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Posted On Monday, 01.21.2013 / 12:53 PM

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

Seidenberg misses Bruins-Jets game

BOSTON -- The injury bug has bitten the Boston Bruins for the first time in the shortened season.

Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg did not take part in the pregame skate and was not in the lineup for Monday afternoon's battle against the Winnipeg Jets at TD Garden. Seidenberg's injury was classified as lower body and his status is day-to-day.

Aaron Johnson will make his Bruins debut in Seidenberg's place. Here are the projected lineups:

 

BRUINS

Milan LucicDavid KrejciNathan Horton

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronTyler Seguin

Chris BourqueChris KellyRich Peverley

Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

Zdeno CharaDougie Hamilton

Andrew FerenceAdam McQuaid

Aaron JohnsonJohnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Injured: Dennis Seidenberg

Scratched: Lane MacDermid

JETS

Evander KaneOlli JokinenKyle Wellwood

Andrew LaddBryan LittleBlake Wheeler

Chris ThorburnJim SlaterMark Scheifele

Alexei PonikarovskyAlexander BurmistrovNik Antropov

Tobias EnstromDustin Byfuglien

Mark StuartRon Hainsey

Grant ClitsomePaul Postma

Ondrej Pavelec

Al Montoya

Injured: Zach Bogosian, Antti Miettinen

Scratched: Zach Redmond, Anthony Peluso, James Wright

 

 

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Posted On Monday, 01.21.2013 / 12:31 PM

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

Projected lineups for Panthers, Senators

OTTAWA -- Here are the projected lineups for the Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators on Monday night at Scotiabank Place:

PANTHERS

Tomas FleischmannStephen WeissScottie Upshall

Jonathan HuberdeauPeter MuellerAlex Kovalev

Tomas KopeckyShawn MatthiasMike Santorelli

Jack SkilleJerred SmithsonGeorge Parros

Filip KubaBrian Campbell

Ed JovanovskiKeaton Ellerby

Dmitry KulikovMike Weaver

Jose Theodore

Scott Clemmensen

Injured: Kris Versteeg, Marcel Goc, Sean Bergenheim, Erik Gubranson

Scratches: Michael Caruso, Tyson Strachan

SENATORS

Milan MichalekJason SpezzaJakob Silfverberg

Guillaume LatendresseKyle TurrisDaniel Alfredsson

Colin GreeningZack SmithChris Neil

Peter ReginJim O'BrienErik Condra

Marc MethotErik Karlsson

Chris Phillips – Sergei Gonchar

Patrick WierciochAndre Benoit

Craig Anderson

Robin Lehner

Injured: Jared Cowen, Mike Lundin

Scratches: Mark Borowiecki, Kaspars Daugavins, Ben Bishop

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Posted On Monday, 01.21.2013 / 11:50 AM

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

Cisco NHL Live features Harding, Monday's action

What a great opening weekend of hockey! Monday's Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will get you caught up on all the action with Deb Placey and EJ Hradek. Wild goalie Josh Harding had a shutout in his first game of the season, and he will talk to us about the team's new additions and playing with multiple sclerosis.

With two afternoon games on this Martin Luther King Day, we'll have all the highlights plus the post-game interviews with stars on the Cisco NHL Arena Cam. Former Blues forward Kelly Chase and Predators play-by-play voice Peter Weber will be on the Cisco NHL Arena Cam to preview the big Central Division clash between the Preds and Blues.

Four more games to complete the night's schedule and we will preview them all. NHL Network insiders Bob McKenzie and Barry Melrose will also join us to give their take on the hot topics around the League.

Don’t forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, keep an eye on this Senior Reporter’s dance moves in his EJ5: Hradek’s Top 5 Thoughts of the Day, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Monday.

Make sure to tune into Cisco NHL Live on NHL Network at 5 p.m. ET with Deb Placey and EJ Hradek.

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Posted On Monday, 01.21.2013 / 10:00 AM

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

Lightning acquire Jacques from Panthers

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Jean-Francois Jacques from the Florida Panthers in exchange for future considerations.

