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News and Views…
Bill Thomas, RW, Pittsburgh Penguins
2008/10/25: The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned winger Bill Thomas to the American League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. INTEL: The Pittsburgh native had been held scoreless in the two games he suited up for this year. With the Pens healthy up front, there wasn’t much room for Thomas at present time.
Theo Peckham, D, Edmonton Oilers
2008/10/25: The Edmonton Oilers have assigned defenseman Theo Peckham back to the AHL’s Springfield Falcons. He was up with the big club for just one game but didn’t dress.
Mathieu Schneider, D, Atlanta Thrashers
2008/10/25: Atlanta defenseman Mathieu Schneider’s struggles continued on Friday at Detroit, as he was scoreless with a minus-3 rating in 17:47 of ice time. INTEL: Schneider has failed to pick up a goal in seven games and he has just two assists with a minus-6 rating. He’ll try and start turning things around on Saturday in Boston.
Robert Nilsson, RW/LW, Edmonton Oilers
2008/10/25: The Edmonton Journal is reporting that Oilers coach Craig MacTavish has juggled his lines in preparation for Saturday’s game in Vancouver. Robert Nilsson has been moved to the team’s top scoring line with Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff, replacing Erik Cole who drops down to the third line as the right wing.
Marian Hossa, RW, Detroit Red Wings
2008/10/25: Detroit Red Wings forward Marian Hossa picked up a pair of goals with an assist and plus-3 rating in Friday’s game against the Thrashers, his former team. INTEL: Hossa is in the midst of a five-game points streak (3 G, 5 A) with a plus-5 rating. He’ll look to earn a point in a sixth straight game on Saturday at Boston.
Dustin Penner, LW/RW, Edmonton Oilers
2008/10/25: The Edmonton Journal is reporting that Oilers forward Dustin Penner has been moved from the third line to the second unit with Sam Gagner and Andrew Cogliano. Erik Cole will skate with Ethan Moreau and Marc Pouliot on the third unit.
Alexander Frolov, LW/RW, Los Angeles Kings
2008/10/25: Los Angeles Kings forward Alexander Frolov did not record a shot in Friday’s game at St. Louis in 19:35 of ice time. INTEL: The Los Angeles Daily News reports that Frolov will continue to skate on a checking line with Michal Handzus. He continues to see time on the power play, so the season hasn’t been a total loss so far. However, until he gets back to top-six forward status, his offensive numbers will be down a bit.
Patrick O’Sullivan, W/C, Los Angeles Kings
2008/10/25: Los Angeles Kings forward Patrick O’Sullivan scored a goal in Friday’s game at St. Louis, extending his points streak to four games. He has also lit the lamp in back-to-back games. INTEL: O’Sullivan will remain on the team’s second line, as coach Terry Murray is looking to maintain scoring balance among his top two units. Either way, it appears his holdout has not affected him early on.
Jason LaBarbera, G, Los Angeles Kings
2008/10/25: Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jason LaBarbera stopped all 15 shots he faced in Friday’s game at St. Louis to notch the shutout. INTEL: LaBarbera faced just seven shots over the final two periods, as he was rarely tested throughout the game. He’ll likely get the nod again on Saturday in Nashville.
Henrik Zetterberg, C, Detroit Red Wings
2008/10/25: Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg posted a pair of goals and tied for a team-high with five shots on net in Friday’s game against the Thrashers. Defenseman Bryan Rafalski also chipped in with a pair of assists and a plus-3 rating.
Brett Sterling, LW, Atlanta Thrashers
2008/10/25: Atlanta Thrashers forwards Jim Slater and Brett Sterling picked up goals in Friday’s game at Detroit, as did defenseman Ron Hainsey. Slater and Sterling posted even ratings, while Hainsey was a minus-2.
Chris Osgood, G, Detroit Red Wings
2008/10/25: Detroit Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood allowed three goals on 33 shots in Friday’s win against the Thrashers. INTEL: Osgood was staked to a 4-1 lead, but he let up two goals in the third period to make things interesting before an empty net goal by Daniel Cleary secured the win.
Kari Lehtonen, G, Atlanta Thrashers
2008/10/25: Atlanta Thrashers goaltender Kari Lehtonen allowed four goals on 45 shots in Friday’s game at Detroit in a loss. INTEL: Lehtonen has allowed at least three goals in five of his seven games this season. He’ll look for better results in Saturday’s game at Boston, although backup Johan Hedberg might get the nod.
