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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Nov. 23

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Yesterday on THN.com...

In his blog, Brian Costello ponders what the Flames can do with Matthew Lombardi, who is returning from injury.

Fantasy expert Darryl Dobbs looks at the Sharks blueline in Fantasy Pool Look.

Player news...    

Roberto Luongo, G, Vancouver Canucks
2008/11/23:  Vancouver Canucks captain Roberto Luongo left Saturday afternoon's road contest at Pittsburgh in the first period because of a left groin injury. The Vancouver Province reports Luongo will have an MRI on the groin Sunday.  Curtis Sanford replaced him in the eventual 3-1 win and Cory Schneider, who has been arguably the best goalie in the AHL so far this season, has been called up from the Manitoba Moose.

Evgeni Nabokov, G, San Jose Sharks
2008/11/23:  San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov did not play in Saturday's 7-2 home win over Washington, but he was able to suit up for the first time since sustaining a lower body injury on Nov.6. He served as Brian Boucher's backup.  Boucher won the game and is 7-1-1 on the season with four straight wins. His 1.88 GAA and .928 save percentage have been much better than Nabokov's 2.71 and .891, so there could be more time-sharing than earlier this season.

Adam Foote, D, Colorado Avalanche
2008/11/23:  Colorado defenseman Adam Foote left in the second period of Saturday's 4-3 shootout win at Los Angeles because of an apparent back injury. He was checked from behind on the play by Kings' forward John Zeiler. The Denver Post reports Foote will be evaluated further Sunday but that the Avs say Foote is "OK."  At 37 years old Foote may not bounce back as quickly as he once did. He is minus-5 this season with just one point over 19 games, but is a key leader for Colorado.

Sergei Fedorov, C, Washington Capitals
2008/11/23:  Washington forward Sergei Fedorov played for 4:54 of Saturday's 7-2 loss at San Jose. Fedorov had missed the Capitals' previous seven contests due to a sprained ankle, according to the Associated Press.  Fedorov didn't score or register a shot in his brief appearance, but his re-appearance at least shows some progress.

Mike Grier, RW, San Jose Sharks
2008/11/23:  San Jose forward Mike Grier returned Saturday from a two-game absence (caused by a lower-body injury) and scored a goal in the Sharks' 7-2 home win over Washington. He played 16:05 of ice time.

Rob Blake, D, San Jose Sharks
2008/11/23:  San Jose defenseman Rob Blake posted a season-high four points (all assists) during Saturday's 7-2 win over the Capitals.  After a somewhat slow start with his new team this season, Blake has 12 points over his last eight outings. His 69 shots on goal are second-most in the NHL behind Calgary's Dion Phaneuf.

Brent Johnson, G, Washington Capitals
2008/11/23:  Washington goaltender Brent Johnson yielded a season-worst seven goals Saturday in the Capitals' 7-2 loss at San Jose.  It was Johnson's second straight loss in his second straight start, and he has given up 10 goals over that span. Early this season he has made a solid bid to be Washington's No.1 goalie, but his recent struggles may see Jose Theodore get more work soon.

Injury news...

Sergei Fedorov, C, Washington Capitals
2008/11/23:  Washington forward Sergei Fedorov played for 4:54 of Saturday's 7-2 loss at San Jose. Fedorov had missed the Capitals' previous seven contests due to a sprained ankle, according to the Associated Press.  Fedorov didn't score or register a shot in his brief appearance, but his re-appearance at least shows some progress.

Mike Green, D, Washington Capitals
2008/11/23:  Washington defenseman Mike Green missed his second straight game Saturday nursing a right shoulder injury.  The Capitals were blown out Saturday 7-2 at San Jose. Over the two games Green has been sidelined, the Caps have gone 0-2 and been out-scored 12-4. He is listed as day-to-day.

John Mitchell, C/LW, Toronto Maple Leafs
2008/11/22:  The Leafs welcomed forward John Mitchell back into the lineup Saturday night after he missed five games with a shoulder injury. The 23-year-old freshman picked up an assist in the game.

Guillaume Latendresse, LW, Montreal Canadiens
2008/11/22:  Montreal Canadiens winger Guillaume Latendresse will miss Saturday's home game against the Boston Bruins because of an undisclosed injury. Center Maxim Lapierre is expected to suit up in place of Latendresse.


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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Nov. 23