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  1. Penguins injury update: Jordan Staal, Zbynek Michalek, Brooks Orpik and Arron Asham practice today

    Oct 19, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

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    While the Penguins and Brent Johnson are on a torrid pace, there’s no doubt that they must miss their four most noteworthy injured players: Jordan Staal, Zbynek Michalek, Brooks Orpik and Arron Asham. While it’s unclear when exactly the four will return to the ice, TSN passes along the good news that each skater at least took the ice on Tuesday, with Staal, Michalek and Asham actually appearing in practice with the team.

  2. Save of the Night: October 18 (Radek Martinek)

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Who said you need to be a goalie to make the save of the night? OK, technically many people will consider this a blocked shot, but all New York Islanders defenseman Radek Martinek needed was some goalie pads and an elaborate mask to completely embrace the role of a goalie right here. Dwayne Roloson played…

  3. Goal(s) of the Night: October 18 (Marian Hossa)

    Oct 19, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    There might not be a player in the NHL who is on a hotter streak right now than Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa (although his teammate Patrick Sharp might have a good argument with his three consecutive game winning goals). Chicago found themselves down 2-0 midway through the third period but Hossa scored two gorgeous…

  4. Nightly recap – Monday, October 18

    Oct 19, 2010, 12:19 AM EDT

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    Tonight was a night in which individual hot streaks continued while team-based winning streaks hit a few walls. Let’s take a look at the five contests. Pittsburgh 5, Ottawa 2 It’s hard to ignore Brent Johnson’s hot start to at this point, as he improved his record to 4-0 on the season. Of course, the…

  5. Michigan-Michigan State’s ‘Big Chill’ outdoor game should draw record crowd

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:22 PM EDT

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    We’re already starting to get a little excited about the 2011 Winter Classic (featuring the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, if you don’t already know) here at PHT, but one thing the NHL cannot boast is drawing the largest crowd for an outdoor hockey game. Nope, that designation will reportedly go to an NCAA outdoor…

  6. No unbeaten NHL teams remain after Dallas follows Toronto’s loss thanks to awful penalty killing

    Oct 18, 2010, 10:37 PM EDT

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    While the Toronto Maple Leafs can take one point and some positives away from their first defeat of the season to the New York Islanders, the Dallas Stars have plenty to worry about after the Tampa Bay Lightning handed them a humbling (and misleadingly close) 5-4 loss tonight. The Stars were getting away with allowing…

  7. John Tavares spoils Toronto’s perfect start with OT goal

    Oct 18, 2010, 10:12 PM EDT

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    Well, the dream run had to end some time, right? Maybe you can picture a perfect season in football, but in hockey, it’s usually nice to just have a perfect couple weeks. After rushing to an impressive 4-0 season opening run, the Toronto Maple Leafs settled for a “charity point” as John Tavares scored in…

  8. Bruins injury updates: Marc Savard resumes skating, Marco Sturm could be back in ‘next few weeks’

    Oct 18, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

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    The Boston Bruins probably didn’t expect Marc Savard to struggle this much with post-concussion syndrome, but he still faces an extensive journey to return to NHL competition. His progress will have to be measured in baby steps at this point, but at least there seems to be some decent news trickling through about the elite…

  9. Alex Ovechkin answers questions about dream linemates, milk and other fascinating subjects

    Oct 18, 2010, 8:59 PM EDT

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    If you were to construct the ultimate video game scoring line, it might just involve Alex Ovechkin, Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky. Lemieux and Gretzky were Ovechkin’s two choices for dream linemates when prompted by an ESPN reader’s questions as the Washington Capitals superstar did a little Q & A with the network’s resident puckhead…

  10. Marcel Goc out 2-4 weeks; Should Nicklas Backstrom be suspended for boarding hit?

    Oct 18, 2010, 7:47 PM EDT

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    Nashville Predators fans are up in arms after Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom boarded Marcel Goc into the boards. Goc will probably miss between two and four weeks with injuries suffered during the hit, so check out the video and vote in our poll to see if Backstrom’s hit was suspension-worthy.

  11. Today’s Starting Goalies – October 18

    Oct 18, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

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    Whether you’re interested for fantasy hockey reasons or just want to know which goalie your team is playing in a given day, we thought it might be helpful to share our best guesses (based on various previews from newspapers and Web sites plus our own instincts) on who might start each day. Today’s schedule features…

  12. Oilers Tom Gilbert fined for head shot on Flames Matt Stajan

    Oct 18, 2010, 6:31 PM EDT

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    Turns out Shane Doan wasn’t the only one making noise today regarding shots to the head. This time, Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert was fined $2,500 for a head shot delivered to Flames forward Matt Stajan. Gilbert was penalized for interference on the play which earned him a review of the hit by the league. The…

  13. Hurricanes’ Joe Corvo not exactly a fan of their schedule

    Oct 18, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

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    The Carolina Hurricanes start to the year has taken them across half the globe. They began the season playing in Europe, doing exhibition games in Russia and then opening the season against the Wild playing two games in Helsinki, Finland. Since coming back to North America, they’ve gone from Ottawa across to the west coast…

  14. Coyotes Shane Doan suspended for three games for head shot on Dan Sexton

    Oct 18, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT

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    Shane Doan was suspended for three games by the NHL. It’s a good first step for the NHL to show they’re serious about cutting down illegal head shots, but it’s just the first step towards improvement.

  15. Vinny Prospal out 6-8 weeks following knee surgery

    Oct 18, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

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    Rangers playmaking forward Vinny Prospal underwent knee surgery today and the Rangers announced that he’ll be out for 6-8 weeks. Prospal’s injury status has been a bit murky lately, leading to speculation that Prospal could miss a significant amount of time this season and put his career in jeopardy. Instead, there’s a timetable squared away…

  16. Today’s moment of zen: Rick DiPietro’s Hockey Fights Cancer pink goalie pads

    Oct 18, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Do not adjust your eyes, those goalie pads are, indeed, pink and they’re for a good cause too.

  17. Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec will practice this week, may play again soon

    Oct 18, 2010, 12:52 PM EDT

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    Finally there’s more good news for ailing Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec. After Pavelec’s scary fainting spell during the Thrashers first game of the season and subsequent concussion from his fall, he’s been off the ice and not playing as he recovers. Now, according to the Blueland Blog, he’s been medically cleared to start practicing so…

  18. Are the Stars in a bad position with centerman Brad Richards?

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

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    It’s awfully early to go looking ahead towards the off-season at who is going to be an unrestricted free agent, but one of the players that figures to get a lot of attention then if he’s available is Stars forward Brad Richards. Richards is one of the best set-up men in the league, perpetually at…

  19. Coyotes Shane Doan may face discipline for hit on Ducks Dan Sexton

    Oct 18, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

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    Coyotes captain Shane Doan might be getting a call from the NHL about his shot to the head on Ducks forward Dan Sexton.

  20. Around the rink – Monday, October 18th

    Oct 18, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

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    It’s Monday and you’re already upset about that. Don’t worry, hockey’s here for you after you get out of work.

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