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  1. Bruins injury updates: Marc Savard resumes skating, Marco Sturm could be back in ‘next few weeks’

    Oct 18, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

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    The Boston Bruins probably didn’t expect Marc Savard to struggle this much with post-concussion syndrome, but he still faces an extensive journey to return to NHL competition. His progress will have to be measured in baby steps at this point, but at least there seems to be some decent news trickling through about the elite…

  2. Alex Ovechkin answers questions about dream linemates, milk and other fascinating subjects

    Oct 18, 2010, 8:59 PM EDT

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    If you were to construct the ultimate video game scoring line, it might just involve Alex Ovechkin, Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky. Lemieux and Gretzky were Ovechkin’s two choices for dream linemates when prompted by an ESPN reader’s questions as the Washington Capitals superstar did a little Q & A with the network’s resident puckhead…

  3. Marcel Goc out 2-4 weeks; Should Nicklas Backstrom be suspended for boarding hit?

    Oct 18, 2010, 7:47 PM EDT

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    Nashville Predators fans are up in arms after Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom boarded Marcel Goc into the boards. Goc will probably miss between two and four weeks with injuries suffered during the hit, so check out the video and vote in our poll to see if Backstrom’s hit was suspension-worthy.

  4. Today’s Starting Goalies – October 18

    Oct 18, 2010, 6:40 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. Today’s schedule features…

  5. Glancing at some of the best deals in hockey

    Oct 17, 2010, 6:02 PM EDT

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    In this increasingly fragmented and confusing world – not to mention a fledgling economy – getting a good deal is about more than feeling smart. Sometimes, it’s just a flat-out necessity. Just the other day, I saw the Dallas Stars advertise their delightfully pun-based promotion “Ott-toberfest.” It’s a pretty cool deal, as fans who cash…

  6. Around the Rink – Sunday, October 17

    Oct 17, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    I realize that, from a box office standpoint, it makes sense that most NHL teams prefer to play on a Saturday night. It’s the most likely night that people can go out to a hockey game, since they’re off and there’s no work the next day. But from a selfish hockey fan perspective, I wish…

  7. Keith Ballard suffers ‘slight concussion’; ‘No time frame’ for return

    Oct 17, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

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    Maybe the Vancouver Canucks have some kind of hex on them. Perhaps it’s residual bad karma from the Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore incident. Whatever the case may be, the Canucks blue line is dealing with injury problems yet again this season. New addition Keith Ballard is reportedly suffering from a “slight concussion” after being hit into…

  8. James Wisniewski regrets making obscene gesture toward Sean Avery, ‘hurting’ his team

    Oct 17, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

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    Honestly, I thought the NHL went overboard in handing New York Islanders defenseman James Wisniewski a two game suspension for making the international gesture for fellatio toward Sean Avery. Sure, it was childish and embarrassing, but isn’t that how you’d describe just about every post-whistle scuffle and bit of trash talking? He simply translated that…

  9. NHL fines Sabres troublemaker Patrick Kaleta for failed headbutt on Travis Zajac

    Oct 17, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

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    When it comes to pesky players such as Buffalo Sabres pest Patrick Kaleta, there’s a fine line between doing your job (frustrating opponents into penalties) and hurting your own team by taking bad penalties. There are times when such tomfoolery just falls flat on its face, though. Wednesday’s game against the New Jersey Devils provided…

  10. Late games recaps – October 16

    Oct 17, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

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    We covered a ton (OK, just 10) of last night’s games, but two of the contests went past our bed times. Let’s recap those late Saturday games for your reading enjoyment. Calgary 5, Edmonton 3 For at least one night, Darryl Sutter’s off-season additions looked like shrewd moves. Alex Tanguay scored the first goal then…

  11. Save of the Night – October 16 (Ty Conklin)

    Oct 17, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Ty Conklin robs Mike Ribeiro of what looks like a certain goal with a stunning save. It might not have won the St. Louis Blues the game (they ended up losing in a shootout), but it allowed them to take a point from the game. Check out that outstanding save after the jump.

  12. Goal of the Night: October 16 (Brent Burns)

    Oct 17, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    People throw around “Goal of the Year” praise almost like how people call a film that was released in January the movie of the year, but they might just be onto something with this stunning goal by Minnesota Wild defenseman Brent Burns. Check it out after the jump.

