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James O’Brien

  1. Blair Betts won’t kill penalties for the Habs after all

    Oct 9, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

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    Philadelphia Flyers v Florida Panthers

    The Canadiens sent Blair Betts back to Philadelphia after he failed a physical.

  2. No controversy? Tomas Vokoun will start Monday

    Oct 9, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

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    greenvokoun

    Tomas Vokoun will make his Capitals regular season debut on Monday. Can people calm down about a goalie controversy yet?

  3. No word yet regarding Cory Sarich’s hit on Matt Cooke

    Oct 9, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Matt Cooke

    Many believe that Matt Cooke was actually a victim of an illegal hit for once, as Cory Sarich dazed him in last night’s game. There’s no word yet on whether or not the NHL will discuss it with Sarich, though.

  4. Bouchard’s high stick could bring ‘Shanaban’

    Oct 9, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    Bouchard_Pierre-Marc

    Pierre-Marc Bouchard might be in line for league discipline after high-sticking Matt Calvert.

  5. Can the young Jets handle the pressure today?

    Oct 9, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

    Winnipeg Jets

    Winnipeg fans are going to create an insane atmosphere during today’s franchise re-opener, but can a young Jets team keep its composure against the Canadiens?

  6. Coyotes can’t blame Sharks rout on Mike Smith alone

    Oct 9, 2011, 2:17 AM EDT

    Mike Smith, Patrick Marleau

    When you allow 52 shots in a game, you can’t blame it all on your goalie. The sad facts show that Mike Smith’s goaltending isn’t the only problem for the Coyotes, who dropped a 6-3 loss to the Sharks that wasn’t even that close.

  7. Will Ilya Kovalchuk learn to ‘trust’ Peter DeBoer?

    Oct 9, 2011, 1:18 AM EDT

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    Ilya Kovalchuk, Adam Oates

    Ilya Kovalchuk clearly responded differently to Jacques Lemaire last season. Will Peter DeBoer get the same kind of effort out of the Russian star, or will the Devils’ $100 million man tune him out?

  8. Renovation Watch: First impressions

    Oct 9, 2011, 12:34 AM EDT

    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?

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

    Oct 8, 2011, 10:37 PM EDT

    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.

  10. Ducks boost D slightly by trading for Kyle Cumiskey

    Oct 8, 2011, 10:24 PM EDT

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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.

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

    Oct 8, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

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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…

  12. Dave Bolland returns to frustrate Stars tonight

    Oct 8, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

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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.

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

    Oct 8, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

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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.

  14. The wacky Patrick Kane at center experiment continues

    Oct 7, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

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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.

  15. Kings win battle of the Richards against Rangers

    Oct 7, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

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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.

  16. Buffalo exposes Anaheim’s shaky defense in Finland

    Oct 7, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

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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.

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

    Oct 7, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT

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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.

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

    Oct 7, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

    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.

  19. Kings expect Dustin Penner to miss season-opener

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

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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.

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

    Oct 7, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    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.

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

    Oct 7, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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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.

  22. Matt Cooke steals headlines in Penguins’ shootout win

    Oct 7, 2011, 1:29 AM EDT

    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.

  23. Brooks Laich and direct deposit: A perfect match

    Oct 7, 2011, 12:26 AM EDT

    Brooks Laich

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

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

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:54 PM EDT

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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.

  25. Ilya Bryzgalov looks solid in first win for Flyers

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:05 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Flyers v Boston Bruins

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

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