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  1. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: Edmonton Oilers

    Sep 29, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Last season: (27-47-8, 62 points, 5th in Northwest Division,15th in Western Conference) The Oilers were, hands down, the worst team in the league last year. At no point did they exhibit any hope for their fans and the moment in November when Nikolai Khabibulin went down with a back injury was the moment when the…

  2. Brian Gionta named Montreal Canadiens captain

    Sep 29, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    One of the worst kept secrets in hockey this off-season has finally been revealed in Montreal today. The Canadiens announced that Brian Gionta will become the 28th captain in team history. Joining him as the lettered leaders of the team are defensemen Hal Gill and Andrei Markov who will both wear the “A” this season.…

  3. Preseason quick recaps – September 28th

    Sep 29, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    Here’s the recap of tonight’s preseason action. Soak it in. Washington 3 – Boston 2 Plus: Alex Semin had a goal for Washington. Michael Neuvirth played well for the Caps in goal. Brad Marchand had a goal for Boston. Minus: Alex Ovechkin got a bit grumpy in this one and exchanged some spirited words with…

  4. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: Colorado Avalanche

    Sep 29, 2010, 2:10 AM EDT

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    Last season: (43-30-9, 95 points, 2nd in Northwest Division, 8th in Western Conference) The Avalanche were last year’s Cinderella story of sorts. They got off to a hot start and just kept winning games. Analysts were shocked by this considering how poorly they finished the year before and the fact that they kept getting outplayed…

  5. Oilers' race for backup goalie job up in the air with Khabibulin back

    Sep 29, 2010, 12:01 AM EDT

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    With the reemergence of Nikolai Khabibulin in Edmonton, much in part thanks to him filing an appeal on his drunk driving conviction, the future of Jeff Deslauriers or Devan Dubnyk hangs in the balance. The role to be the backup goalie to Khabibulin is up for grabs and while both Deslauriers and Dubnyk did what…

  6. Nordiques fans to have "Blue March" to show they're serious about NHL again

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:28 PM EDT

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    Quebec City’s renewed vigor for the NHL is a truly fascinating thing. From the stories about how they’re looking to build an NHL-ready arena in the city to replace the vastly outdated Colisée de Quebec to speculating on which teams they think would be most ready to move out of their current home to move…

  7. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: Calgary Flames

    Sep 28, 2010, 8:39 PM EDT

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    Last season: (40-32-10, 90 points, 3rd in Northwest Division, t-9th in Western Conference) The Flames just missed out on the playoffs last year, finishing five points behind Colorado in the standings. For Calgary, times were tough as Jarome Iginla struggled and the team got virtually no secondary scoring. Rene Bourque did his part to help,…

  8. Kris Versteeg goes down in history again, this time for misspelled name on Stanley Cup

    Sep 28, 2010, 7:22 PM EDT

    The Stanley Cup is the world’s most famous sports trophy and part of its legacy is having wild misspellings and even names completely crossed off of it. As the engraving of the Chicago Blackhawks’ names was revealed today, you can add another name to the list of misspellings: Kris Versteeg. The Chicago Sun Times’ Adam…

  9. Tonight's preseason schedule – September 28th

    Sep 28, 2010, 6:57 PM EDT

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    Here’s tonight’s schedule of preseason action. Can you smell it everyone? It’s nearly the end of preseason and October is almost here. Of course, even when October arrives there’ll still be some preseason games left to play. Oh, cruel twist of fate. Anyhow, here’s tonight’s schedule and, as always, times listed are Eastern time because…

  10. 2010-11 NHL season preview: New Jersey Devils

    Sep 28, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Last season: (48-27-7, 103 points, 1st in Atlantic Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference) The New Jersey Devils won another Atlantic Division title while acquiring Ilya Kovalchuk before the trade deadline only to get pounded by the Flyers 4-1 in the first round of the playoffs. Despite winning three Stanley Cups in their history, the post-lockout Devils…

