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St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott (1) makes a stick save against the Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby (87) in the third period of their NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 23, 2011. REUTERS/David DeNoma

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3 Number of head coaches who have remained with the same team since the NHL lockout after Anaheim fired Randy Carlyle this week. Only Buffalo's Lindy Ruff, Nashville's Barry Trotz and Detroit's Mike Babcock have lasted more than six years in one organization.

3 Number of days new Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau was out of work, an NHL record for quickest firing then hiring. Roger Nielson previously had the record, going two weeks between being fired by the Vancouver Canucks and hired by the Los Angeles Kings in 1984.

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-"Just went on the ice … Felt good. Hope to be back soon so everyone can stop telling me I'm messing up their hockey pool."

- Injured Edmonton Oilers youngster Taylor Hall


"He got off to a slow start by his own doing and now he has to figure out a way to get out of it or he won't be playing with the Hurricanes long."

- Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford on struggling defenceman Tomas Kaberle.

"This coach has a history of burying players and using them as scapegoats to mask his own lack of success on the ice. Derick has been singled out, almost from the very beginning of the season, to be the fall guy in case things don't go well."

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- Allan Walsh, the agent for Columbus Blue Jackets centre Derick Brassard, came out firing this week in a statement criticizing coach Scott Arniel.


Who are these masked men?

It has been an odd start to the NHL season on many fronts, but nowhere have things been stranger than in goal.

A quick look at the league's save-percentage leaders has Brian Elliott, Curtis Sanford, Mike Smith, Nikolai Khabibulin, Al Montoya and Josh Harding among the top 10 at .933 or higher.

At the other end of the spectrum, Dwayne Roloson, Martin Brodeur, Roberto Luongo, Ilya Bryzgalov, Corey Crawford and Jaroslav Halak are pulling up the rear, with all six at .898 or lower entering Friday's games.

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It's still early, but it seems the names of the top goalies change every year.

Raymond's debut ruined

You have to feel for Vancouver Canucks winger Mason Raymond.

Set to make his return to the lineup after a lengthy recovery from a severe back injury, Raymond instead was stuck watching Thursday's game from the press box after a paperwork error failed to add him to the team's active roster in time.

He had spent the early portion of the day saying how happy he was to be back after his ordeal, which included a vertebrae compression fracture and a summer-long rehabilitation program after taking an awkward hit in the Stanley Cup final.

Raymond is expected to play his first game on Sunday against the Calgary Flames.

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