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Nashville Predators goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) makes a stop against the Colorado Avalanche in the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. The game is Dubnyk's first in goal for the Predators since being acquired from the Edmonton Oilers. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Dubnyk headlines players on waivers


Devan Dubnyk is only 27 years old, but we might already be seeing the beginning of the end of his NHL career after the Nashville Predators decided to place him on waivers, per TVA’s Renaud Lavoie.

Dubnyk entered the season as Edmonton’s number one goaltender, but he got off to a horrendous start with a 4.01 GAA and .878 save percentage in nine October games. The Oilers consequently signed Ilya Bryzgalov and then acquired Ben Scrivens from Los Angeles.

Edmonton shipped Dubnyk to Nashville on Jan. 15, but he only played in two Predators contests and had a 4.35 GAA and .850 save percentage with the team.

With Pekka Rinne set to return, they no longer have room for Dubnyk. His contract will expire following the 2013-14 campaign.

Also on waivers today are Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chuck Kobasew, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Frazer McLaren, and Oilers defenseman Philip Larsen.

Welcome back: Martin returns to Pens lineup, Neal ‘ready to go’


The Pittsburgh Penguins are returning to health.

On Monday, club appeared primed to make two significant strides towards a full lineup, as defenseman Paul Martin — who’s been out since November — and forward James Neal sounded as though they’d make their returns against Florida.

Here’s the situation on Martin, from NHL.com:

Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said three injured Penguins will return against Florida but did not specify which three. He said the returning players will give the Penguins eight healthy defensemen, indicating Martin, who has missed 23 games with a broken tibia, will return.

Although Martin was paired with Brooks Orpik at the morning skate, Bylsma said Martin will be eased into the lineup.

As for Neal, he declared himself “ready to go” after sitting out last Wednesday’s 4-3 win over Washington. Even though he only missed one game, Neal actually hasn’t played in nine days as the Pens are in the midst of one of the lightest parts of their schedule (Neal last played on Jan. 11 versus Calgary.)

Neal skated alongside usual linemates Evgeni Malkin and Jussi Jokinen this morning. Fellow forwards Jayson Megna and Chuck Kobasew also took the morning skate after missing time with lower-body injuries (six games missed for Kobasew, 13 for Megna.)

Should all these players return tonight, it’ll leave Pittsburgh with just seven players out to injury: Pascal Dupuis, Beau Bennett, Chris Conner, Andrew Ebbett, Brian Gibbons, Joe Vitale and Tomas Vokoun.

Related: Pens’ Dupuis to have ACL surgery Feb. 12

Paul Martin returns to practice, close to playing

Paul Martin

The Pittsburgh Penguins had a productive day off with several of their injured players returning to practice, including defenseman Paul Martin.

Martin has been out for nearly two months with a broken tibia, but he might return as soon as Monday.

“I want to get a couple practices under my belt and see how it feels after tomorrow and probably go from there,” Martin added, according to the Penguins’ website.

When he returns, he’s projected to play alongside Brooks Orpik. The two might also be paired up for the Winter Olympics.

In addition to Martin, Chuck Kobasew (lower body) and Jayson Megna (lower body) practiced with Pittsburgh for the first time since suffering their respective injuries. To make things more interesting, Megna was put on the top line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz.

“(Megna)’s coming back from being out a while,” coach Dan Bylsma said. “So for your first day back, to be on the right wing with Sidney Crosby, we may see other people be there as well. But he adds that speed and can add that.”

Pittsburgh will play against Florida on Monday.

Get a load of the Penguins’ lineup tonight vs. Toronto


Injuries and suspensions have tested Pittsburgh’s depth all season long, but Monday night’s projected lineup is…well, something else.

From the morning skate, here what the Penguins will roll out for this evening’s tilt against Toronto:

Chris Kunitz-Sidney Crosby-Pascal Dupuis
Harry Zolnierczyk-Jussi Jokinen-Jayson Megna
Chris Conner-Brandon Sutter-Joe Vitale
Craig Adams-Zach Sill-Chuck Kobasew

On defense…

Matt Niskanen-Olli Maatta
Robert Bortuzzo-Brian Dumoulin
Simon Despres-Philip Samuelsson

The reasons for such an obscure lineup (truth time: I had to look up who the heck Zach Sill is) are injuries to Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Paul Martin, Brooks Orpik, Rob Scuderi, Tanner Glass, Beau Bennett and Andrew Ebbett.

Meanwhile, Deryk Engelland is suspended indefinitely pending an in-person hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Wednesday and James Neal is in the midst of his five-game suspension for kneeing Brad Marchand.

Oh, and here’s a fun fact about tonight’s blueline, as per the Pens website:

Combined Despres (60), Bortuzzo (39), Maatta (34), Dumoulin (1) and Samuelsson (0) have played in 134 career NHL games.

Related: Hurting Penguins recall Samuelsson and Zolnierczyk, put Letang on IR

Get your game notes: Blue Jackets at Penguins

Brandon Sutter

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

— Despite being the closest mutual rivals for both Columbus and Pittsburgh, in terms of geography (the two cities are separated by only 189 miles), the Blue Jackets and Penguins are playing in the same NHL division (Metropolitan) for the first time in 2013-14. The Pens won the first two divisional games of this season’s five-game set, sweeping a home-and-home on Nov. 1 and 2.

— Since the Consol Energy Center opened before the 2010-11 season, the Penguins have won 84 regular-season home games, most in the NHL. During that span, the Blue Jackets have won only 44 road games, T-3rd fewest in the league (Edmonton, Florida – 42).

— The Blue Jackets have yet to allow a goal in December, having posted shutouts in their two games this month (1-0 vs. Tampa Bay, 4-0 vs. Minnesota). These were their first back-to-back shutouts since Nov. 20-22, 2010. Only once have the Jackets pitched three clean sheets in a row (Dec. 27-31, 2008), when they set a franchise-record shutout streak of 199:19. Their current streak is 137:45.

— The Penguins have seven players on their active roster with 100+ career NHL goals, the second-most in the NHL, after Detroit (Sidney Crosby – 253, Evgeni Malkin – 224, Chris Kunitz – 189, Pascal Dupuis – 179, James Neal – 144, Jussi Jokinen – 137, Chuck Kobasew – 110). On the flipside, the Blue Jackets are one of two teams (Colorado) with only one (R.J. Umberger – 158). (Elias Sports Bureau)

— The Blue Jackets are a perfect 35-0-0 (an NHL-best 1.000) when leading after two periods since Todd Richards took over as head coach on Jan. 9, 2012. The Penguins, which lost 3-2 in regulation at Boston after holding a 2-1 lead after two periods, have the fifth-best record during that span (52-3-1, .938).

— Penguins winger Chris Kunitz enters tonight’s game with a seven-game point streak (six goals, four assists), tying his career high. Only Evgeni Malkin (nine games, active) and Sidney Crosby (eight) have longer point streaks this season among the Pens.

— Crosby ranks second in the NHL in faceoffs won, with 390 (Antoine Vermette, Phoenix, 393).

— The Blue Jackets’ top line of LW Nick Foligno – C Ryan Johansen – RW R.J. Umberger has combined for nine goals, 19 points and 41 shots on goal in their past six games.

— The Blue Jackets have lost five of their last six meetings (1-4-1) against the Penguins. The only win in those games came in Pittsburgh on Feb. 8, 2011. Only five players from that night’s roster remain with Columbus: Jared Boll (injured), Matt Calvert, Derek MacKenzie, Fedor Tyutin and R.J. Umberger.