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The CBA talks have recessed for now.

The NHLPA will take this time to speak with its negotiating and executive committees. The talks might then resume tonight or tomorrow. Union boss Donald Fehr said the NHLPA "has some things to consider," but it's best not to read too much into that one way or the other. At this critical stage of the negotiations, we might be in for more roller coaster swings or a smooth process. Either way could potentially lead to a 2012-13 campaign, but nothing is guaranteed yet.
Fri, Nov 9, 2012 06:32:00 PM

The Blues have shuffled their forward lines for Saturday night's grudge match against the Blackhawks.

Jaden Schwartz will start on a line with David Backes and T.J. Oshie, while Alexander Steen will skate alongside Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko. Essentially, Schwartz and Steen will be flip flopped. The Blues other two lines will be as follows: Dmitrij Jaskin-Patrik Berglund-Joakim Lindstrom and Steve Ott-Maxim Lapierre-Ryan Reaves. Schwartz is St.Louis' leading scorer with four goals and should continue to thrive in a top-six position all season long. The loser in this alignment, however, is Steve Ott, who got a chance to play in the top six earlier this week.
Oct 25 - 2:32 PM

Jason Spezza will once again center Dallas' top line alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, who has shifted to right wing.

This has the makings of one of the NHL's best lines. Benn has scored in five straight games and Spezza has points in four consecutive contests. The balance of the Stars' lines will look like this against the Islanders Saturday: Antoine Roussel-Cody Eakin-Ryan Garbutt; Patrick Eaves-Vernon Fiddler-Ales Hemsky and Erik Cole-Shawn Horcoff-Colton Sceviour. Hemsky is the big loser out of this alignment, although he did look great taking a game-high eight shots Friday night against New Jersey.
Oct 25 - 1:59 PM

Jarome Iginla scored his 561st and 562nd goals of his NHL career Friday night against Vancouver.

He broke a tie he had been in with Guy Lafleur and passed Mike Modano for 23rd on the alltime list. Next up are Joe Nieuwendyk and Mats Sundin at 564. Those are some pretty impressive names Iginla is passing. No doubt Iggy will be in the Hall of Fame one day.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 25 - 1:29 PM

The New York Islanders took Mikhail Grabovski off injured reserve on Saturday. He's expected to play against the Dallas Stars in tonight's game.

In four games, Grabovski - listed at all three forward positions in Yahoo - has two goals, one assist, a +3 rating, four blocked shots and seven SOG. With Josh Bailey injured, this is a welcome return for the Islanders.
Oct 25 - 12:41 PM

Nashville Predators forward James Neal and Pittsburgh Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist both have added motivation for Saturday night as they face their respective former teams in the first head-to-head match since the big trade.

Though not a guarantee, that motivation can often mean fantasy hockey dividends, whether it comes down to extra points or PIM. Neal is on a hot streak (all five goals in his last four games including Thursday's hat trick), while Hornqvist has been held off the board in his last two games. Both aren't shy about shooting, either.
Oct 25 - 12:35 PM

Look for Phil Kessel to have a big night against the Bruins Saturday.

As the Buds' number one offensive threat Kessel is always on the ice opposite the Bruins' top defender Zdeno Chara. With Chara injured, look for Kessel to have a lot more room to dart around and create offensive chances. If you have Kessel on your fantasy team, make sure he is active as he loves to play against his former club generally, and without Chara in the Boston lineup he might actually have some fun.
Oct 25 - 12:28 PM

Patric Hornqvist will face his former teammates from Nashville for the first time on Saturday.

The Predators will host the Penguins as Hornqvist and Nick Spaling will make their first appearance back in Nashville since the off-season deal. The deal has worked out for both sides thus far with Hornqvist compiling four goals and eight points in six games while James Neal, who went to the Predators has five goals for Nashville in the early going.
Oct 25 - 9:28 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers, in dire need of help on the blueline, could be interested in the services of Ryan Whitney.

After Whitney was released from his professional tryout with the St. Louis Blues after training camp, Whitney was not on anyone's radar so he signed a deal with HC Sochi of the KHL. The fortunate part is that Whitney has an out clause with Sochi and he has yet to play a game with the club. If he does play at least one game, he will have to go through waivers if he re-signs with an NHL squad this season, so the time frame to sign him is narrowing quickly. The Flyers lost two defensemen this week as Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald are both expected to miss four weeks with injuries.
Oct 25 - 9:02 AM

Rookie Johnny Gaudreau is a plus-four in eight games thus far this season.

The speedy rookie has a goal and two assists as well. Gaudreau spent a game in the press box a week ago and has been on fire ever since, giving the Flames no reason to have him just watch games. He is worth having on your fantasy roster in all but the shallowest of leagues.
Source: Calgary Sun
Oct 25 - 6:30 AM

Corey Perry had another great night, netting a pretty goal and assist as well as screening for a third Anaheim goal in their 4-1 win over Columbus on Friday night.

Perry took Sami Vatanen's slap-pass by the goal line and dangled his way across Sergei Bobrovsky's crease for a dazzling powerplay goal to open the scoring 88-seconds in. Seven minutes later he was the screen for Vatanen's PPG. Later he set up Devante Smith-Pelley slick redirection to make it 3-1 by mid game. Perry just might be out for another MVP trophy this season.
Oct 25 - 1:44 AM

Cory Schneider stood tall Friday night against Dallas, turning away 35-37 shots through overtime before losing 3-2 in the shootout.

I'd say, "again", but this is just the first shootout loss of the season. Schneider was a big reason why the Devils even got one point against Dallas, turning away several solid scoring chances throughout the game. However, Patrick Eaves' goal to make it 2-1 Dallas was very soft. Schneider needs to seal the short side on that one, just as he had to be better in the shootouts. Jamie Benn's winner was equally soft, albeit to the far side. Continue to deploy Schneider with confidence.
Oct 24 - 10:36 PM




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