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Report- Pens & Sens In Sweden

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from The Local,

The NHL season will begin with two matches between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators at Stockholm’s Globe Arena, according Eurosport’s Swedish website.

The matches will be played next autumn, the reports say. In addition to the Globe matches, the Ottawa team will mean Swedish team Frölunda at Gothenburg’s Scandinavium.

Globe Arena manager Maj-Britt Gustafsson Wallin did not deny the reports when contacted by Eurosport.

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Blues Look To Wings To Break Slump

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from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Slump-busters? The Detroit Red Wings?

With 53 points in 32 games, Detroit has 11 more points than any team in the Western Conference and has won 10 of its past 11 games.

That’s a tough assignment for the Blues, who have lost a season-high four games, including three at home.

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Nolan Upset With Campbell Remark

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from On the Islanders Beat,

Asked about Simon’s agreement with Islanders owner Charles Wang to seek counseling in an effort to understand what made him snap for the second time in nine months after hitting the Rangers’ Ryan Hollweg with his stick in March, Campbell was recorded saying he hoped it would help Simon to meet with “the drug and alcohol, uh, uh, those doctors.” NHL spokesman Frank Brown quickly clarified that the doctors who deal with substance abuse under the NHL/NHLPA agreement also handle behavioral issues.

But the “stereotyping” horse was out of the barn. The gut reaction of Islanders coach Ted Nolan, who described Campbell’s assumption as “sickening” was understandable.

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Hull Learning Quickly

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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

This is a lot different than I thought it would be,” says Hull by phone from Dallas, where he’s actually preparing for a week in Hawaii, something he had planned with his wife and kids before he was given the interim co-GM title Nov. 13….

“You see, I have a very set idea of the kind of team I’d like and the way I’d like it to play, and I guess you’d have to be an idiot not to guess that it would include a more entertaining style. But it’s damned hard to get that.

“Here I was thinking you just had to call another team and they would talk to you about trading a player, and you just went out and got this guy and that guy, and moved this guy off your team, and that’s what you could do.

“Now you talk to a team and all you hear is, ‘Well my guy makes $3.1 million and your guy makes $2.7 million and there’s 400 grand difference and so we can’t make the deal. I mean, it’s ridiculous. Making a trade is pretty tough.”

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Bad Example Set By NHLers

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from the Epoch Times,

...Footage of the brawl posted online showed many in the team pushing and shoving, and two of the tikes throwing punches like typical NHL enforcers (a.k.a. goons)—which is exactly the problem, says Dr. Gordon Bloom an expert in sports psychology at McGill University.

Professional hockey players set a violent example that younger players try to emulate, says Bloom. “What happens in the pros trickles down.”

Bloom has seen a dramatic change in youth hockey over the last thirty years and says players don’t respect each other the way they used to.

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Sens Aren’t Drawing On The Road

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from the Ottawa Citizen,

Despite the fact they advanced to the Stanley Cup final last season and currently lead the Eastern Conference with a record of 22-7-3, the Senators are one of the worst road draws in the league, ranking 26th among 30 teams.

Jason Spezza isn’t complaining, though. In fact, he suggests the small numbers almost make home-ice advantage meaningless.

“When you’re on the road, you’re never too worried about the crowd,” said Spezza, currently on a torrid pace, with five goals and six assists in his past four games. “It works to our advantage if it’s a dead building.”

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Hossa Has His Priorities

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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

“I’ve heard some rumours, but I don’t pay too much attention to them,” Hossa, who scored 188 goals in 467 games as a Senator from 1997-2004, told an audience of one following a workout.

“I’m here right now, and my focus is to help this team. Whatever happens, it’s up to management and my agent.

“I feel comfortable here. It’s a great place,” he added. “The main thing is winning the hockey games and having a good team. That’s my priority. I’m not rushing right now to sign a deal ... I want to know how the team is.”

more on Hossa and the Senators too…

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NHL Goes “Dark” For Two Days

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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

While the two other major North American winter sports continue to make Christmas games a staple of the season, the NHL decided to just say Noel nearly four decades ago.

The Wings, who downed the Los Angeles Kings 6-2 Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena, play tonight against the Blues and Saturday at Minnesota, then are done until after Christmas.

“I think that’s the way it should be,” Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall said. “It’s a great tradition. It’s a time for everyone to spend with family and friends.

“I think that’s really important. I really appreciate the few days that we get.”

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added 8:08am, from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

You see the Canadiens will be in the midst of a road-trip when Christmas Day comes. They play Sunday night in Dallas and then Tampa on the 27th.

The organization planned to fly all the players’ families to Florida where they would meet the team after the Dallas game, and have three days to spend together over Christmas. A classy move.

One problem. It’s illegal.

Under the new CBA, teams can’t provide “anything of value” to players or their families outside of the player contracts. If the rule is broken, the money spent would count towards the salary cap.

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Preds Looking For Answers

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from the Tennessean,

Predators players held a closed-door meeting for about 20 minutes following Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to Chicago.

The Predators’ fifth straight loss, and their seventh in the last eight games, left Nashville stuck in 14th place in the
Western Conference standings and struggling to maintain any kind of confidence level.

“It’s been a rough go,’’ Predators captain Jason Arnott said. “We’ve got to start showing more accountability with each other because right now it’s snowballing and getting worse. We’ve got to stick together.’‘

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Positive Sign For Bergeron

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from the Boston Globe,

As Patrice Bergeron the NHL player, who often took 20-minute postgame conditioning rides on a stationary bike, yesterday’s five-minute ride at Ristuccia Arena was a workout hardly worth mentioning.

But as Patrice Bergeron the patient, who’s been limited to short walks for exercise since sustaining a Grade 3 concussion, the morning workout was a momentous occasion that was nearly two months in the making.

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