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  1. Sergei Gonchar could help Caps, Devils, others in 10-11

    Mar 30, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

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    As Brandon discussed earlier, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ decision to extend Kris Letang’s contract likely pushes out Sergei Gonchar barring a considerable pay decrease. When you take into account the fact that Gonchar has earned his $5 million contract for the most part (and often has been arguably worth quite a bit more), I’d say it’s…

  2. Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators are sneaky-hot

    Mar 30, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Everyone and their creepy uncle is now aware that the Detroit Red Wings are, well, red hot. After all, the team that went to back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals series rarely finds itself completely off the radar, right?  Perhaps it’s fitting that the Red Wings are completely overshadowing the equally impressive run of their longtime Central…

  3. Tonight's biggest games: Closing the gap

    Mar 30, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Tuesday’s games are full of intrigue. There are two games that didn’t make the top three that are fairly interesting, but it seems that we know more or less the fate of the Capitals-Senators and Blackhawks-Blues. Since profiling all of today’s nine games might be a bit much, here are the three best. Two of…

  4. Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals: April 11 Game of the Week

    Mar 30, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    April 11’s Game of the Week has been chosen: it will be the Boston Bruins at the Washington Capitals, starting at noon ET. For the Capitals, the game will likely be an opportunity to dot the i’s and cross the t’s as they try to make good on home ice advantage in the post-season. For…

  5. Alex Ovechkin tops Sidney Crosby in players' poll

    Mar 30, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Admittedly, I “slept” on the results from ESPN’s Confidential Players poll for a bit, but after hearing some complaints about the answers being restricted by “Insider” status on Twitter I thought I’d share some of the more interesting results. (Yes, I am an Insider. Yes, I paid for it myself.) Now, naturally, all the results can be found…

  6. Rocky Wirtz (barely) wins Bertuzzday III

    Mar 30, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Are the masses unmoved by a weekly Bertuzzday award? I’m not quite convinced but the latest poll didn’t yield as many results as the previous two. Could it be that it was simply because the offenders weren’t nearly as controversial as Alex Ovechkin? Probably. (Still, it was a very disappointing showing by Devan Dubnyk’s intestines.…

  7. Brian Burke's cathartic Afghanistan trip

    Mar 30, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

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    For most people, Brian Burke’s last year would feel like a lifetime. Personally, he dealt with the death of his son Brendan shortly after the 21-year-old announced that he was gay via a column by John Buccigross. Being the GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs brings King Kong pressure on its own but Burke intensified that…

  8. The PHT Nightcap – Monday, March 29th

    Mar 29, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

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    We put a lot of content on this blog each day, and we understand it can be a bit tough to keep track of everything. So at the end of the day we’ll put up a nightly recap of all of that day’s news. Presenting the Pro Hockey Talk Nightcap: Goal of the Night: Rene…

  9. Atlanta Thrashers are the masters of frustration

    Mar 29, 2010, 10:40 PM EDT

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    Every now and then, Pro Hockey Talk will ask for insight from some of the best team bloggers out there. For this feature, we asked a simple question: “Who is your team’s most frustrating player?” Just for fun, Brandon and I also provided our “guesses” as to who that player might be. First, here are…

  10. Danny Briere frustrates Flyers fans

    Mar 29, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    Every now and then, Pro Hockey Talk will ask for insight from some of the best team bloggers out there. For this feature, we asked a simple question: “Who is your team’s most frustrating player?” Just for fun, Brandon and I also provided our “guesses” as to who that player might be. First, here are…

  11. Odd bounces: Eaves, Playfair provide bloopers

    Mar 29, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Every once in a while, we’ll come across stories that are just too strange to pass up. Sometimes we’ll get a tip from an e-mail; sometimes we will stumble across something bizarre on a hockey site. Either way, this might not be the most “pertinent” information but it certainly will be strange, funny or a…

  12. Tonight's games

    Mar 29, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

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    Time is a-wastin’ so let’s get right to the previews. Expect cutesy lead paragraphs to resume soon enough. Buffalo Sabres (41-23-10, 92 pts) at Boston Bruins (34-28-12, 80 pts) 7:00 PM ET Buffalo certainly has a lot less to play for in this one, but they could also be getting a taste test of a…

  13. The PHT Nightcap – Sunday, March 28

    Mar 29, 2010, 1:40 AM EDT

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    We put a lot of content on this blog each day, and we understand it can be a bit tough to keep track of everything. So at the end of the day we’ll put up a nightly recap of all of that day’s news. Presenting the Pro Hockey Talk Nightcap: NHL Playoffs Update: Flyers sinking –…

