Hockey Today - Friday, Oct. 26

Hockey Today - Friday, Oct. 26

Red Wings place Drake on IR
October 25th, 2007

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings placed veteran forward Dallas Drake on injured reserve Thursday with a fractured cheekbone.

Drake, who has one assist in eight games this season, suffered the injury in a game against the San Jose Sharks on October 18 and will likely be sidelined one week.

To take Drake's spot on the roster, Detroit recalled goaltender Jimmy Howard from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League with starting netminder Dominik Hasek nursing a hip injury.

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Sabres call up Weber to bolster defense
October 25, 2007

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -Defenseman Mike Weber was called up from the minors by the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday to bolster the team's injury-depleted defense.

The Sabres' second-round pick in the 2006 draft, Weber could make his NHL debut Friday when Buffalo plays at Florida. He's had three assists in nine games in his first year with AHL Rochester this season.

The Sabres, in the midst of playing five straight road games, could be down two regular blue-liners after Dmitri Kalinin sprained his knee in a 6-2 loss at Carolina on Wednesday. Jaroslav Spacek's status is uncertain after he missed the past three games with a shoulder injury.

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Red Wings say Dominik Hasek out indefinitely with sore hip.
October 25, 2007

DETROIT (AP) -Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek will be out indefinitely with a sore hip, meaning Chris Osgood will start Friday against San Jose.

Hasek, 42, made 13 saves in Detroit's 3-2 win over Vancouver on Wednesday. He is 4-2-1 this season with a 2.68 goals-against average.

The Red Wings called up Jimmy Howard from their Grand Rapids AHL affiliate to back up Osgood. Howard is 3-1-0 with a 3.00 goals-against average in four games with the Griffins this season.

Detroit also placed forward Dallas Drake on injured reserve for a broken cheekbone sustained Oct. 18 against San Jose. He is expected to miss at least one week

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SCOREBOARD Friday, Oct. 26


Montreal at Carolina (7 p.m. EDT). The Hurricanes (6-1-2-1) have earned points in all but one of their games, and have won three straight at home.

STARS Thursday

-Nigel Dawes and Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers. Dawes scored twice and Lundqvist made 22 saves for his second shutout in three games, helping New York to a 2-0 victory over New Jersey.

-Pascal Leclaire stopped 36 shots to lead Columbus to a 3-0 victory over St. Louis.

-Brad Richards, Lightning, had two goals in a 5-2 victory over Philadelphia.

-Jiri Tlusty, Maple Leafs, scored two goals 35 seconds apart in a 5-2 win at Pittsburgh.

-Dan Ellis, Predators, stopped 20 shots for his first career shutout in Nashville's 3-0 victory over Atlanta.

-Ales Hemsky, Oilers, scored twice in regulation and added the shootout winner to lift Edmonton to a 5-4 win over Minnesota.

LIGHTNING START

Brad Richards had two goals to lead Tampa Bay past the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2, on Thursday night. The Lightning tied a franchise record set in 2002 by starting the season 5-0 at home. Tampa Bay is also 12-1 against the Flyers since the start of the 2003-04 season.

DUCK HUNT

Phoenix's 1-0 victory over Anaheim on Thursday night ended the Coyotes' 10-game losing streak against the Ducks in Anaheim dating to the 2003-2004 season. They also beat Anaheim goalie Ilya Bryzgalov for just the second time in his nine games against them.

IT'S GOOD TO BE A KING

Alexander Frolov scored the go-ahead goal and Jason LaBarbera made 29 saves Thursday night, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 victory over Dallas, snapping a nine-game losing streak to the Stars. The win was their first over Dallas since April 1, 2006, a 1-0 victory at Staples Center. The Kings, coming off victories over Vancouver and Nashville, have won three straight for the first time since a five-game streak Feb. 11-March 7, 2006.

STREAKING

Rick Nash scored a goal in his fifth straight game on a shot between his legs and Columbus beat the Blues 3-0 on Thursday night. It was his sixth goal in his five-game goal streak and raised his season total to eight.

SNAPPED

Nigel Dawes broke New York out of its scoring slump with two goals Thursday night to lift the Rangers to a 2-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Dawes struck just 57 seconds in, snapping the Rangers' drought at 126 minutes, dating to last Thursday's 5-3 loss at Atlanta. It was also their first tally at even strength in 182:06, stretching to a 3-1 home loss against Ottawa on Oct. 13 that kicked off the skid. ... Dan Ellis stopped 20 shots for his first career shutout, helping the Predators snap a six-game losing streak and beat the Thrashers 3-0 Thursday night.

SIGNED

The Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Brent Burns to a four-year contract extension Thursday. Burns, 22, has 15 goals and 36 assists in 194 career NHL games over four seasons with Minnesota.

SPEAKING

''The NHL was my dream, now I've played in my first game and in my first game I scored my first two goals. It's great.'' - Toronto Rookie Jiri Tlusty after scoring twice in the Maple Leafs' 5-2 victory over the Penguins on Thursday night.

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Friday's key NHL betting matchup notes

Vancouver Canucks at Washington Capitals

Roberto Luongo has won nine straight starts - three in a shootout - against the Caps, recording two shutouts and a 1.74 goals-against average during that span. Only the most recent appearance - Oct. 27, 2006 - came with the Canucks.


Montreal Canadiens at Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina (6-1-3) has earned a point in all but one of its 10 contests and is atop the Southeast Division with 15 points - the same number it had through 10 games in 2005-06, when it won the Stanley Cup.


Buffalo Sabres at Florida Panthers

The Sabres look to avoid opening a season with four straight road losses for the first time in seven years when they continue their five-game road trip against the Florida Panthers on Friday.


San Jose Sharks at Detroit Red Wings

San Jose, which has scored three goals in the final period the last two games, has lost 11 of its last 15 trips to Joe Louis Arena, including two playoff games last season.


Colorado Avalanche at Calgary Flames

Calgary is among the league leaders with 35 goals in 10 games despite none from Alex Tanguay before Wednesday. He does, however, have nine assists, ranking second on the team behind Iginla (10).

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Blackhawks' Koci on IR after fight
October 26th, 2007

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago Blackhawks placed forward David Koci and defenseman Andrei Zyuzin on the injured reserve list on Friday. They also recalled center Dave Bolland from Rockford (AHL).

Koci, 26, left the Blackhawks' 3-1 loss to Boston in the first period, after breaking his nose. He had fought with the Bruins' 6-foot-9, 255-pound defenseman Zdeno Chara.

Koci (6-6, 238) had already injured the nose in Chicago's game at Toronto on October 20. He has no goals, but 24 penalty minutes, in seven games this season.

Zyuzin, 29, landed on the IR because of a strained muscle in his backside. He has one goal and one assist in seven games.

Bolland, 21, has scored four goals and one assist for Rockford. He made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks last season, playing one game on October 25. Bolland had 17 goals and 32 assists with Norfolk (AHL) in 2006-07.

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