Jacques, 27, has played in 24 games this season with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League, collecting five goals and seven points to go along with 37 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-3, 231-pound left winger ranks tied for first on the Rampage with three power-play goals.

The Montreal, Quebec native has skated in 166 career NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks, recording nine goals, 17 points and 197 penalty minutes. Last season, Jacques appeared in six games with the Ducks and tallied 12 penalty minutes.

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Posted On Monday, 01.21.2013 / 12:14 AM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

CHI @ PHX - 0:14 of the Third Period

At 0:14 of the third period in the Blackhawks/Coyotes game, video review upheld the call on the ice that the original shot by Chicago's Marian Hossa completely crossed the goal line. Good goal Chicago.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.20.2013 / 5:07 PM

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

Lundqvist starts, Asham debuts for Rangers

NEW YORK – Henrik Lundqvist will start his second straight game as the New York Rangers play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

Lundqvist played well in a 3-1 loss Saturday night to the Bruins in Boston, making 31 saves.

The only lineup change Sunday for the Rangers will be the return of Arron Asham from a four-game suspension he incurred as a member of the Penguins during the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals last year against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Asham signed with the Rangers during the offseason in part to replace the loss of enforcer Brandon Prust to the Montreal Canadiens via free agency. The 34-year-old Asham isn’t shy about dropping the gloves and the occasional borderline hit, but Rangers coach John Tortorella doesn’t want to rein him in for his debut.

“I don’t expect him to be a saint,” Tortorella said. “The way he plays, I want him to be himself. I think you can play the game hard – and we have done that – without taking penalties.”

To make room for Asham, the Rangers sent forward Brandon Segal to Connecticut of the AHL. He had two penalty minutes (hooking) in 5:21 of ice time against the Bruins.

Here are the likely lines and d-pairs for the Rangers:

Carl Hagelin - Brad Richards - Rick Nash
Marian Gaborik - Derek Stepan - Ryan Callahan
Chris Kreider - Bryan Boyle - Taylor Pyatt
Mike Rupp - Jeff Halpern - Arron Asham

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Marc Staal - Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto - Stu Bickel

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

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Posted On Sunday, 01.20.2013 / 4:32 PM

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

Many Oilers in mid-season form for opener

The Edmonton Oilers play their first NHL game of the season Sunday night in Vancouver, but a lot of them are already in mid-season form.

Top young players like Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and rookie defenseman Justin Schultz all played together for Edmonton’s American Hockey League affiliate in Oklahoma City during the lockout. Others, like rookie Nail Yakupov, Ales Hemsky, Sam Gagner, Lennart Petrell, Corey Potter and Ladislav Smid played in Europe. And even veteran forward Ryan Smyth and No. 1 goaltender Devan Dubnyk went overseas to play in the Spengler Cup.

Add it all up and the Oilers hope to have an advantage when they open against a Canucks team that only had a couple players in action – and looked like it during a 7-3 loss to Anaheim the night before.

“There's no rust in their system,” said Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo, who will face the Oilers after replacing new No. 1 Cory Schneider in the opening loss.

Edmonton’s young players tried to downlplay the advantage.

“Nerves are still going to be going for sure,” said Nugent-Hopkins, noting it’s been two weeks since they last played a game. “We worked on our game down in OKC and are just going to try and keep working on it up here.”

Here’s the way the talented young Oilers will line up against the Canucks:

Taylor HallRyan Nugent-HopkinsJordan Eberle

Nail YakupovSam GagnerAles Hemsky

Ryan SmythShawn HorcoffTeemu Hartikainen

Ben EagerEric BelangerLennart Petrell

Ladislav SmidJeff Petry

Nick SchultzJustin Schultz

Ryan WhitneyCorey Potter

Devan Dubnyk gets the start in goal, while Yann Danis has been called up from the AHL to back up while veteran Nikolai Khabibulin continues to recover from offseason hip surgery.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.20.2013 / 4:24 PM

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

Schultz excited to face childhood team in NHL debut

Edmonton Oilers defensman Justin Schultz can’t think of a better place to make his NHL debut than Vancouver, against the team he grew up cheering.

