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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:12 PM

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

Nabokov will start for Islanders vs. Penguins

Evgeni Nabokov was the first goaltender off the ice for New York Islanders on Tuesday and will start against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"We're riding the hot hand for a bit," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "If you look at his past in San Jose, you see he's used to playing a lot of games."

This will be Nabokov's eighth start of the season. He has allowed seven goals in his past three games.

The Penguins held an optional skate this morning. Chris Kunitz took part after being under the weather of late and missing practices, not games, as a result. He had four goals in the Penguins' 6-3 victory against the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

Marc-Andre Fleury will likely get the start in net for Pittsburgh.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:11 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Powe gives Rangers flexibility, PK presence

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New York Rangers acquired forward Darroll Powe on Monday because coach John Tortorella was concerned with the inconsistent play from the middle of the lineup.

One thing Powe has displayed in his 294 career NHL games is consistency.

He can score some goals (28 in his career), but he's more of a third-line grinder, shot-blocker and penalty-killer who can play all three forward positions -- traits Tortorella is hoping translate well to the Rangers to give the team more versatility in their bottom six.

"With Powe it's a guy that can kill penalties, has played in the League, does a lot of little things on the boards, certainly adds to our depth in a lot of different situations where I can move people around," Tortorella said Tuesday morning from Prudential Center, where the Rangers will face the New Jersey Devils for the first time this season at 7 p.m. ET. "So, we're happy to get him."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:10 PM

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

Calvert back for Blue Jackets

Matt Calvert, who suffered an upper-body injury in a win against the Dallas Stars last week, has skated the past two days in practice and will return to the Columbus Blue Jackets lineup Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings.

Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards confirmed the move after Tuesday's morning skate at Nationwide Arena, and said Jonathan Audy-Marchessault has been reassigned to the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.

"Matty will play tonight," Richards said after practice. "We actually just assigned Jonathan back to Springfield. It's another healthy body. Jonathan did a good job for us ... it's just another one of those things as far as numbers."

Calvert has zero points in six games.

The Blue Jackets expect Nikita Nikitin to play Thursday against the Calgary Flames, Richards said. Nikitin, who was injured last week in Minnesota, was placed on injured reserve over the weekend (retroactive to Jan. 29) and is eligible to be activated.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:10 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Sabres, Senators

OTTAWA -- Here are the projected lineups for the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night at Scotiabank Place:

SABRES

Thomas VanekCody HodgsonJason Pominville

Marcus FolignoTyler EnnisDrew Stafford

Steve OttMikhail GrigorenkoJochen Hecht

John ScottCody McCormickNathan Gerbe

Jordan LeopoldMike Weber

Adam PardyTyler Myers

TJ Brennan – Alexander Sulzer

Jhonas Enroth

Ryan Miller

Injuries: Patrick Kaleta, Andrej Sekera, Robyn Regehr, Ville Leino, Christian Ehrhoff

Scratches: Matt Ellis

Enroth exited the ice first after practice, indicating that he is likely to get the start. He has a career record of 3-0-1 against the Senators, with a 2.16 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage.

Ehrhoff skated briefly at the beginning of practice, then left the ice and did not return. Pardy, who was recalled from Rochester on Monday, is expected to fill the hole in the lineup.

SENATORS

Mika ZibanejadKyle TurrisDaniel Alfredsson

Milan MichalekZack SmithJakob Silfverberg

Colin GreeningPeter ReginChris Neil

Erik CondraStephane Da CostaJim O'Brien

Marc MethotErik Karlsson

Andre BenoitChris Phillips

Patrick WierciochMark Borowiecki/Sergei Gonchar

Craig Anderson

Ben Bishop

Injuries: Guillaume Latendresse, Jason Spezza, Jared Cowen, Mike Lundin

Scratches: Kaspars Daugavins, Mark Borowiecki

Da Costa, who was called up from Binghamton on Monday, will see time on the fourth line, flanked by Erik Condra and Jim O'Brien.

Coach Paul MacLean said Gonchar (flu) is expected to play, and Borowiecki would likely come out of the lineup. Both will take warm-up Tuesday night.

With only one goal in their last two games, offense has become a serious issue for the Senators. The loss of Spezza, who required back surgery to repair a herniated desk, is significant. However, the team knows that they must make up for his absence by any means necessary.

"You can never replace [Jason Spezza]," Turris said. "He's one of the best players in the League. To fill that void, we've got to simplify things, and get pucks and bodies to the net. Everybody kinds of tenses up [with the lack of offense] -- that's when you’ve got to keep shooting. Hopefully one goes off somebody's butt and in, and they all start trickling in after that."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 11:52 AM

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

DeBoer putting Zajac back on top line with Kovalchuk

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer will tweak his top two lines in preparation for the New York Rangers on Tuesday at Prudential Center.

During the team's morning skate, DeBoer flipped centermen Travis Zajac and Adam Henrique. Zajac was working the top unit alongside Dainius Zubrus and Ilya Kovalchuk. Henrique, meanwhile, was between Patrik Elias and David Clarkson. Henrique skated with Zubrus and Kovalchuk in New Jersey's 3-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 10:39 AM

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

Projected lineup for Flyers

VOORHEES, N.J. -- The Philadelphia Flyers had a full lineup on the ice Tuesday for their morning skate at their suburban New Jersey practice site.

Based on practice drills, here is how the lineup could look when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS):

Tye McGinn - Claude Giroux - Danny Briere

Matt Read - Sean Couturier - Mike Knuble

Jakub Voracek - Brayden Schenn - Zac Rinaldo

Tom Sestito - Maxime Talbot - Ruslan Fedotenko

Braydon Coburn - Bruno Gervais

Kimmo Timonen - Luke Schenn

Kurtis Foster - Nicklas Grossmann

Ilya Bryzgalov

Michael Leighton

Scratched: Jody Shelley, Andreas Lilja

Injured: Scott Hartnell, Wayne Simmonds, Andrej Meszaros

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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Posted On Monday, 02.04.2013 / 9:22 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

CAR @ TOR - 0:42 of the Third Period

At 0:42 of the third period in the Hurricanes/Maple Leafs game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk's shot completely crossed the goal line. Good Goal Carolina.

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Posted On Monday, 02.04.2013 / 8:50 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

CAR @ TOR - 18:44 of the Second Period

At 18:44 of the second period in the Hurricanes/Maple Leafs game, video review determined that Toronto forward Tyler Bozak directed the puck into the net with his right skate. 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 Toronto.

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Posted On Monday, 02.04.2013 / 7:36 PM

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

Welcome, Steve Mears!

Cisco NHL Live welcomes Steve Mears to the team. E.J. Hradek got him a special gift, a signed Wayne Gretzky wine bottle!

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Posted On Monday, 02.04.2013 / 7:09 PM

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

CISCO NHL Live - Chris Bourque

Boston Bruins forward Chris Bourque scored his first goal with the team this weekend and joined CISCO NHL Live to talk about it and his famous father.

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That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4