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Rick Nash May Play Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Sun,

Rick Nash might be 50-50 on returning to active duty, but the Columbus Blue Jackets are 100% sure they want, and need, him back in the lineup. The super-sniper hasn't played a game, save for one period of the season-opener against Washington, after suffering a high ankle sprain on the second day of training camp back in September. Nash missed the remainder of camp and then attempted to come back against the Capitals - only to be forced to sit out for the next 11 games. Nash laboured a bit on his repaired wheel during the Blue Jackets' practice at Rexall Place yesterday, and will wait to see how the ankle feels before making a decision on whether to play tonight against the Edmonton Oilers.

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Decision Time For Primeau

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from the Philly Burbs,

Can I go on? Do I go on? Some, like Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine, were forced to retire. Others, such as Jeremy Roenick and Eric Lindros, press ahead. Now Keith Primeau may be joining that list of those who have faced such difficult decisions. Primeau underwent neuro-psychological baseline testing by team neurologist Dr. Gerri McGinnis at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and was told that he has a concussion. Flyers head trainer Jim McCrossin, after consulting with team doctor Gary Dorshimer, told the media that it's unclear what long-range effect this latest injury will have on Primeau's career.

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The First Month Of The New NHL

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from the LA Daily News,

To hear NHL officials talk, the league's outlook couldn't be rosier. Attendance is strong, fans are energized and the game is more appealing to watch and has a certain positive buzz about it this season. But here's what won't end up in the league's next glowing news release: Colorado's decade-long sellout streak has been in jeopardy, an Islanders-Rangers game didn't sell out for the first time since 1998 and hockey's miniscule TV ratings, on a network that features "Survivor" reruns, still lag behind poker. One month into the NHL's post-lockout comeback, this much seems certain: fans and corporate sponsors have returned, but not enough to justify bold declarations of financial success.

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‘Bat’ Game

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from MSG Network,

In 1975, we were in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Flyers, and one of the games was at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo. I don’t know if someone brought it into the building or if it sneaked in, but in the first period there was a bat dive-bombing from the roof throughout the game. When the bat came close to the ice, I can still remember at one point in the first period Flyers goalie Bernie Parent was swinging at it with his stick. It was a real distraction, not to mention the fog that was in the building because it was so hot in there in those days.

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Enjoy the Ride Eric, It May End Soon

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from the Hockey News via ESPN,

Enjoy it while it lasts, Eric Lindros. Get a nice, heaping helping of Leaf Nation's adoring masses, their cheers as they cascade around you, their battles to see who gets to leap into the palm of your hand first. In the NHL's most volatile market, the good times may not last the duration of your next bathroom visit, let alone the week.

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Carolina, Detroit Are Teams Of The Month

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from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

The old adage is it isn't how you start that is important; it's how you finish. Now while that is inherently true, given the circumstances under which the first month of this NHL season was played, the beginning of the 2004-05 campaign holds more interest than usual.

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No Lead Is Safe

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Is it possible the new NHL has managed an almost impossible sporting double-double: improving its product exponentially while maintaining parity? The view from Columbus, Carolina, New York, Edmonton and other long-suffering NHL centers would suggest it is so.

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Customize Your Backyard Rink

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

How many times have you looked out at your yard after a sub zero cold snap and wished that you could have a quick game of pick up on your frozen pool liner? Or even dreamed of having just ten more feet beside your pool for you and the kids to have the ability to make your own rink. Well now you can stop dreaming!

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Can Thornton Dominate

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from the Salem News,

With the officials sticking to the league's new policy of actually calling the game the way the rulebook intended it to be, Thornton should be able to flourish. "The new rules make a guy like Thornton even more dangerous," said Devils' coach Larry Robinson. "He's got more room to operate behind the net and make things happen, and in (the shootout), with the moves he has, he's going to score almost every time." With his four points Saturday night, Thornton moved into third in the league in scoring with 17 points in just 10 games. In the six contests he's played since returning from an early season back injury, Thornton has 13 points.

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Brisebois At Home In Colorado

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from the Rocky Mountain News,

Attending hockey games in Montreal is considered a sort of religious experience, where the Canadiens are the objects of reverence. When things are going well, there isn't a better place for an NHL player to be. But when a player isn't performing up to ridiculously high expectations, or if the team isn't winning, the wrath of the media and fans can be unbearable. That was the case for Patrice Brisebois three years ago when the stress became so great from the hometown fans' booing that he developed an irregular heartbeat and needed some time off. It's why, when the Canadiens decided in the summer not to pick up the $3.4 million option on his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent, he couldn't have been more pleased. The 34-year-old defenseman seems to have found a home with the Colorado Avalanche.

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