On the Beat (Western Conference): Hossa hopes to reach top with Hawks, Craig Anderson returns to South Florida, Oilers making mental errors.

Duck fans don’t expect playoffs this season; Blue Jackets defenseman Rusty Klesla will have surgery; Marc Crawford does some line juggling; Wild have two healthy scratches; Blues hope good December will help avoid last season’s drama; Willie Mitchell is important to the Canucks. These stories and more after the jump.

Posted by David Minuk in On the Beat on December 2, 2009