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  1. Balanced schedule gives Nashville no excuses this season

    Sep 29, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Shea Weber

    As far as Western Conference teams go, the Nashville Predators have one of the most manageable schedules around. Now they’ll have to prove that they can take care of business.

  2. Look for the Detroit Red Wings to get off to a quick start this season

    Sep 29, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    San Jose Sharks v Detroit Red Wings - Game Six

    Look for the Detroit Red Wings to get off to a quick start over the course of the first two months of the season. They better, because there are a few tough stretches later in the season that could cause stress in the Motor City.

  3. Blue Jackets’ schedule gives them the opportunity to finish strong

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Winnepeg Jets v Columbus BlueJackets

    The Jackets have a few tough stretches in the middle of the season, but if they can keep their head above water, their schedule will give them an opportunity to finish strong.

  4. Player numbers will be added to helmets to help identify NHLers

    Sep 29, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    nhllogo

    Your favorite team is going to be sporting a new look once the regular season starts. As if the numbers on the back (and shoulders) of each jersey and on the back of helmets weren’t enough, players will be featuring numbers on the front of their helmets this season. Really.

  5. Blackhawks first half schedule could lead to schizophrenic tendencies

    Sep 29, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Corey Crawford, Jonathan Toews

    Two long stretches away from home and a new year filled with games at the United Center could have the Blackhawks looking like a schizophrenic team for the first half of the season…

  6. Coaches with different perspectives regarding the Smith on Smith hit

    Sep 29, 2011, 1:24 AM EDT

    Dave Bolland, Brendan Smith, Ben Smith

    Both Mike Babcock and Joel Quenneville saw Brendan Smith’s hit on Ben Smith. It was only one play, yet the two coaches have two different perspectives on what went down at the United Center.

  7. Kopitar scores three; preseason hat tricks count, right?

    Sep 29, 2011, 12:55 AM EDT

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    Minnesota Wild v Los Angeles Kings

    The last time Anze Kopitar faced the Colorado Avalanche, he broke his ankle in the second period. On Wednesday night, he scored two goals en route to a preseason hat trick.

  8. Jonathan Huberdeau making it a tough decision for management in Florida

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:51 PM EDT

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    2011 NHL Entry Draft - Round One

    This was supposed to be an easy decision for the Panthers. Let Jonathan Huberdeau show what he could do in camp and then send him back to juniors to work on his overall strength and two-way game. Apparently, it’s not that easy…

  9. Is Sean Avery headed to the AHL?

    Sep 28, 2011, 9:01 PM EDT

    Sean Avery

    Sean Avery has always walked the line between pest and troublemaker. But now is he walking the line between the NHL and a trip to the AHL?

  10. Preseason Odds: Who do you think will win each division?

    Sep 28, 2011, 7:01 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins Victory Parade

    Divisional odds are out. What are your favorite teams’ chances to win their division this season?

  11. Jonas Hiller’s long road from cloudy unknown to world-class netminder

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jonas Hiller

    Jonas Hiller is showing that everything is back to normal this training camp. But listening to his teammates talk, we never really knew how bad it really was last season…

  12. Nathan Horton returns to the ice for first time since Cup final concussion

    Sep 26, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Four

    Nathan Horton returned to the ice for the first time since the brutal hit in Game 3 of last year’s Stanley Cup final. If his first game back is any indication, he’ll be just fine with the Bruins this year.

  13. Former Rocket Richard Trophy winner Jonathan Cheechoo put on waivers

    Sep 26, 2011, 1:53 AM EDT

    Minnesota Wild v St. Louis Blues

    How the mighty have fallen. Jonathan Cheechoo continues to cling to his hockey career as the Blues waive the former 56-goal man. Next stop: the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League.

  14. Owen Nolan faces long odds as he tries to find a spot on the Canucks

    Sep 26, 2011, 12:34 AM EDT

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    Canucks Oilers Hockey

    39-year-old Owen Nolan is attempting to return to the NHL with one of the deepest teams in the entire league. According to Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault, he could have a spot if his body could withstand the rigors of an entire season.

  15. Is a position change in Patrick Kane’s future?

    Sep 25, 2011, 11:14 PM EDT

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    Detroit Red Wings v Chicago Blackhawks

    It’s no secret that the Chicago Blackhawks are looking for someone to fill the void they have at center on their second line. But is Patrick Kane the answer?

  16. Oilers Sam Gagner escapes serious injury

    Sep 25, 2011, 9:40 PM EDT

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    Edmonton Oilers v Philadelphia Flyers

    Sam Gagner is day-to-day after crashing into the boards against the Flames in a preseason game on Saturday night. Luckily for Gagner and the Oilers, the ankle injury doesn’t seem too serious…

  17. League disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan explains Brad Boyes suspension

    Sep 25, 2011, 8:37 PM EDT

    Buffalo Sabres v Philadelphia Flyers - Game One

    The league’s hammer came down on Brad Boyes with a two-game suspension for his head to the head of Joe Colborne. Now, Brendan Shanahan has explained exactly why Boyes received the two-game penalty.

  18. Can Corey Crawford avoid the dreaded sophomore slump?

    Sep 25, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

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    Chicago Blackhawks v Vancouver Canucks - Game Seven

    Corey Crawford ripped the starting job away from Marty Turco in the middle of last season. Now, he’ll try to prove that he can succeed while being the undisputed #1 from the very beginning of training camp.

  19. Kopitar brings his all-around game back to the Kings

    Sep 24, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Los Angeles Kings v Phoenix Coyotes

    After suffering a horrific ankle injury towards the end of the regular season last year, Anze Kopitar looks to continue his assent as one of the premier centers in the NHL. Having Mike Richards behind him should make the journey just a little bit easier.

  20. Manny Legace’s comeback hopes take a blow, released by Canucks

    Sep 24, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Manny Legace

    The writing may have been on the wall for Manny Legacy from the moment he accepted a tryout with the Canucks. The inevitable happened on Friday when Vancouver released him from his professional tryout.

  21. Preseason pain: Avalanche lose Jan Hejda and Brandon Yip to injury

    Sep 24, 2011, 2:45 AM EDT

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    Brandon Yip

    Not only did the Colorado Avalanche lose their preseason game on Friday, they also announced that Brandon Yip and Jan Hejda have been lost to injury.

  22. Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik tease Rangers fans with dazzling debut

    Sep 24, 2011, 12:26 AM EDT

    Brad Richards

    Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards wasted little time showing what they’re capable of this season on Broadway. Both had a goal and an assist while working together for the first time on the Rangers top line.

  23. Jagr shines in preseason debut with Flyers

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:17 PM EDT

    Jaromir Jagr

    Jagr had a goal and an assist in his first period as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. The scary part? He wasn’t happy with his performance.

  24. Ray Emery looks to find a home

    Sep 23, 2011, 10:17 PM EDT

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    Chicago Blackhawks v Pittsburgh Penguins

    Despite allowing four goals in the third period, Ray Emery continues to battle as he tries to earn the back-up goaltender role in Chicago. But if he’s unsuccessful, will he get a shot somewhere else?

  25. Leafs release new third sweater

    Sep 23, 2011, 8:32 PM EDT

    Leafs_Logo_from_1971_-_Present

    The Toronto Maple Leafs unveiled their third jerseys for the 2011-12 season. Not surprisingly, they’re blue with a big maple leaf on the chest.

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