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  1. 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.

  2. 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…

  3. Blackhawks injuries to Stalberg and Smith, opens door for top prospect Brandon Saad

    Sep 29, 2011, 6:16 PM EDT

    Brandon Saad

    With injuries to Viktor Stalberg and Ben Smith in Chicago, it’s the chance of a lifetime for 2011 second round pick Brandon Saad.

  4. Banana-tosser is “mortified” by his racist gesture, is pretty foolish

    Sep 29, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    Wayne Simmonds

    Is the Ontario banana-tosser a racist or just playing really, really dumb? You make the call.

  5. Nazem Kadri’s knee injury opens door for fellow Leafs prospect Matt Frattin

    Sep 29, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

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    Nazem Kadri

    Nazem Kadri will miss 2-4 weeks of action which means one prospect will give way to another prospect when the Leafs start the year.

  6. 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.

  7. 2011-2012 season preview: Pittsburgh Penguins

    Sep 29, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Evgeni Malkin

    If you thought the Penguins were good already, just wait until you see them with their two best players back on the ice.

  8. Ben Smith “day to day” with concussion while Brendan Smith will meet Shanahan in person

    Sep 29, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Dave Bolland, Brendan Smith, Ben Smith

    The news isn’t so hot for Chicago’s Ben Smith who is “day to day” with a concussion while Detroit’s Brendan Smith gets to meet with Brendan Shanahan face-to-face.

  9. 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.

  10. And the winner of the Panthers’ (temporary) backup goalie job is…

    Sep 29, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

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    Jacob Markstrom

    With Scott Clemmensen out to start the season in Florida, the Panthers backup goalie job came down to Jacob Markstrom and Tyler Plante. and the winner is…

  11. Paid for speed? Caps extend Jason Chimera for two years, $3.5 million

    Sep 29, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

    Jason Chimera

    Jason Chimera’s speed and defensive tenacity are his strengths and that makes him worth $3.5 million to the Caps for two more years. Wait, what?

  12. 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.

  13. Looks like Chris Pronger will be ready to start the season after all, will play tonight

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:38 AM EDT

    Chris Pronger

    If you were wondering if Chris Pronger would be ready to start the season or not, we hope you bet your money on him being good to go.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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…

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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…

  20. Shanahan calling: Red Wings’ Brendan Smith ejected after elbowing Chicago’s Ben Smith in head

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:44 PM EDT

    Brendan Smith

    Suspension number eight coming up? More than likely as Detroit’s Brendan Smith took out Chicago’s Ben Smith with an elbow to the head.

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