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  1. Shanahan rules: Brendan Smith suspended eight total games for head shot

    Sep 30, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    Brendan Smith

    Brendan Shanahan’s iron fist has come down on Detroit’s Brendan Smith and he’s done for the rest of the preseason and five regular season games as well.

  2. 2011-2012 season preview: Calgary Flames

    Sep 30, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Alex Tanguay, Jarome Iginla

    So many possibilities for the Calgary Flames this season. Can they avoid the season-killing slump to finally get back to the playoffs after two straight misses?

  3. “But you promised!” Mike Ilitch says Gary Bettman promised him Detroit would move East

    Sep 30, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

    Mike Ilitch

    We don’t know what NHL realignment is going to look like, but Mike Ilitch apparently knows the Red Wings are going to the Eastern Conference because Gary Bettman promised.

  4. Schedule could cause Coyotes to be streaky next season

    Sep 30, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Los Angeles Kings v Phoenix Coyotes

    Long stretches away from Arizona combined with long stretches on home ice could equal one of the streakiest teams in the league this season.

  5. Stars schedule presents ample opportunity for prolonged losing streaks

    Sep 30, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Tomas Fleischmann, Kari Lehtonen

    Three separate stretches next season could prove to hurt the Dallas Stars’ playoff chances next season.

  6. Contract quotable: Kings and Doughty react to long-term agreement

    Sep 30, 2011, 3:43 AM EDT

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    Drew Doughty

    The first step was for all sides to reach a contract agreement. With that out of the way, the next step is for everyone to talk about reaching the contract agreement.

  7. Watch out! Canucks will probably be streaking into the playoffs

    Sep 30, 2011, 1:30 AM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks v Boston Bruins - Game Six

    NHL teams better get to the Canucks quick, because once the calendar turns to March, they should be streaking towards the playoffs.

  8. Extended road trips will challenge the Edmonton Oilers

    Sep 30, 2011, 1:02 AM EDT

    Coyotes Oilers Hockey

    The Edmonton Oilers are faced with a schedule that will see them travel over 5,000 miles this season. We’ll go out on a limb and assume this probably isn’t how a young team wants to learn how to win.

  9. Kings and Drew Doughty agree on 8-year, $56 million contract

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:43 PM EDT

    Drew Doughty

    The Los Angeles Kings and restricted agent Drew Doughty have finally come to terms on an 8-year, $56 million contract. And not a moment too soon.

  10. Avalanche will determine their fate during eight game homestand in November

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:20 PM EDT

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    Gabriel Landeskog

    The young Avalanche will need to survive a tough, Eastern Conference road trip to start the season. If not, the season could be over before it begins.

  11. Good thing it’s always sunny in Philadelphia; Devils bus breaks down

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:41 PM EDT

    Peter DeBoer

    Planes, trains, and automobiles would have been a step up for the Devils during their short trip to Philadelphia. How about buses and walking shoes?

  12. Flames will need to get off to a quick start to be successful

    Sep 29, 2011, 9:41 PM EDT

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    Jarome Iginla

    The Flames will travel a ton of miles this season–so they better take advantage of a long homestand at the beginning of the season. Otherwise, it could be an uphill hill battle for the rest of the year.

  13. Crosby will make trip with Penguins on season opening road trip, but don’t get your hopes up

    Sep 29, 2011, 8:50 PM EDT

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    Sidney Crosby

    Sidney Crosby will join the Penguins as they travel to Western Canada to start the regular season. Just don’t expect to see him on the ice once the games start…

  14. 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.

  15. 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…

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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