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Sabres make big jump

Posted: Tuesday November 22, 2005 2:55PM; Updated: Monday November 28, 2005 9:45PM
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11 13 One big reason the Leafs have won four straight games is the play of blueliner Bryan McCabe, who has 10 points during that stretch and 30 points in 21 games. But even more impressive than the win streak is the way Toronto is doing it, allowing just one goal in three straight games.
Last Week: 3-0-0
12 12 Flames fans have reason for concern. Miikka Kiprusoff has played 1,125 minutes this season, which is more than any other goalie. The Panthers' Robert Luongo is a distant second with 974 minutes. Will Calgary burn out its No. 1 goalie by January?
Last Week: 2-1-0
13 11 Most rookie attention is going to Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. It's time to focus on Marek Svatos. The 23-year-old winger has 10 goals and 18 points (third behind Crosby and Ovechkin) in 19 games, including four points in his last three games.
Last Week: 2-2-0
14 22 With Martin Biron playing the star role, the Sabres ended a long string of frustration with a 4-1 win over New Jersey on Tuesday night, snapping an 11-game winless streak against the Devils -- an 0-8-3 stretch that dated back to Jan. 12, 2002.
Last Week: 3-0-0
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Edmonton Oilers (11-10-1)
Shawn Horcoff's four assists Thursday in the third period tied Wayne Gretzky's Edmonton record for a period. Gretzky had four in the second period back in 1988. Anytime you can be mentioned in the same sentence as The Great One, things are looking up.
Last Week: 2-1-0
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Phoenix Coyotes (11-10-2)
Dave Scatchard scored a goal in his Phoenix debut on Saturday to become the fourth player to tally in his first game with the Coyotes this season. More good news: Phoenix beat Columbus on Sunday to remain perfect in nine games against the Jackets.
Last Week: 2-1-0
17 20 After blowout losses to Pittsburgh and Ottawa, there is reason for optimism with the Isles, who have won five of seven. The biggest reason for the recent surge might be the penalty kill, which stopped all six Florida PP's Saturday to extend its streak to 36 consecutive penalty kills.
Last Week: 3-1-0
18 24 In Sunday's 5-2 win over Carolina, Vinny Prospal tied the franchise record (shared by Brian Bradley and Martin St. Louis) by recording a point in his 13th consecutive game. Needless to say, Tampa Bay made a very wise decision bringing back Prospal.
Last Week: 3-0-1
19 15 When ex-Shark Mike Ricci returned to San Jose for the first time as a Coyote, he dined at the home of one of his hunting buddies -- and not with any of his former Sharks teammates. "Not until the summer," Ricci told the San Jose Mercury News. "Darryl taught me well." Former Sharks coach Darryl Sutter frowned on players hanging out with friends on the opposing team until the offseason.
Last Week: 0-1-1
20 18 New Jersey is 2-3-2 in its last seven and hasn't won three straight since March 2004, when it won four in a row. What's the issue? One of the biggest problems is the offense, which has failed to score more than three goals in six of their last seven games.
Last Week: 1-2-0
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