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Empty Netter Assists - 02-09-13

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Penguins

-Pascal Dupuis (right) is getting better with age.

-Sidney Crosby. Military historian.

-Brad Thiessen made 23 for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-1 loss to the Norfolk Admirals. The Penguins had a four-game winning streak snapped.

-Happy 31st birthday to former Penguins forward Nathan Smith (right). A free agent signing in the 2007 offseason, Smith suited up for 13 games with the Penguins in 2007-08 before joining the Avalanche as a free agent in the 2008 offseason.

Atlantic Division

-Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur is scheduled to appear in his 1,200th career NHL game this afternoon against the Penguins.

-According to Newsday, defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is expected to make his debut with the Islanders tonight against the Sabres.

-Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds (concussion) was given medical clearance to resume playing.

Northeast Division

-“He’s a person that had his views, and was pretty strong in his own views at times. But never a bad person. That’s why a lot of times, we didn’t feel he was a distraction. He was just a guy that thought differently. I know a lot of times guys would say, ‘You know what? As long as he stops pucks, we’re OK with it.’ That was the consensus of our players in the dressing room.” - Bruins coach Claude Julien on former goaltender Tim Thomas (right) who was traded to the Islanders Thursday.

-Due to the winter storm blasting the Northeast, today's Lightning-Bruins game in Boston was postponed from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

-The Senators assigned defenseman Mark Borowiecki to Binghamton of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-Capitas general manager George McPhee called out his team's goaltenders, Michael Neuvirth and Braden Holtby.

Central Division

-Wth forward Todd Bertuzzi dealing with a back ailment, the Red Wings recalled forward Joakim Andersson from Grand Rapids of the AHL and Placed G Jonas Gustavsson (groin) on injured reserve.

-Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski resumed practicing for the first time since suffering a concussion last Saturday.

Northwest Division

-Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher gave head coach and former Penguins assistant Mike Yeo a dreaded vote of confidence.

-"There is a lot of talk going on. But there is this presumption that you pick up the phone and make a trade. Well, it doesn't happen that way and there is usually a long process building up to it and I think Roberto has come in here and has continued to show what a quality person and quality goaltender he is. And if you want to acquire that, you have to pay a price for it." - Canucks general manager Mike Gillis on potentially trading goaltender Roberto Luongo (right).

-The Flames placed goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff (knee) and Mikael Backlund (knee) on injured reserve, activated defenseman Anton Babchuk (shoulder) from injured reserve and recalled former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Ben Street from Abbotsford of the AHL.

-With forward Anton Lander dealing with a broken foot, the Oilers recalled forward Chris VandeVelde from Oklahoma City of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-A goal and an assist by Loui Eriksson led the Stars past the Ducks, 3-1. Ex-Penguin Alex Goligoski and Derek Roy each recorded two assists for Dallas while teammate Kari Lehtonen made 20 saves in the victory. Fire Ray Shero. Former Penguin Ben Lovejoy made his debut for Anaheim and had 16:20 of ice time on 22 shifts (1:43 on the power play and 2:09 on the penalty kill), four shots and three blocked shots.

-If you're wondering what Lovejoy looks like in a Ducks jersey, here he is being chased by Dallas' Cody Eakin:

-Anaheim's Corey Perry and Dallas' Stephane Robidas had issues:

-Goligoski returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch in Dallas' previous game.

-The victory gave the Stars their 758th since the franchise moved to Dallas, equaling the total games won by the franchise in Minnesota.

-The Kings acquired defenseman Keaton Ellerby from the Panthers in exchange for a fifth-round pick in this year's draft. Ellerby, 24, appeared in nine games this season, had no points and 36 penalty minutes. he is in the final season of a contract with a salary cap hit of $700,000 according to CapGeek.com. He was a first-round pick (No. 10 overall) in 2007. Additionally, the Kings assigned defenseman Andrew Campbell to Manchester of the AHL.

-EN Says: With stalwarts Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell each sidelined due to injuries, the Kings needed a defenseman badly. While he has been something of a bust, Ellerby (6-foot-5, 217 pounds) offers the components of a physical defensive game. He has just failed to bring everything together to earn regular ice time in the NHL. Perhaps a change of scenery will aid Ellerby (right). For the Panthers, they simply cut ties with a failed prospect and turned him into a draft pick.

Adams Division

-Former Islanders/Senators/Blackhawks/Canadiens defenseman Chris Campoli has joined Genève-Servette of Switzerland's NLA.

-Former Ducks goaltender Timo Pielmeier has joined ERC Ingolstadt of Germany's DEL.

-Two goals by Stephen Harper led the Erie Otters to a 7-4 win against the Oshawa Generals.

-Eric Levine made 34 saves for the Robert Morris men's team in a 3-0 shutout of RIT.

-Matthew Skoff made 23 saves for Penn State men's team in a 4-0 shutout of Alabama-Huntsville.

-Matthew Zay had a goal and an assist for the Mercyhurst men's team which lost to Air Force, 4-2.

-Katie Fergus and Thea Imbrogno each had a goal and an assist for the Robert Morris women's which defeated Mercyhurst, 4-2.

-Nicole Paniccia made 42 saves for the Penn State women's team in a 3-1 loss to Lindenwood.

-Jordan Watt had a regulation goal and two assists for the Johnstown Tomahawks in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Janesville Jets.

(Photos: Dupuis and Ellerby-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Thomas-Al Bello/Getty Images; Luongo-Dale MacMillan/Getty Images; Ducks/Stars-Ronald Martinez/Getty Images and LM Otero/Associated Press; Ellerby-Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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