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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Nov. 10

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On the weekend at thn.com:

Mark Hartigan writes his second blog entry and updates us on what’s going on in the Kontinental League.

In his blog, Brian Costello writes that after years of stagnant play, Blake Wheeler has exploded on the NHL scene.

The Fantasy Pool Look examines the streaky Philadelphia Flyers.

Player News…

Craig Anderson, G, Florida Panthers
2008/11/10: Florida backup goaltender Craig Anderson turned away 44 of the 45 shots he faced in Sunday's 3-1 win at Anaheim. Anderson is 2-1-1 on the season with a 2.27 GAA and a .938 save percentage. INTEL: Usual starter Tomas Vokoun hasn't been nearly as effective (going 3-7-0 with a 3.10 GAA and .910 save percentage), so a goalie controversy may emerge soon if the 5-8-1 Panthers keep struggling.

Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers, G, Edmonton Oilers
2008/11/10: Edmonton Oilers backup goaltender Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers was sharp in Sunday's 2-1 win at New Jersey, allowing just the one goal on 38 shots. Drouin-Deslauriers has won both of his starts this season, but likely needs a long-term injury or trade of Mathieu Garon or Dwayne Roloson to see an increased role.

Brian Boucher, G, San Jose Sharks
2008/11/10: San Jose goalie Brian Boucher got his second straight start as the Sharks lost 4-2 at Phoenix. He allowed three goals on 29 shots after winning his first three outings of the 2008-09 campaign. The San Jose Mercury News reports usual starter Evgeni Nabokov (leg) is hopeful of returning to the ice on Monday to test his injury.

Miikka Kiprusoff, G, Calgary Flames
2008/11/10: Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff was blasted for six goals on just 27 shots in Sunday's 6-1 loss at Chicago. Kiprusoff has been tagged for six goals in each of his past two starts and at least four goals over his past three outings. Kipper and the Flames will try and rebound on Tuesday night against Toronto back at the Saddledome.

David Booth, LW, Florida Panthers
2008/11/09: Florida Panthers forward David Booth posted his first-career hat trick in Sunday's 3-1 win at Anaheim. The trick was the first by a Panthers player dating back to Feb. 5 when Richard Zednik accomplished the feat at Toronto. Booth entered the game with just one goal and one point over his past 11 games.

Ilya Bryzgalov, G, Phoenix Coyotes
2008/11/09: Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov allowed two goals on 32 shots in Sunday's 4-2 victory against San Jose. Bryzgalov has won back-to-back games for the first time since Oct. 11-12, the first time games of the regular season.

Olli Jokinen, C, Phoenix Coyotes
2008/11/09: Phoenix Coyotes forward Olli Jokinen picked up two goals, an assist and a plus-1 rating in Sunday's 4-2 victory against the Sharks with a game-high seven shots on goal. Jokinen has managed six goals and nine points over his past six games.

Ryane Clowe, LW, San Jose Sharks
2008/11/09: San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe stayed hot in Sunday's 4-2 loss at Phoenix, as he picked up another goal and assist. He has at least one goal in five of his past six games, lighting the lamp six times during the impressive span.

Cristobal Huet, G, Chicago Blackhawks
2008/11/09: Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Cristobal Huet allowed just one goal on 23 shots in Sunday's 6-1 victory against the Flames. Huet has won back-to-back starts for the first time this season. Despite the success, however, it is likely that Nikolai Khabibulin will get the start in the team's next game on Wednesday against the Bruins.

Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago Blackhawks
2008/11/09: Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane picked up a goal and two assists in Sunday's 6-1 win against the Flames. Kane has been on fire during his current four-game points streak, posting two goals and nine points. The Blackhawks are back in action on Wednesday night against the Bruins.

Kris Versteeg, RW/LW, Chicago Blackhawks
2008/11/09: Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg continues to surprise, as he posted a goal and assist with a plus-2 rating in Sunday's 6-1 win against the Flames. Versteeg had slowed down a little bit, but he still has managed three goals and 12 points over his first 13 games.

Cam Ward, G, Carolina Hurricanes
2008/11/09: Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward was torched for five goals on just 22 shots in Sunday's 5-2 loss against the Thrashers. The Hurricanes are back in action on Wednesday night and it wouldn't be surprising to see Michael Leighton back in the crease after Ward's abysmal performance.

Johan Hedberg, G, Atlanta Thrashers
2008/11/09: Atlanta Thrashers backup goaltender Johan Hedberg was outstanding in Sunday's 5-2 win at Carolina, as he allowed just two goals on 37 shots in a win. After losing his first two starts, Hedberg has won back-to-back starts in place of Kari Lehtonen (illness). The Thrashers do not play again until Friday in a rematch against the Hurricanes back in Atlanta.

Ilya Kovalchuk, LW, Atlanta Thrashers
2008/11/09: Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Ron Hainsey, as well as forwards Ilya Kovalchuk and Jason Williams each finished with a goal and assist in Sunday's 5-2 win at Carolina. Kovalchuk has managed three goals and eight points during his current four-game points streak. The two teams will face each other again on Friday back in Atlanta.

Injury News…

Jonathan Cheechoo, RW, San Jose Sharks
2008/11/10: San Jose Sharks forward Jonathan Cheechoo (upper body injury) missed his second consecutive game on Sunday night in Phoenix. Cheechoo was injured in Thursday's game against St. Louis. He remains day-to-day.

Paul Martin, D, New Jersey Devils
2008/11/09: New Jersey Devils defenseman Paul Martin (upper body injury) was forced to miss his fourth consecutive game on Sunday against the Oilers. The North Jersey Record is reporting that he is dealing with some sort of an upper body muscle strain. He remains day to day.

Brian Gionta, RW, New Jersey Devils
2008/11/09: New Jersey Devils forward Brian Gionta (undisclosed injury) was unable to play in Sunday's game against the Oilers. Gionta was forced to leave Saturday's game at Detroit after defenseman Derek Meech belted him into the boards, reportedly knocking the wind out of him. Gionta is considered day to day, as his injury does not sound too serious.

Bryce Salvador, D, New Jersey Devils
2008/11/09: New Jersey Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador (foot) was unable to play in Sunday's game against the Oilers. He was injured in Saturday's game at Detroit after blocking a shot with his foot. He is considered day to day.


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