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DiPietro gets first action of season in shootout

Thursday, 10.27.2011 / 11:13 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- A strange thing happened on the way to a shootout on Thursday at Consol Energy Center -- New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano decided to replace starter Evgeni Nabokov with Rick DiPietro.
 
Strange because Nabokov looked sharp in turning aside 30 shots, including three tremendous stops in the overtime. But the 36-year-old goalie apparently was feeling the effects of a lingering lower-body injury suffered at some point in the opening period and decided to call it a night prior to the tiebreaker. Nabokov has a record of 19-21 in shootouts during his 11 seasons in the League.
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Shero psyched to bring Draft to Pittsburgh

Thursday, 10.27.2011 / 7:39 PM / NHL Insider

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Ray Shero has been part of a franchise that hosted an NHL Draft before, as an assistant general manager to David Poile with the Nashville Predators in 2003.

Shero, the general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins since 2006, will get that opportunity again this coming June, as the announcement was made Thursday that the Consol Energy Center will play host to the 2012 Draft.

Shero and team president David Morehouse appeared as guests on Thursday night's "NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman" to discuss perhaps the biggest day in Pittsburgh sports since the Penguins hosted the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field on Jan. 1.
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Ducks try to see positives in lengthy road trip

Thursday, 10.27.2011 / 4:15 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

"There's nothing you can really do. You just keep rolling with it. It is a good time with the guys, obviously you get to know them more. For me it is still a new team so it is good in that respect, but other than that you just keep going."
-- Andrew Cogliano

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Western Conference teams in the NHL spend a lot of time on the road -- geography dictates it more than anything else.

That said, the Anaheim Ducks are in the early stages of a journey that is quite long even for their standards -- seven games in 13 days in two different time zones against teams from four different divisions.

"Thirteen days is a long one," Anaheim forward Matt Beleskey said. "You've got to have a couple suits, and then the way I eat I've got to have a couple shirts, too. It is a little difficult, but most of the time you're in your suit so there's not a whole lot of other packing to do other than dress shirts and a couple suits. You try and pack as light as possible, especially when you're switching cities every other night."
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Ex-Sharks Heatley, Setoguchi settling in with Wild

Thursday, 10.27.2011 / 3:34 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi have settled in to their new home here in the Twin Cities, but which line they will end up on for the long-term remains a work in progress.

Heatley and Setoguchi arrived with the Minnesota Wild this summer in separate trades from the San Jose Sharks, and spent the first eight games of the season on the team’s top line together with Mikko Koivu in between them.

The duo has combined for five goals in eight games, but Koivu has none and the team has only 16 total, so coach Mike Yeo will split his two ex-Sharks up Thursday night when they face the Anaheim Ducks at Xcel Energy Center. Setoguchi will skate with Matt Cullen and Pierre-Marc Bouchard, while Cal Clutterbuck will join Heatley and Koivu.

"It happens. You never know," Setoguchi said. "When things aren’t going well -- I mean our power play is 29th in the League and our line hasn’t been doing extremely well -- you just switch it up and try to find the chemistry in order to produce. It is not like [Cullen] and [Bouchard] are bad players by any means. It is going to be a process, but we have to try to find chemistry and it is not just going to happen like that. I played with the same guys [in San Jose] for four years. [Ryan] Getzlaf, [Corey] Perry and [Bobby] Ryan have played together for four years now. It takes time and once it happens, it happens."
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Koivu brothers set to meet for 10th time

Thursday, 10.27.2011 / 2:46 PM / NHL Insider

David Kalan - NHL.com Staff Writer

The occasion of brothers facing off in the NHL is far from unusual, and the NHL schedule has delivered a rash of those games lately.

Last week alone saw the first-ever NHL meetings between Chris and Anthony Stewart and Brayden and Luke Schenn, and while those four have officially begun their career-long battles for NHL bragging rights, if they want any indication of how they should handle their family rivalries they might want to direct their attention on Minnesota tonight, when Mikko Koivu of the Wild and Saku Koivu of the Ducks will face off for the 10th time in their NHL careers.

