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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.
Columbus Blue Jackets
-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.
Detroit Red Wings
-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.
-Tyler Toffoli showed instant chemistry with Mike Richards, tallying two goals and an assist against the Vancouver Canucks. The 21-year old has five points in his last three games played.
-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.
New Jersey Devils
-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.
-Wingers James Neal and Beau Bennett both returned Saturday night. Evgeni Malkin must be happy, after struggling to score goals of late. Should heat up with regular partner Neal back.
San Jose Sharks
-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.
Tampa Bay Lightning
-Steven Stamkos has been on fire of late. He has caught up for the lead in both points (23, tied with Sidney Crosby) and goals (14, tied with Alex Steen).
Toronto Maple Leafs
-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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Alex is a Lead Writer for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Since joining the Hockey Writers, he has also briefly covered the Carolina Hurricanes. He also currently works as an assistant for the Western Mustangs at the University of Western Ontario. Follow him on Twitter @alexmai11.