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Schenns set to become latest brothers to battle

Monday, 10.24.2011 / 12:17 PM / NHL Insider

When the Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers get together Monday night at Wells Fargo Center, it will be the latest installment in the NHL's rich history of brothers facing off against each other.

Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn will try to shut down Flyers forward and younger brother Brayden Schenn, and the two will likely be on the ice together at times. But that's nothing new in the League, as dozens of brothers have lined up across from each other or as teammates.

In today's NHL, there are brothers everywhere. There are the Staals -- Eric of the Hurricanes, Marc of the Rangers and Jordan of the Penguins. The Sedins, Henrik and Daniel, have been teammates throughout their careers with the Canucks. Chris Stewart is with the Blues while older brother Anthony is with the Hurricanes. Jonathan Toews and younger brother David are with the Blackhawks organization, but David currently with the farm club after the two played together during the preseason.

Vokoun leads goalie brigade starring in new places

Monday, 10.24.2011 / 9:00 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee entered this past summer pretty happy with his goaltending.

And then Tomas Vokoun landed in his lap.

"Bringing in the veteran experience feels very valuable right now," McPhee told "Nothing seems to bother him. He's a good pro. He practices well, he practices hard. He seems to have a calming influence on the people around him.

Caps excited about historic start

Sunday, 10.23.2011 / 6:57 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

Troy Brouwer
Right Wing - WSH
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 2 | PTS: 3
SOG: 7 | +/-: 3
George McPhee's diligence during the offseason is paying early dividends for the scorching-hot Washington Capitals.

The Caps GM has to be all smiles as his summer additions -- including goaltender Tomas Vokoun and forwards Joel Ward and Troy Brouwer -- have helped Washington get off to a 7-0-0 start, the best in franchise history. The Capitals made it seven straight on Saturday night, when they crushed the Detroit Red Wings by a 7-1 score at the Verizon Center.

"I think we've stepped up to the challenges … this was a big week for us and we knew that coming into it," said Green, who had 2 goals and 2 assists Saturday. "We're definitely happy where we are, but we still have a lot of work to do." 

Statues for Mikita, Hull unveiled at United Center

Saturday, 10.22.2011 / 10:11 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO – They forged their fame just across Madison Street in a fabled old barn that people around here now refer to as the "Old Chicago Stadium."

Years later, Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull – the Chicago Blackhawks' greatest players – are now  permanently linked to the team's current home, the United Center. Their life-sized bronze statues were unveiled on Saturday night before the Hawks took on the Colorado Avalanche, as the famed Michael Jordan statue located not too far away picked up a couple of neighbors wearing hockey skates.

"It's a great night," Hull told reporters. "The only thing I can say is that it is likely, without argument, the greatest evening of my life. To have a bronze [statue] depicting me here where hundreds of thousands of people will walk by and say, 'Yeah, I remember him. Yeah, he could play a little bit,' … it's good to be something. This a wonderful tribute to both Stan and I."

Lack of contact in practice delaying Crosby’s return

Saturday, 10.22.2011 / 2:06 PM / NHL Insider

Alan Robinson - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby will know when it's time to start playing again -- and the time isn't now.

The star center participated in the Pittsburgh Penguins' morning skate before their game Saturday night against the New Jersey Devils, 10 days after being cleared for full contact in practice. But with the Penguins playing at a more than every-other-day pace -- the game against the Devils was their 10th in 17 days -- there hasn't been much contact for anyone during their few practices. Not even for the player who needs it the most.

"I think I need to get in some contact, more than just one bump in a morning skate," said Crosby, who hasn't played since Jan. 5 because of a concussion. "I think it's got to be a few days of that. So whenever we can get some of those days together, and hopefully I respond well to that, then I'll be much closer than I am right now."

Red Wings' Lidstrom ready for game No. 1,500

Friday, 10.21.2011 / 5:51 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

DETROIT -- There may be a few more wrinkles in his face and maybe there's just a little less hair up top than there used to be.

Maybe legendary Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom really is 41 years old, and the end of his illustrious hockey career is closer than most realize -- or, more accurately, want to accept.

You really have to look closely at Lidstrom these days to tell that he's aging -- and even then you aren't entirely sure that he isn't some sort of Swedish-engineered robot the Red Wings just recharge every night before storing in a crate for safekeeping.

He's not, by the way, but it sometimes feels that way.

Habs feel fixing PP could help restore confidence

Friday, 10.21.2011 / 5:10 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

Tomas Plekanec
Center - MTL
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 2 | PTS: 4
SOG: 24 | +/-: -2
BROSSARD, Que. -- The Montreal Canadiens would do well to shut the blinds, turn off the radio and not even think of turning on a television or going anywhere near a computer.

With their city in a frothy panic over the team's worst start to a season in 16 years, the Canadiens' struggles have taken a front row seat in the hearts and minds of Montreal's residents.

And it's only October.

But while the Canadiens understand why their fans feel this way about their 1-4-1 record, they have an even better understanding of why it is important to shut that constant chatter out of their minds.

Hard hats, shovels, fedoras mark signs of respect

Friday, 10.21.2011 / 2:45 PM / NHL Insider

What do a jacket, a hat, a belt and a shovel have in common? No, they aren't what you need to be fashionable while doing some digging. They are actually symbols of respect bestowed upon hockey players following an excellent performance.

The Boston Bruins had their famous vintage Starter jacket that was given out to a worthy player following victories during their run to the Stanley Cup last season. After Nathan Horton was knocked out of the Final by a hit from Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome during Game 3, the Bruins went on to win. The jacket hung in Horton's locker following the game.

It culminated during the team's home opener this season, when Mark Recchi, who retired during the offseason, wore the jacket on the ice during the celebration. It would be the last time the jacket would be used by the Bruins.

Red Wings are anxious to get back in action

Friday, 10.21.2011 / 9:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Mike Babcock and the Detroit Red Wings are screaming uncle.

"They want to play games and I want to watch them play games," Babcock told Wednesday. "It just gets old."

Detroit has a 4-0-0 record so Babcock is at least happy with the early-season results, but the schedule has been frustrating.

The Red Wings opened with a back-to-back against Ottawa and at Colorado before going four consecutive days without a game. They're now in the middle of a five-day stretch between games, but they have a back-to-back this weekend against Columbus and at Washington, and another next weekend against San Jose and at Minnesota.

They have nine back-to-back sets before Jan. 1. They had six in the same span of time last season. 

Bruins keep lid on Kessel again

Friday, 10.21.2011 / 2:26 AM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

Phil Kessel went into Thursday night's game against the Bruins with seven goals and 12 points, but was held to just one shot on net by his former team. (Photo: Getty Images)
BOSTON – It didn't take long after the Bruins' morning skate Thursday for a television reporter to ask Claude Julien if he thinks the whole Phil Kessel/Tyler Seguin story will ever go away.

The Bruins' coach quickly turned the tables on that inquisitor.

"That's up to you guys. It's certainly not created by us," he said. "It's you guys that create the story all the time. We don't. We've turned the page, and I'm sure they have. Everybody wants to move on, but you guys control that. So I should be asking you that question, ‘Are you ever going to let that story die?'"

The latest chapter of the Boston-Toronto rivalry in the post-Kessel-trade era was another victory for the Bruins, who beat the Maple Leafs 6-2 at TD Garden on Thursday night. The Bruins are now 7-3-3 against Toronto since they traded Kessel to the Leafs in the fall of 2009 for a package of draft picks. One of those picks turned into Seguin as the No. 2 overall selection in the 2010 draft.

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