One of the hazards for fans of European hockey during NHL lockout time is, the team you see today may not be the one you see tomorrow. Last time the Brno Komets saw the Kladno Knights on October 23rd their number one unit was made up five NHLer’s, Tomas Plekanec, Jaromir Jagr, Jiri Tlusty with Tomas Kaberle and Marek Zidlicky on defence. Since then, first Kaberle returned to his Toronto home after fulfilling a ten game contract. After completing his obligations Tlusty moved on to the KHL and this week Zidlicky also returned to North America. That left Plekanec and Jagr.
Without three/fifths of what was a potent attack Kladno was shutout 4-0 in Brno Tuesday night. The win, Brno’s third straight against the Knights, allowed Kometa to jump over them into second place in the Czech Extraliga.
The Tuesday games in the Swiss National League at Fribourg, David Desharnais registered an assist but Raphael Diaz was part of the winning team as Zug won 3-2 ending Fribourg’s six game winning streak. On the other hand, Zug has now won five in a row. Diaz, the SNL’s highest scoring defenseman, failed to get a point but recorded five shots on goal. It ended a seven game point streak for Diaz (4 goals, 6 assists). After failing to get a point his first two games, Desharnais now has scored exactly a point in each of his last six games (1 goal, 5 assists). Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg had two assists for Zug.
Nothing on the scoresheet for Yannick Weber as Geneva-Servette lost to Bern 4-3 at home. John Taveras had a goal and assist for Bern. Mark Streit is also on their roster.
……Wednesday in the KHL, Vityaz (Andrei Markov) will play Yugra at home while Ak-Bars (Alexei Emelin) will play the Siberian team from Novosibirsk at Kazan.
In Finland’s SM-Liiga Wednesday Lars Eller and JYP Jyväskylä will be playing the Espoo Blues at home.