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Let the countdown(s) begin: NHL releases schedule for salary arbitration hearings

The deadline for players to file for salary arbitration was July 6. As of this moment, 21 players will have their 2010-11 paychecks determined during hearings that will begin on July 20 and extend through August 4. Please keep in mind that these hearings aren’t guaranteed to happen, however, because the two sides can come to an agreement on any kind of contract term before then.

The biggest names include Tampa Bay Lightning breakout player Teddy Purcell (July 20), New York Rangers forwards Brandon Dubinsky (July 21) and Ryan Callahan (July 28), Nashville Predators star defenseman Shea Weber (August 2) and New Jersey Devils forward Zach Parise (August 3).

The PHT staff will provide arbitration hearings of our own on some of the biggest targets as their hearings approach, but until then, check out the full list. (Note: Sergei Kostitsyn was listed on the original release, but the Predators signed him to a one-year, $2.5 million deal to avoid that process today.)

July 20: Lauri Korpikoski (Phoenix), Teddy Purcell (Tampa Bay), Viktor Stalberg (Chicago)

July 21: Andrew Cogliano (Edmonton), Brad Richardson (Los Angeles), Brandon Dubinsky (New York Rangers)

July 22: Ryan Wilson (Colorado)

July 25: Andrej Sekera (Buffalo), Brian Boyle (New York Rangers)

July 26: Kevin Porter (Colorado)

July 27: Alec Martinez (Los Angeles)

July 28: Josh Gorges (Montreal), Ryan Callahan (New York Rangers)

July 29: Jannik Hansen (Vancouver)

Aug. 2: Shea Weber (Nashville)

Aug. 3: Chris Campoli (Chicago), Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg), Zach Parise (New Jersey)

Aug. 4: Mark Fraser (New Jersey), Dan Sexton (Anaheim), Blake Comeau (New York Islanders)

This own-goal captures the start of Dougie Hamilton’s Flames career

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Here’s an understatement: things haven’t gone very well for Dougie Hamilton early in his first season with the Calgary Flames.

(It must feel like the opposite of Tyler Seguin in Dallas for Boston Bruins fans, but feel free to disagree in the comments.)

You could look at Hamilton’s meager offensive stats and break down his disappointing work through a very of “fancy” and traditional metrics …

… Or you could just fire up a projector and show this own-goal on a loop.

Senators lose Michalek, Zibanejad to injuries vs. Flyers

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It remains to be seen if the Ottawa Senators can avoid losing against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, but either way, it’s been a costly night.

The Senators saw two forwards leave the game with injuries, as Milan Michalek and Mika Zibanejad were banged up on Tuesday.

Michalek may have gotten hurt blocking a shot while a Radko Gudas hit on Zibanejad left the Senators forward with an upper-body injury.

Gudas may get a call from the league for his infractions.

Patrick Kane gets so much time, extends streak to 20 games


In hockey terms, Patrick Kane was like a star basketball player left alone for an almost strange amount of time to score. Sometimes you miss that opportunity out of the sheer shock of getting that much time and space.

Devan Dubnyk wasn’t so lucky, however, as Kane beat him to score a 1-1 goal.

You can watch the whole sequence in the video above, including an absolutely fantastic play by Duncan Keith.

With that tally, Kane’s scoring streak is now at 20 games, leaving him one game behind Bobby Hull’s Chicago Blackhawks record.

PHT discusses Kane’s streak and his place among the all-time great runs in the clip below.

Video: Pekka Rinne’s zero-margin-of-error stick save

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Sometimes, the Nashville Predators were unlucky in November. Sometimes they were just bad.

Either way, they’re likely glad to step into December, and they’ve already gotten a big bounce. Watch how close this near-goal was into crossing the red line before Pekka Rinne barely stopped it with a well-placed goalie stick.

You can also see it up close via this GIF:

Here’s the NHL Situation Room Blog explanation for it remaining a no-goal:

At 13:06 of the first period in the Coyotes/Predators game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play from 11:57. Video review confirmed the call on the ice that the puck did not cross the Nashville goal line. No goal Coyotes.