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Posted On Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 4:28 PM

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

Hurting Panthers recall Markstrom, Yonkman

SUNRISE, Fla. -- After losing three players to injury in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Florida Panthers called up two players up from San Antonio of the American Hockey League for Sunday's rematch at BB&T Center.

Goalie Jacob Markstrom and defenseman Nolan Yonkman were recalled, and goalie Jose Theodore and defenseman Dmitry Kulikov were placed on injured reserve.

Posted On Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 2:16 PM

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

Penguins' Malkin feels good after practice

CANONSBURG, Pa. -- Nine days after a scary collision with the boards, Evgeni Malkin was back on the ice with his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates Sunday.

The reigning NHL scoring champion and MVP reported he "feels pretty good" after going through an optional practice at the Penguins' suburban practice facility.

"It was good to practice on the ice today with the team and [absorb] contact a little bit," Malkin said in his first comments to the media since losing his balance and sliding violently into the boards during the third period of a win against the Florida Panthers on Feb. 22. "And I feel good now."

Posted On Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 2:03 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Flames' Taylor to start in goal vs. Canucks

CALGARY -- Goalie Daniel Taylor will make his second start of the season when the Calgary Flames host the Vancouver Canucks at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday.

For Taylor, who took the loss in a 4-0 defeat against the Phoenix Coyotes on Feb. 18, it will be the second start of his NHL career.

"I feel that he had two great periods in Phoenix," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "Joey MacDonald played quite a few games for us. Kipper [Miikka Kiprusoff] is getting healthier and he's getting closer, so we felt that at the same time as giving a break to Joey MacDonald, to have another look at Danny Taylor would be a good idea."

Posted On Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 1:45 PM

By Dan Myers - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Oilers, Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Here are the projected lineups for Sunday's game between the Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center:


Nail Yakupov - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Ryan Jones - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky

Ryan Smyth - Eric Belanger - Magnus Paajarvi

Ben Eager - Chris VandeVelde - Lennart Petrell

Nick Schultz - Justin Schultz

Jeff Petry - Ladislav Smid

Ryan Whitney - Theo Peckham

Devan Dubnyk

Yann Denis

Injured: Taylor Hall (hamstring), Shawn Horcoff (hand), Teemu Hartikainen (shoulder), Anton Lander (foot), Andy Sutton (knee), Corey Potter (head), Mark Fistric (elbow), Nikolai Khabibulin (undisclosed)

Posted On Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 1:34 PM

By Dan Myers - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

No Hall for Oilers against Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall will not play Sunday against the Minnesota Wild, according to Oilers coach Ralph Krueger.

Hall, who injured his hamstring Friday night against the St. Louis Blues, is officially listed as day-to-day, but with the Oilers in the midst of a nine-game, 16-day road trip, Krueger said he'd rather give Hall some extra time off in order to avoid a more long-term injury.

"Taylor is still feeling a strain that we want to err to the cautious side," Krueger said. "This type of injury, we can give him four days of rest as opposed to forcing him in today. He's day-to-day but we expect him back very soon."

Posted On Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 1:14 PM

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

Devils place Butler on waivers

The New Jersey Devils announced Sunday the club had placed forward Bobby Butler on waivers.

Butler had one goal and one assist in 14 games this season, averaging 9:58 of ice time per game.

Butler is in his first season with the Devils after spending the previous three seasons with the Ottawa Senators. He signed a two-way contract with the Devils in August, and had 16 goals and 27 points in 37 games with the Devils' American Hockey League affiliate, the Albany Devils.

Posted On Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 12:29 PM

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

Projected lineup for Blue Jackets

Here is the lineup the Columbus Blue Jackets likely will use when they play the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday:

RJ Umberger - Ryan Johansen - Nick Foligno

Matt Calvert - Artem Anisimov - Cam Atkinson

Vinny Prospal - Mark Letestu - Derek Dorsett

Colton Gillies - Derek MacKenzie - Jared Boll

Fedor Tyutin - Nikita Nikitin

Tim Erixon - Adrian Aucoin

Dalton Prout - Cody Goloubef

Scratched: Nick Drazenovich

Injured: Brandon Dubinsky, James Wisniewski, Jack Johnson, John Moore

No word on who the starting goaltender could be. Steve Mason played Friday, stopping 30 of 34 shots in the Blue Jackets' 4-3 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. In 12 career games against the Avalanche, he's 4-6-2 with a 3.27 goals-against average and .891 save percentage. Sergei Bobrovsky has faced the Avs just twice in his career, going 1-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA and .891 save percentage.

Posted On Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 12:01 PM

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

Canadiens' Ryder making return to Boston

BOSTON -- Sunday's game between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden is more than just a showdown between the teams tied for the most points in the Eastern Conference standings.

It's also the return of forward Michael Ryder for the first time since he won the 2011 Stanley Cup with the Bruins then left for the Dallas Stars as a free agent. Ryder, acquired by the Canadiens in a trade last week, didn't play in Boston last season.

Posted On Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 11:22 AM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Crawford, Howard to start in net for Hawks, Red Wings

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings will be without forward Valtteri Filppula when they face the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, NHLN-CA).

Filppula is listed as day-to-day with a shoulder injury.

In goal for the Red Wings will be Jimmy Howard, while the Blackhawks will start Corey Crawford. It will be Crawford's first game since leaving a game against the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 28 after the first period due to an upper-body injury that appeared to make him wobbly leaving the ice.

The Blackhawks will be without second-line center Dave Bolland for a fifth straight game due to an upper-body injury, with Marcus Kruger likely manning the middle again on the second line.

Bolland skated Feb. 28 for the first time since getting injured Feb. 22 against the San Jose Sharks. As for defenseman Steve Montador, who hasn't played yet because of an upper-body injury believed to be concussion-related, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Sunday morning the veteran blueliner is "getting closer" to returning.

Here is how the Blackhawks and Red Wings might line up Sunday:

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— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane after tying the record for longest point streak by an American-born player with an assist on Duncan Keith's goal with 26.6 seconds left against the Anaheim Ducks Friday
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