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Empty Netter Assists - Western Conference - 3-1-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Central Division

-From the "completely out of no where" department, Pekka Rinne (right) made 30 saves and led the Predators to an 8-0 hammering of the Red Wings. Jason Arnott had a hat trick while teammates Ville Koistinen, Joel Ward and Shea Weber each had a goal and an assist. J.P. Dumont and Steve Sullivan each recorded three assists. Red Wings goaltender and former Penguin Ty Conklin gave up the first four goals on just nine shots. Uh... promote Ray Shero?

-This game was the most lopsided win in Nashville history.

-Rinne tied a franchise record with his sixth shutout of the season.

-Nashville forward Martin Erat is dealing with a groin injury.

-The Predators recalled forward Cal O'Reilly from Milwaukee of the AHL.

-Chris Mason made 26 saves and led the Blues to a 3-1 win at Phoenix. The Blues have won four out of its past five games.

-The Blackhawks will give goaltender Antti Niemi his first NHL career start today.

-Chicago coach coach Joel Quenneville is lobbying for another center (cough, cough).

Northwest Division

-Tom Gilbert had a goal and an assist for the Oilers who edged the Wild, 3-2. Teammate Liam Reddox added two assists while Dwayne Roloson made 43 saves for Edmonton.

-Edmonton forward and captain Ethan Moreau suffered a pretty gruesome eye injury last night when he took a stick to the face from Minnesota forward Antti Miettinen. Moreau was taken to a hospital immediately.

-Moreau's injury. Just fair warning, it's a little graphic:

-Roloson was the hero last night.

-There are only six members of the 2006 Edmonton Oilers team that went to the Stanley Cup final still with the franchise. They are forward Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff, Ethan Moreau, Fernando Pisani, defenseman Steve Staios and Roloson.

-The Oilers activated defenseman Denis Grebeshkov from injured reserve and demoted defenseman Theo Peckham to Springfield of the AHL.

-Look at this. The NHL is startin gto take suspensions a little bit more seriously. Minnesota goon Derek Boogaard was sacked for five games by the NHL for elbowing Flames forward Brandon Prust Friday.

-Boogaard's hit:

-Where are the Don Cherrys and Mike Milburys who regularly call players like Boogaard the most honorable in the NHL?

-With Prust dealing with a possible concussion, the Flames recalled forward Warren Peters from Quad City of the AHL.

-If there was any speculation remaining that the Wild would trade injured forward Marian Gaborik, Minnesota general manager Doug Risebrough shot it down.

-Minnesota put forward Craig Weller on waivers.

Pacific Division

-Phoenix defenseman Derek Morris (right) is expected to be traded and will sit until he is dealt in order to prevent an injury.

-The Coyotes demoted forward Brian McGrattan to San Antonio of the AHL. He had been in the NHL's and NHLPA's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program.

-Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov is dealing with the flu.

Adams Division

-How much will the economy influence deals at the trade deadline?

-We don't know if we should be amused or disgusted with the sight of a sledge hockey fight. We're guessing the latter.

(Photo: Mark Humphrey/Associated Press; Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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