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Jhonas Enroth expected to start Sat vs. Avs 12-19-2014
Jhonas Enroth G BUF
Jhonas Enroth is expected to get the nod Saturday against Colorado.

Bill Hoppe
Believe it or not, Enroth has won nine of his last 11 starts dating back to November 18th. He's allowed just 24 goals in that time, however 10 of those have come in the past three starts.
Mrazek replaces Howard to begin second period 12-19-2014
Petr Mrazek G DET
Petr Mrazek replaced starter Jimmy Howard to begin the second period Friday night on Long Island.

Detroit Red Wings twitter
Howard stopped 8-9 shots in the first period, but left after suffering a lower body injury as a precaution.
Jimmy Howard suffers LBI, leaves after first 12-19-2014
Jimmy Howard G DET
Jimmy Howard left Friday night's game on Long Island after the first period, and was replaced by Petr Mrazek.

Ansar Khan
Howard played the whole first period, stopping 8-9 shots. However he suffered a lower body injury and was pulled as a precaution.
Jeff Schultz has been summoned up to LA 12-19-2014
Jeff Schultz D LA
Jeff Schultz has been summoned back up to LA from AHL Manchester in the wake of Robyn Regehr's hand injury.
This will be Schultz's first regular season game as a King, though he did play in seven scoreless playoff games in their 2014 Cup run. The steady defensive-defenseman doesn't have a lot of fantasy value, but he can be counted on to block nearly a shot a game.
Travis Moen will not play in Calgary 12-19-2014
Travis Moen LW DAL
Travis Moen is still not ready to play, and will sit Friday night in Calgary.
Even if he were ready, the once quality rugged lower-six forward simply doesn't score, hit, block, or take enough penalties to be a viable fantasy player.
Stajan, Potter, McGrattan to sit vs. Stars 12-19-2014
Matt Stajan C CAL
Matt Stajan, Corey Potter, and Brian McGrattan are all expected to be healthy scratches Friday night against the Stars.
Unfortunately, none of these three have any fantasy value.
Brandon Bollig to play against Stars 12-19-2014
Brandon Bollig LW CAL
After sitting for the past two games, and four of the last six, Brandon Bollig will suit up as the fourth line right-wing Friday night against the Stars.
Bollig leads the team with 40 PIMs and ranks fifth with 46 hits, he also happens to have 10 blocks through 27 games this season. Pretty good for a guy averaging just nine minutes a night.
Joe Morrow, Matt Fraser, Zach Trotman all out 12-19-2014
Joe Morrow D BOS
Joe Morrow, Matt Fraser, and Zach Trotman will all be healthy scratches against in Winnipeg on Friday night. While each young player has potential to be an NHL-regular, only Fraser has much fantasy value at this time. With 38 PIMs over his 21 games, he's worth keeping an eye on for spot-starts against other pugilistic teams.
Kari Lehtonen wills start in Calgary 12-19-2014
Kari Lehtonen G DAL
Kari Lehtonen will get the start in Calgary on Friday night.

Mike Heika
Lehtonen has won six of his seven starts against the Flames since February of 2012, allowing 17 goals in that time. The Flames have lost six in a row while being outscored 21-10 in that span.
Jay Harrison to make Jets debut on Friday 12-19-2014
Jay Harrison D WPG
Jay Harrison will make his Jets debut on Friday against the Bruins.
Harrison will line up on their second unit to the left of Grant Clitsome. The veteran defender tallied four points, 35 blocks and hits, along with 48 PIMs in 20 games while in Carolina this season.
Tuukka Rask will take on the Jets 12-19-2014
Tuukka Rask G BOS
Tuukka Rask will be between the pipes when the Bruins take on the Jets Friday night.

Jack Edwards
Rask has won nine of his career 13 starts against Winnipeg and has allowed more the two goals in a game just four times, and none in the last five starts dating back to January of 2013.
Michael Hutchinson to start vs. Bruins 12-19-2014
Michael Hutchinson G WPG
Michael Hutchinson will be between the pipes when the Jets welcome the Bruins Friday night.

Ken Wiebe
Through 11 games and eight starts, Hutchinson has allowed only 17 goals on 268 shots. That's good for a .937 save percentage and 1.81 GAA. Yes that's unsustainable, but Boston has scored just 81 goals through 32 games. Good for 20th in the NHL. You can ride it out for another start.
Lindholm, Smith-Pelly scratched for Friday 12-19-2014
Hampus Lindholm D ANA
In two late moves Friday night, Hampus Lindholm and Devante Smith-Pelly were made scratches in Ottawa.

