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  1. Derick Brassard apologizes for comments he made about Columbus Blue Jackets owner

    Nov 2, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

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    Derick Brassard wants to apologize for comments he made to a Montreal radio show … but not before he claims that they were just trying to make headlines.

  2. Brian Burke defends Dion Phaneuf, calls fans booing him ‘disgraceful’

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:58 PM EST

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    Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is a lot of things. He’s outspoken, cocky, accomplished and wildly entertaining. It also seems like he’s an intensely loyal person. Perhaps this was just hearsay from Earl Sleek of Battle of California, but it seemed like he allowed Ilya Bryzgalov to escape to the Phoenix Coyotes when he…

  3. Around the Rink – Tuesday, November 2

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:10 PM EST

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    After a light three-game slate to come back from the Halloween holiday weekend, the league sports another fairly light slate of games. Here is a preview of today’s four contests. All times are Eastern (ET). 7:00 pm Montreal @ Columbus Both of these teams are surprising successes so far. The Montreal Canadiens are tied with…

  4. If the postseason started today, all five Central Division teams would make the playoffs

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

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    When I made my predictions for the regular season, I decide to go out on a limb and chose four Central Division teams to make the playoffs, meaning that the division would represent half of the Western Conference’s postseason squads. I actually might have been too conservative with my Central Division praise, though, being that…

  5. October’s three stars: Steve Stamkos, Tim Thomas and Chris Stewart

    Nov 2, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

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    A look at the award-winning October performances by Steve Stamkos, Tim Thomas and Chris Stewart.

  6. Michal Neuvirth wins Save of the Week in a landslide (October 25-October 31)

    Nov 2, 2010, 11:51 AM EST

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    Michal Neuvirth ran away with the Save of the Week voting. Check out the poll results and a few other comments by clicking “Read More.”

  7. Save of the Night – Colin White for Martin Brodeur (November 1)

    Nov 2, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

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    Don’t forget to vote for last week’s best save. Do so right here. A couple weeks ago, a few skaters (Pascal Dupuis and Radek Martinek) earned save of the night honors by bailing out their goalies with deft stick work or fearless shot blocking. Another skater earned that honor tonight. The New Jersey Devils are…

  8. Goal of the Night – Henrik Sedin (November 1)

    Nov 2, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

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    Note: Don’t forget that you still have time to vote for last week’s best goal here. While I at least try to stay away from choosing shootout goals for these awards, penalty shots are a little different. For one thing, they take place during the actual flow of a game and therefore aren’t involved in…

  9. The numbers behind the New Jersey Devils’ horrific 3-9-1 start

    Nov 2, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

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    A stats-heavy look at the horrible 13-game start to the season for the New Jersey Devils.

  10. Nightly recap – Monday, November 1

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:34 AM EST

    Summaries of tonight’s three-game slate, highlighted by a new low for the New Jersey Devils.

  11. Ducks GM Bob Murray puts blame for team’s lousy start on players, not coach Randy Carlyle

    Nov 2, 2010, 12:13 AM EST

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    Ducks GM Bob Murray shines an uncomfortable spotlight on the team’s roster including its best players such as Ryan Getzlaf, but who is truly to blame for this mess in Anaheim?

  12. Henrik Lundqvist carries Rangers while big-money scorers struggle with injuries

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:49 PM EST

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    Instead of falling apart without highly paid scorers such as Marian Gaborik and Chris Drury, the Rangers are staying afloat thanks to outstanding goaltending by Henrik Lundqvist.

  13. Buffalo Sabres sign 2009 first round pick Zack Kassian to entry-level deal

    Nov 1, 2010, 9:42 PM EST

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    When a guy points to Todd Bertuzzi as his favorite player, chances are that person is either: a) a Vancouver Canucks fan who came of age during Bertuzzi’s brief brush with stardom or b) a bit of a ne’er do well.  In fact, that person might be both. Either way, Buffalo Sabres prospect Zack Kassian…

  14. Zach Parise will undergo arthroscopic surgery to determine cause of knee problems

    Nov 1, 2010, 8:41 PM EST

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    It’s been a surprising first month for winger Zach Parise and the New Jersey Devils. Instead of assuming their typical perch atop the Atlantic Division, the Devils are making themselves comfortable in the league’s cellar. Rather than worrying about re-signing Parise to a contract extension after benefiting from his bargain $3.1 million annual salary cap…

  15. Poll: Vote for the Save(s) of the Week (October 25-31)

    Nov 1, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

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    Who made the better stop(s): Peter Budaj, Sergei Bobrovsky or Michal Neuvirth? Vote for last week’s best save after the jump.

  16. Poll: Vote for the Goal(s) of the Week (October 25-October 31)

    Nov 1, 2010, 6:34 PM EST

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    Who scored last week’s best goal? Vote after the jump.

  17. Today’s Starting Goalies – November 1

    Nov 1, 2010, 5:36 PM EST

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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…

  18. Celebrating the scary-good six game start by Tim Thomas

    Oct 31, 2010, 11:12 PM EST

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    Tim Thomas is putting together a six game start that’s about as rare as a quality horror movie sequel. Let’s dive inside his amazing stats.

  19. Special Teams Plus/Minus – Early season results (October 31)

    Oct 31, 2010, 10:00 PM EST

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    Now that we’ve glanced at the best and worst individual PK and PP units, which teams stand out on special teams overall? Click “Read More” to find out.

  20. Canucks D Keith Ballard nears return, will be game-time decision Monday

    Oct 31, 2010, 9:10 PM EST

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    After dealing with concussion issues, Keith Ballard could be back in a Canucks uniform as early as Monday.

  21. Penalty Kill Plus/Minus: The best (and worst) shorthanded units to this point (October 31)

    Oct 31, 2010, 8:08 PM EST

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    Which teams REALLY possess the best (and worst) penalty kill units? Check out these dorky stats for the answers.

  22. Power Play Plus/Minus: Which teams have the best and worst PP units so far? (October 31)

    Oct 31, 2010, 7:28 PM EST

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    Looking at special teams in a deeper (but still very simple) way to see which teams possess the best and worst PP units.

  23. Starting Goalies – October 30

    Oct 30, 2010, 5:50 PM EST

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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…

  24. Around the Rink – Saturday, October 30

    Oct 30, 2010, 4:10 PM EST

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    There’s a whopping 14 games today, so these previews will be a little shorter than usual. All start times are Eastern (ET). 7:00 pm Boston @ Ottawa Check out this nugget: Tim Thomas is the first Bruins goalie to go 5-0 since Tiny Thompson did it in the 1937-38 season. Gotta love those old nicknames,…

  25. Andrei Markov set to return for the Habs tonight

    Oct 30, 2010, 3:24 PM EST

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    Some might say that the team is better off without him, at least if they just look at wins and losses. They made the playoffs with him playing hurt or missing games completely, then beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the playoffs after Matt Cooke sidelined him with a vicious but clean…

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