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Kane continues Savard's spin-o-rama legacy

Wednesday, 10.26.2011 / 10:06 AM / NHL Insider

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Patrick Kane
Right Wing - CHI
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 8
SOG: 29 | +/-: 4
Patrick Kane had a night to remember Tuesday night; and, in the process, brought back memories of Chicago Blackhawks star Denis Savard.

During regulation, Kane had magical assists on both Chicago goals and then scored the winning goal in the shootout as Chicago defeated Anaheim, 3-2, Tuesday night at the United Center.

After the game, though, all anyone -- including Kane -- wanted to talk about was Kane's spin-o-rama pass on a goal by Marian Hossa that evoked memories of Chicago legend Savard in his prime.

Malkin looks sharp in return to Penguins' lineup

Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 10:41 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- One half of the Pittsburgh Penguins' superstar tandem was back on the ice Tuesday night.

Evgeni Malkin, who missed five straight games and seven of the last eight due to soreness in his surgically repaired right knee, received 19:19 of ice time and recorded three shots on goal in the Pens' 3-0 win against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Malkin participated in the morning skate and felt fine afterwards. It was determined just before the game that he'd be in the lineup for the first time since Oct. 13, when he notched a pair of assists in Pittsburgh's 3-2 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals.

"It feels good," Malkin said after being held without a point for the first time in four appearances this season. "My knee feels pretty good right now. The team played solid. We had lots of scoring chances. Maybe next game, I try to score. But we win and it's two points and that's good for the team."

Pacioretty's injury another obstacle for reeling Habs

Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 6:22 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Que. -- The news just continues to get worse for the Montreal Canadiens.

Looking to end an historic season-opening slump, the Canadiens will be without leading scorer Max Pacioretty when they host the high-octane Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

Pacioretty did not practice with his teammates Tuesday after suffering an upper body injury -- TSN and RDS are reporting that he has ligament to his wrist but won't need surgery -- in Montreal's 2-1 loss to the Florida Panthers one night earlier. While  coach Jacques Martin could not give a definitive update on Pacioretty's condition because he was due to have medical tests done later in the day, he did confirm that arguably his best winger would not play against Philadelphia.

"Max was playing really well and had quite a traumatic injury last year," Canadiens forward Michael Cammalleri said. "It's unfortunate to see him get hurt."

Avs hope new linemates help Duchene shake funk

Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 6:18 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Colorado Avalanche coach Joe Sacco is banking on new linemates to help rejuvenate Matt Duchene, who has gotten off to his customary slow start.

The third-year center skated with left wing Joakim Lindstrom and right wing Chuck Kobasew at practice on Tuesday. The trio will be together Wednesday night when the Avalanche visits Calgary for its first Northwest Division game.

"I just think it's going to be an effective line for us," Sacco said. "I think it's an opportunity for that line to mesh together. We're going to try that line and see how it goes."

Carlyle making sure he has his Ducks in order

Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 3:35 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The season might just be seven games old for the Anaheim Ducks, but that isn't too early to hold some team meetings.

After dropping back-to-back home games on Friday and Sunday against Pacific Division foes, the Ducks want to make sure they're all on the same page heading into Tuesday night's game at the United Center against the Chicago Blackhawks (4-1-2).

Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle held pre-practice meetings with the Ducks' defensemen followed by a separate meeting with the forwards and then a third meeting with the entire team following Tuesday's morning skate. The main emphasis?

"I met with the two groups and we just went over some of the things that have been transpiring in the last couple games," said Carlyle, who will be coaching his 500th NHL game -- all with the Ducks. "Some of the things are things that ail us as a hockey club and we won't have a chance for success unless we correct them. That's just a matter of fact." 

Decision time looms for 2011 picks playing in NHL

Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 3:27 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Philadelphia Flyers rookie center Sean Couturier said he isn't crossing days off his calendar, but for him and four other players taken in the 2011 Entry Draft still playing in the NHL, they're entering the most crucial week of their young NHL careers.

All five players -- Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog, New Jersey's Adam Larsson, Ottawa's Mika Zibanejad and Couturier -- are scheduled to play their ninth games this week, meaning their new bosses are approaching deadline time.

Teams can return their teenage prospects to their junior teams at any time, but doing so before they play in their 10th game delays the start of their entry-level contract. The last player to skate in more than nine games and still be returned to his junior club was defenseman Luca Sbisa, the 19th pick of the 2008 draft, who played 39 games with the Flyers before being sent back to the WHL. If a player skates in more than 40 games, he accrues one season toward free agency.

As roster overhaul continues, Cats finding chemistry

Monday, 10.24.2011 / 3:00 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- The massive chemistry experiment that is the Florida Panthers added a new ingredient Monday.

Marco Sturm practiced with his new team for the first time ahead of the Panthers' game against the reeling Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

With the departure of David Booth for Vancouver in Saturday's trade that brought in Sturm and Mikael Samuelsson, the Panthers now have just eight players who were on the team prior to last season's trade deadline: Stephen Weiss, Keaton Ellerby, Dmitry Kulikov, Jack Skille, Shawn Matthias, Mike Weaver, Jason Garrison and Mike Santorelli.

Family loyalties divided as Schenn brothers square off

Monday, 10.24.2011 / 1:51 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- In the Schenn family draft, the first pick went to 10-year-old Macy, the youngest of Jeff and Rita Schenn's four children.

Without hesitation, she picked oldest brother Luke, so she'll be wearing a blue Leafs No. 2 jersey Monday night. Sister Madison, 14, will be decked out in an orange No. 10 jersey just like the one her other brother, Brayden, will be wearing.

However, Madison told NHL.com that just because she'll be wearing Flyers orange doesn't mean she'll only be cheering for the home team Monday when the Philadelphia Flyers host the Toronto Maple Leafs.

She said she'll be happy if the Flyers score, but added, "If the Leafs do something I'm going to jump up, too."

For the Schenn family, they're in the unique position of having a stake in both sides of Monday's game, as brothers Luke and Brayden Schenn will face off as NHL regular-season opponents for the first time.

Schenns set to become latest brothers to battle

Monday, 10.24.2011 / 12:17 PM / NHL Insider

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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 - NHL.com 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 NHL.com. "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.
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