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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Oct. 18

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Yesterday at thn.com…

The Straight Edge looks at hockey from a grassroots level and how the equipment industry is being affected by the economic crisis.

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Jason Kay writes that being a big league involves more than just being able to hand out big money, in his blog.

The Ask Adam mailbag answers your questions on a wide-range of topics.

Player News…

Milan Michalek, LW, San Jose Sharks
2008/10/18: San Jose Sharks winger Milan Michalek missed Friday's road loss at Anaheim due to an upper-body injury. He's considered day to day.

Nikita Filatov, LW, Columbus Blue Jackets
2008/10/18: Columbus Blue Jackets rookie forward Nikita Filatov scored a goal on his only shot in Friday's game against Nashville in his NHL debut. INTEL: Filatov scored a goal in each of his first two AHL games with Syracuse and he didn't miss a beat on Friday. With Jared Boll (head) on injured reserve, Filatov might get an extended look.

Kyle Quincey, D, Los Angeles Kings
2008/10/18: Defenseman Kyle Quincey, who was acquired off waivers recently from Detroit, made his Los Angeles Kings debut on Friday against Carolina. He replaced Peter Harrold (healthy scratch) in the lineup.

Zach Boychuk, C/W, Carolina Hurricanes
2008/10/18: Carolina Hurricanes rookie forward Zach Boychuk made his NHL debut on Friday at Los Angeles, after missing the first three games of the regular season recovering from wrist surgery. Boychuk replaced Tuomo Ruutu (groin) in the lineup. INTEL: The 14th overall selection last June, Boychuk became the 10th first rounder to make his NHL debut so far this year. His versatility could keep him on the roster all season.

Anze Kopitar, C, Los Angeles Kings
2008/10/18: Los Angeles Kings forwards Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar each lit the lamp in Friday's overtime win against the Hurricanes. Brown also chipped in with an assist. The Kings will next be in action against the Avalanche on Monday.

Jason LaBarbera, G, Los Angeles Kings
2008/10/18: Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jason LaBarbera allowed three goals on 26 shots in Friday's overtime win against the Hurricanes. INTEL: LaBarbera has allowed three or fewer goals in each of his four starts and he has won two straight games. He'll try to keep it going on Monday against the Avalanche.

Cam Ward, G, Carolina Hurricanes
2008/10/18: Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward allowed four goals on 24 shots in Friday's loss at Los Angeles, including the game-winner in overtime by Michal Handzus. It was the second of the game for the Kings veteran forward. Ward will look for better results in Sunday's start at Anaheim.

Travis Moen, LW, Anaheim Ducks
2008/10/18: Anaheim Ducks forward Travis Moen, dropped from the top scoring line to the checking unit, responded with a goal and plus-1 rating in Friday's game against the Sharks in just 11:21 of ice time. Moen saw about four minutes less than he had on average in the past three games.

Evgeni Nabokov, G, San Jose Sharks
2008/10/18: San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov allowed four goals on just 20 shots in Friday's start at Anaheim. INTEL: Nabokov was dealt his first loss after winning his first three starts and allowing a total of four goals during the span. He'll try to bounce back on Saturday against Philadelphia unless head coach Todd McLellan elects to give Brian Boucher the start due to the back-to-back games situation.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, G, Anaheim Ducks
2008/10/18: Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped all 38 shots he faced in Friday's game against the Sharks for his 30th career shutout. INTEL: Giguere had allowed at least four goals in each of his three starts entering play on Friday, losing all three games. He'll look for similar success on Sunday against the Hurricanes.

Todd Bertuzzi, RW/LW, Calgary Flames
2008/10/18: Calgary Flames forwards Todd Bertuzzi and David Moss scored a goal each in Saturday's game against the Oilers, while defenseman Adrian Aucoin also lit the lamp. The teams face each other again on Saturday night back in Edmonton.

Andrew Cogliano, C/LW, Edmonton Oilers
2008/10/18: Edmonton Oilers forwards Andrew Cogliano, Erik Cole and Robert Nilsson each scored a goal in Friday's game at Calgary. The teams have a rematch back in Edmonton on Saturday night in the second half of the home-and-home.

Lubomir Visnovsky, D, Edmonton Oilers
2008/10/18: Edmonton Oilers defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky scored a goal for the second consecutive game and he added an assist in 23:35 of ice time in Saturday's game at Calgary. Fellow defensemen Denis Grebeshkov and Jason Strudwick also added a helper each and Sheldon Souray was good for two assists.

Miikka Kiprusoff, G, Calgary Flames
2008/10/18: Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff allowed four goals on 35 shots in Friday's game against the Oilers in another loss. INTEL: Kiprusoff has allowed at least four goals in each of his four starts this season, managing just one win. If he doesn't start to turn it around soon, it would not be surprising to see coach Mike Keenan give Curtis McElhinney a start or two.

