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Posted On Tuesday, 10.11.2011 / 3:55 PM

By Compiled By -  NHL.com Staff /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Hot memories of Ottawa for Wild

The Minnesota Wild doesn't travel to Ottawa very often, but their most recent trip prior to today's visit was a memorable one -- for all the wrong reasons.

On Dec. 17, 2009, the day before their game, a blow torch left in a bag ignited and destroyed 95 percent of the Wild's gear.

Thanks to hard work from a pair of equipment managers, they were able to get back to Minnesota, round up enough gear and get back to Ottawa in time for the morning skate, which at least allowed the players a bit of practice time a chance to get used to their equipment.

"It's not the way you want to prepare for a game, but the trainers did an unbelievable job to even make this game possible," goalie Niklas Backstrom said following the loss. He was wearing replacement gear after most of his original equipment was burned in the fire.
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Posted On Saturday, 10.08.2011 / 3:04 PM

By Compiled By -  NHL.com Staff /NHL.com - 2011 NHL Face-Off Blog

Expected lineups for Penguins, Flames

The Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins are set to face off Saturday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Based on this morning's practices, here are the expected forward lines and defense pairings for each team:


FLAMES

Alex TanguayDavid MossJarome Iginla
Curtis GlencrossOlli JokinenLee Stempniak
Niklas HagmanRoman HorakRene Bourque
Tom KostopoulosMatt StajanTim Jackman

Mark GiordanoScott Hannan
Chris ButlerJay Bouwmeester
Anton BabchukCory Sarich

Miikka Kiprusoff is expected to get the start in goal with Henrik Karlsson serving as the backup.

PENGUINS
Steve Sullivan - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Chris Kunitz - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
Matt Cooke - Mark Letestu - Pascal Dupuis
Craig Adams - Joe Vitale - Arron Asham

Kris Letang - Deryk Engelland
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Matt Niskanen - Ben Lovejoy

Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to get the start in goal with Brent Johnson serving as the backup.
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Posted On Saturday, 10.08.2011 / 12:49 PM

By Compiled By -  NHL.com Staff /NHL.com - 2011 NHL Face-Off Blog

Expected lineups for Maple Leafs, Senators

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators are set to face off Saturday in the second game of each team's season. Based on this morning's practices, here are the expected forward lines and defense pairings for each team:

MAPLE LEAFS
Frattin-Grabovski-Kulemin
Lupul-Bozak-Kessel
Armstrong-Steckel-Dupuis
Brown-Lombardi-Orr
 
Gunnarsson-Phaneuf
Liles-Schenn
Gardiner-Komisarek
 
James Reimer is expected to start in goal with Jonas Gustavsson backing up.

SENATORS
Michalek - Spezza - Filatov
Greening - Zibanejad - Alfredsson
Foligno  - Da Costa  - Neil
Condra - Smith - Konopka
 
Phillips - Lee
Cowen - Gonchar
Kuba - Karlsson
 
Craig Anderson is expected to start in goal with Alex Auld backing up.



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Posted On Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 3:38 PM

By Compiled By -  NHL.com Staff /NHL.com - The Sabres take Germany

Sabres crush Adler Mannheim8-3 in exhibition

Tyler Ennis scored twice as the Buffalo Sabres rolled to a 8-3 victory against Adler Mannheim in Germany on Tuesday night.

Thomas Vanek, Christian Ehrhoff, Jason Pominville, Ville Leino, Luke Adam and Brad Boyes scored for the Sabres, who will head to Helsinki to take on the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

Jhonas Enroth picked up the win in net.

Yannic Seidenberg, Mike Glumac and Jamie Sifers scored for Adler Mannheim. Glumac also had an assist.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 2:55 PM

By Compiled By -  NHL.com Staff /NHL.com - The Sabres take Germany

What do you know, the Sabres have scored again

Well, it looks as though Adler Mannheim won't be taking this game to a shootout.

Thomas Vanek has given the Sabres a 6-2 lead in the second period by deflecting a pass from in tight. As long as the Sabres can avoid injuries, this one is going to be a win all around.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 2:43 PM

By Compiled By -  NHL.com Staff /NHL.com - The Sabres take Germany

Adler cuts the lead to two

Jamie Sifers of Adler Mannheim has pulled his team to within 4-2 of the Buffalo Sabres. He converted a cross-ice pass from Mike Glumac that eluded Jhonas Enroth.

Just like Adler did against the Sharks last year, they pulled former NHL goalie Fred Brathwaite midway through the second period, replacing him with backup Felix Bruckmann.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 2:28 PM

By Compiled By -  NHL.com Staff /NHL.com - The Sabres take Germany

Sabres, Adler trade goals at start of second period

After Yannic Seidenberg pulled Adler Mannheim to within 3-1, Brad Boyes responded quickly to make 4-1 in favor of the Sabres.

