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Canucks confident when turning to Schneider

Thursday, 11.04.2010 / 6:08 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault has no problem starting rookie goalie Cory Schneider against the Colorado Avalanche Thursday night at the Pepsi Center even with first place in the Northwest Division on the line.

Why should he? Schneider has been brilliant so far this season with a 2-0-0 record, 0.86 goals-against average and .968 save percentage.

"If you look at his stats, they're real good," Vigneault said following his team's morning skate Thursday. "He's played real well for us. He looks really in control and is playing with a lot of confidence."
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Doughty happy to finally be back playing

Thursday, 11.04.2010 / 4:20 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

"I'm really excited to play him. He's one of the best players in the League and as a D-man I take pride in shutting down the other team's top players." -- Drew Doughty on facing Steven Stamkos

Drew Doughty was talking fast and thinking fast Thursday afternoon, and you can't blame him. The Kings' star defenseman is 20 years old (21 next month), and to him sitting out for six straight games is equivalent to staring at a wall for days or trying to count the stars in the Southern California sky.

Boring.

"I'm so excited for this game tonight," Doughty told NHL.com. "I can't wait to get it going."

Doughty was activated off injured reserve Thursday after sitting out since suffering a concussion when Carolina forward Erik Cole struck him in the jaw Oct. 20. He has cleared every medical hurdle, practiced the last two days and is ready to re-take control of the Kings' blue line against Tampa Bay on Thursday.
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Four players make wins memorable with first goals

Thursday, 11.04.2010 / 10:23 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

"I was so excited. The whole play seemed like it was slow developing. I saw the puck come across from Bobby. It squirted around to my stick. He banked it off me. I didn't have to do much. It was unbelievable."
-- Kyle Palmieri

Nothing beats leaving the ice after a winning effort. But for four players last night, they'll have a little something extra to remember

Boston's Brad Marchand, New Jersey's Brad Mills, Carolina's Jon Matsumoto and Anaheim's Kyle Palmieri all scored their first NHL goals Wednesday night in their teams' victories.

Matsumoto had the biggest night, scoring twice in his second NHL game. The 6-foot, 184-pound center was leading the AHL Charlotte Checkers in scoring when he was recalled Sunday. Wednesday, he played on the Canes' fourth line, along with Sergei Samsonov and Tom Kostopoulos. The trio combined for 2 goals, 5 assists and a plus-9 rating in Carolina's 7-2 victory.

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Halak's superb play one reason for Blues' success

Thursday, 11.04.2010 / 9:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

"We don't need one guy to score 50 or 60 goals," Payne said. "If we're defining success by how many goals a guy scores than we're getting the business end of the equation very backwards."
-- Blues coach Davis Payne

Davis Payne has very little to complain about these days, so when the St. Louis Blues coach was asked about the perceived lack of offense, or lack of a big-time scoring threat in his lineup, he naturally found a positive in that, too.

"It may render the one guy lighting it up as not necessary," Payne told NHL.com. "If you need one guy to score 50 (goals) to have success -- that may not be our hockey club. But we feel we have lots of guys who can score 25 and that means it'll be a different guy each night and come from different spots in our lineup and that plays into the depth we use.

"We're OK with that."

Of course they are.
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Parise forced to deal with time off after surgery

Wednesday, 11.03.2010 / 11:49 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Devils left wing Zach Parise needs help from his girlfriend to do just about everything that normally comes so easily to him.

"I'm never comfortable," Parise, who had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, told NHL.com Wednesday night. "Just right now, even sitting down, it hurts. Walking is tough. Nothing is comfortable and that makes it really frustrating. I feel bad for my girlfriend, she's taking care of me and I'm sitting around, kind of useless."