Jeff Deslauriers, G, Edmonton Oilers
2008/10/18: Edmonton Oilers goaltender Jeff Deslauriers allowed three goals on 29 shots in Friday's start at Calgary to earn a victory in his NHL debut. INTEL: The Oilers kept Deslauriers as their third goaltender so they would not lose him to another organization by exposing him to waivers. With this solid start, he might be trusted with an occasional start here or there when Mathieu Garon needs a rest. Dwayne Roloson is also in the mix and yet to see action this season.

Injury News…

Milan Michalek, LW, San Jose Sharks
2008/10/18: San Jose Sharks winger Milan Michalek missed Friday's road loss at Anaheim due to an upper-body injury. He's considered day to day.

Pascal Leclaire, G, Columbus Blue Jackets
2008/10/17: Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire was forced to leave Friday's game against Nashville due to a right hand injury. He stopped 24 of the 27 shots he faced before departing in the win. INTEL: The Associated Press reports that Leclaire stopped a hard shot with the palm side of his blocker and immediately left the ice holding his bare right hand. Fredrik Norrena was expected to start Saturday in Nashville. Top netminding prospect Steve Mason is also currently hurt (arthroscopic knee surgery--IR) for Columbus.

Lauri Korpikoski, C/LW, New York Rangers
2008/10/17: New York Rangers forward Lauri Korpikoski was unable to play in Friday's game against the Maple Leafs due to an undisclosed injury. Nigel Dawes replaced him in the lineup and was the only skater in the shootout for the Rangers to fail to solve Toronto goaltender Vesa Toskala in the 1-0 win. Korpikoski is considered day to day.

Jason Arnott, C, Nashville Predators
2008/10/17: The Nashville Tennessean reports Predators forward Jason Arnott (broken finger) missed Friday's game at Columbus and he is OUT for Saturday's rematch back in Nashville. INTEL: Arnott is expected to be fitted with a splint or he will have his finger frozen and set in a stationary position. He might be able to return to practice on Monday.

Nick Tarnasky, W/C, Nashville Predators
2008/10/17: Predators forward Nick Tarnasky (thumb) was unable to make his season debut in Friday's game at Columbus. INTEL: The Nashville Tennessean reports that Tarnasky has been practicing for at least a week and he might be able to return soon. The Preds and Jackets play again on Saturday in Nashville in the second half of a home-and-home.

Doug Murray, D, San Jose Sharks
2008/10/17: The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that Sharks defenseman Doug Murray missed practice and he is out for Friday's game against Anaheim due to an upper body injury. INTEL: With Murray sidelined, Alexei Semenov will replace him in the lineup. Murray is considered day to day.

Tomas Plihal, W/C, San Jose Sharks
2008/10/17: The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that forward Tomas Plihal has been ruled OUT for Friday's game at Anaheim due to a lower body injury. INTEL: Brad Staubitz was recalled from Worcester of the AHL to provide depth in the event of further injuries. Plihal is considered day to day.

Brad Stuart, D, Detroit Red Wings
2008/10/17: The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Red Wings defenseman Brad Stuart (knee) was unable to practice on Friday, although he is considered probable for Saturday's game against the Rangers. He'll test the injury during a morning skate and barring any setbacks, he is expecting to play.

Henrik Zetterberg, C, Detroit Red Wings
2008/10/17: The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg (groin) was unable to skate in practice on Friday and he has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Rangers. Zetterberg is considered day to day.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard, RW/LW, Minnesota Wild
2008/10/17: The Minnesota Wild placed forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard on injured reserve on Friday due to a back injury. To replace him, the Wild recalled Krystofer Kolanos from Houston of the AHL.

Francis Bouillon, D, Montreal Canadiens
2008/10/17: The Montreal Gazette is reporting that defenseman Francis Bouillon (knee) practiced with the Canadiens on Friday, although he has yet to receive medical clearance to play in Saturday's game against Phoenix. "I felt really comfortable in the one-on-ones and two-on-twos. Now I've got to talk with the doctors and the coaching staff to figure out when I can get back into the game," Bouillon added.

Christopher Higgins, LW, Montreal Canadiens
2008/10/17: The Montreal Gazette is reporting that Canadiens forward Christopher Higgins (groin) was able to return to practice on Friday. INTEL: Higgins might be able to make his season debut on Saturday night against the Coyotes. Despite the eventual return of Higgins, Guillaume Latendresse is still expected to remain on the Saku Koivu-Alex Tanguay line for now, according to coach Guy Carbonneau.

Brian Rolston, C/W, New Jersey Devils
2008/10/17: The Newark Star-Ledger is reporting that forward Brian Rolston (ankle) will not play on Saturday at Washington. INTEL: Rolston slammed feet-first into the boards in Thursday's game at Atlanta and he was on crutches after the game to take pressure off of his ankle. Rolston's return date is uncertain at this point.

 


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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Oct. 18