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Empty Netter Assists - Western Conference - 12-17-08

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Central Division

-Troy Brouwer (right) scored two goals and an assist for the Blackhawks in a 9-2 rout of the Oilers. Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists while Duncan Keith and Colin Fraser each recorded a goal and an assist for Chicago which has won five consecutive games. Chicago's James Wisniewski, who was recalled from Rockford of the AHL earlier in the day, added three assists. Nikolai Khabibulin made 31 saves in the win.

-The Blue Jackets demoted goaltender Fredrik Norrena to Syracuse of the AHL. Norrena is expected to reject the assignment and return to Europe.

-Blues defenseman Eric Brewer is dealing with an "upper-body" injury.

-St. Louis recalled defenseman Tyson Strachan from Peoria of the AHL.

-Red Wings forward Marian Hossa is a good shooter.

-Can the NHL duplicate last season's success with the Winter Classic?

-Slowly but surely, Predators forward Steve Sullivan is working his way back onto the ice.

Northwest Division

-Jarome Iginla had two goals and two assists for the Flames in a 6-3 win at St. Louis. Teammate Matthew Lombardi contributed a goal and two assists.

-Flames forward Todd Bertuzzi met face-to-face for the first time with former Avalanche forward Steve Moore since Bertuzzi's attack on Moore in 2004.

-Calgary coach Mike Keenan is still unpopular in St. Louis.

-Flames goon and former Penguin Andre Roy went at it with St. Louis' Cam Janssen last night:

-Wild forward Marian Gaborik is expected to return to the lineup tonight for the first time since Oct. 14.

-Former Canucks forward Trevor Linden will have his number retired tonight.

-Gary Bettman says the Oilers need a new arena.

-Things weren't a total loss for the Oiler and Mathieu Garon (below) last night. They did wear their stunning throwback jerseys:

Pacific Division

-Loui Eriksson scored two goals, including one in overtime, that gave the Stars a 2-1 defeat of the Coyotes.

-With goaltender Erik Ersberg dealing with a groin injury, the Kings recalled goaltender Jonathan Quick was recalled from Manchester of the AHL. Additionally, forward Brad Richardson was placed on injured reserve.

Adams Division

-Does the NHL need to do more concerning hits to the head?

-Icethetics has a peek at the new Stanley Cup playoff logos.

(Photos: Brouwer and Garon-John Ulan/Canadian Press)

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