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At home on Island, Schremp back to visit Oilers

Thursday, 01.06.2011 / 2:29 PM / NHL Insider

Robin Brownlee - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Rob Schremp wasn't a member of the Edmonton Oilers very long, but he'll still have some friends in the home dressing room at Rexall Place when the New York Islanders come calling tonight.

Schremp, drafted with the 25th pick by Edmonton in the first round of the 2004 Entry Draft, will face his former team for the first time since the Islanders claimed him off waivers from the Oilers in September 2009.

One of those friends, Devan Dubnyk, selected 14th by Edmonton in the same 2004 draft, will be tending goal for the Oilers in just his 13th appearance of the season.


Habs expect to have hands full with Penguins

Thursday, 01.06.2011 / 12:56 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Que. -- The Pittsburgh Penguins return to Montreal on Thursday night for the first time since losing Game 6 of last season's Eastern Conference semifinal to the Canadiens, a series the Penguins went on to lose in seven games.

But the Canadiens have no illusions that they will get any benefit from that playoff history when they face a Penguins team that thumped the Tampa Bay Lightning 8-1 at home on Wednesday.

"We're facing one of the best teams in the League -- they have a lot of firepower with (Sidney) Crosby, (Evgeni) Malkin, (Jordan) Staal, who's back now, and (Kris) Letang," Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said Thursday morning after a brief skate at the team's suburban practice facility. "It's up to us to shut them down and take away the middle of the ice."


'The Blackhawk' revealed as fourth Guardian

Tuesday, 01.04.2011 / 10:30 PM / NHL Insider


'The Blackhawk' is a multi-faceted character as diverse as the city of Chicago itself. The Blackhawk is very fun to be around, he has a blue-collar sensibility, he's serious when the need arises but it's not his preferred state of mind. He's mostly a happy go lucky man's man, very much like a big kid. He prides himself on being the guy who the others look to when situations look bleak. In his words, "Jump on my big shoulders and let's get it done."

The look of the Blackhawk is in contrast to his everyman personality as his body is covered in gleaming metallic body armor. On his back, he has six wing blades that when deployed extend from his body and allow him to fly like a human dragonfly. The Blackhawk is also an environmental "empathy" that is able to control the element of wind.

Roloson should be improvement in net for Tampa

Tuesday, 01.04.2011 / 4:35 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Dwayne Roloson is going to settle into his new home in Florida eventually, but before that he'll be busy trying to keep his new team in first place Tuesday.

The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired Roloson on Saturday from the New York Islanders for defense prospect Ty Wishart, and coach Guy Boucher is going with him in net in their first game since the deal in a battle for the top spot in the Southeast Division against the Washington Capitals.

"I've been travelling so much," Roloson said. "I went from Detroit to Calgary and from Calgary to Houston to Tampa to Washington, so it has been a whirlwind tour so it hasn't sunk in too much. I don't think you have really have an idea of what's going on unless you're sitting in the GM's room. It is always tough to leave somewhere, but you also know that you're going to an organization that wanted you at the same time. It is a nice feeling."


Hats off for Doan? Not just yet

Tuesday, 01.04.2011 / 3:53 PM / NHL Insider

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Over the years, it's gotten comical for Shane Doan. But now, it's about to get historic.

Doan had back-to-back two-goal games last week, the 36th and 37th of his career. That's not a record, but it's notable because of the number of hat tricks the Phoenix Coyotes' captain has fashioned in his career.

None. Zip. Zero. Nada.

He already has scored more goals and recorded more two-goal games than any active player in the League without collecting a hat trick. But his two goals in St. Louis in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Blues -- which gave him five in a three-game span -- were the 284th and 285th of his career -- and made things even more interesting.

Only defenseman Larry Murphy, who played more than 1,600 NHL games over parts of three decades before leaving for the broadcast booth at NHL Network, has scored more goals (287) in his career without seeing hats hit the ice.

