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Posted On Wednesday, 01.30.2013 / 2:20 PM

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

Projected lineups for Oilers, Coyotes

Here are the projected lineups for Wednesday night's game between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers practiced at a separate site than the Coyotes, so their lines are an estimate based off their game Monday against the Avalanche.

OILERS

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Nail Yakupov - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky

Ryan Smyth - Shawn Horcoff - Lennart Petrell

Teemu Hartikainen - Eric Belanger - Magnus Paajarvi

Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry

Nick Schultz - Justin Schultz

Ryan Whitney - Corey Potter

Devan Dubnyk

Nikolai Khabibulin

Scratches: Darcy Hordichuk, Mark Fistric

COYOTES

Steve Sullivan - Antoine Vermette - Shane Doan

Mikkel Boedker - Alexandre Bolduc - Radim Vrbata

Lauri Korpikoski - Boyd Gordon - David Moss

Nick Johnson - Kyle Chipchura - Paul Bissonnette

Zbynek Michalek - Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Keith Yandle - Derek Morris

David Schlemko - Michael Stone

Chad Johnson

Jason LaBarbera

Scratches: David Rundblad

Injuries: Mike Smith (lower body), Rostislav Klesla (lower body), Martin Hanzal (lower body)

Hanzal and Klesla, game-time decisions Monday against the Predators, were unable to go in that game and were not on the ice at all Wednesday.

On the other hand, Smith, who is recovering from a groin injury suffered in warm-ups prior to the Jan. 23 game against the Blue Jackets, was able to practice fully and even stayed on the ice late with goalie coach Sean Burke for extra work. There is optimism he will be able to start on Friday when the Coyotes open a home-and-home against the Stars.

Phoenix coach Dave Tippett will go with Chad Johnson again Wednesday after he picked up his first career shutout against Nashville. Tippett said one of the big reasons for sticking with Johnson over veteran Jason LaBarbera is the amount of work Johnson had in the AHL this season, getting himself into a good rhythm.

Tippett added that he would like to see more communication on the ice between his top defensive pair of Michalek and Ekman-Larsson. Expected to be the team's shutdown pairing, both players are known to be quiet in nature, and Tippett would like to see them be more vocal on the ice.

Also, suspended forward Raffi Torres will be eligible to return Saturday night against Dallas. Torres has been skating fully and is expected to play once he becomes eligible.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.30.2013 / 1:53 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Wild, Blackhawks

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Here are the projected lines for tonight's game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center:

WILD

Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Dany Heatley

Pierre-Marc Bouchard - Mikael Granlund - Devin Setoguchi

Matt Cullen - Kyle Brodziak - Cal Clutterbuck

Darroll Powe - Zenon Konopka - Torrey Mitchell

Ryan Suter - Jonas Brodin

Clayton Stoner - Tom Gilbert

Marco Scandella - Justin Falk

Josh Harding

Niklas Backstrom

BLACKHAWKS

Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa

Patrick Sharp - Dave Bolland - Patrick Kane

Bryan Bickell - Andrew Shaw - Viktor Stalberg

Jamal Mayers - Marcus Kruger - Michael Frolik

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook

Niklas Hjalmarsson - Johnny Oduya

Sheldon Brookbank - Nick Leddy

Corey Crawford

Ray Emery

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.30.2013 / 1:49 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Rozsival skates, still out for Hawks against Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival took another step in his recovery from a lower-body injury sustained last week by skating for the first time since the injury Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center, though he won't play in tonight's game against the Minnesota Wild

Rozsival has played in three of Chicago's six games to start the season, posting two assists, two hits and blocking two shots. He is a plus-2 and provides the Blackhawks with a veteran presence on the blue line.

"Not tonight," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "But we expect him soon."

Chicago opens a six-game road trip tonight against Minnesota, and Rozsival will likely be back in the lineup at some point on the trip. The Hawks are off Thursday before playing back-to-back games Friday and Saturday in Vancouver and Calgary.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.30.2013 / 1:16 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Canadiens, Senators

OTTAWA -- Here are the projected lines for the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night at Scotiabank Place.

CANADIENS

Lars EllerDavid DesharnaisErik Cole

Rene BourqueTomas PlekanecBrian Gionta

Brandon PrustAlex GalchenyukBrendan Gallagher

Travis MoenRyan WhiteColby Armstrong

Andrei MarkovAlexei Emelin

Josh GorgesRaphael Diaz

Tomas KaberleFrancis Bouillon

Peter Budaj

Carey Price

Scratches: P.K. Subban, Yannick Weber, Mike Blunden

Injuries: Petteri Nokelainen, Max Pacioretty

SENATORS

Milan Michalek - Kyle Turris - Daniel Alfredsson

Guillaume Latendresse - Peter Regin - Jakob Silfverberg

Colin Greening - Zack Smith - Chris Neil

Jim O'Brien - Mika Zibanejad - Erik Condra

Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson

Sergei Gonchar - Mark Borowiecki

Patrick Wiercioch - Chris Phillips

Craig Anderson

Ben Bishop

Injured: Jason Spezza, Mike Lundin

Scratches: Andre Benoit, Kaspars Daugavins

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.30.2013 / 1:04 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Central Scouting notes three prospects on rise

In addition to profiling many of the top prospects on the radar of NHL scouts leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft in Newark, N.J., it's always interesting to learn of those performers shooting up the ranks in recent weeks.

