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Posted On Thursday, 03.14.2013 / 12:54 PM

By Lonnie Herman - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Lecavalier heading to IR with lower-body injury

TAMPA -- As if it weren't enough that the Tampa Bay Lightning have lost seven of their past nine games, Thursday morning they also lost captain Vincent Lecavalier.

Lecavalier was placed on injured reserve as a result of a hit he sustained in the third period of Tampa Bay's 3-2 win against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. Although the injured-reserve status puts Lecavalier out of action for a minimum of seven days (retroactive to Tuesday), Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he expects Lecavalier will be sidelined longer than that.

"Lecavalier plays a lot of minutes," Yzerman said. "It's a big hole in our lineup. He's one of our key faceoff guys and power-play guys. It's a difficult hole to fill, but we have to try to look at something positive. Someone's going to come down from Syracuse (American Hockey League) and get an opportunity."

That someone will be Tyler Johnson, an undrafted center who leads the AHL with 32 goals and leads the Lightning affiliate with 58 points. Johnson will make his NHL debut Thursday night when Tampa Bay hosts the New York Islanders.

Posted On Thursday, 03.14.2013 / 12:45 PM

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

Projected lineups for Blackhawks, Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to extend their eight-game point streak (5-0-3) when they face the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday at Nationwide Arena.

Aiding in their effort will be Artem Anisimov, who has missed the past three games with a lower-body injury. He's second on the team with six goals.

For the Blackhawks, Jimmy Hayes will slide into the spot vacated by injured Patrick Sharp. Hayes, playing for Rockford of the American Hockey League, is tied for the team lead with 22 goals

"He brings a presence," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said of Hayes. "He's got some size to him and he's been on a tear down in the minors there, producing at a real good rate. [He] gets to the net well and I think he's got a real nice set of hands at the net."

The Blackhawks announced Corey Crawford would start in goal, and forward Rostislav Olesz, who has not played this season, has been assigned to Rockford.

Here is how the teams could look when they take the ice Thursday:

Posted On Thursday, 03.14.2013 / 12:41 PM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

McQuaid added to Bruins' injury list for Thursday

BOSTON -- Already without center Chris Kelly, the Boston Bruins also will be missing defenseman Adam McQuaid on Thursday when they host the Florida Panthers.

McQuaid is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, according to Bruins coach Claude Julien. McQuaid blocked a shot with his hand Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he returned to play the third period.

Although he didn't skate with his teammates at TD Garden, McQuaid took the ice after the Bruins' morning skate.

Here's a look at the Bruins' projected lineup:

Posted On Thursday, 03.14.2013 / 9:45 AM

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

MacKinnon stars in return

Halifax Mooseheads forward Nathan MacKinnon clearly wasn't interested in easing his way back into the lineup after missing over a month due to injury.

On Wednesday, in his first game since Feb. 8, when he tweaked his knee and spent the next 14 games out of action, MacKinnon had two goals and two assists to lead the Mooseheads to a 6-2 victory against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at Centre 200 in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

MacKinnon wasted little time, scoring just 35 seconds into the first period.

"We wanted to wait until he was 100 percent before he came back so he was really ready to go," Halifax coach Dominique Ducharme told The Chronicle Herald. "He was excited to be coming back. He played with energy and it was great to see how he handled it."

MacKinnon, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft, has a point in 11 straight games, dating to Jan. 12, and has totaled eight goals and 21 points in that span. In addition to his offensive output Wednesday, MacKinnon also generated a team-high six shots on goal, delivered one hit and won 10 of 18 faceoffs.

Posted On Thursday, 03.14.2013 / 9:22 AM

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

Jets call up goalie Pasquale

The Winnipeg Jets on Thursday called up goaltender Edward Pasquale from St. John's of the American Hockey League.

Pasquale, 22, is 14-21-4 with a 2.69 goals-against average and .909 save percentage in 40 AHL games this season.

A 2009 fourth-round pick of the Atlanta Thrashers, this is the second time Pasquale has been called up this season.

Posted On Thursday, 03.14.2013 / 8:52 AM

By Seth Jones -  Special to / - Seth Jones Draft blog

Jones: Gearing up for the WHL playoffs

Seth Jones is a defenseman for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound defenseman has solid athletic bloodlines -- his father, Popeye Jones, played 11 seasons in the NBA. The top-ranked player in NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft, Jones excelled the last two seasons for the U.S. National Team Development Program and won a gold medal with the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship. Jones has offered to maintain a monthly blog for that will chronicle his season leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft.

The past couple of months have been very busy, but exciting at the same time.

The month of February was a roller-coaster for the team. Our high was a five-game winning streak, and our low was a three-game losing streak. Overall, we played some pretty good hockey throughout the month. And we are extremely confident in the way we are playing as a team right now.

Posted On Wednesday, 03.13.2013 / 8:57 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

OTT @ MTL - 19:58 of the Second Period

At 19:58 of the second period in the Senators/Canadiens game, video review determined that Daniel Alfredsson's shot completely crossed the goal line with 1.6 seconds remaining on the clock. Good Goal Ottawa.

Posted On Wednesday, 03.13.2013 / 7:22 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Defenseman Schenn out of Flyers lineup with flu

NEWARK, N.J. -- Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn has the flu and is out of the lineup against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday at Prudential Center.

Schenn, who skated with the team in the morning, had appeared in all 27 games for the Flyers this season. The 23-year-old has two goals, seven points and a plus-2 rating.

Schenn was replaced in the lineup by Kurtis Foster, who was listed as a healthy scratch the past 12 games.

Posted On Wednesday, 03.13.2013 / 7:08 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Johnny Gaudreau

CISCO NHL Live talks with Boston College Forward and USA World Junior Championship Gold Medalist Johnny Gaudreau.

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