Puck Headlines: The Blues offer fans mortgage bailouts

Here are your Evening Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

The St. Louis Blues have announced that "that at every remaining Saturday home game beginning Nov. 29, the organization will call the seat number of a fan and pay that person's mortgage or rent for four months, up to $4,000 (all currency U.S.) total." In other news, Gary Bettman once again said that the fundamentals of the NHL's economy are strong. [AP]

Shutdown Corner's own Chris Cooley of the Washington Redskins is now a Capitals superfan, challenging the non-believers to come see hockey live. [Simply Sensational]

Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals (7 p.m. EST; TV: VS). Olaf Kolzig held a rare game day media session this afternoon, speaking about facing the Capitals, Alexander Ovechkin's comments on how to beat him and the devious video tribute the Caps have planned to rattle the emotional goalie. What an interesting night at the rink, with a division rivalry on top of all of the Olie-motions.

Montreal Canadiens forward Tom Kostopoulos has been suspended for three games without pay, for that hit on Mike Van Ryn. "While it is my determination that Kostopoulos did not deliver a check to an unsuspecting opponent, his actions caused injuries," said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. [NHL]

A day in the life of the Boston Bruins' Peter Schaefer is pretty damn funny. And like our lives, if ends with cable nudity. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]

Preview: Edmonton Oilers at New York Rangers (7 p.m. EST; TV: MSG, RSW). The Rangers are pretty good at making backup goalies look like Patrick Roy, which presents an interesting situation with the Oilers since Edmonton is carrying three keepers. Lauri Korpikoski is back with the Blueshirts from the AHL.

Mark Messier comes out in favor of face masks in the NHL. Sure, after your mug has already retired. Seriously, that's a face only Madonna could ... never mind. [Toronto Star]

Terrific rundown of the NHL injury policy controversies from the New York Times. [Slap Shot]

Some call it unorthodox, others call it annoying. Whatever the case, FSN is keeping the "Rinkside View" on Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings games. [Ducks Blog]

Finally, from the NHL, here are the New York Rangers from the upcoming Men's Journal spread. This is every dream Sam Rosen's ever had.

Blues photo from Getty Images.

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