  11. Real-life storm cancels Wednesday's Hurricanes-Panthers preseason game

    Sep 28, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

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    In a moment in which the jokes practically write themselves, the Florida Panthers canceled their exhibition game against the Carolina Hurricanes because of a tropical storm. It was not named Hurricane Staal. Here is the statement via a press release from the NHL. The National Hockey League announced today that the pre-season game between the…

  12. Should the Edmonton Oilers keep Taylor Hall and Magnus Paajarvi in the minors this season?

    Sep 28, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Tyler Dellow of the number-crunching Edmonton Oilers blog mc79 hockey made an interesting (and well-stated) argument for the team to send both Taylor Hall and Magnus Paajarvi down to the minors so they wouldn’t “burn” one of the years on their entry-level contracts. Here is a quick synopsis of his argument, although you should read…

  13. 2010-11 NHL season preview: New York Rangers

    Sep 28, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Last season: (38-33-11, 87 points, 4th in Atlantic Division, 9th in Eastern Conference) The Rangers fell a shootout win short of making the playoffs then watched as the Philadelphia Flyers made it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals. Ouch. The team depended a lot on young players, Marian Gaborik and Henrik Lundqvist and…

  14. Islanders news: Kyle Okposo out indefinitely, team signs Mike Mottau

    Sep 28, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    It’s been a rough week for the hard-luck New York Islanders. First, word broke that Mark Streit will miss six months because of a left shoulder injury. Now Katie Strang of New York Newsday reports that promising young power forward Kyle Okposo is experiencing his own shoulder problems, as he apparently will be “out indefinitely”…

  15. Steven Stamkos among 25 players who endured Gary Roberts' off-season training regimen

    Sep 28, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Professional athletes are always looking for an “edge.” In hockey, it could be adjusting the way you attack on the forecheck or the curve on your stick. Yet, with a lot of people in sports, one thing goes unnoticed: a player’s diet. (Braces for a round of Kyle Wellwood/Martin Brodeur jokes.) TSN’s James Duthie wrote…

  16. Florida Panthers unhappy with Travis Moen's 'cheap shot' punches on Erik Gudbranson

    Sep 28, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    The Montreal Canadiens have plenty of historic rivals, particularly the much-hated Boston Bruins, but the Florida Panthers aren’t one of the teams who come to mind. Yet if the Vancouver Canucks-Chicago Blackhawks feud teaches us anything, it’s that modern tension trumps historic laundry battles when it comes to turmoil. With 122 penalty minutes handed out…

  17. Flyers injury updates: Michael Leighton to miss a month, Ian Laperriere out 'indefinitely'

    Sep 28, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    There are two bits of very bad injury news for the Flyers today, although one might have a more obvious impact than the other. The first news passed along by GM Paul Holmgren is that top goalie Michael Leighton will be sidelined for a month because of his back injury. The second bit of negative…

  18. Move over Shaq; Alex Ovechkin plans to record a song with Eminem

    Sep 28, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Move over Shaq, you have new competition in the potentially-regrettable field of famous athletes becoming recording artists. Russian news outlet Pravda passes along word that Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin will record a song with moderately washed up* rap superstar Eminem. Alexander Ovechkin, a Russian professional ice hockey left winger and captain of the Washington…

  19. 2010-11 NHL season preview: New York Islanders

    Sep 28, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Last season: (34-37-11, 79 points, 5th in Atlantic Division,13th in Eastern Conference) The team was scrappy enough, but really there wasn’t much to write home about beyond an acceptable season for John Tavares. Head coach: Scott Gordon hasn’t had much to work with, but will three failed seasons go unpunished? I don’t know if he’s…

  20. 2010-11 NHL season preview: Philadelphia Flyers

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Last season: (41-35-6, 88 points, 3rd in Atlantic Division, 7th in Eastern Conference) You probably heard the story already if you’re a big hockey fan, but it’s still pretty amazing to think about it. The Flyers went from needing a failed Olli Jokinen shootout attempt on the last day of the season to eek into…

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