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Posted On Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 1:14 PM

By Alain Poupart - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Lightning add Gudas for extra physicality on defense

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Defenseman Radko Gudas, called up by the Tampa Bay Lightning from Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Monday, will make his NHL debut Tuesday when the Lightning visit the Florida Panthers.

Lightning coach Guy Boucher said he was hoping Gudas would bring a physical presence to the Tampa Bay lineup -- he's fourth in the AHL with 207 penalty minutes, along with leading the league with a plus-32 rating.

"He's got a major upside in terms of his physicality," Boucher said. "He's one of those guys that will be compared to [former New York Islanders defenseman Darius] Kasparaitis, if you remember him. He's a major menace and threat on the ice. He hits guys extremely hard at moments they don't expect. He's a warrior. What's good, too, is that the last two years he's made his game a little calmer in the sense that he chooses those moments now a lot better than he used to."

Posted On Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 1:10 PM

By Chris Ryndak - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Enroth to start again for Sabres

BUFFALO Jhonas Enroth will start in goal for the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday against the New York Rangers as Ryan Miller deals with a sinus infection. Miller will serve as the backup.

It will be Enroth’s fourth start this season. He most recently got the nod on Thursday against the New Jersey Devils but left the game after cramping up late in the third period.

Miller had started 14 straight games before Thursday night.

Enroth is 0-2-0 this season with a 3.94 goals-against average and an .871 save percentage. He made 27 saves in New Jersey but had to be helped off the ice after allowing the game-tying goal with 1:06 left in regulation.

“We’d certainly like him to build off of that last game because I know that was one of the best games that I’ve seen him play since I’ve been in the organization,” Sabres interim coach Ron Rolston said of Enroth following the team’s optional morning skate.

Posted On Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 1:09 PM

By Alain Poupart - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Lindback, Markstrom take long-time friendship to NHL

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Anders Lindback and Jacob Markstrom grew up as buddies in the small town of Gavle, Sweden, and Tuesday the two goalies will face each other in the NHL for the first time when the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center.

Markstrom was the first goalie off the ice when the Panthers had their morning skate, and Lightning coach Guy Boucher confirmed Lindback would be his goalie after he sat out a 4-3 loss against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

Posted On Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 12:52 PM

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

Dubinsky back for Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets go for their sixth straight win Tuesday when they host the Vancouver Canucks at Nationwide Arena.

Sergei Bobrovsky, named Monday as the NHL's First Star of the Week, will be back in net. In four games last week, he was 4-0-0 with a 0.77 goals-against average, .972 save percentage and one shutout.

Returning to the lineup is center Brandon Dubinsky, who has been out for a month with a knee injury. In 15 games, Dubinsky -- who last played Feb. 16 -- has a goal and seven assists.

Posted On Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 12:41 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Predators, Stars

DALLAS -- Here are the projected lineups for Tuesday night's game between the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.


Bobby ButlerMartin EratCraig Smith

Nick SpalingMike FisherZach Boychuk

Gabriel BourqueDavid LegwandBrandon Yip

Sergei KostitsynPaul GaustadRich Clune

Kevin KleinVictor Bartley

Shea WeberRoman Josi

Ryan EllisScott Hannan

Pekka Rinne

Chris Mason

Posted On Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 11:00 AM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013 Trade Deadline blog

What will the Flames do with Iginla?

As the April 3 NHL Trade Deadline approaches, one of the more interesting names to watch is Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla. Iginla is due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and while he's become the face of the franchise in his 18 years with the Flames, the Calgary Sun reported Saturday that there has been no talk of a new deal between the Flames and Iginla.

Iginla's agent, Don Meehan, told the Sun that Iginla is "not currently in negotiations" with the Flames. The newspaper also reported that Iginla has not instructed Meehan on whether to resume talks on a new contract with the team or to request a trade.

The decision facing the Flames is a tough one. Entering games Tuesday, the Flames are 15th in the Western Conference, but just six points out of eighth place.

Iginla is tied for the team lead with 12 assists and 19 points, and is third with seven goals, showing his offensive skills remain strong at age 35. If the Flames have any hopes of returning to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2008, Iginla will be a major part of getting him there.

He also is someone the Flames could use as a trade chip to reinvigorate their prospect pipeline. Any team with hopes for a Stanley Cup surely would do its best to put together a package of prospects and draft picks that intrigues the Flames.

The third option, allowing Iginla to go into the offseason without a new contract and potentially sign elsewhere with no return for the Flames, is highly undesirable.

So with three weeks until the trade deadline, eyes will continue to be focused on Iginla and how the Flames opt to handle his future.

Contact Adam Kimelman at Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

Posted On Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 9:54 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst / - Weekes on the Web

Weekes' Beat: Top 5 hits this season

Posted On Monday, 03.11.2013 / 8:04 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

BOS @ OTT - 9:59 of the First Period

At 9:59 of the first period in the Bruins/Senators game, video review was inconclusive in determining if Nathan Horton's shot completely crossed the goal line. Therefore, the referee's call on the ice stands, no goal Boston.

Posted On Monday, 03.11.2013 / 6:24 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live - Ryan O'Reilly

Fresh off a dramatic overtime win on Sunday over the San Jose Sharks, Cisco NHL Live talks with Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly.

Posted On Monday, 03.11.2013 / 6:22 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live - Jack Parker

Cisco NHL Live talks with legendary Boston University hockey coach Jack Parker who on Monday announced his retirement after 40 years.

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