Anaheim Ducks Twitter
Though Lindholm was on the ice for warm-ups, he did not make it into the game. No word yet on why they were scratched but we'll keep you posted. Lindholm has two goals and 15 points on the season, while Smith-Pelly has four goals and 12 points, plus 79 hits. Good for third on the team.
Cleary, Lashoff, Kindl all to sit vs. Isles 12-19-2014
Dan Cleary RW DET
Daniel Cleary, Brian Lashoff, and Jakub Kindl will all be healthy scratches Friday night on Long Island.
Even with regular playing time, it'd be hard to argue that any of these three players have any fantasy value. And now with inconsistent playing time, there's certainly none.
Strait, Donovan, Boulton all scratches on Fri 12-19-2014
Brian Strait D NYI
Brian Strait, Matt Donovan, and Eric Boulton will all be healthy scratches on Friday night against the Red Wings.
With Johnny Boychuk and Travis Hamonic making their return, Strait and Donovan will take a seat. Boulton meanwhile is an extra body, but like Strait and Donovan, has no fantasy value.
Travis Hamonic will indeed return on Friday 12-19-2014
Travis Hamonic D NYI
Confirming an earlier report, Travis Hamonic will indeed return to the Islanders Friday night against the Red Wings after a six game absence.

New York Islanders twitter
Perhaps not quite a fantasy stud, Hamonic has put up six points, 46 blocks, 48 PIMs, and 66 hits through 21 games this season while averaging over 21 minutes a night. If you need a quality depth defenseman who'll do a bit of each of those categories, Hamonic may just be your man. He'll line up on their second unit with Calvin de Haan.
Bryzgalov will indeed start for Ducks Friday 12-19-2014
Ilya Bryzgalov G ANA
Confirming an earlier report, Ilya Bryzgalov will indeed start for the Ducks against the Senators on Friday night.

In seven career starts against the Sens, Bryz has allowed two goals or less in five of those starts. That's really good for anyone, and especially so after considering the defenses the Coyotes and Flyers put in front of him at the time.
Johnny Boychuk will indeed return Friday 12-19-2014
John Boychuk D NYI
Confirming an earlier report, Johnny Boychuk will indeed return from a nine-game Friday night against the Detroit Red Wings.

New York Islanders twitter
Boychuk has been one of the most influencial defensemen this season, through 21 games he has 14 points, 10 PIMs, 33 blocks and 45 hits while averaging over 22 minutes a night.
Valtteri Filppula to center second line 12-19-2014
Valtteri Filppula C TB
Filling in for the sick Tyler Johnson, Valtteri Filppula will center Tampa's second line between Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov on Friday night in New Jersey. Kucherov ranks third on the team in points with 29, while Filppula trails close behind with 24. Palat brings up this trio's rear with 19 points himself in 23 games, 10 fewer than his linemates. Tampa and Toronto lead the NHL in goals scored with 110, while New Jersey has a rookie goalie in net and has surrendered the seventh most goals, 96. Look for these guys to light the lamp.
Max Pacioretty (UBI) might play on Saturday 12-19-2014
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Max Pacioretty (upper body) might be back as early as Saturday.

Renaud Lavoie on Twitter
Pacioretty was hospitalized after being knocked into the boards during Thursday's game, so the fact that he might not even miss a full contest is remarkable. He has 13 goals and 25 points in 33 games this season. As previously reported, if Pacioretty can't play, then Michael Bournival will probably to take his spot on a line with Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher.
Flyers call up Rob Zepp 12-19-2014
Rob Zepp G PHI
Rob Zepp has been summoned by the Philadelphia Flyers.
Steve Mason will miss Saturday and Sunday's games with an upper-body injury, so the Flyers needed some help. Ray Emery might end up starting in both of the back-to-back games, but nothing has been announced. Zepp has a 2.70 GAA and .918 save percentage in 17 AHL games this season. If he does play, Zepp will be making his NHL debut at the age of 33.
Tyler Johnson to miss first game in 115 12-19-2014
Tyler Johnson C TB
Tyler Johnson's 115 consecutive games streak will come to an end on Friday night because of the stomach flu.

