CSKA Moscow (KHL)
CSKA started the week off right beating Metallurg NotMalkin'sTeam 4-1 on Wednesday. Datsyuk got an assist on the eventual game-winning goal by Sergei Shirokov and was a +1. Pavel didn't get on the scoresheet for CSKA's 2-1 win over Amur on Friday, but he did win 19 out of the 23 faceoffs he took(!). Sunday's game against Sibir ended 3-2 after a shootout, but Datsyuk was again held off the scoreboard. Despite the apparent slump, Datsyuk has 26 points in 23 games for CSKA.
CSKA 4 - 1 Metallurg Novokuznetsk (Datsyuk assist at the 27-second mark)
CSKA 2 - 1 Amur
EV Zug (Swiss League A)
Zug took on the Swiss home of Rick Nash (who was out) and Joe Thornton in HC Davos on Tuesday and, despite a disallowed goal for Henrik Zetterberg, Zug was able to pull off a 5-4 victory. Don't feel too badly for Z on his called-off goal though, he was able to get assist on all three of Damien Brunner's goals. Friday's game against Geneve-Servette went even better, as Zug earned a 5-2 victory. Zetterberg earned another 3 points in this one by opening the scoring in the 1st and then assisting on two Brunner goals late in the third. Brunner also assisted on Z's goal, giving himself another three-point game.
Zug 5 - 4 HC Davos (Tuesday)
Zug 5 - 2 Geneve-Servette (Friday)
Upcoming Games: Just Tuesday and Saturday for Zug this week, as they meet Fribourg-Gotteron and HC Ambri-Potta.
Jokerit Helsinki (SM-Liiga)
Filppula's still out of the lineup, but I like Jokerit and they have another Red Wings' prospect in Teemu Pulkkinen, so they're worth covering. It also still cracks me up that they mark wins and losses on their calendar with smiley and frowny-faces. Speaking of which, Jokerit earned a smiley on Thursday with a 3-2 OT win over Tappara. Unfortunately, the frown wouldn't turn upside-down on Saturday, as Jokerit dropped a shootout to the Aces. Pulkkinen earned his 4th goal of the season in opening the scoring for Jokerit.
Upcoming Games: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday this week in Finland. Pelicans, KalPa, Weasel, and TPS.
Braehead Clan (EIHL, UK)
Braehead swept the Thursday-Saturday home and home against Hull with a 7-2 win followed by a 4-3 victory. Our gray-haired favorite (Grayvorite) netted a hat trick on Thursday, including one on a power play. The follow-up performance included another three points for Drew. Two of those points were assists, but the goal was another instance of late-game heroics as Miller potted the PP game-winner in the last minute of the third period.Miller now has 9 goals on the season. Sadly, the Clan dropped their Sunday game against the Coventry Blaze 5-1.
Here's highlights of Saturday's win. Miller's goal starts around the 4:51 mark. Check out the awesome late crosscheck he gets while he's already celebrating the puck having gone into the net. You can also see the teddy-bear toss the team did.
Upcoming Games: Braehead takes on Fife on Wednesday and then Dundee on Sunday.
HC Pardubice (Czech Extraliga)
Pardubice topped Zlin on Friday 5-3 in a game which earned Kindl two assists. Sunday didn't go so well, as Kindl was held off the scoresheet and Pardubice dropped the game to Trinec by an 8-4 score.
Upcoming Games: Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday for Pardubice against Chomutov, Pilsen, and Ceske Budejovice.
Södertälje (Swedish Allsvenskan)
Riggy's back in the states after seven games in Sweden. He's probably working out or something. I don't know. Here's to hoping he doesn't hurt himself playing pinball or something.
Olimpija Ljubljana (Erste Bank Liga)
Mursak's Dragons beat the Vienna Capitals 4-3 in a shootout on Friday. Mursak assisted on two of his team's goals and netted the shootout winner. Sunday's game went badly for Olimpija, as they fell to the Liwest EHC Black Wings 4-1. Mursak scores the lone goal for his team in that one.
Videos are available at the Erste Bank website (have to browse for HDD Telemach)
Upcoming Games: Olimpija plays Friday against EV Vienna Capitals and then on Sunday against the Liwest EHC Black Wings.
Emmerton has returned to the U.S. and is trying to stay in shape while his broken finger heals. I just like keeping him here to keep Quincey buried at the bottom, although I'm not sure I understand why I do that. I don't dislike Quincey. It's probably because he's playing in Denver right now (or not).
Denver Cutthroats (CHL)
Quincey didn't play any games this week either, after having been put on team suspension for a still-unknown reason last week (Although this article comments on what appears to be a mysterious habit of CHLers disappearing from team rosters lately). Without Quincey, I don't give a shit about the Cutthroats, so that's that.