So if the red-hot Doan -- who was named the League's Second Star of the Week after collecting eight points in four games -- happens to get a couple of early goals Tuesday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Jobing.com Arena, something's gotta give. Either the spell will be broken and Doan will finally break through or Murphy's inglorious record will have company.

Caps know how important tonight's games is

Tuesday, 01.04.2011 / 3:46 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

"Last year we could look at it and be like, 'Oh, a game here and a game there doesn't really matter.' We're in a playoff race now and we want to make sure we're atop our division and those things go hand in hand. I think it is good for us and it enforces that we need to come to play every night to win games."
-- David Steckel

WASHINGTON -- For the past two seasons the Washington Capitals have bullied the other members of the Southeast Division on the scoreboard and in the standings.

By this point in each of the past two seasons the team had a comfortable lead in the division and used games in January to put the division title away with several weeks left before the postseason.

However, the circumstances Tuesday when the Tampa Bay Lightning come to Verizon Center are vastly different. The Lightning and the Capitals are tied atop the Southeast with 51 points and Tampa Bay has a game in hand.

"It is a huge game and a huge two weeks," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We play Florida twice and these guys twice. It is good to have these kind of games."

Devils name Hedberg starting goal vs. Wild

Monday, 01.03.2011 / 7:01 PM / NHL Insider


Martin Brodeur's days as the undisputed No. 1 goaltender for the New Jersey Devils could be over.

Johan Hedberg will get the start for the Devils on Tuesday night against the Minnesota Wild. Brodeur was pulled Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes after allowing 3 goals on 7 shots. He lasted just 8 minutes in that game, the shortest outing of his 17-season career.

Coach Jacques Lemaire explained his decision to go with Hedberg to reporters Monday: "My thinking? I went with Marty (in Carolina). We didn't win. I'll come back with (Hedberg). And we'll see after that."

Brodeur has played less than 70 games once since 1996-97, and that was only because of a biceps tendon tear he suffered early in the 2008-09 season. This season, Brodeur is 5-18-1 with a 3.15 goals-against average and .882 save percentage.

Canada-Switzerland, Russia-Finland in quarterfinals

Saturday, 01.01.2011 / 12:03 PM / NHL Insider


The second step in the road to the 2011 World Junior Championship gold medal starts Sunday with a pair of quarterfinal matchups.

In the first game, Canada faces Switzerland (3:30 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, TSN). It's the first time the teams have faced each other in medal-round play since the 2002 WJC semifinals, won 4-0 by Canada.

Canada is led by Brayden Schenn, the tournament leader with 7 goals and 14 points. He's 4 points shy of tying Canada's single-tournament record of 18 points, set by Dale McCourt in 1977.

The game also will feature a matchup of Portland Winterhawks teammates Ryan Johansen (Canada) and Nino Niederreiter (Switzerland), who also were taken fourth and fifth, respectively, at the 2010 Entry Draft. 

Revealing first NHL Guardian: The Penguin

Friday, 12.31.2010 / 11:01 PM / NHL Insider


"The Penguin" as a character mirrors the recent history of the city of Pittsburgh. He was raised the son of a steel worker and he grew up watching his dad work in the steel mills. The toughness and gritty determination to provide left an indelible imprint on him.

However, he's a visionary and he loves thinking about how to improve the world around him especially when it comes to his native Pittsburgh. He is a gifted inventor and has a love of science and innovation.

Not even overtime could save Crosby's streak

Wednesday, 12.29.2010 / 11:41 PM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The clock ticked mercilessly toward the end of Sidney Crosby's 25-game point streak Wednesday night as the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins battled through a hard-fought third period, followed by a five-minute overtime.

The crowd of 14,345, the largest (and loudest) this season at the old barn on Hempstead Turnpike, was revved up in hopes their Islanders could beat the big, bad Penguins -- the top team in the League standings and a club that has dominated the Isles for the last four-plus seasons.

But they were also conscious of something else. Every second that ticked down was one second closer to the end of Sidney Crosby's 25-game point streak, the longest in the NHL since 1992-93.
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