Yesterday at thn.com:
In Sam McCaig’s From the Point column, he talks about the tough decision that lies ahead for the Minnesota Wild regarding Marian Gaborik.
In his blog, Rory Boylen writes about hockey’s most selfish play, the unforced offside.
In The Hot List, a rundown of players we can’t wait to see in the NHL someday, we profile 16-year-old John McFarland.
The Fantasy Pool Look discusses the turn around going on in St. Louis.
In the season’s first edition of Campbellnomics, Phil Kessel sits atop the leaderboard.
News and Views…
Jason Spezza, C, Ottawa Senators
2008/10/22: Looking to spread some offense around, the Senators will drop top-line center Jason Spezza to the second line between youngsters Nick Foligno and Jesse Winchester, reports TSN.ca. Mike Fisher will move up to the first line between Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley. INTEL: Previous Ottawa teams have broken up the Pizza Line, but usually by moving Alfredsson. With Foligno playing some great hockey early in the season, the move by coach Craig Hartsburg could pay off.
Sergei Fedorov, C, Washington Capitals
2008/10/22: Washington veteran Sergei Fedorov made history on Tuesday night when he scored his first goal of the season in a 2-1 loss to Calgary. The goal was the 473rd of his career, tying him with Alexander Mogilny for the most NHL goals by a Russian-born player. Assisting on the score was Alexander Ovechkin, a player who already looks destined to break that same record one day.
Rick Nash, LW/RW, Columbus Blue Jackets
2008/10/22: Columbus sniper Rick Nash continued his torrid play on Tuesday, scoring a goal and adding an assist in a 4-2 triumph over Vancouver. INTEL: Nash has been rolling on the Blue Jackets' top line along with a pair of off-season acquisitions--Kristian Huselius and R.J. Umberger.
Phil Kessel, RW/C, Boston Bruins
2008/10/22: Sizzling Boston sniper Phil Kessel scored his sixth goal of the season in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to Buffalo. INTEL: The 21-year-old has scored in five of the six games he's played this year. Not too shabby after he scored just 19 times in 82 contests a year ago.
Miikka Kiprusoff, G, Calgary Flames
2008/10/22: Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff turned in his best effort of the season on Tuesday, allowing a single goal on 31 shots in a 2-1 win over the Capitals. INTEL: The soon-to-be 32-year-old netminder had allowed at least four goals in four of his first five starts to the season.
Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary Flames
2008/10/22: Flames captain Jarome Iginla netted his second goal of the season in Tuesday's home win over the Capitals. Calgary last beat Washington back in March of 1999. Matthew Lombardi scored the game-winner for the Flames in the second period.
Kevin Bieksa, D, Vancouver Canucks
2008/10/21: Canucks rearguard Kevin Bieksa notched his first goal of the year in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Blue Jackets. INTEL: The oft-injured 27-year-old has already missed three games this year with a sore leg. That's not a great sign considering he played only 34 games last year due to injury.
Jakub Voracek, RW, Columbus Blue Jackets
2008/10/21: Blue Jackets rookie Jakub Voracek supplied a pair of helpers in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Canucks. With two goals and three assists through six games, the seventh pick in the 2007 draft is looking like an early contender for the Calder trophy (rookie of the year).
Kyle Wellwood, C, Vancouver Canucks
2008/10/21: With the injury bug feasting on the Canucks, Vancouver was able to get Kyle Wellwood through re-entry waivers. He must not like it down on the farm because he played like a man on a mission against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday, scoring a goal and adding an assist in a 4-2 loss. INTEL: The knock on Wellwood has always been lack of conditioning and desire. If he could bring those every night, results like Tuesday's could be common place.
Martin St. Louis, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning
2008/10/21: Lightning forward Martin St. Louis turned in his best game of the season on Tuesday, picking up a pair of assists in a dramatic 3-2 overtime win over the Thrashers. Although he has five points in six games, he has lit the lamp only once.
Todd White, C, Atlanta Thrashers
2008/10/21: Atlanta's Todd White chipped in a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Tampa. INTEL: As long as the 33-year-old continues to center Ilya Kovalchuk's line, he should continue to see plenty of scoring opportunities.
Vincent Lecavalier, C, Tampa Bay Lightning
2008/10/21: Tampa's Vincent Lecavalier notched an overtime power-play goal on Tuesday that earned the Lightning their first win of the year, a 3-2 decision over Atlanta. Veterans Mark Recchi and Vaclav Prospal each netted their second goals of the season in the victory.
Clarke MacArthur, LW, Buffalo Sabres
2008/10/21: Sabres forward Clarke MacArthur tallied his third goal of the season in a 3-2 shootout victory over the Bruins on Tuesday. INTEL: The 23-year-old is getting plenty of ice time, including some second-line duty, as the chief beneficiary of injuries to centers Paul Gaustad (thumb--IR), Tim Connolly (back) and Jochen Hecht (finger).
Dennis Wideman, D, Boston Bruins
2008/10/21: Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman notched his first goal of the season in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Sabres. The goal came at even strength--a rarity for a guy who scored nine of his 13 goals a year ago with the man advantage.
Thomas Vanek, LW, Buffalo Sabres
2008/10/21: Buffalo's Thomas Vanek may have had his five-game goal streak snapped on Tuesday, but he's not complaining after he tallied the shootout winner in a 3-2 victory over Boston on Tuesday. Vanek entered play with an NHL-leading seven goals.
Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks
2008/10/22: Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf missed Tuesday's road contest against Toronto because he needed emergency dental surgery. Getzlaf is expected to play on Friday night at Ottawa.
Andreas Lilja, D, Detroit Red Wings
2008/10/21: Red Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja had his appendix successfully removed on Tuesday, reports the Associated Press. INTEL: The 33-year-old is expected to miss Wednesday's contest against the Blues, but he could be back on the ice for a Friday date with the Thrashers.
Fredrik Modin, LW, Columbus Blue Jackets
2008/10/21: Columbus Blue Jackets veteran winger Fredrik Modin will miss Tuesday's contest against Vancouver because of a strained groin. INTEL: He's considered day to day. Expect center Manny Malhotra (lower back) to come off injured reserve in time to replace Modin in the lineup against the Canucks.
Pavol Demitra, W/C, Vancouver Canucks
2008/10/21: Vancouver Canucks forward Pavol Demitra missed Tuesday's road contest at Columbus because of a rib injury. INTEL: Demitra is considered day to day. To replace him, the Canucks have reportedly placed veteran forwards Matt Pettinger and Kyle Wellwood on re-entry waivers from the AHL's Manitoba Moose. If they clear, both may be in Tuesday's lineup for Vancouver.
Marian Gaborik, RW, Minnesota Wild
2008/10/21: According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Wild are "actively" looking to trade disgruntled forward Marian Gaborik. INTEL: With Gaborik currently sidelined with a lower leg injury, coupled with the fact he will become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of this season, he could be hard to move this early in the year. However, if he wants out, as is rumored, the best thing he could do is get back on the ice and start putting up some points--making him a much more attractive commodity.
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