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  1. Jay Bouwmeester, Olli Jokinen go up against Florida to cap a night of awkward reunions

    Oct 14, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Jonathan Toews, Jay Bouwmeester

    Perhaps you should keep an eye out for ex-girlfriends and friends-turned-enemies tonight, as there are plenty of awkward reunions this Thursday. Two of the biggest stories of the day center on teams seeing their old heroes, as Mike Modano is playing against the Dallas Stars after suiting up for them for more than 20 years…

  2. Ottawa Senators’ Pascal Leclaire leaves with ‘lower body injury'; Could Brian Elliott be better option anyway?

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:47 PM EDT

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    It’s a good thing that the Ottawa Senators are used to life without Pascal Leclaire – and with backup/1b goalie Brian Elliott – because it looks like the troubled goalie will face yet another injury issue. Leclaire left tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes with a “lower body injury” and won’t return, according to TSN.…

  3. Quick Hits: NHL Network carries Mike Modano’s return to Dallas; Curious Predators scratches

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:23 PM EDT

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    Mike Modano

    Two quick notes for tonight’s games, one of which is already in progress. Mike Modano doesn’t know what kind of reception he will receive during his awkward return to Dallas, as he suits up for the first time against his old team as a Detroit Red Wing tonight. Whether you’re a queasy Dallas Stars fan…

  4. Washington Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov should dress against Nashville Predators this weekend

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

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    While it’s not a guarantee that he will actually play this weekend, things are looking up for Washington Capitals Semyon Varlamov. Coach Bruce Boudreau said he is expected to dress for Saturday’s game against the Nashville Predators, according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post. “Unless something crazy happens tomorrow he’ll be dressing for Saturday’s…

  5. Chicago Blackhawks expect Patrick Kane to miss Friday’s game with ‘an illness’

    Oct 14, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

    Patrick Kane

    You’ve probably heard this borderline cliche before, but it seems to be pretty accurate: the only thing tougher than winning a Stanley Cup is winning it again the next season. The Chicago Blackhawks actually are playing some pretty good hockey so far this season; it just seems like they’ve been just a goal or save…

  6. Carolina Hurricanes expect Sergei Samsonov to return from IR tonight

    Oct 14, 2010, 6:48 PM EDT

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    The Carolina Hurricanes left Helsinki, Finland for the better, even if they might still be a bit bleary-eyed from the long flight and crazy hour change. They went 2-0 and Cam Ward looked sharp, but the biggest beneficiary might just be Sergei Samsonov. He missed those first two games recovering from a preseason injury, but…

  7. Today’s Starting Goalies – October 14

    Oct 14, 2010, 6:16 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. It might be…

  8. Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow talks about Mike Modano’s return

    Oct 14, 2010, 5:21 PM EDT

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    With the return of Mike Modano to Dallas as a member of the Detroit Red Wings, it’s only fair to hear from the captain of the Dallas Stars, Brenden Morrow, to hear his thoughts on the homecoming of a Stars icon.

  9. Pens defenseman Zbynek Michalek out 2-4 weeks with upper-body injury

    Oct 14, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

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    The Penguins will be without the services of defenseman Zbynek Michalek for 2-4 weeks, delivering a tough early-season blow to their blue line corps.

  10. Devils call up three players and lose Mark Fraser 4-6 with broken hand

    Oct 14, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Mark Fraser, Cody McCormick

    With Brian Rolston on LTIR, the Devils can now field a full roster of players… That is as long as they don’t go breaking their hands in a fight like Mark Fraser did.

  11. Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman cleared to play

    Oct 14, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

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    The ailing Ducks defense gets good news today as Toni Lydman has been cleared to play. What’s next for the Ducks lineup now?

  12. Mike Modano not expecting a totally warm welcome back to Dallas

    Oct 14, 2010, 12:21 PM EDT

    Mike Modano

    Mike Modano makes his less-than triumphant return to Dallas and he’s not expecting a warm welcome.

  13. Around The Rink – Thursday, October 14th

    Oct 14, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

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    Here’s a look at today’s NHL action, with a couple of distinctly different homecomings mixed into the bunch.

  14. Simon Gagne set to make emotional return to Philadelphia

    Oct 14, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

    Simon Gagne

    During the off-season when it came time for the Philadelphia Flyers to shed some salary to be able to have some spending flexibility during the summer, there weren’t a lot of candidates to be sent out of town to make it happen. One guy who stood out amongst the pack thanks to having just one…

  15. Nightly recap: Chicago and Pittsburgh remain winless at home, Tampa Bay steals one from Montreal

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:34 PM EDT

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    Joel Ward, David Legwand

    Well, tonight was certainly an odd night of hockey. To steal a phrase from professional wrestling, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators “hooked the tights” to shock their opponents late in games while the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins apparently haven’t seen those Under Armour “must protect this house” commercials (they are a collective…

  16. Martin Brodeur wins goalie duel with Ryan Miller as Devils top Sabres 1-0 in OT

    Oct 13, 2010, 10:24 PM EDT

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    Both Martin Brodeur and Ryan Miller were going through some rare struggles as they went into tonight’s game in Buffalo. Each goalie played a strong game, but Brodeur ended up with the win – and his 111th career shutout – as the New Jersey Devils finally notched a “W.” The Devils and Sabres now share…

  17. Anaheim Ducks need to break penalty-taking habits to snap out of slump

    Oct 13, 2010, 9:54 PM EDT

    Bobby Ryan, Dan Boyle

    The Anaheim Ducks are no strangers to taking a lot of penalties and starting their seasons a little bit slow. Just take a look at the last three seasons and you’ll notice that only the Philadelphia Flyers can compare to the Ducks when it comes to making trips to the penalty box: Most penalties taken…

  18. Philadelphia Flyers-Pittsburgh Penguins game will start early to avoid ‘full conflict’ with Phillies’ playoff game Saturday

    Oct 13, 2010, 9:08 PM EDT

    While sports fans can bicker about which sport is better (“Hockey is faster and more violent!” … “Baseball has tradition and homers!”), it’s kind of nice to see professional sports teams acknowledge the other sports in their city. That’s exactly what the Philadelphia Flyers will do Saturday, as the team will move the start time…

  19. Rangers send Tim Kennedy to AHL to make room for Chris Drury

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:14 PM EDT

    Ray Emery, Tim Kennedy

    With team captain/grossly overpaid center/Little League World Series hero Chris Drury primed to return to the New York Rangers for Friday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, someone had to go. It almost seems natural that Tim Kennedy – a player whose modest arbitration reward was rejected by his former team, the Buffalo Sabres –…

  20. Today’s starting goalies – October 13

    Oct 13, 2010, 6:30 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. There are six…

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