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Empty Netter Assists - Western Conference - 12-28-08

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Central Division

-Steve Mason made 20 saves for the Blue Jackets in a 3-0 shutout of the Flyers. Antero Niittymaki made 30 saves in the loss.

-Shootout goals by David Perron and Brad Winchester gave the Blues a 3-2 win against the Sharks. Manny Legace made 24 save in the win. San Jose got a goal and an assist in regulation from Jonathan Cheechoo and Mike Grier.

-The Blue Jackets recalled forward Craig MacDonald from Syracuse of the AHL.

-Today's stodgy old journalist upset he'll have to work New Year's Days because of that darn Winter Classic is Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Tribune.

-It's not supposed to um... rain at the Winter Classic.

-Last season's Winter Classic gave Blackhawks president John McDonough the inspiration to host this season's game.

-Check out the rink at Wrigley Field:

-Chicago will try to make some history tonight.

-Could Predators forward Steve Sullivan return to the lineup by January?

-Blues forward Paul Kariya's hip injury could end his season.

Northwest Division

-Wojtek Wolski's shootout goal gave the Avalanche a 4-3 win against the rival Red Wings. John-Michael Liles and Ryan Smyth each had a goal and an assist in regulation for Colorado. Peter Budaj made 41 saves in the win. Tomas Holmstrom led Detroit with a goal and two assists. Former Penguins goaltender Ty Conklin made 29 saves in the loss. Fire Ray Shero. The Red Wings played without defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom who is dealing with a suspected ankle injury.

-Rene Bouque's first career hat trick led the Flames to a 6-3 win against the Senators. Teammates Todd Bertuzzi had a goal and an assist while Daymond Langkow added two assists.

-Vancouver forward Taylor Pyatt is dealing with a broken foot.

-The Flames suspended prospect Dan Ryder for "for violation of team rules and conduct detrimental to the best interests of the team." He is the younger brother of Bruins forward Michael Ryder.

-Don't expect the Avalanche to host and outdoor game anytime soon.

-Wild forward Mikko Koivu (right) is a pretty complete player.

Pacific Division

-Mike Riberio had a goal and two assist for the Stars in a 4-3 defeat of the Ducks. Teammates Mike Modano, James Neal and Brad Richard each had a goal and an assist. Anaheim was led by Brendan Morrison who scored two goals.

-Jonathan Quick made 30 saves and led the Kings to a 4-0 shutout win at Phoenix. Teammates Alexander Frolov (two goals) and Jarrett Stoll (one goal, one assist) also contributed to the win. Kyle Quincey and Ted Purcell each had two assist for Los Angeles.

-Kings forward and Pittsburgh native John Zeiler got into a fight (sort of) with Coyotes forward and former Penguins prospect Daniel Carcillo last night:

-The Stars have improved within the span of a month.

(Photos: Wrigley Field-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; Koivu-Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)

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