Yesterday at thn.com:
The Straight Edge looks at the importance of being able to develop a pipeline of goalies in the NHL.
President of the American League, Dave Andrews, writes about the strength of the league and how the struggling economy may affect it.
In his blog, Ken Campbell looks back at the Def Leppard disaster.
In his blog, Jason Kay writes that Sean Avery opening his mouth was about all that was normal at the start of the season, though this time he made sense.
The Ask Adam Mailbag answers your questions on the five-hole, the last change, the Olympics and Tim Horton.
Backchecking looks back at Joe Contini, a slow skater who set a record for the fastest hat trick in Memorial Cup history.
Rick Nash, LW/RW, Columbus Blue Jackets
2008/10/11: Columbus Blue Jackets All-Star forward Rick Nash potted the game-winner at 4:39 of overtime in Friday’s regular season opener at Dallas. INTEL: Nash had a relatively quiet game until that point, posting just two shots on goal before the winner in OT. He’ll look to become more involved in Saturday’s game at Phoenix.
Mike Green, D, Washington Capitals
2008/10/11: Capitals defenseman Mike Green picked up a pair of goals and an assist in a team-high 23:31 of ice time in Friday’s regular season opener at Atlanta. INTEL: Green figured into three of the four goals for the Caps in the loss. He was the only defenseman other than Tom Poti (1 A) to figure into the scoring.
Brenden Morrow, LW, Dallas Stars
2008/10/11: Dallas Stars gritty forward Brenden Morrow scored a goal in Friday’s regular season opener against Columbus, but he also finished with minus-3 rating. Mike Ribeiro also had a pair of assists and a minus-3. They’ll look for better results in Saturday’s game at Nashville.
James Neal, LW/C, Dallas Stars
2008/10/11: Dallas Stars forward James Neal was penciled into the lineup ahead of Fabian Brunnstrom in Friday’s regular season opener against the Blue Jackets. Neal made the most of his opportunity, picking up a goal in the overtime loss. Meawhile, Brunnstrom was a health scratch.
Stephane Robidas, D, Dallas Stars
2008/10/11: Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas picked up three assists in Friday’s regular season opener against the Blue Jackets in team-high 28:39 of ice time. INTEL: Robidas is getting a chance to carry the mail early with Sergei Zubov starting the season on injured reserve and Philippe Boucher playing, but not quite 100 percent.
Kristian Huselius, LW/RW, Columbus Blue Jackets
2008/10/11: Veteran forward Kristian Huselius picked up a goal in his Blue Jackets regular season debut in Friday’s opener at Dallas. The goal came on his only shot of the game. INTEL: Huselius was working on the top line with Rick Nash and R.J. Umberger. It might take a while for these guys to jell, but the potential is there for this to be one of the more dangerous lines in the Western Conference.
Rostislav Klesla, D, Columbus Blue Jackets
2008/10/11: Defensemen Christian Backman and Rostislav Klesla each picked up assists and a plus-2 rating in Friday’s regular season opener at Dallas. INTEL: Rusty Klesla has always looked like a good player, but he tends to be a little bit inconsistent. Backman is a nice steadying presence for coach Ken Hitchcock.
Derick Brassard, C, Columbus Blue Jackets
2008/10/11: Columbus Blue Jackets rookies Derick Brassard and Jakub Voracek each lit the lamp in Friday’s regular season opener at Dallas. INTEL: Head coach Ken Hitchcock said that he did not want two rookies working together, especially on the team’s second line. However, if he can get production like this every night, he might warm to the idea really quickly.
Marty Turco, G, Dallas Stars
2008/10/11: Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco allowed five goals on 27 shots in Friday’s regular season opener loss in overtime against the Blue Jackets. INTEL: Rick Nash burned Turco for the game-winner in overtime. After the lackluster performance, it would not be surprising to see Tobias Stephan get a look in Saturday’s game at Nashville.
Pascal Leclaire, G, Columbus Blue Jackets
2008/10/11: Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire allowed four goals on 31 shots in Friday’s regular season opener win in overtime at Dallas. INTEL: While the four goals allowed is not great, at least Leclaire did not show any ill-effects of a sprained ankle which sidelined him late in the preseason. Fredrik Norrena is likely to get the start at Phoenix on Saturday after the extra duty for Leclaire on Friday.
Ryan Suter, D, Nashville Predators
2008/10/11: Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter picked up a goal and so did forward Joel Ward, but it was not enough in Friday’s regular season opener loss at St. Louis. Forwards Jason Arnott, J.P. Dumont, Scott Nichol and Jordin Tootoo each picked up assists in the 5-2 setback.
