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On the Beat: Fans get to pick 3 stars for first time in NHL history, more economic chaos in the KHL, Rick Tocchet issues a warning to his players, Who is going to step up for Pens and replace Gonchar?

Buffalo’s Ryan Miller at the top of his game; Highlight reel goal from Flames Fredrik Sjostrom; Jacques Lemaire not a fan of MSG ice; Making sense of the Leafs. These stories and more after the jump.

Word from the beat writers:

  • With first place in the Southeast on the line in tonight’s contest against the Capitals, Thrashers head coach John  Anderson has tweeked the 2nd line.
  • The Boston Bruins have called up forward Guillaume Lefebvre from Providence and he will be available for the game against the Flyers tonight.
  • Buffalo’s Ryan Miller is one of the league’s top goalies right now and the Sabres are getting pretty even point distribution from its forwards.
  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal describes the current economic chaos in the KHL, with Lada Togliatti on the ropes.
  • Some of the Red Wings have packed heavy (Draper) while others (Williams) have packed light for their 11-day, five-game road trip that begins today in Phoenix.
  • The Florida Panthers are re-doing the team’s Den of Honor and are looking for suggestions for what the team can add to this feature.
  • Terry Murray talked today about positioning players on the power play, particularly about having the Kings forwards on the point on the power play.
  • Jaroslav Halak will be back in goal Thursday night for the Canadiens when they face the New York Islanders at the Bell Centre.
  • A report has surfaced on TSN that a fight between Scott Gomez and Sergei Kostitsyn during the preseason was a motivating factor that contributed to the younger Kostitsyn being assigned to the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.
  • Devills coach Jacques Lemaire enjoys coaching at Madison Square Garden, but he’s glad he doesn’t have to play there.
  • Islanders captain Doug Weight, who did not  feel well yesterday but played, did not make the trip because he’s still feeling under the weather.
  • For the first time in NHL history, fans will have the opportunity to pick the 3 stars of the Flyers/Bruins game courtesy of Anthony Sanfilippo of the Delaware County Times who will be making the selection at tonight’s game.
  • Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wonders who is going to step up for the Penguins and replace Sergei Gonchar.
  • After 4 days of “extended training camp,” Tampa Bay Lightning coach Rick Tocchet issues a warning to the troops that he will shorten the bench is the players don’t pick things up.
  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star tries to find answers for Toronto Maple Leaf fans in his Thursday mail bag column.
  • With Alexander Semin “touch and go” with an illness and Boyd Gordon out with a sore back, the Caps have recalled forwards Keith Aucoin and Alexandre Giroux from Hershey writes Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post.