Saturday featured three games involving locked out Red Wings players in action overseas. All three were favorable results for teams I'm rooting for.
CSKA Moscow (KHL)
CSKA beat Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 3-0 (without Ilya Bryzgalov in net) early today. Datsyuk added another two assists, both on the power play. Pavs has 4 assists in his three games (two wins and one loss). He once again topped 20 minutes TOI and is looking very comfortable.
CSKA plays next on Monday at 9am EST against Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Magnitogorsk boasts both Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar, as well as a few other recognizable NHL names.
Jokerit Helsinki (SM-Liiga, Finland)
Filppula's Jokers jumped on HPK 5-1 on Saturday. Jokerit benefited from Erik Karlsson's appearance, as he scored the game's opening goal on a pretty feed from Flip [video below]. Valtteri added another on Jokerit's follow-up score by Steve Moses. This gives Filppula three assists in three games (two wins, one by shootout, and a loss). Teemu Pulkkinen has been a bit quiet this season, but he's still got a bit of growing into his game to do.
Jokerit plays again at 11:30am EST on Tuesday against the Karpat Weasels, who employ Jussi Jokinen.
EV Zug (Swiss National League A)
Brunner's EV Zug bounced back from a disappointing Friday performance with a 7-2 blowout of the Kloten Flyers. Brunner put up a 5-point night with his lone goal coming on a penalty shot. Brunner leads the team in both points (8) and shots on goal (21) despite having played in only four of the team's six games.
Zug sees action again on Tuesday against EHC Biel at 1:45pm EST. Tyler Seguin is expected to be in Biel's lineup (giggity) for Tuesday.
HC Pardubice (Czech Extraliga)
Pardubice hasn't played since Friday, when they took a 3-2 deficit into the third period against Slavie Praha and saw it turn into a 5-2 loss. Pardubice has won one of their six games this season and none of the games in which Kindl has been involved. Jakub was -4 in his first two games, but managed to keep his rating even in the last matchup. I've seen parts of exactly one period of this team and based on that horribly small sample size, I've come to the conclusion that they're not very good.
Pardubice puts their reputation on the line again at 10:30 on Sunday morning against Karlovy Pary