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  1. Should Niklas Hjalmarsson be suspended for his hit on Jason Pominville?

    Oct 12, 2010, 1:00 AM EDT

    Jason Pominville

    In case you haven’t heard, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson was ejected from tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres after driving a prone Jason Pominville into the boards. As we noted earlier, Pominville left the ice on a stretcher and was diagnosed with a concussion, but also showed signs of consciousness and did not need…

  2. Regular season recaps – October 11

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:08 AM EDT

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    Note: We’ll cover the late Florida-Vancouver game tomorrow morning. New York Islanders 6, New York Rangers 4 The Rangers took a 4-3 lead late in the third period but the Islanders came storming back. Their resurgence was a little misleading because one of those goals was an empty-netter, but it was still a pretty impressive…

  3. Los Angeles Kings keep ‘Lucky’ Luc Robitaille in front office with contract extension

    Oct 11, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

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    Jim Gregory; Luc Robitaille

    As a player, Luc Robitaille was a big part of the Los Angeles Kings’ greatest moments, especially in the ’90s. While “Lucky Luc” won’t score another goal for the franchise, the Kings still find him to be a valuable asset. It’s just that now he’s a member of the team’s front office rather than a…

  4. Jason Pominville diagnosed with concussion, but doesn’t go to hospital

    Oct 11, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Jason Pominville

    The Buffalo Sabres provided a little bit of good news and bad news in regard to Jason Pominville’s status. The good news: not only did Pominville show signs of consciousness when he was carted off the ice on a stretcher, but he reportedly won’t need to go to the hospital. At least not according to…

  5. Jason Pominville leaves game on stretcher; Niklas Hjalmarsson ejected

    Oct 11, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    Jason Pominville

    Jason Pominville left the ice on a stretcher but was conscious. Niklas Hjalmarsson was ejected from the game and received a five-minute major penalty. Read more about the hit and tell us if you think it’s suspension-worthy.

  6. Taking a look at the Anaheim Ducks’ miserable start

    Oct 11, 2010, 7:36 PM EDT

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    Judging a team by its first three games is incredibly hasty in an 82-game season, but the Anaheim Ducks are making it pretty difficult to refrain from “fire and brimstone” talk. They haven’t just gone 0-3, they’ve been absolutely decimated. Most people assumed that their defense would be a weakness thanks to the retirement of…

  7. Today’s Starting Goalies – October 11

    Oct 11, 2010, 6:32 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.

    Because of a quirky schedule, three of the seven games today already began/happened. If you want to know who’s going to play in the net for the remaining for games, though, we’ve got you covered.

  8. Today's starting goalies – October 10

    Oct 10, 2010, 5:50 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. Just two 8:00…

  9. NHL suspends Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond for one game

    Oct 10, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    To the surprise of few, the NHL suspended New Jersey Devils enforcer Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond for one game after he instigated a fight in last night’s game against the Washington Capitals. Here’s the league’s statement on the matter. New Jersey Devils forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond has been automatically suspended for one game, without pay, for instigating a…

  10. Report: Anaheim Ducks sign Andreas Lilja to one-year deal

    Oct 10, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Andreas Lilja might not be getting the kind of $1 million deal he passed on with the Detroit Red Wings during the summer, but it sounds like he might finally land an NHL job. With Andy Sutton on the mend with a broken thumb, the Ducks have a hole to fill on their already shaky…

  11. Opening games in Finland just beginning of Carolina Hurricanes' brutal October schedule

    Oct 10, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    Hockey experts break down player additions and subtractions, goaltending, overall team talent, coaching and various other attributes. Yet when people make predictions or judge teams, it seems like a club’s schedule rarely gets the attention it deserves. The Carolina Hurricanes must be happy they took the maximum four points out of their European vacation, because…

  12. Video: Tyler Seguin scores his first NHL goal in style

    Oct 10, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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    There are goals that every player grows up dreaming about scoring. Maybe the odd blooper of a goal wasn’t the kind of thing Patrick Kane envisioned as a kid in Buffalo, but it certainly was the right showing and a testimony of his great skill. Another goal people dream up is their first career tally.…

  13. Report: Cam Janssen to miss two weeks with concussion, sternum contusion

    Oct 10, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

    Jason Gold reports that St. Louis Blues enforcer Cam Janssen will miss two weeks thanks to injuries incurred in last night’s season opener. St. Louis Blues enforcer RW Cam Janssen (concussion & sternum contusion) is expected to miss 2 weeks. Concussion and sternum contusion? Jeez, rub some dirt on it. (Seriously, though, that sounds terrible.…

