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  1. Preseason quick recaps: September 23rd

    Sep 24, 2010, 1:00 AM EDT

    Earlier tonight, we touched on the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. If you need a Cliff’s Notes version of that recap, here it is: Taylor Hall was good, Magnus Paajarvi was even better and the Lightning … well, they had some Dan Ellis Problems. Anyway, in case you want to know…

  2. Bob Probert's family donates his brain to researchers studying concussions

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:20 AM EDT

    Enforcers can be some of the most fearsome athletes in all of sports, yet many of them are/were gentle giants off the ice. Bob Probert’s death shook up many people beyond his family as the somewhat troubled but widely beloved pugilist touched many lives. Perhaps his biggest impact could come in a somewhat queasy, but…

  3. Magnus Paajarvi's hat trick steals the show in Taylor Hall's preseason debut

    Sep 23, 2010, 11:45 PM EDT

    While tonight’s Lightning-Oilers game was trumpeted as the preseason debut of Taylor Hall – the top pick of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft – another top Edmonton prospect stole the show. Magnus Paajarvi* took over tonight’s exhibition, scoring a hat trick and adding an assist on an Andrew Cogliano goal to help the Oilers win…

  4. Are the Canucks making a bad gamble by tweaking Roberto Luongo's style?

    Sep 23, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    It’s one thing to tweak the way a hitter swings a baseball bat or to ask a basketball player to stop chucking ill-advised three-point shots, but it’s a whole other beast to ask someone to fundamentally change the way they function when they’ve operated that way up to the professional level. Just look at when…

  5. Ducks owner Henry Samueli doesn't hold grudge against Gary Bettman for 18-month suspension

    Sep 23, 2010, 8:50 PM EDT

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    Sports ownership draws some oddball characters, some of which aren’t always the most … ethical. For every outspoken but ultimately good-for-the-sport rich guy like Mark Cuban there’s an unfortunate case like former Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott. Anaheim Ducks owner Henry Samueli seemed like he was firmly entrenched in that latter group when NHL Commissioner…

  6. Mandi Schwartz receives stem cell transplant to assist her fight against cancer

    Sep 23, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    The last we heard of Mandi Schwartz’s battle with cancer was that a stem cell transplant had been put on hold because she was dealing with infections. Today brought a promising turn of events, though, as Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports that Schwartz finally received the stem cell transplant that doctors hope will revamp her…

  7. Knee-to-knee hit will cost Johan Franzen at least three preseason games

    Sep 23, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    It appears, at least, that Johan Franzen and the Detroit Red Wings face a good news, bad news situation. The good news is that it seems like the fallout of Brooks Oprik’s knee-to-knee hit on the injury prone forward won’t be too severe. The bad news is that he will, in fact, miss time and…

  8. Avalanche forward Peter Mueller out indefinitely with a concussion

    Sep 23, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Bad news for the Colorado Avalanche today as The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater breaks the story. Peter Mueller is out indefinitely with another concussion. He suffered it late in last night’s game and a diagnosis wasn’t made until today. Mueller dealt with concussion issues last season after taking a questionable hit from San Jose’s Rob…

  9. Tonight's pre-season schedule

    Sep 23, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

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    Strap on your favorite jersey with the player on the back that hasn’t played for your team in years, it’s time for your pre-season schedule for the night and there’s another baseball spring training special on the card as two more teams do it up split-squad style. All times listed are Eastern time since we’ve…

  10. What they're saying about HBO's upcoming Winter Classic series

    Sep 23, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

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    With the news breaking early this morning that cable giant HBO would be producing a documentary leading up to the Winter Classic featuring the Penguins and Capitals, it’s only fair that we hear from those who will be involved in everything. The production will be called “24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic” and…

  11. Carey Price and the Habs sound off at booing fans

    Sep 23, 2010, 2:41 PM EDT

    Last night was not a good one for either Carey Price or for the Montreal Canadiens fans who booed him after the Habs 4-2 loss to the Bruins in pre-season action. Losing the perspective that it was a pre-season game to let their without-a-doubt number one goaltender know they weren’t thrilled with his lackluster performance…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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