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A forward was the top star tonight but overall it was a night for the goaltenders, with eight goals being scored among the seven losing squads – three of which were scored by Vancouver. That’s a lot to get excited about for the winners, though. Just don’t forget to shake the captain’s hand. p.intro .firstletter { font-size : 200%; font-weight : bold; float : left; color : #c00; } p.intro .firstletter { font-size : 200%; font-weight : bold; float : left; color : #c00; } p.intro .firstletter 1  Derek Roy, Buffalo Sabres – Roy scored just over two minutes into the game and assisted on two other Sabres goals to lead Buffalo past Ottawa by a score of 5-1. Matt Ellis, Jordan Leopold, Luke Adam and Ville Leino scored for Buffalo and Jhonas Enroth furthered his shocking cause to steal the starting position from Ryan Miller, stopping 36 of 37 shots. 2  Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings – Howard stopped all 24 shots Edmonton threw at him to give the Wings a 3-0 win over the Oilers. Scoring for Detroit were Drew Miller, Niklas Kronwall and Valtteri Filppula. 3  James Neal, Pittsburgh Penguins – Neal scored a pair of power-play markers to give Pens the 3-1 advantage over the Dallas Stars in a match between the league’s top two teams. Matt Cooke scored his fifth of the year on a penalty shot and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 19 of 20 shots to get his ninth win of the season.  Play of the Night Eric Nystrom was the recipient of this beautiful pass from Radek Dvorak to get his fifth goal of the season: Something tells me that Dallas suits Nystrom very well. Save of the Night Tomas Vokoun makes this beautiful save on red-hot Devils rookie Adam Henrique:  Oops You could say that 8-year old Rangers fan Joseph Cook was just a tad nervous to drop the puck before the Rangers/Hurricanes game:   Photo by Getty Images
Blake Benzel | News/Features | Saturday, 12 November 2011 03:26 | Print | PDF
When the Toronto Maple Leafs traded the draft pick that would become Tyler Seguin to Boston for Phil Kessel, Leafs fans were happy to see Seguin struggle last season. This season, they might want to reserve judgment. p.intro .firstletter { font-size : 200%; font-weight : bold; float : left; color : #c00; } p.intro .firstletter { font-size : 200%; font-weight : bold; float : left; color : #c00; } p.intro .firstletter 1  Tyler Seguin, Boston Bruins – Seguin scored twice and assisted on one more in Boston’s 6-2 drubbing of the Buffalo Sabres. Also scoring for the Bruins were Rich Peverley, Nathan Horton, Chris Kelly and Brad Marchand. Tim Thomas stopped 21 of 23 shots for the win, while the Bruins kicked things off with this very emotional moment: 2  Mike Smith, Phoenix Coyotes – Smith was sensational Saturday, stopping all 31 shots he faced, including 11 in the second and 13 in the third, to shut out the San Jose Sharks 3-0. Radim Vrbata, Boyd Gordon and Patrick O’Sullivan scored for Phoenix, which is now in a three-way tie for second place in the Pacific.   3  Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes – Skinner tallied a goal and added two assists in Carolina’s 5-3 win over the Sidney Crosby-less Pittsburgh Penguins. Tuomo Ruutu scored twice and Eric Staal and Chad Larose each added one to give the ‘Canes the win. Cam Ward was absolutely stunning in net, stopping 37 of 40 shots, including this beauty on a James Neal one-timer: Play of the Night Patrice Bergeron finds Seguin with this gorgeous no-look pass for a beautiful one-timer: Save of the Night Smith absolutely robs half of the Sharks' roster with this sprawling series of saves: Minus of the Night With this pass, Clarke MacArthur finds the back of the net … his own: Hit of the Night Much could be said about Milan Lucic’s hit on Ryan Miller, namely, it wasn’t necessarily on the right side of legal. Editorializing aside, nice hit:   Photo by Getty Images
Blake Benzel | News/Features | Sunday, 13 November 2011 03:09 | Print | PDF
