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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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