The brothers from Turku, Finland, have had many memories on the ice together, from the Olympics, where both of them suited up for the national team in 2006 and 2010, to being on opposite benches in the NHL. There is a notable age difference between the two -- Saku is more than eight years Mikko's senior -- so their number of matchups may be fewer than most, but with Saku approaching the latter stages of his career as he turns 37 next month, it is almost certain that the pair has more games against each other behind them than in front of them.

Saku and Mikko have both proven dependable centers over the course of their respective careers and while Saku's career totals exceed Mikko's significantly at this point, the two have been productive at an eerily similar rate. Saku's 741 career points over 15-plus seasons with Montreal and Anaheim have come at a rate of roughly .78 points per game. In 441 career games, all with Minnesota, Mikko has 320 points, which have come at a rate of .72 points per game -- meaning should Mikko play as long as Saku does, he's likely to end his career in the same neighborhood.
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Numerous rookies making their push to stay put

Thursday, 10.27.2011 / 1:18 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Anaheim Ducks coach Randy Carlyle knows the rules concerning players on their entry-level contracts and how many games they can play in the NHL before teams have to make decisions on whether those players stay or are sent back to their junior teams.

But when it comes to his player, power forward Devante Smith-Pelly, he's tossing those numbers in the trash for a more empirical look.

"We try to do an analysis," Carlyle told the Orange County Register. "Is he making a contribution to our group? He's been a steady player. He's had some ups and downs. He's been in some situations where he does excel at if he stays on the body and plays that neat and tidy game."
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Former NHLer Quinn finds new focus: golf

Wednesday, 10.26.2011 / 8:00 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

It's not often that golfing legend Ernie Els, or Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, gets overshadowed on the gold course.

But, Dan Quinn, the former NHL player, pulled off that impressive feat in July, a feat made more amazing by the fact that Quinn was caddying for Els at the time.

But, it happened.
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Home at last, Rangers settle in to new Garden digs

Wednesday, 10.26.2011 / 2:50 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Brandon Dubinsky finally had a chance Tuesday to wake up in his own bed, walk to his local grocery store, purchase whatever he wanted to eat, and go back to his apartment to cook it. He didn't have to wear a suit, and when he was finished with dinner he didn't have to lie back in his bed to watch television.

The little things in life never felt so good for the New York Rangers forward.

"That was refreshing," Dubinsky told NHL.com Wednesday from inside the Rangers' new dressing room at Madison Square Garden. "I could sit on the couch rather than lying in a bed. All those things made it feel better."
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Kane continues Savard's spin-o-rama legacy

Wednesday, 10.26.2011 / 10:06 AM / NHL Insider

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Patrick Kane
Right Wing - CHI
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 8
SOG: 29 | +/-: 4
Patrick Kane had a night to remember Tuesday night; and, in the process, brought back memories of Chicago Blackhawks star Denis Savard.

During regulation, Kane had magical assists on both Chicago goals and then scored the winning goal in the shootout as Chicago defeated Anaheim, 3-2, Tuesday night at the United Center.

After the game, though, all anyone -- including Kane -- wanted to talk about was Kane's spin-o-rama pass on a goal by Marian Hossa that evoked memories of Chicago legend Savard in his prime.
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Malkin looks sharp in return to Penguins' lineup

Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 10:41 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- One half of the Pittsburgh Penguins' superstar tandem was back on the ice Tuesday night.

Evgeni Malkin, who missed five straight games and seven of the last eight due to soreness in his surgically repaired right knee, received 19:19 of ice time and recorded three shots on goal in the Pens' 3-0 win against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Malkin participated in the morning skate and felt fine afterwards. It was determined just before the game that he'd be in the lineup for the first time since Oct. 13, when he notched a pair of assists in Pittsburgh's 3-2 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals.

"It feels good," Malkin said after being held without a point for the first time in four appearances this season. "My knee feels pretty good right now. The team played solid. We had lots of scoring chances. Maybe next game, I try to score. But we win and it's two points and that's good for the team."
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I'm hoping Bob [Murray] didn't go out and get Dany Heatley just to get someone. I'm sure he's excited and motivated.

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