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Elias Returns Tonight

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from the Journal News,

Time to dust off the equipment that has not been used in any of the Devils' first 39 games this season. Time to stretch out the ligaments that have not been put through an NHL game in 21 months. Time to lend a hand to this proud franchise that has fallen on hard times in a hurry. With Devils fans clamoring for a savior, Elias is scheduled to make his return from a bout with hepatitis A tonight when the Devils meet the Florida Panthers at Continental Airlines Arena. "I'm not saying I'm going to be helping them the way I'm going to play," Elias said after yesterday's practice at Codey Arena, "but maybe just my presence might help."
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Roof Collapses At German Rink

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via Hockey Refs,

According to Germany’s DPA news agency, about 50 locals public skating in Bad Reichenhall – which is located in the Bavarian Alps near the Austrian border – when the roof collapsed at 4 p.m. local time. Responders – some 300 in total – to the small town of about 15,000 residents included German soldiers and firemen from neighbouring Austria communities. “The rescue work is proving very difficult,” said police spokesman Fritz Braun. “It is very difficult to get into the building.”
more update 1:04pm, from Reuters,
German rescuers suspended efforts on Tuesday to reach a woman and three youths still feared trapped under an ice rink roof that caved in and killed at least 11 others, saying it might give way completely. Local officials said they hoped to resume the recovery operation later on Tuesday once heavy lifting gear had arrived and removed what remains of the massive building, whose roof fell in on Monday after heavy snowfall. "Whenever it is possible, we will go in with the dogs and personnel to find those who are still in the wreckage," chief fire officer Rudi Zeif told a news conference.
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Malkin & Crosby- Someday Soon

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from the CP via TSN,

Evgeni Malkin anticipates playing alongside Sidney Crosby with the Pittsburgh Penguins some day soon. The 19-year-old Russian star forward has been a standout player at the world junior hockey championship and is talented enough to play in the NHL now. ''Crosby is a very exciting player and I've seen some of his best moments on television,'' Malkin said Monday through an interpreter. ''So far, I haven't been able to see a full game, but there are a lot of highlights on television. ''I think that he's a leader on the team who can eventually lead the team to the Stanley Cup and I'm looking forward to playing with him.''
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WJC- Heads Up USA Fans

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Center Ice has added the USA-Czech WJC game tonight. It will be live starting at 11:00pm ET.

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Brad May Out With Sprained Knee

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via the AP, Colorado

Avalanche forward Brad May will miss four to five weeks because of a sprained knee, the team said Monday. May was hurt in the second period of Colorado's 5-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night. May has two goals, two assists and 59 penalty minutes in 34 games.

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Blackhawk Woes

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from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

It's been just over a week since Chicago Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon went on a mini tirade, threatened trades and warned of consequences for poor play. The result? The team went 0-4 though Friday's loss to Columbus (a team below them in both the division and conference standings). It's part of an 0-6 run that has the Hawks challenging the Blue Jackets and the St. Louis Blues for worst overall in the Western Conference and the entire NHL. This comes after Tallon made a slew of offseason signings, including signing goalie Nikolai Khabibulin to a contract that he can neither move nor, seemingly salvage.
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Hatcher Finding His Game

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from Philly Burbs,

Some called them dinosaurs. That was understandable. When the new NHL started off as a track meet in October, skeptics thought that big, not-so-fleet-of-foot defensemen like Derian Hatcher would have trouble making the adjustment. And for a while there, they were right. The Flyers' 6-foot-5, 235-pound backliner was beating a steady trail to the penalty box, often shaking his head with a facetious grin that said, “what do you want me to do?
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Delayed High Definition

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Tonight's Tampa Bay-Islanders game on OLN is a scheduled 7:00pm start. But if you have Comcast and want to see the game in HD on INHD, you won't be able to see the game until 11:30pm. The game is the 2nd of 7 NHL games that will be shown on delayed basis on INHD, due to a scheduling conflict with the NBA.

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Yashin- Enough Said

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from the NY Post,

One of Alexei Yashin's New Year's resolutions should be to spend less time in the doghouse. You can count on one hand the number of dominant performances Yashin, the Lord of Dogtown, has had in an Islanders uniform — a total quickly being gained on by the number of times he's been demoted to the fourth line.
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Crosby In Canada

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from the Globe and Mail,

Sidney Crosby, the No. 1 National Hockey League draft pick from Nova Scotia, plays his first games in Canada as a professional this week, in Toronto and tomorrow in Montreal against the Canadiens. Family and friends are flocking to both sites. The upside to a trip to Toronto — widely considered the epicentre among NHL cities — is it guarantees enormous exposure. In an unusual move, the Penguins will bring their entire media-relations staff in order to handle the crush expected for Crosby. The less desirable side is that a Toronto stop often raises controversies, often exaggerated, and, in this case, fuelled by Cherry's national show Coach's Corner. "There's a lot of controversy with everything you do in Toronto," Therrien said last week in response to a question from a Toronto reporter about Crosby being appointed as an alternate captain. "There was no controversy in Pittsburgh. Eventually, this is going to be Sidney's team. I'm not afraid to say it."
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