Thursday, November 6, 2008

Wednesday November 5

There were 3 more games up for grabs on Wednesday. Former Islanders contributed in a pair of matchups including Kevin Weekes 2nd start at the interim #1 in New Jersey. Let us take a look at their efforts:

Devils' goaltender Kevin Weekes second start of the season went better than his first and that had everything to do with getting a little offensive support. After ending up on the wrong side of a 2-0 decision against the Buffalo Sabres, Weekes helped steer New Jersey to clearer waters stopping 24 of 27 shots including 4 in OT and 2 of 3 in SO as the Devils pulled off a 4-3 home win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Weekes improved to 1-1-0 on the season recording his first win November 12, 2007 - nearly a year between victories! Weekes has a .917 save percentage and a 2.32 goals against average and is 1 win removed from career number 100. We will keep you posted on his coming accomplishments.

Columbus winger Raffi Torres made his first offensive contribution in nearly 11 months on Wednesday night recording 2 assists including a helper on the game tying goal and on on the game winner. The second star of the game, Torres now has 2 assists on 3 games this season and snapped a 4 game point-less streak dating back to his last assist on December 10 of last season. Injuries have been a big problem for Torres who was knocked out early in the season with a shoulder injury in game one. Two games back from that injur Torres is looking to rebound after playing in only 32 competitions last season. Also getting involved was FI teammate Michael Peca who received the primary assist on the tying tally. Peca has 4 assists on 8 games this season and has managed 3 assists in the last 4 tilts and all 4 in the last 6 overall. Giving a little help was Edmonton winger Robert Nilsson who was credited with the primary assist on Edmonton's first goal, a powerplay netter. Nilsson has 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points on 12 games this season. With the helper Nilsson snapped a 4 game point-less run. Not in the lineup was defensive FI Denis Grebeshkov who has sit out the last 2 games with a mild concussion following a hit in Carolina on November 1. We hope Denis gets well soon!

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