Ryan Miller, G, Buffalo Sabres
2008/10/26: Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller was solid in Saturday’s shootout loss at Colorado, allowing just one goal on 29 shots. INTEL: Miller is still unbeaten in regulation in six starts. He’ll look to get back into the win column in Monday’s start against Ottawa.
Peter Budaj, G, Colorado Avalanche
2008/10/26: Colorado Avalanche goaltender Peter Budaj allowed just one goal on 30 shots in a shootout win against the Sabres on Saturday night. INTEL: Budaj lost his first three starts of the season and his starting job looked like it might be in jeopardy with backup Andrew Raycroft winning a pair of starts at one point. However, Budaj has come on strong to win three straight starts while allowing just five goals during the span.
Owen Nolan, RW, Minnesota Wild
2008/10/26: The Minnesota Wild activated forward Owen Nolan (leg) from injured reserve and he paid instant dividends in Saturday’s game the Blue Jackets. He had a goal and assist in the 2-1 win. Pierre-Marc Bouchard also picked up a goal and plus-1 rating.
Niklas Backstrom, G, Minnesota Wild
2008/10/26: Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom allowed just one goal on 26 shots in Saturday’s win against the Blue Jackets. INTEL: Backstrom improved to 5-0-1 on the season, keeping the Wild as the only team in the Western Conference without a loss in regulation. The Wild are back in action on Monday night against the Blackhawks.
Fabian Brunnstrom, LW/RW, Dallas Stars
2008/10/26: Dallas Stars rookie forward Fabian Brunnstrom picked up his fifth goal of the season in Saturday’s overtime loss against the Capitals. Despite the solid start to the season, Brunnstrom sits with a minus-6 rating through the first seven games.
Mike Modano, C, Dallas Stars
2008/10/26: Dallas Stars forward Mike Modano picked up a goal and two assists with a plus-2 rating in Saturday’s overtime loss against Washington. Modano struck for his 532nd career goal with :56.4 remaining in regulation to force OT.
B.J. Crombeen, RW, Dallas Stars
2008/10/26: Dallas Stars forwards Sean Avery, B.J. Crombeen and Loui Eriksson each finished with a goal and assist in Saturday’s overtime loss against the Capitals. Crombeen and Eriksson posted a plus-1, while Avery managed a minus-1.
Sergei Fedorov, C, Washington Capitals
2008/10/26: Washington Capitals forward Sergei Fedorov picked up a pair of goals in Saturday’s overtime win at Dallas, giving him 475 in his career. He broke a tie with Alexander Mogilny for the all-time lead by a Russian-born goal scorer. “It’s just a record,” Fedorov told the Associated Press. “I’d rather talk about Alex than the record. I know his career was shortened by injury. I didn’t expect to ever get it. He had a great shot and amazing hands. Realistically, if he’d played more he’d have a lot more stats. He was a powerful forward, a scoring machine.”
Alexander Semin, LW/RW, Washington Capitals
2008/10/26: Washington Capitals forward Alexander Semin scored the game-winning goal in overtime on Saturday at Dallas and he added a pair of assists and an even rating in 16:30 of ice time. Meanwhile, teammate and fellow Russian superstar Alexander Ovechkin went without a goal for the sixth straight game.
Tomas Fleischmann, LW/RW, Washington Capitals
2008/10/26: Washington Capitals forward Tomas Fleischmann picked up two goals in Saturday’s overtime win at Dallas. Michael Nylander chipped in with a pair of assists. Each player finished with a plus-1 rating.
Jose Theodore, G, Washington Capitals
2008/10/26: Washington Capitals goaltender Jose Theodore allowed five goals on 33 shots in Saturday’s overtime win at Dallas. INTEL: Theodore’s luck evened out, as he did not deserve a loss in his last start on Thursday in Phoenix. In this one, he did very little to deserve a victory. The Caps are back in action on Tuesday against Nashville.
Marty Turco, G, Dallas Stars
2008/10/26: Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco was roughed up for six goals on 30 shots in Saturday’s game against the Capitals, including the game-winner in overtime to Alexander Semin. INTEL: Turco has allowed five goals in four starts this season and he has yielded at least three markers in eight of his nine games. The Stars return to action on Wednesday against the Wild, although it would not be surprising to see Tobias Stephan get the start.
Brad Boyes, RW/C, St. Louis Blues
2008/10/26: St. Louis Blues forward Brad Boyes got back on track on Saturday night against the Panthers, as he posted two goals in a win. INTEL: Boyes saw his six-game points streak snapped on Friday against the Kings. He still has seven goals and 11 points in eight games.
Marian Gaborik, RW, Minnesota Wild
2008/10/26: The Minnesota Wild placed forward Marian Gaborik (lower body injury) on injured reserve on Saturday. He missed his fourth straight game against the Blue Jackets. INTEL: Gabby was placed on IR mainly for the roster spot, as the team activated Owen Nolan (leg) for the game against the Blue Jackets. Gaborik is eligible to return from IR at any time he is healthy.
Pascal Leclaire, G, Columbus Blue Jackets
2008/10/26: Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire suffered a sprained ankle in the second period of Saturday’s game at Minnesota and was replaced by Fredrik Norrena. Leclaire allowed a goal on 14 shots, while Norrena coughed up a goal on nine shots for a hard-luck loss. Leclaire is considered to day.
