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News and Views…
Andrew Raycroft, G, Colorado Avalanche
2008/10/17: Colorado Avalanche backup goaltender Andrew Raycroft picked up the team’s first win in Thursday’s game against Philadelphia, allowing just two goals on 18 shots. INTEL: Despite the victory, starter Peter Budaj is still expected to get the nod on Saturday afternoon in Dallas. However, monitor that start, as Raycroft might be in line for more playing time if Budaj continues to struggle.
Paul Kariya, LW, St. Louis Blues
2008/10/17: St. Louis Blues forward Paul Kariya picked up two more assists on the power play in Thursday’s game against the Stars. INTEL: Kariya has opened the season with four straight multi-point games, totaling eight points (1 G, 7 A) with a minus-2 rating during the impressive span.
Mikko Koivu, C, Minnesota Wild
2008/10/17: Minnesota Wild forward Mikko Koivu scored a goal and tied a franchise record with four assists in Thursday’s game at Florida. INTEL: Koivu and Antti Miettinen stepped up their play with Pierre-Marc Bouchard (back), Marian Gaborik (lower body) and Owen Nolan (thigh) sidelined. Miettinen finished with two goals and an assist.
Martin Biron, G, Philadelphia Flyers
2008/10/17: Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Martin Biron allowed five goals on 34 shots in Thursday’s start at Colorado in a loss. INTEL: Biron has struggled mightily, posting an 0-3-0 record with a 5.75 GAA and .824 save percentage in three starts. He remains the starter, but Antero Niittymaki might chip away at his playing time if he produces when given the opportunity.
Marty Turco, G, Dallas Stars
2008/10/17: Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco allowed five goals on 18 shots in Thursday’s game at St. Louis before getting pulled before the third period. Tobias Stephan replaced him and allowed a goal on five shots. Turco is expected back in the lineup for Saturday’s tilt against Colorado.
Manny Legace, G, St. Louis Blues
2008/10/17: St. Louis Blues goaltender Manny Legace allowed one goal on 30 shots in Thursday’s win against Dallas. INTEL: Legace has won all three of his starts this season and has a firm grasp on the No. 1 goaltender job over Chris Mason. Legace should be back between the pipes in Saturday’s game against Chicago.
Eric Brewer, D, St. Louis Blues
2008/10/17: The St. Louis Blues got goals from defensemen Eric Brewer, Jay McKee and Steve Wagner in Thursday’s game against Dallas. McKee posted a plus-2 rating, while Brewer and Wagner posted a plus-1.
D.J. King, LW, St. Louis Blues
2008/10/17: St. Louis Blues forward D.J. King (wrist) was able to make his season debut in Thursday’s game against Dallas. He picked up an assist with no shots on goal in 8:20 of ice time.
Tomas Vokoun, G, Florida Panthers
2008/10/17: Florida Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun allowed four goals on 22 shots through two periods in Thursday’s start against the Wild and he was pulled before the third period in favor of Craig Anderson. Anderson allowed two goals on 12 shots, as the shorthanded Wild still steamrolled Florida goaltending. Vokoun will try to bounce back on Saturday against the Islanders.
Niklas Backstrom, G, Minnesota Wild
2008/10/17: Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom allowed two goals on 26 shots in Thursday’s win at Florida. INTEL: Backstrom was strong in the crease, as the Wild needed a big effort with their offense shorthanded. He’ll try to carry over the momentum into his next start, likely on Saturday in Tampa.
Karlis Skrastins, D, Florida Panthers
2008/10/17: Florida Panthers defenseman Karlis Skrastins (neck) made his regular season debut in Thursday’s game against the Wild and he scored a goal. Skrastins was playing in his 600th career NHL game.
Olaf Kolzig, G, Tampa Bay Lightning
2008/10/17: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Olaf Kolzig allowed four goals on 36 shots in Thursday’s overtime loss against the Islanders. INTEL: Look for Mike Smith to be back between the pipes for Saturday’s game against Minnesota.
Trent Hunter, RW, New York Islanders
2008/10/17: New York Islanders forward Trent Hunter scored two goals in Thursday’s game at Tampa Bay, including the game-winner in overtime on an assist from Frans Nielsen. INTEL: Hunter has now scored in three consecutive games with four scores during the impressive span. He’ll try to continue his hot play on Saturday at Florida.
Lee Stempniak, RW/LW, St. Louis Blues
2008/10/17: St. Louis Blues forward Lee Stempniak (knee) was sidelined for the third straight game on Thursday against Dallas. Dan Hinote was also out again due to a lacerated thigh. Both players are considered day to day.
Bryan McCabe, D, Florida Panthers
2008/10/17: The Florida Panthers placed defenseman Bryan McCabe on injured reserve on Thursday due to his back injury. INTEL: McCabe’s roster spot was needed with the return of Karlis Skrastins (neck). McCabe has been sidelined since Oct. 10 and there is no timetable for his return.
