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The mystery surrounding the status of Vancouver Canucks defensemen Alex Edler and Jason Garrison has been solved.

The Canucks confirmed that Edler is dealing with a slightly bulging disc in his back while Garrison has a groin injury. That means both players will remain on the Canucks’ payroll during the current NHL lockout until they are deemed fit to play. Assistant general manager Laurence Gilman said Friday that both players suffered the injuries while training for the upcoming season before the NHL lockout took effect Sept. 15. "Both players sustained injuries in the course of their preparation for the season prior to Sept. 15 which necessitates their rehabilitation being supervised by the club," Gilman said. "Alex has a bulging disc in his back."
Sat, Oct 13, 2012 10:40:00 AM

Ben Scrivens shut enough of the door to secure victory on Friday night over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Edmonton and Carolina traded goals until midway through the third, but then Scrivens and the Oilers took over, winning 6-3. It's tough to blame Scrivens for any of the goals, he was either heavily screened or the scorer took a great shot. But when his defense gave him a chance, he made the saves.
Oct 25 - 2:57 AM

Jeff Skinner scored his first of the season in Edmonton on Friday night, but it wasn't enough as Carolina lost 6-3.

Skinner ripped one by Ben Scrivens' left ear to tie the game at two late in the second. He skated just 17:42 with just 42-seconds of powerplay time. He now has 98 career goals.
Oct 25 - 2:47 AM

Matt Duchene was a primary factor in Colorado's 7-3 win over Vancouver on Friday night.

His feed to Jarome Iginla was just filthy to tie the game at one late in the first. Duchene's dish to Jamie McGinn to tie the game at two in the second was just as pretty. It was his burst of speed to create a breakaway for himself in the third that was jaw-dropping, he scored to make it 5-2. Through eight games he now has seven points (three goals). It's like he's good at hockey, or something.
Oct 25 - 2:27 AM

It was a brutal game for Eddie Lack in Denver on Friday night, as he surrendered all seven of Colorado's goals in the 7-3 loss.

Six of the seven goals came at even strength as only Erik Johnson's scored Colorado's only PPG in the second to go up 3-2, and for good. Even though the Avs outshot the Canucks 47-28, Lack just stunk and his performance was the key difference in the game. And with Ryan Miller having played the previous night, the net was Lack's to make a statement with.
Oct 25 - 2:06 AM

Corey Perry had another great night, netting a pretty goal and assist as well as screening for a third Anaheim goal in their 4-1 win over Columbus on Friday night.

Perry took Sami Vatanen's slap-pass by the goal line and dangled his way across Sergei Bobrovsky's crease for a dazzling powerplay goal to open the scoring 88-seconds in. Seven minutes later he was the screen for Vatanen's PPG. Later he set up Devante Smith-Pelley slick redirection to make it 3-1 by mid game. Perry just might be out for another MVP trophy this season.
Oct 25 - 1:44 AM

Jonathan Drouin scored his first career goal on Ondrej Pavelec, in Friday night's win in Winnipeg.

Credit Nikita Kucherov for the nifty assist as he drifted to the left while behind Pavelec, taking the netminder's focus away from the cutting Drouin who slammed home the one-timer. Perhaps Stamkos isn't the only teammate the young phenom has chemistry with. Drouin also assisted on Stamkos's goal to open the scoring on way to a 4-2 win.
Oct 25 - 1:17 AM

Nikita Kucherov set a career high for points in a game with his three helpers on Friday night in Winnipeg.

All three were beauties as Tampa Bay took the game over in the second period. Kucherov now has five points (all assists) through eight games this season. He skated 15:43 including 2:18 on the powerplay. The Bolts would go on to win 4-2.
Oct 25 - 12:28 AM

Ondrej Pavelec had another bad game Friday night, getting lit up by Tampa Bay for four goals on just 18 shots.

In just two periods as well. It can be argued that Pavelec was let down by his defense, allowing Tampa to whip around the puck as they desired. But upon further review it looks like Tampa's plan was to force Pavelec to move laterally, which he failed to do quickly enough on all four goals. He was replaced by Michael Hutchinson to begin the third. Winnipeg outshot Tampa 42-27 in the 4-2 loss.
Oct 25 - 12:02 AM

Ben Bishop was outstanding in Winnipeg on Friday night, stopping 40-42 shots sent his way.

Winnipeg also had five powerplays, including a 5-on-3 late in the first. However they're powerplay goal came in the second. No matter the order, Bishop was sharp and could have been forgiven if he let in five or six instead. Tampa won 4-2 mainly due to his efforts.
Oct 24 - 11:55 PM

Damien Brunner scored a wildly lucky goal to tie the Devils up at two against Dallas, Friday night.

Patrik Elias started by grindind his way through three Stars at the offensive blue line midway through the third with the Devils down 2-1. After falling while being forced wide by Jordie Benn, Elias punched the puck into Kari Lehtonen's skates, who accidentally kicked it to his right where Brunner came rushing in for the slam dunk. Go find a replay. The goal was Brunner's first of the season, and credit him for being there. He finished with a game-high six shots on goal over 19:14 of ice time.
Oct 24 - 11:11 PM

Cory Schneider stood tall Friday night against Dallas, turning away 35-37 shots through overtime before losing 3-2 in the shootout.

I'd say, "again", but this is just the first shootout loss of the season. Schneider was a big reason why the Devils even got one point against Dallas, turning away several solid scoring chances throughout the game. However, Patrick Eaves' goal to make it 2-1 Dallas was very soft. Schneider needs to seal the short side on that one, just as he had to be better in the shootouts. Jamie Benn's winner was equally soft, albeit to the far side. Continue to deploy Schneider with confidence.
Oct 24 - 10:36 PM




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