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Posted On Sunday, 02.10.2013 / 12:30 PM

By Dave Lozo - Staff Writer / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Girardi back in Rangers' lineup vs. Lightning

After missing two games with an undisclosed lower-body injury, New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi will return to the lineup against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

Girardi told reporters following Rangers practice in Greenburgh, N.Y., that he is good to go. He will replace Steve Eminger and return to his spot on the top pairing alongside Ryan McDonagh.

Brian Boyle and Stu Bickel stayed on the ice after practice and will join Eminger as healthy scratches.

Henrik Lundqvist was the first goaltender to leave the ice, a sure sign he will make his 10th start in 11 games. Backup Martin Biron's only start of the season came against the Lightning on Feb. 2, when he made 30 saves in a 3-2 victory.

On the Lightning side of gameday activities, they arrived at their team hotel late Saturday night after taking a bus from Boston following the cancellation of their game against the Bruins. They did not have a morning skate -- the New York Knicks are hosting the Los Angeles Clippers this afternoon -- but held a team meeting at their hotel.

Here are the projected lineups for Sunday's game, although the Lightning lines and d-pairs are pure guesswork, as they dressed seven defensemen against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday but that may not be the case Sunday.


Marian Gaborik - Brad Richards - Taylor Pyatt

Carl Hagelin - Derek Stepan - Rick Nash

Chris Kreider - J.T. Miller - Ryan Callahan

Arron Asham - Jeff Halpern - Darroll Powe

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi

Marc StaalAnton Stralman

Michael Del ZottoMatt Gilroy

Henrik Lundqvist

Martin Biron

Scratches: Brian Boyle, Stu Bickel, Steve Eminger


Nate Thompson - Steven Stamkos - Martin St. Louis

Cory Conacher - Vincent Lecavalier - Teddy Purcell

Ryan Malone - Benoit Pouliot - Alex Killorn

BJ Crombeen - Tom PyattAdam Hall

Eric Brewer - Matt Carle

Sami Salo - Victor Hedman

Keith Aulie - Brendan Mikkelson

Mathieu Garon

Anders Lindback

Note: Dana Tyrell cleared waivers Sunday and the Lightning recalled Killorn to take his roster spot. Killorn, 23, would make his NHL debut after putting up 16 goals and 22 assists in 44 games with the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL.

Scratches: Brian Lee, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Pierre-Cedric Labrie

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Posted On Sunday, 02.10.2013 / 12:27 PM

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

Lightning recall Killorn from Syracuse, assign Tyrell

The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forward Alex Killorn from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, while reassigning forward Dana Tyrell to Syracuse.

Killorn, 23, has skated in 44 games with the Crunch this season, recording 16 goals and 38 points to go along with 32 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound forward ranks third in the AHL for rookie scoring with 38 points. Killorn ranks tied for second on the Crunch for assists with 22 and is tied for the team lead with seven power-play goals. He ranks first on the Crunch and third in the AHL with 166 shots on goal this season.

The Halifax, Nova Scotia native appeared in 130 career games with Harvard prior to joining the professional ranks, recording 53 goals and 109 points over four years from 2008 through 2012. He was the first player in Harvard history to notch 50 career goals at the school since 2004. Killorn joined the Norfolk Admirals at the end of last season and helped them to the Calder Cup Championship.

The Lightning selected Killorn in the third round at the 2007 NHL Draft.

Posted On Sunday, 02.10.2013 / 11:49 AM

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

Belanger returning to Oilers lineup

The Edmonton Oilers will get a welcome addition for Sunday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets as veteran forward Eric Belanger returns to the lineup.

Belanger suffered an injury to his foot Feb. 2 against Colorado and hasn't played since.

"It (foot) feels as good as it could a week later," Belanger said in a quote provided by the Oilers' official Twitter account. "I want to be back. It's a short season and we're battling."

The Oilers are tied for second in the Northwest Division after Saturday's 2-1 loss in Detroit.

"He's one of the better faceoff guys in the National Hockey League. That's a critical role for us," Edmonton coach Ralph Krueger said about what Belanger brings to the team.

