Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Friday November 30

Seven games were up for grabs on the last night of November. Former Islanders continue to offer their help as teams scramble for mid-season positioning. Let us enjoy a glimpse at the FI contributions from Friday night:

* Viktor Kozlov is thriving (on and off) in his supporting role alongside Alex Ovechkin. Kozlov notched another assist on Friday as the Washington Capitals began their come-from-behind win over the host Carolina Hurricanes 4-3. With 26 games down, Kozzer has 15 points on 3 goals and 12 assists.

* Eric Brewer, who was saddled by an injury early in the season, is continuing to return the offensive defenseman proficiency he is known for. Brewer assisted on the first St. Louis goal as the Blues dropped a 3-2 OT decision against the host Minnesota Wild. In 18 games, Brewer has 6 points on 1 goal and 5 assists.

* In an offensive outpouring, like the 6-1 thumping the Chicago Blackhawks levied on the visiting Phoenix Coyotes, it can be hard to note the small FI efforts that make a difference. On Friday, Hawks d-man Brent Sopel assisted on the game winning goal. It is a continuation of some excellent play from Sopel as of late. Sopel now has 6 points (all assists) on 22 games this season and ended a 4 game point-less streak. He has been a force on the revitalized Blackhawks' blue-line.

* A couple of Oilers' FIs got in on the action as Edmonton shocked the visiting Anaheim Ducks in a 5-1 thrashing. Raffi Torres assisted on an insurance goal in his team's offensive surge. Torres now has 8 points in 26 games on 5 goals and 3 assists. With 2 assists in as many games, Torres had points in consecutive games for the first time this season. Also getting involved was young forward Robert Nilsson who assisted on the final tally of the night. Now 18 games into the season, Nilsson has 6 points on 1 goal and 5 assists.

That wraps it up for Friday night. Check back soon for the full weekend updates here at FIW.

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