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  1. Langenbrunner not happy with Devils' play

    Apr 2, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

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    The New Jersey Devils are in a see-saw battle with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the top spot in the Atlantic division, yet have lost four of their last six. Not good for a team that is hoping to have more success than the last two years, when first-round exits marred great regular seasons. Jamie Langenbrunner,…

  2. NBC Game of the Week: Flyers vs. Red Wings

    Apr 2, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Philadelphia Flyers vs. Detroit Red Wings 12:30 p.m. EST – Sunday, April 4, 2010Live on NBC Detroit Red Wings – 41-23-14 (96 points) @ Philadelphia Flyers – 38-34-6 (82 points) This week’s game of the week catches two teams headed in opposite directions as they approach the playoffs. There was a point in which both…

  3. Armstrong suspension proves NHL system is flawed

    Apr 2, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

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    It’s becoming such the norm around the hockey universe that it’s become exceedingly tiresome to get involved in. Endless debates about whether a hit or play merits further discipline by the NHL has become the story of the 2009-10 NHL season, and the fact that these debates continuously rage proves that the current system is…

  4. Video: Todd Bertuzzi's controversial goal

    Apr 2, 2010, 7:45 AM EDT

    I don’t believe in conspiracy theories, although I understand that there are a number of fans throughout the NHL that are convinced that their team has a target on it’s back. The Red Wings fall into this category, based on the fact on the number of controversial calls that have gone against Detroit the past…

  5. Follow up: Armstrong's elbow to Matthieu Perreault

    Apr 2, 2010, 6:42 AM EDT

    Last night, I posted about Colby Armstrong’s forearm shiver to the jaw of Washington’s Mathieu Perreault. I judged my opinion on seeing the hit live and with one replay, and questioned whether the hit would fall under the NHL’s new ‘blind side’ hits to the head rule. After seeing many replays of the hit since…

  6. Sharks should worry about defense, not Nabokov

    Apr 1, 2010, 9:58 PM EDT

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    Last night, Joe Yerdon wrote about Evgeni Nabokov’s struggles of late, that has corresponded with the Sharks’ frustrating play since the Olympic break. His March numbers were certainly pedestrian and not up to the standard we’re used to seeing him play at, but I contend that Evgeni Nabokov is the least of the San Jose…

  7. Colby Armstrong's elbow to test NHL's new rule?

    Apr 1, 2010, 8:28 PM EDT

    Since the NHL adopted a new ‘rule’ that allows the league to assign punishment for blindside hits to the head, which previously were legal, we’ve yet to see a play that tested the change. Until tonight. Atlanta’s Colby Armstrong rocked Washington’s Matthieu Perreault, with a hit that should break about three rules on his way…

  8. Chicago needs to raise its level of concern

    Mar 31, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    The Chicago Blackhawks better get things figured out in a hurry. They’ve won just twice in the last nine games, and stumbling your way into what is supposed to be a Stanley Cup run is not exactly what was expected of this team just a few months back. Of course, now we’re at the point…

  9. Ville Leino feeling confident in Philly

    Mar 31, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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    Ville Leino never had much luck in Detroit, after he signed as a free agent with the Red Wings in 2008. He was sent to the minors, and didn’t make his NHL debut until January of 2009. He struggled adjusting to the North American game, and was eventually traded to the Flyers this February. After…

  10. NHL Playoffs Update: Chicago keeps stumbling

    Mar 31, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

    After all of my huffing and puffing about nobody in the East stepping up when it counted, the Bruins, Thrashers and Rangers all won big games and kept the race for the 6th-8th spots increasingly tight. In the West, it’s starting to get frustrating for the Coyotes. This is a relatively young team and despite…

  11. Burrows says Coyotes would love Winnipeg

    Mar 31, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    The rumors are swirling about a possible move by the Phoenix Coyotes back to Winnipeg, and while it looks like it’s still a far off option there’s bound to be some chatter within NHL circles about a relocation. What you never really get in the player’s perspective in all this; after all, they’re just paid…

  12. Predators grinding through a brutal March

    Mar 31, 2010, 9:56 AM EDT

    The most notable effect the Olympic break has on the NHL season is how the league is ‘forced’ to pack the games into a much more condensed schedule. Of course the NHL could alter the season a bit to ensure that teams don’t get burned out at all, but that would just be giving into…

  13. Goal of the Night: Rick Nash

    Mar 31, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

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    This was a nice goal by Rick Nash, but it was possible only by R.J. Umberger’s blind side pass while on his stomach just outside the crease. The force was with him.

