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Tim Sestito, LW, Edmonton Oilers
2008/11/28: The Edmonton Oilers have assigned winger Tim Sestito back to the American League’s Springfield Falcons. Sestito appeared in one game with Edmonton and registered one shot on goal in just 5:53 of ice time on the fourth line.
Matt Lashoff, D, Boston Bruins
2008/11/28: The Boston Bruins have assigned defenseman Matt Lashoff back to the AHL’s Providence Bruins. Recalled on November 19 to replace the injured Andrew Ference on the roster, Lashoff was a healthy scratch in all four games since his call-up.
Brett Festerling, D, Anaheim Ducks
2008/11/28: The Anaheim Ducks have assigned rookie defenseman Brett Festerling to the AHL’s Iowa Chops. The Ducks needed the roster spot to recall third-string netminder David LeNeveu from Iowa due to starter Jean-Sebastien Giguere’s current absence from the team (personal reasons).
Miikka Kiprusoff, G, Calgary Flames
2008/11/28: Calgary Flames backstop Miikka Kiprusoff denied 27 of 30 Vancouver Canucks shots in a 4-3 victory on Thursday night. ‘Kipper’ continues to heat up after an early season slump, posting a 4-1-0 record in his last five starts.
Curtis Sanford, G, Vancouver Canucks
2008/11/28: Vancouver netminder Curtis Sanford was strong in a 4-3 loss to the Calgary Flames on Thursday. Sanford stopped 29 of 33 shots on the night, however he quite simply couldn’t stop Mike Cammaleri, who lit the lamp three times. The 29-year old is now 3-2-0 on the season.
Guillaume Latendresse, LW, Montreal Canadiens
2008/11/28: Montreal Canadiens winger Guillaume Latendresse (shoulder) is expected to be ready for Friday night’s road contest at Washington. Latendresse has missed the last three games. He’ll likely be reinserted into the lineup against the Capitals since the Habs are currently nursing three more injuries: Wingers Alex Tanguay (neck) and Alex Kovalev (undisclosed), as well as defenseman Josh Gorges (undisclosed).
Dustin Boyd, C/W, Calgary Flames
2008/11/28: Calgary Flames rookie forward Dustin Boyd did not play in Thursday’s road victory over the Vancouver Canucks because of what was described as an undisclosed upper body injury. He’s listed as day to day. Also, fourth liner Wayne Primeau missed the game due to a reported bruised foot. As a result, rugged wingers Andre Roy and Brandon Prust both suited up for Calgary.
Nathan Horton, RW/C, Florida Panthers
2008/11/28: According to reports out of Florida, Panthers forward Nathan Horton will be out indefinitely after sustaining a deep cut on his leg in Wednesday’s home contest against the New Jersey Devils. As a result, Florida is expected to recall center prospect Shawn Matthias from the AHL’s Rochester Americans.
Olli Jokinen, C, Phoenix Coyotes
2008/11/28: Phoenix Coyotes center Olli Jokinen will miss two to four weeks with a left shoulder injury, according to the Associated Press. This will snap the veteran pivot’s consecutive games streak at 397, and also costs the Coyotes their second-leading scorer. In related news, forward Daniel Winnik (upper body) was taken off injured reserve and will return to the lineup on Friday.
Shean Donovan, RW/LW, Ottawa Senators
2008/11/27: Ottawa Senators winger Shean Donovan left Thursday’s contest with Toronto with an upper body injury. Donovan has just five points on the year, but has been a very efficient plus-4 in a checking role.
Daniel Briere, C/RW, Philadelphia Flyers
2008/11/27: Philadelphia Flyers forward Daniel Briere will be a game time decision for Friday’s contest against Carolina. The diminutive pivot participated in a lengthy skating session on Thursday to strengthen his injured groin. Briere has nine points in the eight games he’s played this year.
Maxim Afinogenov, RW/LW, Buffalo Sabres
2008/11/27: Various reports suggest the Buffalo Sabres are shopping disgruntled veteran winger Maxim Afinogenov. The 29-year-old Russian has been a healthy scratch twice so far this season and has just one goal and eight points in 19 games.
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