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New York Rangers veteran forward Martin Straka broke a finger on his right hand in a game against the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
Towards the end of the first period, Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara cranked a slap shot from the point that hit Straka in the right hand in front of the net.
Straka, who has two goals and one assist this season, is not expected to return.
From The Tennessean,
If the Nashville Predators left town, they would leave behind a gaping hole in Sommet Center’s calendar that would be tough for the city to fill, some experts said.
But other observers said losing the Predators eventually could be turned into a positive for the arena and Metro taxpayers. [...]
By not having to block off at least 41 dates a year for hockey, Brown said, an arena might be able to draw concerts and other events that previously may not have stopped in the city because the arena was already booked.
From Eric Stephens at the LA Times,
Mathieu Schneider felt so good about having the protective boot removed from his left foot that he found a way to celebrate the occasion.
“I feel like I’ve lost my ball-and-chain,” Schneider said, beaming. “I’m going to run over it with my car. Maybe I’ll have my kids do it.”
It has been a mostly solitary existence for Schneider thus far with the Ducks.
The 38-year-old defenseman broke a bone in his ankle in his first appearance with his new team—during in an exhibition game against the Kings on Sept. 15.
continued… (*Schneider expects to return to the ice by late next week)
from the Washington Times,
Did you run into Crosby at any point this summer?
“Yeah, I call him every day,” he said before rolling his eyes. “He’s Crosby, I’m Ovechkin. I am here. He’s over there. Why I have to call him in the summer and say, ‘Hey, what’s up buddy? What are you doing?’ “
Ovechkin’s smugness about the subject underscored the general theme from members of the Washington Capitals organization at practice yesterday
“We’re learning the lessons with our team that Buffalo learned five or six years ago,” Hitchcock said. “This team (the Sabres) never gets the credit for the work they put in. Yeah, they can finish (their chances), but it’s not like the other team gives them the puck and says, ‘Have a go at it.’
“They win all the races to the puck and do something with it. That’s why it looks like you get overwhelmed with their speed.
“That’s the kind of game we are learning how to play.”
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
For those who understand what the Cubs mean to baseball, what the Bears mean to the NFL and what the Bulls came to mean to the NBA, it’s not too hard to comprehend that the disappearance of the Blackhawks as a successful team and popular drawing card at the same time the world of media has expanded and diversified has been a major, major problem for the NHL.
These days, there’s a least hope that change is on the way.
from the Mercury News,
But if the Sharks are to escape their early season doldrums, goalie Evgeni Nabokov said, that has to change.
“Everybody’s talking about how good we are, how talented we are, how fast we are, how big we are,” Nabokov said. “We have to put all of that aside and just start working hard. It’s wasting our skills if we don’t. Teams are learning how to defend us, so now we have to answer that by playing like a bunch of hungry guys.”
So far that has been easier said than done.
from Scott Morrison at Sun Media,
Recent history has proven that the teams usually left standing at the end, run, not stumble, out of the gate in the fall. Tampa Bay, winner in 2004, was 6-0-1 in October. Carolina, winner in 2006, was 8-2-1 the first month of the season. Anaheim, winner last season, started 9-0-3. The past 10 champions were a combined 78-17-14 in October. You get the idea.
Let’s examine the six Canadian teams and their starts and chances.
There certainly isn’t much to complain about, as the Senators contemplate heading to Muskoka for three days of relaxation next week, although they admit there have been nights when they won but still could have played better
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Get this: The Rangers have been shut out in 12 of the season’s 18 periods. They have scored 10 of their 13 total goals in three periods (four in the third period of the opener against the Panthers, three in the first period of last Friday’s victory over the Caps, and three in Thursday’s third period). They have scored seven goals at even strength, two in the five games since the opener.
Jagr, who has scored once, has been on the ice for one even-strength goal since the opener. Chris Drury hasn’t been on the ice for an even-strength goal since opening night.
from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,
...But lurking beneath the bad and the ugly, the Flyers have also built a team that might be awfully good. From the rubble of last season, the Flyers have constructed a suddenly scary offense and a team, with a few exceptions, that is less reliant on the thuggery that brings flashbacks to the days of the notorious Broad Street Bullies of the 1970s.
“We like the direction we’re going,” Flyers Coach John Stevens said this week. “Our fans are excited. The crowds at home have been just terrific and people are saying we’re an exciting team to watch, and that means a lot. But if we are going to fly under the radar a little, that’s O.K., too.”
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