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-Dustin Penner now leads the NHL in plus/minus at +18, following a 4-point night against Buffalo. Francois Beauchemin (+14) and Corey Perry (+13) are 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
-Winger Loui Eriksson returned to active duty this week on Tuesday, following his concussion after a hit from Buffalos’ John Scott. He has 2 assists in 3 games this week.
-Things went from bad to worse in San Jose. The top line of Matt Moulson, Cody Hodgson, and Tyler Ennis were all benched in the third for the entire period.
-Acquired rugged defenseman Ladislav Smid and prospect goalie Olivier Roy from Edmonton in exchange for center Roman Horak and the promising netminder Lauren Brossoit. A curious move considering rebuild movement.
-Youngster Elias Lindholm was sent down to the AHL this week, after tallying one goal, one assist in ten games. Chris Terry, Charlotte’s leading goal and point scorer, replaces Lindholm.
-Top two lines juggled significantly this week. First line stacked with talent, featuring Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp. Patrick Kane, Brandon Saad, Brandon Pirri round out second line.
-New story from CBC’s Elliot Friedman suggests the Steve Downie – Max Talbot trade may have occurred due to off-ice issues. The skinny: a feud between Downie and captain Gabe Landeskog.
-New acquisition Nathan Horton skated for the first time this week following off-season shoulder surgery. Horton is expected to be back sometime in December, and should jumpstart the struggling team.
-RW Alex Chiasson was bumped off the top powerplay unit. Rookie Valerie Nichuskin is off the powerplay completely. Chiasson slumping in general, with no goals since two on Oct. 24.
-NCAA signee Danny DeKeyser (23) scored his first goal this week, a shorthanded marker against Winnipeg on Nov. 4. The promising blueliner logged an impressive 25:07 this week against Dallas.
-Lackluster player from Devan Dubnyk has forced the Oil to sign free agent Ilya Bryzgalov. One year deal will send former Flyer to city he referred to as “North Pole”.
-Slow start from the Cats has caused the firing of head coach Kevin Dineen, as well as his two assistant. Peter Horachek of their AHL affiliate takes over as interim.
-Josh Harding has firmly played himself in the starter position. His GAA (1.22) and SV% (.947) are both second in the league, behind J.S. Giguere. Could be in Olympic discussion.
-Center Lars Eller has struggled significantly since hot start. He has not scored a goal since Oct. 12, and has just two assists in his last 12 games played.
-De facto starter Carter Hutton struggled against Jets. Allowed 3 goals on 8 shots in 8:23 TOI. The goaltender has been decidedly average (.898 SV%, 3.32 GAA) with Rinne out.
-Martin Brodeur posted his 122nd shutout against the Flyers this week. The veteran netminder has been on fire of late, with only 2 goals allowed in his last three games.
-The hard-luck Islanders lost their new prized acquisition, Thomas Vanek, on Saturday against the Blue Jackets. He played just one shift before departing, the reason was the injury was unknown.
-Star wing Rick Nash has resumed skating after suffering a concussion early in the season. Rangers have also rebounded of late after a slow start, winning 6 of last 7.
-Second line in Ottawa is producing boatloads. Kyle Turris is riding 7-game point streak (3 goals, 7 assists). Bobby Ryan with 6-game point streak, also with 3 goals, 7 assists.
-Rumors swirl about trade between Flyers and Oilers, including Jordan Eberle. Speaking of Oilers, Giroux scored his first goal of the season against them Saturday, ending 21-game goalless streak.
-After blazing start, have dropped 4 straight (albeit 3 in OT). The Sharks are now 3rd in the uber-competitive Pacific Divison. Niemi’s SV% has dropped to an average .913 (23rd).
St. Louis Blues
-With Saturday’s win over the Penguins, the Blues tie a franchise record for best start (11-2-2). They look to break that record on Tuesday against the red-hot Phoenix Coyotes.
-JVR struggling of late. He has no points in 3 games, and only 2 shots. As to be expected, he’s not doing great in faceoffs (.428, .400 last two games).
-Winger David Booth has been sent to the Utica Comets of the AHL for conditioning. Vancouver ends a 4-game road trip on Sunday, so Booth should draw back in soon.
-All hail the powerplay. Washington remains on top with an astounding 28.2% conversion rate. Minnesota is second, but is way behind at 23.9%. Ovechkin still leading league with 7 PPG.
-Defenseman Adam Pardy was checked into a glass pane that fell over. Hilariously enough, a fan stole his helmet and said fan’s wife (presumably) dumped beer over Pardy’s head after.
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