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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Nov. 17

On the weekend at

In his blog, Brian Costello writes that Drew Doughty of the Kings is the leader for the Calder Trophy so far this season.

Mark Stuart of the Boston Bruins blogs about concerts in Boston and Marc Savard’s music habits.

Sam McCaig looks at the best and worst performances of the early season by the numbers.

The Fantasy Pool Look advises you to take a long, hard look at Matt Stajan as he starts a breakout campaign.

Player News…

Rob Niedermayer, RW, Anaheim Ducks

2008/11/17: Anaheim forward Rob Niedermayer was a healthy scratch in Sunday's 2-0 home win over Los Angeles. He was replaced by recently-recalled forward Bobby Ryan. According to the Associated Press, it is Niedermayer's first healthy scratch since becoming a Duck in March of 2003. INTEL: Niedermayer, 33, has five points (three goals and two assists) over 17 games this season, but just one point (a goal) since Oct.17 at home vs. San Jose.

Jonas Hiller, G, Anaheim Ducks

2008/11/17: Anaheim backup goaltender Jonas Hiller stymied the Los Angeles Kings Sunday, collecting the shutout in a 2-0 victory. It was the first career shutout for the Swiss backstop, who has now won his past two starts and is 3-1-1 on the season. INTEL: Hiller's .926 save percentage and 2.18 GAA is looking a lot more appealing lately that starter J-S Giguere's .905 and 3.12, but Giguere (7-6-1) has obviously played more games and remains the incumbent.

Brian Boucher, G, San Jose Sharks

2008/11/17: San Jose backup goalie Brian Boucher improved to 5-1-1 this season despite yielding five goals Sunday as the Sharks held off the Blackhawks at Chicago, 6-5. The five goals are the most Boucher has given up in a game this season. INTEL: Boucher has started five straight games with usual starter Evgeni Nabokov sidelined by a lower-body injury.

Mike Knuble, RW, Philadelphia Flyers

2008/11/17: Philadelphia winger Mike Knuble tallied a goal and an assist in the Flyers' 4-3 home victory over Atlanta Sunday, busting out of a five-game pointless streak.

Erik Christensen, C/W, Atlanta Thrashers

2008/11/16: Atlanta Thrashers forward Erik Christensen broke out of a massive scoring slump, lighting the lamp for the first time this season in a 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday. The sharp-shooter does have five points in his last six game, including four assists.

Simon Gagne, LW, Philadelphia Flyers

2008/11/16: Philadelphia Flyers sniper Simon Gagne tallied a goal and two assists in a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday. Gagne now has 16 points in nine games and 22 points on the season.

Antero Niittymaki, G, Philadelphia Flyers

2008/11/16: Philadelphia goaltender Antero Niittymaki turned aside 29 Atlanta Thrashers shots in a 4-3 victory on Sunday night. The Flyers backup bumped his record up to 2-1-2 on the season, and has been hot as of late with a goals against average under 2.00 in his last three starts.

Cristobal Huet, G, Chicago Blackhawks

2008/11/16: Chicago goaltender Cristobal Huet was torched for six goals in a 6-5 loss to San Jose on Sunday. The Blackhawks will travel to Phoenix on Tuesday, and if head coach Joel Quenneville's rotational goalie system holds true, Nikolai Khabibulin should be between the pipes.

Kris Versteeg, RW/LW, Chicago Blackhawks

2008/11/16: Chicago Blackhawks freshman Kris Versteeg potted two goals in a 6-5 loss to San Jose on Sunday. After battling to make the team in September, Versteeg has surprised everyone with five goals and 15 points on the season thus far.

Dan Boyle, D, San Jose Sharks

2008/11/16: San Jose defenseman Dan Boyle scored two power play goals in a 6-5 triumph over Chicago on Sunday night. Boyle is adapting quite well to his new surroundings this season since being traded from Tampa Bay, with six points in his last three games.

Jeremy Roenick, RW/C, San Jose Sharks

2008/11/16: San Jose Sharks veteran Jeremy Roenick lit the lamp for the first time this season in a 6-5 victory over his former team, the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. Roenick's first goal gives him just four points on the season, and a minus-1 rating.

Cam Barker, D, Chicago Blackhawks

2008/11/16: Chicago defensemen Brian Campbell and Cam Barker each had three points--a goal and two assists--in a losing cause, as the Blackhawks fell 6-5 to the San Jose Sharks. Since being recalled from the American League's Rockford Ice Hogs, Barker has been on fire with nine points in seven games.

Devin Setoguchi, RW/LW, San Jose Sharks

2008/11/16: San Jose Sharks winger Devin Setoguchi scored the game-winner in a thrilling 6-5 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. The talented sophomore also pitched in with an assist on Joe Thornton's fourth goal of the year.

Manny Legace, G, St. Louis Blues

2008/11/16: St. Louis netminder Manny Legace suffered his fourth loss of the season, as the Blues fell 3-2 to Montreal in a shootout. Legace and the Blues will have four days to rest before taking on Anaheim at home on Friday.

Injury News…

Andy McDonald, C, St. Louis Blues

2008/11/17: St. Louis forward Andy McDonald injured his left leg Sunday crashing into the boards during St. Louis' 3-2 home loss to Montreal. reports the leg is fractured and that McDonald will undergo an MRI Monday. INTEL: McDonald is leading the Blues with 18 points (six goals and 12 assists) through 16 games, so his production will be very hard to replace for 6-8-2 St. Louis.

Mathieu Schneider, D, Atlanta Thrashers

2008/11/16: Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Mathieu Schneider skated with teammates for the first time since sustaining a hip injury on November 6, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Schneider is still several days away from returning to game action. The veteran blueliner has just four points on the year, and is a miserable minus-11.

Daniel Briere, C/RW, Philadelphia Flyers

2008/11/16: Philadelphia center Daniel Briere (groin) hopes to be back for a November 21 game against his former team the Buffalo Sabres, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.



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