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Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 10:57 AM

By Pete Jensen -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Worth taking chance on Visnovsky

Lubomir Visnovsky
Defense - NYI
If your fantasy blue line could use a spark, this may be your lucky day.

Lubomir Visnovsky, the high-scoring defenseman who was traded by the Anaheim Ducks to the New York Islanders on the night of the 2012 NHL Draft, has finally arrived on Long Island. The Isles had suspended Visnovsky after he failed to report to the team, but they lifted the ban on Thursday to activate the defenseman.

Reports are even indicating that the 36-year-old, who practiced Friday, could make his debut for New York as early as Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres, raising questions about his potential fantasy value.

Owned in only 29 percent of Yahoo! leagues entering the day, Visnovsky is far from a sure thing. But for fantasy owners to ignore what he was capable of only two seasons ago is just foolish.

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Posted On Friday, 02.08.2013 / 7:06 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live - Rob Zombie

Musician and director Rob Zombie joins CISCO NHL Live to talk about his upcoming project about the Broad Street Bullies.

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Posted On Friday, 02.08.2013 / 2:18 PM

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

Projected lineups for Ducks, Stars

DALLAS -- Here are the projected lineups for the game Friday night between the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center:

DUCKS

Emerson EtemRyan GetzlafCorey Perry

Kyle PalmieriBobby RyanTeemu Selanne

Andrew CoglianoSaku KoivuDaniel Winnik

Matt BeleskeyNick Bonino - Brad Staubitz

Francois Beauchemin - Sheldon Souray

Luca Sbisa - Toni Lydman

Bryan AllenBen Lovejoy

Jonas Hiller

Viktor Fasth

Scratches: Jordan Hendry, Rickard Rakell, Sami Vatanen

Injuries: Cam Fowler (upper body)

Notes: Anaheim is 3-0-1 on the road. The Ducks went just 1-5-0 in their six games against the Stars last season. Defenseman Sheldon Souray, who spent last season in Dallas, has four goals for Anaheim early on. Fellow defenseman Ben Lovejoy, acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh earlier in the week, figures to make his debut for the Ducks on Friday night in Dallas.

STARS

Brenden MorrowJamie BennJaromir Jagr

Loui ErikssonDerek Roy - Michael Ryder

Reilly SmithCody EakinTomas Vincour

Eric NystromVernon FiddlerAntoine Roussel

Brenden Dillon - Stephane Robidas

Aaron RomeTrevor Daley

Jamie OleksiakAlex Goligoski

Kari Lehtonen

Richard Bachman

Scratches: Ryan Garbutt, Philip Larsen, Tom Wandell.

Injuries: Ray Whitney (foot).

Notes: The Stars head into this Pacific Division tilt on a two-game winning streak, their most recent win coming on Wednesday night in Edmonton (3-2). Center Jamie Benn has five points (3-2-5) in the Stars’ last two games. After Friday, Dallas won’t play at home again until Sunday, Feb. 17 when the Stars play host to the Flames at American Airlines Center.

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Posted On Friday, 02.08.2013 / 2:13 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live: Game preview, Zombie visit

Cisco NHL Live with Deb Placey and EJ Hradek (5 p.m. ET, NHLN-US) will get you ready for your hockey weekend.

There is only one game on the schedule Friday, with the Anaheim Ducks visiting the Dallas Stars (8:30 p.m. ET, NHLN-US). We'll get a live update from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Dallas, as well as speak with NBC Sports' Eddie Olczyk and the NHL Network's Barry Melrose.

In addition rock legend Rob Zombie, currently working on a movie about the Broad Street Bullies of the 1970s, will be on today's show to talk about meeting some of the former Bullies this week at a Flyers game and what to expect in the movie.

Staying in Pennsylvania, we'll also talk to Penguins forward James Neal about the team's current five-game winning streak, and Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward will discuss his consecutive 40-plus save performances.

Don’t forget to submit your #AskEJ through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, keep an eye on a certain senior reporter’s dance moves in his EJ5: Hradek’s Top 5 players that have stepped up their game, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks a winner for tonight's Ducks-Stars game.

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Posted On Friday, 02.08.2013 / 1:21 PM

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

Lander latest injured Oilers center

Edmonton Oilers coach Ralph Krueger said center Anton Lander will miss at least a month with a broken foot.

In four games this season Lander had one assist and a minus-1 rating in 9:40 of ice time per game.

A 2009 second-round pick, Lander had six points in 56 games with the Oilers last season while also spending time with the club's American Hockey League team, the Oklahoma City Barons.

Lander is the fourth Oilers center to get hurt recently. Eric Belanger is on injured reserve with broken toes, Shawn Horcoff is on IR with a broken knuckle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins sat out Wednesday's game with an upper-body injury.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 9:53 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

MTL @ BUF - 19:58 of the Third Period

At 19:58 of the third period in the Canadiens/Sabres game, Toronto Situation Room initiated a review to determine whether the puck crossed the goal line in a legal fashion. Video review upheld the referee's decision on the ice that the puck went off Thomas Vanek's stick and in the net. Good Goal Buffalo.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 8:06 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

NYI @ NYR - 0:56 of the Second Period

At 0:56 of the second period in the Islanders/Rangers game, Toronto Situation Room initiated a review after observing the puck entering the net. The referee then informed the Situation Room that he had blown the play dead prior to the puck entering the net. This is not a reviewable play.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 7:20 PM

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

Poti out, Hamrlik in for Capitals vs. Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- Washington Capitals defenseman Tom Poti is not playing in Thursday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins due to a upper-body injury.

Poti was replaced in the lineup by veteran Roman Hamrlik, who had not played since Jan. 24. The 38-year-old has one assist and is a minus-1 in three games this season.

Poti appeared in five of the Capitals' 10 games this season after not playing in the NHL for more than two years due to a groin injury. He had recorded one assist. A team official characterized Poti's status as day to day.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 7:09 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Dreger on Tim Thomas

CISCO NHL Live talks with NHL Network insider Darren Dreger on the latest of the trade of Tim Thomas from the Boston Bruins to the New York Islanders.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 7:03 PM

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

Injured Letang out for Penguins vs. Capitals

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is not in the lineup Thursday against the Washington Capitals.

He is out with a lower-body injury.

Letang, who is tied for second among NHL defensemen in scoring with nine points, is averaging 25:07 of ice time for the first-place Penguins. He had an assist during 25:19 in Tuesday's 4-2 victory at the New York Islanders and did not visibly appear to be physically hindered.

After he prematurely left the morning skate, Letang was not available to the media. Coach Dan Bylsma, as is his policy, did not comment.

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Quote of the Day

That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.

— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3