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  1. Today's starting goalies – October 9 [updated]

    Oct 9, 2010, 7:00 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: I’ll update…

  2. Productive power play propels San Jose Sharks past Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2

    Oct 8, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    San Jose Sharks 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 2 For a while, it looked like this game might get out of hand. The San Jose Sharks took a 2-0 lead midway through the first period while Steve Mason looked more than a little beleaguered. The third-year goalie got his game together, though, and the Blue Jackets…

  3. Today's starting goalies – October 8

    Oct 8, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    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. 12:00 PM ET…

  4. Report: Washington Capitals G Semyon Varlamov should return from IR next week

    Oct 8, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

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    While the Washington Capitals top goalie job certainly isn’t set in stone, it seems like the smart money is on Semyon Varlamov as the “1a” in the rotation. At least to start the season. His stranglehold over the top job is in some danger because the Russian youngster is dealing with injury problems, but Puck…

  5. Report: Nashville Predators place Sergei Kostitsyn on IR because of broken toe

    Oct 8, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

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    Almost every team in the NHL is taking some kind of gamble on a “wild card” or “X-factor” player. Sometimes they’re solid veterans who could make the most of a plum job (see: Mike Comrie in Pittsburgh) or enigmatic talents whose decisions will leave just as many people guessing as their skills (example: Nikolai Zherdev…

  6. Back surgery will sideline Michael Leighton 6-8 weeks; can Sergei Bobrovsky steal top job?

    Oct 8, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

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    Tough injury-related news out of Philadelphia today: the Flyers just announced that goalie Michael Leighton will need surgery on his back. That procedure will keep Leighton out six to eight weeks according to the team. Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren told philadelphiaflyers.com that goaltender Michael Leighton will have back surgery on Monday, Oct. 11…

  7. Cam Ward wins goalie duel with Niklas Backstrom as Hurricanes beat Wild 2-1

    Oct 8, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    The Carolina Hurricanes are a team that places an incredible amount of emphasis on the production of two players: goalie Cam Ward and forward Eric Staal. While Staal was snubbed in both games in Finland, Ward is one of the main reasons why the Canes will leave Helsinki with a maximum four out of four…

  8. Los Angeles Kings to push nostalgia buttons on opening night by wearing purple 'retro' jerseys

    Oct 8, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    For a franchise that owns zero Stanley Cups despite being in the league since 1967, the Los Angeles Kings need to occasionally distract their fans with shiny objects. Swanky jerseys are hockey’s version of shiny objects, so perhaps it makes sense that the Kings have featured a handful of stylish jersey options over the years.…

  9. Phoenix Coyotes sign first round D Brandon Gormley to entry-level deal

    Oct 8, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    The Phoenix Coyotes signed their first round pick Brandon Gormley today, a player who went 13th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Gormley followed Cam Fowler in the draft this year as an individual who seemed like a “blue chip” guy only to slip out of the top 10 picks. As usual, financial details…

  10. Boston Bruins sign Patrice Bergeron to three-year, $15M extension

    Oct 8, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Last year, I thought Marc Savard would have a big year for the Boston Bruins in part because he was in a contract year only to see the team sign him to a lucrative (and lengthy) contract extension. Patrice Bergeron was in a similar spot going into this season, but he too will avoid the…

  11. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia features hockey, Flyers in 'Mac's Big Break'

    Oct 8, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Last night was great enough considering the fact that hockey season started, but I was stunned (and delighted) to see that two of my favorite things collided. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (the best comedy on TV … that’s not on NBC, naturally) acknowledged the NHL’s opening night in its latest episode “Mac’s Big Break.”…

  12. Around the Rink – Previews for October 8

    Oct 8, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

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    All around the hockey world, people are reacting (and often times overreacting) to the first regular season games of 2010-11. It might seem a little silly, but it’s also fantastic to see the return of breathless accounts and meaningful results. Let’s take a look at Day 2 of the 10-11 season, with start times in…

  13. Jordan Eberle's strong debut, Nikolai Khabibulin's shutout help Oilers top Flames 4-0

    Oct 8, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

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    Edmonton Oilers 4, Calgary Flames 0 Last season, you might have been able to summarize the Edmonton Oilers’ many miseries simply by pointing to their record against the Calgary Flames in the so-called Battle of Alberta: 0-6. In the first time in the 29 years the two spirited rivals squared off, the Oil couldn’t manage…

