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Give This Mini-Series A Title

from Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

HBO will film a documentary mini-series this season revolving around the Winter Classic between the Penguins and rival Washington Capitals, according to sources with the Penguins. The series would air throughout December and into January.

It will be similar to the popular “Hard Knocks” series, which has documented the training camps of NFL teams over the past decade. This summer, HBO had full access to the New York Jets.

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Did Boynton Go To His Throat?

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Highlights show what appears to a throat slash gesture by Boynton last night. Colin Campbell is dealing with it.

Scroll to the 36 second mark for the gesture…

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Turris Impressing The Right People In Phoenix

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

There’s a guy turning heads so far at camp for the Phoenix Coyotes and you may remember him: Kyle Turris.

The third overall pick from the 2007 NHL draft is so far making a strong case to stick around, and his goal in Anaheim in a preseason game Tuesday night signaled he’s here to make a statement.

“I’ve been impressed with Kyle so far,” Coyotes GM Don Maloney told ESPN.com. “I think he’s where he needs to be to make this team. So we’ll see.”

“Turris certainly hasn’t done anything to hurt himself yet,” Coyotes coach Dave Tippett added Wednesday.

continued plus other Phoenix topics…

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Johan Franzen Takes A Knee From Orpik

In the first period of the game between Detroit and Pittsburgh….

18:17 PIT Brooks Orpik : Kneeing (maj)  - 5 min
18:17 PIT Brooks Orpik : Fighting (maj)  - 5 min
18:17 DET Todd Bertuzzi : Fighting (maj)  - 5 min
18:17 DET Todd Bertuzzi : Instigator - 2 min
18:17 PIT Brooks Orpik : Game misconduct - 0 min
18:17 DET Todd Bertuzzi : Misconduct (10 min)  - 0 min

Franzen stayed on the ice for some time before skating off, but no updated report yet.

added 8:06pm, Franzen not on the bench for the start of the 2nd period.

added 8:31pm, from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen suffered a charley horse late in the first period of tonight’s exhibition opener at Pittsburgh and will miss the rest of the game.

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Ruff Talking Big at Sabres Camp

If the Buffalo Sabres are supposed to falter and fall short of once again being a major player in the Eastern Conference, someone forgot to tell head coach Lindy Ruff..

“Our goal here is to win the Stanley Cup,” Ruff told the local media this week.  “We might as well talk about that - because I think our team, with the additions we’ve made and where we were at last year, should be able to challenge for it.”

Here is the latest from Sabres training camp:

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  Tags: andrej+sekera, chris+butler, jochen+hecht, lindy+ruff, mike+weber, zack+kassian

Senators Prospects Get A Crash Course On How To Handle The Media

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Pivotal Year For Mike Green

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Two years ago when the Caps blew a 2-0 series lead against Pittsburgh in the second round, there were questions about Green’s conditioning and lifestyle. Last season, it seemed as though he was trying to do too much, perhaps trying too hard to prove people wrong (the Caps fell off the map against Montreal after leading 3-1 in their first-round series).

Regardless of the root cause of the drop-off in performance at critical times, this is a seminal season for Green. And to his credit Green, who won’t turn 25 until the second week of the regular season, seems to have embraced the challenge of turning critics into believers.

Some of the changes are obvious. He looks leaner. He has been a leader on the ice during training camp scrimmages and drills. Part of the physical changes can be explained by a new offseason workout and diet regime.

“I think in past years I’ve trained hard, but me and my trainer Doug Crashley out of Calgary really focused this year on being powerful and I feel great,” Green said in a recent interview.

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Mike Fisher- One Of The Top Second Line Centers

from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,

The average second-line centre in the NHL had the following statistical line from 2009-10:

18 goals, 30 assists, 48 points

My guess is that most people would predict those numbers would have been a bit higher. But try to remember, this isn’t 1994 anymore.

Mike Fisher’s season total of 25-28-53 put him well ahead of the average second-line centre in goals. Fisher’s five-year average since the lockout has seen him produce an average of 21 goals and 45 points. (Numbers that would be higher if you removed his atypical 2008-09 season when he was an underachiever and suffered through an off-year. It’s safe to call him a fairly consistent 20-25 goal scorer in the NHL.)

Fisher’s offensive production put him alongside some of the best second-line centres in the NHL last season. He fits right in with the following list of players whom I feel are the best second-line centres in the game. (This includes players like Patrick Sharp and Daniel Briere, who often switch between centre and wing, but for the purposes of this piece, I considered them centres).

Ryan Kesler: 25 goals, 75 points ($5 million cap hit)

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Caps are Still the Caps, Which is Bad News for Everyone Else

Of all five Southeast Division clubs, the Washington Capitals of 2010-11 will look the most like themselves from a year ago, having added only a spattering of depth to the lineup that captured the President’s Trophy last season. Alas, as the reigning division champ and still the clear-cut class of the division, if it ain’t broke, well, you know… But a first-round playoff exit thanks to Jaroslav Halak and the Montreal Canadiens left an awful taste in the mouths of Bruce Boudreau’s squad, meaning improvements are in order this year for sure. (Or else?)

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The Best Players

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

When it comes to the best player in the league, it is a two-horse race.

Here is my top 30 for the coming season and the ranking is based on how they have played thus far in their careers as well as how they are projected to play this season:

1. Sidney Crosby: It’s all about winning and Sid the Kid has a Stanley Cup and Olympic gold medal.

2. Alex Ovechkin: The most dynamic player in the world needs to find a way to lead his Capitals to a Stanley Cup championship.

3. Jonathan Toews: The Hawks’ young captain demonstrated last season at the Olympics and NHL playoffs why he is looked upon as one of the best young players and leaders in the game.

4. Evgeni Malkin: Look for big things from this powerful centre who played most of last season with a bum shoulder.

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