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  1. Injury bits: Shaone Morrisonn fights groin injury, Jared Boll out for Blue Jackets

    Oct 14, 2010, 10:13 PM EDT

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    In the interest of tidying things up a bit tonight, here a few minor bits of injury news for the Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets. The Buffalo News passes along the word from Sabres coach Lindy Ruff that former Washington Capitals defenseman Shaone Morrisonn will miss Friday’s game (and possibly Saturday’s as well) with…

  2. Jay Bouwmeester, Olli Jokinen go up against Florida to cap a night of awkward reunions

    Oct 14, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Jonathan Toews, Jay Bouwmeester

    Perhaps you should keep an eye out for ex-girlfriends and friends-turned-enemies tonight, as there are plenty of awkward reunions this Thursday. Two of the biggest stories of the day center on teams seeing their old heroes, as Mike Modano is playing against the Dallas Stars after suiting up for them for more than 20 years…

  3. Ottawa Senators’ Pascal Leclaire leaves with ‘lower body injury'; Could Brian Elliott be better option anyway?

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:47 PM EDT

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    It’s a good thing that the Ottawa Senators are used to life without Pascal Leclaire – and with backup/1b goalie Brian Elliott – because it looks like the troubled goalie will face yet another injury issue. Leclaire left tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes with a “lower body injury” and won’t return, according to TSN.…

  4. Quick Hits: NHL Network carries Mike Modano’s return to Dallas; Curious Predators scratches

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:23 PM EDT

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    Mike Modano

    Two quick notes for tonight’s games, one of which is already in progress. Mike Modano doesn’t know what kind of reception he will receive during his awkward return to Dallas, as he suits up for the first time against his old team as a Detroit Red Wing tonight. Whether you’re a queasy Dallas Stars fan…

  5. Washington Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov should dress against Nashville Predators this weekend

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

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    While it’s not a guarantee that he will actually play this weekend, things are looking up for Washington Capitals Semyon Varlamov. Coach Bruce Boudreau said he is expected to dress for Saturday’s game against the Nashville Predators, according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post. “Unless something crazy happens tomorrow he’ll be dressing for Saturday’s…

  6. Chicago Blackhawks expect Patrick Kane to miss Friday’s game with ‘an illness’

    Oct 14, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

    Patrick Kane

    You’ve probably heard this borderline cliche before, but it seems to be pretty accurate: the only thing tougher than winning a Stanley Cup is winning it again the next season. The Chicago Blackhawks actually are playing some pretty good hockey so far this season; it just seems like they’ve been just a goal or save…

  7. Carolina Hurricanes expect Sergei Samsonov to return from IR tonight

    Oct 14, 2010, 6:48 PM EDT

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    The Carolina Hurricanes left Helsinki, Finland for the better, even if they might still be a bit bleary-eyed from the long flight and crazy hour change. They went 2-0 and Cam Ward looked sharp, but the biggest beneficiary might just be Sergei Samsonov. He missed those first two games recovering from a preseason injury, but…

  8. Today’s Starting Goalies – October 14

    Oct 14, 2010, 6:16 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. It might be…

  9. Nightly recap: Chicago and Pittsburgh remain winless at home, Tampa Bay steals one from Montreal

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:34 PM EDT

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    Joel Ward, David Legwand

    Well, tonight was certainly an odd night of hockey. To steal a phrase from professional wrestling, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators “hooked the tights” to shock their opponents late in games while the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins apparently haven’t seen those Under Armour “must protect this house” commercials (they are a collective…

  10. Martin Brodeur wins goalie duel with Ryan Miller as Devils top Sabres 1-0 in OT

    Oct 13, 2010, 10:24 PM EDT

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    Both Martin Brodeur and Ryan Miller were going through some rare struggles as they went into tonight’s game in Buffalo. Each goalie played a strong game, but Brodeur ended up with the win – and his 111th career shutout – as the New Jersey Devils finally notched a “W.” The Devils and Sabres now share…

  11. Anaheim Ducks need to break penalty-taking habits to snap out of slump

    Oct 13, 2010, 9:54 PM EDT

    Bobby Ryan, Dan Boyle

    The Anaheim Ducks are no strangers to taking a lot of penalties and starting their seasons a little bit slow. Just take a look at the last three seasons and you’ll notice that only the Philadelphia Flyers can compare to the Ducks when it comes to making trips to the penalty box: Most penalties taken…

  12. Philadelphia Flyers-Pittsburgh Penguins game will start early to avoid ‘full conflict’ with Phillies’ playoff game Saturday

    Oct 13, 2010, 9:08 PM EDT

    While sports fans can bicker about which sport is better (“Hockey is faster and more violent!” … “Baseball has tradition and homers!”), it’s kind of nice to see professional sports teams acknowledge the other sports in their city. That’s exactly what the Philadelphia Flyers will do Saturday, as the team will move the start time…

