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Detroit Red Wings forward Kris Draper will make his season debut either Friday at Anaheim or Saturday in Los Angeles, coach Mike Babcock said.
The Wings begin a three-game road trip tonight in San Jose (10:30 p.m., FSN).
“I’m ready when I get the call,” said Draper, who had hernia surgery last month.
BURKE SEES PROGRESS
Brian Burke celebrated his second anniversary as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday.
Burke insisted that even though the Leafs aren’t where he’d like them to be, the team continues to make progress.
“We’ve made very signifcant steps in the right direction,” Burke said.
TOP NHL TRIO
Atlanta Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec and defenceman Dustin Byfuglien as well as Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby were named the NHL’s three stars of the week.
Pavelec was named the league’s first star after stopping 97 of 99 shots as the Thrashers won three consecutive home games and extended their winning streak to five games.
CRAWFORD IN MIX
Corey Crawford, who is 5-4-0 with a 2.07 goals-against average, may be between the pipes when Chicago hosts the St. Louis Blues tonight (8 p.m., TSN2).
“There’s a chance (Crawford) could go again,” Blackhawks coach and Riverside native Joel Quenneville said.
Colorado Avalanche power forward Chris Stewart will be out indefinitely after the power forward broke his left hand Saturday against Minnesota.
“You wish, obviously, that (an injury) wouldn’t happen,” Avs head coach Joe Sacco said.
“But that’s the way the game goes. It’s a physical game out there.”
BIEKSA FIRES BACK
Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa is sick of hearing his name being tossed around in trade rumours.
“I think it’s hilarious,” Bieksa said. “It’s funny how you guys keep throwing my name out there and I’m still standing here.”
FLAMES 3 WILD 0
Jay Bouwmeester and Jarome Iginla scored 18 seconds apart in the second period as the Calgary Flames blanked the Minnesota Wild 3-0 Monday.
Niklas Hagman added a power-play goal for the Flames, who returned home following a 1-2-2 road trip. Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves to record his third shutout of the season.