Dan Rosen
Remarkably, Johnson's 33 points ranks second only to Steven Stamkos on the team in points who has 35. Johnson's total also ranks 10th in the NHL. During his 115 games played streak, he amassed 34 goals and 83 points.
Peter Wiercioch practiced Friday morning 12-19-2014
Patrick Wiercioch D OTT
Peter Wiercioch practiced Friday morning, but will not play against the Ducks.

Wayne Scanlan
Still no word on what's been ailing the young defender, but the fact that he was on the ice is good news nevertheless.
Mark Fistric will sit Friday night in Ottawa 12-19-2014
Mark Fistric D ANA
Mark Fistric will join Dany Heatley in the stansd for Friday night's tilt in Ottawa.
Fistric hasn't seen much time this season, just seven games and we're nearly upon Christmas. Needless to say, he has no fantasy value.
Dany Heatley won't play in Ottawa 12-19-2014
Dany Heatley RW ANA
Dany Heatley won't play in Ottawa on Friday night.
It does not appear that he's quite back in game-shape just yet, despite being activated from the I/R earlier in the week. He has a goal and five assists in the five games against his former Senators team since being traded away.
Mark Barberio to sit with Radko Gudas back 12-19-2014
Mark Barberio D TB
Mark Barberio will draw the short straw as Radko Gudas is expected to return to Tampa's lineup on Friday night in New Jersey.
Barberio lacks for much of any fantasy value, but Gudas is as rugged and physical a blue liner as they come. He leads the team in hits with 91 and PIMs with 34. His hits are also good for 18th most in the NHL.
Petteri Lindbohm heads to the AHL 12-19-2014
Petteri Lindbohm D STL
Petteri Lindbohm has been sent to the minors.

Jeremy Rutherford on Twitter
Lindbohm has an assist in eight games with St. Louis this season. The NHL's holiday roster freeze is mere hours away from taking effect, so the Blues wanted to free up a spot ahead of time in case Carl Gunnarsson (hip/concussion) is ready to be activated during that stretch.
Jaroslav Halak to start vs. Red Wings 12-19-2014
Jaroslav Halak G NYI
Jaroslav Halak will get the nod for the Islanders against the Red Wings on Friday night.

New York Islanders twitter
Halak is having a resurgent season for the Islanders and comes in to the game with a .917 save percentage and 2.35 GAA and three shut outs. Through 21 starts, he also has 15 quality starts on the season, tied for fith with Carey Price, which is save percentage of at least 88.5% on at least 20 shots in a given game.
Ondrej Palat (lower body) will return Friday 12-19-2014
Ondrej Palat LW TB
Ondrej Palat (lower body) will play against New Jersey on Friday.

Joe Smith on Twitter
Palat missed four straight games due to the ailment. Tyler Johnson is questionable with a stomach virus though, so Palat's return might not correspond with a healthy player being moved off of one of Tampa Bay's top two lines. Palat has nine goals and 20 points in 30 games in 2014-15.
Goloubef completes his conditioning stint 12-19-2014
Cody Goloubef D CLB
Cody Goloubef has completed his AHL conditioning stint.

Shawn Mitchell on Twitter
Goloubef already counted against the Blue Jackets' 23-man roster, so they didn't need to make a corresponding move. He's only played in three games with Columbus this season due to a knee injury. That being said, he's also likely to spend some time in the press box now that he's healthy.
Columbus calls up Alexander Wennberg 12-19-2014
Alexander Wennberg C CLB
Alexander Wennberg has been promoted by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Shawn Mitchell on Twitter
Wennberg has three assists in 21 games with Columbus this season. He will help fill the void left by Brian Gibbons (knee). In fact, Wennberg might end up temporarily assuming Gibbons' role on the third line.
Jimmy Howard to start against Islanders 12-19-2014
Jimmy Howard G DET
Jimmy Howard will be between the pipes for the Red Wings against the Islanders on Friday night.

Dana Wakiji
Howard is perhaps having his best career season, in 24 starts he's sporting a sparkling 2.02 GAA and .922 save percentage, which ranks fourth best among goalies with at least 18 starts.
Blue Jackets place Brian Gibbons on the IR 12-19-2014
Brian Gibbons LW CLB
Brian Gibbons has sustained a knee injury.

