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Jets suffer through growing pains in Winnipeg

Friday, 11.11.2011 / 6:54 PM / NHL Insider

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Many sports teams talk about changing organizational cultures.

But a successful culture change requires much more than good intentions, and the Winnipeg Jets are enduring the growing pains that the process brings. A 5-2 loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday evening saw the normally fiercely partisan Winnipeg crowd boo the Jets following the second period and deliver more than one sarcastic cheer during the game.

For the Jets, who are now winless in four games (0-2-2), what resulted was a Friday morning practice at the MTS Centre that featured contact drills and plenty of colorful language from coach Claude Noel that was easily audible to the assembled media.
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Quincey enjoying big comeback season with Avs

Friday, 11.11.2011 / 6:50 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- It seemed so fitting when Kyle Quincey completed the Colorado's improbable rally from a three-goal deficit Thursday night with an overtime goal to give the Avs a rousing 4-3 win against the New York Islanders.

The 26-year-old defenseman is enjoying quite an individual comeback season after missing the final 55 games of 2010-11 to recover from a left shoulder injury that required surgery and had him wondering if his hockey career was over.

"I had a fear of retiring," he said after practice Friday. "It was really scary."
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Several storylines make Stars-Pens matchup sizzle

Friday, 11.11.2011 / 3:47 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

PITTSBURGH -- Yes, the season only may be six weeks old. And, yes, no team has played 20 games yet, so much of the season's story remains to be told.

Yet, there was no denying that Friday's matchup between the visiting Dallas Stars -- the top team points-wise in the League -- and the Pittsburgh Penguins -- the Eastern Conference leaders -- has a big-game feel full of intriguing storylines.

Even the continued absence of Sidney Crosby, who had been rumored to make his return from season-long concussion issues Friday, won't tarnish the shine on this East-West heavyweight battle (7 p.m., NHLN-US).
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Blues pleased to add Russell to defense corps

Friday, 11.11.2011 / 2:33 PM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- The St. Louis Blues have created a logjam on their blue line. It's a problem they have no problem dealing with.

The Blues completed a trade Friday morning, acquiring defenseman Kris Russell from the Columbus Blue Jackets for defenseman Nikita Nikitin, a trade that gained heavy traction Thursday night but had been in the works for weeks.

"These trades don't happen in a day," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. "(Columbus GM) Scott (Howson) and I have talked over the last couple weeks on just both of our teams. Russell's name came up."
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Eleven noteworthy lists to celebrate 11/11/11

Friday, 11.11.2011 / 10:58 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com Staff

In honor of the novelty that is 11/11/11 here are 11 lists of 11 noteworthy things in hockey in three writers' opinions -- and often not of the same opinion.

Anze Kopitar
Center - LAK
GOALS: 8 | ASST: 12 | PTS: 20
SOG: 47 | +/-: 0
11 best players taken No. 11 in the Draft
1. Jarome Iginla (1995)
2. Anze Kopitar (2005)
3. Brad Marsh (1978)
4. Mike Ramsey (1979)
5. Ivan Boldirev (1969)
6. Jeff Carter (2003)
7. Brian Rolston (1991)
8. Mike Sillinger (1989)
9. Jonathan Bernier (2006)
10. Randy Moller (1981)
11. Jeff Friesen (1994)
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At 1,000-game mark, Preds' Trotz reflects on career

Thursday, 11.10.2011 / 8:37 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

In his very first professional coaching gig, Barry Trotz followed close behind Terry Murray as coach of the Baltimore Skipjacks, then the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals.

On Saturday, both men will coach their 1,000th game -- Murray with the Los Angeles Kings after stints with Washington, Philadelphia and Florida, and Trotz for the Nashville Predators.

"They did the odds of that happening were 10 trillion to one," Trotz said during an appearance Thursday night on "The NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman."
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Lidstrom starts 20th season on torrid scoring pace

Thursday, 11.10.2011 / 6:17 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

  1. DETROIT -- Nicklas Lidstrom is way too experienced to let himself believe the goal-scoring pace he's currently on will last for most, if not all, of the regular season.

It just doesn't happen that way for defensemen, regardless of their skill level -- and Lidstrom is arguably the most skilled to ever patrol the blue line. After potting 4 goals in as many games, Lidstrom now has 6 goals in 13 games and is Detroit's second-leading goal scorer -- on pace to score a whopping 36 goals.

Even the usually-stoic Red Wings captain had to laugh at that figure when told about it after Thursday's practice at Joe Louis Arena.

"I know it's not going to happen like that," he told NHL.com, while chuckling. "I'm not going to score every other game, but … "
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Facing old team a new experience for Burns, Setoguchi

Thursday, 11.10.2011 / 6:10 PM / NHL Insider

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- For Sharks defenseman Brent Burns and Wild forward Devin Setoguchi, the shock of getting traded for each other as part of a blockbuster deal on Draft Night is over.

Now comes the next step in what has been an emotional transition for both Burns and Setoguchi after parting ways with the only NHL organizations they had ever played for: Both players will face their former teams Thursday night at HP Pavilion for the first time since they were traded.

Another pair of players who traded places this summer -- Minnesota forward Dany Heatley and San Jose forward Martin Havlat -- will also face their former teams for the first time. But both of them have been through this drill multiple times; each is with his fourth NHL team.

For Burns and Setoguchi, facing their old team is a new experience.
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Hockey world reacts to Flyers, Lightning tactics

Thursday, 11.10.2011 / 4:20 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher defended his team's tactics Thursday, while reaction to the Lightning's 2-1 victory Wednesday against the Philadelphia Flyers poured in from around the NHL.

The Lightning primarily have deployed a 1-3-1 defensive system since Boucher was named coach before last season. Philadelphia decided the best way to beat it, or at least to force Tampa Bay out of the compact, neutral-zone clogging alignment, was similar to stalling in basketball -- a Flyers defenseman held onto the puck in his own end instead of trying to advance it, hoping the Lightning players would grow frustrated and start chasing the puck.

Flyers players lashed out at the Lightning's unwillingness to pursue the puck, and many in the hockey community have expressed opinions about the contest.
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Winnipeg survives road trip in fairly good shape

Thursday, 11.10.2011 / 2:52 PM / NHL Insider

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets dined well on their seven-game road trip through the Eastern Conference, but they still returned home hungry.

The Jets collected eight of a possible 14 points on the 3-2-2 trip, their longest journey of the season, including wins over the Philadelphia Flyers, Florida Panthers and New York Islanders. Winnipeg concluded the 13-day trek on Tuesday evening with a 6-5 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

"It was long," goaltender Ondrej Pavelec said. "Two weeks. But I enjoyed it. I like to be on the road. Overall, it was a good road trip."
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