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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. With Semyon Varlamov on IR, Michal Neuvirth gets the call to start for Washington

    Oct 7, 2010, 3:07 PM EST

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    The Washington Capitals plan to open the season with two young netminders in Semyon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth is one that’s getting plenty of attention around the league. Many feel that the Caps opting to go with young guys from within the organization on a team that’s seemingly very close to winning a Stanley Cup…

  8. Jason Spezza's status in doubt with groin injury

    Oct 7, 2010, 12:55 PM EST

    The beginning of the Ottawa Senators season may be off to a bumpy start. Sens star forward Jason Spezza left practice yesterday with a groin injury and didn’t skate with the team today. His status is in doubt for tomorrow night’s season opener in Ottawa against the Buffalo Sabres. Spezza had a rocky off-season with…

  9. Flyers rookie Sergei Bobrovsky to start against Pittsburgh tonight

    Oct 7, 2010, 12:22 PM EST

    In a surprise move, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette announced that Brian Boucher won’t get the start tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins and will instead run with rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to start tonight. If it seems like a stunning move, it is to a degree, but Bobrovsky played very well in preseason for Philly as…

  10. Report: Bruins to sign enforcer Brian McGrattan

    Oct 7, 2010, 11:50 AM EST

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    f you were thinking the Boston Bruins needed to get a little bit tougher this year, you might not have to worry about that much longer. Jimmy Murphy of ESPN Boston has the low down with the Bruins on the verge of signing enforcer Brian McGrattan. According to a team source, the Boston Bruins have…

  11. Around The Rink – opening day previews

    Oct 7, 2010, 11:18 AM EST

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    It’s here. We all feel like Navin Johnson from the movie “The Jerk” today because we’re hopping around our homes/cubicles saying to ourselves or out loud, “The new season is here! The new season is here!” Never mind the funny looks you get from your peers, this is your day hockey fans and the NHL…

  12. Joe Thornton named San Jose Sharks captain

    Oct 7, 2010, 10:29 AM EST

    They waited until the official start of the new season to do it, but the San Jose Sharks have named a team captain. Unsurprisingly, it’s a guy a lot of folks counted on being the front-runner for the position in Joe Thornton. As for the rest of the captain’s crew, David Pollak of Working The…

  13. High alert off for Penguins fans, Eric Tangradi recalled from ECHL and should play tonight

    Oct 7, 2010, 10:07 AM EST

    Remember last night when we told you about that awkward move last night that lead to Pens prospect Eric Tangradi being sent to the ECHL? Yeah, about that… He was recalled by the Penguins this morning. You can bank on him being in the starting lineup tonight for Pittsburgh as they open the season at…

  14. PHT predicts the 2010-2011 Stanley Cup playoffs

    Oct 7, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    Earlier we told you about how we thought the regular season was going to play out and now it’s time to look at how we think the playoffs will go. Joe says: Eastern Conference quarterfinals Washington over Tampa Bay New Jersey over Montreal Philadelphia over Buffalo Pittsburgh over Boston Eastern Conference semifinals Washington over Philadelphia…

  15. PHT predicts the 2010-2011 regular season

    Oct 7, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for since the Blackhawks lifted the Stanley Cup in June. It’s the start of the regular season. Every day there will be hockey that counts. Every day there will be amazing goals, unbelievable saves, incredible passes, thrilling fights, and completely boneheaded mistakes.And we will enjoy every second of…

  16. Maple Leafs president and CEO loves job Brian Burke has done with team

    Oct 7, 2010, 12:28 AM EST

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    Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president and CEO Richard Peddie was asked for his thoughts on the job Leafs GM Brian Burke is doing with the team, and you have to wonder if maybe Peddie’s underlings are showing him tapes of other teams winning and calling them the Leafs. Shi Davidi of The Globe And…

  17. Awkward salary shuffle gets Penguins prospect Eric Tangradi sent to ECHL

    Oct 6, 2010, 11:46 PM EST

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    While we outlined some of the more interesting starting roster notes of the day earlier, the most eyebrow-raising move of the day came when the Pittsburgh Penguins released their opening day roster and one name was missing from it. While Pens prospect forward Eric Tangradi was mentioned in the press release announcing the roster, it…

  18. Shane O'Brien trashes Canucks coach Alain Vigneault after being traded

    Oct 6, 2010, 11:04 PM EST

    While yesterday’s trade involving Vancouver and Nashville sending defenseman Shane O’Brien to the Predators may not have made waves around the league, Shane O’Brien would not go quietly away from Vancouver just yet. O’Brien, while being quizzed by reporters following the trade got a chance to open up about Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault. Iain…

  19. Thrashers start the season without team captain, opt for three alternates

    Oct 6, 2010, 9:54 PM EST

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    It’s a rarity in the NHL but on occasion a team will sometimes go without a team captain. The Minnesota Wild went without a permanent one for years before choosing Mikko Koivu. The Montreal Canadiens last year went without a captain in the wake of former captain Saku Koivu leaving the team. This year, the…

  20. Former coach Pat Burns continues to laugh over false reports of his death

    Oct 6, 2010, 9:02 PM EST

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    Many folks while stricken with life-threatening illness will sometimes be morose or downbeat about things going on in their lives. It’s understandable to do so, so when you see former three-time Jack Adams Award winning coach Pat Burns yukking it up and having fun at the expense of those seemingly eager to report on his…

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