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In Prep Watch, our weekly look at minor hockey, we profile defenseman Scott Harrington of the Greater Kingston Jr. Frontenacs.
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News and Views…
Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary Flames
2008/11/07: Calgary winger Jarome Iginla picked up two goals (including the game-winner), two assists, and a plus-1 rating in 21:12 of ice time in Thursday’s 7-6 home win against the Predators. Iginla has posted at least two points in five of his past eight games. The Flames are back in action on Saturday at Columbus.
Alexander Ovechkin, LW, Washington Capitals
2008/11/07: Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau used Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Ovechkin and Alexander Semin on his top scoring line in Thursday’s 3-2 win against the Hurricanes and the move paid instant dividends. Fedorov posted a goal and a plus-1 rating, while Semin scored the other two goals and finished with a plus-3 rating. Ovechkin assisted on all three markers in the win.
Chris Drury, C/RW, New York Rangers
2008/11/07: New York Rangers forward Chris Drury broke a three-game scoreless drought in a big way on Thursday night against the Lightning, as he picked up the hat trick. Drury has five goals this season, but he has scored in just two of his first 16 games. He’ll try to carry over the momentum into Saturday’s game at Washington.
Miikka Kiprusoff, G, Calgary Flames
2008/11/07: Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff allowed six goals on 29 shots in Thursday’s start against the Predators, but he hung on for the victory. Kiprusoff ended a personal two-game losing streak, but he allowed his most goals since being dinged for six goals in the regular season opener on Oct. 9 at Vancouver. He’ll try to rebound in Saturday’s game at Columbus.
Evgeni Malkin, C/W, Pittsburgh Penguins
2008/11/07: Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin picked up three assists and a plus-1 rating in Thursday’s 5-4 victory against the Oilers. Malkin has at least one point over the past nine games. He has posted three goals and 15 assists during the impressive stretch.
Ales Hemsky, RW, Edmonton Oilers
2008/11/07: Edmonton Oilers forward Ales Hemsky extended his goal-scoring streak to three games in Thursday’s 5-4 loss at Pittsburgh. He now has four goals and seven points during his current five-game points streak. The Pens are back in action on Saturday at N.Y. Islanders.
Todd Bertuzzi, RW/LW, Calgary Flames
2008/11/07: Calgary Flames veteran forward Todd Bertuzzi picked up three assists and a plus-2 rating in Thursday’s 7-6 win against the Predators. Big Bert has posted a goal and six points over his past four games. The Flames are back in action on Saturday in Columbus.
Mathieu Garon, G, Edmonton Oilers
2008/11/07: Washington Capitals goaltender Mathieu Garon allowed five goals on just 20 shots in Thursday’s loss at Pittsburgh before being pulled midway through the second period in favor of backup Jeff Deslauriers. Deslauriers stopped all 14 shots he faced. After starting the season 3-0-0, Garon has dropped four straight starts and he has allowed 18 goals during the awful span.
Tuomo Ruutu, LW/RW, Carolina Hurricanes
2008/11/07: Carolina Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu stayed hot on Thursday night at Washington, as he extended goal-scoring streak to three games. He also has four goals and seven points during his current five-game points streak.
Dany Heatley, LW/RW, Ottawa Senators
2008/11/07: Ottawa Senators forward Dany Heatley scored a goal for the fifth consecutive game in Thursday’s 4-1 win against the Flyers. Heater now has five goals and nine points over the past seven games. The Sens travel to Carolina on Friday, as Heatley looks to make it six straight with a goal.
Tobias Enstrom, D, Atlanta Thrashers
2008/11/07: Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Tobias Enstrom was good for a goal and two assists with a plus-2 rating in Thursday’s 4-3 win over the Islanders. Enstrom came in with just two assists through the first 12 games, although he now has points in back-to-back games after going 10 straight without a point.
Alex Auld, G, Ottawa Senators
2008/11/07: Ottawa Senators goaltender Alex Auld allowed just one goal on 18 shots in Thursday’s 4-1 win against the Flyers. Auld has started five straight games, going 4-0-1 during the impressive span. The Senators are back in action on Friday night in Raleigh against the Hurricanes.
Ilya Bryzgalov, G, Phoenix Coyotes
2008/11/07: Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov allowed one goal on 32 shots to take the hard-luck loss on Thursday at Vancouver. Bryzgalov is 2-2-0 over the past four starts, but he has allowed three or fewer goals in each of the outings. He’ll try to get back into the win column on Saturday against Florida.
Roberto Luongo, G, Vancouver Canucks
2008/11/07: Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo picked up his third shutout of the season, stopping all 28 shots he faced in Thursday’s 1-0 win against the Coyotes. Luongo and the Canucks host the Wild on Saturday.
Mathieu Schneider, D, Atlanta Thrashers
2008/11/07: Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Mathieu Schneider was unable to play in Thursday’s game against the Islanders due to a hip flexor injury. NHL.com reports that he suffered the injury in the team’s morning practice on Thursday and general manager Don Waddell said he does not think Schneider will accompany the team on its upcoming two-game road trip to Buffalo on Friday and Carolina on Sunday.
Joe Sakic, C, Colorado Avalanche
2008/11/06: According to various reports, Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic will miss Thursday’s home contest against Minnesota because of his back ailment. As a result, T.J. Hensick will dress in his place.
Paul Kariya, LW, St. Louis Blues
2008/11/06: St. Louis Blues veteran winger Paul Kariya is suffering from a lower body injury and is not expected to play Thursday night against the San Jose Sharks. Kariya suffered the injury Wednesday night at Anaheim.
Denis Grebeshkov, D, Edmonton Oilers
2008/11/06: Edmonton Oilers defenseman Denis Grebeshkov has been placed on injured reserve due to an upper body injury suspected to be a concussion. To replace him, the club has recalled defenseman Theo Peckham from the American League’s Springfield Falcons. Peckham may suit up at Pittsburgh Thursday night.
Ladislav Smid, D, Edmonton Oilers
2008/11/06: Reports out of Edmonton suggest Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid suffered a concussion in Wednesday’s road loss at Columbus. Smid joins fellow blueliner Denis Grebeshkov, who is currently sidelined because of a concussion.
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