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News and Views…
Chris Minard, LW/C, Pittsburgh Penguins
2008/11/03: The Pittsburgh Penguins assigned wingers Chris Minard and Janne Pesonen back to the American League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Sunday. INTEL: Minard returned to the ‘A’ with a bang by registering a hat trick, while Pesonen added two assists. Since the Pens only play their next game on Thursday against Edmonton, there’s a chance one (or both) wingers will be recalled if Ruslan Fedotenko (undisclosed) and/or Pascal Dupuis (undisclosed–IR) remain sidelined.
Jonas Ahnelov, D, Phoenix Coyotes
2008/11/03: Fully recovered from a broken finger that sidelined him late in the preseason, Phoenix Coyotes rookie defenseman Jonas Ahnelov has been assigned to the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage. INTEL: The Coyotes really like Ahnelov’s game but the arrival of veteran Ken Klee likely sealed his short-term fate. Ahnelov should see action in the NHL later this season.
Brett Lebda, D, Detroit Red Wings
2008/11/03: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brett Lebda was a healthy scratch against Vancouver on Sunday, as Derek Meech took his place in the lineup. In 11 games this season, the 26-year-old Lebda has yet to record a point and sports an ugly minus-9 rating.
Henrik Zetterberg, C, Detroit Red Wings
2008/11/03: Detroit Red Wings star center Henrik Zetterberg recorded one goal and one assist, both points coming on the power play, to lead the club to a 3-2 road win over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night. He now totals eight goals on the young season.
Devin Setoguchi, RW/LW, San Jose Sharks
2008/11/02: San Jose Sharks forwards Milan Michalek and Devin Setoguchi each scored two goals in Sunday’s 5-3 win at Colorado. The duo each posted a plus-1 rating in the game. After a three-game scoreless stretch, Michalek has posted a point in three straight games. Meanwhile, Setoguchi has posted five goals and eight points over the past seven games.
Peter Budaj, G, Colorado Avalanche
2008/11/02: Colorado Avalanche goaltender Peter Budaj was torched for five goals on just 29 shots in Sunday’s 5-3 loss against the Sharks. After a three-game winning streak, Budaj has dropped his past two starts, although he had a superb relief appearance on Oct. 30. Andrew Raycroft might get another look in Monday’s game at Chicago, although nothing is official.
Evgeni Nabokov, G, San Jose Sharks
2008/11/02: San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov allowed three goals on 36 shots in Sunday’s 5-3 win at Colorado. Nabokov has posted three straight victories and he has won five of his past six starts. He’ll look to make it four straight wins in Tuesday’s game against Minnesota.
Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary Flames
2008/11/02: Calgary Flames forward Jarome Iginla picked up two more assists in Sunday’s 3-2 loss at Anaheim. Iginla has posted five goals and 12 points over the past eight games, picking up at least one point in six of those starts. The Flames are back in action on Tuesday against Phoenix.
Marian Gaborik, RW, Minnesota Wild
2008/11/03: Minnesota Wild star winger Marian Gaborik suffered a setback last week in his attempt to come back from his lower body injury–suspected to be to the back area. Therefore, he remains on injured reserve for the time being.
Martin Brodeur, G, New Jersey Devils
2008/11/03: The Associated Press is reporting that New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur (bruised left elbow) will miss at least one game due to the injury he suffered on Saturday night against the Thrashers. Thus, his career-high streak of 51 consecutive regular season starts will end. The team is still awaiting X-ray and MRI results taken on Sunday. The team recalled Jeff Frazee from Trenton of the ECHL to serve as the backup to Kevin Weekes, who will start against the Sabres on Monday.
Andreas Nodl, RW, Philadelphia Flyers
2008/11/03: Philadelphia Flyers rookie winger Andreas Nodl missed Sunday’s contest against the Edmonton Oilers because of a lower body injury. Meanwhile, both Steve Downie and Jared Ross were recalled from the AHL’s Philadelphia Phantoms to suit up against the Oilers.
Jason Strudwick, D/LW, Edmonton Oilers
2008/11/03: Edmonton Oilers veteran defenseman Jason Strudwick returned to action on Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers after missing two games with a shoulder injury. He replaced Denis Grebeshkov, who missed the game because of a mild concussion. He’s considered day to day.
Robyn Regehr, D, Calgary Flames
2008/11/03: Calgary Flames shutdown defenseman Robyn Regehr missed Sunday’s road contest against the Anaheim Ducks because of an undisclosed injury. He’s listed as day to day. With Regehr out, rookie Adam Pardy saw his first action since the season opener (October 9).
George Parros, RW, Anaheim Ducks
2008/11/03: As expected, Anaheim Ducks enforcer George Parros missed Sunday’s home tilt with the Calgary Flames because of an eye injury. He’s listed as day to day. With Parros out, the Ducks dressed physical rearguard Nathan McIver as their seventh defenseman.
Jason Krog, C, Vancouver Canucks
2008/11/03: Vancouver Canucks rookie winger Jannik Hansen missed Sunday’s home loss against the Detroit Red Wings because of a groin injury. He’s considered day to day. Hansen’s spot in the lineup went to Jason Krog, who went pointless with no shots on goal in 9:30 of ice time against Detroit.
Pascal Leclaire, G, Columbus Blue Jackets
2008/11/02: The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire (ankle) is expected to practice on Monday, but he is not supposed to dress for Monday’s game at N.Y. Islanders. It appears Leclaire is nearing a return and Daniel Lacosta will be returned to Syracuse of the AHL shortly.
Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks
2008/11/02: The Orange County Register is reporting that Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf was forced to have a few teeth removed due to a lingering abscess. The Ducks return to game action on Tuesday in Los Angeles for the first of three games in four days and Getzlaf is not expected to miss any playing time.
Matt Cullen, C, Carolina Hurricanes
2008/11/02: The Carolina Hurricanes announced that veteran forward Matt Cullen suffered a leg injury in Saturday’s loss against the Oilers. The team recalled Patrick Dwyer from Albany of the AHL to take his place on Sunday against the Leafs. Dwyer was scoreless with a shot on goal in 14:10 of ice time.
Alexander Nikulin, C, Ottawa Senators
2008/11/02: According to various reports, Ottawa Senators forward prospect Alexander Nikulin, currently toiling with the AHL’s Binghamton Senators, has demanded a trade. If he doesn’t get it, he is threatening to bolt to the Kontinental League. The 23-year-old Nikulin has produced two goals in five games with the baby Sens this season.
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