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  1. The Dustin Byfuglien experiment is working out well so far for the Atlanta Thrashers

    Oct 29, 2010, 11:11 PM EDT

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    Many people questioned the kind of impact Dustin Byfuglien would have for the Atlanta Thrashers, but he’s been a huge force for the team so far this season.

  2. Fair or not, Pittsburgh Penguins cannot ignore goalie controversy

    Oct 29, 2010, 10:33 PM EDT

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    Brent Johnson is 4-0-1 while big money starter Marc-Andre Fleury is an abysmal 1-5. Is it early season luck or should Johnson be given more playing time? Click read more for an in-depth look at the two Penguins’ goalies.

  3. Ray Emery skates for the first time since last spring, hopes to make NHL comeback

    Oct 29, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

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    Some people thought that Ray Emery would never play hockey again after a rough hip injury, but the eccentric puckstopper hopes to return to the ice some day.

  4. Vancouver Canucks players visit children’s hospital, help kids carve pumpkins

    Oct 29, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

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    I’ve said it before when discussing the many charitable promotions hockey players take part in, but it never gets old to see professional athletes take the time – rather than just spending money – to help others. You’ll see these kind of events pick up around Thanksgiving, Christmas and more traditionally charitable holidays, but it’s…

  5. Good news for fans of local hockey broadcasts: Dish Network and FOX reach deal

    Oct 29, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

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    Good news for hockey fans whose hockey-related needs are covered by regional Fox networks in many markets: satellite TV providers Dish Network and Fox came to an agreement on a deal after failing to reach a compromise on October 1. Dish Network Corp. customers will continue to be able to watch baseball’s World Series on…

  6. Today’s Starting Goalies – October 29

    Oct 29, 2010, 6:18 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…

  7. Should he stay or go? Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner

    Oct 28, 2010, 6:39 PM EDT

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    Should Carolina Hurricanes top pick Jeff Skinner stay in the NHL, or should he head back to junior hockey for more seasoning?

  8. Today’s Starting Goalies – October 28

    Oct 28, 2010, 5:30 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…

  9. Injury update: Marian Hossa ‘likely out up to a couple of weeks’

    Oct 28, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

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    Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville might have been more “in the dark” than “coy” when he discussed Marian Hossa’s injury last night. Quenneville provided a few more scraps of detail about the situation today, but only gave the terse explanation that Hossa will only miss a couple weeks. Quenneville told ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers about…

  10. Introducing the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2011 Winter Classic jerseys

    Oct 28, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

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    Check out some shots of the jerseys the Penguins will wear during the 2011 Winter Classic, then share your thoughts on the design.

  11. Around the Rink – Thursday, October 28

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a look at today’s eight games. All times Eastern (ET). 7:00 pm Florida @ Ottawa The Senators try to put together their first “winning streak” of the season by earning two victories in a row. The Panthers hope to score a few goals after some recent struggles. This is not a marquee matchup.…

  12. Flyers, Jeff Carter make progress in contract extension talks

    Oct 28, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Considering the fact that the two biggest potential 2011 free agents (Joe Thornton and Zdeno Chara) already signed lucrative extensions, the list narrows down to Brad Richards and mercurial forwards such as Alexander Semin. One of those mercurial forwards is Philadelphia Flyers sniper Jeff Carter, a player who can take over a game with his…

  13. Agent Allan Walsh complains about how the Wild are using Martin Havlat

    Oct 28, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Is Martin Havlat’s agent Allan Walsh right when he says that Havlat is being underused? Or is Walsh over-using his mouth?

  14. Leafs forward Colby Armstrong expected to miss 4-6 weeks with finger injury

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

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    While I’ll always remember him for the part he played in a ridiculous local commercial when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Colby Armstrong is also known for his rugged style mixed with a touch of half-decent scoring ability. The Toronto Maple Leafs might have overpaid him a touch this summer, but he’s…

  15. Save of the Night: Michal Neuvirth (October 27)

    Oct 28, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

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    Check out Michal Neuvirth’s impressive save on Eric Staal.

  16. Goal of the Night – Martin St. Louis (October 27)

    Oct 28, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Which goal was better: Martin St. Louis speeding past the Penguins’ D and roofing it for Tampa Bay or Bryan Little deking his way through the Rangers blue line to score for Atlanta?

  17. Video: Marian Hossa leaves game with ‘upper body injury’

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

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    Tough news for the Chicago Blackhawks last night, as super-skilled Marian Hossa left Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings with an upper body injury. You can see video of the injury at the bottom of this post. Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune caught up with Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, who wasn’t sure about…

  18. Should he stay or go? Atlanta Thrashers forward Alex Burmistrov

    Oct 27, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

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    Should the Atlanta Thrashers keep Alex Burmistrov at the NHL level and lose one of his bargain entry-level contract years?

  19. Today’s Starting Goalies – October 27

    Oct 27, 2010, 5:43 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…

  20. Chris Pronger admits he’s not 100 percent coming back from knee surgery

    Oct 27, 2010, 5:04 PM EDT

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    Chris Pronger admits that he’s not completely healed from off-season knee surgery. Read more about his troubles after the jump.

  21. Roman Polak plans to undergo wrist surgery, will be out indefinitely

    Oct 27, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

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    Tough news for the St. Louis Blues: Roman Polak will need to undergo surgery on his surgery tomorrow thanks to an injury he suffered in the team’s 1-0 with against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Here is the announcement from a Blues’ press release. St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager, Doug Armstrong announced today…

  22. Report: Ilya Kovalchuk was scratched for being late to a team meeting

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:56 PM EDT

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    Hindsight is 20/20 and let’s face it: coaches are often judged by their results (wins, losses, playoff berths, etc.) rather than the content of their decisions. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton was heralded as a genius for winning the Super Bowl largely based on a well-timed onside kick, but if it backfired, he probably…

  23. Jonathan Toews featured in ‘Are you Men’s Health Fit?’ feature

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

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    It almost seems like Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby are in some kind of cosmic game of “H-O-R-S-E.” Crosby became the youngest captain to ever win a Stanley Cup, then Toews became the second youngest. They both won a gold medal together for Team Canada, with Crosby scoring the gold medal winning goal while Toews…

  24. Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas receives automatic one-game suspension for boarding penalty

    Oct 27, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

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    At first I was surprised to hear this news, but it could be that I was fooled by local announcers Daryl “Razor” Reaugh and Ralph Strangis into thinking it was a bit more of an “incidental” hit. But now it all makes sense: Stephane Robidas received a one-game suspension today because the league automatically does…

  25. Carolina Hurricanes finally play home opener tonight against Washington

    Oct 27, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Twenty days after the opening of the NHL season, the Carolina Hurricanes will finally play their first “real” home game. While one of the two games they played with the Minnesota Wild in Helsinki, Finland counted as a home contest, this will be their first one in Raleigh, North Carolina for the 2010-11 season. While…

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