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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 3:00 PM

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

Veteran D-man Eaton would love return to Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- The dressing room is a different one because the old building across the street was torn down. But when Mark Eaton walked into the Pittsburgh Penguins locker room at Consol Energy Center, he felt right at home.

Eaton, a 35-year-old, 12-year NHL veteran, skated with the Penguins on Wednesday and will remain with the team he won the 2009 Stanley Cup with for at least the next few days.

Although Eaton did not sign a contract with Pittsburgh, he has spent the previous few weeks with the organization's American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, playing in six games with the Baby Penguins.

"I've always expressed interest (in joining the Penguins), and there's some interest on the other side as well," Eaton said. "Other teams in the League and guys have been doing this -- unsigned and kind of skating with the team to have them get a look at them. Hopefully I can impress a little bit and end up here. That's the long-term goal."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 2:55 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Kings expected to turn to Bernier against Flames

CALGARY, Alberta -- Playing the second of back-to-back games, the Los Angeles Kings are expected to start Jonathan Bernier against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday night.

Bernier will play in place of Jonathan Quick, who made 23 saves in a 3-1 win a night ago against the Edmonton Oilers -- his first win in four starts.

Coach Darryl Sutter didn’t confirm which goaltender would play, but captain Dustin Brown said the team has confidence in Bernier, making his fourth appearance of the season.

"That's the beauty of having two good goalies, especially on scenarios like this when you're playing back-to-back," Brown said. "Bernier's played well for us when he's gotten the opportunity this year. He's always come in and played well."


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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 2:50 PM

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

Devils set to begin rare road-and-road in Washington

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils are entering into a unique situation starting Thursday, playing consecutive regular-season games on the road against the same team.

Outside of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, players can't recall a similar situation since their days of playing junior hockey, but that's what they'll do against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night and Saturday afternoon at Verizon Center.

"It is a little different," said Devils forward David Clarkson, who will be in the lineup Thursday after dealing with tightness in his back following Monday afternoon's 2-1 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators. "But I think with the schedule a lot of things are going to happen that you're not used to, so I think it'll be nice to get there and play tomorrow, have the day to practice and have no travel, so that will be good."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 2:28 PM

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

Penguins-Flyers rivalry brings out banter, antagonism

PITTSBURGH -- Dan Bylsma criticized a media member's choice of orange in his wardrobe. Then he talked of turning over framed pictures of Peter Laviolette.

Laviolette's counter? "Enough of this sentimental crap."

Ah, it must be Penguins-Flyers.

Just in time for the Wednesday Night Rivalry presented by Coors Light, the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Atlantic Division antagonist Philadelphia Flyers (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

"Any time you play Pittsburgh," veteran Flyers forward Danny Briere said, "for us with the rivalry with them, it's not hard to get up for a game like that."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 1:51 PM

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

Ducks sign Fasth to two-year contract extension

The player poised to be among the NHL's top free-agent goaltenders this summer is already off the market.

Viktor Fasth, the Swedish sensation who has posted an 8-0-0 record in his first NHL season with the Anaheim Ducks, has signed a two-year extension with the club that will run through the 2014-15 season. Per club policy, financial terms of the extension were not divulged, but Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reported it was for $5.8 million ($2.4 million next season and $3.4 million in 2014-15).

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 1:39 PM

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

Carter not joining Devils on trip to Washington

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils forward Ryan Carter will not make the trip with the team for the its back-to-back road contests with the Washington Capitals on Thursday and Saturday.

Carter was involved in a collision during Monday afternoon's home game with the Ottawa Senators that left him with a head injury. He won't be available in either of the next two games; the team will not return home on the day in between the two games in Washington.

At practice Wednesday, rookie Stefan Matteau took Carter's place on the team's third line with Stephen Gionta and Steve Bernier.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 1:35 PM

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

Tocchet will talk Rivalry Night on Cisco NHL Live

It is Rivalry Night in the NHL and Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, will have both games covered. We'll talk to Rick Tocchet, who has been on both sides of the Penguins-Flyers rivalry. NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire, who will be Inside the Glass for the fierce Atlantic Division battle, will also join us. In the Western Conference, we'll go inside the late matchup between the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche with Denver Post Writer, Adrian Dater.

Our Subway Fresh Face of the week is London Knights defenseman Nikita Zadorov, who will discuss the draft this June. NHL Network insider Darren Dreger gets us the latest information on burning issues around the League. Plus, Nashville Predators forward Colin Wilson -- who assisted on Tuesday night's game-winning goal -- stops by to fill us in on their latest victory.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, keep an eye on this Senior Reporter's dance moves in his EJ5 with a streaking theme, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Wednesday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 1:23 PM

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

Report: Nash doesn't travel with Rangers to Ottawa

New York Rangers forward Rick Nash isn't traveling with the team for Thursday night's game against the Ottawa Senators, according to multiple reports.

Nash didn't play in Tuesday night's 3-1 home loss to the Montreal Canadiens because of an undisclosed injury. He hasn't been ruled out to rejoin the team in time for Saturday night's rematch in Montreal.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 1:15 PM

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

Fantasy Spin: Preds' Wilson flying under radar

If you're a fantasy owner who would gladly welcome a dual-eligible forward who is putting up nearly a point per game, then look no further than Colin Wilson.

Colin Wilson
Center - NSH
GOALS: 5 | ASST: 9 | PTS: 14
SOG: 21 | +/-: 0
Wilson (owned in only 15 percent of Yahoo! leagues) leads the Predators in scoring with 14 points in 17 games this season despite a widespread perception that he's a fantasy afterthought. The C/LW eligibile forward had a pair of assists in the Nashville Predators' 4-3 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, extending his point streak to five games (2 G, 5 A) -- the most balanced scoring stretch of his career.

The 23-year-old had his share of critics after failing to emerge as a top-tier point producter after being selected with the seventh pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, but he is finally finding his rhythm in the Music City. Wilson did produce 30-plus points in each of the past two seasons, but -- outside of deep leagues -- has never been considered a viable fantasy option until now.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 1:08 PM

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

Projected lineups for Penguins, Flyers

PITTSBURGH -- The projected lines and defense pairings for Wednesday night's game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers at Consol Energy Center:

PENGUINS

Chris KunitzSidney CrosbyPascal Dupuis

Matt CookeEvgeni MalkinJames Neal

Beau BennettBrandon SutterTyler Kennedy

Tanner GlassJoe VitaleCraig Adams

Brooks OrpikPaul Martin

Matt NiskanenKris Letang

Simon DespresDeryk Engelland

Tomas Vokoun

Marc-Andre Fleury

Injured: None

Scratches: Robert Bortuzzo, Dustin Jeffrey, Zach Boychuk


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