Ben Bishop, G, St. Louis Blues
2008/10/26: St. Louis Blues goaltender Ben Bishop stopped all 12 shots he faced in Saturday’s start against the Panthers, but he was forced to leave midway through the third period due to an apparent groin injury or some sort of leg muscle ailment. INTEL: When it rains, it pours. The Blues were already down to their third goaltender with Manny Legace (hip flexor} and Chris Mason (appendectomy} unavailable. Marek Schwarz finished up, stopping all five shots he faced.
Radim Vrbata, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning
2008/10/25: Tampa Bay Lightning forward Radim Vrbata missed another game on Saturday against the Sharks due to his lower body injury. INTEL: The Tampa Tribune reports that he suffered the injury in practice on Wednesday. Jason Ward skated in his place and was scoreless in 9:31 of ice time. Vrbata is considered day to day.
Hal Gill, D, Pittsburgh Penguins
2008/10/25: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Hal Gill missed his second consecutive game on Saturday at N.Y. Rangers due to an undisclosed injury. Darryl Sydor replaced him and had a goal and plus-2 rating in 14:27 of ice time. Gill remains day to day.
Brandon Sutter, C, Carolina Hurricanes
2008/10/25: Carolina Hurricanes forward Brandon Sutter was checked hard by Doug Weight in the third period of Saturday’s game at N.Y. Islanders and he was forced to leave the game. INTEL: Sutter was tended to by trainers on both teams and a few minutes later he was assisted to the training room. “He was taken to the hospital to get checked out,” coach Peter Laviolette told the Associated Press.
Rick DiPietro, G, New York Islanders
2008/10/25: New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro allowed two goals on 12 shots in Saturday’s game against the Hurricanes, but he was pulled after the first period in favor of Joey MacDonald. INTEL: Head coach Scott Gordon said after the game that the move was not performance-related and hinted it might have been an injury. “It wasn’t his performance, and we’ll know more on Monday,” Gordon told the Associated Press. “I’ve been told that our policy is that we can’t talk about injuries, and that’s what I’m stuck with.”
Jamie Langenbrunner, RW, New Jersey Devils
2008/10/25: New Jersey Devils veteran forward Jamie Langenbrunner was forced to miss Saturday’s game at Philadelphia due to a lower body injury. INTEL: Langenbrunner is considered day to day. The veteran will have three full days to rest his injury until the team takes the ice again on Wednesday against Toronto.
Fernando Pisani, W/C, Edmonton Oilers
2008/10/25: The Edmonton Sun is reporting that Oilers forward Fernando Pisani has been sent back to Alberta to have his back examined. INTEL: Pisani will miss his second straight game on Saturday in Vancouver. It is uncertain if he’ll be healthy enough to return on Monday night against Boston or not. Consider him day to day.
Chris Mason, G, St. Louis Blues
2008/10/25: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that Blues backup goaltender Chris Mason (appendectomy} was able to take part in an on-ice workout on Saturday. INTEL: It was Mason’s first workout with the team since he had emergency surgery back on Oct. 16. With Mason sidelined and Manny Legace (hip flexor) also out, Ben Bishop will start Saturday against Florida with Marek Schwarz as his backup.
Manny Legace, G, St. Louis Blues
2008/10/25: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that Blues goaltender Manny Legace will not dress for Saturday’s game against the Panthers after suffering a hip flexor injury on Friday. INTEL: Legace tripped over the red carpet laid on the ice for vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Marek Schwarz was recalled from Peoria of the AHL to serve as the backup to Saturday’s starter Ben Bishop.
Martin Gerber, G, Ottawa Senators
2008/10/25: The Ottawa Sun is reporting that Senators goaltender Martin Gerber is nursing a pulled leg muscle and he will not even dress as the backup for Saturday’s game at Toronto. INTEL: There was some talk that Alex Auld would start Saturday’s game if he had a strong outing on Friday against the Ducks, but he allowed four goals in a loss. Auld gets the start by default, as Brian Elliott is serving as his backup with the Gerber injury.
Sergei Zubov, D, Dallas Stars
2008/10/25: The Dallas Morning News is reporting that Stars veteran defenseman Sergei Zubov (hip) was able to take part in a full morning skate on Saturday. INTEL: The session was Zubov’s first practice since he underwent hip surgery. He remains on target to return to the lineup on Nov. 1 in Boston.
Cory Murphy, D, Florida Panthers
2008/10/25: The Miami Herald is reporting that Florida Panthers defenseman Cory Murphy will miss Saturday’s game at St. Louis due to a shoulder injury. INTEL: The report added that there is no timetable for Murphy’s return. Jason Garrison was recalled from the minors to take Murphy’s spot on the active roster and Wade Belak is expected to fill in on defense.
Andy Sutton, D, New York Islanders
2008/10/25: New York Newsday is reporting that Islanders defenseman Andy Sutton (hand) is not yet ready to make his regular season debut. INTEL: There was some thought that Sutton might be ready to play in Saturday’s game against the Hurricanes, but he remains sidelined. Jack Hillen will continue to see playing time until either Sutton or Brendan Witt (knee) is ready. Sutton did take part in the morning skate on Saturday, so he is getting close.
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