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Posted On Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 1:36 PM

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

Jets' Pavelec valued time as Hedberg's teammate

NEWARK, N.J. -- Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec considers himself lucky to have been an understudy of one of the hardest-working goalies to strap on the pads in the National Hockey League -- Johan Hedberg.

Pavelec and Hedberg were partners for three seasons with the then-Atlanta Thrashers from 2007-08 through 2009-10 before Hedberg signed with the New Jersey Devils in July 2010.

The former teammates will be opposite each other on Sunday when the Devils play host to the Jets at Prudential Center.

Posted On Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 1:28 PM

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

Leighton recalled by Flyers, could start Sunday

The Philadelphia Flyers opted to stay off the ice Sunday morning, ahead of their game Sunday night against the visiting Buffalo Sabres (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2), one day after their 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins, their third straight defeat.

After the game Saturday, coach Peter Laviolette convened a team meeting, followed by the players having a private meeting.

The defeat dropped the Flyers to 11th in the Eastern Conference standings, and after entering the week with two straight wins, they were swept in games against the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Bruins, two of which they held leads in only to see them given away.

Posted On Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 1:02 PM

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

Leopold back in the lineup for improving Sabres

PHILADELPHIA -- The Buffalo Sabres enter Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2) 14th in the Eastern Conference, but the signs of improvement have been there recently. And facing a Flyers team that's lost three in a row, including a 3-0 defeat at the Boston Bruins on Saturday, could have the Sabres in the perfect spot to steal two points.

"I'm sure they're going to want to come out strong," Sabres captain Jason Pominville told "Obviously we've heard about how they've been going through a bit of a tough go, had a big meeting [Saturday] and everything. I'm sure they're going to want to have a big start. We're going to have to make sure we can calm that storm right off the bat and be ready to play after that. They're a team we're trying to catch, they're ahead of us right now, and it’s a big game for us."

The Sabres have earned points in five of the eight games since Ron Rolston took over as interim coach (3-3-2), and enter Sunday just two points behind the 11th-place Flyers. However, the Sabres have played to a shootout in four of their previous five games, giving teams ahead of them just enough to keep the Sabres stuck near the bottom of the standings.

Posted On Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 12:09 PM

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

Rangers give Lundqvist afternoon off, turn to Biron

Martin Biron will make his fourth start of the season in goal when the New York Rangers face the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC).

In three previous starts and one relief appearance, Biron has a 1-1-1 record with a 2.50 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.

Braden Holtby (9-7-0, 2.87 GAA, .911 save percentage) will be in net for the Capitals.

Posted On Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 11:38 AM

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

Avalanche activate Wilson, put Hejduk on IR

The Colorado Avalanche have activated defenseman Ryan Wilson from injured reserve and placed forward Milan Hejduk on IR retroactive to March 3.

Wilson, who hasn't played since Feb. 2, has three assists in eight games this season.

Hejduk, who has three goals and nine points in 20 games this season, suffered a torso injury.

Posted On Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 10:28 AM

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

Devils go back to Hedberg on Sunday against Jets

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer confirmed on Saturday night that goalie Johan Hedberg would start between the pipes when his team faces the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday at Prudential Center.

Hedberg was yanked from Saturday's match against the Carolina Hurricanes for the second time in three starts after yielding five goals on 18 shots. Rookie Jeff Frazee replaced Hedberg to open the third period and made three saves on three shots in a 6-3 loss.

"When you look at our schedule we've got back-to-back [games]. It made no sense to keep Heddy in there," DeBoer told reporters after the loss. "He's got to play again [Sunday]. It's our fifth game this week, so it was a decision more about energy than anything."

Posted On Saturday, 03.09.2013 / 3:47 PM

By Jerry Brown - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Coyotes hope to end losing streak against Stars

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Phoenix Coyotes look to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season Saturday against the Dallas Stars and will have a new face in the lineup with Rob Klinkhammer making his Phoenix debut in place of injured Matthew Lombardi. Klinkhammer has 14 goals and 44 points in 53 games with Portland of the American Hockey League.

Mike Smith will be back in goal. One of his three shutouts this season has come in Glendale against Dallas, a 2-0 blanking on Feb. 2. But Smilth has struggled mightily of late, allowing 18 goals in his past four starts and watching his goals-against average soar to 3.09 and his save percentage sink to .894.

Posted On Saturday, 03.09.2013 / 3:35 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

WSH @ NYI - 12:43 of the Third Period

At 15:32 of the third period in the Capitals/Islanders game play was stopped after a Matt Moulson goal. However, video review determined that Jonathan Tavares' shot previously, at 12:43 of the third period, completely crossed the goal line. Therefore, only the earlier Tavares goal stands and the clock is reset back to 12:43 of the third period.

According to Rule 38.6 "In the event that a video replay shows a goal was scored prior to the play being stopped, the Video Goal Judge will inform the Game Timekeeper and Official Scorer of the time and the amount of playing time left to be reset on the game clock and penalty time clocks (if applicable)."

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