Yesterday at thn.com:
In The Straight Edge, Ryan Kennedy writes about the comeback of Nate Hagemo.
In his blog, Jason Kay writes about the Buffalo Sabres and why they will not go away this season.
Ken Campbell runs down the last time each team had a player retire from them as captain, in his blog.
In the Ask Adam mailbag, we answer your questions on Kovalchuk’s time in Atlanta, The Code, Kilger’s comeback and more.
Getting To Know: Jeff Finger of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
News and Views…
Mark Parrish, RW, Dallas Stars
2008/11/08: Dallas Stars forward Mark Parrish made his debut in Friday’s game at Anaheim and he posted his sixth-career hat trick in the 5-2 win. Parrish was skating on a line with veteran Mike Modano and tough guy Steve Ott. Parrish just signed a one-year deal with the team on Wednesday.
Cody McCormick, W/C, Colorado Avalanche
2008/11/07: The Denver Post reports that Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McCormick is away from the team due to personal reasons. The club recalled David Jones from Lake Erie of the American League to take his roster spot. It’s uncertain when McCormick will be able to return.
Erik Ersberg, G, Los Angeles Kings
2008/11/07: The Los Angeles Times is reporting that goaltender Erik Ersberg will make his third consecutive start in Saturday’s game against the Blues in place of Jason LaBarbera. Ersberg has allowed just three goals in his previous two starts and he has a 1.61 GAA and .911 save percentage in four games so far. Coach Terry Murray added on Thursday that LaBarbera is still the team’s starter, but Ersberg is being given every opportunity to change that.
Vyacheslav Kozlov, LW, Atlanta Thrashers
2008/11/07: Atlanta Thrashers forward Vyacheslav Kozlov posted three assists and a plus-2 rating in 15:24 of ice time in Friday’s 5-4 win against his old team in Buffalo. Kozlov saw his four-game goal streak come to an end, but he extended his five-game points streak. He now has five goals and nine points during the impressive run.
Ales Kotalik, LW/RW, Buffalo Sabres
2008/11/07: Buffalo Sabres forwards Maxim Afinogenov, Ales Kotalik, Clarke Macarthur and Thomas Vanek each picked up a goal in Friday’s 5-4 loss against the Thrashers. The goal was Afinogenov’s first of the season and Kotalik broke an eight-game goal drought dating back to Oct. 17. Vanek has four goals over the past four games and he leads the league with 12 markers.
Bryan Little, C/RW, Atlanta Thrashers
2008/11/07: Atlanta Thrashers forward Bryan Little picked up two more goals and an assist with a plus-2 rating in 15:14 of ice time in Friday’s 5-4 win at Buffalo. Little posted his first three-point game since the regular season opener on Oct. 10 against Washington. Little is in the midst of a three-game points streak with three goals and six points.
Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins
2008/11/08: NHL.com is reporting that Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby left early from practice on Friday due to an undisclosed injury and his status is uncertain for Saturday’s game against the Islanders. “A little sore (Friday),” Crosby added. “We’ll see (Saturday).” Head coach Michel Therrien added that Crosby has been dealing with the injury for about a week.
Paul Kariya, LW, St. Louis Blues
2008/11/07: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that Blues veteran forward Paul Kariya is nursing a lower body injury and an MRI on Friday did not reveal any serious damage. He is still expected to miss Saturday’s game at Los Angeles, but he might be able to return as soon as Wednesday’s game in Buffalo. “Nothing is ever in stone,” team president John Davidson said, “but the MRI rules out a lot of stuff, which is good. He’s just got some soreness that’s going to take a couple of days and away he goes.”
Brian Rolston, C/W, New Jersey Devils
2008/11/07: New Jersey Devils veteran forward Brian Rolston (sprained right ankle) was able to skate on Thursday for the third consecutive day. Rolston, who is on injured reserve, is nearing a return to practice. He is still expected to miss at least one more week.
Paul Martin, D, New Jersey Devils
2008/11/07: The Newark Star-Ledger is reporting that New Jersey Devils defenseman Paul Martin is nursing “upper body soreness” and he is considered questionable for Saturday’s game at Detroit. He is considered day to day.
Brandon Sutter, C, Carolina Hurricanes
2008/11/07: The Carolina Hurricanes placed rookie forward Brandon Sutter on injured reserve on Friday due to a concussion. He has been sidelined since Oct. 25 and Dwight Helminen was recalled from the American League to take his place. Sutter was able to skate on Friday according to TSN.ca and is considered day to day.
Joe Sakic, C, Colorado Avalanche
2008/11/07: The Denver Post is reporting that Colorado Avalanche forward Joe Sakic (sore back) might be able to return to the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Predators. Sakic was forced to leave practice early on Wednesday and he did not play in Thursday’s contest.
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