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  1. Renovation Watch: First impressions

    Oct 9, 2011, 12:34 AM EST

    Thomas Vanek

    The NHL’s first three days of action gave the hockey world a taste of what’s to come from the league’s most dramatically altered teams. So which ones are looking good and which ones might want to buy a new decorator?

  2. Phil Kessel’s big night helps Leafs hold on vs. Senators

    Oct 8, 2011, 10:37 PM EST

    Phil Kessel; Craig Anderson

    For two periods and change, it seemed like Dion Phaneuf’s brutal hit on Stephane Da Costa would tell the story of the Leafs’ win against the Senators. Ottawa made it interesting, though, which made Phil Kessel’s four-point game crucial.

  3. Ducks boost D slightly by trading for Kyle Cumiskey

    Oct 8, 2011, 10:24 PM EST

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    Kyle Cumiskey, David Moss

    The Ducks gave up minor leaguer Jake Newton and seventh round pick in 2013 for exiled Colorado Avalanche defenseman Kyle Cumiskey.

  4. Money poorly spent? Martin Erat will miss game against Blues

    Oct 8, 2011, 8:23 PM EST

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    Dan Hamhuis, Martin Erat

    The Nashville Predators’ $6 million forward Martin Erat will miss tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues with an “upper body injury,” according to Josh Cooper. Cooper and many others worry that the vaguely described problem is a recurrence of back issues that kept Erat out of 18 games last season. Erat is in a…

  5. Dave Bolland returns to frustrate Stars tonight

    Oct 8, 2011, 8:05 PM EST

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    Vancouver Canucks v Chicago Blackhawks - Game Four

    There’s good news for the Blackhawks and bad news for their star opponents: Dave Bolland should be back in the lineup tonight.

  6. Peter Forsberg’s jersey retirement ends an era in Colorado

    Oct 8, 2011, 7:32 PM EST

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    Peter Forsberg

    If it wasn’t already clear enough, the Avalanche can say officially say goodbye to their great first generation of hockey now that Peter Forsberg’s jersey number will be retired.

  7. The wacky Patrick Kane at center experiment continues

    Oct 7, 2011, 5:32 PM EST

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    Pittsburgh Penguins v Chicago Blackhawks

    Surprisingly enough, the Blackhawks will roll Patrick Kane out at center during the team’s season opener against the Stars tonight.

  8. Kings win battle of the Richards against Rangers

    Oct 7, 2011, 4:58 PM EST

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    Phoenix Coyotes v Los Angeles Kings

    Mike Richards won round one of the battle of Richards as his Kings beat Brad Richards’ Rangers 3-2 in overtime today.

  9. Buffalo exposes Anaheim’s shaky defense in Finland

    Oct 7, 2011, 4:31 PM EST

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    Toni Lydman, Thomas Vanek

    It might just be one game against a potent Sabres team, but this season might be a long one for the Ducks’ defense.

  10. Ryan Whitney might return to save the Oilers defense soon

    Oct 7, 2011, 3:11 PM EST

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    Dany Heatley, Nikolai Khabibulin, Ryan Whitney

    It’s strange to see a team depend on Ryan Whitney as much as the Oilers do. Either way, Edmonton fans should be glad to know that he might be ready for the team’s season opener.

  11. Michal Neuvirth swipes Caps’ opener start from Tomas Vokoun

    Oct 7, 2011, 12:14 PM EST

    Michal Neuvirth

    In a surprising move that will cause many to overreact, the Capitals will start Michal Neuvirth in their first game of the season instead of Tomas Vokoun.

  12. Kings expect Dustin Penner to miss season-opener

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:56 AM EST

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    Dallas Stars v Los Angeles Kings

    Dustin Penner’s efforts to redeem himself with Kings fans will be put on hold because he’s expected to miss the Kings’ season-opener against the Rangers this afternoon.

  13. Video: Ed Olczyk and Keith Jones break down coaches on ‘the hot seat’

    Oct 7, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    Bruce Boudreau

    Keith Jones and Ed Olcyzk name two coaches of contending teams who might be at risk of losing their jobs if they don’t generate the right results in 2011-12.

  14. Kings, Rangers fans set to engage in Twitter battle

    Oct 7, 2011, 8:00 AM EST

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    Los Angeles Kings v New York Rangers

    Kings and Rangers fans will engage in a Twitter “hashtag battle” that will ultimately benefit charities.

  15. Matt Cooke steals headlines in Penguins’ shootout win

    Oct 7, 2011, 1:29 AM EST

    Matt Cooke Pascal Dupuis Matt Niskanen

    Whether he’s a changed man or not, Matt Cooke made a difference by scoring two goals in the Penguins 4-3 shootout win over the Canucks.

  16. Brooks Laich and direct deposit: A perfect match

    Oct 7, 2011, 12:26 AM EST

    Brooks Laich

    Brooks Laich shared the amusing story of two (briefly) lost hockey paychecks on Thursday.

  17. Video: Sidney Crosby discusses head shots, rehab process

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:54 PM EST

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    Sidney Crosby

    Sidney Crosby shared his thoughts about the league’s attempts to cut down on hits to the head as well as his rehab process in this video.

  18. Ilya Bryzgalov looks solid in first win for Flyers

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:05 PM EST

    Philadelphia Flyers v Boston Bruins

    After allowing a tough first goal, Ilya Bryzgalov buckled down for a 22-save win.

  19. James Reimer exhilarates Leafs fans with 32-save shutout

    Oct 6, 2011, 10:32 PM EST

    Montreal Canadiens v Toronto Maple Leafs

    Forgive Toronto fans for dreaming big after the Maple Leafs’ 2-0 home opening win against the Canadiens.

  20. Bruins raise Stanley Cup banner, honor Mark Recchi during season opener

    Oct 6, 2011, 9:16 PM EST

    Flyers Bruins Hockey

    The Bruins celebrated their Stanley Cup victory by raising the championship banner tonight and made sure to honor Mark Recchi in the process.

  21. Jaromir Jagr gets point 1,600 on Claude Giroux’s beauty

    Oct 6, 2011, 8:48 PM EST

    Jaromir Jagr

    It didn’t take long for Jaromir Jagr to record his 1,600th point. In fact, he didn’t even need a full period. Jagr assisted on a beautiful Claude Giroux power play goal, which might not be a rare occurrence this season.

  22. Trendy Sabres vs. defending champion Bruins: Who’s the favorite in the Northeast?

    Oct 6, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Paul Gaustad, Andrew Ference

    A surprising amount of people are making a trendy pick by choosing the Sabres to win the Northeast Division title, even though the Bruins just won the Stanley Cup. Which team should really be the favorite, though?

  23. Does the Atlantic Division have a true favorite?

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Philadelphia Flyers v Pittsburgh Penguins

    There are plenty of good teams in the Atlantic Division, but with injury concerns and personnel changes running rampant through many rosters, is there a true favorite going into 2011-12?

  24. Two days that could set up Capitals for a bright future

    Oct 6, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Buffalo Sabres v Washington Capitals

    The Capitals took a tough situation – being unable to sign Semyon Varlamov – and turned it into two moves that could set the stage for some special times in Washington.

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