  14. Get to know your Frozen Four finalists

    Mar 29, 2010, 12:40 AM EDT

    With Miami of Ohio knocking off Michigan in double overtime after a dubiously early whistle prevented a goal for the Wolverines, the NCAA Frozen Four is set to go on April 8. Here are the two games that will be played that Thursday. And just for fun, I will scour the Internet to give you…

  15. Source of frustration master post

    Mar 28, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

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    We’re going to try to represent all 30 NHL teams with this “Source of Frustration” series, so it’s understandable if you miss a few here and there. There’s some fantastic writing in these posts, though, and we want to give you every opportunity to read them all. For that reason, this post will house links to…

  16. The outlook for the 'rest' of the West

    Mar 28, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

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    Earlier this evening I discussed the five Eastern Conference teams who are battling for the last three playoff spots. The Western Conference has a similar situation in its bottom playoff ranks, although those teams are notably stronger. (Also, Calgary is the only squad with a realistic chance to make the four Western underdogs sweat for a…

  17. Byfuglien: a deep dish of frustration

    Mar 28, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

    Every now and then, Pro Hockey Talk will ask for insight from some of the best team bloggers out there. For this feature, we asked a simple question: “Who is your team’s most frustrating player?” Just for fun, Brandon and I also provided our “guesses” as to who that player might be. First, here are…

  18. Analyzing the race for the East's bottom 3 seeds

    Mar 28, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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    The Eastern Conference’s lower seed situation is murky to say the least. The bottom three seeds could go to any combination of Montreal, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta or the Rangers. Some teams have better chances than others, but the 6th-seed Canadiens are only 6 points ahead of 10th place New York. With this muddy picture in…

  19. Crosby, Ovechkin continue see-saw Richard race

    Mar 28, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

    It’s almost as if Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin are playing some sort of telepathic game of goal scoring “H-O-R-S-E.” The two seem especially likely to score when the other did so earlier in a given day. Really, the Rocket Richard trophy lead is as fleeting as an encounter with Kaiser Soze. Ovechkin scored his 46th…

  20. Tonight's remaining games

    Mar 28, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

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    While the Maple Leafs – Penguins game and the irrelevant Oilers – Blues contest are already in progress, the remaining three games are fairly big. Some factor into playoff positioning, while one can either stop the bleeding of a now-playoff-threatened team or continue a troubling drop from contention. New Jersey Devils (44-25-5, 93 pts) at…

  21. The PHT Nightcap – Saturday, March 27

    Mar 28, 2010, 12:30 AM EDT

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    We put a lot of content on this blog each day, and we understand it can be a bit tough to keep track of everything. So at the end of the day we’ll put up a nightly recap of all of that day’s news. Presenting the Pro Hockey Talk Nightcap: NHL Playoffs Update: Detroit pads…

  22. NCAA Hockey tournament update (Mar. 27)

    Mar 27, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

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    Just a quick rundown of the scores. St. Cloud St. versus Wisconsin is currently in progress, with Wisconsin up 4-2. Boston College 3, Alaska 1 Pat Mullane scored the game-winner 3:46 into the third period. BC goalie John Muse had 28 saves in the game. Miami (OH) 2, Alabama Huntsville 1 Cameron Schilling scored a game winning…

  23. Jack Johnson: King-sized frustration

    Mar 27, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    Every now and then, Pro Hockey Talk will ask for insight from some of the best team bloggers out there. For this feature, we asked a simple question: “Who is your team’s most frustrating player?” Just for fun, Brandon and I also provided our “guesses” as to who that player might be. First, here are…

  24. The NHL's leaders in giving and taking hits

    Mar 27, 2010, 8:50 PM EDT

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    Once again, I would like to propose a nickname for Dennis Seidenberg: “Pain Sponge.” The Bruins defenseman already earned Brownie Points for leading the league in blocked shots, but apparently he has also taken the most non-puck abuse to boot. Behind the Net published some fantastic stats showing which players take and receive the most checks. I’ll…

  25. Jerseys that could use a makeover

    Mar 27, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Earlier this week, the great logo and jersey-obsessed blog Icethetics shared news that 11 teams could introduce new alternate or primary sweaters for the 2010-11season. Teams that might be making some changes are Anaheim, Buffalo, Calgary, Columbus, Dallas, Nashville, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs. The post got me…

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