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from Duffer’s Dabbles at the Windsor Star,
Vancouver Canucks captain Markus Naslund is good friends with fellow Swede Peter Forsberg and he isn’t buying any of the recent speculation that Forsberg could be back in the National Hockey League by Nov. 15, with Philadelphia and Colorado listed as supposed landing spots for the former Hart Trophy winner. “I haven’t talked to him since the summer, so I don’t know where he’s at,” Naslund said. “I know he’s back skating (with MoDo of the Swedish Elite League), but I don’t think he’s going to make a decision anytime soon.”
more NHL bits…
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
While it’s too early to say the Ducks are on the same path as the Canes were last year in following up their Cup victory by missing the post-season tournament, there are some similarities, and falling from 52 to 40 wins was enough for Carolina to accomplish that dubious feat.
Interestingly, the Ducks – who may get Bertuzzi and Schneider back next week – are off to a slightly worse start than were the Hurricanes a year ago after the same number of games, and because Randy Carlyle’s team plays in a much tougher division, the slow start could be equally deadly.
Tampa Bay, meanwhile, hasn’t won a playoff series since it won it all in 2004. These days, with the salary cap and free agency a tough challenge for all quality teams, being the NHL champ seems to be a precursor to tough times.
from the Tennessean,
Under normal circumstances the Panthers likely would rest their starter tonight. But with the buzz sure to accompany Vokoun’s return, this isn’t a normal situation. Trotz said he would enjoy a matchup between Vokoun and his former backup, Chris Mason.
“I would love that,” Mason said. “I have a lot of respect for Tomas, and it would be a thrill to compete against him.”
Vokoun was not so sure.
“I have mixed feelings about that,” he said. “Sometimes people come back and say, ‘I have something to prove.’ I don’t feel that way. When I got traded I knew the exact reason why I was traded. Everyone was so nice to me from the bottom to the top. I play for Florida and want to win the game, but I wish nothing but the best for the Preds.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Penner doesn’t have any illusion about the reception he’ll get from the Ducks’ crowd. It may be warm but it won’t be a hero’s welcome like former Oilers winger Ryan Smyth of the Colorado Avalanche received at Rexall Place on Tuesday.
“I won’t be getting a video tribute. I won’t be tearing up,” kidded Penner. “I do have some fond memories though. I’m excited to be going back. I made some friends there that I’ll have for life.”
more and Penner hopes to get his Stanley Cup ring too…
from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
The Penguins had been outscored by seven goals during five-on-five play.
“We do have to make sure we are more effective five-on-five,” captain Sidney Crosby said. “You cannot always depend on your power play and penalty kill.”
Crosby said the Penguins need to improve their work around the net to better create traffic in front of opposing goaltenders.
“We need to get a few more dirty goals,” Crosby said. “If you look at the goals we do score, a lot of times they are right around the net. That is no fluke. You have to score like that.”
from Stats Blog,
Heading into the 2007-08 season, the Columbus Blue Jackets had recorded just 22 shutouts in their six NHL campaigns, and never more than five in a single season. The Blue Jackets, who recorded just four shutouts in all of 2006-07, set an NHL record with their fourth in October Thursday night.
Since the NHL began scheduling October games 65 years ago, at the start the 1942-43 season, no team had blanked its opponents more than three times for the month.
from Habs Inside/Out,
Congratulations to Canadiens forward Alex Kovalev, who last night scored the 800th point of his NHL career – in his 1,000th game.
*view some pictures of Kovalev in action during his 1,000th game…
(sorry. link no longer available)
Two earlier than normal games today…
Check out the schedule at NHL.com for the broadcast network for all the games today.
from the Calgary Sun,
The stats will show Jose Theodore stole a victory from the Calgary Flames.
The feelings in the club’s dressing room are the real thief was referee Mick McGeough.
A 3-2 overtime loss to the Flames is how last night’s clash with the Colorado Avalanche will go in the books, but the hosts can’t be blamed for feeling ripped off because of McGeough’s early whistle in the middle portion of the third period.
from the Ottawa Sun,
“It’s funny, you don’t play for a week, and you watch a couple of games, on TSN, and how they love Detroit ... and Detroit has the best line in the league right now,” Paddock said, a reference to the Red Wings’ combination of Henrik Zetterberg-Tomas Holstrom-Pavel Datsyuk and comments apparently made by hockey analyst Pierre McGuire. “That’s what everybody’s saying and it’s only because, well not only because ... they’re good players ... but we haven’t played in a week. Everybody has forgotten about (Jason Spezza-Daniel Alfredsson-Dany Heatley) because you’re out of sight, you’re out of mind. We haven’t played. Now Detroit has the best line in the league….”
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