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Kane a possibility for Friday vs. Red Wings

Wednesday, 12.15.2010 / 3:35 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Good news for the Chicago Blackhawks has been a relative term this season.
 
In fact, the Hawks' perception of good news often has come in relation to injured players and the speed at which they are recovering. That being the case, there was a little more good news following Chicago's morning skate at the United Center on Wednesday, as they prepared to face the Colorado Avalanche for the second time in three days.
 
Injured forwards Patrick Kane (lower body) and Fernando Pisani (upper body) skated with the team, while injured forward Marian Hossa (lower body) did off-ice exercises after skating on his own Monday and Tuesday. None will play against the Avs, but it was encouraging for the Hawks to see a couple of them back in practice mode.

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Well-rested Habs ready for League-leading Flyers

Wednesday, 12.15.2010 / 2:35 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Que. -- The Montreal Canadiens will be at full strength Wednesday when they face the League's top team, the Philadelphia Flyers (7:30 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS).

The Flyers had to travel last night after an emotional 3-2 home win against their cross-state rival Pittsburgh Penguins -- one that allowed Philadelphia not only to end Pittsburgh's 12-game win streak, but also leapfrog the Penguins into first in the League standings.

The Canadiens have been sitting at home for three days waiting for this game, and the time off has allowed a couple of injured key players to heal. Coach Jacques Martin, however, has no illusions that this will be an easy game in spite of that advantage.

"It's a big challenge," Martin said after Wednesday's morning skate. "They have a very well-balanced team and some of the best offensive production in the NHL. They have three lines that can score and their defense is much improved."
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Council vote met with smiles among Coyotes

Wednesday, 12.15.2010 / 1:34 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- While it's always a great day for hockey, the players on the Phoenix Coyotes exhibited a little extra jump Wednesday in preparation for their contest with the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.
 
Less than 24 hours earlier, the Glendale City Council voted 5-2 to approve a $197-million deal that will keep the team in the city.

A crowd of about 300 packed the chamber and roared their approval when the decision was finally rendered after four hours of deliberation, clearing the way for the sale of the team by the NHL to Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer, who would become the fourth owner of the franchise since it moved to Phoenix from Winnipeg in 1996.
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Malkin in, Kunitz out for Penguins

Tuesday, 12.14.2010 / 7:30 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The Pittsburgh Penguins got a boost to their lineup when forward Evgeni Malkin returned to the lineup Tuesday night after being sidelined for four games due to a knee injury.

Malkin was in the starting lineup playing on a line with Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis. He took the place of Chris Kunitz, who was scratched after both players took part in the morning skate. Coach Dan Bylsma said Kunitz got banged up during Saturday's 5-2 victory at Buffalo.

The Penguins are seeking their 13th consecutive victory as they face the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.
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Gomez, Spacek practice for Habs, hope to face Flyers

Tuesday, 12.14.2010 / 2:56 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Que. -- The banged up Montreal Canadiens had a full complement of players at Tuesday's practice, but it's not yet clear who will be available for a matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers at home Wednesday, where the Habs will try to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season.

Center Scott Gomez (lower body) and defenseman Jaroslav Spacek (upper body) skated with the team for the first time since they suffered their respective injuries, while defenseman Josh Gorges also skated after missing practice a day earlier to treat some minor ailments.

Gomez has missed the last two games with a mystery injury suffered last Tuesday against Ottawa, one that was not caught by television cameras and which Gomez has been deliciously evasive on.

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Hall: No disrespect meant toward Maple Leafs

Tuesday, 12.14.2010 / 2:17 PM / NHL Insider

Robin Brownlee - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Did Edmonton Oilers rookie Taylor Hall inadvertently provide the Toronto Maple Leafs added motivation with what he told reporters Monday heading into tonight's rematch at Rexall Place? Not intentionally, said Hall.

"Hopefully we can compete a lot harder. Because (Toronto) is a team that, if we do, it’s there for the taking," Hall told reporters the day after Edmonton played poorly in a 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

Given that the Oilers shut out the Maple Leafs 5-0 on Dec. 2 at the Air Canada Centre, Hall was asked by a Toronto reporter if he might have phrased what he intended to say poorly.

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Drury back for Rangers on Wednesday

Tuesday, 12.14.2010 / 1:28 PM / NHL Insider

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

New York Rangers captain Chris Drury will return to the lineup Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins after missing the past 29 games with a broken left index finger.

Drury didn't play in the Rangers' first two games of the season due to a different break in the same finger he suffered during a scrimmage Sept. 20. In his return from that injury, he played just 9:11 against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 15 before leaving with his latest injury.

The 34-year-old took part in a full practice Tuesday and rotated skating on a line with Sean Avery, Erik Christensen and Todd White. Coach John Tortorella said either Christensen or White will go to the press box to make room for Drury.
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Around the West: No 'magic' yet for Hudler in return

Tuesday, 12.14.2010 / 10:57 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Seventy points guaranteed. Magic.

These were the words Detroit coach Mike Babcock used this summer to describe Jiri Hudler in separate interviews with NHL.com.

Well, we're 29 games into the season and Hudler is 64 points and a Houdini act away from making Babcock's predictions come true.

Hudler has been disappointing in his return to the NHL after spending last season in Russia, but Babcock is not ready to toss in the towel on the soon-to-be 27-year-old Czech just yet.

"I wouldn't say that," Babcock said. "I got him in a rotation. I told him I would have him in a rotation. When he earns his way out of that rotation then he won't be in the rotation anymore. Basically, the way I look at it, there are three 27-game segments and you have a throwaway game in there. My math works out to 82 that way, right? So, his first segment didn't go the way we want it, so let's have a good second segment."
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Avalanche hope to use home ice to big advantage

Monday, 12.13.2010 / 4:34 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

"Every day you wake up, you (can) move from third to 12th. It's a matter of one or two points. The focus for us, especially with a young team, is that you're prepared on an individual game basis, on a game-by-game basis."
-- Avs coach Joe Sacco on the tight Western Conference playoff race

DENVER -- Following a road trip that started badly but finished well, the Colorado Avalanche are looking forward to some considerable home cooking during the next several weeks.

The Avalanche will play six of the next seven games and 16 of 21 at the Pepsi Center, starting Monday against the Chicago Blackhawks, a stretch that takes the team through January.

Colorado completed a five-game, nine-day excursion through the Southeast Division with a 2-1-2 record that began with three losses -- two in overtime -- but concluded with back-to-back wins against Atlanta and Washington.

"We didn't like the start, but we were resilient and we liked the finish," Avalanche captain Adam Foote said after Monday's morning skate. "It was a great time for us to be on the road trip, to build something from it, to work on our game. We worked on a lot of things with hard practices and we bonded.
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Ovechkin still seeking spark for Caps

Monday, 12.13.2010 / 12:08 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

"It was just a moment in the game. Nothing special happened." -- Alex Ovechkin on dropping the gloves with Brandon Dubinsky

NEW YORK -- With Dan Girardi still lying prone on the ice not far from him, Alex Ovechkin looked up and saw Brandon Dubinsky skating in his direction. Ovechkin didn't know if Dubinsky was coming in from the other side of the ice to spray a few choice words in his direction, for a quick twirl to check on his fallen teammate, or for some fisticuffs.
 
He didn't much care either.
 
Ovechkin had had enough. He had seen enough. He had taken enough abuse. He had reached the end of his rope.
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