NEWARK, N.J. -- One day after New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello did a little roster tinkering, his team was back on the ice making preparations for the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday at Prudential Center.
The Devils play host to the Sabres (MSG-B, MSG PLUS) at 7 p.m. ET.
Wednesday, Lamoriello assigned goalie Keith Kinkaid and forward Cam Janssen to Albany of the American Hockey League and recalled goalie Jeff Frazee. The GM then claimed forward Tom Kostopoulos off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins and said the 6-foot, 197-pound right wing would be in the lineup against the Sabres.
Lamoriello then informed the media that goalie Martin Brodeur likely would miss the next three games with back soreness.
Last time these two Eastern Conference rivals faced off neither team could buy a save and the contest was an absolute barn-burner with 11 goals scored. Expect both teams to clamp down and play a tight-checking, playoff-style game. Pittsburgh leads the Atlantic Division and is just two points off the Eastern Conference lead, yet the Flyers are beginning to hit their stride as they look to claim two points and get back into the top eight.
Flyers' Keys to the Game
• Top Line Production – With Scott Hartnell back in the lineup and Claude Giroux finding his scoring touch, the big line for the Flyers' needs to keep producing and put their team in a position to win games.
• Bryzy being Bryzy – The much scrutinized Ilya Bryzgalov has been playing well lately and needs to keep it up. Last time he faced the Penguins he simply let in too many goals. He'll need to keep the five hole sealed up tight and get a little help from the defense.
Penguins' Keys to the Game
• Capitalize on the PP – Capitalize on the PP – With arguably the deadliest powerplay lineup in the league, the Penguins need to capitalize on their inevitable powerplay chances. These teams play a scrappy game, so there should be opportunities, but it's a matter of capitalizing.
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The move likely means veteran defenseman Steve Montador is ready to return from an upper-body injury believed to be concussion-related that has kept him out of the lineup since March 27, 2012, when he took a high hit in a game against the New Jersey Devils.
Montador had hoped to be ready for the start of the 2012-13 season, but he wasn't medically cleared to return.
Grossmann leads the NHL with 68 blocked shots and is third on the Flyers with 60 hits.
The NHL trade deadline is less than a month away and things are starting to heat up. Now is a great time to keep up with the latest trade news on Twitter -- if you're not doing so already -- and join in on the conversation using the hashtag #NHLTrade.
NHL.com's Trade Deadline Blog will be the top spot to find all the latest information leading up to deadline day on April 3.
In addition, "Cisco NHL Live" will have NHL Network Insider Darren Dreger on Wednesday to talk about the latest rumors.
Among the stories up for discussion could be the future of Vancouver Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard, who has been a frequent healthy scratch.
Also worth watching is the future of some key players who are headed to unrestricted free agency, among them Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames, Lubomir Visnovsky and Mark Streit of the New York Islanders, Mike Ribeiro of the Washington Capitals and Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild.
"We've got to kind of be prepared for everything and he made us well aware of that going into the season," Getzlaf said. "Bruce is a communicator. He lets us know on everything that's going on and he doesn't like to keep things one general way."
Ryan obviously is more than familiar with Getzlaf and Perry considering they formed one of the most potent lines in the League the past few seasons.
"By now we've played with everybody," Getzlaf said. "Generally we play a puck-possession game, so everybody who steps on our line knows that. They've got to come in and work, and we've got to try and work with them."
Here is how the Ducks and Phoenix Coyotes could match up when they meet Wednesday:
"We'll see how things go there," Tippett said. "Vrbata is close. Whether he plays or not, I'm not sure."
What is certain is that the first two games of the unusual three-game series have been Twilight Zone-like similar. Phoenix won both games 5-4 in a shootout, and the eight goals in regulation were scored in the exact same sequence as Anaheim blew leads of 1-0, 3-2 and 4-3.
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It's a big milestone for me and I'm happy to help my team with lots of good teammates. It's fun.