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October 12, 1998 | Volume 89, Issue 15

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October 12, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
Doug Gilmour, the diminutive star of the Blackhawks, has been in the line of fire for 15 pro seasons—and he's got the scars to prove it

October 12, 1998 | Brian Cazeneuve
Playing with pain is a badge of honor for hockey players. Here, with their tales of trauma, are the electees to our Hall of Lame, featuring today's master of misery, Doug Gilmour

October 12, 1998
The NHL is like Scottish weather: If you don't like it, wait 10 minutes, it'll change. Clearly there were enough unhappy fans—as reflected in last season's disastrous TV ratings—that the...

October 12, 1998 | Michael Farber
The stars have it all: goal-tending, a premier defense, two scoring lines, wicked specialty teams, revered grinders, plenty of leadership and the best quotes in hockey now that Brett Hull has...

October 12, 1998 | Michael Farber
Left wing Jamie Langenbrunner had 39 points as a rookie two seasons ago. Last year he scored 52 to become the only rookie among the top 10 first-year men of 1996-97 to increase his total in his...

October 12, 1998 | Michael Farber
•Center Joe Nieuwendyk, who has the speed and skill to create offense, needs to make a strong comeback after undergoing surgery on both knees in the off-season.

October 12, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
Where is he? Where is that meticulous, controlling, gnomelike genius who has guided the Red Wings to two straight Stanley Cups? Where is Scotty Bowman?

October 12, 1998 | Tim Crothers
It was hockey's version of the Gipper speech. During a melee in the third period of an April 1 game in Detroit, Colorado goaltender Patrick Roy dropped his gloves, skated down the ice and...

October 12, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
The 1997-98 Red Wings were the first team in three seasons to neither win nor lose in overtime. Their record in extra-session games was 0-0-15.

October 12, 1998 | Tim Crothers
Last season Avalanche defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh scored 68.6% of his points on the power play, the highest percentage by any NHL player who scored 40 or more points.

October 12, 1998 | Tim Crothers
•Eric Messier or Wade Belak must step up to replace departed defenseman Uwe Krupp, or general manager Pierre Lacroix will he forced to make a deal.

October 12, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
•With the return of ailing coach Scotty Bowman doubtful, assistants Barry Smith and Dave Lewis must assert their authority early and gain the players' respect.

October 12, 1998 | Johnette Howard
It's not often that the toughest-talking guy on a hockey team is the general manager. But Flyers G.M. Bobby Clarke took his share of sutures during his Hall of Fame career, and his calculated...

October 12, 1998 | Tim Crothers
How do you explain a team that had the NHL's second-best regular-season record in 1997-98 but suffered a humiliating first-round postseason loss to the Senators? According to the Devils, they fell...

October 12, 1998 | Johnette Howard
Keep him busy: New goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck's goals-against average last season with the Panthers was 2.66 on one day of rest between games, 2.97 on two days' rest and 3.04 on three or more days.

October 12, 1998 | Tim Crothers
Center Petr Sykora was the Devils' good-luck charm last season. New Jersey did not lose any of the 14 regular-season games (13-0-1) in which Sykora scored a goal.

October 12, 1998 | Johnette Howard
•The Flyers, who blew leads in 19 matches last season, need to play a more responsible defensive game when they're ahead.

October 12, 1998 | Tim Crothers
•Center Bobby Holik must play offense as he did in the first 66 games last season (29 goals), not as he did in the final 22 (0).

October 12, 1998 | Michael Farber
Buffalo is a No. 1 center away from being the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference, a lofty position the Sabres might be approaching too cautiously. Buffalo made a run at 35-year-old free-agent...

October 12, 1998 | Johnette Howard
Capitals Goalie Olaf Kolzig knows what the skeptics say: Washington's appearance in the '98 Stanley Cup finals was a once-in-a-lifetime event...and the Caps' run wouldn't have happened if New...

October 12, 1998 | Michael Farber
Forward Miroslav Satan led the Sabres with 46 points (22 goals, 24 assists) last season, the lowest point total for a club leader in the 28-year history of the franchise.

October 12, 1998 | Johnette Howard
The Capitals were successful on 89.2% of their penalty kills, the NHL's best percentage since the league began keeping that stat in 1967-88.

October 12, 1998 | Johnette Howard
•Somebody other than 50-goal man Peter Bondra must score on a regular basis. The best bet would be wing Richard Zednik, who shone in the postseason.

