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  1. Around the Rink – Saturday, November 6th

    Nov 6, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a look at tonight’s hockey-heavy 12 game slate, shall we?

  2. Tampa Bay Lightning hope to open up contract extension discussions with Steven Stamkos

    Nov 6, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

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    It shouldn’t be a surprise that people are wondering about the Tampa Bay Lightning’s contract extension discussions with Steven Stamkos considering his red-hot start. Click “Read More” for more details.

  3. Add the Atlanta Thrashers to the list of teams facing attendance issues

    Nov 6, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

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    Much like the Columbus Blue Jackets and Phoenix Coyotes, the Atlanta Thrashers are generating new franchise lows in attendance on many nights this season.

  4. Goal of the Night – David Booth (November 5)

    Nov 6, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    While the actual shot to score wasn’t that amazing, the lead-up to it was pretty impressive. David Booth scored the best of the Florida Panthers’ seven goals (and 11 overall in that game) by passing to himself. (They better add that move to NHL ’12 … unless that move is already in NHL ’11 and…

  5. Save of the Night – Nikolai Khabibulin (November 5)

    Nov 6, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

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    There are some moments that are so odd and amazing, you have to wonder if they were at least half-accidental. (A good example is that once-in-a-lifetime goal Alex Ovechkin scored against the Phoenix Coyotes.) This save by Nikolai Khabibulin seems like it ranks in that category. It might not have won the game for the…

  6. Ride the Zamboni (late edition) – Friday, November 5th

    Nov 6, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Looking for your recap of the last two games from last night? Hop on the Zamboni and we’ll go for a ride around the league.

  7. Plenty of surprises among NHL’s goal scoring leaders

    Nov 6, 2010, 12:12 AM EDT

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    Sure, it’s not shocking to see Steve Stamkos, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin high on the list of the NHL’s list of leading goal scorers. But could guys like co-leader Brandon Dubinsky remain high on the list too? Let’s take a look.

  8. Ride on the Zamboni – Friday, November 5th

    Nov 5, 2010, 11:35 PM EDT

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    Looking for your recap of tonight’s NHL action? Hop on the Zamboni and we’ll go for a ride around the league.

  9. Pat Quinn hopes to coach in the NHL again soon

    Nov 5, 2010, 11:07 PM EDT

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    Pat Quinn would like to coach again in the NHL, but what are the chances that a team would give him another chance?

  10. Pierre-Marc Bouchard puts comeback from concussion problems on ‘pause’

    Nov 5, 2010, 10:38 PM EDT

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    Sadly, the reports regarding Pierre-Marc Bouchard being close to a return from concussion problems seem hasty.

  11. Injury quick hits: Tomas Plekanec misses tonight’s game, Marian Hossa nearing return

    Nov 5, 2010, 10:03 PM EDT

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    In the interest of injury-related housekeeping, here are two little tidbits. TSN reports that Tomas Plekanec missed tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres with “flu-like” symptoms. In the off-season I said that the Montreal Canadiens basically chose Plekanec and goalie Carey Price over playoff hero Jaroslav Halak. That decision actually is working out well for…

  12. Mark Wells’ Miracle on Ice gold medal sells for $310K

    Nov 5, 2010, 8:56 PM EDT

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    Mark Wells’ gold medal from the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” run sold for more than $310K in an auction today. Click “Read more” for more details.

  13. St. Louis Blues place D Barret Jackman on IR

    Nov 5, 2010, 8:21 PM EDT

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    The Blues blueline is getting banged up in a hurry, as Barret Jackman joins their growing injured reserve list.

  14. Today’s Starting Goalies – November 5

    Nov 5, 2010, 6:28 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…

  15. Today’s Starting Goalies – November 4

    Nov 4, 2010, 5:53 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. 7:00 PM ET…

  16. Panthers GM Dale Tallon will propose coaches challenge during GM meetings

    Nov 4, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

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    Click “Read More” for details about Dale Tallon’s proposal to give each coach one chance to challenge a play.

  17. Kings activate Drew Doughty and Scott Parse from IR

    Nov 4, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

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    It sounds like Drew Doughty will indeed play in tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

  18. Jaroslav Halak acquisition is paying off for Blues, who face tough November

    Nov 4, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

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    Jaroslav Halak has been great for the Blues so far, but read more to find out why the next two months will be a big test.

  19. Jaromir Jagr receives Czech Medal of Merit

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

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    Jaromir Jagr became only the fourth hockey player to receive the Czech Medal or Merit.

  20. George Parros shaves his mustache to help promote ‘Movember’

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

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    George Parros seems to skate – or maybe I should say, beat people up – to the beat of his own drum. He breaks the stereotype of being a knuckle-dragging troglodyte of an enforcer, as Parros has an ivy-league background. So it probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that he’s bringing his own…

  21. Around the Rink – Thursday, November 4th

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a look at tonight’s six game slate of hockey games, shall we? All times Eastern (ET). 7:00 pm Columbus @ Atlanta This is a matchup of two teams that are hanging in there, although the Blue Jackets are especially hot right now. Columbus won six of their last eight games, most recently shutting…

  22. Report: Martin Brodeur could play as soon as Friday

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:38 PM EDT

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    You never know with the New Jersey Devils, but it sounds like Martin Brodeur’s injury isn’t too severe.

  23. Video: Coyotes D Ed Jovanovski scores first career hat trick

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Ed Jovanovski has played almost 1,000 regular season games in the NHL, yet he did something for the first time in his career last night: he scored three goals in one contest.

  24. Save of the Night – Jonas Gustavsson (November 3)

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    There were some great saves last night (heck, Chris Mason made 52 saves by himself), but to me it came down to a a great split stop by Miikka Kiprusoff and a 2-on-1 desperation stick save by Jonas Gustavsson. After a considerable amount of deliberation, I decided to give it to Gustavsson, particularly because it…

  25. Goal of the Night – Loui Eriksson (November 3)

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

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    It seems like Loui Eriksson has been watching Mike Ribeiro during shootouts the last few years. The underrated winger scored a great penalty shot goal during the Stars’ 5-2 thrashing of the Pittsburgh Penguins last night, using a move that reminded me of the one that Ribeiro perfected a few years back to frustrate many…

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