Daniel Briere, C/RW, Philadelphia Flyers
2008/10/25: Philadelphia Flyers center Daniel Briere will undergo surgery to repair his abdominal injury, which should keep the diminutive veteran out of action for at least the next month. INTEL: The Flyers recalled both Jared Ross and Darroll Powe from the AHL’s Philadelphia Phantoms to help replace Briere. With Briere out, centers Mike Richards and Jeff Carter will be responsible for picking up the slack.
Manny Legace, G, St. Louis Blues
2008/10/25: St. Louis Blues goaltender Manny Legace was forced to leave Friday’s start against the Kings at the first intermission due to a lower body injury. He made 10 saves while allowing two goals in the loss. INTEL: Legace actually tripped over the red carpet during pre-game ceremonies involving Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The extent of his injury is not known. Ben Bishop replaced him and is likely to start Saturday’s game against the Panthers.
Gregory Campbell, C/W, Florida Panthers
2008/10/25: The Associated Press reports that Florida Panthers forward Gregory Campbell was unable to play in Friday’s game against the Sharks due to a hip injury. He is considered day to day.
Bryan McCabe, D, Florida Panthers
2008/10/24: Florida Panthers general manager Jacques Martin told the Associated Press that defenseman Bryan McCabe (back) is making progress from his injury and the team is hopeful he can resume practicing some time next week.
Bryan Allen, D, Florida Panthers
2008/10/24: The Associated Press is reporting that Florida Panthers defenseman Bryan Allen (knee) will have surgery on his left knee on Monday and he is out indefinitely. INTEL: Allen had knee surgery over the summer. He was limited to just two games this season and he picked up an assist and a plus-2 rating.
Tomas Plihal, W/C, San Jose Sharks
2008/10/24: San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Plihal (lower body injury) was able to return to the lineup for Friday’s game at Florida. Meanwhile, defenseman Doug Murray (hand) missed his fourth consecutive game. He remains day to day.
Barry Tallackson, RW, New Jersey Devils
2008/10/24: The Newark Star-Ledger is reporting that New Jersey Devils forward Barry Tallackson (heart surgery) was able to practice on Thursday for the first time since surgery back in late September to correct an irregular heartbeat. INTEL: Tallackson has yet to receive medical clearance for full contact in practice. He is likely out until at least mid-November, as he is expected to need a minor-league conditioning assignment before playing for the Devils.
Radim Vrbata, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning
2008/10/24: St. Petersburg Times is reporting that Tampa Bay Lightning forward Radim Vrbata will miss Saturday’s game against the Sharks due to a groin injury. Consider the disappointing offseason acquisition day to day for now.
Viktor Tikhonov, C/W, Phoenix Coyotes
2008/10/24: The official website of the Phoenix Coyotes is reporting that forward Viktor Tikhonov was forced to leave Thursday’s game in the first period against the Capitals due to a shoulder injury. INTEL: The injury is not considered serious and he is expected to be right back in the lineup on Saturday against the Flames.
Paul Gaustad, C/LW, Buffalo Sabres
2008/10/24: The Buffalo News is reporting that Sabres forward Paul Gaustad (thumb) was able to skate on Thursday, but he remains at least two weeks away from returning to the lineup. INTEL: Gaustad took part in the morning skate with the Sabres and he has continues to work on his cardiovascular conditioning, so he’ll return to game action when ready to come off of injured reserve.
Jochen Hecht, C/LW, Buffalo Sabres
2008/10/24: The Buffalo News is reporting that Sabres forward Jochen Hecht (finger) is still approximately two weeks from returning to the lineup. INTEL: Hecht has been skating and keeping up his stamina, so it is likely he’ll avoid any kind of conditioning assignment in the minors before seeing game action.
Brian Rolston, C/W, New Jersey Devils
2008/10/24: New Jersey Devils veteran forward Brian Rolston (right ankle) was unable to play in Friday’s game against the Flyers, missing his third straight game. He remains day to day.
Dan Cleary, LW/RW, Detroit Red Wings
2008/10/24: The Detroit News is reporting that Red Wings forward Daniel Cleary continues to experience vision problems with his irritated left eye. “The vision right now is like looking out of a frosted windshield in the morning,” Cleary said. INTEL: Cleary has been able to battle through his vision problems and is expected to suit up on Friday against Atlanta. In addition, he has been seeing a specialist each day for the past week to try and clear things up.
Andy Sutton, D, New York Islanders
2008/10/24: New York Newsday is reporting that Islanders defenseman Andy Sutton (hand surgery) was able to take part in practice and might be nearing a return. INTEL: Coach Scott Gordon refused to say whether or not Sutton was close after Friday’s practice, but he might be hurried along if Brendan Witt’s knee injury is of the long-term variety.
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