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Your Weekly Spartans in the NHL Report

Though the Red Wings had a tough week (losing twice in regulation and once in a shootout), Justin Abdelkader did quite well. The left winger netted a goal and an assist in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Canucks on Thursday. Abdelkader assisted on the goal that tied the game at 2, and drove home a goal to give Detroit a 3-2 lead in the 3rd. Fellow Spartan and teammate Drew Miller was credited an assist on the goal. Abdelkader also got into a fight with Ryan Wilson of the Avalanche on Saturday in a 4-3 defeat.

The Panthers stayed ahead in the playoff race with a 2-0-1 record this week. Defenseman Mike Weaver played well, especially in Florida’s 3-2 win over the Hurricanes on Saturday: Weaver had four hits and three blocked shots in the triumph.

Right winger Adam Hall and the Lightning had a decent week, as the team had a 2-2 record. Hall was stellar on the faceoff dot, with a 59% face off percentage over the course of the week.

Ryan Miller had a breakout week between the pipes for the Sabres. The goaltender only allowed five goals in three games, good for a 1.60 GAA (goals against average) and a .947 save percentage. He was 2-0-1 on the week. Fellow Spartan Corey Tropp was called up from the AHL on Friday. Tropp saw the ice for 9:21 on Friday, with 3 shots in 15 shifts. He also played in the Sabres’ overtime loss on Saturday.

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Left winger David Booth and the Canucks retained the first spot in the Western Conference with a 2-2 record this week. Booth contributed with an assist on the game winning goal in Vancouver’s 2-1 win over the Devils on Friday.

The Spartan-Oiler trio had a good week, as Edmonton won twice and lost once. Defenseman Corey Potter had an assist in his first game back from injury, as the Oilers trounced the Flames 6-1 on Tuesday. Center Shawn Horcoff also had an assist on the game winning goal versus Calgary. Defenseman Jeff Petry also got involved – he was credited with an assist on the fifth goal of the game.

Jim Slater and the Winnipeg Jets continued the fight to retain the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Jets picked up four points, two through a win and two through overtime losses. Slater contributed to the team’s 4-3 victory over the Lightning on Thursday, with an outstanding 82.4% faceoff percentage.

Defenseman John-Michael Liles saw a significant amount of ice time for the Leafs over the course of the week. He averaged 21:35 in ice time as Toronto went 1-1-1.

Duncan Keith had an active week for the BlackHawks, as the team won once and lost twice. Keith had an assist in Chicago’s lone win of the week, a 2-1 win over the Red Wings. Keith also led the BlackHawks in ice time on Sunday (with 28:36) and blocked shots (4) in a 3-1 defeat to the Ducks.