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Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 2:23 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Petrell passes concussion tests; Hartikiainen to IR

The Edmonton Oilers are swapping forwards on the injured reserve list.

Lennart Petrell passed his concussion protol testing on Sunday night, which clears him to return to the active lineup for Monday night’s game in Chicago (8:30 p.m. ET). Going to the injured reserve list with a sore shoulder is Teemu Hartikainen, according to Oilers coach Ralph Krueger – who met with reporters after Edmonton’s morning skate on Monday at United Center.

Lennart Petrell cleared his test last night and we’ve got him back in the lineup,” Krueger told “We’ve had to put Teemu Hartikainen on IR. His shoulder worsened after the last game. Maybe he cheered to hard after the last goal. I’m not sure exactly how it happened, but truly he’s been playing with a lot of pain and it’s an injury that needs a break, need a rest, and needs some regeneration.”

Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 2:13 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

Stamkos to appear on Monday's Cisco NHL Live

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos is one of the NHL's "Stars of the Week" and will join Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET Monday on the NHL Network. We'll also be joined by Flyers analyst Rick Tocchet on the Cisco NHL Arena Cam to disucss James van Riemsdyk's return to Philadelphia.

The Chicago Blackhawks look for 19 straight with at least a point as they play the upstart Oilers, while the Anaheim Ducks look to extend their current six-game winning streak by beating their interstate rivals, the Los Angeles Kings. We'll have both of those games covered, and Barry Melrose will predict when some of these NHL streaks will come to an end. NHL Network insider Bob McKenzie fills us in on his latest news and notes, including two big signings in Washington.

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: Hradek's Top 5 hockey movies, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Monday.

Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 2:05 PM

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

Statuses of Nash, McDonagh uncertain for Tuesday

In terms of injuries, it was mixed bag at New York Rangers practice Monday.

Rick Nash (undisclosed) remained absent and looks like a poor bet to be in the lineup against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. Nash hasn't played since Feb. 17 against the Washington Capitals, when he was a game-time decision with the same unrevealed ailment.

It appears Ryan McDonagh (head) could be absent Tuesday as well, as the defenseman did not practice after leaving Saturday's 3-0 loss after being driven into the board and glass from behind by Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty.

Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 1:52 PM

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

Penguins sign Eaton to one-year contract

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Mark Eaton, a member of their 2009 Stanley Cup championship team, to a one-year contract.

The 35-year-old Eaton had spent time this season with the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and more recently was practicing with Pittsburgh in the hopes of earning an NHL contract.

Eaton has career totals of 24 goals, 85 points and 238 penalty minutes in 627 career games for the Flyers, Predators, Penguins and Islanders. He has four goals and 10 points in 60 Stanley Cup Playoff games. All four of those goals came during the Penguins' 2009 Cup run.

Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 1:36 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Blackhawks not taking Oilers lightly

CHICAGO – Maybe if it were any other team coming into United Center on Monday night, the Chicago Blackhawks might get caught napping.

It will be Chicago’s third game in four days and with each win or point, the Blackhawks now just extend their own NHL record for consecutive games to start a season with at least a point – which stands at 18 straight contests. There’s got to be a letdown at some point, but the team in the visiting dressing room this time might be enough to prevent it on Monday night.

The Edmonton Oilers walloped Chicago twice at Rexall Place last season and the Blackhawks haven’t forgotten.y)

Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 1:31 PM

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

Bryzgalov to make NHL-high 19th start

The Flyers held their morning skate at their suburban practice facility in Voorhees, N.J., with the most significant news being that Ilya Bryzgalov will make his League-high 19th start in net.

He enters 9-8-1 with a 2.77 goals-against average and .902 save percentage. He stopped 34 of 37 shots in Saturday's 5-3 win against the Winnipeg Jets, and after saying he was "exhausted" during an interview with a Philadelphia radio station, he sounded more energized after Saturday's game. When asked after the game how he felt, he answered, "Good, like always."

Here is the lineup the Flyers likely will use when they face the Maple Leafs on Monday:

Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 1:20 PM

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

Van Riemsdyk realizing potential with Maple Leafs

PHILADELPHIA -- The building is familiar, but the room he got dressed in wasn't the one Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk was used to.

After three seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, van Riemsdyk returns to play his first game at Wells Fargo Center as a visitor.

"It's a lot different now," van Riemsdyk said following the Leafs' practice Monday. "It's weird the things you think about when you walk in here for the first time. You think about all the memories you had playing here, but at the same time it's time to put those in the past and focus on tonight's game."

Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 1:14 PM

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

Report: Panthers send Markstrom back to AHL

The Florida Panthers have returned goaltender Jacob Markstrom to their American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio, according to reports.

Markstrom was recalled last week and started consecutive games for the Panthers. He lost to both the Penguins and Bruins, but stopped 65 of 71 shots, a .915 save percentage.

A second-round pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, the 23-year-old Markstrom is 2-7-1 with a 2.77 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in 10 career appearances for Florida.

Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 1:09 PM

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

Reimer close, but Scrivens will make another start

PHILADELPHIA -- The Toronto Maple Leafs had all three goalies on the ice for Monday's morning skate, but it looks like the same two who have been playing will be in the lineup Monday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

That means Ben Scrivens likely will make his seventh straight start, with Jussi Rynnas backing him up. James Reimer, who hasn't played since spraining the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during the Leafs' game against the Flyers in Toronto on Feb. 11, will sit out.

Reimer told reporters after the skate that he's feeling better and is "inching closer" to a return, but isn't there yet.

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