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Pronger out Tuesday, but nearing return

Tuesday, 01.18.2011 / 2:09 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Chris Pronger was the first of the Flyers on the ice Tuesday morning. The towering defenseman sported a big smile and shortly into the quick pre-game workout you could tell that his surgically repaired right foot doesn't seem to be bothering him one bit.

Pronger will miss his 13th straight game Tuesday night since breaking his foot Dec. 15 at Montreal, but chances are he could be back in the lineup Thursday when the Flyers host Ottawa.

"I've got a doctor's appointment (Wednesday) and we'll see what happens," Pronger said. "You can go play a game whenever. Is it medically right to go do that? Am I going to risk hurting it if I do that? Maybe. I don't know. That's why we have doctors and we follow their protocol."

The Flyers have gone 8-4 without Pronger, who resumed skating last week. They're 9-4-1 without Pronger in the lineup this season.
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Around the East: Pens' Staal happy for extra time

Tuesday, 01.18.2011 / 10:43 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Ready or not, Pittsburgh center Jordan Staal had to start playing his normal 20-22 minutes per game as soon as Sidney Crosby was diagnosed with a concussion.
 
After taking a couple of games to get his timing back, Staal is not just playing the minutes, he's earning them.
 
Staal, who missed the first 39 games of the season after foot and hand surgeries, has 2 goals and 3 assists in the last two games. It's not a coincidence that his production has equated to Penguins' victories, their first two with Crosby out of the lineup.
 
"I've been jumping into 20-minute games, which I obviously love," Staal told NHL.com on Monday after the team's workout in preparation for Tuesday's game against Detroit. "The more ice time the better. With Sid out, I'm definitely used more on the power play, more offensively. It's tough because you can never replace a player like Sid, but our team, different players have stepped up in the last couple of games."

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Devils take it a game at a time

Monday, 01.17.2011 / 8:44 PM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The New Jersey Devils spent the first half of the season falling into the kind of hole the franchise hasn't seen for two decades. They're going to spend the second half trying to dig their way out.
 
A 14th consecutive playoff berth may be more than the Devils can manage. For now, they're taking it one game at a time -- and making a little bit of headway.
 
Monday's 5-2 victory against the New York Islanders was the Devils' third win, along with an overtime loss, in their last four games. Not a huge spurt by any means – but it's their longest unbeaten streak in regulation this season, and a huge improvement after a dreadful first half in which they went 10-29-2, dropping them to the bottom of the overall standings.
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Langenbrunner makes 1,000th appearance vs. Kings

Monday, 01.17.2011 / 6:55 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

Nearly 18 years after being drafted by the club, Dallas Stars right wing Jamie Langenbrunner will play his 1,000th career NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at the American Airlines Center on Monday night.

Langenbrunner, 35, has played 435 games for Dallas and 564 games for the New Jersey Devils. Langenbrunner won the Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999 and again with the Devils in 2003 after being traded to New Jersey in 2002. He is the 260th player to reach this milestone following San Jose's Patrick Marleau, who played his 1,000th game on Monday afternoon in Phoenix.

The Stars will hold a pre-game ceremony to recognize Jamie prior to the puck drop Monday night.
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Flames still believe they can make playoffs

Monday, 01.17.2011 / 5:35 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL – It would be natural for the Calgary Flames to see Monday night's visit to the Montreal Canadiens as another step in what is a long climb up a mountain toward a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

But in fact, the Flames approach this Heritage Classic preview with an eye toward clinching yet another series in what has already been a long playoff run.

Having dug themselves a 14-18-3 hole back on Dec. 21, coach Brent Sutter proposed to his players that they look at the remaining 47 games as a sequence of three-game series.
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Flyers spend Saturday in the park

Saturday, 01.15.2011 / 8:49 PM / NHL Insider

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It could have been just another off-day practice. Instead, the Philadelphia Flyers made Saturday's workout something special by taking it outdoors.

With the towers of Manhattan in the background, the Flyers stepped on the ice at Lasker Rink in New York's Central Park for a planned-but-unpublicized outdoor workout. Though his team didn't arrive in the Big Apple until the early hours of Saturday morning for Sunday's game against the Rangers, coach Peter Laviolette opted to have his troops take the ice at 1 p.m. for what was, by NHL standards, a casual workout -- sweatpants and shin guards were the order of the day, and the low boards and piles of snow in the background gave a distinctly non-professional look to the whole affair.
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Rangers remain steamed over Subban's play

Saturday, 01.15.2011 / 3:42 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- As if a game between two Original Six rivals jostling for playoff position needed any added ingredients of intensity, the New York Rangers were still steaming Saturday over a slew foot administered by Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban on Rangers center Brandon Dubinsky four days earlier.

Subban wasn't penalized on the third-period play Tuesday night, and with the Canadiens ultimately winning at Madison Square Garden by a 2-1 score, an added Rangers power play could have had an impact on the game.
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Niedermayer passing along his wisdom

Friday, 01.14.2011 / 2:37 PM / NHL Insider

Lindsay Kramer - NHL.com Correspondent

When Scott Niedermayer first dropped in on the Syracuse Crunch as a guest instructor earlier this season; he improbably lost a shootout drill.

That meant he had to deliver cups of sports drink to the Crunch players in their locker room. The future Hall of Famer served the spoils of victory to prospects so young they have no memory of an NHL without him in it.

"You're just kind of like, wow, how humble a man he is," said Syracuse rookie forward John Mitchell. "It's really surprising."

Earlier this week, Niedermayer was back in town to help the Crunch's blueliners some more. At the end of one practice, Syracuse coach Mark Holick ordered another shootout competition.
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Around the West: Hard work, discipline define Ducks

Friday, 01.14.2011 / 11:45 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle has been talking about forging an identity as a team since training camp. Now, in the middle of January, it appears the Ducks finally have one.

They work, skate, compete, stay disciplined and rely on great goaltending.

We're not talking about anything earth shattering here, because if you ask any coach in the League, he'd want his team to have all five of those traits. But the fact that it's taken the Ducks this long to get to this point is interesting because now is when a team fighting for a playoff berth wants to start peaking, and it appears they are.

The Ducks have won six of seven since a 4-1 loss at Los Angeles on Dec. 26 and they just finished a six-game homestand with a 5-1-0 record. They entered Friday's games sixth in the Western Conference with 52 points despite not having captain Ryan Getzlaf (facial injuries) since Dec. 28.

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'Canes GM excited as All-Star Game approaches

Thursday, 01.13.2011 / 7:37 PM / NHL Insider

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It's an exciting time to be Jim Rutherford, the president and general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes.

For one thing, his team was on a 6-0-2 run heading into Thursday night's game in Buffalo, looking to close within one point of eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Then there's also the matter of the upcoming 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover, to be played Jan. 30 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C. Among the representatives will be Hurricanes captain Eric Staal, goaltender Cam Ward and rookie Jeff Skinner, one of 12 first-year players who will take part in the Honda SuperSkills competition during All-Star Weekend.

Rutherford, a guest on Thursday's "NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman" addressed the Hurricanes' season to this point.
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Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild