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Empty Netter Assists - Western Conference - 12-11-08

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Central Division

-Nicklas Lidstrom's overtime goal gave the Red Wings a 4-3 win against the Flames. Brian Rafalski had a goal and an assist for Detroit while former Penguins goaltender Ty Conklin made 29 saves in the win. Fire Ray Shero.

-Cristobal Huet made 22 saves and led the Blackhawks to a 2-0 shutout of the Senators. It was Huet's 18th career shutout.

-Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane's mom wants her son in the All-Star Game.

-The Blackhawks are some good people.

-Blues goaltender Manny Legace took a knee to the head last night.

-Legace was injured on a goal by Ducks forward and Washington, Pa. native George Parros last night:

-That was hardly intentional, but Ryan Carter should've gotten a penalty.

-Detroit defenseman Chris Chelios is expected to make his regular-season debut this weekend.

-Today's "Marian Hossa is fitting in well with Detroit" story is brought to you by Jean Lefebvre of the Calgary Herald.

-Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula has been more agressive with shooting the puck.

-Defenseman Brian Campbell (right) has fit in just fine so far in Chicago.

-Could the economy prevent the Blue Jackets from locking up forward Rick Nash to a long-term deal?

-Columbus-Nashville is the best rivalry you don't know anything about.

-Nashville forwards Scott Nichol (possible concussion) and Jordin Tootoo ("lower body") are dinged up.

Northwest Division

-Did Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo re-injure his groin?

-Vancouver is pulling out all the stops for the retirement ceremony of former captain Trevor Linden.

-The ECHL affiliate of the Flames, the Las Vegas Wranglers will wear prison-themed uniforms for an upcoming game.

-Despite his snowblower accident, Colorado captain Joe Sakic is determined to play again this season.

-The on-ice difficulties of Oilers forward GIlbert Brule are nothing compared to what he went though earlier in his life.

-Wild coach Jacques Lemaire wants more goals from his players. Apparently playing an all-defensive system has nothing to do with the lack of goals.

Pacific Division

-Martin Hanzal and Olli Jokinen each scored two goals for the Coyotes who won at Dallas, 5-3. Jokinen played his first game after missing six games due to a shoulder injury.

-Two goals from Chris Kunitz helped the Ducks claim a 4-2 win against the Blues.

-The Kings recalled forward Ted Purcell from Manchester of the AHL.

-The Coyotes recalled forward Joakim Lindstrom from San Antonio of the AHL.

-The Stars denied a report that Stars co-general manager Brett Hull's job is in jeopardy.

-Dallas is being quiet about its plans with Sean Avery.

-Despite having a double-digit lead in the division standings, the Sharks aren't counting out the Ducks quite yet.

-Part of the reason for San Jose's success this season has been the players keeping their egos in check.

-Sharks forward Joe Thornton (right) ended his life got engaged.

Patrick Division

-New York > Pennsylvania.

-Is the NHL taking the world's economic situation seriously?

-TSN2 is the Versus of Canada.

(Photos: Campbell-Jim McIssac/Getty Images; Shawshank Redemption-Photobucket; Thornton-Getty Images)

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