Monday, September 29, 2008

Sunday's Notable Pre-Season Players

The Hurricanes have their back-up goalie in fine form. Michael Leighton made 21 saves against the Philadelphia Flyers, keeping a young Flyers team at bay. Leighton's worst foes were likely Jeff Carter and Joffrey Lupul, only stopping two shots between them. A good effort from the Hurricanes all around.

Chris Osgood played all 60 minutes, stopped 14 shots and earned the shutout against the Atlanta Thrashers. Henrik Zetterberg scored a goal and an assist and Jiri Hudler had a couple of assists in the win.

It was a good debut for Antti Niemi, who made 28 saves in a win for Chicago against Dallas. Niemi was put into the game on the heels of a rumour that Nikolai Khabibulin is on the move to the Eastern Conference in the near future. Stay tuned for that news. On the scoresheet, Brian Campbell led the way with four assists, while Jonathan Toews scored a pair and added an assist as well.

The Habs kept on rolling in the pre-season, beating the Panthers 3-2 in the shootout. Tomas Plekanec was the top forward, dishing out a pair of assists in regulation time. Young defenseman, Yannick Weber, scored his first goal of the pre-season as well.

It was another shootout in Buffalo between the Sabres and Wild, which the Wild took 2-1 with Andrew Brunette's shootout winner. Brunette was also the Wild's goal scorer in regulation time. 2:57 remaining in regulation to be exact. His return to the Wild seems to be a good idea for success for the regular season, so you might want to keep his production numbers about the same for your pool team.

Shootouts a plenty after a 4-4 draw in regulation in Anaheim, but it was the Canucks winning after five rounds. On the winning side, it was Sami Salo who opened up his offensive skills for a goal and two assists, while a trial of the new 'big line' of Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin and Steve Bernier seemed to be a success. The line combined for 6 points.

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