Shawn Mitchell on Twitter
Gibbons is expected to miss the next two-to-three weeks as a result. The Blue Jackets placed Gibbons on the injured reserve list and called up Alexander Wennberg, who might end up assuming Gibbons' third-line spot for now.
Craig Anderson will start against Ducks 12-19-2014
Craig Anderson G OTT
Craig Anderson will get the nod against the Ducks on Friday night.

Wayne Scanlan
Anderson has been solid for the Sens this year, posting a .929 save percentage and 2.45 GAA with three shut outs through 17 starts and 19 games. He ranks third to Marc-Andre Fleury and Pekka Rinne respectively in Rob Vollman's Goals Saved Above Average with 9.81. GSAA is simply the goals prevented given his save percentage and shots face versus the league average for the same number of shots.
Joey MacDonald rejoins the Canadiens 12-19-2014
Joey MacDonald G MON
The Montreal Canadiens have called up Joey MacDonald. on Twitter
No surprise there. Dustin Tokarski was sent to the minors on a conditioning stint because he hasn't been used since Nov. 29 and Montreal's relatively light upcoming schedule meant that probably won't change in the immediate future. With that in mind, MacDonald isn't likely to get a start during this NHL stint.
Montreal promotes Sven Andrighetto 12-19-2014
Sven Andrighetto RW MON
Sven Andrighetto has been summoned by the Montreal Canadiens. on Twitter
The Canadiens need another forward after Max Pacioretty suffered an upper-body injury during Thursday's game. Andrighetto has excelled in the minors with nine goals and 18 points in 21 contests, but he's not expected to get Pacioretty's spot on a line with Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher. That role will probably go to Michael Bournival instead.
Evgeni Nabokov start against Devils on Friday 12-19-2014
Evgeni Nabokov G TB
Evgeni Nabokov will get his eighth start of the season when the Lightning take on the Devils Friday night.

Dan Rosen
It's been an ugly season for the veteran netminder who has surrendered 21 goals on 196 shots through eight games this season. That's a 2.99 GAA and .893% save percentage. However he's fared well against the Devils since 2013, in 10 starts, nine with the Islanders, he's recorded six starts with two goals allowed or fewer.
Keith Kinkaid will indeed start on Friday 12-19-2014
Keith Kinkaid G NJ
Confirming an earlier report, Keith Kinkaid will indeed get his third start of the season Friday night against Tampa Bay.

Rich Chere
In three starts and five games played, he's allowed just five goals on 86 shots so far this season.
Steve Mason will miss Flyers' next two games 12-19-2014
Steve Mason G PHI
Steve Mason won't play on Saturday or Sunday due to an upper-body injury.
The ailment is likely related to Mason's back. Flyers GM Ron Hextall said that the Flyers will provide an additional update on Monday. It seems reasonable to believe that Ray Emery will start in at least one, if not both, of Philadelphia's weekend games, but that's just speculation at this point.
Jordie Benn (flu) is out Friday 12-19-2014
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Jordie Benn will miss Friday's game against Calgary due to the flu.

Roger Million on Twitter
Benn has six assists and 18 penalty minutes in 26 games this season. With Benn unavailable, Jamie Oleksiak is expected to play Friday.
Carl Gunnarsson isn't over his concussion 12-19-2014
Carl Gunnarsson D STL
Carl Gunnarsson is dealing with concussion symptoms again.

Jeremy Rutherford on Twitter
It looked like Gunnarsson was finally in the clear as far as his head injury goes, but that's not the case. The Blues will play in San Jose on Saturday, but Gunnarsson has been sent back to St. Louis. He also recently experienced stiffness in his surgically-repaired hip.
Matthew Nieto (ankle) might be back Dec. 27 12-19-2014
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Matthew Nieto (ankle) has been on the ice Thursday and Friday.

David Pollak on Twitter
Nieto won't be available on Saturday or Monday, but he might be back in the Sharks' return from the Christmas break on Dec. 27. Tommy Wingels might lose his top-six spot when Nieto returns.
Nashville reverses course on Viktor Stalberg 12-19-2014
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Viktor Stalberg has been called up by the Nashville Predators.
Stalberg cleared waivers earlier on Friday, but the Predators reversed course while putting Paul Gaustad on the injured reserve list. If Stalberg plays on Saturday, it will probably be in a minimal role.
Paul Gaustad (LBI) is on the IR list 12-19-2014
Paul Gaustad C NAS
Paul Gaustad (lower body) has been placed on the injured reserve list.
Gaustad has been sidelined for three straight contests. The Predators used the freed roster spot to call up Viktor Stalberg, who was just sent to the minors after clearing waivers.
Robyn Regehr out 2-3 weeks with hand injury 12-19-2014
Robyn Regehr D LA
Robyn Regehr is dealing with a hand injury.