Parise had been injury-free dating back as far as he can remember. Tuesday's surgery, an exploratory procedure he had in Cleveland that turned into a repair when the torn meniscus was found, was the first time he's gone under the knife. The two games he's already missed equal the amount of games he missed during the previous four seasons.
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Better conditioning has Chris Stewart off to fast start

Wednesday, 11.03.2010 / 6:25 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- It wouldn't be completely accurate to suggest that Chris Stewart was huffing and puffing following each of his shifts a year ago.

But the Colorado Avalanche right wing would "get on the ice and get out of the gate quick, and then he'd run out of gas a little bit towards the end of his shift," coach Joe Sacco told NHL.com.

While Stewart still managed to enjoy a career year with 64 points and a team-leading 28 goals in 77 games, the 6-foot-2, 228-pound power forward was determined to improve his physical conditioning and stamina over the summer.
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Coyotes see Predators' style as one to emulate

Wednesday, 11.03.2010 / 4:17 PM / NHL Insider

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- For all the offensive problems the Phoenix Coyotes have endured to start the season, coach Dave Tippett knows that if his team had stayed true to its defensive system they would have enjoyed better results.

There is no better example of that than Wednesday's visitor to Jobing.com Arena.

Like the Coyotes, the Nashville Predators have scored just 23 goals in their first 10 games and their power play is among the worst in the League. But the Preds have stayed true to coach Barry Trotz's disciplined system and were rewarded with a 5-0-3 start. Nashville has slipped a bit of late and struggled in Detroit on Saturday -- allowing five goals in the first of a stretch that will see them the Predators play nine of 10 games away from home.

But for a Phoenix team looking to rediscover its work ethic and realize the rewards, the Predators are Exhibit A.
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Hawks ready to rely on makeshift fourth line

Wednesday, 11.03.2010 / 3:33 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

"John's been up there and Jordan has played up front for us in the past. That is a line we can be comfortable with at both ends of the rink."
-- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville

CHICAGO -- Rather than continuing the shuttle from Rockford to the United Center, the Chicago Blackhawks decided to give it a rest, at least for a day.
 
After sending forwards Ben Smith and Ryan Potulny back to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League on Tuesday, the Hawks didn't recall anybody on Wednesday. That means they will dress eight defensemen for tonight's home game against the struggling New Jersey Devils.
 
Defensemen Jordan Hendry and John Scott will be plugged in as forwards on the team's fourth line -- which will be centered by forward Fernando Pisani. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville could also decide to keep Hendry and/or Scott on the bench and rotate other forward in with Pisani.
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Kovalchuk, others need to step up in Parise's absence

Wednesday, 11.03.2010 / 2:55 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- For a team already struggling to put the puck in the net, the last thing the New Jersey Devils needed was to lose one of their top scorers for a long stretch.
 
Yet that is exactly what the Devils now are staring down with the recent news that forward Zach Parise will be out up to three months after exploratory arthroscopic knee surgery conducted Tuesday revealed a torn meniscus. After Wednesday's morning skate at the United Center in preparation for Wednesday night's game against Chicago, the talk from the Devils was all about dealing with the team's latest -- and biggest -- injury blow.
 
"I was surprised and disappointed (about the results of surgery), but he's a young guy and we've got to make sure he gets healthy," New Jersey coach John MacLean said. "He'll bounce back from it, because he works real hard."

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Capitals want to get secondary scorers going

Wednesday, 11.03.2010 / 12:17 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- The strength of the Washington Capitals during coach Bruce Boudreau's tenure has always been the depth of the team's offensive firepower. Few teams can boast about a quartet of elite scorers like Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin and Mike Green, but even fewer have "secondary scoring" options like Mike Knuble, Brooks Laich, Tomas Fleischmann, Eric Fehr and now rookie defenseman John Carlson.

After a slow start by nearly the entire team, Ovechkin, Backstrom and Semin have produced as expected in recent games, but the Capitals need more from their supporting characters.

"Our team prides ourselves on making sure we have every line that can score," Fehr said. "We like rolling through our lines. In the past we've had no problems getting goals from different lines, but right now we're a little bit snakebitten. Hopefully we can regroup and get back on track."

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