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Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 5:20 PM

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

Hurricanes recall Dalpe, Gragnani from AHL

The Carolina Hurricanes recalled forward Zac Dalpe and defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani from the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL on Monday.

Forward Andreas Nodl and defenseman Michal Jordan have been reassigned to Charlotte.

This marks the second NHL stint of the season for Dalpe, 23, who made the team’s roster out of training camp. He had two assists in six games with the Hurricanes before being assigned to Charlotte on Feb. 3.

Gragnani hasn't played in the NHL this season.

The Hurricanes' next game is Tuesday night against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center.

Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 4:20 PM

By Pete Jensen - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Sources of power on waiver wire

To say the injury bug has ravaged fantasy rosters around the world in recent weeks would be an understatement.

High-profile fantasy forwards (i.e. Evgeni Malkin, Vladimir Tarasenko, Rick Nash) have been placed on injured reserve by their respective teams in recent days, meaning many owners are on the lookout for help in a number of offensive categories. Most notably, there's a high demand for power-play productivity from available waiver wire assets.

It goes without saying that it will be difficult to replace the fantasy impact of a player like Malkin, who leads the NHL with 14 PPP this season, but the players below could at least keep your team afloat with consistent production with the man advantage -- as well as in other stat categories.

Troy Brouwer (RW, Washington Capitals)

Troy Brouwer
Right Wing - WSH
GOALS: 8 | ASST: 4 | PTS: 12
SOG: 38 | +/-: -5
Brouwer has seen a heightened power-play role following the offseason departure of Alexander Semin, and the results have been better than anyone expected.

After only seeing 2:08 per game with the man advantage last season, the 27-year-old has seen nearly four minutes of power-play ice time per game through 17 games. He has already reeled off eight power-play points (T-18th in NHL) this season, nearly doubling his output a season ago (5 PPP in 82 games).

Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 3:42 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Kings look to deny Fasth a record-tying win

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The puns have already been run into the ground: Quick vs. Fasth. But it’s an intriguing matchup regardless of playful headlines.

Jonathan Quick is expected to square off against counterpart Viktor Fasth when the Los Angeles Kings host the rival Anaheim Ducks on Monday night at Staples Center.

It will be the Kings' first look at Fasth, who at 8-0-0 is trying to match Ray Emery in 2005 for the longest winning streak to start an NHL career. The Ducks beat the Kings, 7-4, in a wild affair Feb. 2, and Jonas Hiller was in net for Anaheim.

For the Kings, there is some unknown element to Fasth outside of game film.

Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 3:17 PM

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

Projected lineup for Stars vs. Predators

Christopher Nilstorp is set to make his fifth start of the season when the Dallas Stars visit the Nashville Predators on Monday night.

Goalie Kari Lehtonen took part in the morning skate, but won't dress. Lehtonen, who remains on injured reserve as he recovers from a groin injury, is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Stars will also get defenseman Trevor Daley back after he missed the past two games with a neck injury. Additionally, Matt Fraser will make his season debut.

Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 3:10 PM

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

Red Wings give Lashoff three-year extension

The Detroit Red Wings announced Monday they have signed rookie defenseman Brian Lashoff to a three-year contract extension. Terms were not disclosed.

The 22-year-old Lashoff, signed as an undrafted free agent, made his NHL debut with the Red Wings this season. He has a goal and two assists in 15 games along with a minus-4 rating.

Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 2:35 PM

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

Coyotes sign Schlemko to two-year contract

The Phoenix Coyotes signed defensemen David Schlemko to a two-year contract Monday.

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the deal is worth $1.1875 million per season.

“We are very pleased to sign David to a multi-year contract," said Coyotes general manager Don Maloney. "David is a skilled defenseman and has developed into a reliable player for us. In today's game where skating, mobility and puck movement are so important for defensemen, David's talent makes us a better team."

Schlemko has two assists in nine games with the Coyotes this season. He ranks second on the team with 26 blocked shots. The 25-year-old has six goals and 27 assists in 118 career games, all with Phoenix.

Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 2:31 PM

By Corey Masisak - Staff Writer / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Green expects to rejoin Capitals lineup Tuesday

ARLINGTON, Va. -- After two injury-ravaged seasons, the last thing Mike Green wanted in 2012-13 was another ailment to deal with.

He's been out of the lineup for nearly two weeks with a groin injury, but the Washington Capitals defenseman expects to return Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. Green has been close to returning for the past few days, but past troubles helped him commit to patience as the preferred strategy.

"Yeah, I mean [not playing] Saturday was kind of from experience and it was a wise one. I’m 100 percent and ready to go," Green said. "Even from Saturday in warm-ups to today skating is night and day. Those two days to rest was perfect."

Added coach Adam Oates: "I hope [he's ready]. We'll see how he feels in the morning. I know he was going full speed, so unless there's a setback the rest of the day, I hope so."

Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 2:23 PM

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

Petrell passes concussion tests; Hartikiainen to IR

The Edmonton Oilers are swapping forwards on the injured reserve list.

Lennart Petrell passed his concussion protol testing on Sunday night, which clears him to return to the active lineup for Monday night’s game in Chicago (8:30 p.m. ET). Going to the injured reserve list with a sore shoulder is Teemu Hartikainen, according to Oilers coach Ralph Krueger – who met with reporters after Edmonton’s morning skate on Monday at United Center.

Lennart Petrell cleared his test last night and we’ve got him back in the lineup,” Krueger told “We’ve had to put Teemu Hartikainen on IR. His shoulder worsened after the last game. Maybe he cheered to hard after the last goal. I’m not sure exactly how it happened, but truly he’s been playing with a lot of pain and it’s an injury that needs a break, need a rest, and needs some regeneration.”

Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 2:13 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

Stamkos to appear on Monday's Cisco NHL Live

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos is one of the NHL's "Stars of the Week" and will join Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET Monday on the NHL Network. We'll also be joined by Flyers analyst Rick Tocchet on the Cisco NHL Arena Cam to disucss James van Riemsdyk's return to Philadelphia.

The Chicago Blackhawks look for 19 straight with at least a point as they play the upstart Oilers, while the Anaheim Ducks look to extend their current six-game winning streak by beating their interstate rivals, the Los Angeles Kings. We'll have both of those games covered, and Barry Melrose will predict when some of these NHL streaks will come to an end. NHL Network insider Bob McKenzie fills us in on his latest news and notes, including two big signings in Washington.

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 hockey movies, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Monday.

Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 2:05 PM

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

Statuses of Nash, McDonagh uncertain for Tuesday

In terms of injuries, it was mixed bag at New York Rangers practice Monday.

Rick Nash (undisclosed) remained absent and looks like a poor bet to be in the lineup against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. Nash hasn't played since Feb. 17 against the Washington Capitals, when he was a game-time decision with the same unrevealed ailment.

It appears Ryan McDonagh (head) could be absent Tuesday as well, as the defenseman did not practice after leaving Saturday's 3-0 loss after being driven into the board and glass from behind by Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty.

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