Curtis Zupke on Twitter
Regehr will be out for the next two-to-three weeks as a result. Assuming he misses just two weeks, Regehr will be unavailable for eight contests. He has five points and 27 penalty minutes in 30 games this season.
Carter Ashton will have a conditioning stint 12-19-2014
Carter Ashton RW TOR
Carter Ashton will report to the AHL Marlies for a conditioning assignment.

Stephen Whyno on Twitter
Ashton completed a 20-game suspension for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program. This will give him a chance to get back up to speed before he plays with the Maple Leafs.
Rangers confirm Cameron Talbot signing 12-19-2014
Cam Talbot G NYR
The New York Rangers have confirmed that they have re-signed Cameron Talbot.

Blueshirts United
The team didn't disclose the terms of Talbot's contract, but it's a one-year, $1.45 million deal, per Larry Brooks' earlier report. Over the past two seasons, Talbot has established himself as a solid backup and a great fallback option should Henrik Lundqvist suffer an injury. That being said, Lundqvist still has a firm hold on the number one job and that limits Talbot's fantasy value.
Sharks loan Mirco Mueller to Team Switzerland 12-19-2014
Mirco Mueller D SJ
Mirco Mueller has been loaned to Team Switzerland for the World Juniors.

Dhiren Mahiban on Twitter
Mueller has spent six of San Jose's last nine games in the press box. This will give him a chance to get plenty of minutes against the world's top talent in his age bracket.
Brett Lernout agrees to entry-level contract 12-19-2014
Hunter Smith RW CAL
Brett Lernout has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with Montreal.
Lernout was taken with the 73rd overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He has 19 points and 41 penalty minutes in 35 contests with the WHL Swift Current Broncos.
Derick Brassard (mumps) is probable Saturday 12-19-2014
Derick Brassard C NYR
Derick Brassard (mumps) is projected to play on Saturday. on Twitter
Brassard will take part in the Saturday morning skate before a final determination is made though. If Brassard is available, he will be on a line with Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello, which means J.T. Miller will be playing a reduced role.
Henrik Lundqvist will start on Saturday 12-19-2014
Henrik Lundqvist G NYR
Henrik Lundqvist is expected to start on Saturday. on Twitter
A decision hasn't been made yet regarding Sunday's contest. Lundqvist has started in four straight contests and has allowed just six goals over that span.
Karri Ramo (illness) is available Friday 12-19-2014
Karri Ramo G CAL
Karri Ramo (illness) took part in Friday's morning skate.

Wes Gilbertson on Twitter
Ramo missed Thursday's practice due to the sickness. He should be fine to backup Jonas Hiller on Friday.
Habs call Max Pacioretty (UBI) day-to-day 12-19-2014
Max Pacioretty LW MON
Max Pacioretty (upper body) is day-to-day, according to Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.
Pacioretty was hospitalized after he was knocked into the boards by Anaheim's Clayton Stoner. Obviously with him being listed as day-to-day, there's still the chance that he'll be back in the near future, but it's hard to say unless more details are revealed. While he's sidelined, Michael Bournival is projected to take his spot on a line with Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher.
Eric Tangradi is back in the minors 12-19-2014
Eric Tangradi LW MON
Montreal has sent Eric Tangradi to the minors.
Tangradi was called up for Thursday's game against Anaheim. He had a minus-one rating and logged 5:34 minutes of ice time in that contest.
Habs send Tokarski on conditioning stint 12-19-2014
Dustin Tokarski G MON
Dustin Tokarski has been sent to AHL Hamilton for a conditioning stint.
Tokarski hasn't been used since Nov. 29 and with Montreal's upcoming schedule light, he wasn't likely to play in the near future. He has a 2.44 GAA and .914 save percentage in seven contests this season.
Report: Cameron Talbot agrees to 1-year deal 12-19-2014
Cam Talbot G NYR
Cameron Talbot has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $1.45 million extension for the 2015-16 campaign.

