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In his blog, Rory Boylen writes that more goals doesn’t necessarily mean more excitement.
In the Fantasy Pool Look, Dobber finishes making up his All Salary Cap team.
In The Hot List, a rundown of players we can’t wait to see in the NHL one day, we profile the Harvard-bound Louis Leblanc.
In our unique Campbellnomics stat package, Zach Parise holds an early narrow lead.
Tim Thomas, G, Boston Bruins
2008/10/29: Boston netminder Tim Thomas won by a second consecutive 1-0 shutout on Tuesday, turning away 31 Vancouver shots in the victory. He stopped 27 shots in Monday's 1-0 win over Edmonton. INTEL: The two big road wins should give Thomas a leg up in his current battle for playing time with Manny Fernandez.
Simon Gagne, LW, Philadelphia Flyers
2008/10/29: Philadelphia's Simon Gagne had a huge night on Tuesday, scoring twice and adding two assists in a 7-0 rout of Atlanta. INTEL: With goals in six of the eight games he's played in 2008-09, Gagne is helping Flyers fans forget that a head injury limited him to only seven goals in 25 games a year ago.
Miikka Kiprusoff, G, Calgary Flames
2008/10/29: Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff made 22 saves in a 3-0 win over Colorado on Tuesday. It was his first shutout of the season, and the 27th of his career. INTEL: Whispers earlier this season that Kipper looked washed up appear baseless after the 32-year-old won his fourth consecutive start. During those four victories, the veteran has allowed a total of five goals on a combined 110 shots for a save percentage of .954.
Sergei Zubov, D, Dallas Stars
2008/10/29: The Dallas Morning News reports that defenseman Sergei Zubov could return to the Stars lineup for Saturday's game against the Bruins in Beantown. The 38-year-old rearguard has been on the shelf since undergoing hip surgery in mid-September. INTEL: It will likely take the veteran a little time to get his legs back. He could be paired with youngster Matt Niskanen upon his return.
Roberto Luongo, G, Vancouver Canucks
2008/10/29: Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo surrendered a single goal on 30 shots in Tuesday's tight 1-0 loss to Boston. INTEL: After recording a shutout over Calgary in his first game of the season, Luongo had allowed at least three goals in six games prior to Tuesday.
Michael Ryder, RW, Boston Bruins
2008/10/29: Bruins forward Michael Ryder scored his second goal of the season in Tuesday's 1-0 win over the Canucks. INTEL: Signed as a free agent during the off-season, the former Montreal winger is looking to get his career back on track in Beantown, after watching his goal total dip from 30 in 2005-06 to just 14 a year ago.
Rene Bourque, LW/RW, Calgary Flames
2008/10/29: Calgary winger Rene Bourque supplied a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 3-0 win over Colorado. The 26-year-old now has two goals and four helpers in nine games on the year. INTEL: It's very early, but Bourque looks poised to take a run at the career-best 34 points (16-18) he accumulated as a rookie with Chicago back in 2005-06.
Mike Cammalleri, W/C, Calgary Flames
2008/10/29: Flames forward Michael Cammalleri chipped in a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 3-0 shutout win over the Avalanche. INTEL: With nine points (3-6) in nine games, the 25-year-old looks like the same guy who notched 80 points (34-46) in 81 games for the Kings in 2006-07.
Carey Price, G, Montreal Canadiens
2008/10/28: Montreal goaltender Carey Price surrendered two goals on 32 shots in regulation, then stood tall during the shootout, kicking out all three shots he faced, as the Canadiens emerged with a 3-2 victory over Carolina. INTEL: Not that Price was in any jeopardy of losing his grip on the No. 1 job, but reserve goalie Jaroslav Halak's struggles in a 6-4 loss to Anaheim on Saturday has further cemented the former's spot on the depth chart.
Matt Cullen, C, Carolina Hurricanes
2008/10/28: Carolina veteran Matt Cullen scored his fourth goal of the season in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to Montreal. INTEL: It was the first goal in four games for the struggling center.
Alex Tanguay, LW/RW, Montreal Canadiens
2008/10/28: Montreal's Alex Tanguay potted a goal on a penalty shot in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout win over Carolina. INTEL: After clashing with Flames coach Mike Keenan a year ago, Tanguay has embraced his fresh start with the Canadiens. Normally an assists guy, he has five goals in his last four contests.
Mike Smith, G, Tampa Bay Lightning
2008/10/28: Lightning goalie Mike Smith was the difference for Tampa on Tuesday, allowing just two goals on 39 shots in a 3-2 win over Toronto. INTEL: Smith has been seeing plenty of rubber early in the 2008-09 season. In four of his six starts, he has faced at least 39 shots and only once has he seen fewer than 30. He's a risk to wear out if his team doesn't start playing a little better brand of defense in front of him.
Matt Stajan, C/LW, Toronto Maple Leafs
2008/10/28: Toronto's Matt Stajan notched his first goal of the season in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay. INTEL: After starting the season in new coach Ron Wilson's sizeable doghouse, Stajan has now worked his way up to centering Nik Antropov and Alexei Ponikarovsky on the Leafs' top line.
Steven Stamkos, C, Tampa Bay Lightning
2008/10/28: Lightning rookie Steven Stamkos, the first-overall pick in the 2008 draft, picked up his first NHL point on Tuesday, assisting on a Vincent Lecavalier goal in a 3-2 win over the Maple Leafs.
Jamie Langenbrunner, RW, New Jersey Devils
2008/10/28: The New York Post reports that Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner is still unable to practice as he battles back from a lower body injury, believed to be a charley horse. INTEL: With no recent practice time under his belt, it's highly unlikely the veteran forward will make it into the lineup for Wednesday night's contest against the Maple Leafs.
Rick Rypien, C/RW, Vancouver Canucks
2008/10/28: According to TSN.ca, Vancouver forward Rick Rypien will be sidelined indefinitely after it was learned he would need to undergo surgery for a sports hernia.
Andrei Kostitsyn, LW/RW, Montreal Canadiens
2008/10/28: After a two-game absence due to a concussion, Canadiens forward Andrei Kostitsyn was back in the lineup for Tuesday's 3-2 shootout win over the Hurricanes. The youngster did not record a point, but he did take a couple of shots, while also notching a pair of minor penalties in just over 16 minutes of ice time.
Fernando Pisani, W/C, Edmonton Oilers
2008/10/28: The Edmonton Oilers welcomed back defensive forward Fernando Pisani to the lineup, after missing the previous two contests due to a back injury. He skated at center between Ethan Moreau and Erik Cole.
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