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  1. Patrick Roy criticizes Lightning coach Guy Boucher’s system, Boucher responds

    Nov 3, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

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    Patrick Roy is, by the estimation of many, the greatest goalie in hockey history. Even people who poke holes in his game will admit that he at least needs to be in the discussion. But with that unique talent comes plenty of character. Simply put, Roy is a weirdo who says (and does) some pretty…

  2. With Zach Parise out, Devils make Ilya Kovalchuk one of their alternate captains

    Nov 3, 2010, 8:24 PM EDT

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    It’s easy to blame Ilya Kovalchuk for nearly everything that’s going wrong with the New Jersey Devils right now, who will play the Chicago Blackhawks tonight. Yet it’s clear that New Jersey’s $100 million man isn’t the only issue in the Garden State. The Devils have been besieged by injuries so far, even beyond losing…

  3. Minnesota Wild place Guillaume Latendresse on IR

    Nov 3, 2010, 7:57 PM EDT

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    Much like Mike Ribeiro in Dallas, Minnesota Wild forward Guillaume Latendresse thrived once he left the glaring spotlight that comes with being a member of the Montreal Canadiens. After scoring only three points in 23 games for Montreal in 2009-10, Latendresse scored 25 goals and 12 assists to compile 37 points in 55 games in…

  4. Hurricanes move rookie Jeff Skinner to Eric Staal’s top line

    Nov 3, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

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    The Hurricanes apparently decided to bump their rookie forward Jeff Skinner up to the top line with Eric Staal.

  5. Today’s Starting Goalies – November 3

    Nov 3, 2010, 6:03 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…

  6. Should he stay or go?: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler

    Nov 2, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

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    As six NHL rookies near the nine game cut-off point from “burning” a year off their entry-level contracts, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of keeping each one at the NHL level vs. moving them down to the AHL. Sometimes the decision will already be made and we’ll just be sharing our two cents while…

  7. Today’s Starting Goalies – November 2

    Nov 2, 2010, 6:15 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…

  8. Ducks GM Bob Murray says the team won’t send Cam Fowler to the minors

    Nov 2, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

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    The Anaheim Ducks announced that they will keep rookie defenseman Cam Fowler at the NHL level after nine games.

  9. Ryan Miller suffers lower body injury, might miss Wednesday’s game vs. Boston

    Nov 2, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

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    I can’t say that it’s a huge surprise that Ryan Miller is struggling to back up his amazing 2009-10 season and Olympic stretch. That being said, I expected a mild drop-off (maybe a dip like Tim Thomas experienced from his 2008-09 Vezina-winning year to his not-as-bad-as-it-seemed season in 09-10) but things have been way worse…

  10. Magnus Paajarvi narrowly wins Goal of the Week (October 25-31)

    Nov 2, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

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    It doesn’t get much closer than this. Edmonton Oilers forward Magnus Paajarvi scored a dazzling goal that won the award by one measly vote. Check out the results below. (click to enlarge) As you can see from the poll, Paajarvi (12 votes) barely edged Martin St. Louis (11) and Dustin Byfuglien (11) while Andrei Kostitsyn…

  11. Derick Brassard apologizes for comments he made about Columbus Blue Jackets owner

    Nov 2, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Derick Brassard wants to apologize for comments he made to a Montreal radio show … but not before he claims that they were just trying to make headlines.

  12. Brian Burke defends Dion Phaneuf, calls fans booing him ‘disgraceful’

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

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    Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is a lot of things. He’s outspoken, cocky, accomplished and wildly entertaining. It also seems like he’s an intensely loyal person. Perhaps this was just hearsay from Earl Sleek of Battle of California, but it seemed like he allowed Ilya Bryzgalov to escape to the Phoenix Coyotes when he…

  13. Around the Rink – Tuesday, November 2

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

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    After a light three-game slate to come back from the Halloween holiday weekend, the league sports another fairly light slate of games. Here is a preview of today’s four contests. All times are Eastern (ET). 7:00 pm Montreal @ Columbus Both of these teams are surprising successes so far. The Montreal Canadiens are tied with…

  14. If the postseason started today, all five Central Division teams would make the playoffs

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

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    When I made my predictions for the regular season, I decide to go out on a limb and chose four Central Division teams to make the playoffs, meaning that the division would represent half of the Western Conference’s postseason squads. I actually might have been too conservative with my Central Division praise, though, being that…

  15. October’s three stars: Steve Stamkos, Tim Thomas and Chris Stewart

    Nov 2, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    A look at the award-winning October performances by Steve Stamkos, Tim Thomas and Chris Stewart.

  16. Michal Neuvirth wins Save of the Week in a landslide (October 25-October 31)

    Nov 2, 2010, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Michal Neuvirth ran away with the Save of the Week voting. Check out the poll results and a few other comments by clicking “Read More.”

  17. Save of the Night – Colin White for Martin Brodeur (November 1)

    Nov 2, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Don’t forget to vote for last week’s best save. Do so right here. A couple weeks ago, a few skaters (Pascal Dupuis and Radek Martinek) earned save of the night honors by bailing out their goalies with deft stick work or fearless shot blocking. Another skater earned that honor tonight. The New Jersey Devils are…

  18. Goal of the Night – Henrik Sedin (November 1)

    Nov 2, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Note: Don’t forget that you still have time to vote for last week’s best goal here. While I at least try to stay away from choosing shootout goals for these awards, penalty shots are a little different. For one thing, they take place during the actual flow of a game and therefore aren’t involved in…

  19. The numbers behind the New Jersey Devils’ horrific 3-9-1 start

    Nov 2, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Dany Heatley, Joe Thornton, Martin Brodeur

    A stats-heavy look at the horrible 13-game start to the season for the New Jersey Devils.

  20. Nightly recap – Monday, November 1

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:34 AM EDT

    Summaries of tonight’s three-game slate, highlighted by a new low for the New Jersey Devils.

  21. Ducks GM Bob Murray puts blame for team’s lousy start on players, not coach Randy Carlyle

    Nov 2, 2010, 12:13 AM EDT

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    Ducks GM Bob Murray shines an uncomfortable spotlight on the team’s roster including its best players such as Ryan Getzlaf, but who is truly to blame for this mess in Anaheim?

  22. Henrik Lundqvist carries Rangers while big-money scorers struggle with injuries

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:49 PM EDT

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    Instead of falling apart without highly paid scorers such as Marian Gaborik and Chris Drury, the Rangers are staying afloat thanks to outstanding goaltending by Henrik Lundqvist.

  23. Buffalo Sabres sign 2009 first round pick Zack Kassian to entry-level deal

    Nov 1, 2010, 9:42 PM EDT

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    When a guy points to Todd Bertuzzi as his favorite player, chances are that person is either: a) a Vancouver Canucks fan who came of age during Bertuzzi’s brief brush with stardom or b) a bit of a ne’er do well.  In fact, that person might be both. Either way, Buffalo Sabres prospect Zack Kassian…

  24. Zach Parise will undergo arthroscopic surgery to determine cause of knee problems

    Nov 1, 2010, 8:41 PM EDT

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    It’s been a surprising first month for winger Zach Parise and the New Jersey Devils. Instead of assuming their typical perch atop the Atlantic Division, the Devils are making themselves comfortable in the league’s cellar. Rather than worrying about re-signing Parise to a contract extension after benefiting from his bargain $3.1 million annual salary cap…

  25. Poll: Vote for the Save(s) of the Week (October 25-31)

    Nov 1, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Who made the better stop(s): Peter Budaj, Sergei Bobrovsky or Michal Neuvirth? Vote for last week’s best save after the jump.

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