NHL news and notes: February 23

NHL news and notes: February 23

Saturday's NHL betting news & notes
Sat, Feb 24, 2007
By Associated Press

Buffalo at Ottawa (7 p.m. EST). The Sabres' 6-5 shootout win over the Senators on Thursday night featured 136 penalty minutes and both coaches yelling at one another.

STARS - Friday

-Brad Boyes, Bruins, had two goals to lead Boston past Tampa Bay 6-2.

-Ryan Smyth, Oilers, scored the only goal of the shootout to give Edmonton a 4-3 win at Detroit.

SHOOTING STARS

Dallas is 10-3-2 in its last 15 games after a 4-1 win over Anaheim on Friday night. The Stars are five points behind the Pacific-leading Ducks and two back of second-place San Jose. The Stars, the defending division champions, trailed the Ducks by 15 points on Jan. 15.

STREAKING

Boston has won eight of 10 after Friday's 6-2 win over Tampa Bay. The Bruins moved within five points of Carolina for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

SNAPPED

Detroit's 4-3 loss to Edmonton on Friday night snapped the Red Wings' 13-game home winning streak. The streak ended one short of the franchise record set in 1964-65. Detroit last lost at home on Dec. 12.

SHIPPED

Carolina acquired right wing Anson Carter from Columbus on Friday for a 2008 draft pick, giving the defending Stanley Cup champions a scoring threat to replace a pair of injured forwards. Winger Corey Stillman is on injured reserve with a knee injury, and Erik Cole will miss at least two weeks after injuring his hip. Carter has 10 goals and 17 assists this season, and has 201 career tallies in his 10-year career.

STOPPED

San Jose called off its trade with New Jersey to reacquire Alex Korolyuk when he refused to return from his native Russia to the NHL. The Sharks traded a third-round pick to the Devils to reacquire Korolyuk, who had 62 goals and 80 assists over parts of six seasons in San Jose. Korolyuk said he would report to San Jose by Sunday, but he apparently changed his mind, San Jose general manager Doug Wilson said.

SPEAKING

''I think if a little common sense comes into play and egos stay out of it, the ref would just leave it alone. It's the end of the game. It's a frustrating loss. I guess egos get in the way, so they have to make a big deal out of really nothing. It is what it is.'' - Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella after Friday's 6-2 loss to Boston. Enforcer Andre Roy was given an automatic three-game suspension for abusing the officials when he made a gesture after departing the penalty box at the game's conclusion.

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Sabres' Drury out indefinitely with possible concussion
Fri, Feb 23, 2007
By Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo Sabres co-captain Chris Drury is out indefinitely with a suspected concussion from a blindside hit that sparked a brawl in Buffalo's game against the Ottawa Senators.

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Friday the team has not yet determined the severity of the injury, but noted that Drury was experiencing concussionlike symptoms.

Drury required more than 20 stitches to close a forehead gash. He landed headfirst after being hit by Ottawa's Chris Neil 5:07 into the second period of Buffalo's 6-5 shootout victory Thursday night. Neil was not penalized and said after the game the hit was clean and Drury should have had his head up.

''It was a predator-type of hit where Chris was vulnerable,'' Ruff said. ''Neil went out of his way to deliver a blow to Chris' head,'' Ruff said. ''It was a deliberate attempt to put somebody out.''

Drury, who scored his team-leading 33rd goal during the game, becomes the eighth Sabres regular to be out with an injury. It's a list that includes forward Maxim Afinogenov (broken wrist), defenseman Jaroslav Spacek (broken hand) and center Tim Connolly, who's missed the entire season with a concussion. Buffalo has had at least one player injured in each of its past six games.

There are concerns the bad blood might carry over to Saturday when the Northeast Division rivals meet in Ottawa, the last game in their eight-game season series.

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Saturday, February 24, 2007


The goalies below have been confirmed by a source:

Rick DiPietro, New York Islanders - DiPietro is the probable starter for Saturday's game against the Canadiens, reports the New York Newsday. He may start every game for the team the rest of the season. [ UPDATED ]

Peter Budaj, Colorado Avalanche - Budaj is the probable starter for Saturday's game against the Kings, reports the Rocky Mountain News.

Evgeni Nabokov, San Jose Sharks - Nabokov is the probable starter for Saturday's game against the Flames, reports the San Jose Mercury News. Nolan Schaefer will back him up.

