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  1. Starting Goalies – October 30

    Oct 30, 2010, 5:50 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. 7:00 PM ET…

  2. Around the Rink – Saturday, October 30

    Oct 30, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

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    There’s a whopping 14 games today, so these previews will be a little shorter than usual. All start times are Eastern (ET). 7:00 pm Boston @ Ottawa Check out this nugget: Tim Thomas is the first Bruins goalie to go 5-0 since Tiny Thompson did it in the 1937-38 season. Gotta love those old nicknames,…

  3. Andrei Markov set to return for the Habs tonight

    Oct 30, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

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    Some might say that the team is better off without him, at least if they just look at wins and losses. They made the playoffs with him playing hurt or missing games completely, then beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the playoffs after Matt Cooke sidelined him with a vicious but clean…

  4. Report: Devils will retire Scott Niedermayer’s No. 27 this season

    Oct 30, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Scott Niedermayer might not be the last New Jersey Devils defenseman to wear No. 27 – former Devil Mike Mottau oddly wore it after Niedermayer went to the Anaheim Ducks – but the team reportedly plans on retiring his number now that his playing days are over with the NHL. The New Jersey Devils will…

  5. Injury updates: Jason Spezza, Kris Versteeg should be back tonight

    Oct 30, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

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    There’s been a mix of good (Ondrej Pavelec) and bad (Bryan Little) injury news so far today, but here are two new positive bits from Canadian teams. First, word from the Ottawa Senators is that dynamic center Jason Spezza should be back after missing four games with a groin injury, according to TSN. Ottawa is…

  6. Bryan Little suffers concussion, facial lacerations from Shaone Morrisonn hit last night

    Oct 30, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

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    While I haven’t been able to find an “official” video of the hit (click here for a Youtube version), Buffalo Sabres defenseman Shaone Morrisonn delivered a check on Atlanta Thrashers forward Bryan Little that left the former 30-goal scorer with a concussion and facial lacerations. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution passed along the report.…

  7. Ondrej Pavelec will get his first start since the collapse tonight

    Oct 30, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

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    We’ve speculated that Ondrej Pavelec might start for the first time since that scary collapsing incident (and the concussions that resulted from it) this week, but it seems just about official. Chris Vivlamore reports that he will indeed start instead of Chris Mason tonight. Mason won his last two starts, including Friday’s game against the…

  8. A gallery of NHL-themed pumpkin designs

    Oct 30, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

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    Sure, Halloween is technically on Sunday, but tonight is the REAL Halloween for many. Chances are you’re having your most raucous night of the “Halloweekend” tonight without the threat of work or school. While carving pumpkins isn’t exactly rock star behavior, it’s one of the most beloved traditions associated with this candy-packed holiday. If you’re…

  9. Saves of the Night – Sergei Bobrovsky (October 29)

    Oct 30, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Sergei Bobrovsky and the Philadelphia Flyers beat Marc-Andre Fleury and the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second time in the Consol Energy Center, only allowing one goal in last night’s game. The first video (above) shows Bobrovsky making an outstanding save on Sidney Crosby, who was primed to shoot from a “goal scorer’s spot.” The second…

  10. Goal of the Night: Dustin Byfuglien (October 29)

    Oct 30, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

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    As I wrote last night, things are working well for the Atlanta Thrashers and Dustin Byfuglien so far. He has nine points in 10 games, including four goals and a whopping three game-winners already. He made the shaky Buffalo Sabres defense look silly in overtime, deking his way through traffic to score a beauty against…

  11. Devils squeeze out much-needed win against Ducks 2-1

    Oct 30, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    The New Jersey Devils haven’t been themselves this year, but for at least one night, they played like the Devils of old. They won a low-scoring, low-shot game over the Anaheim Ducks last night, in one of those contests that someone had to win. New Jersey 2, Anaheim 1 This outcome basically brings the Ducks…

  12. Video: Edmonton Oilers score three goals in 1:09

    Oct 30, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

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    I’ve heard of scoring in bunches, but the Oilers really took the cake last night. In the span of a minute (OK, 1:09), Edmonton scored three goals. Ales Hemsky scored first, then Jordan Eberle really dazzled and Sam Gagner finished things off to give the team a 4-1 lead. The Oilers eventually beat the defending…

  13. Nightly recap – Friday, October 29

    Oct 29, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

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    We’ll recap the desperate late game between the ailing New Jersey Devils and the struggling Anaheim Ducks tomorrow morning or afternoon. In the mean time, here’s a summary of the five other games on the NHL slate tonight. Montreal 3, NY Islanders 1 Alex Auld proved that he’s one of the better backups in the…

  14. The Dustin Byfuglien experiment is working out well so far for the Atlanta Thrashers

    Oct 29, 2010, 11:11 PM EDT

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    Many people questioned the kind of impact Dustin Byfuglien would have for the Atlanta Thrashers, but he’s been a huge force for the team so far this season.

  15. Fair or not, Pittsburgh Penguins cannot ignore goalie controversy

    Oct 29, 2010, 10:33 PM EDT

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    Brent Johnson is 4-0-1 while big money starter Marc-Andre Fleury is an abysmal 1-5. Is it early season luck or should Johnson be given more playing time? Click read more for an in-depth look at the two Penguins’ goalies.

  16. Ray Emery skates for the first time since last spring, hopes to make NHL comeback

    Oct 29, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

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    Some people thought that Ray Emery would never play hockey again after a rough hip injury, but the eccentric puckstopper hopes to return to the ice some day.

  17. Vancouver Canucks players visit children’s hospital, help kids carve pumpkins

    Oct 29, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

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    I’ve said it before when discussing the many charitable promotions hockey players take part in, but it never gets old to see professional athletes take the time – rather than just spending money – to help others. You’ll see these kind of events pick up around Thanksgiving, Christmas and more traditionally charitable holidays, but it’s…

  18. Good news for fans of local hockey broadcasts: Dish Network and FOX reach deal

    Oct 29, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

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    Good news for hockey fans whose hockey-related needs are covered by regional Fox networks in many markets: satellite TV providers Dish Network and Fox came to an agreement on a deal after failing to reach a compromise on October 1. Dish Network Corp. customers will continue to be able to watch baseball’s World Series on…

  19. Flames defenseman Mark Giordano signs five-year contract extension

    Oct 29, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

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    Today it was a good day to be Flames defenseman Mark Giordano.  Today, Flames GM Darryl Sutter signed the 27 year-old potential unrestricted free agent to a five-year extension with the Calgary Flames worth, according to CapGeek, $20.1 million. For Giordano, it’s a huge commitment from the Flames and after his breakout season last year,…

  20. Today’s Starting Goalies – October 29

    Oct 29, 2010, 6:18 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. 7:00 PM ET…

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