Friday, September 22, 2006

Hockey News - September 22, 2006

Updated Friday, September 22
Peter Schaefer and Daniel Alfredsson won't play tonight when the Senators face the Sabres. Both are suffering from a tight groin. Denis Hamel and Partick Eaves will take their spots. - TSN
Antoine Vermette will play left wing on the Senators top line with Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley. Vermette has struggled playing on offensive lines. Coach Bryan Murray says that Vermette tries to do too much when playing with skilled players. He's hoping that Vermette can change that. - TSN
Sens lineup for today's game vs. Buffalo: Goal: Emery (starting), Guard. Forward: Vermette-Spezza-Heatley, Hamel-Kaigorodov-Eaves, Luttinen-Vesce-Fitzpatrick, Foligno-Hennessy-Heerema. Defence: Redden-Corvo, Barinka-Cook, Kudelka-Hedlund - TSN
Leafs defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo was cleared medically to return to the ice. General Manager John Ferguson said that when the young defenceman returns is entirely up to him. They will not pressure a quick return, as it could be detrimental to his health and development. - Toronto Star
Alexander Ovechkin did not practice on Thursday due to what coach Glen Hanlon called a "little, tiny injury." - Washington Post
Johan Holmqvist will make his Lightning debut Friday against the Detroit Red Wings. Holmqvist was the top goaltender in the Swedish Elite League with a 1.95 GAA and also won a gold medal backstopping Sweden in the World Championships. - St. Petersburg Times
Penguins' Mark Recchi suffered a fractured cheekbone against the Flyers on Wednesday night. The doctors cleared the veteran winger to return to the ice so long as he feels up to it. However, the Penguins trainer has decided to keep Recchi on the shelf for a few more days in order for the pain and swelling to subside. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Panthers forward Todd Bertuzzi is expected to return to practice as early as today after sustaining bruised ribs. "He had some contusion, so that's good," coach/GM Jacques Martin said. " Nothing is broken. He's just very sore." - Miami Herald
Carolina Hurricane Justin Williams will not play in tonight's pre-season game. Williams still has a bruised right cheek from being hit by a puck in practice Wednesday. No word on his return.
In Nashville, both Steve Sullivan and Jason Arnott are still suffering groin problems as a result of off-season hernia surgery. No word yet on how long they will be side-lined.
Jean-Sebatien Giguere looked sharp in net for the Ducks last night, giving him the edge in the battle for Anaheim's No. 1 goaltender position going into tonights game against Los Angeles. - LA Times
Word from the Blackhawks camp has Brian Smolinski showing sparks of his old goal-scoring form. Head Coach Trent Yawney stated he was impressed with Nikolai Khabibulin in his first preseason action and is confident he will rebound from his subpar season last year. Winger Matt Keith is looking good in camp as well. Last year Keith, a 2nd round pick in '04, was one of the final roster cuts, and this year is looking to stick with the team. - Chicago Tribune
Paul Statsney, son of Quebec Nordiques/New Jersey Devils great Peter, is turning heads with his creativity in Colorado, including coach Joel Quenneville. Paul scored the winning goal in last night's game against the Detroit Red Wings. - Denver Post
Boston defenceman Zdeno Chara, will attempt to skate this morning before the team leaves for Moncton, New Brunswick. X-rays on his foot and ankle showed nothing save for slight bruising. He will regardless travel with the team. - Boston Globe
The Florida Panthers' Ville Peltonen seperated his left shoulder Wednesday in Atlanta, and should miss substantial playing time. The team is bracing for a six week loss. Goalie Ed Belfour was held out of practice Wednesday as he felt under the weather. No word yet on his return. - Miami Herald
Early word out of Minnesota has Jacques Lemaire liking what he sees from his team. The one-two punch of Gaborik and Demitra is turning heads. - Star Tribuune
Ramzi Abid is making his bid for a spot with the Nashville Predators by notching a hat trick in the teams 8-1 win over Columbus yesterday. - Tennessean
Former Leaf Alexander Mogilny received a second opinion on his arthritic hip and it was confirmed that he is physically unable to play. The team is expected to apply for long-term injury status in order to save the $3.5 million dollar salary that would have counted against the cap. - Bergen Record
Ranger netminder Kevin Weekes, who injured his groin muscle in a scrimmage Sunday, attempted to skate yesterday. He re-aggravated the injury and left the ice. Word has him sidelined indefinitely. - Newsday
The No. 1 goaltender battle in San Jose keeps getting even hotter with Evgeni Nabakov recording a shut-out in his time in Thursday's win over Vancouver. The other contenders in the battle are Vesa Toskala and Nolan Shaefer. - Oakland Tribune
Vladimir Orszagh had reconstructive knee surgery Thursday and is looking at a recovery preiod of six to nine months. - Belleville News-Democrat

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