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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 12:30 PM

By Pete Jensen - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Penguins' Sutter viable replacement

Brandon Sutter has had his share of ups and downs in his first season with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but Wednesday could prove to be the start of his next point-production surge.

Sutter (owned in only 6 percent of Yahoo! leagues) scored the game-tying goal late in the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers to snap his four-game pointless streak. That slump was preceded by a five-game point streak from Feb. 2-9. Prior to that stretch, Sutter had only one assist to show for himself over his first seven games of the season.

Brandon Sutter
Center - PIT
GOALS: 4 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 7
SOG: 31 | +/-: 4
Judging by the peaks and valleys he's experienced so far in 2012-13, Sutter, 24, is not quite a center you can lean on for consistent point production. That being said, he still holds value in deep leagues -- especially as a temporary injury replacement on your roster.

If your lineup has been affected by recent injuries to center-eligible assets (Jeff Skinner, Brandon Dubinsky, etc.), Sutter is a short-term option worth pursuing. He had season-highs in shots on goal (5) and rating (plus-2) in Wednesday's loss to the Flyers, centering the Penguins' third line with Tyler Kennedy and rookie Beau Bennett since he was recalled last week.

Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 12:00 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Report: Panthers to start Theodore against Flyers

According to the Miami Herald, the Florida Panthers will start Jose Theodore in goal Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers, with Scott Clemmensen serving as the backup.

Top prospect Jacob Markstrom, called up from the American Hockey League on Wednesday, will be a healthy scratch, but the newspaper reported he is expected to play Friday, when the Panthers play at the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Herald also is reporting forward Alex Kovalev will be a healthy scratch Thursday.

Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 11:44 AM

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

Blues reassign Allen to AHL Peoria

Jaroslav Halak is healthy again, and that means Jake Allen finds himself back in the American Hockey League.

The St. Louis Blues assigned Allen to their affiliate in Peoria on Thursday, one day after Halak performed admirably in a 1-0 overtime loss to Colorado, stopping the first 19 shots he faced.

Allen started four straight games for the Blues while Halak was on the shelf, winning the first three. In five total appearances this season, the 22-year-old Allen is 3-1-0 with a 2.62 goals-against average and .895 save percentage.

Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 11:38 AM

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

Howard intends to make start against Blue Jackets

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard plans to start Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets after he was pulled from the team's previous game with blurry vision.

Howard left in the first period of Tuesday night's 4-3 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators after giving up two goals on seven shots.

In other lineup news, forward Jan Mursak is set to play for the first time since opening night, when he injured his collarbone. Defenseman Kent Huskins is set to replace Jakub Kindl on the blue line.

Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 10:09 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

PHI @ PIT - 14:21 of the Third Period

At 14:21 of the third period in the Flyers/Penguins game, video review determined that Pittsburgh Penguins' forward Chris Kunitz propelled the puck into the net with a distinct kicking motion. According to Rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net." No goal Pittsburgh.

Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 7:56 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

PHI @ PIT - 5:27 of the First period

At 5:27 in the first period of the Flyers/Penguins game, video review was inconclusive in determining if the shot by Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin crossed the goal line. Call on the ice stands, no goal Pittsburgh.

Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 7:39 PM

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

Flyers' Hartnell can practice, 7-10 days from return

PITTSBURGH -- The Philadelphia Flyers won't have to wait much longer for their leading goal-scorer from a season ago.

Wing Scott Hartnell was cleared to return to practice Wednesday and is on track to play in a game in a week to 10 days, general manager Paul Holmgren said. Hartnell missed his 15th consecutive game Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Hartnell, who had a career-high 37 goals last season, has been recovering from a broken left foot sustained in a Jan. 22 loss to the New Jersey Devils.

Holmgren also updated the status of injured defenseman Andrej Meszaros.

Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 7:10 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Rick Tocchet

On Rivalry Night in the NHL Cisco NHL Live talks with Flyers analyst Rick Tocchet who played on both sides of the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins rivalry.

Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 6:54 PM

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

Hurricanes' Skinner day-to-day with concussion

Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner has a concussion and is listed by the team as day-to-day.

Skinner, the team's second-leading scorer with seven goals and 14 points in 13 games, missed 16 games last season because of a concussion. He was injured last Thursday during Carolina's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, during which he took a couple of hard hits and went helmet-first into the boards on one of those hits.

Skinner said after the game he felt fine; he practiced Friday and took part in a fan event that night. But he was unable to practice Sunday and sat out Monday's game at the Montreal Canadiens. He has not practiced this week.

Skinner's 14 points trail only Eric Staal (17) on the Hurricanes. Skinner scored 31 goals in 2010-11 on the way to winning the Calder Trophy, then scored 20 last season despite the time missed.

He signed a six-year, $34 million contract extension with the Hurricanes in August.

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