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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Nov. 6

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Boston Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart writes about living in Boston’s North End with teammate Milan Lucic.

In his Top Shelf column, Ryan Dixon writes that with Martin Brodeur down, the Devils can finally try to become a more offensive-minded club.

In his blog, Ken Campbell writes that barring injury, Olli Jokinen will pass Guy Charron Saturday for the most NHL games played without a playoff appearance.

In his blog, Ryan Kennedy writes that the oft-injured Hurricanes need to toughen up.

In the Fantasy Mailbag, Darryl Dobbs answers your questions on early worries and a pair of Sharks.

The Top 10 counts down the most undeserving all-star nominees listed on the recently released ballot.

Player News…

David Desharnais, C, Montreal Canadiens

2008/11/06: The Montreal Canadiens have signed center prospect David Desharnais to a two-year, entry-level contract. Desharnais was in training camp with the club before being assigned to the American League's Hamilton Bulldogs. He is currently third on the 'dogs with nine points in 11 games.

Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks

2008/11/06: With two goals and an assist in Wednesday's 5-2 win over St. Louis, Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf now has six goals and 12 assists on the season. That vaults him into a tie for the NHL scoring lead with Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin (4-14-18).

Patrik Berglund, C, St. Louis Blues

2008/11/06: Blues center Patrik Berglund scored his third goal of the season in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Ducks. After scoring one goal in his first eight games of the season, the Swedish rookie has now lit the lamp in two consecutive contests.

Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim Ducks

2008/11/06: Anaheim's Corey Perry continues to sizzle on the ice, scoring a goal and adding an assist in Wednesday's 5-2 romp over St. Louis. He now has four goals and 12 assists over his last nine games.

R.J. Umberger, W/C, Columbus Blue Jackets

2008/11/05: R.J. Umberger is finally getting on track in Columbus. On Wednesday, he scored his fourth goal of the season in a 5-4 win over Edmonton. All four of his goals have come in his past three contests.

Tom Gilbert, D, Edmonton Oilers

2008/11/05: Oilers rearguard Tom Gilbert notched two more assists in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Blue Jackets. After picking up a single assist through his first 10 games of the season, Gilbert now has five helpers in his two games since.

Steve Mason, G, Columbus Blue Jackets

2008/11/05: Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason gave the fans in Columbus a glimpse of the future on Wednesday as he picked up his first career win in his NHL debut. The 20-year-old rookie wasn't spectacular, but he was good enough to win, stopping 22 of 26 shots in a 5-4 victory over the Oilers.

Ethan Moreau, LW, Edmonton Oilers

2008/11/05: Edmonton's Ethan Moreau scored his fourth goal of the season in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to Columbus. The defensive winger has been rolling of late, scoring three times over his last three games.

Raffi Torres, LW/RW, Columbus Blue Jackets

2008/11/05: Columbus forward Raffi Torres assisted on two goals in Wednesday's 5-4 win over Edmonton, his former team. The veteran winger was playing in just his third game of the season after battling back from a pre-season shoulder injury.

Kevin Weekes, G, New Jersey Devils

2008/11/05: The (temporary) Kevin Weekes era got underway in New Jersey on Wednesday as the veteran goaltender picked up his first win of the year in a 4-3 shootout victory over Tampa. Weekes allowed three goals on 24 shots during regulation and overtime, then stopped two of three pucks directed at him in the shootout to emerge with the win.

Jussi Jokinen, LW/C, Tampa Bay Lightning

2008/11/05: Jussi Jokinen lit the lamp twice for Tampa in Wednesday's 4-3 shootout loss to New Jersey. All four of his goals on the season have come in his last four games.

Dainius Zubrus, W/C, New Jersey Devils

2008/11/05: Devils forward Dainius Zubrus continued his torrid recent play on Wednesday, assisting on a pair of goals in New Jersey's 4-3 shootout win over Tampa. He has two goals and five helpers over his last six contests.

Mark Recchi, RW/LW, Tampa Bay Lightning

2008/11/05: Lightning forward Mark Recchi notched a pair of assists in Wednesday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Devils. The 40-year-old veteran is still making a contribution in Tampa, supplying four assists over his last four contests.

Injury News…

Cory Stillman, LW/RW, Florida Panthers

2008/11/06: The Florida Panthers may be missing veteran winger Cory Stillman, who is suffering from a concussion. He's day to day. The Panthers are in Los Angeles Thursday to continue their five-game road trip. Stillman was hurt last Sunday at Atlanta.

Rostislav Klesla, D, Columbus Blue Jackets

2008/11/06: Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Rostislav Klesla missed his second consecutive contest because of a wrist injury Wednesday night against Edmonton. He's considered day to day. Meanwhile, backup netminder Fredrik Norrena is currently battling a groin problem.

Kari Lehtonen, G, Atlanta Thrashers

2008/11/05: Atlanta netminder Kari Lehtonen was unable to fully participate in practice on Wednesday due to a sore back. The veteran was also ill over the weekend, forcing him to sit out two games.

Sean Bergenheim, LW/RW, New York Islanders

2008/11/05: For the second game in a row, New York Islanders winger Sean Bergenheim sat out because of illness. He missed Monday's home win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, as well as Tuesday's road win against the Rangers. Jeff Tambellini subbed in for Bergenheim.

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