  14. Injury woes, possible suspension could force Devils to dress less than 18 players Monday

    Oct 10, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    When you lose a game 7-2, there might be some bad news for you the next day. Let’s take a look at three notes on the New Jersey Devils, thanks to our MSNBC cousins at Rotoworld.com. Anton Volchenkov received big bucks from the Devils in part because of his seeming lack of fear when it…

  15. Tim Thomas blanks Coyotes, Tyler Seguin scores first career goal in Bruins' 3-0 win

    Oct 10, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

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    Boston Bruins 3, Phoenix Coyotes 0 After losing an ugly game to the Coyotes yesterday, the Bruins came back strong and will leave Prague 1-1 thanks to a great effort today. Tim Thomas earned a shutout (making 29 out of 29 saves), Tyler Seguin scored his first career goal* thanks to a great pass by…

  16. Video: James Wisniewski levels Jamie Benn; Benn appears OK

    Oct 10, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Dallas Stars power forward in the making Jamie Benn took a savage hit from New York Islanders defenseman James Wiesnewski last night, a check that forced Benn to leave last night’s win. While coach Marc Crawford seems optimistic that Benn will be OK, he did tell Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News that they…

  17. Pekka Rinne day-to-day with 'lower body' injury from last night's game

    Oct 10, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

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    Even if it’s slightly exaggerated, it seems like the Nashville Predators are forced to find a new starter every year since their No. 1 always gets hurt. First, it was Tomas Vokoun making way for Chris Mason. Mason then had to fight off Dan Ellis, who was scuttled aside for their current big-money guy, Pekka…

  18. Hands off the faux-hawk: Mike Green and Ilya Kovalchuk get in a fight

    Oct 10, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    There have been plenty of improbable fights lately. In the preseason, Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin had a brief and semi-comical clash with Columbus Blue Jackets star Rick Nash. Friday’s Detroit Red Wings shellacking of the Anaheim Ducks brought out the Ducks’ worst habits, which forced multiple Lady Byng winner Pavel Datsyuk to start a…

  19. Reminder: today's Phoenix Coyotes-Boston Bruins game begins at 10:00 AM ET

    Oct 10, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The NHL can throw some crazy start times at you, but because today’s Coyotes-Bruins game is in Prague, the game will air on Versus NHL Network at 10:00 AM ET. Just a gentle reminder for you early-rising hockey fans that this one will start early. The Boston Bruins will probably go into today’s game with…

  20. Los Angeles Kings stitch together a shootout win over Vancouver Canucks

    Oct 10, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Kings 2, Vancouver Canucks 1 (SO) You could say that the Canucks “left a mark” on the Kings last summer when they knocked them out of the playoffs, but that was in a figurative sense. As you can see from Anze Kopitar’s gnarled mouth (image via my buddy from The Royal Half, in…

  21. St. Louis Blues unveil Brett Hull statue during home opener festivities

    Oct 10, 2010, 12:50 AM EDT

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    While tonight was an emotional night for the elder Bobby Hull in Chicago, a swirling rush of emotions most have overtaken his son Brett too. The St. Louis Blues honored the Golden Brett during their home opener tonight, unveiling a statue in honor of their great scorer of the ’90s. Here are a few photos…

  22. Regular season recaps – October 9

    Oct 10, 2010, 12:15 AM EDT

    From the Penguins losing their first two games at home, the Blackhawks suffering a defeat as they raise their Stanley Cup banner and the Devils going 0-2 (OK, 0-1-1) in their first games with shiny new toy Ilya Kovalchuk, the 2010-11 season has seen it’s fair share of spoilers* so far. Anyway, let’s get to…

  23. Chicago Blackhawks raise their ’10 Stanley Cup banner, celebrate rich hockey history

    Oct 9, 2010, 11:40 PM EDT

    In a ceremony that included Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and other members of the 1961 Stanley Cup championship winning team, the Chicago Blackhawks celebrated their 2010 Stanley Cup victory by raising their championship banner tonight. Fans might be bitter that the team fell to division rival Detroit 3-2 tonight in their home opener, but it…

  24. Vancouver Canucks make it official: Henrik Sedin is their new captain

    Oct 9, 2010, 11:10 PM EDT

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    Anyone who’s been following the Vancouver Canucks captaincy situation probably won’t be very surprised by the “news” that Henrik Sedin is officially the team’s new captain. Here’s more from the Associated Press. Henrik Sedin became the Vancouver Canucks captain Saturday night in a ceremony before their season-opening game against the Los Angeles Kings. Sedin takes…

  25. Video: Rangers forward Derek Stepan scores a hat trick in his first NHL game

    Oct 9, 2010, 10:55 PM EDT

    I thought it took time to adjust to the speed of the NHL game? Derek Stepan sure made it easy tonight, scoring a hat trick in his first game as the New York Rangers beat the Buffalo Sabres 6-3 tonight. Stepan is only the fourth player in NHL history to score three goals in his…

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