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Some predictions from me at my NHL.com blog today.

Feel free to come up with your own topics too!

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Wings Have All The Answers

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Abel to Yzerman pointed out the Q & A interview the Wings braintrust did with the Detroit News.  Here is another expert…

Ilitch: Oh, I do. I’ll speak up. I think we’ve got a good team, we got a good shot at the Cup. Last year we should’ve won the Cup. We were 2-2—and I’m gonna talk like a typical fan now—it was 2-2, and a minute and a half to go, and they called the cheapest penalty I’ve ever seen.

Devellano: Yeah, (expletive).

Bowman: Two-man system.

Ilitch: Now, and here’s the big tears coming out, but prior to that, Kenny brought it to the league’s attention, there was a flagrant penalty on Anaheim, right in front of the referee, and they didn’t call it. Then they turned around and called that (interference) penalty (on Datsyuk). We had that game won, and we’d have been up 3-2 in the series.

That same referee in 1994, when we were down 3-2 going into Toronto, we score four power-play goals, we come back to Detroit 3-3, and the referee did not call one penalty—not one—during the game or overtime. So you figure that one out. We lost, and that’s the same guy that made that call in this arena with a minute and a half to go.

much more

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Phoenix Hopes To Forget Last Season

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from the Arizona Republic,

Last year.

Two words this organization would like to forget, and with good reason: the worst record in the NHL’s Western Conference and the team’s poorest showing since moving to the Valley 11 seasons ago - 67 points (31-46-5), second fewest in the league.

“I definitely use it as a motivational tool,” defenseman Nick Boynton said. “We don’t want to harp on it, but, yeah, it’s embarrassing. You don’t want it to happen again. You’ve got to come out and prove it’s not going to be like that.”

But can things get better this time around?

more

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  Tags: phoenix+coyotes

Money Year For Commodore

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from the News & Observer,

Commodore will make $1.3 million this season in the final year of a two-year contract. After that, if his progress continues, at age 28 he could find himself one of the top defensemen available on the market.

“I thought about it a little bit this summer, and it’s a little bit of motivation, I guess,” Commodore said. “Every summer you try and find something.

“Last year, my motivation was that I’m going to get a big opportunity to play, so I need to work a little harder in the weight room.

“This year, it’s a good opportunity for me to have another good year back-to-back and hopefully see where that takes me.”

read on

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  Tags: carolina+hurricanes, mike+commodore

Significant Roster Changes For Bruins

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from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,

Only 10 of the players who will start the season in Boston were on last year’s season-opening roster, reflecting the wholesale changes that have occurred in the last 12 months under general manager Peter Chiarelli.

“This is the group we’re going forward with as it stands (now),” Chiarelli said during a conference call. “But if there’s an area where we can improve and an opportunity to improve, we’re still going to look at it.”

The 13 new faces include winger Shawn Thornton, who was signed as a free agent this summer, and versatile forward Glen Metropolit, who made the team after being invited to camp without a contract. Chiarelli said he expects to have Metropolit signed within a day or two.

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Filppula Gets A Shot At Center

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from the Windsor Star,

Can the Finn finish?

“I don’t think too much (about the increased expectations),” said Filppula, who had 10 goals and seven assists in limited playing time last season. “I think the biggest expectations are coming from myself.

“For me, what I’m expecting, is to continue what was going on at the end of last season. Getting more ice time and getting better and better. I think I improved my game as the season went on.  “I haven’t really thought about the number of points I should be producing.”

A year ago, Filppula wasn’t even on the Red Wings’ opening night roster.

read on

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Something In The Air In Edmonton

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from the Edmonton Sun,

MacTavish said the players can sense there is something special happening here.

“It brings the optimism up, for sure,” he said of having four high-end skill players making the team together as toddlers.

He said the players can all sense “there’s the making of something real memorable here. If you get that skill with players willing to play hard and sacrifice, we’re going to have something special.”

He said there’s suddenly a foundation here which gives you that feeling of deja vu - “something we’ve seen here in the past when a young team comes together collectively.”

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“Singing” Mike Keenan

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from the Calgary Herald,

...Anyway, they had an all-girl Western band playing. We’re having a few pops and enjoying ourselves.

“Well, by the end of the night, Mike’s up on stage, Burnsie’s up on stage. They’re both playing guitar and singing—Mike has a very good voice, I’ll have you know—with the band and the place is just going wild. That, to me, is Mike Keenan.  “A funny guy. A personable guy. That other guy, the one you hear about all the time, he’s a stranger to me.’‘

The other guy, the one you hear about all the time, is the Mike Keenan of legend. The snarling, bullying, caustic martinet capable of eliciting either undying devotion or undying scorn from his players.

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Columbus Plans For Their Top Players

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

Sergei Fedorov will center the Blue Jackets’ first line in the opener between Rick Nash and David Vyborny. Fedorov did not play between the wingers during the preseason.

Hitchcock said Fedorov, 37, earned the right with his performance over the last three exhibition games. The coach said Fedorov will not kill penalties in an effort to limit his minutes.

Nikolai Zherdev will play extensively on the penalty-killing units, Hitchcock said. He believes the winger is a smart player who doesn’t get enough credit for his work on the defensive end. Nash also will be a penalty-killing regular.

more on the Blue Jackets…

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, sergei+fedorov

Sens Looking For Fast Start

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from the Ottawa Sun,

Senators coach John Paddock will have captain Daniel Alfredsson back on the right side with centre Jason Spezza and winger Dany Heatley when the Senators open the season tomorrow in Toronto.

With the Senators playing seven games in the first 11 days of the season, Paddock believes it’s crucial the team begin the year on the right foot.

“The last two or three days I’ve looked at the schedule and, obviously, you want to get off to a good start because then the schedule becomes extremely light (for the rest of October),” said Paddock. “We go from one extreme to the other.

read on

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  Tags: ottawa+senators

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