Larry Brooks on Twitter
The Rangers are nearly tripling Talbot's current salary of $575,000 to prevent him from walking as an unrestricted free agent this summer. He's emerged as a great backup goaltender with a 2.34 GAA and .921 save percentage in seven games in 2013-14. He also posted a 1.64 GAA and .941 save percentage in 21 contests last season.
Carter Ashton completes his suspension 12-19-2014
Carter Ashton RW TOR
Carter Ashton has completed his 20-game suspension for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

James Mirtle on Twitter
Ashton can play on Saturday if coach Randy Carlyle wants him in the lineup. Even if Ashton does play, it will likely be as a fourth liner.
Andre Burakovsky will play in two AHL games 12-19-2014
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The plan is to have Andre Burakovsky play in two games with AHL Hershey.

Alex Prewitt on Twitter
Burakovsky has been a healthy scratch in five of Washington's last six games, so this will give him a chance to play. The Capitals decided not to loan Burakovsky to Sweden for the World Juniors, which obviously would have allowed him to log big minutes in a high stakes environment.
Duncan Keith isn't suffering from the mumps 12-19-2014
Duncan Keith D CHI
Duncan Keith doesn't have the mumps.

Chris Kuc on Twitter
The Blackhawks didn't think Keith had the mumps, but at this point any time a player gets sick, NHL teams have to act with caution. Keith will be available for Saturday's game.
Edmonton sends Brandon Davidson to AHL 12-19-2014
Brandon Davidson D EDM
Brandon Davidson has been sent to the minors. on Twitter
Davidson has no points and a minus-one rating in four games with Edmonton in 2014-15. He averaged 14:12 minutes per contest.
Corey Crawford (LBI) will start on Saturday 12-19-2014
Corey Crawford G CHI
Corey Crawford will start for the Blackhawks on Saturday.

Chris Kuc on Twitter
Crawford hasn't played since Nov. 29 due to a lower-body injury. He has a 1.87 GAA and .929 save percentage in 18 contests. Now that he's healthy, he should get the lion's share of Chicago's starts, which will obviously hurt Antti Raanta's fantasy value.
Steve Mason suffers injury during practice 12-19-2014
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Steve Mason left Friday's practice due to an injury.

Tim Panaccio on Twitter
There was some speculation among the Flyers players that Mason might have had a back spasm, but there's been no confirmation of that. For now we can't say for certain that Mason will miss any playing time, but if he's not available on Saturday then Ray Emery will probably get the start.
Derick Brassard takes part in Friday's skate 12-19-2014
Derick Brassard C NYR
Derick Brassard (mumps) took part in Friday's practice. on Twitter
Brassard was officially diagnosed with the illness on Wednesday, but he is presumably past the contagious phase. He skated on a line with Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello. It's not clear if he'll play on Saturday, but if he does, expect it to be on that line. That would be bad news for J.T. Miller as he has been playing with Nash and Zuccarello.
Adam Larsson will rejoin Devils Saturday 12-19-2014
Adam Larsson D NJ
Adam Larsson (mumps) will only spend Friday in the AHL on his current conditioning stint.

Tom Gulitti on Twitter
Larsson might play on Saturday against Washington as a result. He has a goal and four points in 17 games this season.
Viktor Stalberg clears waivers 12-19-2014
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Viktor Stalberg went unclaimed on waivers.

Renaud Lavoie on Twitter
No surprise there given his $3 million annual cap hit through 2016-17. The Predators signed Stalberg in the hopes that he could serve as a top-six forward on their squad, but it hasn't worked out. He has just eight goals and 18 points in 75 games with Nashville over the last two seasons.
Mark Fraser goes unclaimed on waivers 12-19-2014
Mark Fraser D EDM
Mark Fraser has successfully cleared waivers.

Rich Chere on Twitter
Fraser inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Devils on Thursday and was promptly put on waivers so that he could continue to play for AHL Albany. Fraser has three points and 23 penalty minutes in 12 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Jacob Josefson (groin) might play Friday 12-19-2014
Jacob Josefson C NJ
Jacob Josefson (groin) is healthy enough to play on Friday after all.

