Empty Netter Assists - 3-24-09

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-Welcome back Philippe Boucher. Sort of.

-The Penguins stink in their blue uniforms.

-Today's "Evgeni Malkin shouldn't take a back seat to SIdney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin" piece is brought to you by James Duthie of TSN.

-Evgeni Malkin (right) was the league's second star of the week. Has a player ever been fined and awarded within the same week?

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins signed defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and forward Nathan Moon to amateur tryout contracts.

Atlantic Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Simon Gagne had a goal and two assists for the Flyers who beat the Devils, 4-2. Daniel Briere added a goal and an assist for Philadelphia while teammate Kimmo Timonen recorded two assists. Martin Biron made 32 saves in the win. The Flyers are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 90 points, four more than the Penguins who are in sixth place with 86.

-The Penguins weren't the only team to get burnt by the Flyers' power play this week.

-New Jersey wasted a chance to clinch a playoff spot last night.

-When did the Devils become a poor road team?

-New Jersey defensemen Andy Greene (ankle) and Mike Mottau (face) got dinged up last night. Additionally, Devils forward Patrik Elias didn't play last night due to a "lower-body" ailment.

-The Devils get it. They're slashing most of their ticket prices for 2009-10.

-With former Penguins defenseman Michal Rozsival out 7-to-10 days due to a "lower-body" injury, the Rangers recalled defenseman Mike Sauer from Hartford of the AHL.

-Islanders forward and former Penguins prospect Kurtis McLean is officially done for the season due to an Achilles tendon injury.

-Hard work has earned Islanders forward Tim Jackman a regular NHL gig.

-Does Flyers forward Mike Richards (right) have a shot at the Selke Trophy?

Northeast Division

-Don't blame coach Lindy Ruff for the Sabres' problems.

-As if things weren't going bad enough for the Canadiens, there are rumors the club could be up for sale.

-For some reason, the idea of moving the Habs out of Montreal has been brought up.

-In regular hockey news, the Canadiens demoted forward Max Pacioretty to Hamilton of the AHL.

-Do the Senators have a chance at making the playoffs?

-Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson cares not for the theatrics of Washington forward Alex Ovechkin.

Southeast Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: An overtime goal by Ray Whitney gave the Hurricanes a 3-2 win at Florida. Teammate Rod Brind'Amour added two assists while Cam Ward made 37 saves in the win. Cory Stillman led the Panthers with a goal and an assist. The Hurricanes moved ahead of the Penguins for fifth place with 86 points. Florida is in ninth place with 81 points, five less than the Penguins.

-Panthers forward Nathan Horton returned to the lineup after missing seven games due to a finger injury.

-Lightning coach and former Penguins forward Rick Tocchet (right) wants his team to skip the cheese on their Whoppers this summer. As you can tell by the photo to the right, he's imploring his players to hit up Subway and their selection of $5 footlongs. We think.

-It's looking more and more like Tocchet will be coaching Tampa Bay next season.

-Thrashers forward Todd White is one of the league's top 30 scorers.

-Capitals forward Tomas Fleischmann has slumped badly the past 29 games.

-Lightning forward and former Penguin Ryan Malone admitted he misses Pittsburgh.

-Random YouTube Find of the Day: Gary Roberts, then of the Hurricanes, slugging it out with former Sabres defenseman Jay McKee:

Central Division

-Today's "Marian Hossa wants to stay with the Red Wings" piece is brought to you by Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.

-What does Detroit's poor economy mean for Joe Louis Arena?

-Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood was shaky again last night.

-It's pretty much do or die for the Blues right now.

-St. Louis forward Paul Kariya (right) could return from a hip injury if the Blues reach the playoffs. He has been out of the lineup since Nov. 5.

-Forward Joel Ward has been a bargain for the Predators.

Northwest Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Mike Cammalleri had a goal and an assist for the Flames in a 5-3 defeat of the Red Wings. Craig Conroy, Curtis Glencross and Jamie Lundmark each added a goal and an assist for Calgary. Miikka Kiprusoff made 30 saves in the win. Johan Franzen led Detroit with a goal and an assist. This game obviously doesn't affect the Penguins. It's just nice to see the Red Wings lose.

-The Flames recalled forward David Van der Gulik from Quad City of the AHL.

-The Oilers signed forward Jordan Eberle, a 2008 first-round pick, to a three-year entry-level deal.

-Should Edmonton pursue Red Wings forward Marian Hossa. Again?

-Defenseman Ossi Vaananen has yet to suit up for the Canucks since being picked up of waivers from the Flyers last month.

-Wild forward Mikko Koivu will be out at least a week due to a knee injury.

Pacific Division

-The Kings demoted forward Kevin Westgarth to Manchester of the AHL.

-Los Angeles forward Alexander Frolov (right) is expected to miss 7-to-10 days due to a "lower-body" injury.

-The Coyotes recalled goaltender Al Montoya, a former Rangers first-round pick, from San Antonio of the AHL.

-Despite his team's struggles, Stars coach and former Penguins forward Dave Tippett is not in danger of losing his job.

Adams Division

-What recession? The NHL is charging $500 for tickets to its awards show.

-If there's a reason for the NHL to move to Las Vegas, this might be it.

(Photos: Malkin-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Richards-Dave Sandford/Getty Images; Tocchet-Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Kariya-Jamie Squire/Getty Images; Frolov-Elsa/Getty Images)

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