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Save of the night: Jose Theodore says, “no way” to Ray Whitney

Things haven’t been all that fantastic for the Minnesota Wild of late. They’ve dropped three games in a row now after losing to the Phoenix Coyotes 4-2 last night. While that’s not much to give you reason to think that they’d have some highlight-worthy action from their games, Jose Theodore is there to at least provide something for Wild fans to be proud of for a moment.

In the first period, Theodore faced off with Coyotes forward Ray Whitney. Whitney was streaking in on a breakaway on Theodore and faked a deke and tried to put the puck five-hole. Theodore slid out, closed up his legs and made the stop. Theo then prevented the puck from sliding across the line by kicking his leg out and sending the puck away to his defense. Check out the video of Jose Theodore doubling his save pleasure.

Already without Eberle, the Oilers could also be missing Hall tonight

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Taylor Hall is sick and reportedly “doubtful” for tonight’s game in Dallas.

Hall did not skate with the Oilers this morning. If he can’t play, Edmonton’s top two lines against the Stars could feature Ryan Nugent-Hopkins between wingers Teddy Purcell and Benoit Pouliot, followed by Connor McDavid centering Lauri Korpikoski and Nail Yakupov.

The Oilers — forced to start the season without top-six winger Jordan Eberle — have scored just once in their first two games, losing 3-1 in St. Louis and 2-0 in Nashville.

Edmonton returns home after tonight’s contest to play St. Louis on Thursday. Then it’s back out on the road for games against Calgary and Vancouver.

Sabres waive d-man Donovan

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Buffalo has put blueliner Matt Donovan on waivers, per Sportsnet.

Donovan, 25, signed a one-year deal with the Sabres on the opening day of free agency after spending his entire professional career with the Isles organization.

The fact he’s being waived isn’t a huge shock. Donovan failed to draw into a single Sabres game this year despite a whittled-down blueline; Jake McCabe, recently called up from AHL Rochester, drew into the lineup for Monday’s win over Columbus at the expense of Carlo Colaiacovo, who played the first two games of the year.

The fact both McCabe and Colaiacovo were ahead on the depth chart didn’t bode well for Donovan. Today’s move could also suggest that Zach Bogosian, who hasn’t played this year due to injury, is ready to return.