October 12, 1998 | Michael Farber
•The offensively challenged Sabres need consistent scoring from talented but underachieving forwards Geoff Sanderson and Michal Grosek.

October 12, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
The Kings are dead. Long live the Kings. Though Wayne Gretzky's eight-year reign in Los Angeles ended in February 1996, the Kings only now are emerging from the Great One's grip. Night after...

October 12, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
You would think that the eight-year-old Sharks, who have never had a .500 season, would have regarded 1997-98 as a modest success. San Jose closed the regular season solidly (25-20-8 in its final...

October 12, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
Last season Stephane Fiset led the league in a dubious category: He allowed five players (Erik Andersson, Shawn Bates, Daniel Briere, Mike Crowley and Alexei Morozov) to score their first NHL goals.

October 12, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
•With the addition of superb puck-moving defenseman Steve Duchesne, the Kings must improve on a power play that finished 17th in the league last year.

October 12, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
Jeff Friesen, 22, is the franchise's career leader in goals (89), assists (107), points (196), game-winning goals (14) and shorthanded goals (9). He's the youngest active player to lead any club's...

October 12, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
•Power forward Owen Nolan, who had 30 or more goals in five earlier NHL seasons, needs to rebound from a poor 1997-98, in which he scored only 14 times.

October 12, 1998 | Tim Crothers
Since the day in March '91 when Ron Francis was traded from Hartford to Pittsburgh, the star-crossed franchise has moved from Connecticut to North Carolina. Changed its name from Whalers to...

October 12, 1998 | Stephen Cannella
For 10 years the routine was as predictable as it was entertaining. Blues right wing Brett Hull would arrive in camp in September and spend the next eight months shooting the puck and shooting off...

October 12, 1998 | Tim Crothers
This franchise, which hasn't qualified for the postseason since 1991-92, has missed the playoffs in 57.9% of its 19 seasons, the second-worst percentage among teams that entered the NHL before...

October 12, 1998 | Stephen Cannella
The Blues have the NHL's longest active streak of making the playoffs (19 years) and have missed the postseason only three times in their 31-year history.

October 12, 1998 | Tim Crothers
•Goalie Trevor Kidd, who was spectacular in the last half of 1997-98, needs to play that way from the start of the season.

October 12, 1998 | Stephen Cannella
•With the exodus of Brett Hull, forwards Jim Campbell and Pavol Demitra need to develop into topflight snipers.

October 12, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
The Blackhawks missed the playoffs last season for the first time since Neil Armstrong kicked up dust on the moon. They had the NHL's lousiest offense north of Tampa Bay, and their vaunted...

October 12, 1998 | Jeff Pearlman
Jeremy Roenick is hockey's best player—a dynamic skater, a bruising checker, a smooth puck-handler. He is everything you would want a star to be, say the eight geeks who still own EA Sports' NHL...

October 12, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
In '97-98 defenseman Chris Chelios unleashed 114 shots without scoring a goal at the United Center, while on the road he had 91 shots and lit the lamp three times.

October 12, 1998 | Jeff Pearlman
The Coyotes won two playoff games from the Stanley Cup champion Red Wings last spring, but they still have the worst postseason winning percentage (.320) of any current NHL franchise.

October 12, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
•Chicago must improve its record on home ice (14-19-8), which was the fourth worst in the league.

October 12, 1998 | Jeff Pearlman
•Phoenix needs to improve its special teams, which were a disappointing 14th in power-play efficiency and 21st in penalty killing in the league last season.

October 12, 1998 | Brian Cazeneuve
Say this for the 1998-99 Oilers: They have strength in numbers. Where once there was merely miserly Peter Pocklington letting his crop's cream slip away, now there are nearly three dozen owners...

October 12, 1998 | Stephen Cannella
They grow up so fast, don't they? That's the lesson the Bruins learned last season when new coach Pat Burns, who was brought in to oversee a rebuilding project, coaxed 39 wins and a playoff...

October 12, 1998 | Brian Cazeneuve
The Oilers led the NHL with an astounding 2,527 hits last season (653 more than the No. 2 Red Wings), yet they were only 10th in the league in penalty minutes.

October 12, 1998 | Stephen Cannella
Last season 37-year-old defenseman Ray Bourque led NHL players in ice time, with 2,462 minutes, 18 more than Blackhawks backliner Chris Chelios.

