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James O’Brien

  1. Red Wings rule Pavel Datsyuk out of final two preseason games

    Oct 1, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

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    datsyuk24ap

    It doesn’t sound like his back problems are too serious, but the Red Wings decided to keep Pavel Datsyuk out of the team’s last two preseason games this weekend.

  2. Sidney Crosby on playing in season opener: ‘I wouldn’t expect it’

    Oct 1, 2011, 5:56 PM EDT

    Sidney Crosby

    As expected, Sidney Crosby ruled himself out of the Penguins’ season opener on Thursday, Oct. 6.

  3. Capitals could deal with small highs and lows during cyclical 2011-12 season

    Oct 1, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    greenvokoun

    The Capitals should keep an even keel during a strangely cyclical 2011-12 season.

  4. Matthew Lombardi admits he’s nervous about making his Leafs debut tonight

    Oct 1, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

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    Matthew Lombardi, Dany Sabourin

    Matthew Lombardi will make his Maple Leafs debut tonight after dealing with post-concussion syndrome.

  5. NHL suspends Clarke MacArthur through first two games of regular season

    Oct 1, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    Clarke MacArthur, Jimmy Howard, Justin Abdelkader

    Clarke MacArthur will sit out the rest of the preseason as well as two regular season games for his illegal check on Justin Abdelkader.

  6. Tampa Bay shouldn’t strike out because of their schedule

    Oct 1, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Tampa Bay Lightning v Florida Panthers

    All things considered, Tampa Bay’s 2011-12 schedule is very reasonable.

  7. Panthers face the second most travel of any NHL team as part of a rough 2011-12 schedule

    Oct 1, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Kevin Dineen

    The Panthers’ large cast of new characters will have plenty of time to bond during plane and road trips – they’ll rack up the second most miles of any team in the NHL.

  8. Videos: How Taylor Fedun was injured, Matt Cooke’s center ice goal

    Oct 1, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Josh Green, Ray Emery

    Here is video footage of Eric Nystrom’s injurious hit on Taylor Fedun. For comic relief, check out Ray Emery’s gaffe, which allowed Matt Cooke to score a center-ice goal.

  9. Hurricanes could make playoffs if they survive a potentially disastrous March

    Oct 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Paul Maurice

    Unlike last season, Carolina’s schedule is pretty reasonable – except in almost the entire month of March. If they can weather that storm, the Hurricanes might be back in the playoffs again.

  10. 2011-12 season preview: Toronto Maple Leafs

    Oct 1, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    James Reimer, Mikhail Grabovski, Phil Kessel

    Can the Maple Leafs finally break their post-lockout playoff curse? PHT takes a look at what could be a toss-up 2011-12 season for Toronto.

  11. 2011-12 season preview: Ottawa Senators

    Oct 1, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Paul MacLean

    The Senators might have a chance to be scrappy during the 2011-12 season, but they might be better off hitting the lottery for another year.

  12. Mike Mottau reflects upon being ‘lucky’ enough to survive eye injury

    Oct 1, 2011, 1:00 AM EDT

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    Mike Mottau

    It’s strange to hear a player talk about being “lucky” about a year after a puck hits him in the eye, but Mike Mottau’s perspective actually makes some sense.

  13. 2011-12 season preview: Montreal Canadiens

    Oct 1, 2011, 12:30 AM EDT

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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.

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

    Sep 30, 2011, 11:10 PM EDT

    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.

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

    Sep 30, 2011, 10:31 PM EDT

    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.

  16. 2011-12 season preview: Buffalo Sabres

    Sep 30, 2011, 9:10 PM EDT

    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.

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

    Sep 30, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

    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.

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

    Sep 30, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

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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.

  19. 2011-2012 season preview: Boston Bruins

    Sep 30, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Zdeno Chara

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

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

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

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    beauty

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

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

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

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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.

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

    Sep 28, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

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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.

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

    Sep 28, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    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.

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

    Sep 28, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

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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.

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

    Sep 28, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

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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.

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