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Posted On Wednesday, 02.06.2013 / 1:48 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Nine players to be initiated to the Habs-Bruins rivalry

MONTREAL – It will be initiation night at Bell Centre on Wednesday as nine players on either side of the rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins will be getting their first taste of it.

For the Canadiens, offseason acquisitions Brandon Prust and Colby Armstrong as well as rookies Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher have never felt it, while the Bruins have Chris Bourque and rookies Dougie Hamilton, Ryan Spooner, Lane MacDermid and Jamie Tardif.

“If you look at both teams there are some players who will be facing that for the first time,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Wednesday’s morning skate. “All I can say is they’ll figure it out quick enough what’s going to happen here.”

Posted On Wednesday, 02.06.2013 / 1:37 PM

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

Jets return Scheifele to junior team

For the second year in a row, forward Mark Scheifele hasn't been able to stick with the Winnipeg Jets after an early-season audition.

The Jets on Wednesday announced they have reassigned the seventh pick in the 2011 NHL Draft to the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League.

The 19-year-old played in four games with the Jets this season and failed to register a point. He had been a healthy scratch in five of the Jets' past six games.

Posted On Wednesday, 02.06.2013 / 1:30 PM

By Pete Jensen -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Clarkson now offensive juggernaut

The days of David Clarkson being regarded as a PIMs-only fantasy asset are long gone.

David Clarkson
Right Wing - NJD
GOALS: 7 | ASST: 5 | PTS: 12
SOG: 38 | +/-: 2
Clarkson still has accumulated 11 PIMs through his first nine games, but his ability to produce at least a point in eight of those games has taken the fantasy world by storm. The 28-year-old right wing came into his own offensively last season for the New Jersey Devils, and Tuesday night was another example of the fantasy difference-maker he has become.

Operating alongside veteran Patrik Elias and sophomore Adam Henrique, who returned to the lineup last week after being sidelined due to injury, Clarkson reeled off two goals and an assist in the Devils' 3-1 victory over the rival New York Rangers. Clarkson and Elias (10 points in nine games), a duo that has vastly outperformed New Jersey's top line tandem of Ilya Kovalchuk and Travis Zajac this season, fueled the Devils' offense again by having a hand in all three of the team's goals.

Posted On Wednesday, 02.06.2013 / 12:25 PM

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

Kiprusoff out, Flames sign Taylor

Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, the Calgary Flames announced Wednesday.

Kiprusoff left Calgary's game Tuesday night after making 19 saves on 20 shots in a 4-1 victory against the Detroit Red Wings. Backup goaltender Leland Irving replaced Kiprusoff for the third period and stopped all six shots he faced.

The Flames signed Abbotsford Heat goaltender Danny Taylor to a one-year, two-way contract and he will fill Kiprusoff's spot. The 26-year-old is 13-9-1 and second in the American Hockey League in goals-against average (1.77) and save percentage (.930). The leader in both categories is Abbotsford's Barry Brust, who is 9-6-2 with a 1.69 GAA and .940 save percentage.

Posted On Wednesday, 02.06.2013 / 11:36 AM

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

Jackets send Johansen down to Springfield

The Columbus Blue Jackets assigned center Ryan Johansen to the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.

Johansen, 20, has two assists in 10 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He began the 2012-13 season with Springfield, tallying 14 goals and 27 points in 34 games.

The fourth pick in 2010 NHL Draft hadn't registered a point in five games, but he was the team's leader in faceoff percentage at .508.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 10:00 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

BUF @ OTT - 13:55 of the Third Period

At 13:55 of the third period in the Sabres/Senators game, video review determined that the puck deflected off Buffalo forward Jason Pominville's right skate 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 Buffalo.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 9:26 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

NSH @ STL - 10:09 of the Second Period

At 10:09 of the second period in the Predators/Blues game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Nashville forward Gabriel Bourque's left skate 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 Nashville.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 7:28 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

PIT @ NYI - 6:16 of the First Period

At 6:16 of the first period in the Penguins/Islanders game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Pittsburgh forward Sidney Crosby's shot did not cross the goal line. No Goal Pittsburgh.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 7:25 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

NYR @ NJD - 4:24 of the First Period

At 4:24 of the first period in the Rangers/Devils game, the situation room called for a video review because the puck crossed the Devils goal line. The referee determined that he had blown his whistle after Rangers forward Rick Nash collided with the net causing it to come off the pegs but prior to the puck going into the net. According to rule 78.5 (x) "Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the referee when the net becomes displaced accidentally. The goal frame is considered to be displaced if either or both goal pegs are no longer in their respective holes in the ice, or the net has come completely off one or both pegs, prior to or as the puck enters the net." No Goal New York.

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