Planning a parade down Broadway is premature, but the Rangers are certainly doing their best to give their fans hope. They've won six straight games and fan favorite Sean Avery has been freed from his exile in the AHL (at least, momentarily). p.intro .firstletter { font-size : 200%; font-weight : bold; float : left; color : #c00; } p.intro .firstletter { font-size : 200%; font-weight : bold; float : left; color : #c00; } p.intro .firstletter 1  New York Rangers (9-3-3) – The Rangers have won six straight and Sean Avery scored his first goal of the season, and the lone first period goal, in New York’s 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. We can only hope that NHL 24/7 captures how gloriously awkward we imagine that locker room was during intermission. 2  Chicago Blackhawks (11-4-3) – Wow. Even mouth surgery won’t be able to shut Dan Carcillo up. 3  Pittsburgh Penguins (10-4-3) – Crosby Watch ’11 has officially started, as Sid the Concussion was rumored to be returning to action over the weekend but disappointed us all by thinking about his health first. How selfish of him. 4  Detroit Red Wings (9-5-1) – Ian White will miss Detroit’s upcoming road trip with a fractured cheekbone. If the Wings' season has taught us anything so far, White might be back in time to join in to Detroit’s next maddening losing streak. 5  Boston Bruins (8-7-0) – Tyler Seguin is fourth in the league in points and second in goals. Something tells me that trading Phil Kessel is working out pretty well for the Bruins. 6  Dallas Stars (11-5-0) – If you haven’t noticed, Eric Nystrom is working out pretty well with the Stars. 7  Washington Capitals (10-4-1) – The Caps’ blue line is so depleted right now that Brooks Laich played defense for them on Saturday night against the New Jersey Devils. Even if it’s something he works on, something tells me it’s not something he wants to have to do often. 8  Florida Panthers (8-5-3) – Embattled Evgeny Dadonov is returning to the lineup with Scottie Upshall on the shelf. It’s always good that you’ve got a team with enough depth that you can call up your lone All-Star from last season to fill in. 9  Toronto Maple Leafs (10-6-1) – Phil Kessel is first in the league in points and goals. Something tells me that trading for him is working out pretty well for the Leafs. 10  Buffalo Sabres (10-6-0) – In case you didn’t know, Ryan Miller doesn’t like Milan Lucic anymore, especially now that he has a concussion. 11  Phoenix Coyotes (8-4-3) – Phoenix has been playing well to start the season, but the true test is going to come on its longest road trip of the season. Thankfully for them, this road trip doesn’t involve a return to Winnipeg. 12  San Jose Sharks (9-5-1) – Logan Couture got left off the NHL All-Star fan ballot and, to no one’s surprise, he’s not too worried about it. 13  Edmonton Oilers (9-6-2) – It’s never a good thing when you can’t find your goals. 14  Philadelphia Flyers (9-4-3) – Apparently it's time for the Flyers to get back to business – presuming that their game against the Lightning isn’t being lumped into their vacation. 15  Nashville Predators (8-5-3) – If you’re like most people, you’re probably asking yourself who is Craig Smith? Not the artist that specializes in multiple mediums; the kid who’s leading the Predators right now. 16  Los Angeles Kings (8-6-3) – Congratulations to Terry Murray on his 1,000th win. Also, congratulations to Terry Murray for being the oldest coach in the league. The latter gets you nothing more than a good ribbing. 17  Minnesota Wild (9-5-3) – If their current two-game slide – by a combined score of 8-3 – wasn’t bad enough, Minnesota is now going to be without Guillaume Latendresse and Marco Scandella. So, in other words, they’re not getting help anytime soon. 18  New Jersey Devils (8-6-1) – Ask anyone who follows the Devils these days who their best player is and you’ll get the same answer: Adam Henrique. 19  Tampa Bay Lightning (8-6-2) – Did you hear? The Lightning played a really boring game on Wednesday. There's no shortage of opinions out there already, but here's one question: when did the defense become responsible for the offense? 20  St. Louis Blues (8-7-1) – In other news, St. Louis didn’t seem to mind Tampa’s system one bit. Just sayin’, Chris. 21  Montreal Canadiens (7-7-2) – Some are concerned about Montreal’s offense and it could be valid. Defense wins championships, but offense wins games. 22  Vancouver Canucks (9-8-1) – Aaron Rome wasn’t suspended for his hit on Ducks rookie Devante Smith-Pelly, nor was he fined. Good thing, too – the "Vote 4 Rome" campaign starting in Vancouver could potentially have an entertaining end. 23  Ottawa Senators (8-9-1) – Admit it. The first thing you thought when you saw the headline “St. Denis leads Bulldogs past Senators in Ottawa” was that the Sens got beat by an AHL team. 24  Calgary Flames (7-8-1) – The annual earning power of Calgary’s healthy scratches lately: $7 million. That just screams “good personnel decisions.” 