  14. Colorado Avalanche edge Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in overtime

    Oct 8, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Colorado Avalanche 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3 (OT) Last year, the Colorado Avalanche beat the San Jose Sharks 5-2 and looked impressive. Not only did their speed and Craig Anderson’s solid goaltending keep them in the game, but it didn’t really seem like an accident.That red-hot opener spurred the Avalanche to a quick start that helped…

  15. J.S. Giguere helps Maple Leafs win their first home opener since 2000 against Canadiens

    Oct 7, 2010, 10:25 PM EDT

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    Note: We probably won’t recap regular season games individually very often, but this is Hockey Christmas so I thought I’d touch on the two early games separately. Expect a recap post for the 10:00 PM ET games tomorrow morning, though. While a lot of the pressure is on Carey Price in Montreal, the 2010-11 season…

  16. Flyers G Sergei Bobrovsky steals the show as Philadelphia beats Pittsburgh 3-2

    Oct 7, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

    Note: We probably won’t recap regular season games individually very often, but this is Hockey Christmas so I thought I’d touch on the two early games separately. Expect a recap post for the 10:00 PM ET games tomorrow morning, though. There were any number of stars who should have been the story of this game,…

  17. Video: Mario Lemieux blesses the Consol Energy Center ice with water from the Igloo

    Oct 7, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    The Pittsburgh Penguins opened their new digs (aka the Consol Energy Center) for real tonight, beginning their regular season schedule against cross-state rival the Philadelphia Flyers. (The Flyers are currently up 1-0 thanks to stellar goaltending by surprise starter Sergei Bobrovsky.) While many will be dazzled by the new fangled technology throughout the new arena,…

  18. Today's starting goalies – October 7

    Oct 7, 2010, 6:20 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. (Note: we’ll try…

  19. Nino Niederreiter makes the New York Islanders' opening day roster

    Oct 6, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

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    It’s not surprising that No.1 pick Taylor Hall will make the Edmonton Oilers as a rookie, but as you go deeper into the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, it becomes less expected. So I was a little surprised to hear that Nino Niederreiter, the fifth pick of the draft, made the cut…

  20. Doctors tell Ian Laperriere to retire because of concussion problems

    Oct 6, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Incredibly sad news broke today, as it appears that a shot to the face during the 2010 playoffs ended Ian Laperriere’s career. NHL.com shares the story that doctors are asking Laperriere to retire because of post-concussion syndrome and nerve damage to his right eye. A Pittsburgh neurologist on Friday confirmed a Philadelphia doctor’s opinion that…

  21. Czech-born forward Petr Prucha helps Phoenix Coyotes defeat Dinamo Riga 3-1 in Latvia

    Oct 6, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    The Phoenix Coyotes played the last of the NHL’s exhibition games against foreign hockey clubs today, so let’s take a look at the results from that game. Phoenix Coyotes 3, Dinamo Riga 1 Plus: The Coyotes’ all-Czech line delivered in this one, as Petr Prucha scored a game winning power-play goal in the second period…

  22. NHL Center Ice package offers a free preview from October 7-24

    Oct 6, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    Keeping with their tradition of offering a “free preview” of the service for last few years, the NHL Center Ice package will be available for free from October 7-24 according to the NHL. From Oct. 7-24, fans will be able to watch up to 40 out-of-market games per week, as well as see the numerous…

  23. Edmonton Oilers 'loan' Sheldon Souray to the AHL's Hershey Bears

    Oct 6, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    Sheldon Souray is such an unpopular guy within the Edmonton Oilers organization, they don’t even want him to play for their minor league affiliate. Rather than having skate with the Oklahoma City Barons in the AHL, the Oilers reportedly “loaned” him to the Washington Capitals’ affiliate the Hershey Bears according to Hockey Night in Canada’s…

  24. Vancouver Canucks trades Darcy Hordichuk to Florida Panthers for Andrew Peters

    Oct 6, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

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    A day after shipping defenseman Shane O’Brien to Nashville for Ryan Parent, the Vancouver Canucks continued their low-level shuffling by trading well-liked grinder Darcy Hordichuk to the Florida Panthers for Andrew Peters, according to TSN. The Vancouver Canucks have traded forward Darcy Hordichuk to the Florida Panthers in exchange for winger Andrew Peters, TSN has…

  25. Flyers injury updates: Chris Pronger might miss opener, Michael Leighton won't be on LTIR

    Oct 6, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

    We passed along word that Chris Pronger had “minor” knee surgery in August, but hadn’t heard much about his status since then. Apparently the menacing defenseman is still working his way back into playing form as Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inqurier reports that Pronger was “coy” about playing in Thursday’s opener against the Pittsburgh…

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