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Empty Netter Assists - Eastern Conference - 1-6-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. The Penguins' offense isn't so hot right now.

-The Associated Press' recap. Leave it to the Penguins to help Henrik Lundqvist record his first shutout of the season.

-Newsday's recap. Leave it to the Penguins to make the Rangers' penalty kill to look good for once.

-The New York Times' recap. The Penguins are in a tailspin.

-Eric Godard's fight with New York's Colton Orr last night:

-It's not often you ask someone named "Satan" to be more intense, but Michel Therrien is a hard man to satisfy.

-Other than maybe making Sidney Crosby take out the trash every so often, Mario Lemieux isn't very involved with the day-to-day operations with the Penguins.

-Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch is claiming the Penguins are one of five teams the Blue Jackets have contacted concerning a trade.

-Defenseman Alex Grant, the Penguins' fourth-round pick in 2007, was dealt by his Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team, the Saint John Sea Dogs, to the Shawnigian Cataractes.

-Penguins investor Ron Burkle has purchased 8.3 percent of Barnes and Noble.

-No word yet if he'll be making Mike Yeo read the following:

Atlantic Division

-Henrik Lundqvist means everything to the Rangers.

-Add forward Joffrey Lupul to the Flyers' list of battered bodies. He has an abdominal strain.

-The Flyers are trying to get their 2007 first-round draft pick, forward James van Riemsdyk to turn pro.

-The father of Devils play-by-play broadcaster Mike Emrick passed away.

-New Jersey's players don't plan on giving any sort of special treat to the son of their head coach Brent Sutter tonight. Sutter's son, Brandon, is a forward with Carolina.

-Brent Sutter isn't exactly eager to coach against his son.

Northeast Division

-The Sabres are getting healthy. Forward Tim Connolly (various ailments) and defenseman Craig Rivet (shoulder) are close to returning to the lineup. Maxim Afinogenov is dealing with a groin injury however.

-Canadiens forward and former Penguin Georges Laraque (right) discussed the recent death of hockey player Don Sanderson and the importance of fighting to the sport.

Southeast Division

-Former Penguins captain Ron Francis is working out so far as an assistant coach with the Hurricanes.

-The Lightning demoted defenseman Vladimir Mihalik and Ty Wishart to Norfolk of the AHL.

-Tampa Bay forward and former Penguin Gary Roberts is still dealing with an elbow injury.

-Panthers defenseman Bryan McCabe makes his return to Toronto.

-Are the Flyers the Capitals' biggest rival?

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