25  Colorado Avalanche (8-8-1) – Colorado is 3-6-1 in its last 10 games and 1-4-1 in its last six after starting the season 6-2-0. Is it time to start the Joe Sacco Watch yet? 26  Carolina Hurricanes (6-8-3) – Many think the reason that Eric Staal is struggling this season is because of his hit on his brother. That’s just ridiculous. Most people would pay to give their brother a concussion. 27  Anaheim Ducks (6-8-3) – Lubomir Visnovsky is going to miss time with a broken finger and a result of that is going to be Kurtis Foster seeing more power-play time. This should excite Ducks fans and terrify Ducks forwards who have to screen his slap shot. 28  Winnipeg Jets (5-9-3) – The Jets are still undergoing some growing pains in Winnipeg, which is to be expected. No one's talking about moving the team to a non-traditional market, so they’ve got that going for them. 29  New York Islanders (4-7-3) – Kyle Okposo is having a rough start to the year. Like, really rough. 30  Columbus Blue Jackets (3-12-1) – The Blue Jackets won a game. That is all.   Photos by Getty Images
Blake Benzel | News/Features | Sunday, 13 November 2011 20:55 | Print | PDF
It seems that there might be another Vote For Rory campaign coming for this year’s All Star Game; instead of Vote For Rory, it’s Vote For Rome. Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome has five points in his first four games (including three goals) and is showing no signs of slowing down. p.intro .firstletter { font-size : 200%; font-weight : bold; float : left; color : #c00; } p.intro .firstletter { font-size : 200%; font-weight : bold; float : left; color : #c00; } p.intro .firstletter 1  Aaron Rome, Vancouver Canucks – Rome continued his hot streak on Sunday tallying a goal and two assists in Vancouver’s 4-1 dismantling of the New York Islanders. Henrik Sedin, Cody Hodgson and David Booth all scored and Roberto Luongo made 23 saves for the win. 2  Steve Montador, Chicago Blackhawks – Montador tallied two goals in the first period of Chicago’s 6-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers, including a rare deflection goal for the defenseman. Jonathan Toews also scored twice and Duncan Keith and Dan Carcillo rounded out the scoring for the Blackhawks. 3  Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild – Backstrom willed the Wild to a 3-2 win, making 32 of 34 saves for Minnesota, 25 of which were in the final two periods after the Wild shot out to an early three-goal lead. Kyle Brodziak, Matt Cullen and Jared Spurgeon scored for the Wild, who broke a two-game losing streak. Play of the Night Apparently no one told Michael Grabner that he’s supposed to be out of the play when he’s on his back, because he made this gorgeous centering feed that helped set up a Matt Moulson goal: Save of the Night Sticking with the Michael Grabner theme, check out him getting absolutely robbed by a brilliant glove save by Roberto Luongo:   Photo by Getty Images
Blake Benzel | News/Features | Monday, 14 November 2011 02:36 | Print | PDF
Just a couple seasons ago, I remember someone telling me that Claude Giroux was going to be a really special player. I also remember scoffing at the suggestion, asking when he was going to break out. We're not scoffing anymore. p.intro .firstletter { font-size : 200%; font-weight : bold; float : left; color : #c00; } p.intro .firstletter { font-size : 200%; font-weight : bold; float : left; color : #c00; } p.intro .firstletter 1  Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers – In something that has become commonplace with the Flyers, Giroux was dazzling on Monday night, tallying two goals and an assist on the way to a 5-3 win for Philadelphia. Max Talbot, Wayne Simmonds and Matt Read scored the other goals for Philly and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 17 shots for the win. 2  Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo Sabres – With Ryan Miller out, is there cause for concern for his job? If Enroth keeps playing like this, he’s going to make it hard for Lindy Ruff to make a change. Enroth stopped 25 of 27 shots to lead the Sabres to a 3-2 shootout win. Jason Pominville and Derek Roy scored in regulation for the Sabres and Brad Boyes scored the game-winning shootout goal.   3  Tim Stapleton, Winnipeg Jets – What can you do with 8:27 of ice time? If you’re Tim Stapleton, apparently, a lot. Stapleton tallied a goal and an assist on Monday as the Jets downed the Lightning 5-2 (funny how Winnipeg had no problem putting goals on the board against Tampa’s vaunted 1-3-1). Also scoring for the Jets were Evander Kane, Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd and Mark Flood. