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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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Pacioretty's injury another obstacle for reeling Habs

Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 6:22 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Que. -- The news just continues to get worse for the Montreal Canadiens.

Looking to end an historic season-opening slump, the Canadiens will be without leading scorer Max Pacioretty when they host the high-octane Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

Pacioretty did not practice with his teammates Tuesday after suffering an upper body injury -- TSN and RDS are reporting that he has ligament to his wrist but won't need surgery -- in Montreal's 2-1 loss to the Florida Panthers one night earlier. While  coach Jacques Martin could not give a definitive update on Pacioretty's condition because he was due to have medical tests done later in the day, he did confirm that arguably his best winger would not play against Philadelphia.

"Max was playing really well and had quite a traumatic injury last year," Canadiens forward Michael Cammalleri said. "It's unfortunate to see him get hurt."
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Avs hope new linemates help Duchene shake funk

Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 6:18 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Colorado Avalanche coach Joe Sacco is banking on new linemates to help rejuvenate Matt Duchene, who has gotten off to his customary slow start.

The third-year center skated with left wing Joakim Lindstrom and right wing Chuck Kobasew at practice on Tuesday. The trio will be together Wednesday night when the Avalanche visits Calgary for its first Northwest Division game.

"I just think it's going to be an effective line for us," Sacco said. "I think it's an opportunity for that line to mesh together. We're going to try that line and see how it goes."
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Carlyle making sure he has his Ducks in order

Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 3:35 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The season might just be seven games old for the Anaheim Ducks, but that isn't too early to hold some team meetings.

After dropping back-to-back home games on Friday and Sunday against Pacific Division foes, the Ducks want to make sure they're all on the same page heading into Tuesday night's game at the United Center against the Chicago Blackhawks (4-1-2).

Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle held pre-practice meetings with the Ducks' defensemen followed by a separate meeting with the forwards and then a third meeting with the entire team following Tuesday's morning skate. The main emphasis?

"I met with the two groups and we just went over some of the things that have been transpiring in the last couple games," said Carlyle, who will be coaching his 500th NHL game -- all with the Ducks. "Some of the things are things that ail us as a hockey club and we won't have a chance for success unless we correct them. That's just a matter of fact." 
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Decision time looms for 2011 picks playing in NHL

Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 3:27 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Philadelphia Flyers rookie center Sean Couturier said he isn't crossing days off his calendar, but for him and four other players taken in the 2011 Entry Draft still playing in the NHL, they're entering the most crucial week of their young NHL careers.

All five players -- Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog, New Jersey's Adam Larsson, Ottawa's Mika Zibanejad and Couturier -- are scheduled to play their ninth games this week, meaning their new bosses are approaching deadline time.

Teams can return their teenage prospects to their junior teams at any time, but doing so before they play in their 10th game delays the start of their entry-level contract. The last player to skate in more than nine games and still be returned to his junior club was defenseman Luca Sbisa, the 19th pick of the 2008 draft, who played 39 games with the Flyers before being sent back to the WHL. If a player skates in more than 40 games, he accrues one season toward free agency.
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