On the Beat: Canes seek .500 by Christmas, Hossa to return on Wednesday, Langenbrunner believes composite sticks leading to more broken bones, Cabbie visits Montreal.

Examining Thrashers season; Sutter still raving over Iginla; Columbus puts Dorsett on IR; Mike Babcock goes geopolitical with defensive pairings; Wild’s Brett Burns faces more concussion woes; Cabbie visits Montreal; Flyers two marquee forwards need to step up. These stories and more after the jump.

Posted by David Minuk in On the Beat on November 23, 2009

On the Beat: Flames coach doesn’t hold back, Dater says goodbye to Twitter, Huet is stepping up big time for the Hawks, Steven Stamkos scores possible goal of the year with Steve Yzerman in attendance.

Ducks special teams clicking; Tuukka Rask may get 3rd straight start; Canes victory significant on several fronts; Mike Babcock wants more from his top line; Preds big names finally producing; Zach Parise ties team record he already holds; Philadelphia defense huge asset in offensive zone; Ron Wilson seems powerless to stop Leafs slide. These stories and more after the jump.

Posted by David Minuk in On the Beat on November 20, 2009

On the Beat: Blackhawks need to become road warriors, Havlat missing from practice, Habs shuffle lines, Penguins get some good news, Does phantom whistle hurt NHL’s credibility?

Ducks loan Erik Christensen to the Moose for conditioning; Lucic over stomach bug; Sabres gives some maintenance time; Flames quiet on closed door meeting; Hurricanes get younger; Panther set to unveil 3rd jersey; Pekka Rinne to make 4th straight start; Caps coach tempering expectations for 2008 1st round pick. These stories and more after the jump.

Posted by David Minuk in On the Beat on November 19, 2009

On the Beat: Kings lose Smyth for up to a month, Oilers Penner thrives on PK, Habs Gionta out indefintely, Wild giving away free tickets, Capitals status updates on Semin, Laing and Theodore

Ducks try Perry on PK; Kovalchuk skips practice; Back-ups to start for Colorado & Dallas; Devils call up Tyler Eckford (player of week in AHL); Flyers dominate when scoring first; Lightning are continuing to win despite not playing best effort. These stories and more after the jump.

Posted by David Minuk in On the Beat on November 18, 2009