Yesterday at thn.com:
In From the Point, Sam McCaig writes about a few storylines from each division in the early going.
Ken Campbell writes about the lack of depth in New Jersey in his analysis of Martin Brodeur’s injury.
In his blog, Rory Boylen writes how Mats Sundin’s decision could impact his Leaf legacy.
In his blog, John Grigg writes that the Habs’ fast start will eventually fade.
NACS head scout Mark Seidel answers some frequently asked questions and runs down his top 50 for 2009.
Fantasy Pool Look examines the underrated Nashville Predators.
The Hot List, a rundown of players we can’t wait to see in an NHL uniform, profiles the EJHL’s Brian Dumoulin.
Brendan Morrison, C/LW, Anaheim Ducks
2008/11/05: Anaheim Ducks veteran center Brendan Morrison went pointless with no shots on goal in 13:27 of ice time against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. The 33-year-old Morrison now has just one assist in his first 14 contests with his new team. He also sports an ugly minus-7 rating.
Peter Harrold, D, Los Angeles Kings
2008/11/05: For the second game in a row, the Los Angeles Kings used defenseman Peter Harrold as a winger on the fourth line Tuesday against Anaheim. He registered three shots on goal in 10:19 of action.
Chris Pronger, D, Anaheim Ducks
2008/11/05: Anaheim Ducks veteran defenseman Chris Pronger registered his fourth goal of the season–the only marker in the game–in his team’s 1-0 road win in overtime over the L.A. Kings. Pronger finished the contest with a plus-1 rating and three shots on goal in 26:54 of ice time.
Erik Ersberg, G, Los Angeles Kings
2008/11/05: In his first start of the regular season, Swedish netminder Erik Ersberg stopped 26 of 27 shots for the Los Angeles Kings in a 1-0 overtime loss on home ice against the archrival Anaheim Ducks.
Todd Bertuzzi, RW/LW, Calgary Flames
2008/11/05: It was a rough night for Calgary Flames veteran winger Todd Bertuzzi on Tuesday against Phoenix, as he finished the game with no points, a minus-3 rating and just one shot on goal in 18:49 of ice time.
Shane Doan, RW/LW, Phoenix Coyotes
2008/11/05: Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan paced the attack with one goal and one assist in the team’s 4-2 road win at Calgary on Tuesday night. Winger Peter Mueller also recorded two points (two assists) in the contest.
David Moss, RW, Calgary Flames
2008/11/05: Calgary Flames winger David Moss registered two assists in a losing cause against the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night. It was the first multi-point effort of the season for the 26-year-old Moss.
Kyle Turris, C, Phoenix Coyotes
2008/11/05: Phoenix Coyotes rookie center Kyle Turris was a healthy scratch in Tuesday’s road win at Calgary. In nine games this season, the 19-year-old Turris has just one goal, four points and a minus-4 rating.
Niklas Backstrom, G, Minnesota Wild
2008/11/05: Minnesota goaltender Niklas Backstrom faced a season-high 49 shots on Tuesday, making 46 saves in a 3-1 loss to San Jose. The veteran netminder, who is 7-2-1 on the year, has allowed three goals or fewer in nine of 10 outings on the season.
Ryane Clowe, LW, San Jose Sharks
2008/11/05: San Jose’s Ryane Clowe scored a goal and added an assist in Tuesday’s 3-1 victory over Minnesota. The gritty winger is off to a great start in 2008-09, scoring six goals with four assists through his first 12 games.
Krystofer Kolanos, C/W, Minnesota Wild
2008/11/05: Wild forward Krystofer Kolanos notched his team’s lone goal in Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to the Sharks. The veteran had not registered a point in his previous eight contests.
Mike Grier, RW, San Jose Sharks
2008/11/05: Sharks forward Mike Grier tallied a goal and an assist in Tuesday’s 3-1 win over the Wild. The checking winger has been showing off his offensive side recently, picking up at least one point in seven of his last eight games.
Henrik Sedin, C, Vancouver Canucks
2008/11/05: Vancouver forward Henrik Sedin notched two assists in Tuesday’s 4-0 romp over Nashville. The talented playmaker now has a pair of two-assist games over his last four contests.
Kyle Wellwood, C, Vancouver Canucks
2008/11/05: Vancouver’s Kyle Wellwood continues to have a nose for the net, lighting the lamp twice in a 4-0 shutout of Nashville on Tuesday. He has six goals and one assist in eight games on the year.
Shea Weber, D, Nashville Predators
2008/11/05: Nashville defenseman Shea Weber had a tough night at the office on Tuesday, posting a minus-three rating in a 4-0 loss to Vancouver. The young rearguard was named the NHL’s Third Star for the month of October on Monday.
Robyn Regehr, D, Calgary Flames
2008/11/04: Defensive stalwart Robyn Regehr (lower body injury) was back in the Flames lineup Tuesday night against the Coyotes. Regehr, who was injured last Saturday against the Kings, had the ailment checked out by team doctors on Monday and was deemed eligible to play come game time.
Martin Brodeur, G, New Jersey Devils
2008/11/04: Updating previous reports, New Jersey Devils star goalkeeper Martin Brodeur is now expected to be out of action for the next 3-4 months because he will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair a torn biceps in his elbow. INTEL: This will significantly alter the Devils plans this season. Kevin Weekes will take over as the starting goaltender for the time being, but don’t be surprised if Devils GM Lou Lamoriello goes goalie shopping in the days and weeks ahead.
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