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  1. Report: Washington Capitals G Semyon Varlamov should return from IR next week

    Oct 8, 2010, 5:35 PM EST

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    While the Washington Capitals top goalie job certainly isn’t set in stone, it seems like the smart money is on Semyon Varlamov as the “1a” in the rotation. At least to start the season. His stranglehold over the top job is in some danger because the Russian youngster is dealing with injury problems, but Puck…

  2. Report: Nashville Predators place Sergei Kostitsyn on IR because of broken toe

    Oct 8, 2010, 5:10 PM EST

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    Almost every team in the NHL is taking some kind of gamble on a “wild card” or “X-factor” player. Sometimes they’re solid veterans who could make the most of a plum job (see: Mike Comrie in Pittsburgh) or enigmatic talents whose decisions will leave just as many people guessing as their skills (example: Nikolai Zherdev…

  3. Back surgery will sideline Michael Leighton 6-8 weeks; can Sergei Bobrovsky steal top job?

    Oct 8, 2010, 4:05 PM EST

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    Tough injury-related news out of Philadelphia today: the Flyers just announced that goalie Michael Leighton will need surgery on his back. That procedure will keep Leighton out six to eight weeks according to the team. Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren told that goaltender Michael Leighton will have back surgery on Monday, Oct. 11…

  4. Cam Ward wins goalie duel with Niklas Backstrom as Hurricanes beat Wild 2-1

    Oct 8, 2010, 3:40 PM EST

    The Carolina Hurricanes are a team that places an incredible amount of emphasis on the production of two players: goalie Cam Ward and forward Eric Staal. While Staal was snubbed in both games in Finland, Ward is one of the main reasons why the Canes will leave Helsinki with a maximum four out of four…

  5. Los Angeles Kings to push nostalgia buttons on opening night by wearing purple 'retro' jerseys

    Oct 8, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    For a franchise that owns zero Stanley Cups despite being in the league since 1967, the Los Angeles Kings need to occasionally distract their fans with shiny objects. Swanky jerseys are hockey’s version of shiny objects, so perhaps it makes sense that the Kings have featured a handful of stylish jersey options over the years.…

  6. Phoenix Coyotes sign first round D Brandon Gormley to entry-level deal

    Oct 8, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

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    The Phoenix Coyotes signed their first round pick Brandon Gormley today, a player who went 13th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Gormley followed Cam Fowler in the draft this year as an individual who seemed like a “blue chip” guy only to slip out of the top 10 picks. As usual, financial details…

  7. Boston Bruins sign Patrice Bergeron to three-year, $15M extension

    Oct 8, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    Last year, I thought Marc Savard would have a big year for the Boston Bruins in part because he was in a contract year only to see the team sign him to a lucrative (and lengthy) contract extension. Patrice Bergeron was in a similar spot going into this season, but he too will avoid the…

  8. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia features hockey, Flyers in 'Mac's Big Break'

    Oct 8, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    Last night was great enough considering the fact that hockey season started, but I was stunned (and delighted) to see that two of my favorite things collided. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (the best comedy on TV … that’s not on NBC, naturally) acknowledged the NHL’s opening night in its latest episode “Mac’s Big Break.”…

  9. Around the Rink – Previews for October 8

    Oct 8, 2010, 11:50 AM EST

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    All around the hockey world, people are reacting (and often times overreacting) to the first regular season games of 2010-11. It might seem a little silly, but it’s also fantastic to see the return of breathless accounts and meaningful results. Let’s take a look at Day 2 of the 10-11 season, with start times in…

  10. Jordan Eberle's strong debut, Nikolai Khabibulin's shutout help Oilers top Flames 4-0

    Oct 8, 2010, 10:55 AM EST

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    Edmonton Oilers 4, Calgary Flames 0 Last season, you might have been able to summarize the Edmonton Oilers’ many miseries simply by pointing to their record against the Calgary Flames in the so-called Battle of Alberta: 0-6. In the first time in the 29 years the two spirited rivals squared off, the Oil couldn’t manage…

