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Matt Reitz

  1. 2011-2012 season preview: Anaheim Ducks

    Oct 4, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Teemu Selanne, Corey Perry, Saku Koivu

    Will the Ducks be able to ride their fantastic finish last season to yet another playoff appearance this season. Never underestimate the power of an elite scoring line and great goaltending.

  2. 2011-2012 season preview: Phoenix Coyotes

    Oct 3, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Red Wings v Phoenix Coyotes - Game Four

    People have vastly underestimated Phoenix over the last two seasons and the Coyotes have consistently exceeded expectations. But without Ilya Bryzgalov around and question marks in net, is this the season when the Coyotes fall from the playoff race?

  3. 2011-2012 season preview: San Jose Sharks

    Oct 3, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

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    San Jose Sharks v Vancouver Canucks - Game Five

    Once again, the Sharks will battle among the league’s elite as they try to take the next step in their development. Back-to-back appearances in the Western Conference final have set the bar fairly high in the Bay Area; and they have a team that has the chance to fulfill the lofty expectations.

  4. 2011-2012 season preview: Dallas Stars

    Oct 3, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Stars v Phoenix Coyotes

    The Stars were within a single win on the final day of the regular season from a spot in the playoffs last season. Will they be able to take the next step and secure a playoff berth next season? Don’t bet on it.

  5. 2011-2012 season preview: Columbus Blue Jackets

    Oct 3, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Jeff Carter

    Newcomers Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski had Blue Jackets fans hoping for a playoff spot this season. But without a better effort from Steve Mason in net, none of the offseason moves will make a difference.

  6. 2011-2012 season preview: Detroit Red Wings

    Oct 3, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Detroit Red Wings v San Jose Sharks - Game Seven

    Once again, the Wings have the talent to not only make the playoffs, but do some damage once they get there. With Zetterberg, Datsyuk, and Lidstrom around for yet another season, just how deep can the winged-wheel go this season?

  7. 2011-2012 season preview: Nashville Predators

    Oct 3, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Pekka Rinne

    Sooner or later, people are going to start realizing that the Nashville Predators are a perennial playoff team. With strong coaching, defense, and goaltending, they should be in the mix for the playoffs yet again.

  8. 2011-2012 season preview: St. Louis Blues

    Oct 3, 2011, 1:00 AM EDT

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    Tampa Bay Lightning v St. Louis Blues

    The Blues were expected to be a playoff team last year, but injuries and inconsistency derailed the team midway through the season. Will the veteran leadership of Jamie Langenbrunner and Jason Arnott help the team right the ship?

  9. 2011-2012 season preview: Chicago Blackhawks

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:25 AM EDT

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    toewsdeerinheadlights

    Will the Chicago Blackhawks be able to shake off the Stanley Cup hangover from last season and regain their focus for 82 games? If they can, the league better watch out– they still have enough talent to win it all.

  10. Back-loaded schedule should help Sharks start strong

    Sep 30, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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    San Jose Sharks v Anaheim Ducks

    November and December should be kind to the Sharks this season. They better be, because February is going to be tough.

  11. No question: Los Angeles are the kings of the road in 2011-12

    Sep 30, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Los Angeles Kings v Phoenix Coyotes

    By kicking off the season in Europe and playing the vast majority of games in February and March on the road, it’s no surprise that the Kings will travel more miles than any other team in the NHL this season.

  12. Ducks will have to overcome nightmare schedule to compete

    Sep 30, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Lubomir Visnovsky, Jonas Hiller

    The Ducks will have to survive a 7-game road trip early in the season and an 8-game trip in February if they want to have a shot at the playoffs.

  13. Schedule could cause Coyotes to be streaky next season

    Sep 30, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Los Angeles Kings v Phoenix Coyotes

    Long stretches away from Arizona combined with long stretches on home ice could equal one of the streakiest teams in the league this season.

  14. Stars schedule presents ample opportunity for prolonged losing streaks

    Sep 30, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Tomas Fleischmann, Kari Lehtonen

    Three separate stretches next season could prove to hurt the Dallas Stars’ playoff chances next season.

  15. Contract quotable: Kings and Doughty react to long-term agreement

    Sep 30, 2011, 3:43 AM EDT

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    Drew Doughty

    The first step was for all sides to reach a contract agreement. With that out of the way, the next step is for everyone to talk about reaching the contract agreement.

  16. Watch out! Canucks will probably be streaking into the playoffs

    Sep 30, 2011, 1:30 AM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks v Boston Bruins - Game Six

    NHL teams better get to the Canucks quick, because once the calendar turns to March, they should be streaking towards the playoffs.

  17. Extended road trips will challenge the Edmonton Oilers

    Sep 30, 2011, 1:02 AM EDT

    Coyotes Oilers Hockey

    The Edmonton Oilers are faced with a schedule that will see them travel over 5,000 miles this season. We’ll go out on a limb and assume this probably isn’t how a young team wants to learn how to win.

  18. Kings and Drew Doughty agree on 8-year, $56 million contract

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:43 PM EDT

    Drew Doughty

    The Los Angeles Kings and restricted agent Drew Doughty have finally come to terms on an 8-year, $56 million contract. And not a moment too soon.

  19. Avalanche will determine their fate during eight game homestand in November

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:20 PM EDT

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    Gabriel Landeskog

    The young Avalanche will need to survive a tough, Eastern Conference road trip to start the season. If not, the season could be over before it begins.

  20. Good thing it’s always sunny in Philadelphia; Devils bus breaks down

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:41 PM EDT

    Peter DeBoer

    Planes, trains, and automobiles would have been a step up for the Devils during their short trip to Philadelphia. How about buses and walking shoes?

  21. Flames will need to get off to a quick start to be successful

    Sep 29, 2011, 9:41 PM EDT

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    Jarome Iginla

    The Flames will travel a ton of miles this season–so they better take advantage of a long homestand at the beginning of the season. Otherwise, it could be an uphill hill battle for the rest of the year.

  22. Crosby will make trip with Penguins on season opening road trip, but don’t get your hopes up

    Sep 29, 2011, 8:50 PM EDT

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    Sidney Crosby

    Sidney Crosby will join the Penguins as they travel to Western Canada to start the regular season. Just don’t expect to see him on the ice once the games start…

  23. Manageable schedule for the Wild sets up for a strong finish

    Sep 29, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

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    Mike Yeo, Mikko Koivu, Dany Heatley, Marek Zidlicky, Cal Clutterbuck, Devin Setoguchi

    If the Minnesota Wild and successful navigate their way through November and December, they could ride a strong finish to a playoff berth.

  24. Trash talk: How far is too far?

    Sep 29, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

    New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers

    Punishments are handed down for everything from headshots to boarding to instigating a fight. Is it time that trash talk that crosses the link should start to be punished as well? One coach thinks so…

  25. Schedule makers didn’t do the St. Louis Blues any favors this season

    Sep 29, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Matt D'Agostini, Alex Steen, Kevin Sharrenkirk, David Backes

    It could be a rough start for the Blues and it could be a rough finish for the Blues. It’s the work they can do mid-season that will determine their playoff fate.

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