Just what Darren Helm needs: Lots of Finnish - Martin Rose
With the NHL clearing the November schedule, there's still a handful of Wings players staying in game shape by playing games in Europe.
CSKA Moscow (KHL)
Datsyuk's squad had a good week on the larger surface of the KHL, going 3-0 with wins over Slovan Bratislava, Lev Praha, and Sibir Novosibirsk. Datsyuk didn't factor into the scoring in the 3-2 win on Tuesday over Slovan, but he did get an assist on a Mikhail Grabovski tally in CSKA's rematch against Lev Praha on Thursday. Early on Sunday, Pavs made back up his point-scoring pace with three points (1G 2A) in the team's 4-2 victory.
Pavel has 16 points in 13 games with 5 goals. His coach is taking advantage of his faceoff ability, as he's taken 35 more draws than the next-closest competitor in fewer games. He continues to win a dominant majority with a 58% record. He's still second on the team in scoring behind KHL leader Alex Radulov, although their paces aren't too dissimilar when you adjust for Raddles having played 7 more games. Datsyuk also has 60 fewer penalty minutes than his team's captain.
English highlights videos below:
CSKA 3 - 2 Slovan Bratislava
CSKA 3- 2 Lev Praha
(Favorite part about 1:00 in when the heavily-accented guy says "I'm havin' a deja vu")
CSKA 4 - 2 Sibir Novosibirsk
"Here's your lesson of the day kids: Listen to Pavel Datsyuk!"
Upcoming Games: Datsyuk's squad is off until Wednesday, when they'll visit Metallurg Novokuznetsk, who employs Chris Simon and Brent Sopel. On Friday, they meet Amur Khabarovsk, who aren't loaded with big names, but do have a guy named Dmitry Shitikov on their roster. Both of these teams occupy low-rankings spots in the KHL's Eastern Conference. Despite both of the upcoming games being on the road for CSKA, they should be expected to win them.
EV Zug (Swiss League A)
Zug split the week, losing 3-2 in a shootout to ZSC Lions on Tuesday before taking it out on the Kloten Flyers 5-0 on Saturday. Hank's scoring pace was slowed considerably this week, as he only put up one point (an assist) in all seven of Zug's goals. Despite the scores, Brunner had a better day Tuesday than he did on Saturday. Tuesday he scored both of Zug's goals. On Saturday, he was enjoying his team doing the scoring work when Kloten's goalie decided to take his frustration out on Zug's top scorer and started a fight. Both players were ejected from the game for it (Video of the incident here).
Brunner still leads the Swiss League A in points with 24, one up on HC Lugano's Glen Metropolit and his own teammate Linus Omark. Zetterberg's not likely to catch up having joined the league just recently, but he's still got 8 points in his 4 games played.
EV Zug 2 - 3 ZSC Lions (SO)
EV Zug 5 - 0 Kloten Flyers
Upcoming Games: Zug plays EHC Biel (Tyler Seguin's team) on Tuesday, SC Bern (John Tavares) on Friday, and Fribourg on Saturday.
Jokerit Helsinki (SM-Liiga)
Jokerit started the week off right with a 1-0 win over JYP thanks to a Steve Moses goal assisted by both the Filppula brothers. They continued the good fortune against the Finnish Blues (who I assume aren't as shitty as the American ones) with a 2-1 win. Flip didn't get in on the scoring in that one, but Teemu Pulkkinen netted the game-winner for Jokerit. Friday also went well for Helsinki. This time, they won 2-0 over Ilves and Val scored the GWG. The good feelings disappeared Sunday with a European Hockey Championship game against Sweden's Färjestads BK and a 4-1 loss.
You can see how much Val helps on the Moses goal here;
And you can watch both Filppula brothers' goals in this video. Jokerit's uniforms were special for their game against Ilves for the team's 45th anniversary
Upcoming Games: Jokerit has matches Thursday and Saturday against HPK and Lock.
