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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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?

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Rangers face lengthy home and road swings in 2011-12

    Sep 27, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

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    lundqvistoviap

    The Rangers begin the season in Sweden. Perhaps that only seems fitting, because they’ll be away from home for large periods of time during a very uneven schedule of home and road contests.

  19. Soft schedule could help the Islanders turn things around

    Sep 27, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

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    Matt Moulson, John Tavares

    The Islanders could justify the building optimism surrounding their team thanks to a soft 2011-12 schedule.

  20. Devils could be blessed by light travel schedule next season

    Sep 27, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

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    New York Rangers v New Jersey Devils

    The league’s lightest travel schedule could greatly benefit Martin Brodeur and the Devils.

  21. Sean Avery accuses Wayne Simmonds of making homophobic remarks during preseason game

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:28 PM EST

    New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers

    Not even a week after dealing with an ugly racial display, Wayne Simmonds is being accused of using a homophobic comment in a trash-talking exchange with Sean Avery. It was an ugly game tonight, as Tom Sestito’s hit might also generate some suspension controversy.

  22. David Perron returns to Blues, will take a baseline concussion test next week

    Sep 26, 2011, 9:56 PM EST

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    Evgeni Nabokov, David Perron

    David Perron joined his team again today, although he didn’t practice. He still has a way to go before that happens, with the next big step being a baseline concussion test scheduled for next week.

  23. NHL hands James Wisniewski a heavy suspension that includes eight regular season games

    Sep 26, 2011, 8:44 PM EST

    Columbus Blue Jackets Press Conference Introducing New Players Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski

    James Wisniewski received the harshest suspension yet, as the Blue Jackets defenseman will sit out the rest of the preseason and a whopping eight regular season games for his illegal hit on Cal Clutterbuck. In case players haven’t been paying attention, Brendan Shanahan clearly means business.

  24. Wild sign Aaron Boogaard, honor Derek Boogaard and Pavol Demitra with helmet sticker

    Sep 26, 2011, 7:34 PM EST

    Boogaard Family

    The Wild will wear a “24/38″ helmet sticker in memory of Pavol Demitra and Derek Boogaard, while the team signed Derek’s brother Aaron to a a two-way deal.

  25. NHL suspends Brad Staubitz for preseason, three regular season games for hit from behind

    Sep 26, 2011, 6:29 PM EST

    Brad Staubitz, Cam Janssen

    Brad Staubitz will sit out the rest of the preseason and three regular season games for his hit from behind on Cody Bass. Check out this post for more details and an explanation via league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.

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