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POSTED ON Friday, 11.18.2011 / 1:45 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Flames, Blackhawks

Here is what the lineups could look like when the Blackhawks and Flames take the ice tonight in Calgary:

Alex Tanguay - Mikael Backlund - Jarome Iginla
Curtis Glencross - Olli Jokinen - Rene Bourque
Paul Byron - Roman Horak - Lee Stempniak
Tom Kostopoulos - Matt Stajan - Tim Jackman

Chris ButlerJay Bouwmeester
Mark GiordanoScott Hannan
TJ BrodieCory Sarich

Miikka Kiprusoff will be in goal against the Blackhawks, with Henrik Karlsson as his backup.

Viktor Stalberg - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa
Daniel Carcillo - Patrick Kane - Patrick Sharp
Bryan Bickell - Marcus Kruger - Ben Smith
Andrew Brunette - Dave Bolland - Jamal Mayers

Duncan Keith - Steve Montador
Nick Leddy - Niklas Hjalmarsson
Sami Lepisto - John Scott

Corey Crawford is expected to start against the Flames with Ray Emery the backup.
POSTED ON Friday, 11.18.2011 / 1:30 PM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Extra work on knee to sideline Pens' Jeffrey

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Penguins forward Dustin Jeffrey will be out 10-15 days as he continues to rehabilitate a knee injury.

Jeffrey had surgery to repair torn ligaments in the knee in March and missed training camp and the first eight games of the season because of the injury. Coach Dan Bylsma said Jeffrey still needs to further strengthen his knee.

The 23-year-old Jeffrey does not have a point in six games this season. He was recalled from a conditioning assignment with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL on Tuesday.

"There's no aggravation or setback, just strength and the wear and tear and then loading it up with games," Bylsma said. "There just needs to be more rehabbing done to the knee to withstand and to be at the level he needs to skate at."
POSTED ON Friday, 11.18.2011 / 12:35 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Melrose Minute

Barry's Best: Top players of the week

POSTED ON Friday, 11.18.2011 / 12:28 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Hurricanes, Sabres

Here are how the lines could look for tonight's game at the RBC Center between the Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres:


Zach Boychuk - Eric Staal - Chad LaRose
Jeff Skinner - Jussi Jokinen - Tuomo Ruutu
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Jiri Tlusty - Tim Brent - Anthony Stewart

Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Jay Harrison - Tomas Kaberle
Jamie McBain - Justin Faulk

Cam Ward
Brian Boucher

Jason Pominville - Derek Roy - Thomas Vanek
Ville Leino - Brad Boyes - Drew Stafford
Paul Gaustad - Nathan Gerbe - Patrick Kaleta
Matt Ellis - Luke Adam - Corey Tropp

Christian Ehrhoff - Jordan Leopold
Andrej Sekera - Tyler Myers
Robyn Regehr - Marc-Andre Gragnani

Jhonas Enroth
Drew MacIntyre
POSTED ON Friday, 11.18.2011 / 7:58 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Road to 2012 NHL Draft

Morgan Rielly could miss season with knee injury

MOOSE JAW, Sask. -- Unfortunately for the rabid hockey fans that flooded Mosaic Place on Thursday to catch the final game of the 2011 Subway Super Series, highly touted and local prospect Morgan Rielly would be unavailable to participate.

The mobile defenseman, rated second on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary list for 2012 NHL Draft eligible players from the Western Hockey League, will have surgery within the next two weeks to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered Nov. 6.

"Morgan went to the University of Saskatchewan and had an MRI done, which showed that his ACL was indeed torn," Rielly's father, Andy, told NHL.com via e-mail. "At this point, we are confident that he will be 100 percent by mid-April. The doctor has not ruled out a return as early as mid to late March but that will be a decision made at the time."

While it is a major blow for Rielly, who was in his second season with the Moose Jaw Warriors, it really shouldn't affect his draft status at this time.

The 5-foot-11.5, 190-pound Rielly led Moose Jaw in rookie scoring last season and was second among defensemen with 28 points, including 22 assists, in 65 games. He was the second youngest player to represent Team Canada at the 2011 World Under-18 Championships and he competed at the 2011 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial.

"Morgan is in pretty good spirits all considered, and very determined to get fully healed ahead of schedule," Andy Rielly wrote.

Rielly was injured on a play against the Calgary Hitmen after skating hard to the net at top speed before being knocked to the ice by former teammate Joe Kornelsen.

"It's unfortunate for our hockey club and obviously it's unfortunate for Morgan," Warriors director of hockey operations Alan Millar told the Moose Jaw Times-Herald. "The way we look at it, if he was to be back with our hockey team this year you're talking late in the season, playoff time or possibly not at all."

Rielly will have his surgery performed back home in Vancouver.

Rielly is the second top 2012 NHL Draft prospect to undergo major knee surgery this season. Sarnia Sting center Alex Galchenyuk had surgery to repair a torn ACL on Oct. 27 and likely will miss the rest of the season. Still, he was ranked second on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary ranking of the top Ontario Hockey League skaters for this year's draft.