Devan Dubnyk will start in goal after Nikolai Khabibulin made his season debut on Saturday. Dubnyk is expected to oppose Sergei Bobrovsky of the Blue Jackets.

Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 9:22 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

ANA @ STL - 5:08 of the Second Period

At 5:08 of the second period in the Ducks/Blues game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that the net came completely off its peg prior to the puck crossing the goal line. 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 St Louis.

Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 6:14 PM

By John Kreiser - Columnist / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Visnovsky, Bailey to make season debuts for Islanders

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Forward Josh Bailey and defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky will make their 2012-13 debuts when the New York Islanders host the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Bailey, the Islanders’ top pick (No. 9) in the 2008 NHL Draft, hasn’t played due to a knee injury sustained while playing in Germany during the work stoppage. The Islanders activated him Saturday and placed defenseman Matt Carkner on injured reserve.

Visnovsky, acquired by New York from Anaheim last summer for a second-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, did not report to the Islanders until this week. The native of Slovakia played with HC Slovan of the KHL during the work stoppage, and then stayed home for personal reasons until this week. He passed his physical on Thursday and had his first practice as an Islander on Friday.

The 36-year-old has 117 career goals and led all NHL defensemen with 68 points in 2011-12.

Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 5:47 PM

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

Calgary's Street to debut in hometown Vancouver

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- If you handed Ben Street a team of Hollywood’s top screenwriters, he still can’t imagine coming up with a better script for his NHL debut than what will play out Saturday night.

Called up from the American Hockey League by the Calgary Flames the day before, Street will play his first NHL game in his hometown against the Vancouver Canucks, in front of family, friends and his fiancé, while the rest of the Street clan watches into the wee hours back in Newfoundland on "Hockey Night in Canada."

It’s hard to imagine a better way to celebrate Hockey Day in Canada.

"I don’t know what else I would add into the story," Street said after Saturday’s morning skate. "On 'Hockey Night in Canada' where you grew up, I don’t think there’s anything I can add to it at this point."

Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 4:51 PM

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

Flames getting used to new system, despite injuries

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Calgary Flames are a lot better equipped to handle a recent run of injuries to key players than they would have been when they visited the Vancouver Canucks two-and-a-half weeks ago.

Back then, everyone was still trying to figure out where to go in the new system installed by new coach Bob Hartley.

Now the incumbents can at least tell the new guys where to go.

"Now there are 17 guys that know the system, and we bring in new guys and they can just follow the lead and other guys will be able to even tell them on the ice, 'Hey, this is where you are supposed to be,'" veteran Alex Tanguay said. "A couple weeks ago we had a couple guys on each line that didn’t know where they should be."

Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 4:02 PM

By Eric Gilmore - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Sharks' Burns activated, set for season debut

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Sharks activated defenseman defenseman Brent Burns from injured reserve, and he'll make his season debut Saturday against the Phoenix Coyotes. Burns underwent hernia surgery in May, suffered an apparent setback during his recovery and was placed on injured reserve on Jan. 23.

To clear a roster spot for Burns, the Sharks sent defenseman Matt Irwin to Worcester of the American Hockey League. Irwin appeared in nine games, posting two points with one goal and one assist. He scored his first NHL goal against the Colorado Avalanche on Jan. 26.

Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray is a scratch for the game.

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the Sharks also placed defenseman Nick Petrecki on waivers today.

Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 3:26 PM

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

Schneider gets back-to-back starts for Canucks

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Vancouver Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider will get a chance to build a little momentum Saturday night when he makes his second-straight start playing host to the Calgary Flames.

Schneider, who came into the season as the new No. 1 after taking over from Roberto Luongo early in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, watched Luongo start – and excel in – four straight games before making 22 saves Thursday in a 4-1 win at the Minnesota Wild.

"I've always liked to get in a rhythm and tonight is another opportunity to do that," said Schneider, who went 10 days between starts. "I don't change anything regardless of who I am playing, or how long it's been, it all stays the same. I think that's part of staying consistent is doing the same things over and over again that give you success. If you get out of those patterns you see differences in your game."

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