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  1. Anders Lindback helps Predators withstand late Lightning surge to take NHL points lead

    Oct 24, 2010, 9:12 PM EDT

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    Nashville Predators v Chicago Blackhawks

    For at least one night, the Nashville Predators sit atop the NHL’s standings with 13 points. They’re also the only team without a regulation loss, although two quick third period goals from Tampa Bay made Anders Lindback & Co. sweat it out.

  2. Antti Niemi gets pulled during first period against Calgary

    Oct 24, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

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    If there wasn’t justification for a goalie controversy in the San Jose Sharks net, it’s difficult to argue against that reality after tonight’s disastrous start against the Calgary Flames. The Sharks pulled Antti Niemi before the first period ended today after the struggling Finnish netminder allowed three goals on only five shots, surrendering goals to…

  3. Inside the Western Conference Standings – October 24

    Oct 24, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

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    redwingsstandings

    Every now and then, we’ll take a look at each conference’s standings to see if there are any trends or quirks that explain why some teams are failing and others are overachieving. Obviously, these results will reveal bigger truths once we advance later into this season … but it’s still fun and interesting to take…

  4. Inside the Eastern Conference Standings – October 24

    Oct 24, 2010, 7:29 PM EDT

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    Buffalo Sabres v New Jersey Devils

    After looking at some of the Eastern Conference standings stats, it’s clear that playing on the road hasn’t been a big deal for most teams in the conference at this early stage. Click “read more” to find out which teams are flourishing away from home and which teams are floundering in their own arenas.

  5. Today’s Starting Goalies – October 24

    Oct 24, 2010, 5:07 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. Note: One of…

  6. Today’s Starting Goalies – October 23

    Oct 23, 2010, 6:08 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. 7:00pm ET games…

  7. Scott Hartnell cuts his big hair for charity

    Oct 23, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

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    Stanley Cup Media Day

    For Philadelphia Flyers fans, rugged winger Scott Hartnell’s hair is a source of much joy and entertainment. The team even had a Hartnell inspired wig giveaway as one of its promotions. For the remaining hockey fans, Hartnell’s ‘do ranges from over the top to flat-out obnoxious. One thing that Flyers fans and rivals should approve…

  8. Six rookies near their nine game entry-level season deadline

    Oct 23, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    2010 NHL Top Prospects Media Availability

    NHL general managers make a ton of tough decisions, but one of the toughest involve how to handle young talent. In a salary cap era, you have to get plenty of bang for the buck, as many teams reap the benefits of a player’s entry-level contract years or a well-timed second contract. This time around,…

  9. Erik Ersberg clears waivers, likely on his way to KHL

    Oct 23, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

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    ersbergoutofla

    With only 60 or so jobs available, life isn’t easy for the types of goalies who aren’t automatic $5 million+ starters. Just look at the careers of guys who had some low moments but actually put together solid numbers like (don’t laugh … too much) Roman Cechmanek. He had a few shaky moments after being…

  10. Around the Rink – October 23

    Oct 23, 2010, 1:08 PM EDT

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    With a stunning 13 games tonight, we’ll keep this previews short and sweet. Keep in mind all times are Eastern (ET). 7:00pm Buffalo @ New Jersey It’s the battle of the all-world goalies on teams who have been awful at home. Buffalo is 0-4-1 while New Jersey is 0-3-1 so far at their own arenas.…

  11. Manny Malhotra pushes Vancouver past Minnesota 5-1

    Oct 23, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    malhotratwogoalsoneassist

    Vancouver 5, Minnesota 1 I’ve always been a big fan of Manny Malhotra but it’s admittedly for a pretty dumb reason: he is awesome at faceoffs in video games. In fact, once Rod Brind’amour retired – the Michelangelo of polygonal puck draws – Malhotra took the mantle as the best FO guy in the digital…

  12. Save of the Night – October 22 (Henrik Karlsson)

    Oct 23, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    If real life played out like NHL ’11 or any number of hockey video games, this save might have made someone (definitely not me, though, because I’m super sophisticated and convincingly mature) throw a controller. That’s because skilled Columbus Blue Jackets forward Derick Brassard was all alone in front of rookie Calgary Flames goalie Henrik…

  13. Goals of the Night – October 22nd’s hat tricks in one post

    Oct 23, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Check out all three of last night’s hat tricks in one convenient post.