Tom Poti, D, Washington Capitals
2008/10/17: The Associated Press is reporting that Capitals defenseman Tom Poti was forced to leave Thursday’s game at Pittsburgh due to an undisclosed injury. The team did not reveal the source and severity of his injury.
Brad Stuart, D, Detroit Red Wings
2008/10/16: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brad Stuart was helped from the ice late in the third period of Thursday’s game against the Canucks after taking a shot off of his left knee. INTEL: For now, Stuart is considered day to day. The Associated Press adds that he’ll be re-evaluated on Friday.
Brian Rolston, C/W, New Jersey Devils
2008/10/16: New Jersey Devils forward Brian Rolston slammed feet-first into the boards in the third period of Thursday’s game at Atlanta and he had to be helped from the ice by two teammates. He scored the only goal of the game before departing. INTEL: The Associated Press reports that Rolston was on crutches, although he added that it was only as a precaution. “I lost an edge,” Rolston said. “We’ve had it all checked out.” His status for Saturday’s game at Washington is uncertain.
Matt Cooke, LW/RW, Pittsburgh Penguins
2008/10/16: Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke missed Thursday’s game against the Capitals due to an undisclosed injury according to the team’s official website. INTEL: With Cooke out of the lineup, Paul Bissonnette was inserted on the team’s fourth line. Cooke is considered day to day.
Kevin Bieksa, D, Vancouver Canucks
2008/10/16: Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (knee) missed his second consecutive game on Thursday at Detroit due to his left knee injury. INTEL: Head coach Alain Vigneault told the Vancouver Sun that Lawrence Nycholat, who played on Thursday, might fill in while Bieksa is sidelined. It’s doubtful Bieksa will return on Friday in Buffalo, but Sunday in Chicago is a possibility.
Derek Morris, D, Phoenix Coyotes
2008/10/16: Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris was forced to leave Wednesday’s contest at Chicago due to a finger injury. INTEL: An official inadvertently stepped on his finger on Wednesday, although the official website of the Coyotes is reporting that the injury is not as serious as first thought. Ryan Lannon was recalled from San Antonio of the American League to take his spot if he is not ready for Friday night’s contest at Ottawa.
Zach Boychuk, C/W, Carolina Hurricanes
2008/10/16: The Raleigh News & Observer is reporting that Carolina Hurricanes rookie forward Zach Boychuk (wrist) might be ready to make his NHL debut in Friday’s game at Los Angeles. INTEL: Coach Peter Laviolette had said that Boychuk would skate with veteran Matt Cullen and Patrick Eaves now that he has finally been medically cleared after wrist surgery.
Tuomo Ruutu, LW/RW, Carolina Hurricanes
2008/10/16: The Raleigh News & Observer is reporting that Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu left Thursday’s practice after just a few minute of skating due to a groin injury. INTEL: Coach Peter Laviolette said that Ruutu is considered day to day, although he is doubtful to play in Friday’s game at Los Angeles. He might be able to return on Sunday at Anaheim for the second contest on a six-game road trip.
Owen Nolan, RW, Minnesota Wild
2008/10/16: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that Wild forward Owen Nolan has been ruled out for Thursday’s game at Florida due to a right thigh injury. INTEL: The veteran was unable to practice on Wednesday after leaving Tuesday’s game at Atlanta due to the injury. It’s uncertain if Nolan will be ready for the final home game of the road trip on Saturday at Tampa Bay or if he’ll be held out until October 23 against Buffalo for additional rest.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard, RW/LW, Minnesota Wild
2008/10/16: The St. Paul Pioneer-Press is reporting that Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard has returned to Minnesota to have his ailing back examined. INTEL: Bouchard will be sidelined until at least October 23 against the Sabres, although the Wild have not disclosed any timetable for his return to the ice. With Owen Nolan (thigh) also banged up, the team recalled Cal Clutterbuck from Houston of the AHL.
Manny Malhotra, C, Columbus Blue Jackets
2008/10/16: Blue Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock told the Columbus Dispatch that forward Manny Malhotra (lower body injury) might be able to skate on Thursday, but he doesn’t expect him to be ready for the team’s home-and-home against the Predators over the weekend.
Jason Arnott, C, Nashville Predators
2008/10/16: Predators veteran center Jason Arnott (finger) told the Nashville Tennessean that his broken finger will not be healed by next week, but either team doctors might be able to “freeze” the finger or he might be fitted with a splint. INTEL: The injury is on Arnott’s dominant hand, but he still might be able to return as soon as October 23 against Calgary–missing the upcoming home-and-home with the Blue Jackets on Friday and Saturday.
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