Keith Tkachuk, LW/C, St. Louis Blues
2008/10/11: St. Louis Blues veteran forward Keith Tkachuk posted a pair of goals in Friday’s regular season opener against Nashville, while right wings Brad Boyes and David Backes also lit the lamp. Defenseman Barret Jackman also pitched in with a goal. The Blues will look to carry over the momentum into Saturday’s game at N.Y. Islanders.
Dan Ellis, G, Nashville Predators
2008/10/11: Nashville Predators goaltender Dan Ellis was dinged for five goals on just 22 shots in Friday’s regular season opener at St. Louis in a loss. INTEL: After this atrocious performance, it is probably a good bet that head coach Barry Trotz will go with Pekka Rinne in Saturday’s home opener against the Dallas Stars, although he also might be inclined to let Ellis try to work through things.
Manny Legace, G, St. Louis Blues
2008/10/11: St. Louis Blues goaltender Manny Legace allowed just two goals on 22 shots in Friday’s regular season opener against the Predators. INTEL: Despite the solid effort and victory, head coach Andy Murray has already said that backup Chris Mason will get the starting nod on Saturday at N.Y. Islanders.
Tim Connolly, C/W, Buffalo Sabres
2008/10/11: Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff told the Associated Press after Friday’s regular opener against the Canadiens that center Tim Connolly (back) is out indefinitely after a test revealed that he has a hairline fracture of a vertebra. INTEL: Adam Mair was filling in as the third-line center, while Clarke MacArthur avoided being a healthy scratch by playing in Connolly’s place.
Christopher Higgins, LW, Montreal Canadiens
2008/10/11: Montreal Canadiens forward Christopher Higgins (groin) was unable to play in Friday’s regular season opener at Buffalo. He joined defenseman Francis Bouillon (leg) on the sidelines.
Bryan McCabe, D, Florida Panthers
2008/10/10: Florida Panthers defenseman Bryan McCabe was forced to leave Friday’s regular season opener in the second period due to a left leg injury. INTEL: There was no word on the source and severity of his injury and he’ll be evaluated on Saturday. Consider him day to day for now.
Rick DiPietro, G, New York Islanders
2008/10/10: New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro dressed for Friday’s regular season opener at New Jersey, but he did not start. INTEL: It appears that he is not 100 percent recovered from hip and knee problems. Joey MacDonald got the starting nod in his absence. It is uncertain who will be the starter for Saturday’s game against the Blues.
Darren McCarty, RW, Detroit Red Wings
2008/10/10: The Detroit News is reporting that forward Darren McCarty (groin) is expected to be sidelined two or three weeks due to his groin injury. INTEL: It appeared in training camp and the preseason that the veteran and fan favorite might be on the bubble for making this Detroit roster. Now, the Red Wings have a couple of weeks to figure out if he is needed.
Marc-Andre Cliche, C/RW, Los Angeles Kings
2008/10/10: The Los Angeles Kings are starting the regular season with forwards Marc-Andre Cliche (shoulder), Richard Clune (chest) and John Zeiler (groin) on injured reserve. INTEL: That means that Oscar Moller, the 19-year-old who signed an entry-level deal back in April, has made the opening night roster. However, he is likely to be sent back to his junior team in Chilliwack, B.C. before he plays 10 games or the team will be on the hook to pay his entire year’s salary.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW, Ottawa Senators
2008/10/10: Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday. He’s out indefinitely but is expected to be out of action for two weeks. INTEL: Alfredsson apparently suffered the injury during the Sens’ two-game series against Pittsburgh in Sweden last weekend. This could lead to a major reshuffling of Ottawa’s forward lines for the next little while.
Chuck Kobasew, RW, Boston Bruins
2008/10/10: Boston Bruins winger Chuck Kobasew reportedly suffered a serious ankle injury on Thursday night at Colorado. INTEL: Ouch. This isn’t the way any player wants to start the regular schedule. There are reports of a possible ankle fracture for Kobasew, who began the year on the third line with David Krejci and rookie Blake Wheeler. Finn Petteri Nokelainen is likely to step into the lineup for Kobasew on Saturday in Minnesota.
Marian Gaborik, RW, Minnesota Wild
2008/10/10: According to various reports, Minnesota Wild winger Marian Gaborik has rejected a 10-year contract offer worth $80 million. INTEL: If true, this could signal the beginning of the end for the marriage between No. 10 and the Wild. Gaborik, a potential UFA next summer, could be the most sought-after commodity on the trade market later this season.
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