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On the Beat: Senators try to entice fans with free parking & price reductions, Kings get 8 days off, Should the Oilers trade for an experienced goalie?

Canes Tlusty finally ready to play; preview of Stars/Thrashers; Wings Helm to miss one more game; Montreal’s expected lines; Rolston moves up to top line in Jersey; preview Penguins/Flyers; Canucks and Ducks had the right score but the wrong winner and wrong time. These stories and more after the jump.

Word from the beat writers:

  • Looks like the Hurricanes will finally have the services of Jiri Tlusty as it appears his immigration status has been cleared up.
  • The Dallas Morning News Mike Heika previews the Stars next challenge as the Atlanta Thrashers, who are also coming off a dissapointing loss, roll into town.
  • The Wings will go at least one more game without the services of speedy Darren Helm, who is out at least one more game with a sore wrist, and his spot will be taken by Kris Newbury.
  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal wonders if it is time that the Oilers trade for an experienced goalie?
  • You have to love the NHL schedulding this season, that is unless you are the L.A. Kings who have been one of the hottest team’s this year but now have to endure an eight day layoff after tonight’s game against the Flames.
  • Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette is reporting that Price, Weber in, Hamrlik out, Gionta skates and Markov to see an MD tonight as well as tonight’s expected lines.
  • In a quest to end Zach Parise’s scoring drought, Devils coach Jacques Lemaire has inserted Brian Rolston on the top line with Travis Zajac and Jamie Langenbrunner at practice today.
  • With fan attendance down more than 6% this season, the Ottawa Senators franchise is doing whatever it can to lure fans back to the stands, including offering free parking and price reductions.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins will be marching into the Wachovia Center to take on cross-state rival Philadelphia tonight and Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a preview.
  • Elliot Pap of the Vancouver Sun says that last night’s contest between the Canucks and Ducks had the right score but the wrong winner and wrong time.