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 30 shots for the win. Play of the Night Check out this goal by Matt Read, who paid the price for the goal by crashing into the end boards: Save of the Night Mathieu Garon makes a gorgeous paddle save here, robbing the Jets of a goal: Finally… NHL Fan Balloting is open, so let’s all head over there and make a mockery of the process again by voting Wade Redden in as a starter. Photo by Getty Images
Blake Benzel | News/Features | Tuesday, 15 November 2011 01:21 | Print | PDF
Last week, it seemed like Niklas Backstrom was in danger of losing his job to Josh Harding. This week, Backstrom has seen Harding’s bet and raised him 43 saves. 1  Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild – Backstrom was spectacular for the Wild in their 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, stopping 43 of 45 shots – including 16 in the first period and 17 in the third. Matt Cullen, Nick Johnson, Cal Clutterbuck and Devin Setoguchi scored for the Wild. 2  Stephen Weiss, Florida Panthers – Weiss tallied a goal and two assists and was a staggering plus-6 as the Florida Panthers downed the Dallas Stars with a commanding 6-0 win. Dmitry Kulikov, Jason Garrison, Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg and Evgenii Dadonov all scored for Florida while Scott Clemmensen stopped 25 shots for the shutout. 3  James Neal, Pittsburgh Penguins – Neal continued his blistering start to the season, tallying a goal and two assists for the Penguins, who downed the struggling Colorado Avalanche 6-3. Jordan Staal, Pascal Dupuis, Brooks Orpik, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang also added goals for Pittsburgh and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 shots for the win. Play of the Night Matt Duchene scores the goal of the year so far. That is all: Save of the Night Johan Hedberg makes this beautiful save on Brad Marchand with the Devils up a man: Fight of the Night Aaron Asham and Cody McLeod throw some bombs in this fight: Photo by Getty Images
Blake Benzel | News/Features | Wednesday, 16 November 2011 01:33 | Print | PDF
It’s always a good night when a goalie gets a shutout, but when you can get an assist with that shutout? All you need then is a fight and you’ve got yourself a Ron Hextall Hat Trick. p.intro .firstletter { font-size : 200%; font-weight : bold; float : left; color : #c00; } p.intro .firstletter { font-size : 200%; font-weight : bold; float : left; color : #c00; } p.intro .firstletter 1  Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens – Price stopped all 25 shots he faced against the Hurricanes and also tallied an assist in the Habs’ 4-0 win. He assisted on Mike Cammalleri’s first-period goal, while Yannick Weber, P.K. Subban, and Travis Moen also scored for the Habs. 2  Tyler Myers, Buffalo Sabres – Despite the Sabres losing, you could say that Myers responded quite well to his scratching, scoring twice in Buffalo’s 5-3 loss. 3  Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks – Hossa assisted on three of Chicago’s five goals as the ‘Hawks downed the Canucks 5-1. Andrew Brunette, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Steve Montador were the goal-scorers for Chicago and Corey Crawford stopped 28 shots for his ninth win of the year. Play of the Night Ilya Kovalchuk makes Derek Roy look foolish with this absolutely beautiful move that led to a goal: Save of the Night Check out another addition to the Martin Brodeur highlight reel:   Photo by Getty Images
Blake Benzel | News/Features | Thursday, 17 November 2011 02:59 | Print | PDF
