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James O’Brien

  1. Atlantic Division Watch (February 9)

    Feb 9, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

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    Carolina Hurricanes v New Jersey Devils

    With the All-Star break over, it’s time for the NHL playoff races to intensify. Every week, we’ll provide updates for each division’s outlook. The biggest contenders and/or closest races will receive the greatest amount of attention. Today, we take a look at the Atlantic Division.

  2. Ducks activate Ryan Getzlaf from IR, send Aaron Voros to AHL

    Feb 9, 2011, 8:32 PM EST

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    After missing 14 games with sinus fractures, Ryan Getzlaf is expected to return to the Ducks’ lineup after being activated from the IR. The team sent Aaron Voros to the AHL to make room for Getzlaf.

  3. Visa issues will keep Peter Forsberg out of Colorado’s game against Minnesota

    Feb 9, 2011, 7:45 PM EST

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    Visa issues will keep Peter Forsberg out of Colorado’s upcoming game against the Wild, but he’s expected to return against Columbus or Nashville this weekend.

  4. Islanders send sixth rounder to Coyotes for goalie Al Montoya

    Feb 9, 2011, 7:34 PM EST

    Al Montoya

    The Islanders added a goalie to their injury-ravaged rotation after sending a sixth round pick to the Coyotes for Al Montoya.

  5. Today’s Starting Goalies – February 9th

    Feb 9, 2011, 6:32 PM EST

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    lehnerdebut

    Here are the probable starting goalies for tonight’s eight games.

  6. Niklas Backstrom wins his second straight Save of the Week

    Feb 8, 2011, 7:30 PM EST

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    Ray Whitney, Niklas Backstrom, Brent Burns

    Niklas Backstrom earned his second Save of the Week, this time for January 31-February 6th.

  7. Ville Leino edges Sergei Kostitsyn for Goal of the Week (January 31 – February 6)

    Feb 8, 2011, 6:30 PM EST

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    Ville Leino

    Ville Leino beat out Sergei Kostitsyn for the January 31-February 6th Goal of the Week.

  8. Today’s Starting Goalies – February 8th

    Feb 8, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

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    Here are the starters for tonight’s six games.

  9. Central Division Watch (February 8)

    Feb 8, 2011, 5:20 PM EST

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    Pavel Datsyuk

    With the All-Star break over, it’s time for the NHL playoff races to intensify. Every week, we’ll provide updates for each division’s outlook. The biggest contenders and/or closest races will receive the greatest amount of attention. Today, we take a look at the Central Division.

  10. Sharks-Capitals injury updates: Alex Semin, Antero Niittymaki to dress tonight; Mike Green’s status is unclear

    Feb 8, 2011, 4:42 PM EST

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    Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Knuble,  Alexander Semin

    Good news for the Sharks and Capitals: Antero Niittymaki and Alexander Semin are expected to dress for their respective teams tonight. Mike Green’s status is unclear, however.

  11. Around the Rink – Tuesday, February 8th

    Feb 8, 2011, 3:36 PM EST

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    Dan Boyle, Alex Ovechkin

    Here are previews for today’s six games, including a rare match between the Sharks and Capitals.

  12. ‘Non-operable knee sprain’ will sideline Martin Brodeur on day-to-day basis

    Feb 8, 2011, 2:52 PM EST

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    Martin Brodeur is day-to-day with a “non-operable knee sprain.” There is no timetable for his return.

  13. Ray Emery successfully clears waivers so he can begin conditioning in AHL

    Feb 8, 2011, 1:07 PM EST

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    Ray Emery cleared waivers to go to the AHL today, giving him a chance to undergo a conditioning stint with the Syracuse Crunch.

  14. Pittsburgh Penguins still in the dark about Sidney Crosby’s concussion problems, with no timetable for his return

    Feb 8, 2011, 12:55 PM EST

    Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malki

    With no timetable for his return from concussion problems, the Penguins must deal without Sidney Crosby … maybe even for the rest of the season and playoffs.

  15. Frustrations boil over for Duncan Keith and the 11th place Chicago Blackhawks

    Feb 8, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

    Duncan Keith

    Without their staggering depth from last season, the Blackhawks must scratch and claw like most other teams as they find themselves in 11th place in the West. While that frustration boiled over after a 3-1 loss to Calgary, we must ask: will the Blackhawks eventually make the playoffs? Read more in this post and share your thoughts by voting in our poll.

  16. Save of the Night – Ondrej Pavelec (February 7)

    Feb 8, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

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    Ondrej Pavelec; Arturs Kulda; Darryl Bryce

    Ondrej Pavelec made the February 7 Save of the Night.

  17. Goal of the Night – Now that’s teamwork between the Canucks (February 7)

    Feb 8, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

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    Brian Elliott, Alex Burrows, Chris Neil, Chris Phillips

    The unusual nature of the Canucks’ “bench assist” earns Mikael Samuelsson and Ryan Kesler the February 7th Goal of the Night.

  18. Riding the Zamboni – Monday, February 7th

    Feb 8, 2011, 1:20 AM EST

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    Colorado Avalanche v Phoenix Coyotes

    Here are recaps of the three late games, featuring Ilya Bryzgalov’s second shutout in a row.

  19. Video: Celebrating 135 years of ‘hockey pucks’

    Feb 7, 2011, 11:33 PM EST

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    lotsofpucks

    Check out this video, which celebrates the 135th anniversary of the first mention of a hockey puck.

  20. Early Ride on the Zamboni – Monday, February 7th

    Feb 7, 2011, 10:45 PM EST

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    Here are recaps of the first half of Monday night’s games, including a triumphant return for Pavel Dastyuk, Devan Dubnyk’s shutout of the Predators and the continued misery of the Thrashers.

  21. Vote for the Save of the Week (January 31-February 6)

    Feb 7, 2011, 9:30 PM EST

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    Who made last week’s best save: Niklas Backstrom, Cam Ward, Rick DiPietro, Ty Conklin or Scott Clemmensen? Vote in the poll to decide.

  22. Vote for the Goal of the Week (January 31-February 6)

    Feb 7, 2011, 8:52 PM EST

    Alex Ovechkin

    Who scored the best goal for the week of January 31 to February 6: Ville Leino, Sergei Kostitsyn, Ilya Kovalchuk, Henrik Sedin, Kyle Wellwood or Johan Franzen?

  23. Devils’ fun run of wins opens Jacques Lemaire’s mind to return next season

    Feb 7, 2011, 8:11 PM EST

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    lemairepresser

    After seemingly slamming the door on a return for the 2011-12 season shut, Devils coach Jacques Lemaire left the possibility open (at least slightly) by saying he’ll discuss next season after this one.

  24. A new roadblock for Peter Forsberg’s comeback: ‘immigration issues’

    Feb 7, 2011, 7:21 PM EST

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    Peter Forsberg

    While most of those problems will likely be related to his health – particularly an eternally wonky foot – immigration issues present the first hurdle for Peter Forsberg’s latest NHL return.

  25. Today’s Starting Goalies – February 7

    Feb 7, 2011, 6:40 PM EST

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    Martin Biron

    Here are the probable starting goalies for tonight’s six games.

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