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From the Branches: Hurricane Reimer to start for Maple Leafs

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Does anyone remember how this ever happened? – Grant Halverson/Getty Images

The Leafs are back in action tonight vs. the Hurricanes

James Reimer will start in tonight for The Leafs vs. The Hurricanes. We’ll have a game preview up early this afternoon. In the mean time, check out what else we’ve written.

Fighting in the AHL and Drouin watch: Marlies host the Crunch – Pension Plan Puppets
This was a heck of a night to recap the Marlies game.

Rogers to broadcast NHL hockey in 4K UHD; NHL.com says it’s not worth it – Pension Plan Puppets
The new, and very expensive, 4K Ultra-HD cable TV service offered by the Maple Leafs‘ owners has been panned for now by NHL.com. Should you consider upgrading?

I’ll let Babcock have the last word.

Last Night’s Games

Mike Commodore had some colourful commentary on this.

OWWWWWW

Is this an elbowing?

Steen doesn’t think so.

World sledge hockey: Canadians clinch 1st place in preliminary round

Adam Dixon carries Canada to SO win over U.S. – CBC Sports
Adam Dixon scored in regulation and added the shootout winner to lift Canada over the United States 3-2 on Wednesday in preliminary-round play at the world sledge hockey challenge in Bridgewater, N.S.

SB Nation Game Recaps

Sorry Detroit, Net’s Closed… – St. Louis Game Time
Moose out front should have told you.

Ducks Out-Grit Wild For Homestand-Ending 3-1 Win – Anaheim Calling
It wasn’t Anaheim’s prettiest performance of the season, or even one we’re going to put on the season-ending shortlist but the Ducks head east with two vital points in their back pocket.

Avalanche Defeat Sabres Late In Third Period – Mile High Hockey
Francois Beauchemin scored with 32 seconds left to give the Avalanche a 2-1 victory, their 5th win in the past six home games. On a night when much of the attention was on the return of Ryan…

Jonathan Drouin

Yesterday the Syracuse Crunch were scheduled to play the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum. One memeber of the Crunch was a no show. You may have heard his name before… something Drouin, I think?

You can be sure everyone has taken this calmly.

Jonathan Drouin suspended by Tampa Bay Lightning organization – Raw Charge
The official press release is here, but where this story will go form this point forward is anyone’s guess.

Drouin suspended by Lightning for failing to report to minor-league game – The Globe and Mail
The 20-year-old Tampa Bay Lightning prospect refused to report to an American Hockey League game between the Syracuse Crunch and Toronto Marlies

Other News

Cam Ward To IR; Daniel Altshuller Earns First NHL Recall – Canes Country
Paging James Reimer. James Reimer please pick up the white courtesy phone.

Judge orders unsealing of NHL executive’s emails – Article – TSN
Among the documents that are now poised to be unsealed are emails sent by Campbell in which he uses various obscenities. A 2013 email chain will also be unsealed in which Campbell calls an NHL team trainer a “freaking idiot” after the trainer suggested methods for treating concussed players.

Burke on a mission to increase ice surface size – Article – TSN
“When I was GM of the [Vancouver] Canucks, I felt the ice was too congested for the size and skill we had on our team. I thought the size of the ice surface affected my team’s ability to excel. That’s where it started for me.”

Ben Smith put on waivers – Fear The Fin
Not our Ben Smith.

Shayne Gostisbehere is one of the NHL’s best stories this season – Broad Street Hockey
The Hockey News called him the most surprising success story, he’s tied for the most goals ever scored by a rookie Flyers defenseman… Yeah, he’s good.

Can a Healthy Devils Team Make a Run to the Playoffs? – All About The Jersey
NJ has stayed in the playoff hunt so far by leaning on Schneider a small group of forwards. We’ve seen just a few injuries can quickly derail those postseason dreams, but if they can get healthy and stay healthy, they should have a puncher’s chance.

The Eye Test: I Take Full Responsibility for Carter Hutton’s Success – On the Forecheck
Since an unfortunate event on October 17th, 2015, Carter Hutton has started playing much better recently earned a shutout against Minnesota. You can thank me if you like.

Stars misaligned at midseason after early Stanley Cup expectations – The Globe and Mail
After a strong start, Dallas has fallen back to earth as its go-to offensive threats lose their scoring touch to cast doubt on their legitimacy as a Cup contender

With Cam Talbot Signed, What Happens Next? – The Copper & Blue
With half the team’s goaltending tandem in place, a look at where the Oilers should go from here.

No One Predicted This – The Cannon
As the Blue Jackets make the turn into the second half of the season, no one thought they would be in this position. Well, no human did.

Report: New York Rangers signing Daniel Paille? – Stanley Cup of Chowder
The Hockey News’ Ryan Kennedy reports that the Rangers might sign 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Daniel Paille

Mikael Wikstrand loaned to Färjestad in the Swedish Hockey League – Silver Seven
After not much news on this front for a while, the Senators released today that prospect Mikael Wikstrand will be allowed to play for Färjestad in the Swedish Hockey League this season

More LeBreton Details Leaked – Silver Seven
Amount of taxpayer dollars still to be announced.

It’s time for Corey Crawford to get recognition he deserves – Second City Hockey
Corey Crawford has risen to become one of the NHL’s premier goaltenders in the past few years, and yet he gets hardly any respect. That needs to change.

Artemi “only vodka” Panarin – Second City Hockey
He’s so Russian.

Penn State’s Mike Williamson ends hockey career due to injuries – SB Nation College Hockey
The junior defenseman, whose tenure at Penn State included several injuries, is a 2013 sixth round draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks.

Kamloops Blazers’ Jermaine Loewen dreams of being Jamaica-proud in the NHL | TheColorOfHockey
Jermaine Loewen longs to be The Second One. The left wing for the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League dreams of becoming the second Jamaican-born player to skate in the National Hockey League, standing on the broad shoulders of Graeme Townshend.

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