Scott Burnside offers up his midseason report on the NHL, including teams and players who sputtered out of the gate and some who have stepped up in a big way.
The Phoenix Coyotes have signed center Martin Hanzal to a five-year contract extension and made three roster moves to get down to 23 players before the start of the season.
Daymond Langkow, Curtis Glencross and Eric Nystrom scored second-period goals, and Miikka Kiprusoff made 22 saves in the Calgary Flames' 5-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.
With three shutouts in five games, Devils goalie Martin Brodeur earns the top spot for the week.
After losing eight consecutive games, Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff doesn't care that the Sabres gave up 52 shots. He's just happy they won.
Curtis Brown scored three goals for the first time in his NHL career, and Martin Biron made 22 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Buffalo Sabres beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4-0 on Wednesday night.