Tim Connolly, C/W, Buffalo Sabres
2008/10/13: Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff says forward Tim Connolly’s hairline vertebrae fracture is “a short-term thing,” according to the Buffalo News, and that “He’ll be a question mark for, I’ll put a week on it.” INTEL: This is encouraging news for the injury-plagued Connolly, who hasn’t played in more than 63 games in a regular season since 2002-03. He is a near-point-per-game talent when he is healthy, but adding to the uncertainty surrounding him is an unclear role in the team’s attack. Don’t expect much until he proves he’s healthy.
Dustin Penner, LW/RW, Edmonton Oilers
2008/10/12: Edmonton Oilers forward Dustin Penner scored a pair of goals on his only two shots in Sunday’s game against the Avalanche and he finished with a plus-2 rating in 14:14 of ice time. The Oilers are back in action on Wednesday at Anaheim, Penner’s former team.
Jason LaBarbera, G, Los Angeles Kings
2008/10/12: Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jason LaBarbera took a hard-luck 1-0 loss in Sunday’s game against the Sharks. He stopped all but one of the 19 shots he faced, but Brian Boucher was just a little better to earn the shutout.
Brian Boucher, G, San Jose Sharks
2008/10/12: San Jose Sharks backup goaltender Brian Boucher stopped all 21 shots that he faced in Sunday’s game at Los Angeles to pick up the shutout. INTEL: Despite the impressive showing, starter Evgeni Nabokov is expected to be back between the pipes for Tuesday’s game against Columbus.
Lukas Kaspar, RW/LW, San Jose Sharks
2008/10/12: San Jose Sharks forward Lukas Kaspar picked up the only goal of Sunday’s 1-0 win at Los Angeles on his only shot of the game in 7:10 of ice time. Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff and center Patrick Marleau also picked up an assist on the marker.
Joe Sakic, C, Colorado Avalanche
2008/10/12: Colorado Avalanche center Joe Sakic and right wing Milan Hejduk each scored goals in Sunday’s loss at Edmonton. Center Paul Stastny and defenseman Scott Hannan accounted for the only assists in the game. The Avalanche will be back in action on Tuesday in Calgary.
Peter Budaj, G, Colorado Avalanche
2008/10/12: Colorado Avalanche goaltender Peter Budaj allowed three goals on just 19 shots in Sunday’s loss at Edmonton. INTEL: Budaj has been terrible so far in two starts, allowing eight goals on 39 shots. It’s likely we’ll see Andrew Raycroft make his Avalanche regular season debut either Tuesday at Calgary or on Thursday at home against Philadelphia.
Mathieu Garon, G, Edmonton Oilers
2008/10/12: Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mathieu Garon allowed just two goals on 33 shots in Saturday’s regular season opener against the Coyotes to pick up the victory. INTEL: Garon should see a few more starts than Dwayne Roloson in a 1 and 1A situation in Edmonton. Jeff Deslauriers is also on the roster, but that’s mainly because the team didn’t want to expose to waivers by sending him to the minors.
Shawn Horcoff, C, Edmonton Oilers
2008/10/12: Shawn Horcoff picked up a goal on his only shot of the game in Sunday’s game against the Ducks in 19:57 of ice time. Ales Hemsky, who skates with Horcoff and Erik Cole on the top scoring line, picked up an assist in the regular season opener. The Oilers will play their second game of the year on Wednesday in Anaheim.
Denis Grebeshkov, D, Edmonton Oilers
2008/10/12: Edmonton Oilers defenseman Denis Grebeshkov picked up a pair of assists and a plus-1 rating in 20:57 of ice time in Sunday’s game against the Ducks. Defenseman Sheldon Souray also chipped in with an assist in 24:07 of ice time.
Lubomir Visnovsky, D, Edmonton Oilers
2008/10/12: Edmonton Oilers defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky made his debut for the Anaheim Ducks in Sunday’s game. He went scoreless with no shots on goal in 24:50 of ice time.
George Parros, RW, Anaheim Ducks
2008/10/12: Anaheim Ducks forward George Parros, who had missed practice time due to general soreness, was in the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Coyotes. He scored a goal on his only shot of the game and finished with a plus-1 rating in seven shifts.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere, G, Anaheim Ducks
2008/10/12: Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere was roughed up for four goals on 24 shots in Sunday’s loss against the Coyotes. INTEL: Giguere has gotten off to a rough start through two games, allowing eight goals on 65 shots. He might get the night off on Tuesday in Los Angeles in favor of Jonas Hiller, especially with another game on Wednesday against Edmonton at home.
Keith Yandle, D, Phoenix Coyotes
2008/10/12: Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle picked up an assist and minus-1 rating in Sunday’s game at Anaheim in 13:49 of ice time. INTEL: Yandle has a two-game points streak with four minor penalties so far through the first two games.
Steve Reinprecht, W/C, Phoenix Coyotes
2008/10/12: Phoenix Coyotes forward Steve Reinprecht picked up a pair of assists and a plus-3 rating with no shots on goal in 13:34 of ice time in Sunday’s game at Anaheim. INTEL: Reinprecht has yet to attempt a shot on goal in two games, yet he has three assists and a plus-4 rating in the two wins.
Randy Jones, D, Philadelphia Flyers
2008/10/12: Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told the Philadelphia Inquirer that defenseman Randy Jones will be sidelined for three to four months once he has hip surgery to repair a torn labrum. He’ll be sidelined until at least mid-January at this rate.
Jiri Novotny, C, Columbus Blue Jackets
2008/10/12: The Associated Press is reporting that Blue Jackets forward Jiri Novotny suffered an apparent shoulder injury on Saturday night at Phoenix. The club has not officially released information on the source and severity of the injury, but the injury occurred late in the third period.
Andre Roy, LW, Calgary Flames
2008/10/12: Calgary Flames tough guy Andre Roy might have suffered an elbow injury in a fight with Vancouver’s Darcy Hordichuk in Saturday’s game. “As soon as I kind of went in to grab him, I felt my elbow,” Roy told the Calgary Sun. “I think I kind of hyperextended it. I felt something weird, like a little pull.” INTEL: Roy scored a goal earlier in the game. For now, consider him day to day just to be on the safe side. The Flames are back in action on Tuesday against Colorado.
Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, Chicago Blackhawks
2008/10/12: The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson was sidelined for Saturday’s game at Washington due to bruised ribs. He was banged up in Friday’s season opener at N.Y. Rangers. INTEL: Hjalmarsson is considered day to day. Matt Walker was inserted into the lineup in his place and would likely play on Monday against Nashville if Hjalmarsson is not ready.
Jere Lehtinen, RW, Dallas Stars
2008/10/12: Stars coach Dave Tippett told the Dallas Morning News that he is hopeful forward Jere Lehtinen (groin) will be able to return for Wednesday’s game against the Predators. Lehtinen has missed the first two games due to the injury.
Kevin Bieksa, D, Vancouver Canucks
2008/10/12: Rough and tumble Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa banged up his left knee in the first period of Saturday’s game at Calgary and tried testing the injury later in the game to no avail. INTEL: The Vancouver Sun is reporting that he suffered the injury in a collision with Wayne Primeau. “It’s tough to say, it’s just a bit sore with some swelling,” Bieksa added. “We’ll find out (Sunday), I guess. We’ll have a few more tests and we’ll find out for sure.”
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