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Empty Netter Assists - Western Conference - 12-15-08

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Central Division

-Cristobal Huet made 31 saves for the Blackhawks in a 3-1 defeat of the Blue Jackets. Duncan Keith added two assists.

-Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg has been consistent this season.

-The Blue Jackets want goaltender Steve Mason to quit playing ball hockey in the summer.

-Blues forward B.J. Crombeen has reached the NHL despite dealing with diabetes.

Northwest Division

-Pavol Demitra scored two goals while teammate Ryan Kesler added a goal and an assist for the Canucks in a 5-3 win against their "regional" rival, the Panthers.

-Oilers defenseman Sheldon Souray managed to take out two Canucks, Alex Burrows and Kevin Bieksa, with his rocket slap shot Saturday night:

(Kudos to EN reader Gianni Vitucci of Hamilton, Ont. for the heads up.)

-Calgary forward Curtis Glencross is dealing with a "lower-body" injury.

-Flames defenseman Adrian Aucoin gets the seniors special at Denny's.

-So does Colorado defenseman Adam Foote.

-Some of the Avalanche's dinged up players are getting healthy.

Pacific Division

-Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 26 saves for the Ducks in a 4-2 defeat of the Wild. Chris Kunitz and Chris Pronger each recorded two assists for the Ducks. Minnesota has lost five consecutive games.

-The Stars acquired forward Brian Sutherby from the Anaheim Ducks for forward David McIntyre and a conditionaly sixth-round pick in 2010. Dallas demoted defenseman Dan Jancevski to Hamilton of the AHL.

-Stars coach and former Penguins forward Dave Tippett called his team's signing of forward Sean Avery "a bad marriage."

-The signing of Avery will haunt the Stars for some time.

-Ducks forward Brendan Morrison is starting to get his legs back.

-Coyotes rookie forward Mikkel Boedker (right) is learning from his mistakes.

-With forward Jeremy Roenick dealing with a shoulder injury, the Sharks recalled forward Jamie McGinn from Worcester of the AHL.

(Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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