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James O’Brien

  1. 2011-12 season preview: Montreal Canadiens

    Oct 1, 2011, 12:30 AM EST

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    Henrik Lunqvist; Travis Moen; Roman Hamrlik;

    The Canadiens’ 2011-12 season rests on the young shoulders of Carey Price and P.K. Subban.

  2. Will Colorado’s super-sized defense help turn things around?

    Sep 30, 2011, 11:10 PM EST

    Colorado Avalanche v San Jose Sharks

    Time will tell if Colorado’s revamped defense will be better next season, but one thing is certain: they’ll be bigger.

  3. Taylor Fedun ranks as the latest victim of NHL’s archaic icing rules

    Sep 30, 2011, 10:31 PM EST

    Jordan Eberle, Taylor Fedun

    How many more player need to get unnecessarily injured thanks to the league’s lack of progress with icing rules? The answer is one more, as Oilers defenseman Taylor Fedun was carted off the ice as he went to play the puck. Update: Fedun suffered a broken right leg.

  4. 2011-12 season preview: Buffalo Sabres

    Sep 30, 2011, 9:10 PM EST

    Ville Leino, Jiri Tlusty

    The Sabres made three splashy moves during the 2011 off-season, but will they match all that style with on-ice substance? PHT previews their 2011-12 campaign.

  5. Brendan Smith feels ‘terrible’ about illegal check on Ben Smith

    Sep 30, 2011, 8:11 PM EST

    Dave Bolland, Brendan Smith, Ben Smith

    Although he said that he didn’t intend to hit Ben Smith in the head, Brendan Smith still expressed remorse for the end result.

  6. Marc Staal is dealing with neck issues, opening day status remains in doubt

    Sep 30, 2011, 7:20 PM EST

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    Staal_Marc

    Marc Staal skated for the first time since Sunday today. While there are some hopes that he might be ready for the regular season opener, logic points to him missing at the European tour altogether.

  7. 2011-2012 season preview: Boston Bruins

    Sep 30, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

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    Zdeno Chara

    Can the Bruins make it back-to-back championships? PHT previews their 2011-12 season.

  8. Schedule analysis: Breaking down what’s ahead for all 30 NHL teams

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:00 PM EST

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    beauty

    Here is your one-stop source for all of the schedule analysis posts.

  9. To break playoff curse, Maple Leafs must make best of an uneven schedule

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:00 PM EST

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    James Reimer

    For the Maple Leafs to break their playoff curse, the team will have to take advantage of long homestands and survive some substantial road swings.

  10. Mikhail Grabovski shakes off Chris Neil’s questionable hit

    Sep 28, 2011, 5:47 PM EST

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    Vincent Lecavalier, Steven Stamkos, Keith Aulie, Colby Armstrong, Joey Crabb

    Chris Neil delivered a controversial hit on Mikhail Grabovski that went without punishment, but the good news for Maple Leafs fans is that the underrated Russian scorer seems OK.

  11. Two brutal early stretches might doom Senators in 2011-12

    Sep 28, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Daniel Alfredsson

    The deck already seemed stacked against the Senators from a talent perspective, but the schedule makers didn’t do them any favors with two brutal stretches early next season.

  12. Happy birthday, Tom Sestito: Flyers winger gets waived, four-game suspension

    Sep 28, 2011, 4:21 PM EST

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    New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers

    Tom Sestito’s 24th birthday will be one to forget: the Flyers put him on waivers while the NHL suspended him for the rest of the preseason and two regular season games.

  13. Montreal’s favorable schedule could give them a shot to win the Northeast Division

    Sep 28, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

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    Carey Price

    The Canadiens could be a dark horse candidate to win the Northeast Division because of their reasonable schedule – even if they’ll travel more than their rivals.

  14. NHL players react to Brendan Shanahan’s run of suspensions

    Sep 28, 2011, 2:45 PM EST

    Brendan Shanahan

    Players and coaches shared mixed reactions to Brendan Shanahan’s first run of suspensions in the 2011 preseason.

  15. Danny Cleary will miss remainder of preseason with upper-body injury

    Sep 28, 2011, 2:19 PM EST

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    Daniel Cleary

    Red Wings forward Danny Cleary will miss at least the rest of the preseason with an upper-body injury.

  16. Minor eye surgery will sideline Jason Arnott for about a week

    Sep 28, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

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    Jason Arnott

    Jason Arnott will miss about a week after undergoing minor eye surgery.

  17. Ontario police press charges on man suspected of throwing banana at Wayne Simmonds

    Sep 28, 2011, 1:26 PM EST

    New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers

    A 26 year old man has been charged with throwing a banana peel at Wayne Simmonds. If convicted, he could face a maximum fine of $2,000.

  18. Dramatic highs and lows dominate Buffalo’s difficult schedule

    Sep 28, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Ryan Miller

    The Sabres’ 2011-12 schedule almost seems manic depressive in its highs and lows. Surviving a brutal beginning to 2012 could be the key for Pegulamania to run wild.

  19. Bruins must stock up on points early in 2011-12 because of tough final three months

    Sep 28, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

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    vtar101

    The Bruins need to take advantage of a very favorable first half schedule because the last three months of 2011-12 could be awfully challenging.

  20. Is it in Ottawa’s best interests for Mika Zibanejad to make an immediate NHL jump?

    Sep 28, 2011, 1:03 AM EST

    James Reimer, Mika Zibanejad

    Mika Zibanejad is making a serious case to join the Ottawa Senators right out of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, but if the team is as bad as expected, it might be a waste of a bargain entry-level year.

  21. Scott Hartnell resumes practice, could play Thursday after meeting cardiologist

    Sep 27, 2011, 9:56 PM EST

    Boston Bruins v Philadelphia Flyers

    Great news for Scott Hartnell: he cleared a cardiologist’s test and skated in practice on Tuesday. There’s even a chance that the Flyers forward could play in a Thursday exhibition contest after that scary incident involving an elevated heart rate.

  22. Penguins’ schedule indicates that they could finish strong

    Sep 27, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

    Phoenix Coyotes v Pittsburgh Penguins

    The Penguins’ schedule is pretty balanced and manageable, but they could go on a late season tear, especially in their final 11 games.

  23. NHL won’t punish Wayne Simmonds for alleged homophobic comment

    Sep 27, 2011, 7:54 PM EST

    New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers

    The Canadian Press reports that Wayne Simmonds won’t face disciplinary action for allegedly using a homophobic taunt in a verbal exchange with Sean Avery. How do you feel about the decision?

  24. Report: Ontario police might know who threw a banana at Wayne Simmonds

    Sep 27, 2011, 7:15 PM EST

    Wayne Simmonds

    London, Ontario police might be aware of the person who threw a banana at Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds. No charges have been filed yet, though.

  25. Flyers schedule begins and ends friendly, but is challenging down the middle

    Sep 27, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

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    New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers

    The Flyers could do some serious damage in the beginning and end of the 2011-12 season, but things could get a little shaky during tough stretches in November and December.

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