  14. Video: Steve Stamkos takes league lead in goals with hat trick

    Oct 23, 2010, 1:00 AM EDT

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    This just in: Steve Stamkos being awesome isn’t a “one time thing.” He has arrived as a truly great player in the NHL and the Tampa Bay Lightning are starting to look like a genuine contender for a playoff berth. Stamkos scored three goals to bring his total to a league-leading eight while also producing…

  15. Video: Derek Dorsett scores a goal, then fights Jarome Iginla

    Oct 23, 2010, 12:30 AM EDT

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    Few hockey players can match the kind of minute or two Columbus Blue Jackets forward Derek Dorsett experienced in tonight’s loss against the Calgary Flames. First, he scored a nice goal. Then he got into a fight with Calgary Flames star (and captain) Jarome Iginla. So, who do you think won the fight?

  16. A night of hat tricks: Recaps for Friday, October 22

    Oct 22, 2010, 11:55 PM EDT

    Note: We’ll take a look at the Vancouver Canucks – Minnesota Wild game tomorrow morning. Gosh, St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks … you couldn’t provide another hat trick performance tonight? Rebels. Anyway, let’s recap four of Friday’s five games. Calgary 6, Columbus 2 Rene Bourque was one of the three players who scored a…

  17. Daniel Alfredsson scores his 1,000th career point via hat trick against Buffalo

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:59 PM EDT

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    alfie1000

    Much like eating a Reese’s, there’s really no wrong way for an NHL player to reach his 1,000th point. That being said, it makes it that much more special if a player can do it in style. Daniel Alfredsson capped a great performance – and highlighted a fantastic career – by scoring an empty net…

  18. Alex Radulov signs ‘secret’ contract extension to stay in KHL until he turns 27

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:02 PM EDT

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    It’s been long enough that any dreams Nashville Predators fans had about Alex Radulov returning to the team are probably long forgotten. If they weren’t totally erased a few months ago, it seems just about official that he won’t play as a Predator ever again. That’s because the talented Russian winger will ply his trade…

  19. Not everyone is happy that the Oilers plan to add cheerleaders

    Oct 22, 2010, 9:06 PM EDT

    Mike Commodore

    Oh, Ice Girls and cheerleaders. Your gyrations and spandex uniforms are fodder for post-goal closeups and frowning house wives in equal proportions. It’s debatable whether they make sense in sports in general and hockey in particular, but anyone who cringes at their presence must also acknowledge that they’re not going anywhere. In fact, their navel-sporting…

  20. Ville Leino listed as ‘questionable’ for Saturday’s game after collision with Chris Pronger

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

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    Ville Leino

    Apparently Chris Pronger is such a destructive physical force that sometimes, he even hurts his own teammates. That happened during the Philadelphia Flyers’ light skate today, as Pronger knocked already-banged-up forward Ville Leino out of practice, according to Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly. Now Leino is questionable for Saturday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.…

  21. Simon Gagne will miss tonight’s game against Atlanta with neck injury

    Oct 22, 2010, 7:13 PM EDT

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    Simon Gagne

    It’s already been a tough start in Tampa Bay for normally prolific forward Simon Gagne. While the Lightning have been pretty explosive overall, Gagne is pointless so far in six games and has an abysmal -8 rating. The bad news keeps piling on, too, as TSN reports that Gagne will miss Tampa Bay’s game against…

  22. Today’s Starting Goalies – October 21

    Oct 21, 2010, 6:35 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. 7:00 PM ET…

  23. Wayne Gretzky shoots down Russian coaching rumors, Cristobal Huet makes best of time in Switzerland

    Oct 21, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

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    Here are two overseas hockey items via ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, from Switzerland and Russia. Honestly, I hadn’t really heard these rumors, but there were some whispers about former Phoenix Coyotes coach (and, oh  yeah, possibly the greatest hockey player ever) Wayne Gretzky coaching in Russia for SKA St. Petersburg. Despite being friends with SKA chairman…

  24. Dallas Stars expect to add Jamie Benn, Jeff Woywitka back to the fold

    Oct 21, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

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    bennsback

    After missing three games because of post-concussion syndrome caused by a rugged hit by New York Islanders defenseman James Wisniewski, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports that Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn should return for tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers. Heika writes that Benn will join Steve Ott and Brandon Segal on…

  25. Report: Bill Guerin might make retirement announcement soon

    Oct 21, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    billguerinmightretire

    When the Pittsburgh Penguins traded peanuts/a bag of hockey pucks/some other phrase that indicates very little to the New York Islanders for Bill Guerin, I cannot say that I was wildly impressed. After all, Guerin was no spring chicken and didn’t exactly flourish after an earlier trade deadline deal brought him to San Jose. Yet…

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