Not that Schultz, who is from Kelowna, just a five-hour drive to the northeast, expects a warm welcome from his home province. After choosing the talented, young Oilers ahead of the more established Canucks during the final stage of a free-agency pursuit that made headlines across the NHL, Schultz expects to hear boos.

They rained down on him during his only other trip back to British Columbia this season, when fans in nearby Abbotsford jeered almost every time he touched the puck while playing an American Hockey League game for the Oilers’ affiliate from Oklahoma City.

“I heard a little bit of that in Abbotsford when we played there, but you don’t really hear that stuff when you are playing,” said Schultz, who can count on some crowd support with “a lot of friends” and his parents in attendance Sunday.

The skilled 22-year-old defenseman was a prize addition for the Oilers over the summer, and made an immediate impression in the AHL, where he played with other top young Oilers like Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Despite leaving Oklahoma City when the NHL lockout ended two weeks ago, Eberle (51 points) and Schultz (48 points) are still the top two scorers in the AHL. Schultz’s totals, which include 18 goals in just 34 games, are obviously even more impressive given he’s a defenseman.

Still, he’s admittedly nervous about his first NHL game.

“Excited, nervous, sure I’ll have butterflies before the game but can't wait,” Schultz said. “(Playing in the AHL) helps, especially playing with so many of the guys who are here right now, but this is another big jump.”

It's a jump that Schultz, a Hobey Baker finalist in his final two seasons at the University of Wisconsin before using a loophole in the old CBA to become a free agent, seems ready to make.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.20.2013 / 4:02 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Quebec's Erne, Duclair allowed to play Sunday

           Adam Erne, Quebec Remparts, QMJHL
After initially suspending top 2013 NHL Draft prospects Adam Erne and Anthony Duclair, Quebec Remparts coach Patrick Roy changed course and inserted both forwards into the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

The Journal de Quebec had reported Saturday that Erne and Duclair had been suspended for Sunday's game by the team.

"We believe that we are not all on the same wavelength and what we want is a team concept," Roy told Gilles Moffet of Journal de Quebec. "This is a life lesson for these young people and I hope they will grow out of it. They will not play Sunday, then we'll see."

There was no report as to what persuaded Roy to change his mind.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.20.2013 / 3:46 PM

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

Canucks hope to bounce back against Oilers

The only change the Canucks are making after a 7-3 loss to Anaheim is in goal, where Roberto Luongo gets his scheduled start Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers after taking over for new No. 1 Cory Schneider the night before.

Schneider was pulled after five goals on 14 shots, while Loungo gave up two on 12, but it won’t matter who is playing if the rest of a roster that remains intact doesn’t play better, especially in their own end and on the penalty kill.

“We've analyzed some things we need to do,” coach Alain Vigneault said after announcing Luongo as his starter Sunday morning, citing a big gap between his forwards and defense as one main issue. “Overall we were doing a pretty good job as far as keeping the chances against to a reasonable number but we did have some breakdowns and they found the back of our net.”

Turning that around against the Oilers will be up to the same group:

Alexandre BurrowsHenrik SedinDaniel Sedin

Mason RaymondAndrew EbbettZack Kassian

Chris HigginsMaxim LapierreJannik Hansen

Aaron VolpattiManny MalhotraDale Weise

Dan HamhuisKevin Bieksa

Jason GarrisonAlexander Edler

Keith Ballard – Chris Tanev

Roberto Luongo

Cory Schneider

The Canucks have three spare defensemen, but no extra forwards on the roster – unless you count Jim Vandermeer, who has played up front in the past – something Vigneault doesn't expect to last long. In addition to Vandermeer, defensemen Cam Barker and Andrew Alberts will be healthy scratches for a second-straight game.

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Obviously there's a lot of expectations around me but it's something I try not to focus on. I'm just trying to go out there, be myself on the ice every day, try to get better, be myself around the guys in the locker room. I think that's what's made me successful and the person that I am.

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