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  1. Dan Bylsma transformed the Pittsburgh Penguins from a finesse team to a fighting bunch

    Jan 14, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT

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    The Pittsburgh Penguins have quickly morphed from a finesse team to a fight-happy bunch under coach Dan Bylsma. So is that a good thing or a bad thing?

  2. Breakdown of a breakdown: Numbers from the Kings’ disastrous homestand

    Jan 14, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    This post features a stats-based look at the Kings’ meltdown seven games into their eight game homestand a look ahead to a February that might bury their playoff hopes.

  3. Around the Rink – Friday, January 14th

    Jan 14, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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    flyersvsthrashers

    Here are previews for tonight’s six games, including an intriguing game between red-hot Vancouver and struggling (but dangerous) Washington.

  4. Poll: Does Mike Brown deserve a suspension for his blindside hit on Ed Jovanovski?

    Jan 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    mikebrown

    Mike Brown clobbered Ed Jovanovski with a blindside hit last night that has the hockey world debating whether or not he should be suspended. So what’s your take: does he deserve a fine and suspension, just a fine or no discipline at all? Read the post and vote in the poll to share your thoughts.

  5. Save of the Night – Tim Thomas (January 13)

    Jan 14, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Tim Thomas

    While winning 7-5 isn’t how Tim Thomas prefers to get things done, he made some key saves last night. The best-looking one took place when Thomas thwarted Claude Giroux on a breakaway. Check out the video of that save in this post.

  6. Goal of the Night: Scott Hartnell (January 13)

    Jan 14, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Scott Hartnell, Danny Briere, Tim Thomas, Patrice Bergeron

    Scott Hartnell scored from a spot that forwards rarely score from during January 13th’s goal of the night.

  7. Riding the Zamboni – Thursday, January 13th (late edition)

    Jan 14, 2011, 7:00 AM EDT

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    halljan13

    The two late games featured some upsets, with the Oilers beating the Sharks and the beaten-up Blues downing the Kings.

  8. Riding the Zamboni – Thursday, January 13th (early edition)

    Jan 13, 2011, 11:53 PM EDT

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    Here are summaries of Thursday’s first six games, including losses by the top team in the Eastern and Western Conferences.

  9. Wojtek Wolski’s first goal with NY Rangers ends Vancouver’s 17-game points streak

    Jan 13, 2011, 10:42 PM EDT

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    Wojtek Wolski’s first goal as a member of the Rangers was the game’s only tally, as New York shut Vancouver out 1-0 tonight.

  10. Banged-up Blues defense goes into tonight’s game vs. Kings far from 100 pecent

    Jan 13, 2011, 10:16 PM EDT

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    Eric Brewer will tough out some injuries to help the Blues avoid dressing only five defensemen, but there’s no getting around the fact that St. Louis is banged up on the blueline.

  11. Sami Salo’s vague injury update: he expects to return ‘sometime in 2011′

    Jan 13, 2011, 8:50 PM EDT

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    The Sami Salo mystery continues, as he (perhaps sarcastically?) stated that he only knows that he’ll be back “sometime in 2011.”

  12. Rangers seem doubtful that Derek Boogaard will return from concussion this season

    Jan 13, 2011, 7:37 PM EDT

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    Matt Carker, Derek Boogaard

    A December 9th concussion might keep Derek “The Boogeyman” Boogaard out for the rest of the season, according to the New York Rangers.

  13. Today’s Starting Goalies – January 13th (late edition)

    Jan 13, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

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    Jaroslav Halak, Sidney Crosby, Brad Boyes

    Here are the probable starting goalies for the three later games tonight.

  14. Today’s Starting Goalies – January 13th (early edition)

    Jan 13, 2011, 6:39 PM EDT

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    Here are the probable goalies for tonight’s first five games, including the NHL debut for Senators netminder Robin Lehner.

  15. Today’s Starting Goalies – January 12th

    Jan 12, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

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    peterbudaj

    Here are the probable starting goalies for tonight’s four games.

  16. Islanders power forward Kyle Okposo skates in first full team practice of season

    Jan 12, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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    The Islanders still say that he’s far away from appearing in his first game of the season, but forward Kyle Okposo played in a full team practice for the first time this season this morning.

  17. Chris Pronger expected to practice with Flyers on Friday, could be back by next week

    Jan 12, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT

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    chrisprongerbrokenfoot

    Good news for the Flyers and bad news for every other team in the NHL: Chris Pronger could be back on the ice as soon as next week. Reports indicate that Matt Walker is getting healthier, too, so the team could get much bigger and meaner in a matter of weeks.

  18. Around the Rink – Wednesday, January 12th

    Jan 12, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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    There aren’t a lot of contests with only four games tonight, but as you’ll see from these previews, they’re high on quality rather than quantity.

  19. Martin St. Louis remains go-to guy in Tampa Bay, in good times and bad

    Jan 12, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

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    martinst.louiscontinues

    In good times or bad, Martin St. Louis has been a constant force of positivity for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

  20. Predators sign ‘Swiss Army Knife’ Jerred Smithson to two-year, $1.6M extension

    Jan 12, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

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    The Predators locked up “Swiss Army Knife” forward Jerred Smithson to a two-year, $1.6 million deal.

  21. 2011 All-Star Game tidbits: Plenty of first-timers, more snub talk, Weekes’ Carolina hot spots

    Jan 12, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

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    In this post, we cover a variety of All-Star game-related bits, including some more snub talk, the rosters full of first-timers and Kevin Weekes’ recommendations for people visiting North Carolina.

  22. Petr Prucha signs with KHL while Kyle Wellwood leaves Russia for the Blues

    Jan 12, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

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    pruchatokhl

    The KHL and NHL more or less traded mediocre forwards, as Petr Prucha left Phoenix for SKA St. Petersburg while Kyle Wellwood left Atlant for the St. Louis Blues.

  23. The NHL’s top defensive defenseman: Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik?

    Jan 12, 2011, 12:22 PM EDT

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    According to a Globe & Mail writer’s numbers, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik is the NHL’s best defensive defenseman so far this season.

  24. NHL decides not to fine or suspend Colton Orr for knee-to-knee hit on Logan Couture

    Jan 12, 2011, 11:52 AM EDT

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    This won’t make Sharks fans happy, but word is that the league won’t discipline Leafs enforcer Colton Orr for his knee-to-knee hit on Logan Couture.

  25. Save of the Night – Henrik Karlsson (January 11)

    Jan 12, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Henrik Karlsson won’t win points for technique with his stop on Jussi Jokinen, but the exciting overtime save was Tuesday night’s best.

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