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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 11:02 AM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Kovalev likely to return for Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers forward Alex Kovalev likely will be back in the lineup Tuesday against the Washington Capitals after being a healthy scratch the previous two games.

Kovalev, who turns 40 later this month, worked on a line with Tomas Kopecky and Marcel Goc during the morning skate.

Kovalev, who was signed after being invited to camp on a tryout basis, had been benched in favor of Jack Skille for Thursday's 3-2 shootout victory at the Philadelphia Flyers and Saturday's 5-0 loss at Washington.

Skille scored Florida's first goal in the victory against the Flyers. He'll stay in the lineup, with Jerred Smithson relegated to the press box.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 9:18 AM

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

Report: Flyers' Couturier sent home with flu

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier has been sent home from the team's road trip due to the flu, with forward Harry Zolnierczyk recalled from the club's American Hockey League team to replace him.

Couturier was a late scratch from Monday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs due to the flu. It was the first game of a six-game road trip that continues Tuesday in Winnipeg.

Zolnierczyk, 25, has nine goals and eight assists in 46 games with the Adirondack Phantoms this season. He split last season between Adirondack and the Flyers, totaling three goals and three assists in 37 NHL games.

Posted On Monday, 02.11.2013 / 10:40 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

PHX @ COL - 17:40 of the First Period

At 17:40 of the second period in the Coyotes/Avalanche game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Phoenix defenseman Keith Yandle's shot went off the goalpost. No Goal Phoenix.

Posted On Monday, 02.11.2013 / 8:27 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

SJS @ CBJ - 11:19 of the Second Period

At 11:19 of the second period in the Sharks/Blue Jackets game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Columbus forward RJ Umberger's shot never crossed the goal line. No Goal Columbus.

Posted On Monday, 02.11.2013 / 7:35 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

CAR @ NYI - 13:42 of the First Period

At 13:42 of the first period in the Hurricanes/Islanders game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Carolina defenseman Jamie McBain's shot deflected off Tim Wallace's left skate and into the net. According to Rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal." Good goal Carolina.

Posted On Monday, 02.11.2013 / 7:06 PM

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

CISCO NHL Live - Mike Quigley

Congressman Mike Quigley joins CISCO NHL Live to talk Chicago Blackhawks and Hockey Is For Everyone.

Posted On Monday, 02.11.2013 / 4:39 PM

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

Hiller likely to skate Tuesday; Fowler remains out

The Anaheim Ducks updated injury news on a couple of their key players Monday, goaltender Jonas Hiller and defenseman Cam Fowler.

According to coach Bruce Boudreau, Hiller is improving in his recovery from a lower-body injury and should skate Tuesday. He left Friday night's game against Dallas after the first period.

Fowler, meanwhile, is unlikely to play for the remainder of the Ducks' road trip, which includes stops Tuesday in Chicago, Friday in Detroit and Saturday in Nashville. Fowler hasn't played since sustaining an upper-body injury Feb. 2 against Los Angeles.

Posted On Monday, 02.11.2013 / 3:29 PM

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

DiPietro to start in Islanders' goal

The New York Islanders announced goaltender Rick DiPietro will make his second start of the season when the team faces the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.

In DiPietro's previous game this season, Jan. 25 against the Boston Bruins, he allowed four goals on 27 shots in a 4-2 loss.

Due to a series of injuries, it will be just the 49th game DiPietro has played in since the start of the 2008-09 season. He's spent this season watching as Evgeni Nabokov has gotten the majority of the playing time.

"I think he's been handling it fine," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "He obviously hasn't played a lot, but at the same time, he's sharp. He's had a lot of practice time with us now. When you haven't played a lot, obviously practice is what you need. He gave us a chance in Boston, he just got a couple of unlucky bounces."

The loss in Boston was DiPietro’s first appearance since Dec. 3, 2011, when he was injured in a 5-4 victory at Dallas. He's elated at the chance to play.

"This opportunity to feel healthy and practice, and have a chance to come out here and help this team win hockey games is truly a blessing," he said. "I feel good. Hopefully that translates onto the ice."
Posted On Monday, 02.11.2013 / 3:28 PM

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

Flames turn back to Sarich for blue-line help

CALGARY, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames will have Cory Sarich in the lineup for the first time since Jan. 31 when they host the Minnesota Wild at Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday night.

Sarich, a healthy scratch for the last four games, is eager to make his presence felt on the Flames' blueline.

"Playing good defense is the No. 1 key and then trying to get some licks in when I can has always been a big part of my game," Sarich said. "I think I'm usually at my best when I'm playing physical."

For the most part this season, the Flames have rotated Sarich, Chris Butler and Derek Smith in and out of the lineup. Anton Babchuk, who is ready to return from an upper-body injury, further crowds the blue line.

Sarich, who will step in for Smith, is already used to the rotation.

"I've seen it enough now that I know what I need to do personally," he said. "Mentally I've dealt with it enough I think in and out of the lineup over the last couple years that this isn't going to phase me."

Though Sarich will see action tonight, forward Michael Cammalleri will not.

Cammalleri, who has missed the last two games with a hip flexor, is ruled out for the contest according to coach Bob Hartley and has been placed on the injured reserve list retroactive to Feb. 5.

"He's getting much better," Hartley said. "He skated yesterday and he's getting closer so he's on the ice this morning with us. Cammy's doing better, but he will not be in the lineup tonight."

Here is a look at who will take to the ice for the Flames when they face the Wild.

Curtis GlencrossAlex TanguayJarome Iginla

Jiri HudlerBen StreetRoman Cervenka

Blake ComeauMatt StajanLee Stempniak

Steve BeginBlair JonesTim Jackman

Mark GiordanoJay Bouwmeester

Dennis WidemanTJ Brodie

Chris ButlerCory Sarich

Scratched: Anton Babchuk, Derek Smith

Injured: Mikael Backlund, Sven Baertschi, Michael Cammalleri, Miikka Kiprusoff

Posted On Monday, 02.11.2013 / 3:22 PM

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

Canucks turn back to Luongo on Tuesday

Roberto Luongo has been confirmed as the Vancouver Canucks starting goaltender for Tuesday night's game against the Minnesota Wild (10 p.m. ET, TSN) at Rogers Arena.

Cory Schneider started the Canucks' game last week in Minnesota, where Luongo has had notoriously poor performances in his career. Schneider won and had a solid outing, and he got the nod again Saturday against Calgary, earning a 5-1 victory over the Flames.

This will be Vancouver's 12th game of the season and will mark an even split between Luongo and Schneider in terms of starts (Luongo also has one appearance in relief of Schneider in the season opener).

Luongo currently posts a 3-0-2 record with a 1.53 goals-against average and .940 save percentage.

Schneider has won two straight for a 4-2-0 record with a 2.36 GAA and .921 save percentage.

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