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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Oct. 19

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Shea Weber, D, Nashville Predators
2008/10/19: Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber had a huge game on Saturday in Columbus, scoring a goal and adding three assists with a plus-5 rating to lead the Preds to a 6-3 win. INTEL: Weber entered the game with three points (2 G, 1 A) and a minus-1 rating through the first five contests, so this might help to jump-start his offense and get him going.

Evgeni Malkin, C/W, Pittsburgh Penguins
2008/10/19: Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin assisted on each of the team's four goals in Saturday's victory over the Maple Leafs. INTEL: Malkin skated with Pascal Dupuis and Sidney Crosby on the team's top scoring line for coach Michel Therrien. Malkin now has 201 points through his first 166 NHL games.

Keith Tkachuk, LW/C, St. Louis Blues
2008/10/19: St. Louis Blues forward Keith Tkachuk scored his sixth goal of the season in Saturday's game against the Blackhawks. Tkachuk has scored at least one goal in each of his five starts this season. He'll look to extend his goals streak to six games on Wednesday against the Red Wings.

Todd Bertuzzi, RW/LW, Calgary Flames
2008/10/19: Calgary winger Todd Bertuzzi tallied his fifth goal of the season to open the scoring for the Flames in his team's 3-2 loss in Edmonton on Saturday. Bertuzzi's marker came on the power play. INTEL: Big Bert's team has just one win in five contests but he is playing well. He is riding a four-game goal-scoring streak but has no assists yet on the campaign.

Andrei Kostitsyn, LW/RW, Montreal Canadiens
2008/10/19: Montreal Canadiens forward Andrei Kostitsyn was forced to leave Saturday's game against the Coyotes in the second period when he was drilled into the boards by Phoenix defenseman Kurt Sauer. INTEL: Kostitsyn banged his head into the glass and was down on the ice for several moments. "I don't know if it was dirty, but they're trying to erase blows to the head, and it was definitely a blow to the head," coach Guy Carbonneau told the Associated Press. He was helped off the ice and he did not return.

Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins
2008/10/19: Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of the season in Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs and he added three assists in the win. INTEL: Sid the Kid now has 100 goals and 202 assists in just 219 career games. "(Milestones) are nice," Crosby told the Associated Press. "It's not what you play for, but they're great accomplishments."

Niklas Backstrom, G, Minnesota Wild
2008/10/19: Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom stopped all 32 shots he faced in Saturday's shootout win at Tampa Bay. He stoned Jussi Jokinen, Vincent Lecavalier and rookie Steven Stamkos in the shootout to preserve his shutout. "We needed a good start and we got a good start for the season, but it's still 78 games left, so a lot of work ahead," Backstrom told the Associated Press. "So far, so good."

Mike Smith, G, Tampa Bay Lightning
2008/10/19: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Mike Smith stopped all 21 shots he faced in regulation and overtime in Saturday's shootout loss against Minnesota. He was credited with his seventh career shutout. "It's just bad news when you get the shutout and you don't win," coach Barry Melrose told the Associated Press.

Mikko Koivu, C, Minnesota Wild
2008/10/19: Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu went scoreless in Saturday's shootout win at Tampa Bay. It was the first time this season that the league-leader in points (1 G, 8 A) had gone without a point.

Jason Arnott, C, Nashville Predators
2008/10/19: Nashville Predators forward and captain Jason Arnott missed his third straight game on Saturday against the Blue Jackets due to a broken ring finger on his right hand. He might be able to return soon while wearing a splint for the finger.

Martin Erat, LW/RW, Nashville Predators
2008/10/19: Nashville Predators forward Martin Erat scored a pair of goals in Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets. He finished with a plus-1 rating and ended up tied with a team-high with five shots on goal. Erat is averaging a point per game through the first six contests (3 G, 3 A).

Rich Peverley, C/W, Nashville Predators
2008/10/19: Nashville Predators forward Rich Peverely, who has been seeing time on the point for the second power play unit, scored an unassisted goal in Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets. INTEL: Peverley has pieced together a three-game points streak, managing four points (1 G, 3 A) during the impressive span.

Dan Ellis, G, Nashville Predators
2008/10/19: Nashville Predators goaltender Dan Ellis allowed three goals on 26 shots in Saturday's win against the Blue Jackets. INTEL: Ellis has been a little bit better of late, but he is still a rather shaky fantasy option until he starts showing a little more consistency.

Fredrik Norrena, G, Columbus Blue Jackets
2008/10/19: Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Fredrik Norrena allowed four goals on just 11 shots in Saturday's start at Nashville. He was yanked midway through the second period in favor of rookie Daniel LaCosta who allowed two goals on 19 shots.

T.J. Oshie, C/RW, St. Louis Blues
2008/10/19: St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie picked up an assist with a plus-2 rating in Saturday's game against the Blackhawks. He also delivered the shootout winner, beating Chicago goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin.

