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  1. Sabres off to roaring start, smack the Kings 4-2 to sweep NHL Premiere series

    Oct 8, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    Jason Pominville,  Thomas Vanek, Luke Adam

    The Sabres apparently like starting abroad as they beat the Kings 4-2 to go 2-0-0 to start the year.

  2. Brad Richards scores but Rangers fall in shootout to Ducks

    Oct 8, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

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    Jonas Hiller

    Brad Richards scored his first goal as a Ranger, but it was Jonas Hiller and Bobby Ryan taking care of business in the shootout.

  3. Florida Panthers don’t feel the need to have a captain to start the year

    Oct 8, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

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    Stephen Weiss

    Who needs a captain? The Panthers don’t, they’ve got four guys wearing the “A” instead.

  4. Claude Noel thinks Winnipeg is a playoff team, might be a bit biased

    Oct 8, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Claude Noel

    Jets coach Claude Noel believes that his team can be a playoff team. Being positive knows no bounds.

  5. Habs defense issues roll on: Chris Campoli out for months with leg injury

    Oct 8, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

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    Campoli_Chris

    Chris Campoli was brought into Montreal to be injury insurance for Andrei Markov. Perhaps that position is just cursed as Campoli will be out for months with a leg injury.

  6. Wojtek Wolski’s wonky groin puts him back on the shelf against Anaheim

    Oct 8, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

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    Wojtek Wolski

    Wojtek Wolski’s groin issues are putting him back in the press box for today’s game in Europe against the Ducks.

  7. Mike Commodore in for repairs, Brendan Smith called up with suspension to serve

    Oct 8, 2011, 12:38 PM EDT

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    James Neal, Mike Commodore

    Mike Commodore is on IR with a wonky knee so Brendan Smith gets called up from the AHL with time to serve for his head shot on Ben Smith.

  8. Tomas Vokoun not exactly happy about not starting Caps’ season opener

    Oct 8, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Tomas Vokoun

    Bruce Boudreau’s decision to start Michal Neuvirth in the team’s season opener over Tomas Vokoun isn’t giving Vokoun happy thoughts.

  9. Video: Jamie Benn’s slick scoring moves and glass-smashing glory

    Oct 8, 2011, 11:27 AM EDT

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    Niklas Hjalmarsson, Jamie Benn

    When we figured Jamie Benn to be a breakout player, we knew it meant a lot of goals. The smashed glass after a body check was a nice surprise though.

  10. Mathieu Perreault gets Caps’ start instead of Marcus Johansson

    Oct 8, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    Mathieu Perreault

    Remember how Marcus Johansson was going to be the breakout player for the Caps? Mathieu Perreault must not have been listening to all that.

  11. Al Montoya gets Isles opening night start over Rick DiPietro and Evgeni Nabokov

    Oct 8, 2011, 10:54 AM EDT

    Al Montoya

    When you’ve got Rick DiPietro, Evgeni Nabokov, and Al Montoya to choose from to start the first game of the year, the choice is obvious, isn’t it? Not so fast.

  12. Life after Bryzgalov: how will the Coyotes succeed in net?

    Oct 8, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Coyotes Oilers Hockey

    Losing Ilya Bryzgalov in the offseason created a huge hole between the pipes for the Phoenix Coyotes. Does the organization really think that Mike Smith can fill the void left by the star Russian netminder? Absolutely.

  13. Players understand NHL Premiere games in Europe are business… and pleasure

    Oct 8, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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    NHL Premiere Series - Stockholm

    Members from the Kings and the Ducks knew what to expect by starting the season in Europe because they started the 2007-08 season in London. What lessons did they learn and what are they doing differently? A few different players share the positives and negatives of starting the season across the pond.

  14. Niemi won’t be ready for Sharks opening night

    Oct 8, 2011, 2:53 AM EDT

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    Thomas Greiss

    Good thing the Sharks brought Thomas Greiss back as an insurance policy. With Antero Niittymaki out and Antti Niemi unable to return for opening night, Greiss will be the man between the pipes for opening night.

  15. Brewers’ hero Nyjer Morgan has hockey ties?

    Oct 8, 2011, 1:02 AM EDT

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    Arizona Diamondbacks v Milwaukee Brewers - Game 5

    Brewer’s hero Nyjer Morgan thrived on the biggest stage of his career in Game 5 of the NLDS. But how close was he to thriving in the hockey world?

  16. Jeff Carter performs well in Columbus debut, not enough as new look Jackets fall in opener

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:31 PM EDT

    Jeff Carter, Justin Falk

    Jeff Carter got off to a great start in his first regular season game with the Columbus Blue Jackets. His team, however, wasn’t quite as good.

  17. Babcock excited for protégé Paul MacLean’s opportunity

    Oct 7, 2011, 10:25 PM EDT

    Paul MacLean

    Former Red Wings assistant coach Paul MacLean makes his head coaching debut against his former team. Now that he has a new gig, he might need a new team.

  18. Jets cancel season ticket accounts for scalping

    Oct 7, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

    Winnipeg Jets MTS Centre

    As opening night approaches in Winnipeg, the Jets organization is cancelling season ticket accounts for scalping.

  19. Seen Stamkos: young sniper will wear the “A” to start the season

    Oct 7, 2011, 7:12 PM EDT

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    Boston Bruins v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Six

    With veteran Mattias Ohlund out for opening night, 21-year-old sniper Steven Stamkos steps up and is named one of Tampa’s alternate captains.

  20. Video: Mike Milbury and Keith Jones debate Mats Zuccarello hit and suspensions

    Oct 7, 2011, 6:16 PM EDT

    Sweden Hockey NY Rangers LA Kings

    Mike Milbury and Keith Jones debate Mats Zuccarello’s hit in the first period of Friday afternoon’s game against the Los Angeles Kings. Should these types of hits be two-minute minors or suspension worthy?

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