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Posted On Sunday, 03.17.2013 / 12:40 AM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

DET @ VAN - 14:44 of the Third Period

At 14:44 of the third period in the Red Wings/Canucks game, video review determined that Pavel Datsyuk's pass deflected off Justin Abdelkader's body and into the net. According to Rule 78.4 "if an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed." Good Goal Detroit.

Posted On Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 10:34 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

DET @ VAN - 6:08 of the First Period

At 6:08 of the first period in the Red Wings/Canucks game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Detroit forward Pavel Datsyuk's centering pass deflected off Justin Abdelkader's 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 Detroit.

Posted On Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 8:41 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

WPG @ TOR - 10:36 of the Second Period

At 10:36 of the second period in the Jets/Maple Leafs game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Winnipeg forward Antti Miettinen deflected the puck into the net with his stick below the cross bar. According to Rule 60.5 "The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick. If the puck makes contact with the stick below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed." Good Goal Winnipeg.

Posted On Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 5:35 PM

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

Devils' Pesonen set to make NHL debut

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils forward Harri Pesonen will make his NHL debut Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens at Prudential Center. Pesonen will skate as the left wing on a line with Patrik Elias and David Clarkson.

The Devils signed Pesonen, 24, last year after the Stanley Cup Final ended. He was playing professionally in his native Finland.

Pesonen, who was called up Tuesday, has 25 points, including 11 goals, in 54 games with the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League.

"Some energy, some fresh legs," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said when asked what he wants to see out of Pesonen. "It's his first NHL game so I think he'll be excited. He's a guy that's played pro hockey over in Europe a little so he's not a 20-year-old rookie coming in; he's a 24-year-old that's played some pro. I'm hoping that that transition is a little bit easier for him."

Devils rookie Stefan Matteau will play for the first time March 9. He has been a healthy scratch for the past three games.

Posted On Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 4:04 PM

By Kevin Woodley - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

White in Red Wings lineup with Quincey injured

VANCOUVER -- Detroit Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey has a fractured cheekbone and is out indefinitely after taking a puck in the face during Friday night's 3-2 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers.

Quincey is headed back to Detroit to see doctors after getting hit in the left cheek when the puck ramped up his stick in the third period.

"Sounds like he's going to need surgery," coach Mike Babcock said, adding he had "no idea" how long Quincey would be out. "I don't imagine him returning very quickly."

That means veteran defenseman Ian White, who was a healthy scratch for the eighth time in nine games Friday, will draw back into the lineup against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

Posted On Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 2:51 PM

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

Top Kings prospect Toffoli set for NHL debut

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- There will be a few more televisions in Scarborough, Ontario tuned into the Los Angeles Kings-San Jose Sharks game Saturday night.

That's the hometown of Tyler Toffoli, who is expected to make his NHL debut with the Kings. Toffoli, 20, will play right wing on the second line with Jeff Carter moving to center and Mike Richards on the other wing.

"I'm really excited," Toffoli said. "Obviously, it's my first game. I'm playing with two great players. I'm really excited and I just want to do the best I can and play my game.

"It's obviously a pretty big step coming from [Manchester of the American Hockey League]. It's faster, so a couple of days skating with them has really helped and I feel pretty good right now."

Coach Darryl Sutter, asked what his message is to a young player making his debut, said, "Try not to sit on the bench."

Posted On Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 2:10 PM - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Jamie Benn game-time decision for Stars

DALLAS -- After seeing captain Brenden Morrow unexpectedly return to the ice in Thursday’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks, the Dallas Stars could see top-line center Jamie Benn, who has missed the past two games with a wrist injury, return in similar fashion Saturday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at American Airlines Center.

Benn participated in morning skate Saturday morning, as he did Thursday, and Stars coach Glen Gulutzan termed the 2012 All-Star a game-time decision.

"Jamie will be a game-time decision. Skated today, shot a few pucks and feels great other than the wrist, but he’ll be a game-time decision,” Gulutzan said.

Kari Lehtonen will start a seventh straight game in goal for Dallas, and rookie defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, a healthy scratch against Anaheim, will return to the ice and be paired alongside Alex Goligoski with Philip Larsen heading back to the bench.

It also appears Ryan Garbutt, a fixture on Dallas’ fourth line, will miss the game with a hand injury.

"Garbutt is probably out for today. Just kind of got the similar injury as Jamie," Gulutzan said. "So we'll see how [Benn] is and how [Garbutt] is and will warm up [Tomas Vincour] as the extra guy."

Corey Crawford will start in goal for the Blackhawks, and it appears defenseman Michal Rozsival will return to the ice for the first time since March 8 at the Colorado Avalanche.

Here are the projected lineups for the game at American Airlines Center:

Posted On Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 1:52 PM

By Louie Korac - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Rookie sensation Tarasenko back for Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Both the Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues will welcome additions when they meet Saturday night at Scottrade Center.

The Blues (15-10-2), 4-1-0 in their past five games, will get a boost with the return of rookie Vladimir Tarasenko to the lineup.

Tarasenko has missed the previous 10 games dating to Feb. 21 with a concussion suffered against the Colorado Avalanche following a hit from Mark Olver. He has been activated from injured reserve, and T.J. Oshie (upper body) has been placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Tuesday.

"Yeah, he's playing tonight ... he'll come off injured reserve and participate today," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said of Tarasenko.

Tarasenko had 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 17 games and was the NHL Rookie of the Month in January.

"This is an unbelievable feeling," Tarasenko said. "I'm really happy to be back.

"I need a couple of games, maybe one, to remember the speed, passing and timing. I think I will be OK."

Posted On Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 1:31 PM

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

Report: Lupul to play for Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul will return to action Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets after missing 25 games with a broken arm, TSN reports.

"It's not like it was before it was broken, but it's at a point where the doctor thinks it's safe to play," Lupul told TSN on Friday after his third practice.

"I've been shooting and practicing for probably a week now so the next test is to go out for a game. They've asked me what I felt and I said I felt confident that it's strong enough and so do they. I'm not going to think about it at all."

Lupul is projected to skate on a lie with Nazem Kadri and Nikolai Kulemin.

Posted On Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 1:18 PM

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

Ryder out, Blunden in for Canadiens

NEWARK, N.J. -- Montreal Canadiens forward Michael Ryder did not make the trip for the game Saturday night against the New Jersey Devils because of a lower-body injury.

Ryder, who practiced Friday, stayed in Montreal to receive treatment.

"There were too many question marks," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. "We feel it's better for him to treat it and resolve the problem. When we put him back in the lineup he's going to be 100 percent. At this time of the year we don't want to take any risks.

"It's not like a major injury, but it's something we have to pay attention to."

Ryder will be replaced in the lineup by Mike Blunden, who was recalled Friday from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League. Travis Moen will move up from the fourth line to play on the top line with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta.

Blunden had quite a trip just getting to Newark.

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