The Hockey News Daily Dish: Dec. 7


In his blog, Sam McCaig looks at two veteran players getting their feet wet in the American League.

The Hockey News’ Fantasy Pool Look details the up-and-down career of the Wild’s Antti Miettinen.


Dwayne Roloson, G, Edmonton Oilers
2008/12/07:  After sitting out three games, Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson came up big against the tough San Jose Sharks, making 41 saves in a 3-2 overtime road victory Saturday night. The 41 saves are his season high. The goaltending platoon continues on the Oil with Roloson, Mathieu Garon, and Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers all seeing starts since Nov.30.

Anze Kopitar, C, Los Angeles Kings
2008/12/07:  Young center Anze Kopitar, the Kings’ leading scorer, had just one point in four games before picking up a pair in Saturday’s 3-0 home win over the Blue Jackets. He had a goal and an assist and was plus-2.

Jason LaBarbera, G, Los Angeles Kings
2008/12/07:  Kings goalie Jason LaBarbera blanked the Blue Jackets Saturday night. The 3-0 home victory gives him his second shutout of the season. He turned away 23 shots. LaBarbera is playing well lately after losing his role as L.A.’s primary puckstopper in November. He has allowed two or fewer goals in each of his past six appearances and is seeing increasing playing time lately as Erik Ersberg struggles.

Jeremy Roenick, RW/C, San Jose Sharks
2008/12/07:  Veteran forward Jeremy Roenick scored just one goal in his first 25 games this season, but suddenly has goals in back-to-back games. He scored his third of the season Saturday night in the Sharks’ 3-2 overtime home loss to the Oilers.

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Niklas Hagman, LW/RW, Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto forward Niklas Hagman left Toronto’s 2-1 home loss to Washington in the second period after being kneed in the head. His status for Monday’s home game against the Islanders is uncertain. Losing Hagman for any extended period would be tough for the Leafs, as he is third in team scoring (with 19 points), first in plus-minus (plus-3), and first in shots on goal (91).

Luke Schenn, D, Toronto Maple Leafs
2008/12/07:  The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without rookie defenseman Luke Schenn for two weeks after sustaining a left leg injury in Toronto’s 2-1 home loss to Washington Saturday, according to the Toronto Star. Schenn, 19, was the No.5 overall pick of this year’s NHL Draft, and has been holding his own for Toronto in 27 games so far (with two assists and a minus-6 rating).

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