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Nashville Off To A Great Start

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from the CP via Slam,

Steve Sullivan had no idea. Told on Friday that he woke up that day leading the NHL in scoring, the native of Timmins, Ont., responded incredulously: "Really? I'll have to get my wife to print the stats page off right now." It's been a heady start to the season for Sullivan, who has nine points (three goals, six assists), and his Nashville Predators. Nashville and Ottawa remain the only teams in the NHL with perfect records at 4-0-0. OK, so the Preds aren't exactly routing the opposition, winning all four games by one goal - two by shootout - but they're finding ways to win, just the kind of thing good teams know how to do.

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Fans Like The New Rules

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from the CP via TSN,

Fans are giving the new-look NHL an early thumbs-up, according to a poll. The survey by Decima Research and the National Hockey League Fans' Association, provided to The Canadian Press, suggests fans are back and digging it. ''People are neither dismissive nor cynical,'' Decima CEO Bruce Anderson said Friday. ''They believe that the changes will matter and some of the early evidence, such as the rate of goal-scoring, bears out their expectations.'' Decima contacted 1,500 Canadians during a seven-day period from Sept. 30 through Oct. 6, a stretch that covered the end of the pre-season and two days of the regular season. The poll found 600 respondents - or 40 per cent - who regarded themselves as typical fans of the game. Among those fans, 67 per cent said the new rules will make the NHL more exciting to watch and 81 per cent said their curiosity has been piqued to see how the rules play out over the course of a full season.
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Nash Out For Two More Weeks

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via the CP,

Star winger Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets will be out another 12 to 14 days after getting another opinion from doctors on his high ankle sprain. The Jackets were hoping to get him back next week. "Unfortunately, that's not the case," Jackets GM Doug MacLean told the Columbus Dispatch. "He's going to be immobilized for the next week. Then we'll start therapy again. From what the doctors told me, if we follow this procedure he should be 100 per cent in two weeks."

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Leafs Alert:  10 Steps To Win The Cup

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from Sports Illustrated,

Quick: When was the last time the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup? If you guessed 1867, the year of Canadian Confederation, you're not far off. It actually was 1967. That's 37 springs without a parade -- a real parade, not the kind that erupt spontaneously on Yonge St. after winning a game in the first round -- and it's about to become 38.

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All About Foppa

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NHL.com correspondent Chuck Gormley recently sat down with Philadelphia Flyers center Peter Forsberg to discuss his life in Sweden, his passion for the game, and why he chose Philadelphia as perhaps the final stop of his illustrious NHL career.

Q: Tell me a little about Ornskoldsvik, Sweden. What was it like growing up? A: It was always cold in the winters and hockey was the thing to do. It was a great place growing up. It is in the suburbs with no traffic. I was always outside. My parents would let me out the door and I'd be out for 10 hours. They'd ring a bell when it was time for lunch and then I'd be back out.

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Mikita Comeback

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Once a Blackhawk, always a Blackhawk. As I have always said, people over the age of 30 should never wear a hockey sweater.

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Refs Looking To Create Offense

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from the NY Daily News,

You think hockey players are having a tough time adapting to the new rules? Try being one of the guys who has to enforce them. The 2005-06 copy of the National Hockey League rule book has all of the rules changes highlighted in yellow. Flip through the pages, and it looks like the business section of the phone book. "We're not inventing calls," Fraser said. "We're not making phantom calls. We're not looking to fill the penalty boxes. We're looking to create offense, and let the skill of the players be demonstrated.

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Roenick Can’t Get Comfortable

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from the LA Daily News,

Anyone who pays $5 million for a thoroughbred better make sure the horse is properly shod. Jeremy Roenick has admittedly struggled at times this season, particularly in the offensive zone, where he is supposed to make his biggest impact. Roenick has attributed his tough times not to being out of shape, even though he didn't play anywhere last year, but to problems finding a comfortable pair of skates. "I'm so high maintenance, it's ridiculous," Roenick said. "But it makes a difference. I find myself working three times as hard on the ice because I'm on shaky ground with my equipment."

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Belfour Trying To Adjust

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from the Globe and Mail,

These are not happy days for Ed Belfour. Those who know him best say the Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender functions best in an orderly world. Uncertainty unsettles him. But those meanies in charge of the National Hockey League dealt Belfour and the rest of his fellow members of the goaltenders' union nothing but uncertainty this season. They shrunk the size of goalie pads and gloves. The oversized sweaters are next on the list, giving back the advantage to the shooters that the netminders steadily seized over the past two decades.

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Zero Tolerance Must Continue

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Great article by Kevin Allen. Should be mandatory reading for every fan, player, coach and official. from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

One player said to me recently that we really don't want "zero tolerance" because we want the referees to have some leeway in determining whether the foul is justified. No, we want "zero tolerance." We don't want officiating based on the score. We want the skilled players to have as many rights in the 59th minute or overtime as they had in the first minute. For years, it has been acceptable for referees to "swallow their whistles" in the third period in the name of "letting the boys play." The theory: Players should decide the outcome, not referees. But my argument is that the new rules are actually "letting the boys play" for the first time in many years. If the rules are enforced, talent and skill should determine the outcome. Isn't that the idea?

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