Different season, same results. The Sharks still have a line on the Detroit Red Wings and Marc-Edouard Vlasic had a career night in the process, with the Sharks blitzing the Wings in the second period in a game that won’t make the Detroit faithful any happier. p.intro .firstletter { font-size : 200%; font-weight : bold; float : left; color : #c00; } p.intro .firstletter { font-size : 200%; font-weight : bold; float : left; color : #c00; } p.intro .firstletter 1 Marc-Edouard Vlasic, San Jose Sharks – Vlasic tallied a goal and three assists in San Jose’s 5-2 drubbing in a rematch of last season’s Western Conference semifinals. Antti Niemi stopped an unbelievable 40 saves and Torrey Mitchell, Brad Winchester, Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton tallied the other goals for San Jose, who won handily despite being outshot 42-28. 2  Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild – Backstrom stood out again for the Wild, stopping all 27 shots he faced in a 1-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Devin Setoguchi scored the lone goal of the game, but the play of the game went to Jan Hejda, bailing out J.S. Giguere with this save of a Nick Schultz goal: 3  Evander Kane, Winnipeg Jets – Kane scored twice for the Jets and had a game-high six shots in Winnipeg’s 4-1 win over their division rival Washington Capitals. Blake Wheeler and Kyle Wellwood both scored power-play goals and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 31 shots to give Winnipeg the win. Play of the Night The Caps missed on their odd-man rush chance, but Blake Wheeler’s hustle turned the play into a rush and a goal for the Jets: Save of the Night Ben Scrivens makes this gorgeous save to rob Mike Fisher of what would have been a beautiful goal: Minus of the Night This is just painful to watch. Craig Smith misses a wide open net, right from the top of the crease: Fight of the Night And finally, sticking with the apparent Toronto/Nashville theme, Jay Rosehill and Brian McGrattan throw down in the fight of the year so far:   Photos by Getty Images
Blake Benzel | News/Features | Friday, 18 November 2011 02:42 | Print | PDF
After starting out the season on a tear, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had been in a slump, tallying just three points in his last seven games. He certainly took care of that slump on Saturday. 1) Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers – Nugent-Hopkins tallied five assists in Edmonton’s 9-2 drubbing of the Chicago Blackhawks. Nugent Hopkins assisted on all three Taylor Hall goals, on Jordan Eberle’s goal and on Tom Gilbert’s power-play goal. Also scoring for the Oilers were Ales Hemsky, Ryan Jones, Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff and Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 34 of 36 shots. 2) Joffrey Lupul, Toronto Maple Leafs – Joffrey Lupul scored a goal and tallied three assists in Toronto’s dismantling of the Washington Capitals. Tim Connolly, Matt Frattin, Tyler Bozak, Phil Kessel, Cody Franson and David Steckel each also scored for the Leafs, and Jonas Gustavsson stopped 40 of 41 shots to get the 7-1 win. 3) Chris Kelly, Boston Bruins – Kelly scored twice and assisted on one other as Boston cruised past the Isles 6-0. Tim Thomas made 23 saves for the shutout and Patrice Bergeron, Nathan Horton, Andrew Ference and Zdeno Chara had the other goals for the Bruins, who won their eighth straight contest. Play of the Night: Tyler Seguin shows that he’s not just all goals, feathering this beautiful pass to Patrice Bergeron for Boston’s first goal of the evening: Save of the Night: Jimmy Howard turns away Dustin Brown with this marvelous kick save: Fight of the Night: It might not have been Dan Henderson and Shogun Rua, but this one was a pretty solid bout between Ryane Clowe and Krys Barch:  
Blake Benzel | News/Features | Sunday, 20 November 2011 02:19 | Print | PDF
It’s safe to say the Bruins have gotten over their Cup hangover. They might not be the top team in the league yet record-wise but with eight straight wins, they’re well on their way. 1 Boston Bruins (11-7-0) – Basically, the feeling around the interwebz is that the Bruins are pushing around the rest of the league, and the rest of the league isn’t doing anything. This is not only true, but it has been dubbed “The Punk Test.” 2  Minnesota Wild (12-5-3) – Raise your hand if you thought the Wild would be the top team in the league at this point in the season … small crowd there, I'm sure. 3  San Jose Sharks (12-5-1) – Benn Ferriero hasn’t yet become a regular on the Sharks, but that’s not deterring him. You’ve got to love that type of talk coming from a kid after a disappointing demotion. 4  Phoenix Coyotes (10-5-3) – Mike Smith is blossoming into the goaltender that everyone thought he could be in Phoenix. Of course, playing behind a Dave Tippett defense isn’t hurting things. 