Follow Mike Morreale on Twitter at: @mike_morreale

POSTED ON Friday, 11.18.2011 / 1:22 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Life as a Scout

Remembering 'The Crushed Can'

MOOSE JAW, Sask. -- The Moose Jaw Civic Centre, a 3,146-seat multi-purpose arena located in the Saskatchewan city, is affectionately called 'The Crushed Can.'

 "The Crushed Can" in Moose Jaw, Sask.
It also happened to be one of the hot spots that NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards couldn't get enough of. So much history and nostalgia are associated with the 52-year-old facility, which used to house the hometown Warriors. Now, the Western Hockey League club plays at the 4,500-seat Mosaic Place, which opened last August.

"We call the Moose Jaw Civic Centre 'The Crushed Can'," said Edwards. "It got its name because you would think the roof was caving in. The dip in there is unlike anything you've ever seen and when you're inside the building, you can't see one side of the rink to the other because the roof is blocking your view."

Among those former and current NHL players who began their careers at 'The Crushed Can' were Clark Gillies, Theoren Fleury, Mike Keane, Kelly Buchberger and Troy Brouwer.

Follow Mike Morreale on Twitter at: @mike_morreale
POSTED ON Friday, 11.18.2011 / 1:08 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Life as a Scout

Long road trips take their toll on players

MOOSE JAW, Sask. -- Have you ever wondered if a scout takes into consideration a long road trip for a potential prospect in an upcoming game he intends to view?

  The mighty moose at tourist info center in Moose Jaw
Well, NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards does.

While Edwards will always chart and view players equally, he also knows they're only human.

"Last Sunday, for instance, Guelph was in Brampton in the afternoon and they played Sarnia the night before [on Saturday]," Edwards recalled.

Actually, Guelph suffered a 3-2 shootout loss to Erie on Nov. 4 before making the 2.5-hour drive to Sarnia (a 6-5 victory) the following night and then getting on a bus at 11 a.m. on Nov. 6 to travel to Brampton (a 3-1 loss). So that would be three games in basically two-in-a-half-days.

"That takes its toll on these guys, and not many leagues do it that way," Edwards said. "Now, on the flip side to that, if a player I'm scouting stands out despite the travel time and game action, then that's a kid that certainly will get close attention."

Follow Mike Morreale on Twitter at: @mike_morreale
POSTED ON Friday, 11.18.2011 / 12:53 AM

By Pete Jensen -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Russell shining in Hitchcock's system

It may be only three games into the experiment, but defenseman Kris Russell is already paying dividends for the St. Louis Blues.

Russell gave the Blues some breathing room with a third period goal in Thursday's win over the red-hot Florida Panthers. Since joining forces with his former coach, Ken Hitchcock, in St. Louis via trade on Nov. 11, Russell has scored twice and compiled a plus-1 rating. To add even more intrigue to the situation, the Blues have won all three games since the addition of Russell, and are off to a 4-0-1 start since the organization made a coaching change earlier this month.

This 24-year-old showed flashes of promise as a puck-moving blueliner in Columbus, but never produced eye-opening numbers in his four-plus seasons with the Blue Jackets. Hitchcock, however, saw enough potential to reunite with his former player.

While the Blues are not likely to keep up their scorching start to the Hitchcock era, it's becoming less of a secret with each passing day that the 5'10 Russell is in his comfort zone in Hitchcock's system. If you're in a deep fantasy league and in need of a blueliner, look no further than Russell (4 G, 1 A, even rating, 13 PIM), who is owned in only 1 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

POSTED ON Friday, 11.18.2011 / 12:45 AM

NHL.com - 2011-2012 Situation Room blog

LA @ ANA - 8:24 of the Third Period

At 8:24 of the third period in the Ducks/Kings game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that the puck went off Ducks forward Corey Perry's body as he was being pushed by Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi and into the net.  Good Goal Anaheim.
POSTED ON Friday, 11.18.2011 / 12:33 AM

By Sergei J. Feldman -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Injury forces Jagr out of lineup

A 39-year-old who hasn't played in the NHL since 2007-08 shouldn't be a point-per-game player, right?

Jaromir Jagr
Right Wing - PHI
GOALS: 6 | ASST: 11 | PTS: 17
SOG: 44 | +/-: 7
Wrong. Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jaromir Jagr has surprised many with his consistent play through 18 games, in which he's amassed 17 points, a plus-7 rating, 10 PIMs and 44 shots.

Given his unlikey production, Jagr has evolved into a fantasy hockey gem for many owners or, worst case, a more-than-capable complimentary piece for many rosters. The Cinderella story took an unfortunate turn Thurdsday night, as the future Hall-of-Famer suffered a lower-body injury early in the game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

The good news is that the injury is not believed to be serious, at least according to Flyers GM Paul Holmgren. However, Jagr has dealt with lower-body injuries in the past and they tend to be nagging. Moreoever, Jagr is 39 years old.

Fantasy owners need not panic and should remain patient while the injury becomes more clear. Sooner rather than later the early exit from the game could be but an afterthought. 
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I was in there icing my face as she was trying to push a baby out.

— Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf on going to the hospital with a facial laceration while his wife was in labor following Game 1 on Wednesday