Chris Osgood, Detroit Red Wings - Osgood is the probable starter for Saturday's game against the Predators, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins - Thomas is the probable starter for Saturday's game against the Panthers, reports the Boston Globe.

Ed Belfour, Florida Panthers - Belfour is the probable starter for Saturday's game against the Bruins, reports the Miami Herald. He should be a solid second or third tier goalie for the rest of the season.

Kari Lehtonen, Atlanta Thrashers - Lehtonen is the probable starter for Saturday's game against the Hurricanes, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Fredrik Norrena, Columbus Blue Jackets - Norrena is the probable starter for Saturday's game against the Rangers, reports the Columbus Dispatch. He might get a breather tomorrow as coach Ken Hitchcock wants to keep Norrena's workload in check unlike the last time Pascal Leclaire got hurt and Norrena had to start 21 of 22 games.

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers - Lundqvist is the probable starter for Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

Ray Emery, Ottawa Senators - Emery is the probable starter for Saturday's game against the Sabres, reports the official Senators website. Emery finally got his wish as he was able to engage in a goalie fight but only with Martin Biron, who could probably pass off as anorexic. Emery is arguably the best fighting goalie this side of Dan Cloutier.

Jaroslav Halak, Montreal Canadiens - Halak is the probable starter for Saturday's game against the Islanders, reports RDS. Poor, poor David Aebischer.

Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils - Brodeur is the probable starter for Saturday's game against the Capitals, reports the Newark Star-Ledger. The article went on to say that Scott Clemmensen's chances of starting the rematch tomorrow is a "real possibility", however, coach Claude Julien wasn't making any promises and is only going to make a decision after tonight's game.

Brent Johnson, Washington Capitals
- Johnson is the probable starter for Saturday's game against the Devils, reports the Washington Post. He's also expected to start tomorrow when the same two teams play.


The goalies below have not been confirmed by any sources:


Sean Burke, Los Angeles Kings - Burke is the probable starter for Saturday's game against the Avalanche.

Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames - Kiprsuoff is the probable starter for Saturday's game against the Sharks.

Tomas Vokoun, Nashville Predators - Vokoun is the probable starter for Saturday's game against the Red Wings. We couldn't find any info in the Tennessean, but we're assuming it's Vokoun tonight and Chris Mason tomorrow.

Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes - Ward is the probable starter for Saturday's game against the Thrashers. Be cautious with this selection as there's a real chance that the unorthodox Peter Laviolette will elect to start John Grahame for a second straight game.

Antero Niittymaki, Phialadelphia Flyers - Niittymaki is the probable starter for Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs.

Andrew Raycroft, Toronto Maple Leafs - Raycroft is the probable starter for Saturday's game against the Flyers.

Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres - Miller is the probable starter for Saturday's game against the Senators.


General goalie news:

Vesa Toskala, San Jose Sharks - Toskala was placed on injured reserve, apparently due to a sore groin, reports the San Jose Mercury News. He hasn't played in over a week and is eligible to be activated immediately which is probably why the move was made. In the meantime, the Sharks are able to replace him on the roster with another player.

Alex Auld, Florida Panthers
- Auld will have his swollen knee examined by a team doctor today, reports the Miami Herald. Season ending surgery is a possibility but even if he's just prescribed strength rehab.

Pascal Leclaire, Columbus Blue Jackets - Leclaire is now expected to miss at least two weeks and possibly the rest of the season due to swelling and soreness in his knee, reports the Columbus Dispatch. If so, it would be an bad way to end the season for a goalie who many thought would experience a break through season as the team's #1 goalie.

Year-to-date: 1751 / 1842 = 95.1%

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Chris Drury, Buffalo Sabres - Drury is still experiencing concussion symptoms after the blindside hit by Chris Neil and is out indefinitely, reports the Buffalo News. He also required 20 stitches to close the cut on his head due to the hit and we don't expect him back in the Sabres lineup for at least a week.

Steve Sullivan, Nashville Predators - Sullivan may miss tonight's game against the Red Wings due to a back injury, reports the Nashville Tennessean. He suffered back spasms in Thursday's shootout loss to the Canadiens and has been unable to practice since then. Coach Barry Trotz classified Sullivan as questionable for the game.

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