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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Nov. 19

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In From the Point, Sam McCaig runs down some stats to tell the story of the young NHL season so far.

In his blog, Rory Boylen writes about the exciting Blue Jackets and their run to the playoffs.

In his blog, John Grigg writes that the Pittsburgh Penguins came out on top in the Darryl Sydor-Philippe Boucher deal.

The Fantasy Pool Look encourages you to be careful of how you handle your Ottawa Senators players in your pool.

The Hot List, a weekly rundown of players we can’t wait to see in the NHL, profiles No. 3-ranked Spokane defenseman Jared Cowen.

Player News…

James Neal, LW/C, Dallas Stars

2008/11/19: The Dallas Stars have recalled winger James Neal from the American League's Manitoba Moose. INTEL: Neal produced two goals and four points in 12 games earlier this season but was assigned to the minors mainly due to salary-cap concerns. However, the team lost fellow winger B.J. Crombeen to St. Louis via waivers on Tuesday, which has opened the door for Neal. He should see regular playing time for the foreseeable future.

Jared Ross, C, Philadelphia Flyers

2008/11/19: The Philadelphia Flyers have assigned center Jared Ross back to the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms. Ross has gone pointless in five NHL games this season.

Injury News…

Daniel Winnik, LW, Phoenix Coyotes

2008/11/19: Phoenix Coyotes winger Daniel Winnik missed his second consecutive game on Tuesday at home against the Chicago Blackhawks because of an upper body injury. He's day to day. Also, fourth liner Garth Murray missed the contest because of a hamstring injury. As a result, enforcer Brian McGrattan dressed for just the third time this season.

Jason Arnott, C, Nashville Predators

2008/11/19: The injury sustained by Nashville Predators captain Jason Arnott when he went crashing head-first into the San Jose Sharks net on Monday night has been diagnosed as a neck injury. Arnott is listed as day to day.

Georges Laraque, RW, Montreal Canadiens

2008/11/19: Montreal Canadiens enforcer Georges Laraque sat out Tuesday's road loss at Carolina because of an undisclosed injury. Through a series of nagging ailments and healthy scratches, the veteran pugilist has appeared in just nine of Montreal's first 17 games this season.

Cory Stillman, LW/RW, Florida Panthers

2008/11/19: Florida Panthers veteran winger Cory Stillman was back on the sidelines for Tuesday's road contest at Tampa Bay because of post-concussion symptoms. Stillman returned to the lineup for two games last week, after missing three due to a concussion. Now, he could a while.

Brent Sopel, D, Chicago Blackhawks

2008/11/19: Chicago Blackhawks veteran defenseman Brent Sopel missed Tuesday's road contest at Phoenix because of an undisclosed injury. The 31-year-old Sopel had missed time earlier this month due to injury, as well. Matt Walker replaced Sopel in the lineup.

Brian Rolston, C/W, New Jersey Devils

2008/11/18: New Jersey Devils winger Brian Rolston began skating on his own Tuesday morning before practice, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. The 35-year old has been sidelined since October 15 with a sprained ankle. No timetable has been set for his return as of yet.

Scott Gomez, C, New York Rangers

2008/11/18: New York Rangers pivot Scott Gomez will miss at least another week of action, according to the New York Post. Gomez has been sidelined since November 12 with an ankle injury, however it is not healing as quickly as expected.


Claude Lemieux, RW, Free Agent

2008/11/19: Various reports suggest 43-year-old veteran Claude Lemieux could be on the verge of signing an AHL contract soon. Lemieux, who is attempting a comeback after sitting out the last three seasons of competition, recently signed a contract with the China Sharks of the Asian League. The Sharks are owned by the NHL's San Jose Sharks. Prior to that, Lemieux's last professional campaign came in 2003-04 with EV Zug of the Swiss National Liga.

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