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The Winter Classic is dead, but there's still hockey
CSKA Moscow (KHL)
Remember last week when I said CSKA would be expected to win both of their games on the road against inferior opponents? Well they went 1-for-2. CSKA had a bit of a Halloween nightmare on Wednesday, as they pulled out to a 3-0 lead before ultimately allowing the game-winner with 1:11 left in the 3rd. On Friday, Datsyuk spent the first six minutes of his team's game against Amur scoring a goal and adding an assist in their 6-2 victory. Unfortunately for the team, leading scorer Alex "Selfish Spaz" Radulov injured his knee in the Amur game.
Datsyuk now has 19 points in 15 games playing over 20 minutes per night, averaging about 3 shots per game, and winning 62% of his faceoffs.
Unfortunately, highlight videos are a bit sparing this week.
Upcoming Games: The entire KHL is on a break right now with no games until the 14th.
EV Zug (Swiss League A)
Zug played three games this week and outscored their opponents collectively 10-9 with two wins and a loss. First came a 7-4 beating of Patrick Kane's EHC Biel off the strength of Henrik Zetterberg's 4-point night (including the GWG). On Friday, Zug jumped out to and early lead thanks to a Zetterberg-to-Brunner setup on the game's first goal. Unfortunately, things went a little south from there in what ended up as a 5-1 loss. The team rebounded on Saturday against Fribourg, shutting out their opponents 2-0. On the week, Zetterberg had six points (3G 3A), while Brunner added two goals and an assist. Also, he didn't get beaten up by a goalie this week and continues to lead the league in scoring.
Overall, Zetterberg has 8 goals in 7 games and averages nearly 2 points a game. Both he and Brunner are averaging 5 SOG every contest.
EV Zug 7 - 4 EHC Biel
EV Zug 1 - 5 SC Bern
Highlight video here. (It's much better if you only watch the first 30 seconds)
EV Zug 2 - 0 HC Fribourg-Gotteron
Upcoming Games: Zug is also off all week. They won't play again until the 13th.
Jokerit Helsinki (SM-Liiga)
Jokerit dropped both of their games this week, losing both Thursday and Saturday by 3-2 scores after shootouts. Valtteri Filppula had an assist against HPK, but was held off the scoreboard versus Lock. Flip has 15 points in 15 games. He's also 2nd on the team for minutes per game played behind only Erik Karlsson. Ilari Filppula continues to lead the team and is 3rd overall in SM-Liiga with 24 points. Red Wings prospect Teemu Pulkkinen has just 5 points on the season playing about 13 minutes a night, but is still developing his skill set.
Upcoming Games: Same as the KHL and Swiss League A, the entire SM-Liiga won't be playing any games this week.
Braehead Clan (EIHL, UK)
Braehead's struggles continued into this past weekend, as they lost both Friday and Saturday's games. Friday's match against the Nottingham Panthers went nearly 65 minutes before an OT game-winner sealed their fate. Saturday didn't get that far, as Cardiff got an empty-netter to complete a 7-5 victory over Drew Miller's team. Miller has only 2 goals in his 7 games, but he also has 8 assists.
Braehead Clan 4 - 5 Nottingham Panthers (Shootout)
Braehead Clan 5-7 Cardiff Devils
Upcoming Games: The Clan is back at it on Friday and Saturday. Have fun on Friday, Eurocap!
HC Pardubice (Czech Extraliga)
Kindl's club had a bit of a setback on Friday, as they dropped that game 9-6 against Kladno. Fortunately, they came back to somewhat more-realistic hockey scores with a 5-2 victory over Slavia Prague on Sunday. Kindl managed no points in the six-goal game and was a -1. Sunday, he got an assist on one of Ales Hemsky's three goals.
Upcoming Games: Nope. Not until Monday the 12th.
Södertälje (Swedish Allsvenskan)
SSK went 3-0 this week with wins over Vasteras (4-2), Karlskroga (3-1), and Leksand (2-1 OT). Big Rig got an assist in Thursday's game on Fredric Andersson's game-winner. That was Ericsson's first point since jumping from Sweden's third-tier league up to the second-tier Allsvenskan league. He's got a bit to go if he wants to catch up to Philadelphia's Matt Read, who leads SSK with 16 points.
Upcoming Games: You guessed it. No games.
Olimpija Ljubljana (Erste Bank Liga)
Mursak's team lost on Tuesday 4-3 against SAPA Fehervar AV 19, lost Friday 4-1 against EC Red Bull Salzburg, and lost Sunday 5-2 against EC KAC. Mursak had a goal this week, but fell to 11th in league scoring with 22 points in 12 games.
Upcoming Games: Noooooooooope
Emmerton has returned to the U.S. and is trying to stay in shape while his broken finger heals.
Denver Cutthroats (CHL)
Denver won both of their weekend games against Forth Worth. Friday was a 5-3 win. Saturday... wasn't so close (7-1). Quincey had two assists and stayed out of the penalty box on Friday. Saturday was completely penalty-free for both teams and Quincey had one assist (out of 7 goals... although in fairness, he was a +4 in that game).
Upcoming Games: The Cutthroats head to Arizona for three games against the Sundogs on Wednesday, 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.