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  1. Roman Polak plans to undergo wrist surgery, will be out indefinitely

    Oct 27, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

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    Tough news for the St. Louis Blues: Roman Polak will need to undergo surgery on his surgery tomorrow thanks to an injury he suffered in the team’s 1-0 with against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Here is the announcement from a Blues’ press release. St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager, Doug Armstrong announced today…

  2. Report: Ilya Kovalchuk was scratched for being late to a team meeting

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:56 PM EDT

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    Hindsight is 20/20 and let’s face it: coaches are often judged by their results (wins, losses, playoff berths, etc.) rather than the content of their decisions. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton was heralded as a genius for winning the Super Bowl largely based on a well-timed onside kick, but if it backfired, he probably…

  3. Jonathan Toews featured in ‘Are you Men’s Health Fit?’ feature

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

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    It almost seems like Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby are in some kind of cosmic game of “H-O-R-S-E.” Crosby became the youngest captain to ever win a Stanley Cup, then Toews became the second youngest. They both won a gold medal together for Team Canada, with Crosby scoring the gold medal winning goal while Toews…

  4. Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas receives automatic one-game suspension for boarding penalty

    Oct 27, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

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    At first I was surprised to hear this news, but it could be that I was fooled by local announcers Daryl “Razor” Reaugh and Ralph Strangis into thinking it was a bit more of an “incidental” hit. But now it all makes sense: Stephane Robidas received a one-game suspension today because the league automatically does…

  5. Carolina Hurricanes finally play home opener tonight against Washington

    Oct 27, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Twenty days after the opening of the NHL season, the Carolina Hurricanes will finally play their first “real” home game. While one of the two games they played with the Minnesota Wild in Helsinki, Finland counted as a home contest, this will be their first one in Raleigh, North Carolina for the 2010-11 season. While…

  6. Around the Rink – Wednesday, October 27

    Oct 27, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a look at today’s six games. All times are Eastern (ET). 7:00 pm Washington @ Carolina The Hurricanes finally host a team in Carolina after bouncing around Europe and the Pacific Division (among other areas) to start off the season. We’ll have more on the Hurricanes playing their first home game 20 days…

  7. Recap: Canucks edge Avalanche 4-3 in OT

    Oct 27, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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    We covered most of last night’s action in this recap, but just in case you’re wondering what happened in Tuesday’s latest game, here’s a summary of the Vancouver Canucks-Colorado Avalanche game. Vancouver 4, Colorado 3 (OT) The biggest impact from this game might just have happened before the first puck even dropped. That’s because Avalanche…

  8. Save of the Night – Peter Budaj (October 26)

    Oct 27, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Peter Budaj helped Avalanche fans to forget about Craig Anderson’s murky injury situation for at least one night, making a few big saves but coming up short in overtime against the Canucks.

  9. Goal of the Night: Magnus Paajarvi (October 26)

    Oct 27, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

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    There were a nice amount of gorgeous goals last night, but Magnus Paajarvi took the cake. Read my glowing remarks about this sensational score by clicking “Read More.”

  10. Olli Jokinen vs. Sam Gagner: The latest unexpected NHL fight video

    Oct 27, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Who would have thought that Sam Gagner and Olli Jokinen would throw down in a legitimate fight? Read more about the bout and find out the consensus on which guy won.

  11. Video: Craig Anderson out indefinitely after injuring himself during warmups

    Oct 27, 2010, 1:04 AM EDT

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    Craig Anderson hurt himself during a warmup drill before Colorado’s game against the Vancouver Canucks tonight. Click “read more” for more details about the situation and video of the injury.

  12. Nightly Recap – Tuesday, October 26

    Oct 27, 2010, 12:02 AM EDT

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    Note: We’ll get you up to speed on the late Colorado-Vancouver game tomorrow morning or afternoon. Toronto 3, Florida 1 Colton Orr normally does damage with his hands, but tonight, he scored a game-winner for the Maple Leafs. This was a pretty bland night overall on paper, with J.S. Giguere cruising to his fourth win…

  13. Ryan Miller needs more help if the Sabres want to shake slump

    Oct 26, 2010, 11:22 PM EDT

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    In three wins, Buffalo Sabres star goalie Ryan Miller allowed three goals. Yet in six losses, Miller allowed 20. Read more about this feast or famine early season for Miller (and the Sabres) after the jump.

