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  1. Red Wings unhappy with Brooks Orpik's knee-on-knee hit on Johan Franzen

    Sep 23, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

    Consider tensions escalated between the seemingly bitter rivals in Detroit and Pittsburgh. Familiarity breeds contempt for sure, but the two teams saw business pick up a bit in their pre-season game last night when Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik connected with a knee-on-knee collision with Red Wings forward Johan Franzen. The hit resulted in Franzen getting a…

  2. Report: League unhappy with Nick Boynton's "throat slash" gesture

    Sep 23, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    In case you missed it in our recap of last night’s pre-season action, Blackhawks defenseman Nick Boynton got himself in a little bit of trouble. After delivering a highly-questionable knee-on-knee hit to Lightning forward Chris Durno, Lightning teammate Blair Jones grabbed Boynton to settle things via fisticuffs. After the fight concluded, Boynton, while being hauled…

  3. Is it Kyle Turris' time to shine in Arizona?

    Sep 23, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

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    If you didn’t know better, you’d think that former Coyotes first round pick Kyle Turris had already busted out of the NHL. He made his NHL debut in 2007-2008 after leaving the University of Wisconsin after one season. It was clear that Turris was rushed and in 2008-2009 he played 63 games for the Coyotes…

  4. Wild play at home in front of non-sellout crowd for first time ever, hysteria ensues

    Sep 23, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Who says history doesn’t happen in the preseason? The Minnesota Wild managed to do something in their 5-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues that they’ve never done before. They managed to not play the game in front of a sellout crowd. With an announced crowd of 16,219 it marked the first time in franchise…

  5. HBO to produce documentary series based around Capitals and Penguins in the Winter Classic

    Sep 23, 2010, 2:38 AM EDT

    Are you ready for some uncensored, behind the scenes NHL action? You’d better be because cable network HBO is going to be jumping head-long into the league to produce a documentary series based around the Penguins and Capitals playing in the Winter Classic this winter. Seth Rorabaugh of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette breaks the news on…

  6. Pre-season quick recaps – September 22nd

    Sep 23, 2010, 1:55 AM EDT

    Here’s your recap of tonight’s pre-season action. Please try to contain your excitement reading these scores and remember, nothing actually counts. It’s nice to have hockey to talk about at least. Pittsburgh 5 – Detroit 1 Plus: New Penguins Mike Comrie, Brett Sterling, and Ryan Craig all made great first impressions in the first game…

  7. Habs goalie Carey Price gives up four goals in first eight shots, gets booed off the ice

    Sep 22, 2010, 11:06 PM EDT

    Signs you know hockey means something different in Montreal: Your starting goaltender gets booed off the ice in his first start in a pre-season game. Habs netminder Carey Price stopped six out of ten shots he faced in the 30 minutes he played against the Bruins in a 4-2 loss in Montreal tonight and was…

  8. Johan Franzen leaves tonight's game with "charley horse"

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:27 PM EDT

    Detroit’s Johan Franzen left tonight’s game with what the team is calling a “charley horse” after a knee-on-knee collision with Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik. If you think that didn’t cause a fracas, you’d be wrong. Then, after Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik committed a kneeing penalty at 18:17 on Franzen, Orpik and Todd Bertuzzi went at…

  9. Stars 2010 first round pick Jack Campbell sent back to his junior team

    Sep 22, 2010, 9:38 PM EDT

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    While it’s not surprising at all it’s news that we should keep you updated on. Team USA 2010 World Junior Championships star and Dallas Stars 2010 first round pick Jack Campbell was sent back to his junior team in Windsor today. Campbell is a guy with a lot of hope attached to him and we’ll…

  10. Isles prospect Kirill Kabanov oversleeps again, earns bag skate and criticism

    Sep 22, 2010, 8:19 PM EDT

    New York Islanders 2010 third round pick Kirill Kabanov is having a training camp to forget. On the first day of rookie camp, Kabanov over-slept and was held off the ice from workouts. Now with the rest of the NHL vets in place and working out, Kabanov has done it again and over-slept causing him…

  11. Ron Wilson and Brian Burke won't 'dumb down' games by resorting to a neutral zone trap

    Sep 22, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    If there are three constants of the Ron Wilson-Brian Burke Era, they would be chaos, defeat and a mind numbing amount of goals allowed. Some might lay all the blame at the feet of beleaguered former goalie Vesa Toskala, but chances are that we’ll look back at the Finnish netminder as a scapegoat who received…

  12. Calgary Flames announce that Matt Stajan will be out indefinitely with a separated shoulder

    Sep 22, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

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    The Calgary Flames have been weak at center for ages, but things might get downright ugly for the team’s pivots to begin the 2010-11 season. We already passed along reports that the outlook is not very good for gritty two-way forward Daymond Langkow, but the team shared some disconcerting news about their other top center,…

  13. Sergei Kostitsyn tries to turn his career around with the Nashville Predators

    Sep 22, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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    One of the lessons people can take away from professional sports such as hockey is that raw skill alone doesn’t make someone successful. The game’s greatest players are often highly driven, courageous, hard-working and consistent. If all that mattered was his blinding speed and impressive puck skills, Sergei Kostitsyn would at least be a useful…

  14. Is it 'only a matter of time' until the Washington Capitals win a Stanley Cup?

    Sep 22, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Swagger is a great – if intangible – thing for a sports team to have. It’s not just a clever marketing slogan to sell Old Spice. Still, there’s a fine line between being confident and laughably puffing out your chest. You’d think the Washington Capitals would learn to bite their tongues a little bit more…

  15. Tyler Myers isn't worried about a sophomore slump

    Sep 22, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Going into last season, the odds-on favorite for the Calder Trophy seemed to be John Tavares. Though he had a solid year, he didn’t even earn one of the top three nominations for the award as Jimmy Howard, Matt Duchene and Calder winner Tyler Myers earned that honor. Many didn’t see Myers coming … figuratively,…

  16. Washington Capitals sign G Michal Neuvirth to a two-year contract extension

    Sep 22, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    The Washington Capitals decided to pass on the free agent goalie market this summer, opting to go with two young system goalies in Michal Neuvirth and Semyon Varlamov. Varlamov might be the more accomplished of the two goalies – at least from an NHL experience standpoint – but the Capitals decided to extend Neuvirth’s contract…

  17. Contract years will affect last year's top scorers

    Sep 22, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    We all have different philosophies about what drives success and results in sports. One thing that always dominates my predictions is contract years. Going by the Gordon Gekko principle of “Greed is good,” I often assume that a great player will be even better with that financial carrot dangling. It’s not always true (just look…

  18. The AHL adopts NHL's rule changes on tiebreakers, hits to the head

    Sep 22, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    One of the great things about the AHL – and minor league hockey, in general – is how different the games can be from the ones you’ll see in the NHL. That being said, one would prefer the large group of potential NHLers to play by as many of the same rules as possible. NHL.com…

  19. Preseason Schedule for Wednesday, Sept. 22

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

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    Tuesday opened up the preseason schedule with nine games, but today’s slate of games isn’t a pushover either. Let’s take a look at who’s playing today, beginning with which contests will appear on the U.S. version of NHL Network. The full U.S. NHL Network schedule can be found here. (All times listed as ET) (actual…

  20. Your morning moment of zen: Jay Rosehill pounds Zack Smith

    Sep 22, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Pre-season NHL action isn’t usually something to get overly excited about. Sure, we’ve got you covered with quick recaps of last night’s action but what else is better to get you in the mood for hockey season than a good ‘ol fashioned slobberknocker. Thankfully, the Maple Leafs and Senators obliged us by having Toronto heavyweight…

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