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James O’Brien

  1. Why the Flyers might not roll the dice with a free agent goalie

    May 9, 2011, 10:14 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Flyers v Boston Bruins - Game Four

    It’s easy to say that the Flyers should add a free agent goalie or trade for an improvement, but are there really any good options for this team? This post explores that question.

  2. Simon Gagne might be able to play for Lightning in Game 1 of Eastern Conference finals

    May 9, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Tampa Bay Lightning v Washington Capitals - Game One

    One benefit of a long layoff between playoff rounds is that injured players get time to heal up. The Lightning are feeling optimistic that Simon Gagne could play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals after his first practice went well.

  3. Predators hope to push Canucks to a Game 7 by winning tonight

    May 9, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

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    Mason Raymond Pekka Rinne

    The Predators hope to win at home for the first time in this series to push their semifinals match with the Canucks to a Game 7.

  4. Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen might help Red Wings fight off elimination after all

    May 8, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Pavel Datsyuk,  Niklas Kronwall, Nicklas Lidstrom, Johan Franzen

    It sounds like Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen are likely to play for the Red Wings after all. Read this post for quick preview of Detroit-San Jose Game 5.

  5. Canucks coach Alain Vigneault deflects blame from the Sedin twins

    May 8, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    Nashville Predators v Vancouver Canucks - Game One

    The Sedin twins combined for an abysmal -7 rating in Game 5, but Alain Vigneault isn’t laying the blame on the duo.

  6. Is Joel Ward making a star turn or just another one-hit wonder?

    May 8, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT

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    Nashville Predators v Vancouver Canucks - Game Five

    Joel Ward is on a red-hot run that few people saw coming right in time for unrestricted free agency. So the question is: will he make good on this possible breakthrough or is he another flash in the pan? This post examines both angles.

  7. Report: Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen might miss Game 5; Could Mike Modano get his chance?

    May 8, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

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    Pavel Datsyuk

    Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen are reportedly game-time decisions for Game 5. Could that open the door for Mike Modano to get back into Detroit’s lineup?

  8. Former official Kerry Fraser talks about ‘make-up calls’

    May 8, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

    Toronto Maple Leafs v New York Rangers

    Former official Kerry Fraser discusses the subject of “make-up calls.”

  9. Pekka Rinne calls Nashville’s Game 5 win the biggest in team history

    May 8, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

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    Pekka Rinne

    Pekka Rinne called last night’s Game 5 win the biggest in Predators’ franchise history.

  10. Video: Hockey Central breaks down Detroit-San Jose Game 5

    May 8, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Pavel Datsyuk, Dany Heatley

    The Versus crew breaks down tonight’s Game 5 between the Red Wings and Sharks.

  11. Chris Pronger’s contract, health could be a big problem for the Philadelphia Flyers

    May 8, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Edmonton Oilers v Philadelphia Flyers

    The Flyers will face tough questions about their short-term future, but Chris Pronger’s contract could be a serious problem for several years.

  12. Joel Ward and Ryan Kesler put on a show, Predators edge Canucks 4-3

    May 8, 2011, 12:04 AM EDT

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    David Legwand, Joel Ward

    Ryan Kesler continues his star/villain turn for the Canucks, but he made way for a co-star tonight, as Joel Ward powered the Predators’ 4-3 win with an outstanding (and surprising) performance.

  13. Poll results: Slightly more PHT readers think Flyers should retire Kate Smith video

    May 7, 2011, 9:54 PM EDT

    Postage Stamp Kate Smith

    It was a close call, but about 52 percent of voters think that the Flyers should do away with the Kate Smith video during their “God Bless America” ceremonies.

  14. US team beats France 3-2 in 2011 WC, adds James van Riemsdyk to the mix

    May 7, 2011, 9:21 PM EDT

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    Philadelphia Flyers v New Jersey Devils

    The United States moved closer to the 2011 World Championships’ quarterfinals with a 3-2 win against France. That isn’t the only good news, though, as James van Riemsdyk will add a bunch of punch to the lineup soon.

  15. The imact of Patrice Bergeron’s injury on the Boston Bruins

    May 7, 2011, 7:36 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Flyers v Boston Bruins

    He might not be a huge name, but the Bruins will sorely miss Patrice Bergeron’s Selke-quality two-way game. This post studies the team’s options to try to replace him.

  16. Sharks, Bruins try to complete sweeps of Red Wings, Flyers tonight

    May 6, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    San Jose Sharks v Detroit Red Wings - Game Three

    Want previews of tonight’s Game 4 matches between the Sharks-Red Wings and Bruins-Flyers? Check out this post.

  17. Nicklas Lidstrom isn’t expected to retire after this season

    May 6, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

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    Honda NHL SuperSkills

    Nicklas Lidstrom just turned 41, but his on-ice play and probable high salary indicate that he might be back again.

  18. Report: Matt Hulsizer is getting tired of Coyotes soap opera, might turn attention to buying Blues

    May 6, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    Coyotes-logo

    A Forbes report indicates that potential owner Matt Hulsizer is growing tired of the Coyotes sale conundrum. He might instead turn his sights on the Blues, another team up for sale.

  19. Vancouver is struggling to maintain leads, but it’s not Roberto Luongo’s fault

    May 6, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

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    Roberto Luongo

    The Canucks have struggled to hang onto leads, but the last person who deserves blame is Roberto Luongo.

  20. Will Mike Modano end his NHL career as a healthy scratch?

    May 6, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    Mike Modano

    Maybe Mike Modano should have retired last year, but he can hang up his skates knowing that he didn’t retire with gas left in the tank.

  21. Canada beats U.S. 4-3 via shootout in 2011 IIHF WC qualification round match

    May 6, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    US goaltender Ty Conklin and Kevin Shatt

    Ty Conklin made 48 saves for the United States, but Canada eventually got the best of him in a shootout. Check out this recap for the rundown plus an update on the 2011 World Championships standings.

  22. Report: Craig MacTavish might be leading candidate for Wild head coaching job

    May 6, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

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    Craig MacTavish

    The Minnesota Wild are reportedly considering Craig MacTavish as their possible next head coach.

  23. Video: Hockey Central previews Game 4 of Sharks-Red Wings and Flyers-Bruins

    May 6, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Scott Hartnell, Johnny Boychuk

    Want Hockey Central’s take on tonight’s two Game 4 matches (San Jose-Detroit and Philadelphia-Boston)? This post features video commentary from the Versus crew.

  24. Why the Washington Capitals should give Bruce Boudreau one more year

    May 6, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Bruce Boudreau

    There are plenty of angry Capitals fans calling for Bruce Boudreau’s head, but the smart choice would be to give him one more chance to make it work.

  25. Ryan Kesler confirms villain status, scores highlight reel goal as Vancouver takes 3-1 series lead

    May 6, 2011, 12:08 AM EDT

    Ryan Kesler

    It was a rough and ugly game, but Ryan Kesler’s game winning goal provided a beautiful moment. His performances in the last two games might also make him the Predators’ first true playoff villain, too.

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