net. Senators coach Paul MacLean already has said Bishop would start Saturday's game at the Philadelphia Flyers.

Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 3:15 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Anisimov, Blue Jackets relieved he's good to go

CHICAGO -- Eight days after a scary collision at Joe Louis Arena left Columbus Blue Jackets center Artem Anisimov motionless on the ice, he will get back into a game Friday night at United Center.

Anisimov, a big-bodied Russian forward, will have missed three games because of the upper-body injury that stemmed from the incident against the Detroit Red Wings. He will center a line between Matt Calvert and Cam Atkinson on Friday (8:30 p.m. ET), when Columbus plays the Chicago Blackhawks (17-0-3), who haven't lost in regulation and have twice beaten the Blue Jackets (5-12-3) in a pair of one-goal games.

"He hasn't done a whole lot leading up to it, so we're going to have to be smart in how we manage his minutes," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "He needs to be really solid 5-on-5 and then we'll go from there. If his energy's good and he feels good, we can start using him maybe on the power play or penalty kill, as well. [Just] having that big presence up the middle of the ice, some size and some skill, [is good for us]."

Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 3:04 PM

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

Ducks' Souray likely to rest, while Sbisa returns

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau could give defenseman Sheldon Souray a day off when the Ducks host the Minnesota Wild on Friday.

Boudreau earlier this season suggested he would give veteran blueliners Souray and Toni Lydman days off during back-to-back sequences; Anaheim plays at the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday.

Souray did not take all of his turns with usual partner Francois Beauchemin at the morning skate, and Ben Lovejoy came off with the regulars. Asked if this might be an occasion to rest 36-year-old Souray, Boudreau said, "It might. I've got to talk to him. But somewhere during this month there's going to be days off for him."

Boudreau said he looks at Souray differently due to Souray's history of injuries.

"You look at him, how his season went last year, you look at him that he is an older player, how many minutes he plays -- all of these things you want to take into account," Boudreau said.

"There's a lot of reasons why you want to keep a guy like him fresh because he's done great for us.”

Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 2:22 PM

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

Canucks to don jerseys honoring Millionaires

The Vancouver Canucks will pay tribute to the city's long hockey history March 16 when they don replica uniforms honoring the West Coast's first professional hockey team, the Vancouver Millionaires. The Canucks will wear the retro third jerseys that night for their game against the Detroit Red Wings.

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