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September 27, 2010

September 27, 2010

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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NHL PREVIEW

TEAM PREVIEWS 40 ATLANTIC DIVISION 42 CENTRAL DIVISION 44 NORTHEAST DIVISION 46 NORTHWEST DIVISION 48 PACIFIC DIVISION 50 SOUTHEAST DIVISION…

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THE AMAZING UNEXPECTED

CONFESSION TIME. Our trophy predictions suck. We did a three-year scan of the six major awards for which we annually project a winner and discovered we got it right three times in 18 tries, for a whopping 17 percent success rate (and that’s if you round upwards). The trio we nailed were Alex Ovechkin’s Hart Trophies in 2007-08 and ’08-09, and Nick Lidstrom’s sixth Norris in seven years in ’07-08. Not exactly Nostradamus material. This is no reflection on the group of experts on whom we rely to forecast the future; nobody knows the players on the 30 NHL teams better than the people who follow them, for a living, on a daily basis. Rather, it speaks to the fascinating unknown that is every NHL season, the compelling storylines that, along with the…

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BOSTON

WILL MARC SAVARD RECOVER FROM A TUMULTUOUS 2009-10? Three injuries (foot, knee, concussion) cut Savard to 41 regular season games, stopped his better-than-point-per-game streak after five seasons and cost him a round of playoffs. His return from the concussion was marked by a storybook overtime goal in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal against Philadelphia, but later, he took much of the blame for a too-many-men penalty that led to the Flyers’ Game 7 winner. Meanwhile, Savard’s seven-year contract extension (cap figure: $4 million) was investigated by the NHL and he spent the summer hearing he could be traded. Savard, 33, told an Ottawa reporter the trade speculation – fueled partially by salary cap woes – “hurt me a little bit” and “bothered me inside.” Strength at center (David Krejci, Patrice…

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JERSEY Hound

When New Jersey’s American League affiliate was in Lowell, the baby Devils’ ‘L’ logo, which aped New Jersey’s ‘N,’ never quite looked right. Now that the team has moved to New York’s capital, the logo – and by extension the jersey – is back to looking sharp. Much like the days of the Utica Devils, Albany takes the NHL team’s logo and twists it. This has also worked in Providence, where Boston’s spoked-B is tweaked to a spoked-P. In both cases, it’s a tribute to the NHL parent squad.…