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Ailing Emery won't play

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CHICAGO -- Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery has a lower body injury and will not play against Nashville on Friday.

He did not participate in Wednesday's optional practice and missed practice Thursday. Coach Joel Quenneville told reporters he hopes to get Emery back on the ice on Friday but added he will not be available when the Blackhawks host the Predators.

It's not clear whether Corey Crawford (17-4-4) or Emery (16-1-0) will be the No. 1 goalie once the playoffs start. The Blackhawks lead the NHL with 70 points and both have played well, with Crawford's goals-against average at 1.92 and Emery's at 1.91.

With Emery sidelined, the Blackhawks recalled goalie Carter Hutton from the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs on Thursday.

The 27-year-old Hutton has a 26-22-1 record with two shutouts, a 2.72 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in 51 games this season with Rockford. He signed with the Blackhawks as a free agent on Feb. 24, 2012.

 

Green activated by Kings

LOS ANGELES -- Defenceman Matt Greene has been activated by the Los Angeles Kings after getting injured in the defending Stanley Cup champions' season opener.

The Kings moved Greene off injured reserve on Friday, adding another important veteran for their playoff push.

Greene injured his back in the Kings' opener Jan. 19 against Chicago. He missed 42 games with the injury, but returned to the ice for practice in recent weeks.

He could boost the Kings as they jockey with San Jose for the fourth playoff seed in the Western Conference.

Greene was a major part of the Kings' sturdy defence during last season's title run, but Greene and fellow veteran defenceman Willie Mitchell have missed virtually the entire season with injuries, forcing Los Angeles to trade for Robyn Regehr and Keaton Ellerby.

 

Wild moving farm club to Iowa

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild are moving their primary minor league team to Iowa.

The Wild made the long-anticipated announcement Thursday that their American Hockey League affiliate will relocate from Houston to Des Moines, starting next season.

Wild chief operating officer Matt Majka says the organization was unable to agree on terms of a new arena lease at the Toyota Center in Houston. The Aeros have been the Wild's top minor league club in the 30-team AHL since 2001.

Des Moines is about a 31/2-hour drive from the Twin Cities.

 

Boyle sits for crucial contest

NEW YORK -- Rangers centre Brian Boyle missed New York's game against the Florida Panthers on Thursday night because of a right leg injury and is expected to sit out at least two more critical contests in the drive to the playoffs.

Boyle was injured in the first period of the Rangers' 4-2 loss at Philadelphia on Tuesday night and didn't return. New York coach John Tortorella said Thursday that Boyle would also be sidelined for a game at Buffalo on Friday and at home against New Jersey on Sunday.

The 28-year-old Boyle has two goals and three assists in 38 games this season, his fourth with the Rangers.

 

Flames sign Ramage to entry deal

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames have signed defenceman John Ramage to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Ramage, 22, just completed his senior year at the University of Wisconsin.

The Badgers captain had eight goals, 12 assists and 65 penalty minutes in 42 games.

The Flames drafted the six-foot, 195-pound defender in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL entry draft.

Ramage totalled 14 goals and 39 assists in 157 games for the Badgers.

He was captain of the U.S. junior team at the 2011 world junior hockey championship in Buffalo, N.Y., where the host country won a bronze medal.

Ramage was born in St. Louis, Mo., and is the son of Rob Ramage, a defenceman who played 15 seasons in the NHL for eight different clubs.

 

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 19, 2013 C4

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