  14. Thrashers reload with Pavelec in goal

    Mar 30, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

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    I have to admit I’m a bit bully on the Atlanta Thrashers. I get frustrated when a team has chance after chance after chance to leapfrog into a playoff position, then fall flat on their faces when it matters most. But hey, they’ll get another shot tonight. This time, however, they’ll give it a shot…

  15. NHL suspends Dan Carcillo two games

    Mar 30, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

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    According to the official Twitter feed of the Philadelphia Flyers, the NHL has suspended Dan Carcillo two games for his high stick on David Clarkson. Or, as they put it: Carcillo gets two game suspension for his unintentional high stick on Sunday against New Jersey. “Unintentional”. I don’t think he exactly wanted to slam his…

  16. Coyotes take aim at top seed in West

    Mar 30, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

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    Let’s forget all of the nasty rumors about the Phoenix Coyotes possibly being on their way to Winnipeg*. The Coyotes are just four points behind the San Jose Sharks and the top seed in the West, something that is incredibly impressive considering the state of the franchise just months ago. *I don’t want to step…

  17. NHL Playoffs Update: No one wants 8th spot

    Mar 30, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    How about this. We just skip the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs altogether, and let the top four teams in the conference just move on without worry or fear of anyone getting hurt in a four-game sweep. Because right now, I’m convinced that no one wants to make be in the playoffs in…

  18. Will Jere Lehtinen return next season?

    Mar 30, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Jere Lehtinen’s long, underrated career is coming to a close. The Finnish right winger who exemplified defensive hockey for so long will be 37 next season, and is currently playing on a one-year, $2.5 million contract ($1.5 million base, $1 million in bonuses). He’s had to deal with injuries the past few seasons as his…

  19. Josh Harding likely done for season with hip injury

    Mar 30, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

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    Josh Harding could be done for the season, depending on what yesterday’s MRI tests reveal about his injured hip. From Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Asked if he wishes he shut himself down sooner, Harding said: “Not in this game. Whenever you get the opportunity, especially being a backup goalie, you take advantage of that.…

  20. Does Letang's contract mean Gonchar leaves Pens?

    Mar 30, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

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    Per TSN’s Bob McKenzie on Twitter, Kris Letang’s contract extension is four years, at $3.5 million per year. That’s about what you would expect for a defenseman like Letang, who is still very young and has the potential to develop into a very dangerous offensive weapon from the blue line. As it is, he’s already…

  21. Carcillo to have hearing with NHL today

    Mar 30, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    Per TSN, Philadelphia Flyers winger Dan Carcillo will have a disciplinary hearing today with the NHL, to be held at Noon EDT. The word is that the hearing will be via phone with Colin Campbell and his office. As is always the case with the NHL and these hearings, the punishment is completely arbitrary and…

  22. Penguins sign Kris Letang to 4-year extension

    Mar 30, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

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    The Pittsburgh Penguins have locked down one of their many soon-to-be free agents, giving defenseman Kris Letang a four-year contract extension the team announced today on it’s website. From the press release: The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Kris Letang to a four-year contract extension, it was announced today by executive vice president and general…

  23. Goal of the Night: Brent Burns

    Mar 30, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Just an incredible goal here by Brent Burns. I thought of going with David Krejci but since Minnesota actually won, I’ll go with Burns.

  24. Kaleta out two weeks after thumb surgery

    Mar 29, 2010, 6:33 PM EDT

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    Well, if Patrick Kaleta did throw himself into the boards — as Mike Fisher alleges — it came with a hefty price. The Buffalo Sabres winger will miss at least two weeks after having surgery on his thumb today, reports the Buffalo Sabres (via their Twitter feed). It’s a tough break for the Sabres, but…

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