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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Nov. 15

Yesterday at

Adam Proteau analyzes the firing of Barry Melrose in Tampa and says it’s time for owners Len Barrie and Oren Koules to show what they are made of.

In The Straight Edge, Ryan Kennedy writes that the NHL and NHLPA have to start being honest with everyone.

In his blog, Ulf Samuelsson, assistant coach in Phoenix, writes how speed is trumping size on defense in the NHL.

In his blog, Ken Campbell wonders where the justice is on Brenden Morrow’s late-game instigator penalty.

In Ask Adam, we answer questions on Fabian Brunnstrom, intentional offsides and Gaborik to Montreal.

In his blog, Jason Kay wants to know what players think about headshots.

Player News…

Pascal Leclaire, G, Columbus Blue Jackets

2008/11/15: In his first start since coming off injured reserve earlier in the week, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire stopped 36 of 37 shots against Buffalo in a 6-1 road win on Friday night.

Thomas Pock, D, New York Islanders

2008/11/15: The National Hockey League has suspended New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Pock for five games for his elbow to the head of Ottawa Senators forward Ryan Shannon on Thursday night.

Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks

2008/11/15: Anaheim center Ryan Getzlaf tallied a goal and an assist in a losing cause on Friday. Getzlaf scored on the power-play late in the third to send the game to overtime, however the Ducks wound up losing 4-3 to Nashville. The powerful forward has really turned it on with 21 points in 11 games, after a shaky start to the season.

Dan Hamhuis, D, Nashville Predators

2008/11/15: Nashville defenseman Dan Hamhuis scored the overtime winner--his first goal of the season--as the Predators tackled the Anaheim Ducks in extra time. The normally defensively responsible Hamhuis is still a paltry minus-7 on the season.

Injury News…

Alexander Semin, LW/RW, Washington Capitals

2008/11/15: Washington Capitals winger Alexander Semin left Friday night's contest against New Jersey in the second period with an undisclosed injury. Semin is the NHL's leading scorer with 27 points in 15 games. For the remainder of the game, Eric Fehr saddled up on the top line in Semin's place.

Ales Kotalik, LW/RW, Buffalo Sabres

2008/11/15: The Buffalo Sabres lost the services of winger Ales Kotalik during Friday's home loss at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Kotalik suffered a suspected hamstring injury and could be out for a while.

Pavol Demitra, W/C, Vancouver Canucks

2008/11/15: The Vancouver Canucks are expected to get veteran Slovak Pavol Demitra back in the lineup Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Demitra has been out of the lineup since injuring his ribs on October 19 against Chicago.

Dan Hinote, W/C, St. Louis Blues

2008/11/15: St. Louis Blues veteran Dan Hinote missed Friday's overtime road win at Chicago because of a lower body injury. He is considered day to day.

Paul Martin, D, New Jersey Devils

2008/11/15: The New Jersey Devils welcomed back defenseman Paul Martin on Friday at Washington. Martin had missed the previous five games because of an upper body injury. With Martin back in action, Sheldon Brookbank was a healthy scratch.

Joel Ward, RW, Nashville Predators

2008/11/15: After missing two games because of a head injury, Nashville Predators winger Joel Ward returned to the lineup on Friday. He took the place of rookie Patric Hornqvist (healthy scratch).

Tomas Vokoun, G, Florida Panthers

2008/11/15: After missing three games due to a back injury, Florida Panthers netminder Tomas Vokoun was able to dress in Friday's home contest against the Detroit Red Wings. He relieved Craig Anderson in the 3-2 loss to the Wings. Meanwhile, Czech winger Radek Dvorak returned from a one-game absence due to a hamstring injury. Dvorak replaced enforcer Wade Belak (healthy scratch).

Marc Methot, D, Columbus Blue Jackets

2008/11/15: Columbus Blue Jackets rookie rearguard Marc Methot returned to the lineup on Friday at Buffalo after missing one game due to a knee injury. He replaced Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (healthy scratch) in the lineup.

Brent Sopel, D, Chicago Blackhawks

2008/11/15: After missing two games because of an undisclosed injury, veteran defenseman Brent Sopel returned to the Chicago Blackhawks lineup on Friday against St. Louis. With Sopel back in action, rugged rearguard Matt Walker was a healthy scratch.

Andrew Ference, D, Boston Bruins

2008/11/15: The injury sustained by Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference in Thursday's home win over Montreal has been diagnosed as a foot injury. For now, consider the diminutive blueliner day to day.

Brad May, LW, Anaheim Ducks

2008/11/15: After missing one game because of a sprained knee, Anaheim Ducks veteran winger Brad May returned to action on Friday against Nashville. He replaced Brian Sutherby (healthy scratch) on the fourth line.

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