The Hockey News Daily Dish: Nov. 27

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In his Top Shelf column, Ryan Dixon writes how Ron Hainsey is proving people wrong in Atlanta.

ECHL scout Mike MacPherson writes about how the league is a stepping stone towards the NHL.

In his blog, Ryan Kennedy writes about Ilya Kovalchuk’s need to control his anger to be more effective.

Ken Campbell writes about a few odds and ends going in throughout the NHL right now, in his blog.

The Top 10 counts down the league’s best goalies right now based on health and numbers over the past three weeks.

The Dobber answers your questions as poolies start to ponder making roster moves as we near the quarter pole.

Player News…

Evgeni Nabokov, G, San Jose Sharks
2008/11/27: Making his first start since November 6 because of a lower body ailment, San Jose Sharks netminder Evgeni Nabokov stopped 24 of 26 Chicago Blackhawks shots en route to a 3-2 overtime win on Wednesday.

Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago Blackhawks
2008/11/27: Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews provided all of his team’s scoring on Wednesday in a 3-2 overtime loss at San Jose. Toews now totals four goals on the season, but he hadn’t lit the lamp since November 12 against Boston.

Joe Thornton, C, San Jose Sharks
2008/11/27: San Jose Sharks star center Joe Thornton scored 45 seconds into overtime to lead his team to a 3-2 home win over the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday. It was only Thornton’s sixth tally of the season. He also registered one assist.

Ales Hemsky, RW, Edmonton Oilers
2008/11/27: Ending a drought of six games without a goal, Oilers right winger Ales Hemsky was the lone goal scorer for Edmonton in their 2-1 loss to the Kings Wednesday. He has five points in his last three games.

Jason LaBarbera, G, Los Angeles Kings
2008/11/27: Making his first start since November 1, goaltender Jason LaBarbera earned his first victory in five starts Wednesday night in Edmonton. He stopped 22 of 23 shots.

Patrick O’Sullivan, W/C, Los Angeles Kings
2008/11/27: Patrick O’Sullivan and Anze Kopitar combined twice to lead the Kings to a 2-1 victory in Edmonton Wednesday night. Kopitar assisted on O’Sullivan’s first-period goal and they reversed roles for the eventual game-winner in the second period.

Injury News…

Aaron Johnson, D/W, Chicago Blackhawks
2008/11/27: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Aaron Johnson left Wednesday’s road game at San Jose in the second period after being checked into the boards by Sharks winger Mike Grier. Johnson did not return to action.

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Joe Sakic, C, Colorado Avalanche
2008/11/27: Colorado captain Joe Sakic finally returned to the ice Wednesday after missing six games with a back injury and root canal surgery. During the Avalanche victory, Sakic played 15:24 and had one shot on goal.

Alex Tanguay, LW/RW, Montreal Canadiens
2008/11/26: The Canadiens won Wednesday’s game in Detroit, but lost their second-leading scorer in winger Alex Tanguay. He went down with a suspected neck injury on a big hit by Detroit defenseman Brad Stuart in the first period and did not return. Tanguay is questionable for Friday’s road contest at Washington.

Olli Jokinen, C, Phoenix Coyotes
2008/11/26: The Coyotes’ victory Wednesday in Columbus didn’t come without a price. Olli Jokinen, the team’s second leading scorer, was struck with an apparent shoulder injury in the first period and was out for the rest of the game.

Frantisek Kaberle, D, Carolina Hurricanes
2008/11/26: The Hurricanes have activated defenseman Frantisek Kaberle from injured reserve. He broke his right foot in the fourth game of the season. Despite the activation, Kaberle did not play during Wednesday’s game against Philadelphia.

Jason Blake, RW/LW, Toronto Maple Leafs
2008/11/26: Toronto Maple Leafs winger Jason Blake will miss Thursday’s game against the Ottawa Senators because of a mild concussion. Blake was hit in open ice by Atlanta’s Colby Armstrong on Tuesday. To replace Blake, the Leafs have recalled rugged winger Andre Deveaux from the American League’s Toronto Marlies.

Darcy Tucker, RW/LW, Colorado Avalanche
2008/11/26: Colorado Avalanche winger Darcy Tucker is expected to be sidelined for at least one month with a knee injury, after leaving Monday’s game at Anaheim early. The veteran agitator has been placed on injured reserve. Tucker has just seven points in 20 games so far this year.

Prospect News…

Matt Duchene, C, Free Agent
2008/11/26: Brampton Battalion (Ontario League) center Matt Duchene has suffered a separated shoulder and will miss the next few weeks of competition as a result. Duchene is currently ranked second to Oshawa Generals center John Tavares among OHL prospects in Central Scouting’s rankings of 2009 draft-eligible players, and is projected to be a possible top five pick next June.

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