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  1. Noteworthy ‘other’ stats – Week 1 Edition

    Oct 15, 2010, 3:56 PM EDT

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    bloodybrown

    I tackled the typical points/goals/plus-minus leaders in an earlier post, so I thought I’d take a look at some of the odd stats from the first week of hockey. Small sample sizes can make for some strange numbers, so enjoy this look around the league. (Feel free to spout some strange stats of your own…

  2. League Leaders in scoring – Week 1 Edition

    Oct 15, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    clarkemac1

    It’s ludicrously early in the NHL regular season, but why not take a look at some of the statistical leaders after one week of action? I’ll also ponder which players might be likely to continue their success and which ones are probably just enjoying a brief moment in the sun. In this post, I’ll glance…

  3. Dallas Stars hire former player/fitness buff Gary Roberts as new player development consultant

    Oct 15, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    The Dallas Stars are looking awfully impressive at 3-0 so far, although I think that the team is still resting on a slightly shaky foundation (at least in net, considering how injury prone Kari Lehtonen is). But I’ll get into why the Stars might – or might not – be for real a little bit…

  4. Nick Foligno fined, but not suspended, for hit to head on Patrick Dwyer; Did NHL make the right choice?

    Oct 15, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Nick Foligno

    The NHL decided to fine – but not suspend – Nick Foligno for his hit on Patrick Dwyer. Check out a bigger version of the video and vote on whether or not Foligno deserved to be suspended by clicking “Read More.”

  5. Save of the Night: Jaroslav Halak steals one

    Oct 15, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    This is one of those saves that always mystifies me a bit. It forces me to wonder: “Is it really that great of a save, or was it more about the forward failing to lift the puck ever so slightly?” Eh, either way, it was a pretty entertaining piece of work by Jaroslav Halak. Let’s…

  6. Around the Rink – Friday, October 15

    Oct 15, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

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    7:00 pm Colorado @ New Jersey Brian Rolston’s loss seems to be New Jersey’s gain, as the team looks like it will finally dress a full roster – or close to a full roster – because of his placement on the long term injured reserve. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that they’re…

  7. Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington’s sentencing hearing pushed back to October 27

    Oct 15, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

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    Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington has been dealing with some legal issues lately, as the man many people blame for The Wayne Gretzky Trade pleaded guilty for perjury charges in a bankruptcy case. Pocklington was supposed to find out what kind of sentence he will face – he’s hoping to avoid jail time in…

  8. Nightly recap – October 14

    Oct 14, 2010, 11:32 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a look at the five “earlier” games that took place today. We’ll cover the Florida-Calgary contest tomorrow morning. Ottawa 3, Carolina 2 The Senators managed to win this one despite being shaken up by the injury of their starting goalie, Pascal Leclaire. Then again, Ottawa may secretly benefit from Leclaire’s departure, as I…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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.…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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 –…

  22. 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…

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

    Oct 12, 2010, 6:23 PM EDT

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    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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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