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  1. Around the Rink – Thursday, February 24th

    Feb 24, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

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    Drew Doughty, Chuck Kobasew

    Here are previews for tonight’s six games, including big Western bubble bouts: Chicago vs. Nashville and Minnesota vs. Los Angeles.

  2. Senators claim Marek Svatos off waivers; Zherdev, others go unclaimed

    Feb 24, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

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    Marek Svatos, Steve Mason, Jan Hejda

    The Senators claimed Marek Svatos to help fill the void left by the Alexei Kovalev deal, while Nikolai Zherdev and yesterday’s other waived players went unclaimed.

  3. Report: Broken finger will sideline Brooks Orpik for about a month

    Feb 24, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    orpikgetty

    The Penguins continue to suffer from tough injuries, as the team will reportedly play without hard-hitting defenseman Brooks Orpik for about four weeks.

  4. Northeast Division Watch (February 24)

    Feb 24, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Patrice Bergeron, Carey Price

    Every week, we’ll provide updates for each division’s outlook. The biggest contenders and/or closest races will receive the greatest amount of attention. Today, we take a look at the Northeast Division.

  5. Eight years after being traded, Alex Kovalev is a Pittsburgh Penguin again

    Feb 24, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

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    Alex Kovalev, Mike Fisher, Erik Karlsson

    After eight years bouncing around other teams, Alex Kovalev is in Pittsburgh again after the Penguins acquired him in a trade with the Senators.

  6. Nothing but confusion and a concussion in latest round of Brad Richards rumors

    Feb 24, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

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    Honda NHL SuperSkills

    All kinds of rumors are flying about Brad Richards right now, but we try to make sense of it … without getting a concussion-like headache in the process.

  7. Anaheim acquires Dan Ellis from Tampa Bay for Curtis McElhinney in goalie trade

    Feb 24, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

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    Tampa Bay Lightning v New Jersey Devils

    The Lightning and Ducks traded goalies today, as Tampa Bay sent Dan Ellis to Anaheim for Curtis McElhinney. Click “Read More” for what this means.

  8. Will the Flyers lean on Brian Boucher instead of Sergei Bobrovsky in the playoffs?

    Feb 24, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Brian Boucher, Sergei Bobrovsky

    Brian Boucher’s superior puck handling skills – and Sergei Bobrovsky’s notable struggles in that area – might cause the Flyers to go with the older netminder come playoff time, according to Tim Panaccio.

  9. Around the Rink – Wednesday, February 23rd

    Feb 23, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Jonathan Bernier, Bobby Ryan

    Let’s take a look at tonight’s six games, including a ninth place clash between Buffalo and Atlanta along with a big battle of California between the Kings and Ducks.

  10. Waiver wire roundup: Nikolai Zherdev, Craig Rivet highlight list

    Feb 23, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

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    Buffalo Sabres v Philadelphia Flyers

    Here’s a round-up of players who were placed on waivers today: Nikolai Zherdev, Craig Rivet, Marek Svatos, Ales Kotalik and Jeremy Colliton.

  11. Joel Quenneville returns to run Blackhawks practice

    Feb 23, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

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    Joel Quenneville

    Joel Quenneville returned to the Blackhawks bench today, running their Wednesday practice.

  12. Ducks call up returning goalie Ray Emery for tonight’s game

    Feb 23, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Ray Emery

    Ray Emery’s return to the NHL is complete, as he was recalled by the Ducks to serve as a backup tonight.

  13. Atlantic Division Watch (February 23)

    Feb 23, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

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    Dallas Stars v Carolina Hurricanes

    Every week, we’ll provide updates for each division’s outlook. The biggest contenders and/or closest races will receive the greatest amount of attention. Today, we take a look at the Atlantic Division.

  14. Cam Ward wins Save of the Week (February 14-20)

    Feb 22, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

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    Carolina Hurricanes v Atlanta Thrashers

    Cam Ward’s desperate glove stop earned him the February 14-20 Save of the Week.

  15. Tonight’s Starting Goalies – February 22nd (late edition)

    Feb 22, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

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    Calgary Flames v Colorado Avalanche

    Here are the probable starting goalies for Tuesday’s five later games.

  16. Tonight’s Starting Goalies – February 22nd (early edition)

    Feb 22, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Los Angeles Kings v New York Islanders

    Here are the probable starting goalies for the first half of today’s 10 games, covering the five 7-7:30 pm ET contests.

  17. Is it time for Kings GM Dean Lombardi to make an aggressive move?

    Feb 22, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Blackhawks Oilers Hockey

    The Kings have come a long way by taking a slow and steady approach, but is it time for GM Dean Lombardi to be bold?

  18. Returning Red Wings: Osgood, Modano and Filppula approach comebacks

    Feb 22, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

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    Detroit Red Wings v Colorado Avalanche

    The Red Wings passed along word that Valtteri Filppula, Mike Modano and Chris Osgood are all on track for returns. Filppula and Modano could be back as soon as this week.

  19. Around the Rink – Tuesday February 22nd

    Feb 22, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT

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    johnsonerikavs

    Here are previews of today’s 10 games, including Jamie Langebrunner playing against the Devils, a rapid reunion of the Erik Johnson-Chris Stewart trade and a big game between the Rangers and the Hurricanes.

  20. Pavel Datsyuk wins Goal of the Week (February 14-20)

    Feb 22, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Pavel Datsyuk

    Pavel Datsyuk earned the Goal of the Week for February 14-20th.

  21. NHL agrees to $375M+ deal with Molson Coors/Miller Coors

    Feb 22, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    nhllogo

    MillerCoors and Molson Coors reached a $375 million (or more) agreement with the NHL to become the official beer of the league.

  22. Flames winger Niklas Hagman clears waivers, is Calgary ready to make a move?

    Feb 22, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT

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    NHL Heritage Classic - Montreal Canadiens v Calgary Flames

    Flames winger Niklas Hagman cleared waivers today. Does this mean a Calgary move is imminent?

  23. Nicklas Backstrom reportedly day-to-day with fractured thumb

    Feb 22, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

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    Nicklas Backstrom, Derek Roy

    Nicklas Backstrom reportedly suffered a fractured thumb during Monday’s game against the Penguins. The Capitals claim that it is a day-to-day injury.

  24. It’s official: Terry Pegula is the new owner of the Buffalo Sabres

    Feb 22, 2011, 11:38 AM EDT

    Terry Pegula

    After months of speculation, the NHL announced that Terry Pegula is officially the new owner of the Buffalo Sabres. Click “Read More” to find out why this could be a great thing for the team and its fans.

  25. Central Division Watch (February 22)

    Feb 22, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    Nick Spaling, Rick Nash

    Every week, we’ll provide updates for each division’s outlook. The biggest contenders and/or closest races will receive the greatest amount of attention. Today, we take a look at the Central Division.

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