Yesterday at thn.com:
The return of Sidney Crosby means less ice time and opportunities for Evgeni Malkin, but he will still get big pay, writes Ken Campbell in his blog.
In his blog, Sam McCaig welcomes back Peter Forsberg and Sid the Kid.
The Hockey News’ Power Rankings have a new leader as the Red Wings tumble a couple of spots.
The Ask Adam mailbag features the best question he’s ever received, and discusses the future of the NHL.
The Hot List, a countdown of players we can’t wait to see in the NHL, features WHL defenseman Luke Schenn.
Campbellnomics still shows Jarome Iginla at the top, but the Red Wings stars are being caught by a Russian phenom.
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New York Islanders 4, New York Rangers 3 (SO) (story/highlights)
- Bill Guerin and Jeff Tambellini scored in the shootout to lift the Islanders to a win.
Buffalo 5, Philadelphia 2 (story/highlights)
- Jason Pominville scored two goals and Ryan Miller made 19 saves.
Chicago 4, Minnesota 2 (story/highlights)
- Rene Bourque had two assists and Dustin Byfuglien scored the game-winning goal.
Los Angeles 2, St. Louis 3 (story/highlights)
- Ryan Johnson scored the winner late and Manny Legace stopped 30 shots.
News and Views…
Atlanta: The Thrashers were kicked off the ice by their coaches after not being able to execute a drill properly, writes Craig Custance of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. (more...)
Boston: Bobby Allen returned after missing 30 games with back spasms… Patrice Bergeron skated for an intense 28 minutes and won’t rule out a return this season, writes Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald. (more...)
Buffalo: Andrej Sekera was recalled from Rochester.
Calgary: Alex Tanguay returned from a neck injury.
Chicago: David Bolland returned from a hip flexor that forced him to miss a game.
Columbus: Fredrik Modin is day-to-day with a groin injury… Jiri Novotny returned after missing two games for personal reasons.
Dallas: Toby Peterson was recalled from Iowa.
Detroit: With Brian Rafalski’s return, Nicklas Lidstrom is also eyeing a Sunday comeback, writes Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News. (more...)
Minnesota: Petteri Nummelin is day-to-day with a right thigh injury.
New Jersey: Paul Martin is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
Philadelphia: Daniel Briere is day-to-day after suffering a right shoulder sprain.
Pittsburgh: Ryan Whitney and Sidney Crosby both returned from injury… Assigned Alex Goligoski and Connor James to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton... Sidney Crosby made the call that he was ready to return to the lineup, writes Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. (more...)
Toronto: Alexei Ponikarovsky returned from a rib injury that kept him out of four games.
What’s on tap…
Washington at Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.
Carolina at Atlanta, 7:00 p.m.
St. Louis at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Anaheim at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Phoenix at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Ottawa at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
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