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Home Team in Caps
CHICAGO 3, Philadelphia 0
Pittsburgh 3, EDMONTON 2
New Jersey 2, VANCOUVER 0
Toronto 3, ANAHEIM 1
SAN JOSE 4, Nashville 1

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Stars Of The Month

NEW YORK (Nov. 1, 2017) – Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov and St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of October.

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Clayton Keller Named Rookie Of The Month

NEW YORK (Nov. 1, 2017) – Arizona Coyotes center Clayton Keller, who led all rookies with nine goals and 15 points in 13 games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for October.

Keller edged Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (4-7—11 in 13 GP), New Jersey Devils teammates Will Butcher (0-11—11 in 10 GP) and Jesper Bratt (4-6—10 in 10 GP), and Los Angeles Kings left wing Adrian Kempe (6-3—9 in 12 GP) for the honor.

Keller became the first Coyotes/Jets rookie to post nine goals in one calendar month since Teemu Selanne (20) in March 1993. He also became the first Coyotes/Jets rookie to collect 15 points in one calendar month since Selanne (20-7—27 in 14 GP) and Keith Tkachuk (6-9—15 in 14 GP) each accomplished the feat in March 1993.

Keller, who paced all rookies with 49 shots on goal, registered at least one point in 10 of his 13 October appearances, highlighted by a seven-game point streak to close the month (6-5—11) – the longest by any Coyotes/Jets rookie since Jan. 10-21, 2008 (Peter Mueller: 4-7—11 in 7 GP).

The seventh overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, Keller made his League debut March 27 after spending one season at Boston University, where he earned rookie of the year honors at the national, regional (New England) and league (Hockey East) levels. The 19-year-old Chesterfield, Mo., native has 9-8—17 in 16 total NHL outings.

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Down To 16 Greatest NHL Moments

NEW YORK / TORONTO (Nov. 1, 2017) – The National Hockey League today announced the remaining 16 moments – as selected by fans – in the Greatest NHL® Moments Presented by Coors Light and Pepsi Zero Sugar. Starting now, fans can visit NHL.com/GreatestMoments to begin Round 3 voting in the bracket-style, interactive, digital and mobile program, and continue the quest of selecting the Greatest NHL Moment of all time from among the remaining most memorable events, milestones and achievements – spanning from the League’s inaugural season in 1917-18 to present day.

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What Are The New York Rangers Up To?

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

The New York Rangers caused a huge stir Monday night when Glen Sather, Doug Risebrough, Jim Schoenfeld and Gilles Leger showed up in the Canadian capital for Montreal/Ottawa. Chances are they weren’t there for the beaver tails, although I thought it was odd a pure scouting mission wouldn’t include GM Jeff Gorton.

Whatever they were up to, the trip was a reminder that you could make a great argument no team could make a bigger impact on this NHL season than the Rangers. It goes back to last season’s draft, when they traded Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta to Arizona for Anthony DeAngelo and the seventh-overall pick, which became Lias Andersson. Twelve selections later they snared Filip Chytil, who already has eight points in six games at AHL Hartford.

The message was clear. The Rangers are ready to re-stock. Now comes the next question: How far will they go? My sense is they are honest about who they are. They’re not interested in the “dreaded middle.”

continued plus 31 Thoughts...

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David Backes Will Have A Part Of His Colon Removed, Expected To Miss Two Months

BOSTON - Boston Bruins Team Internist Dr. David Finn has issued the following update on forward David Backes :

"David Backes will undergo surgery on Thursday, November 2 to remove a portion of his colon. The expected recovery time is approximately 8 weeks. The decision to have surgery was made in consultation with team physicians as well as outside specialists in the management of diverticulitis. David's episode of diverticulitis at the beginning of the season was his second episode in two months and was complicated with an abscess (collection of infection adjacent to the colon) that required drainage. Repeated episodes, like what David experienced, have a very high likelihood of recurrence in the near term, which is why he was advised to have surgery to remove the area of colon causing the problem. It was determined that attempting to delay the surgery until after the season was an unacceptable risk to his health.

David was cleared to play in the team's games on October 19 while waiting for his colon to properly heal from the most recent episode of diverticulitis which sidelined him for the first five games of the 2017-18 season. David was at no additional risk while playing during this period, and he is having the surgery as soon as the medical team felt comfortable moving forward with the operation."

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November Is Hockey Fights Cancer Month

 NEW YORK/TORONTO (Nov. 1, 2017) – Hockey Fights Cancer™, a joint initiative between the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and National Hockey League (NHL) as well as a program of the National Hockey League Foundation and NHL Foundation, begins today. The campaign, which unites the hockey community in support of cancer patients and their families, will feature ceremonies, observances, and fundraising efforts throughout the month of November. All 31 NHL® Member Clubs are designating one home game as the official Hockey Fights Cancer™ in-arena awareness night, with unique programming and partnerships with local cancer organizations.

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Team USA Hockey Jersey For The 2018 Olympics

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey unveiled today the three Nike jerseys that its 2018 Olympic and Paralympic teams will wear during the upcoming Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, as part of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s 100 Days Out celebration in Times Square.

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Rangers Win, But…

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers deserve credit for their 6-4 victory over Vegas on Tuesday night at the Garden just a few miles north of the lower Manhattan terror that had been on the minds of the players as they prepared for the match.

This one struck home, with enough of the Blueshirts residents of the affected neighborhood to make the issue a very personal one, just as the Golden Knights felt it when their city was targeted by a gunman on Oct. 1.

But this isn’t about conferring hero status on the Blueshirts, who, truth be told, have traditionally conducted themselves as first-class citizens of our city, regardless of their place in the standings. This isn’t about the power of sports or a sports team to heal civic and national wounds....

That would be the defense....

Keeping impending free agent Brendan Smith off the market and in a Blueshirt in the wake of a stout performance through the playoffs was supposed to solidify the right side. It hasn’t. Smith has not come close to resembling the effective, edgy player he was following his acquisition from the Red Wings a day before the trade deadline.

Smith, who was a healthy scratch from the third and fourth games of the season, could find himself back in street clothes for Thursday’s match in Tampa Bay against the Lightning if coach Alain Vigneault’s third-period deployment provides a hint.


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