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  1. 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.…

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

    Oct 25, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

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    doughtyinjured

    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…

  3. 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…

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

    Oct 25, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

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    Manny Legace, Jason Spezza

    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…

  5. Atlanta Thrashers activate Ondrej Pavelec from IR

    Oct 25, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

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    Ondrej Pavelec

    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…

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

    Oct 25, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

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    nashentersgame

    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…

  7. Broken neck puts Michael Nylander’s season (and career) in jeopardy

    Oct 25, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

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    It’s been a rough handful of seasons for former NHL forward Michael Nylander. After producing at more than a point per game pace alongside Jaromir Jagr with the New York Rangers, the crafty forward signed a deal with the Washington Capitals that proved to be a bad fit for GM George McPhee’s salary cap. Nylander…

  8. Rene Bourque, Jaroslav Halak and Steve Stamkos named this week’s three stars

    Oct 25, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

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    The NHL named its three stars of the week, handing out a big pat on the back to Calgary Flames forward Rene Bourque, St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak and Tampa Bay Lightning center Steve Stamkos. Here is a quick rundown of each player’s week, via the league’s press release and a few spare thoughts…

  9. Vote for the Goal(s) of the Week (October 18-24)

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    alfie1000

    To celebrate the best moments of each week, we’ll put up a poll to see which goal/save/whatever was the most amazing of a given seven days. We might not always have one per day and sometimes there will be more than seven to choose from, but all you need to do is vote for your…

  10. Vote for the Save of the Week (Oct 18-24)

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    niittysave

    To celebrate the best moments of each week, we’ll put up a poll to see which goal/save/whatever was the most amazing of a given seven days. We might not always have one per day and sometimes there will be more than seven to choose from, but all you need to do is vote for your…

  11. Save of the Night – October 24 (Antero Niittymaki)

    Oct 25, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

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    OK, the game was long over and there were more important saves tonight (Henrik Lundqvist made some pivotal stops to keep the New York Rangers ahead of the New Jersey Devils). But sometimes you just have to award style instead substance. This is one of those times: Antero Niittymaki made an impressive splitting save on…

  12. Goal of the Night – October 24 (Cody Franson)

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

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    OK, I know that he’s talented and wears No. 4 … but take it easy with the Bobby Orr comparisons. Now that I set that aside, this is still a silky smooth goal by Nashville Predators defenseman Cody Franson. He wasn’t the only Predators defenseman who scored a nice goal last night, either, as Shea…

  13. Bruins D Johnny Boychuk will miss about four weeks with arm injury

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    At some point, you almost wonder if the Boston Bruins should consider making hospital scrubs their next alternate uniform. The team is dealing with injuries to key components such as Marc Savard and Marco Sturm and certainly didn’t have an easy time last season. Add another important player to the injured reserve because defenseman Johnny…

  14. Video: Michael del Zotto’s camera-breaking shot

    Oct 25, 2010, 12:33 AM EDT

    I know the NHL is experimenting with 3-D cameras, but this is really pushing it …

  15. Flames ride dominant first period for 4-0 win over Sharks

    Oct 24, 2010, 11:58 PM EDT

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    Miikka Kiprusoff, Robyn Regehr, Jay Bouwmeester

    The spotlight might be on San Jose’s meltdown, but credit should go to Miikka Kiprusoff and Rene Bourque of the Flames for winning this one 4-0. More on that game after the jump.

  16. Ilya Kovalchuk scores in return, but Devils fall to Rangers 3-1

    Oct 24, 2010, 10:23 PM EDT

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    NY Rangers 3, New Jersey 1 It was pretty hard to blame the Devils’ woes on Ilya Kovalchuk after the team was bludgeoned 6-1 by the Buffalo Sabres in his absence. You cannot really point to him for this loss, either, as Kovalchuk was the only New Jersey player to pierce Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist…

  17. Anders Lindback helps Predators withstand late Lightning surge to take NHL points lead

    Oct 24, 2010, 9:12 PM EDT

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    Nashville Predators v Chicago Blackhawks

    For at least one night, the Nashville Predators sit atop the NHL’s standings with 13 points. They’re also the only team without a regulation loss, although two quick third period goals from Tampa Bay made Anders Lindback & Co. sweat it out.

  18. Antti Niemi gets pulled during first period against Calgary

    Oct 24, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

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    If there wasn’t justification for a goalie controversy in the San Jose Sharks net, it’s difficult to argue against that reality after tonight’s disastrous start against the Calgary Flames. The Sharks pulled Antti Niemi before the first period ended today after the struggling Finnish netminder allowed three goals on only five shots, surrendering goals to…

  19. Inside the Western Conference Standings – October 24

    Oct 24, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

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    redwingsstandings

    Every now and then, we’ll take a look at each conference’s standings to see if there are any trends or quirks that explain why some teams are failing and others are overachieving. Obviously, these results will reveal bigger truths once we advance later into this season … but it’s still fun and interesting to take…

  20. Inside the Eastern Conference Standings – October 24

    Oct 24, 2010, 7:29 PM EDT

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    Buffalo Sabres v New Jersey Devils

    After looking at some of the Eastern Conference standings stats, it’s clear that playing on the road hasn’t been a big deal for most teams in the conference at this early stage. Click “read more” to find out which teams are flourishing away from home and which teams are floundering in their own arenas.

  21. Today’s Starting Goalies – October 24

    Oct 24, 2010, 5:07 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. Note: One of…

  22. Today’s Starting Goalies – October 23

    Oct 23, 2010, 6:08 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. 7:00pm ET games…

  23. Scott Hartnell cuts his big hair for charity

    Oct 23, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

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    Stanley Cup Media Day

    For Philadelphia Flyers fans, rugged winger Scott Hartnell’s hair is a source of much joy and entertainment. The team even had a Hartnell inspired wig giveaway as one of its promotions. For the remaining hockey fans, Hartnell’s ‘do ranges from over the top to flat-out obnoxious. One thing that Flyers fans and rivals should approve…

  24. Six rookies near their nine game entry-level season deadline

    Oct 23, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    2010 NHL Top Prospects Media Availability

    NHL general managers make a ton of tough decisions, but one of the toughest involve how to handle young talent. In a salary cap era, you have to get plenty of bang for the buck, as many teams reap the benefits of a player’s entry-level contract years or a well-timed second contract. This time around,…

  25. Erik Ersberg clears waivers, likely on his way to KHL

    Oct 23, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

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    ersbergoutofla

    With only 60 or so jobs available, life isn’t easy for the types of goalies who aren’t automatic $5 million+ starters. Just look at the careers of guys who had some low moments but actually put together solid numbers like (don’t laugh … too much) Roman Cechmanek. He had a few shaky moments after being…

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