October 12, 1998 | Brian Cazeneuve
•Either journeyman Bob Essensa or perennial backup Mikhail Shtalenkov must emerge as a No. I netminder to offset the loss of free-agent Curtis Joseph.

October 12, 1998 | Stephen Cannella
•The Bruins must find a way to keep their older defensemen—Ray Bourque, 37, Dave Ellett, 34, Grant Ledyard, 36, and Don Sweeney, 32—healthy.

October 12, 1998 | Michael Farber
The Senators, who again should be in the lower tier of Eastern Conference playoff teams, pulled the biggest upset of the 1998 postseason by knocking out heavily favored New Jersey in six games....

October 12, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
Surely the folks who run the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim know what they're doing. This is Disney, after all, not some Mickey Mouse organization. These guys are emperors of entertainment, kingpins in...

October 12, 1998 | Michael Farber
Even though the Senators advanced to the second round of the playoffs last spring, they still have the worst winning percentage (.308) of any NHL team since the 1990-91 season.

October 12, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
Last year left winger Paul Kariya, who played in only 22 matches because of a contract dispute and a season-ending concussion, led the league in points per game (1.41).

October 12, 1998 | Michael Farber
•Early in the season the Senators must overcome the loss of injured offensive keys Daniel Alfredsson and Marian Hossa, neither of whom is expected back before mid-November.

October 12, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
•The Mighty Ducks have to find some puck-moving defensemen to start their transition game for offensive stars Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne.

October 12, 1998 | Stephen Cannella
The Rangers have a lot in common with many long-running Broadway shows. The Blueshirts are an expensive operation (their payroll should approach last season's league-leading $44 million); they're...

October 12, 1998 | Michael Farber
The sorry economic state of Canada's NHL teams is exemplified by the bottom line of its most hallowed franchise, Montreal. They made a meager $2 million profit last year despite playing in a...

October 12, 1998 | Michael Farber
Montreal finished fourth in the Northeast Division for the second consecutive year in 1997-98. The last Canadiens to end up as low as fourth two seasons in a row were the 1941-42 and 1942-43 teams.

October 12, 1998 | Stephen Cannella
Four players tied for the team lead in goals scored last year, with a modest 23. Excluding the lockout season of 1994-95, the last time New York's goal-scoring leader had fewer goals was when Nick...

October 12, 1998 | Michael Farber
•The fate of Montreal's season may rest on the shoulders of young goaltenders Jocelyn Thibault, 23, and José Théodore, 22. Neither has shown he can carry a team.

October 12, 1998 | Stephen Cannella
•Enigmatic forward Alexei Kovalev must finally have a breakout season, something that should happen with John Muckler behind the New York bench.

October 12, 1998 | Johnette Howard
You're an NHL coach and you take over a franchise that just lost alltime great Mario Lemieux to retirement, and you guide that team to an unexpected division title anyway. Then, in the offseason,...

October 12, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
The Maple Leafs are on the move. They're shifting from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference, which will enable them to play the Canadiens, their fiercest rivals, more often. Then, in...

October 12, 1998 | Johnette Howard
Goalie Tom Barrasso, a finalist for the 1998 Vezina Trophy, had career-best numbers in several categories, including goals-against average (2.07), save percentage (.922) and shutouts (seven).

October 12, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
Since Dave Keon got the Conn Smythe in 1967, no Maple Leafs player has won a major NHL award (Hart, Norris, Ross or Vezina), the longest such streak by any team in the league.

October 12, 1998 | Johnette Howard
•General manager Craig Patrick must continue to make outstanding trades-he stole Stu Barnes from the Panthers in 1997—for a club that counts every penny.

October 12, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
•New goalie Curtis Joseph must be as stingy in the regular season is he has been during the postseason for Toronto even to think about qualifying for the playoffs.

October 12, 1998 | Brian Cazeneuve
The Islanders said they needed a hoist, but a boost would be more like it, the kind you get from signing your best players and finding a goaltender who doesn't have a sunburn on the back of his...

October 12, 1998 | Jeff Pearlman
When your team has no proven goaltender, your best player demands to be traded, your captain is too old to play shuffleboard and your roster includes five rookies, you're in need of comfort....

October 12, 1998 | Brian Cazeneuve
The Islanders and the Stanley Cup champion Red Wings were the most difficult teams to shut out last season. Each was whitewashed only twice.