             Samuel Morin, Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL

NHL Central Scouting occasionally provides team scouts and general managers a list of potential draft prospects outside the top 30 on the midterm rankings release for North American skaters that have shown great improvement. So without further delay, here are three players gaining steam according to those tireless travelers at Central Scouting.

Samuel Morin, Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL -- The 6-foot-6, 203-pound defenseman, who participated in the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game earlier this month, is in his second season with the Oceanic. He's already established career highs with four goals, 12 assists, 16 points and a plus-10 rating in 45 games. Unfortunately, Morin will be sidelined 6-8 weeks with an upper-body injury.

"Samuel has shown overall improvement … his skating is fluid and his ability to stay on top of the play has helped enhance his game," NHL Central Scouting Director Dan Marr told NHL.com. "He's gained more confidence with playing time. But we're noticing how much more comfortable he is handling and moving the puck under pressure; that's something we didn't see in him before."


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Posted On Wednesday, 01.30.2013 / 12:53 PM

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

Devils place Janssen on waivers

The New Jersey Devils on Wednesday placed forward Cam Janssen on waivers.

Janssen, 25, had no points and a minus-1 rating in three games this season. He was a healthy scratch Thursday, and has played less than four minutes per game when he has been in the lineup.

A 2002 fourth-round pick, Janssen has played four of his eight NHL seasons with the Devils. He's also played with the St. Louis Blues, and in 311 NHL games, he has 11 points and 750 penalty minutes.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.30.2013 / 12:32 PM

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

Oilers send Danis to AHL, open spot for Khabibulin

The Edmonton Oilers announced goaltender Yann Danis has cleared waivers and been re-assigned to the club's American Hockey League team, the Oklahoma City Barons.

That move could mean veteran Nikolai Khabibulin is healthy enough to return to the lineup. Khabibulin has not played this season while continuing to work his way back from hip surgery in April.

Khabibulin, who turned 40 earlier this month, went 12-20-7 in 40 games last season, with 2.65 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.

If Khabibulin is activiated, it's likely he'll be the backup to Devan Dubnyk on Wednesday when the Oilers play at the Phoenix Coyotes.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.30.2013 / 12:25 PM

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

Callahan to have MRI on injured shoulder

The New York Rangers announced team captain Ryan Callahan will have an MRI on his shoulder Wednesday afternoon.

Callahan appeared to injure his left arm during a third-period fight with the Philadelphia Flyers' Maxime Talbot during Tuesday's game. During the scuffle the players were yanking on each other and fell to the ice. When they got up, Callahan held his left arm close to his body and immediately skated off the ice.

"We were holding each other up and his shoulder popped out or something," Talbot told NHL.com. "It was unfortunate. I let him go. I kind of felt it, but then I saw his face as well."

Callahan scored his second goal of the season in the second period, and it held up as the game-winner in the Rangers' 2-1 victory.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.30.2013 / 12:06 PM

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

Cisco NHL Live goes inside Blackhawks-Wild

 

On this Rivalry Wednesday, the undefeated Chicago Blackhawks start their six-game road trip in Minnesota where they'll face Zach Parise and the Wild. Cisco NHL Live with Deb Placey and Butch Goring, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will have you covered. We'll talk to NBC Sports' Pierre McGuire, who will be Inside the Glass in Minnesota, and get NHL Network's Barry Melrose's X-Factor to this big Central Division matchup.

The Blackhawks aren't the only undefeated team. The San Jose Sharks moved to 6-0 on the season last night and forward Joe Pavelski, who has a point in each of his six games, will join us to talk about the team's hot start. Plus, we'll chat with our Subway Fresh Face of the week -- the Plymouth Whalers' Ryan Hartman. The USA World Junior Championship Gold Medalist is highly ranked by the Central Scouting for the upcoming NHL Draft.

We'll also have the latest update on P.K. Subban's return to the Montreal Canadiens and when you can expect to see him back on the ice ... will it be tonight when they face the Ottawa Senators?

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.30.2013 / 11:19 AM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Senators' Spezza out against Canadiens

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators' top center, Jason Spezza, will miss his second straight game Wednesday night against the Montreal Canadiens.

Spezza, who has been sidelined with an upper-body injury, is still being evaluated, according to coach Paul MacLean. The injury occurred sometime during Ottawa's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. MacLean did not know whether Spezza would be absent for a significant period of time.

MacLean will start Kyle Turris at center, alongside Spezza's regular left wing, Milan Michalek. Daniel Alfredsson will play right wing on that line.

The Senators were victorious against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night without Spezza in the lineup, but his absence is being felt in the dressing room and the team has been required to make adjustments.

"It's a big void out there; Spezza plays a lot of minutes for us and he's big on the faceoff," Chris Neil said. "But it's another opportunity for other guys to step up. It makes us more of a four-line team. We can roll all four, and we've got the confidence to put our third or fourth line out against their top two lines to get the job. It has to be a group effort in here."

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