  11. Colorado Avalanche edge Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in overtime

    Oct 8, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    Colorado Avalanche 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3 (OT) Last year, the Colorado Avalanche beat the San Jose Sharks 5-2 and looked impressive. Not only did their speed and Craig Anderson’s solid goaltending keep them in the game, but it didn’t really seem like an accident.That red-hot opener spurred the Avalanche to a quick start that helped…

  12. J.S. Giguere helps Maple Leafs win their first home opener since 2000 against Canadiens

    Oct 7, 2010, 10:25 PM EST

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    Note: We probably won’t recap regular season games individually very often, but this is Hockey Christmas so I thought I’d touch on the two early games separately. Expect a recap post for the 10:00 PM ET games tomorrow morning, though. While a lot of the pressure is on Carey Price in Montreal, the 2010-11 season…

  13. Flyers G Sergei Bobrovsky steals the show as Philadelphia beats Pittsburgh 3-2

    Oct 7, 2010, 9:50 PM EST

    Note: We probably won’t recap regular season games individually very often, but this is Hockey Christmas so I thought I’d touch on the two early games separately. Expect a recap post for the 10:00 PM ET games tomorrow morning, though. There were any number of stars who should have been the story of this game,…

  14. Video: Mario Lemieux blesses the Consol Energy Center ice with water from the Igloo

    Oct 7, 2010, 8:30 PM EST

    The Pittsburgh Penguins opened their new digs (aka the Consol Energy Center) for real tonight, beginning their regular season schedule against cross-state rival the Philadelphia Flyers. (The Flyers are currently up 1-0 thanks to stellar goaltending by surprise starter Sergei Bobrovsky.) While many will be dazzled by the new fangled technology throughout the new arena,…

  15. Today's starting goalies – October 7

    Oct 7, 2010, 6:20 PM EST

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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. (Note: we’ll try…

  16. Flames lineup choices for tonight already causing angst in Calgary

    Oct 7, 2010, 6:14 PM EST

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    The Calgary Flames preparation for the regular season and tonight’s opener against the Edmonton Oilers comes with a few interesting quirks. That is, quirks aside from the ones that brought both Olli Jokinen and Alex Tanguay back to town. The Flames lineup juggling for tonight with the host of injuries the team has dealt with…

  17. Vancouver acquires defenseman Nathan Paetsch from Florida

    Oct 7, 2010, 5:29 PM EST

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    It wouldn’t be an official hockey day without the Panthers and Canucks swinging a trade. Earlier in the off-season, the Panthers and Canucks got together on the deal that sent Keith Ballard to Vancouver in exchange for Michael Grabner and Steve Bernier. Yesterday, the teams got together to swing a deal exchanging enforcers with the…

  18. Chris Pronger will not play tonight against Pittsburgh

    Oct 7, 2010, 5:16 PM EST

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    While it seemed like a long shot from the get go with Chris Pronger coming back from knee surgery, he skated this morning with the team to see if he might, in fact, be able to start tonight against the Penguins. As it turns out, Pronger will need more time to get the knee healthy…

  19. Video: Latendresse scores the first goal of year, Backstrom with ridiculous stick save

    Oct 7, 2010, 3:55 PM EST

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    Sure the Minnesota Wild lost today’s NHL season opener against the Carolina Hurricanes, but if nothing else, they came away the winners in the highlight department. Starting things off, literally, was Guillaume Latendresse scoring the NHL’s first goal of the season. As if that wasn’t enough, halfway through the third period Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom…

  20. Hurricanes kick off 2010-2011 season with 4-3 win over Wild

    Oct 7, 2010, 3:37 PM EST

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    The Hurricanes started off the NHL season just the way they drew it up getting a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. The Hurricanes were fast, often outskated the Wild, and ultimately used that hustle to earn the win. Newly anointed alternate captain Brandon Sutter had two goals for the Hurricanes while Cam Ward stopped…

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