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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."

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

Posted On Monday, 02.04.2013 / 6:16 PM

By Jerry Brown -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Wild's Coyle to make NHL debut

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Minnesota Wild will have a slightly different look when they take the ice Monday against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Hours after the team traded Darroll Powe to the New York Rangers, rookie Charlie Coyle will make his NHL debut. A 2010 first-round pick of the San Jose Sharks acquired by the Wild as part of the Brent Burns trade, had 14 goals and 24 points in 44 games with the Wild's American Hockey League team, the Houston Aeros.

Here is where Coyle fits into the Wild lineup tonight:

Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Dany Heatley

Pierre-Marc Bouchard - Matt Cullen - Charlie Coyle

Cal Clutterbuck - Kyle Brodziak - Torrey Mitchell

Mikael Granlund - Zenon Konopka - Devin Setoguchi

Ryan Suter - Jonas Brodin

Clayton Stoner - Tom Gilbert

Marco Scandella - Justin Falk

Niklas Backstrom

Josh Harding

Scratched: Matt Kassian, Nate Prosser

Injured: Jared Spurgeon

Posted On Monday, 02.04.2013 / 3:36 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Ducks without Fowler on Monday; Fasth to start

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks will be without defenseman Cam Fowler for at least one game, but the good news was that it might not be a long-term injury.

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said Monday morning that he didn't get the feeling that Fowler would be out for an extended time after he was driven into the boards from behind by Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll on Saturday night. Fowler left the game with an apparent head injury and did not return.

"There's no sense of that right now," Boudreau said. "We'll see as time goes on as this week prolongs. I know just today that he's not playing today [against the San Jose Sharks]."

Going into Saturday, Fowler led Anaheim with 22:28 minutes of average ice time. His spot will be filled by rookie Sami Vatanen, who made his NHL debut last Friday. Listed at 5-foot-10, Vatanen made a name for himself in the Finnish league as an undersized, risk-reward defenseman, and he was close to a point-per-game player with Norfolk of the American Hockey League this season.

Boudreau said he's OK with the risk factor. He also said that, "I don't anticipate Cam being out for very long," and indicated he wants Vatanen to keep it simple.

"To me, he just wants to play the game that he played last time and nothing more," Boudreau said. "I'm not going to sit there and send pictures of [Patrick] Marleau and [Joe] Thornton to his house all afternoon saying, 'Be prepared for these guys.' He's just got to do what he does best, and we'll do the rest."

Vatanen was put on the first power play unit in his debut and looked comfortable. Part of that poise was honed overseas, where he carried his team from the blue line.

"Of course it helps playing with the big guys there the last three years," Vatanen said. "It helps me get ready for this league. If you come in the juniors to here, it's a little bigger jump than from the pro league there. I think I was ready to come here."

Veteran defenseman Toni Lydman likes the fellow Finn.

"He's got some natural talent and vision for this game that, you know, not many young kids have," Lydman said. "You have to realize he's played in the Finnish league for a while now and has been the best defenseman there the past two years. It shows – he's not out of junior. I think he looked better than most kids that age."

Boyle expected to play: Dan Boyle did not participate in the morning skate, but coach Todd McLellan said it was a precautionary measure. Boyle missed the Jan. 29 game against Anaheim with flu.

"[He's] still fighting the cold and flu bug and that type of stuff, so he doesn't need to be skating in pre-game skates in the morning, and [I] anticipate him playing," McLellan said.

SHARKS

Patrick MarleauJoe ThorntonJoe Pavelski

James SheppardLogan CoutureRyane Clowe

Tommy Wingels - Michal HandzusMartin Havlat

Andrew DesjardinsScott GomezAdam Burish

Brad StuartDan Boyle

Jason DemersMarc-Edouard Vlasic

Douglas MurrayJustin Braun

Thomas Greiss

Antti Niemi

Injured: Brent Burns

Scratched: T.J. Galiardi, Matt Irwin

Greiss is expected to make his second start of the season in the first of a back-to-back situation. San Jose can use Niemi against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.

DUCKS

Daniel WinnikRyan GetzlafCorey Perry

Matt BeleskeyBobby RyanTeemu Selanne

Andrew CoglianoSaku KoivuKyle Palmieri

Emerson EtemNick BoninoBrad Staubitz

Sheldon SourayFrancois Beauchemin

Bryan AllenToni Lydman

Luca SbisaSami Vatanen

Viktor Fasth

Jonas Hiller

Injured: Hampus Lindholm

Scratched: Rickard Rakell, Devante Smith-Pelly

Fasth was first off the ice and the move makes sense given he is the hotter goalie at 2-0 with a 1.44 goals-against average. Hiller has allowed at least four goals in three of his past four starts.

Boudreau has liked Bobby Ryan at center the past two games and indicated he will stick with it. Boudreau did shake up his lines in practice, though, notably with Winnik on the top line.

It appears that Brad Staubitz will draw in on the fourth line and make his second appearance this season.

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