  14. Ondrej Pavelec could ‘possibly’ return to Thrashers’ net on Saturday

    Oct 26, 2010, 9:56 PM EDT

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    We already passed along word that Atlanta Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec was activated from the injured reserve yesterday, yet it seems like the good news keeps trickling in. He might not be 100 percent ready at this moment, but it sounds like Pavelec could be back as soon as the end of this week. The…

  15. Save of the Week: Antero Niittymaki (October 18-24)

    Oct 26, 2010, 8:52 PM EDT

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    The “voter turnout” wasn’t outstanding for the first save of the week poll, but San Jose Sharks goalie Antero Niittymaki won convincingly enough. Check out the results and video by clicking on “read more.”

  16. Goal of the Week: Teemu Selanne (October 18-24)

    Oct 26, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

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    Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne edges Nashville Predators defenseman Cody Franson for our inaugural Goal of the Week award (for October 18-24). Check out the poll results after the jump.

  17. Today’s Starting Goalies – October 26

    Oct 26, 2010, 6:27 PM EDT

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    Whether you’re interested for fantasy hockey reasons or just want to know which goalie your team is playing in a given day, we thought it might be helpful to share our best guesses (based on various previews from newspapers and Web sites plus our own instincts) on who might start each day. 7:00 PM ET…

  18. Kings place Drew Doughty on ‘retroactive’ IR, will miss at least next two games

    Oct 25, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

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    The Los Angeles Kings were hoping that Drew Doughty would recover enough from concussion problems to return to the ice for Wednesday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks, but that’s not going to happen. In fact, the team apparently placed Doughty on the injured reserve, according to the Los Angeles Times. While that means the all-world…

  19. Today’s Starting Goalies – October 25

    Oct 25, 2010, 5:37 PM EDT

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    Whether you’re interested for fantasy hockey reasons or just want to know which goalie your team is playing in a given day, we thought it might be helpful to share our best guesses (based on various previews from newspapers and Web sites plus our own instincts) on who might start each day. 7:00 PM ET…

  20. Around the Rink – Monday, October 25

    Oct 25, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

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    We normally put up our previews earlier in the day, but this Monday’s been jam packed with hockey fun (you’re going to have to click on “older posts” to see the first entry of the day). Let’s take a look at today’s sparse schedule of three games now that the dust cleared … a bit.…

  21. Drew Doughty to miss tonight’s game, Kings hope he’ll return Wednesday

    Oct 25, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

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    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty is dealing with concussion-like symptoms after taking a hit from Carolina Hurricanes forward Erik Cole on Wednesday. The Kings hope he’ll be able to return for Wednesday’s game in Chicago against the Blackhawks, according to Rotoworld.com. The team opted against putting him on the injured reserve because doing so…

  22. Montreal Canadiens target Friday or Saturday return for Andrei Markov

    Oct 25, 2010, 2:39 PM EDT

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    Good news out of Montreal, although it seems like things are still in the air a bit for valuable defenseman Andrei Markov. TSN has the word on the talented offensive defenseman’s injury status. Andrei Markov was cleared for contact drills Monday and the club will seek final clearance from team doctors later this week. They are…

  23. Groin injury should sideline Jason Spezza for Tuesday’s game against Coyotes

    Oct 25, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

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    While he remains a member of the Ottawa Senators – at least for the time being – it’s been an awfully tough haul for Jason Spezza ever since he was booed off the ice once the team lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the playoffs. He dealt with trade rumors during the summer and now…

  24. Atlanta Thrashers activate Ondrej Pavelec from IR

    Oct 25, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

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    While this afternoon brought about its fair share of bad news, there are at least a couple pockets of sunshine. Take, for instance, the fact that the Atlanta Thrashers activated Ondrej Pavelec from the injured reserve (and sent backup Peter Mannino to the minors) today. As you may remember, Pavelec suffered a concussion after a…

  25. Report: NHL fines Rick Nash $2,500 for high-stick

    Oct 25, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

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    Reports out of Columbus indicate that Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash was fined (but not suspended) for a high-sticking infraction against Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano. Here is the report from the Columbus Dispatch via TSN. The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash has been fined $2,500 by the NHL for a…

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