5  Nashville Predators (10-5-4) – It’s a good thing that the Preds are this high up the list. Otherwise, this would hurt a lot more: 6  New York Rangers (10-4-3) – Sean Avery is frustrated with officials. So, basically that and the Wild being on top of the league means that we’ve officially entered into bizzaro NHL territory. If Brian Burke trades Colton Orr for not being truculent enough, we’ve got a problem. 7 Philadelphia Flyers (11-5-3) – People in Winnipeg found out that Ilya Bryzgalov is actually a pretty nice guy, which is small consolation for not having many parks. 8 Buffalo Sabres (12-8-0) – The Sabres were the latest NHL team to fail Boston’s “Punk Test,” and many are expecting retribution in a big way when these two teams meet again. As long as they have the obligatory marshmallow fight during that time, that’s OK with me. 9  Toronto Maple Leafs (11-8-2) – Brian Burke has made every hockey fan’s life and joined Twitter. Let the fun begin. 10 Pittsburgh Penguins (11-6-3) – Holy $#!%, Sidney Crosby is back. That might make it less awkward when he’s voted a starter in this year’s All Star Game. 12 Chicago Blackhawks (12-6-3) – It’s odd to hear the phrases “Chicago Blackhawks” and “ample cap space” in the same sentence. 12 Florida Panthers (10-6-3) – Stop the presses. The Panthers sent their fans home happy for a change. 13 Edmonton Oilers (10-7-2) – Tom Renney said that the Oilers’ focus for their game against the Blackhawks was to get back to a defensive game. Scoring nine goals sounds pretty defensive to me. 14 Ottawa Senators (10-9-2) – Nikita Filatov is considering heading back to Russia, but some think that he might benefit from just a touch of patience. It’s easy to see why he thinks his time is running out, though. I mean, he is 21 years old – ancient these days in the NHL. 15 Los Angeles Kings (10-7-3) – In case you missed it, Anze Kopitar doesn’t like people who text and drive. 16  St. Louis Blues (10-7-2) – Ken Hitchcock’s offensive strategies have evolved as the game has. I’ll let you make your own joke for that one. 17 Washington Capitals (10-7-1) – Would a lack of Bruce Boudreau make the Caps a better team? It’s hard to say, but something’s got to give soon if Washington keeps losing. 17 New Jersey Devils (10-7-1) – Pete DeBoer is, apparently, a match-up type of coach. Whatever he's doing is starting to work for the Devils. 19 Detroit Red Wings (11-7-1) – Wow. Vladimir Konstantinov is now having his art shown at Gallery U in Royal Oak. Great, great story. 20 Montreal Canadiens (9-8-3) – Erik Cole is finally heating up for the Habs, while Eric Staal is looking lost without Cole on his wing. Coincidence? Maybe, but it’s hard to deny the optics. 21 Winnipeg Jets (8-9-3) – The Jets and Flyers have combined for 27 goals in two games this season. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m making a point to watch their last two games. 22 Dallas Stars (11-8-0) – “We’re going to shut our mouths and we’re going to play.” That’s what Glen Gulutzan had to say about Dallas’s recent losing streak. It’s a good thing Sean Avery isn’t still on their squad. 23 Tampa Bay Lightning (9-8-2) – Guy Boucher is breaking out a little tough love for Brett Connolly. As long as it doesn’t turn into a Homer Simpson/Bart Simpson relationship, I don’t see a problem with it. 24 Calgary Flames (8-9-1) – The Flames have given their rookies the go-ahead to go apartment hunting. Always a good sign for those youngsters. 25 Vancouver Canucks (10-9-1) – Mark Recchi called the Canucks both the most arrogant and most hated team he’s ever played against. Maybe it’s time for the Canucks to play the full-out heel of the NHL? 26 Colorado Avalanche (9-11-1) – J.S. Giguere seems to have won the starting job over Semyon Varlamov for the time being. Anyone who’s calling this a temporary demotion obviously hasn’t seen Varlamov play much over the past few seasons. 27 New York Islanders (5-9-3) – This is interesting. Rick DiPietro is replacing a goalie who’s injured. That’s got to be weird for him to hear. 28 Columbus Blue Jackets (4-13-2) – Apparently, the Jackets’ big summer trade isn't working so well for them. Because the fact that Jeff Carter has been injured hasn’t played into that at all. 29 Anaheim Ducks (6-10-4) – This is beautiful. Bobby Ryan, reviewing Twilight. 30 Carolina Hurricanes (7-11-3) – You know it’s bad when you replace the perennial No. 30 Columbus Blue Jackets, so I won’t rub salt in the wound. Photos by Getty Images
Blake Benzel | News/Features | Sunday, 20 November 2011 20:41 | Print | PDF

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