October 12, 1998 | Jeff Pearlman
After being acquired from the Islanders at midseason, left wing Todd Bertuzzi nearly doubled his points-per-game production, from 0.35 to 0.68.

October 12, 1998 | Jeff Pearlman
•General manager Brian Burke must acquire a quality goaltender for Vancouver to have any chance of making the playoffs.

October 12, 1998 | Brian Cazeneuve
•Center Trevor Linden and defenseman Bryan Berard must rebound from terrible seasons and become elite players again.

October 12, 1998
Lindsay Cuadros, Xenia, OhioSoccerLindsay, a junior defender at Xenia High, scored the winning goal for the Buccaneers in a 2-1 victory over Carroll High of Dayton. Earlier that day she kicked...

October 12, 1998 | David Fleming
At the Panthers' new $184 million arena, something called the National Car Rental Center, in Sunrise, fans can eat sushi, salmon and fruit salad and choose from 18 desserts. There are seats with...

October 12, 1998 | David Fleming
The Lightning opened training camp this year in Innsbruck, Austria, site of the NHL's International Challenge. Hoping to promote unity, the team passed on a chance to stay at a plush downtown...

October 12, 1998 | David Fleming
Last season the Panthers had the league's second-biggest decline in points (from 89 to 63) and the second-worst drop in goal differential (-73) from 1996-97.

October 12, 1998 | David Fleming
The Lightning scored only 33 goals in 353 power-play chances last season, a meager success rate of 9.3% and the worst percentage by any team since that stat became official in 1967-68.

October 12, 1998 | David Fleming
•The Panthers must improve their putrid penalty killing, which was effective only 79.9% of the time last season, worst in the league.

October 12, 1998 | David Fleming
•Tampa Bay must overcome a defensive corps that lacks skill and mobility, which makes the Lightning vulnerable to forechecking.

October 12, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
It didn't take long for Flames coach Brian Sutter to figure out his team last season. "Two minutes into training camp I could tell their approach wasn't conducive to winning," he says. "We had...

October 12, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
Right wing Theo Fleury, the league's shortest man at 5'6", was the only player in the NHL to lead his team in penalty minutes (197) and points (78).

October 12, 1998 | Johnette Howard
David Poile, Nashville's G.M., knew free agency and the expansion draft would bring his first-year Predators grizzled veterans, peach-fuzzed prospects and crooked-nosed grinders. But Poile wanted...

October 12, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
•Forward Jarome Iginla needs to rebound from a sophomore slump that saw his goal scoring dip from 21 to 13.

October 12, 1998 | Johnette Howard
The Predators, playing in one of the NHL's best divisions, could help set the record for largest point differential between a first-and a last-place team. The 1975-76 Capitals hold that mark,...

October 12, 1998 | Johnette Howard
•Highly regarded goalie Mike Dunham needs to come up big because the Predators have few offensive weapons.

October 12, 1998 | Rick Reilly
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October 12, 1998
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October 12, 1998
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October 12, 1998
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October 12, 1998 | Loren Mooney
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October 12, 1998 | Jack McCallum
What the Diamondbacks really appreciate, it seems, is higher prices

October 12, 1998 | Jack McCallum
•That fans of the Cubs and the Red Sox don't take their teams' playoff losses too hard...oh, never mind.

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October 12, 1998
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7,932,000Asking price (which intentionally includes his old number, 32). in dollars, for Magic Johnson's nine-bedroom, 14,000 square-foot Beverly Hills home.

October 12, 1998
REDSKINSWashington has been gaining yards and putting points on the board right away, but all that has done is make the other guys mad. The Eagles, by contrast, lie down early and then try to...

October 12, 1998
Whichever team struts away with the W in that Eagles-Redskins tilt better get some celebrating in-there might not be much more for the winners to party about in the near future. Since 1970, 54...

October 12, 1998
Uncorks wild ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley, but his New York City steak house gets a rave review in The New York Times. Stay tuned....

October 12, 1998
Two Hightstown (N.J.) High cheerleaders were kicked off the squad and suspended from school for five days for giving laxative-laced cupcakes to their Hamilton High counterparts during a football game.

October 12, 1998
GARY BARNETTNorthwestern football coach, on the performance of backup quarterback Nick Kreinbrink in the Wildcats' 13-10 loss to Illinois: "He called a couple of plays we don't have."