  13. Rangers send Tim Kennedy to AHL to make room for Chris Drury

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:14 PM EDT

    Ray Emery, Tim Kennedy

    With team captain/grossly overpaid center/Little League World Series hero Chris Drury primed to return to the New York Rangers for Friday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, someone had to go. It almost seems natural that Tim Kennedy – a player whose modest arbitration reward was rejected by his former team, the Buffalo Sabres –…

  14. Today’s starting goalies – October 13

    Oct 13, 2010, 6:30 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. There are six…

  15. NHL suspends James Wisniewski two games for obscene gesture toward Sean Avery

    Oct 12, 2010, 6:23 PM EDT

    New York Islander Training Camp

    The NHL has a funny way of legislating bad behavior more harshly than dirty hits, but it’s pretty difficult to deny the need to suspend James Wisniewski for the lewd gestures he made toward perennial pest Sean Avery. TSN reports that Wisniewski will receive a two-game suspension for his childish behavior. (Read Joe’s initial take…

  16. Today’s starting goalies – October 12

    Oct 12, 2010, 6:05 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. Only two games…

  17. Andy Sutton expected to miss 6-8 weeks with fractured right thumb

    Oct 12, 2010, 5:51 PM EDT

    Andy Sutton, Peter Schaefer

    Bad news for the miserable Anaheim Ducks: the team announced that big, tough defenseman Andy Sutton will miss six to eight weeks. Sutton needed surgery after fracturing his right thumb Friday against the Detroit Red Wings. The Ducks won’t be able to blame their problems on Sutton’s absence, but his large presence will be missed…

  18. Florida Panthers hit the 10,000 season ticket holder mark for first time since 2001

    Oct 12, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

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    Sometimes I wonder how some teams make any money – or at least why some of them aren’t making a bigger fuss over losing a ton of it. The Florida Panthers are one of those teams, as they haven’t made the playoffs (read: been relevant) in ages. The addition of Chicago Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon…

  19. Ottawa Senators hope for the best as Daniel Alfredsson gets his ‘lower body injury’ re-evaluated

    Oct 12, 2010, 5:07 PM EDT

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    It’s already been a pretty tough start for the Ottawa Senators, as the team went 0-3 in their first three games so far this season. Things could get quite a bit worse if they lose their captain Daniel Alfredsson, though. The high-scoring Swede left Monday’s game against Washington with the always vague “lower-body injury” and…

  20. Niklas Hjalmarsson faces disciplinary hearing regarding hit on Jason Pominville

    Oct 12, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    Jason Pominville

    Niklas Hjalmarsson reportedly participated in a hearing with the NHL via a 1pm ET conference call with NHL head of discipline/guy who decides on suspensions Colin Campbell, according to TSN. While the hearing probably already took place, the league might not have a decision regarding a possible suspension until earlier today or perhaps even tomorrow.…

  21. Update on Brian Rafalski: Red Wings D to miss 3-4 weeks after knee surgery

    Oct 12, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

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    As we discussed earlier today, Brian Rafalski had surgery on his knee today and now we have a better idea of how much time he will miss after getting it scoped. TSN reports that the 37-year-old Detroit Red Wings defenseman will miss three to four weeks recovering from the arthroscopic knee surgery procedure. Red Wings…

  22. New Jersey Devils, GM Lou Lamoriello receives harsh criticism for dressing less than 18 players

    Oct 12, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Maybe it was salary cap circumventing deals such as Marian Hossa’s with the Chicago Blackhawks. Perhaps instead it was the fact the New Jersey Devils keep winning the Atlantic Division only to get kicked out of the first or second round of the playoffs. Or it could just be that GM Lou Lamoriello saw the…

  23. Toronto Maple Leafs waive Jeff Finger, deny ‘burying’ his salary cap hit

    Oct 12, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

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    Scott Hartnell, Jeff Finger

    In most situations when a team wildly overpays a hockey player, the reaction is usually “They gave him that much?” Yet when it came to the Toronto Maple Leafs handing a four-year, $14 million deal to Jeff Finger, the most common reaction was: “Who?” It was a deal that was indicative of how direction-less the…

  24. Detroit Red Wings news: Maltby retires while Rafalski, Ericsson and Draper are injured

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

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    There’s a bunch of Detroit Red Wings-related injury/retirement news via Ansar Khan of MLive.com today and last night. Let’s take a look. Kirk Maltby is set to announce his retirement today. The grinder has been a fixture in Detroit for most of his 16-year NHL career and Khan points out that he’s one of only…

  25. Around the Rink – October 12

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

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    After a busy stretch of games to begin the 2010-11 season, it seems like the NHL’s catching its breath a bit. There are only two games on the schedule and for fastidious hockey fans, it’s a nice situation because watching both is a distinct possibility. Let’s take a look at today’s two contests. (Start times…

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