Injury News…

Andrei Kostitsyn, LW/RW, Montreal Canadiens
2008/10/19: Montreal Canadiens forward Andrei Kostitsyn was forced to leave Saturday's game against the Coyotes in the second period when he was drilled into the boards by Phoenix defenseman Kurt Sauer. INTEL: Kostitsyn banged his head into the glass and was down on the ice for several moments. "I don't know if it was dirty, but they're trying to erase blows to the head, and it was definitely a blow to the head," coach Guy Carbonneau told the Associated Press. He was helped off the ice and he did not return.

Jason Arnott, C, Nashville Predators
2008/10/19: Nashville Predators forward and captain Jason Arnott missed his third straight game on Saturday against the Blue Jackets due to a broken ring finger on his right hand. He might be able to return soon while wearing a splint for the finger.

Viktor Kozlov, RW/C, Washington Capitals
2008/10/18: Washington Capitals forward Viktor Kozlov missed his second straight game on Saturday against New Jersey due to his left knee injury. He is sidelined indefinitely.

Milan Michalek, LW, San Jose Sharks
2008/10/18: The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that Sharks forward Milan Michalek has been ruled OUT for Saturday's game against the Flyers due to an undisclosed injury which is believed to be of the upper body variety. INTEL: With Michalek sidelined, Brad Staubitz is expected to see action once again. Consider Michalek day to day.

Donald Brashear, LW, Washington Capitals
2008/10/18: Washington Capitals enforcer Donald Brashear was sidelined again for Saturday's game against the Devils due to a hand injury. Brashear has been sidelined since Monday and remains day to day.

Bryan Allen, D, Florida Panthers
2008/10/18: Florida Panthers defenseman Bryan Allen (knee) was unable to play in Saturday's game against the Islanders and might be headed back to the operating table. INTEL: The Miami Herald reports that he was unable to practice on Friday and Allen continues to experience swelling in his knee. "We keep messing around with it," Allen said. "Quick fixes haven't worked." Avoid Allen in all fantasy leagues, as he might be sidelined indefinitely.

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, Chicago Blackhawks
2008/10/18: Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (ribs) was unable to play in Saturday's game at St. Louis. INTEL: With Matt Walker also scratched, coach Joel Quenneville used Jordan Hendry and Aaron Johnson in the lineup. Hjalmarsson remains day to day.

D.J. King, LW, St. Louis Blues
2008/10/18: St. Louis Blues forward D.J. King was unable to play in Saturday's game against the Blackhawks. INTEL: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that the Blues forward left Thursday's game in pain and was unable to return. It is possible that he aggravated his wrist injury, although there are unconfirmed reports that he has a separated shoulder. You gotta love the new NHL rules where teams do not have to disclose injuries. "We can't say," team president John Davidson said.

Patrik Berglund, C, St. Louis Blues
2008/10/18: St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund was forced to miss Saturday's game against the Blackhawks due to an undisclosed injury. INTEL: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that he was wearing a no-contact jersey on Friday at practice. There are also unconfirmed reports that Berglund is nursing a shoulder injury. Consider him day to day for now until more details are divulged by the Blues.

Brian Rolston, C/W, New Jersey Devils
2008/10/18: The North Jersey Record is reporting that New Jersey Devils forward Brian Rolston is nursing a high ankle sprain and he is expected to remain sidelined at least until Oct. 24 against Philadelphia. INTEL: Rolston had X-rays on his ankle and they were negative, but he was sidelined on Saturday and expected to miss Wednesday's game against Dallas. General manager Lou Lamoriello did not give any timetable on Rolston's potential return.

Tom Poti, D, Washington Capitals
2008/10/18: Washington Capitals defenseman Tom Poti was unable to play in Saturday's game against New Jersey due to a strained groin, according to the Washington Post. He suffered the injury in Thursday's game and is considered day to day.

Christian Backman, D, Columbus Blue Jackets
2008/10/18: Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Christian Backman missed Saturday's game at Nashville due to a lower body injury. INTEL: The Columbus Dispatch reports that Backman suffered the injury in the third period of Friday's game against the Predators in Columbus, although coach Ken Hitchcock does not feel the injury will be of the long-term variety.

Henrik Zetterberg, C, Detroit Red Wings
2008/10/18: Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg (groin) told the Detroit News that his injury was feeling better on Friday, although he was out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Rangers. INTEL: Zetterberg will attempt to skate on Sunday and he is hopeful of returning to the lineup for Wednesday's game in St. Louis after three full days of rest between games.

Marian Gaborik, RW, Minnesota Wild
2008/10/18: Wild forward Marian Gaborik (leg) was unable to play in Saturday's game at Tampa Bay. INTEL: Gaborik, who was unable to practice on Friday, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he does not feel his injury is serious. Gabby might be able to return for Thursday's contest against Buffalo after four full days of rest between games.

Owen Nolan, RW, Minnesota Wild
2008/10/18: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Wild forward Owen Nolan (leg) was able to practice on Friday, but he was unable to return to the lineup on Saturday at Tampa Bay. INTEL: The Wild have four full days for Nolan to rest until they take the ice again on Thursday night against Buffalo. He remains day to day.

 


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