Spartans in the NHL 2/13-19
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The following is a report for the Spartans in the pros from February 13-19.
Justin Abdelkader, Drew Miller, and the Red Wings were red-hot this week. Detroit won three straight, including a 3-2 victory on Hockey Day in America, as the team continued its NHL record 23 game home winning streak. Miller had a great game on Sunday against the Sharks, tallying a goal (his career-high twelfth) in the second period and an assist on the game winning goal. Miller, the second star of the game, was interviewed after the match. The former Spartan gave a shout out to Spartan Nation and Michigan State hockey. Abdelkader, a left winger on his line, assisted on Miller’s goal. Abdelkader also got into a fight with Ryan Clowe, which was Justin’s fifth fight of the season and ninth in three years.
Defenseman Duncan Keith had an outstanding week, helping his BlackHawks to three straight wins. Keith notched an assist against Nashville on Tuesday in a narrow 3-2 loss and contributed an assist in the team’s 6-1 rout of Colorado on Saturday. On Sunday, Keith helped to lift Chicago to a 3-1 triumph over the Blues, scoring the first goal of the game and providing an assist on the game-winning goal. He had an outstanding plus/minus of +6 on the week.
Defenseman John-Michael Liles and the Maple Leafs had a 1-2 record over the course of the week. Liles assisted on a Dion Phaneuf goal on Saturday, but Toronto still fell to the Canucks on Hockey Night in Canada, 6-2.
Sabres’ goaltender Ryan Miller had a mixed week. He was porous at times (allowing four goals against the Devils) and great at others (only giving up two goals versus the Penguins). Miller allowed twelve goals over the course of four games, with 3.35 goals against average and a .870 save percentage.
Left winger David Booth notched two goals as the Canucks rolled out four straight wins. The former Spartan scored last Monday in a 2-1 shootout victory over the Coyotes, and thirteen seconds into the first period against the Avalanche in a 3-1 win. Booth now has eleven goals on the season.
The Spartan-Oiler trio of center Shawn Horcoff and defensemen Corey Potter & Jeff Petry had a tough week. The team lost twice in regulation and once in overtime. Potter sat out with a groin injury all week, but is expected to return to the lineup soon. Petry had an assist in a 3-1 loss to Colorado. Horcoff scored a goal in a tough 5-2 loss to the red-hot Canucks on Sunday.
Adam Hall, a right winger for the Lightning, has seen an increase in ice time over the past couple of games. Hall averaged over 15 minutes per game in close wins over San Jose and Washington.
The Winnipeg Jets came alive this week with a 3-1 record. Center and former Spartan Jim Slater had an assist in the team’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Islanders on Tuesday.
Defenseman Mike Weaver of the Panthers contributed an assist in Florida’s lone win of the week, a 6-2 demolishing of the Ottawa Senators.