  13. Nightly recap – October 16

    Oct 17, 2010, 12:16 AM EDT

    We won’t be able to cover the two latest games, but there’s plenty of hockey to go around with 12 games on the docket tonight. Let’s take a look at a busy night in the NHL. Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 1 Read all about Brent Johnson and Sidney Crosby’s strong night here. Montreal 4, Ottawa 3…

  14. Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen feels ‘much better’; could be back by Thursday

    Oct 16, 2010, 11:43 PM EDT

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    Good news for the Detroit Red Wings: it sounds like Johan Franzen isn’t too banged up. While the sniping Swedish forward did admit that the Mark Fistric hit left him with a “mild concussion,” Franzen said that he was feeling quite a bit better and it doesn’t appear that he’ll deal with too many issues.…

  15. Tomas Vokoun posts second straight shutout; Strong season could earn him a big deal

    Oct 16, 2010, 10:42 PM EDT

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    Tomas Vokoun earned his second consecutive shutout tonight, keeping the red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning off of the scoreboard in a 6-0 win for the Florida Panthers. Vokoun’s contract will expire after the season, so the question is: can the talented but underrated Czech goalie make enough waves to earn one more big contract?

  16. Sidney Crosby, Brent Johnson power Penguins past Flyers; Could there be a goalie controversy in Pittsburgh?

    Oct 16, 2010, 9:21 PM EDT

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    Brent Johnson is now 3-0 while established starter Marc-Andre Fleury is 0-3 in this early season. Is it too early to wonder if there might be a goalie controversy in the Pittsburgh Penguins net? Read on for more on that and Sidney Crosby’s dominant night.

  17. Today’s Starting Goalies – October 16

    Oct 16, 2010, 7:20 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. 6:00 PM ET…

  18. NHL rescinds Kris Letang’s major penalty from last night’s game against the Islanders

    Oct 16, 2010, 7:03 PM EDT

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    From the “not that it really matters now” files: the NHL rescinded the major penalty incorrectly given to Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang in last night’s game against the New York Islanders. Here is the report, via Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The National Hockey League has rescinded the major penalty that Penguins defenseman…

  19. Report: Patrick Kane should play in tonight’s game against Buffalo

    Oct 16, 2010, 6:23 PM EDT

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    After missing Friday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets with flu-like symptoms, Chris Kuc reports that Patrick Kane said he’s feeling better today and should be available for the Chicago Blackhawks’ game against the Buffalo Sabres tonight. Kane played every game during the 2009-10 season, so Blackhawks fans are not particularly accustomed to the…

  20. A tour of some of the most tasteless tattoos in hockey fandom

    Oct 15, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

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    Hop in after the jump to take a look at some of the gaudiest, silliest or even most blasphemous tattoos ever to be devoted to the sport of hockey. Warning: once you witness some of these low moments in body art, you might not be able to “un-see” them.

  21. Today’s starting goalies – October 15

    Oct 15, 2010, 6:04 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…

  22. Are the red-hot Dallas Stars legitimate?

    Oct 15, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

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    Predicting professional sports team’s future is a fool’s errand. It doesn’t matter if you’re making guesses based on a summer’s worth of transactions, guessing which team will win a playoff series when an 82-game season boils down to a maximum of seven contests or – in this case – trying to see if a small…

  23. Noteworthy ‘other’ stats – Week 1 Edition

    Oct 15, 2010, 3:56 PM EDT

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    I tackled the typical points/goals/plus-minus leaders in an earlier post, so I thought I’d take a look at some of the odd stats from the first week of hockey. Small sample sizes can make for some strange numbers, so enjoy this look around the league. (Feel free to spout some strange stats of your own…

  24. League Leaders in scoring – Week 1 Edition

    Oct 15, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

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    It’s ludicrously early in the NHL regular season, but why not take a look at some of the statistical leaders after one week of action? I’ll also ponder which players might be likely to continue their success and which ones are probably just enjoying a brief moment in the sun. In this post, I’ll glance…

  25. Dallas Stars hire former player/fitness buff Gary Roberts as new player development consultant

    Oct 15, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    The Dallas Stars are looking awfully impressive at 3-0 so far, although I think that the team is still resting on a slightly shaky foundation (at least in net, considering how injury prone Kari Lehtonen is). But I’ll get into why the Stars might – or might not – be for real a little bit…

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