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  1. Sharks hope to find net against Ducks, turn to…Torrey Mitchell?

    Oct 17, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

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    SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 22: Torrey Mitchell #17 of the San Jose Sharks hinders the progress of Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks in the second period in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on May 22, 2011 in San Jose, California. The Canucks defeated the Sharks 4-2.

    San Jose coach Todd McLellan wants his team to stop playing like the Globetrotters. Fortunately, Torrey Mitchell is bad at dribbling.

  2. Gonchar not expected to play Tuesday, Ottawa fans probably okay with this

    Oct 17, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT

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    Ottawa Senators v New York Islanders

    The Senators will look for someone to step up and fill the “not trying especially hard” void.

  3. More good news for the Jets: Evander Kane won’t play tonight

    Oct 17, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

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    Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane (9) takes out Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jaroslav Spacek (6) during first-period NHL hockey action in the Jets' inaugural home game at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011.

    The Jets already can’t score. They didn’t need this.

  4. After Cherry apology, Grimson turns his attention to Ron MacLean

    Oct 17, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Ron MacLean - Hockey Night In Canada

    Stu Grimson forgives Don Cherry. However, he still has a problem with CBC host Ron MacLean. Following is the statement Grimson released after Cherry apologized on Saturday night to former enforcers Grimson, Chris Nilan and Jim Thomson for calling them “pukes” and distorting their opinions on fighting in a previous episode of Coach’s Corner: “I…

  5. Neuvirth leaves practice early, Beagle still sidelined

    Oct 17, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

    WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26: Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals warms-up before the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Verizon Center on September 26, 2011 in Washington, DC.

    Caps goalie suffers injury setback at practice, Tomas Vokoun likely to start tomorrow.

  6. Guy Boucher is getting a little antsy

    Oct 17, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Lightning v Boston Bruins - Game Seven

    The Tampa Bay Lightning bench boss is none too pleased with his team’s lackluster start to the season. As this picture would suggest.

  7. Friedman: Referees will be looking for “headsnaps”

    Oct 17, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks left wing Alex Burrows (14) celebrates with goalie Roberto Luongo after the Canucks beat the Nashville Predators in overtime of Game 3 in a second-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. The Canucks won 3-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

    The league is keeping an eye out for embellishment. The Vancouver Canucks have probably received the memo.

  8. Pens travel to Winnipeg, minus Brooks Orpiks and some other guys

    Oct 17, 2011, 11:12 AM EDT

    PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 13: Tomas Vokoun #29 of the Washington Capitals makes a save on James Neal #18 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on October 13, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    No Evgeni Malkin. No Sidney Crosby. But at least there’s still James Neal. (Also, the Jets are struggling.)

  9. Anyone seen Teemu Selanne or Jaromir Jagr’s goals?

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

    Jaromir Jagr

    They’re two of the most legendary goal scorers in the NHL and they’ve both yet to find the back of the net. What gives with Jaromir Jagr and Teemu Selanne? Patience, friends.

  10. Meet Mike and Jason, Your New PHT Writers

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Welcome to PHT, eh?

    Since today is our first day at NBC (*adjusts bow tie*), we thought it’d be prudent to formally introduce ourselves.

  11. New York Rangers are racking up frequent flyer miles like crazy

    Oct 17, 2011, 9:21 AM EDT

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    New York Rangers v New York Islanders

    You think your team has had it rough traveling so far? Take a look at how far the New York Rangers will go before they even play a home game this year.

  12. Could the Maple Leafs actually be a playoff team this year?

    Oct 17, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    James Reimer

    They haven’t been in the playoffs since 2004, but could this Maple Leafs team get to the postseason?

  13. Ian White is making Brian Rafalski’s retirement easy to handle in Detroit

    Oct 17, 2011, 7:45 AM EDT

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    Cory Emmerton, Ian White

    The Wings are off to an undefeated start and their lone offseason pickup, Ian White, is filling in the gap for the retired Brian Rafalski.

  14. Tonight on Versus: Maple Leafs and Avalanche look to stay hot

    Oct 17, 2011, 7:30 AM EDT

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    Phil Kessel

    Tonight’s matchup on Versus shows off a pair of teams off to hot starts in the Maple Leafs and Avalanche. Are they both finally headed in the right direction or should the parade planning be halted for now?

  15. PHT’s Morning Skate: Alex Ovechkin is hangin’ with Mike Tyson

    Oct 17, 2011, 7:00 AM EDT

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    Ovi-Tyson

    PHT takes a look at what the hockey world will be talking about today.

  16. Offseason acquisition Brent Burns raises the expectations in San Jose

    Oct 17, 2011, 2:24 AM EDT

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    Brent Burns, Mikkel Boedker

    The Sharks are used to the high expectations that come with being a perennial contender. With Brent Burns added to the mix, expectations are higher than they’ve ever been.

  17. Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry carry Ducks over Blues

    Oct 16, 2011, 11:25 PM EDT

    Finland Hockey Anaheim Ducks Jokerit

    A third period explosion helped lift the Anaheim Ducks to their second best start in franchise history.

  18. Malkin doesn’t travel with team, will miss at least next two games

    Oct 16, 2011, 9:57 PM EDT

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    Evgeni Malkin

    Evgeni Malkin is having problems recovering from that knee injury he suffered last season. After already missing 3 of the last 4 games this season, he’ll miss the next two as he didn’t travel with the team for their mini-road trip.

  19. Max Pacioretty gives back during his comeback

    Oct 16, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

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    Max Pacioretty

    Max Pacioretty has shown over the course of the early season that he could be a good one for the Habs this season. With this story about his work at Montreal General hospital, it sounds like he’s a good one off the ice as well…

  20. Vokoun adjusting to a better defense?

    Oct 16, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Ottawa Senators v Washington Capitals

    For goaltenders, sometimes it’s easier when they face a ton of shots in a given game. It’s something Tomas Vokoun has dealt with his entire career– until he got to Washington.

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