Braehead Clan (EIHL, UK)
Braehead met their first defeat with Drew Miller in the lineup on Saturday against the Nottingham
Sheriffs Panthers. The Clan were without their player/coach and went down 5-0 before they were able to get on the board for a game that finished 5-1. As of this writing, the Clan is starting a game against the Dundee Stars, who they beat 5-2 in Miller's first EIHL game.
UPDATE: Braehead lost their Sunday matchup with the Dundee Stars 5-3. The Clan outshot Dundee 57-24, but couldn't overcome the 4-0 deficit they found themselves in after two periods. Miller added two assists in this one to increase his points total to 6, but he sits at an even rating on the season.
No highlight videos yet, but here's a great interview with Drew Miller
Upcoming Games: Braehead will have a Friday rematch in Nottingham before a Saturday battle against Cardiff.
HC Pardubice (Czech Extraliga)
Pardubice beat Chomutov 5-2 on Tuesday. Kindl added yet another assist and was a +1 in that match. On Friday, they had their winning streak snapped with a 4-3 shootout loss at the hands of Plzen. Sunday, they started their way to a different kind of streak thanks to a loss to Ceske Budejovice 5-2. Kindl now has four points in 14 games and is still a -6.
Upcoming Games: Pardubice plays Friday and Sunday against Kladno and Slavia Prague
Vita Hästen (Swedish Division 1)
Södertälje (Swedish Allsvenskan)
Riggy's Division 1 squad beat Vimmerby HC 2-1 on Wednesday thanks to a goal that was assisted by Ericsson. They lost on Sunday to Skovde IK 4-3. That loss didn't bug Ericsson so much because he had already left Division 1 to hop up one level closer to the Elitserien when he joined Södertälje (SSK) of the Allsvenskan. Riggy's first game with SSK was Saturday against Djurgården IF and a 4-2 victory.
Ericsson didn't factor, but you can see the scoring highlights (including the empty-netter from Carl Hagelin) here.
Upcoming Games: SSK plays Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday against Vasteras, Karlskroga, and Leksand.
Olimpija Ljubljana (Erste Bank Liga)
Mursak helped his club out on Tuesday with two assists in a 6-3 victory over Innsbruck and then helped them with his team's 2nd goal in a 3-2 OT win over EC Graz.
Check the highlights from the Innsbruck victory. The team's second goal was created when Mursak makes a great defensive play in the neutral zone to lift a defender's stick and start a 2-on-1. He's standing at the back door for the return pass that doesn't get to him because it deflects off the D-Man and into the net (Starts about 1:25 here). In the same video, you can see him assist on the next Olimpija goal with some nifty behind-the-net power play setup work.
Mursak is 9th in the Erste Bank League with 5 goals and 14 assists through only 9 games.
Upcoming Games: Olimpija plays Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday against SAPA Fehervar AV 19, EC Red Bull Salzburg, and EC KAC
According to this article from SI, Emmerton left SaiPa to return to the US after the broken finger he suffered in his very first game of SM-Liiga played. His return to that league is questionable.
Denver Cutthroats (CHL)
Kyle Quincey has played four games for the CHL Denver Cutthroats since the lockout started. Denver has won just a single one of them. First, they beat the Missouri Mavericks 4-3 on Friday the 19th. Next, they lost 8-5 to the same team on Saturday the 20th. Next was the loss of both games in a home-and-home against Rapid City by scores of 3-2 and 4-2. Quincey got one of the 5 goals against Missouri and also has 3 assists to his credit in the four game season, but 75% of his points are on the power play and he's a -1 on the season. He's put 21 shots on goal up in those games at least.
But if you're wondering if he's gotten better at not taking penalties, a cross-checking and a roughing in the third period of the last two games should answer that question. I know I should be pulling harder for Quincey, but I like watching Denver hockey teams lose.
Upcoming Games: Denver will welcome the Fort Worth Brahmas to their arena on both Friday and Saturday.
That's all the news that's fit to print about Wings players who are playing hockey in places other than the AHL.