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Posted On Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 1:43 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Erat, Ward out for Caps; Bourque returns for Habs

MONTREAL -- The Washington Capitals will be without trade-deadline acquisition Martin Erat and forward Joel Ward when they face the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

Erat will miss his second game since being driven into the boards by Florida Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson in the first period of a 4-3 Capitals win Saturday. Ward was hurt when he blocked a Sami Salo slap shot with his left leg in a 4-2 win Sunday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Ward and Erat made the trip to Montreal, but coach Adam Oates said each needs more time before returning to the lineup.

"[Ward] is still hurt pretty good from that shot," Oates said. "He came on the trip in case he got better, but he just wasn't feeling good this morning. Marty's just loosening up, but he's not quite ready yet."

Oates said there was no timeline for the return of either player.

Posted On Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 1:41 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live updates push toward the playoffs

The push toward the Stanley Cup Playoffs continues, and Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you up to date on playoff implications around the NHL. With nine games on the ice tonight we'll also give you a look at pre-game skates of the early games in our Ice Pass, and discuss each one rapidly in Slapshots.

We'll get live pre-game updates from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Columbus with Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch, as the Columbus Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks face off. In the Eastern Conference, the red-hot Washington Capitals play the Montreal Canadiens and we'll check in with Arpon Basu, Managing Editor of for the preview. We'll also head out to Minnesota with the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Michael Russo as the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks square off in a Western Conference clash. Lastly, NHL Network analyst Darren Pang will drop by the show to talk about tonight's matchup between the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators, and goalie play as we get to crunch time.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all nine games being played on Tuesday.

Posted On Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 1:28 PM

By Lonnie Herman - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Bishop, Conacher squaring off one week after trade

TAMPA -- Two former teammates will be on opposite benches Tuesday when the Ottawa Senators visit Tampa Bay Times Forum to face the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Goaltender Ben Bishop, one of the principals in the April 3 trade in which the Lightning sent forward Cory Conacher to the Senators, will face his former team as he makes his fourth consecutive start. For Bishop, who is 1-2-0 with Tampa Bay, the start just adds to what has been a whirlwind week.

"I've been in six cities and two countries in four games, so it's been hectic," Bishop said. "But if you can't get excited for games like this, you've got a problem. The last week has been a lot of emotions, a lot of excitement and a lot of adrenaline."

Posted On Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 1:25 PM

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

Erixon, Nikitin return to Columbus blue line

With one goal combined over a current two-game losing streak, the Columbus Blue Jackets welcomed some important reinforcements when they took to the ice Tuesday before their game against the San Jose Sharks.

The Blue Jackets defense, which has dealt with injuries through much of the season, saw Tim Erixon and Nikita Nikitin return to practice. The blueliners each had and upper-body injury but have been cleared to play against San Jose. Another defenseman, Dalton Prout, is a game-time decision.

Posted On Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 1:05 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Faulk, Semin likely to return for Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk will return to the lineup Tuesday after missing the past nine games with a second-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

Faulk is Carolina's leader in ice time, skating 23:23 per night. Carolina sent defenseman Brett Bellemore to Charlotte of the American Hockey League to open a roster spot.

Forward Alexander Semin also is expected to return to face the Pittsburgh Penguins, after missing two games with a lower-body injury.

Here are the projected lineups for the game between the Penguins and Hurricanes:

Posted On Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 12:40 PM

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

Workhorse Nabokov again in Islanders' net

New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano admitted his approach to his team would not change heading into a crucial Atlantic Division matchup Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers. And in the true spirit of "business as usual," he revealed Evgeni Nabokov would be starting in net for the Islanders.

Posted On Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 12:36 PM

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

Hurricanes activate Faulk from IR

The Carolina Hurricanes , who have one win in their past 10 games, will get a bit of help in changing their fortunes with the return to the lineup of defenseman Justin Faulk.

Faulk was activated from injured reserve Tuesday and likely will be in the team's lineup when it faces the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.

Posted On Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 11:06 AM

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

Mason to start in goal for Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers announced Steve Mason will make his first start in goal for the team Tuesday when it faces the New York Islanders.
Posted On Monday, 04.08.2013 / 11:45 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

PHX @ VAN - 19:58 of the Second Period

At 19:58 of the second period in the Coyotes/Canucks game, video review determined that Henrik Sedin used his skate to kick the puck into the net. According to rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net." No Goal Vancouver.

Posted On Monday, 04.08.2013 / 9:24 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

CAR @ BOS - 9:49 of the Third Period

At 9:49 of the third period in the Hurricanes/Bruins game, video review determined that Eric Staal used his left skate to kick the puck into the net before the puck completely crossed the goal line. According to rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net." No Goal Carolina.

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