Jhonas Enroth got the start in net for the Sabres.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 2:04 PM

By Compiled By -  NHL.com Staff /NHL.com - The Sabres take Germany

Sabres pouring it on against Adler Mannheim

Luke Adam's power-play goal late in the first period has given the Sabres a 3-0 lead in Mannheim.

This performance by Adler Mannheim is a far cry from last season's exhibition game against the San Jose Sharks, who had to rally in a shootout to win 3-2. The Sharks were actually trailing in the shootout and down to their final shooter before Ryane Clowe tied it and Dan Boyle won it in the fourth round.

Through 20 minutes, it's all Sabres.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 1:55 PM

By Compiled By -  NHL.com Staff /NHL.com - The Sabres take Germany

Not a duplicate post: Ennis scores again

Abour four minutes after scoring on a breakaway, Tyler Ennis banged home a rebound to give the Sabres a 2-0 lead on Adler Mannheim in the first period.

If Ennis can continue this pace throughout the season, he will set an NHL record with 4,000 goals, give or take.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 1:45 PM

By Compiled By -  NHL.com Staff /NHL.com - The Sabres take Germany

Ennis puts Sabres up 1-0

In their exhibition game with Adler Mannheim, the Buffalo Sabres struck first.

Tyler Ennis scored on a breakaway during the first period to put the Sabres ahead 1-0. The goal came at 7:18 and not longer after the Sabres killed a penalty to defenseman Christian Ehrhoff.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 1:21 PM

By Compiled By -  NHL.com Staff /NHL.com - The Sabres take Germany

Sabres close preseason vs. Adler Mannheim

The Buffalo Sabres will close their preseason with a game in Mannheim, Germany, against German club team Adler Mannheim.

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff told the team's website goalie Jhonas Enroth likely will play the entire game.

Mannheim native Jochen Hecht will not play due to lingering concussion symptoms. However, he could still be part of the pre-game festivities.

Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff leads the team in scoring in the preseason with 2 goals and 3 assists in four games.
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Posted On Friday, 07.01.2011 / 1:37 PM

By Compiled By -  NHL.com Staff /NHL.com - Free Agency '11 Blog

Flames add to defense, ink Butler for two years

The Calgary Flames signed defenseman Chris Butler on Friday to a two-year contract worth a reported $2.5 million.

Butler, 24, played all three of his NHL seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, posting 5 goals and 31 assists in 155 games.

Calgary acquired Butler, a restricted free agent, along with Paul Bryon on a draft day trade with the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Robyn Regehr, Ales Kotalik and Calgary’s second pick in the 2012 Entry Draft.
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Posted On Friday, 06.24.2011 / 9:26 PM

By Compiled By -  NHL.com Staff /NHL.com - 2011 Entry Draft blog

CHL again dominates top of draft

For the second year in a row, there's a run on Canadian Hockey League players at the top of the NHL Entry Draft.

Ten of the first 13 players taken in the first round Friday night play in one of the CHL's three leagues. That includes center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the No. 1 pick from Red Deer of the Western Hockey League, the fifth consecutive CHL player taken with the first selection in the draft.

The three non-CHL players taken in the first 12 all played in Sweden this past season: Defenseman Adam Larsson (No. 4 to New Jersey), forward Mika Zibanejad (No. 6 to Ottawa) and defenseman Jonas Brodin (No. 10 to Minnesota).

Not all of the CHL players taken were Canadian.

Gabriel Landeskog, taken No. 2 by Colorado, is Swedish but plays for Kitchener in the Ontario Hockey League, and Sven Baertschi, taken 13th by Calgary, is a Swiss player who plays for Portland in the WHL. Sean Couturier, taken by Philadelphia with the eighth pick, was born in Phoenix but played for Team Canada at the World Junior Championship.

Jamie Oleksiak, a defenseman who plays at Northeastern University, was the first non-CHL North American player taken when he went to the Dallas Stars at No. 14. J.T. Miller, a left wing with the U.S. National Team Development Program, went No. 15 to the New York Rangers.

Last year, the first eight players taken in the draft all played in the CHL -- Mikael Granlund, who played in Finland, was the first non-CHL player taken when he went No. 9 to Minnesota.
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Posted On Friday, 06.03.2011 / 8:46 PM

By Compiled By -  NHL.com Staff /NHL.com - Stanley Cup Final: Canucks vs. Bruins

Congressmen celebrate Bruins' trip to Final

Reps. Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts celebrated the Boston Bruins participation in the Stanley Cup Final at the Samuel Adams statue on Friday.

Both Congressmen represent the City of Boston and are founding members of the Congressional Hockey Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers who support youth hockey in America, particularly programs for disadvantaged and disabled youth who might not otherwise be able to afford to play hockey -- including support for the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone and NHL Street  programs, as well as USA Hockey's youth hockey initiatives.
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What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.

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