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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Nov. 21

Yesterday at…

In his Screen Shots column, Adam Proteau take a humorous look at the new NHL-related TV shows.

Edward Fraser has the top 10 Calder candidates and Ryan Dixon looks at the calm nature of the Canucks and Wild in blogs.

Nashville goalie Dan Ellis looks at growing hockey in a small market in his Insider Blog.

Humorist Charlie Teljeur does his own “Q&A” with fans in Loose Change.

In Prep Watch, Ryan Kennedy profiles goalie Matt Mahalak of the Culver Military Academy.

What can scouts do to find that hidden gem? Find out in A Scout’s Life.

Player News…

Ondrej Pavelec, G, Atlanta Thrashers

2008/11/21:  Making his first start since November 6, Atlanta Thrashers rookie netminder Ondrej Pavelec registered 28 saves in a 3-2 loss at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night. Veteran Johan Hedberg had started the previous four games in place of the injured Kari Lehtonen (back).

Dustin Byfuglien, W/D, Chicago Blackhawks

2008/11/21: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman-turned-winger Dustin Byfuglien was a healthy scratch for Thursday night's road win at Dallas, amid rampant speculation he was on the verge of being traded to Washington - along with defenseman Brent Sopel - for veteran Swedish center Michael Nylander. Sopel was also scratched, though Nylander suited up against L.A. later in the evening and recorded an assist. According to reports out of Chicago, the Blackhawks have denied that a deal has been made with regards to Byfuglien.

Tomas Holmstrom, RW/LW, Detroit Red Wings

2008/11/21:  Detroit Red Wings winger Tomas Holmstrom missed Thursday's road contest at Edmonton because of a back injury. He's currently listed as day to day. Tomas Kopecky moved up from the fourth line to contribute one goal in Holmstrom's absence. Detroit dressed one player less than the limit (17 skaters) on this night.

Cody Hodgson, C, Vancouver Canucks

2008/11/21:  Vancouver Canucks center prospect Cody Hodgson notched a hat trick and added an assist to lead the OHL to a 6-3 victory over the Russian selects in Game 3 of the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge on Thursday night in Guelph, Ontario.

Jiri Tlusty, LW/RW, Toronto Maple Leafs

2008/11/21: Instead of repeatedly making him a healthy scratch, winger Jiri Tlusty has been assigned back to the AHL's Toronto Marlies. Tlusty was pointless in nine NHL games so far this season.

Injury News…

Brenden Morrow, LW, Dallas Stars

2008/11/21:  Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow limped off the ice during the third period of Thursday's home loss against the Chicago Blackhawks and did not return. More should be known of Morrow's injury on Friday.

Shaone Morrisonn, D, Washington Capitals

2008/11/21: Washington Capitals defenseman Shaone Morrisonn returned to the lineup on Thursday against Los Angeles after a seven-game absence due to a groin injury. He replaced fellow rearguard Mike Green, who missed the game because of a shoulder problem. Green is listed as day to day.

Georges Laraque, RW, Montreal Canadiens

2008/11/21:  After missing one game because of an undisclosed injury, veteran enforcer Georges Laraque returned to the Montreal Canadiens lineup on Thursday night at Ottawa. Laraque replaced fellow vet Mathieu Dandenault in the lineup.

Josh Harding, G, Minnesota Wild

2008/11/21:  Minnesota Wild backup netminder Josh Harding was able to serve as the backup to Niklas Backstrom on Thursday night against Vancouver, after missing one game due to a lower body injury. As a result, the Wild assigned third stringer Nolan Schaefer back to the AHL's Houston Aeros.

Kamil Kreps, C, Florida Panthers

2008/11/21:  After missing five games because of a concussion, Florida Panthers center Kamil Kreps returned to the lineup on Thursday at New Jersey. He was held pointless with one shot on goal in 12:56 of ice time.

Ladislav Smid, D, Edmonton Oilers

2008/11/21:  As expected, Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid returned to the lineup on Thursday against the Detroit Red Wings after a seven-game absence (concussion). However, Smid logged 7:11 of ice time as a winger on the fourth line in his first game back.

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