Rich Chere on Twitter
That doesn't mean Josefson will though as Devils coach Peter DeBoer hasn't made that determination yet. DeBoer might still opt to use Tim Sestito on the fourth line after he was called up to fill in for Josefson.
Travis Hamonic (UBI) is back Friday 12-19-2014
Travis Hamonic D NYI
Travis Hamonic (upper body) has been taken off of the injured reserve list. on Twitter
That sets the stage for Hamonic to play on Friday. He has six points and 48 penalty minutes in 21 contests this season. Johnny Boychuk (upper body) will also return to the lineup Friday night, which will likely result in Matt Donovan being listed as a healthy scratch.
Johnny Boychuk is set to return on Friday 12-19-2014
John Boychuk D NYI
Johnny Boychuk (upper body) has been activated off of the injured reserve list. on Twitter
Boychuk is expected to play on Friday after missing nine straight contests. He has two goals and 14 points in 21 games this season. With Boychuk and Travis Hamonic now healthy, Matt Donovan will probably be scratched Friday night.
Capitals send Andre Burakovsky to the minors 12-19-2014
Andre Burakovsky LW WAS
Andre Burakovsky has been sent to AHL Hershey.

CSN Washington
Burakovsky has been a healthy scratch in five of Washington's last six games. This is less than a week after the Washington Capitals decided not to loan Burakovsky to Team Sweden for the World Juniors. He has four goals and 13 points in 26 games this season.
James Sheppard nets a goal on Thursday 12-19-2014
James Sheppard C SJ
James Sheppard scored a goal in the Sharks' 4-3 victory against Edmonton Thursday night.

CSN Bay Area
Sheppard has four goals and 10 points in 27 games this season. He should get 20-25 points in 2014-15.
Thomas Greiss doesn't have the mumps 12-19-2014
Thomas Greiss G PIT
Thomas Greiss' illness isn't the mumps.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The Penguins isolated Greiss for precautionary reasons. He missed Thursday's game against Colorado, but he might be available on Saturday.
Robert Bortuzzo tests negative for the mumps 12-19-2014
Robert Bortuzzo D PIT
Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) doesn't have the mumps.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The Penguins tested Bortuzzo after he started feeling ill on Wednesday. He's still sidelined with an upper-body injury.
Olli Maatta becomes latest player with mumps 12-19-2014
Olli Maatta D PIT
Olli Maatta, who was already dealing with a shoulder injury, has tested positive for the mumps.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Maatta wasn't believed to be close to returning to the Penguins' lineup, so this might not change a lot in terms of when he'll play next. Even still, it's hard not to feel for Maatta, who has gotten far more than his fair share of bad news this season. In addition to reinjuring his surgically-repaired shoulder and getting the mumps, he also had to have surgery to remove a cancerous growth on his thyroid gland.
Lecavalier has limited minutes in his return 12-19-2014
Vincent Lecavalier C PHI
Vincent Lecavalier was limited to 11:48 minutes in the Flyers' 2-1 shootout loss on Thursday.

CSN Philadelphia
Lecavalier was used during the shootout, but failed to convert on his opportunity. He spent six of Philadelphia's previous seven games as a healthy scratch and the one exception was a game he missed due to a lower-body injury. As we previously mentioned, the Flyers have limited Lecavalier's playing time all season, so the larger issue of Lecavalier's role with Philadelphia to be solved with his return to the lineup. That said, this situation is still worth monitoring.
Devils will likely start Keith Kinkaid Friday 12-19-2014
Keith Kinkaid G NJ
Keith Kinkaid will probably start for the New Jersey Devils on Friday.

The Bergen Record
It's a rare night off for Cory Schneider, who has already made 30 starts this season. Kinkaid is still searching for his first NHL victory after turning aside 31 of 33 shots in regulation in a 3-2 shootout loss on Monday. Cory Schneider should be back between the pipes on Saturday.
Jacob Josefson (groin) is out Friday 12-19-2014
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Jacob Josefson (groin) isn't expected to play on Friday.

The Bergen Record
Josefson sustained the injury on Wednesday and missed Friday's practice. The Devils called up Tim Sestito and he's taking Josefson's place on the fourth line with Steve Bernier and Jordin Tootoo.
New Jersey promotes Tim Sestito 12-19-2014
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Tim Sestito has been called up by the New Jersey Devils.

The Bergen Record
Sestito made his season debut with New Jersey on Monday, but was demoted on Tuesday. He's back in the NHL because the Devils need another forward after Jacob Josefson sustained a groin injury.
Devils put Damon Severson on IR list 12-19-2014
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Damon Severson has been placed on the injured reserve list with a hairline fracture in his ankle.

The Bergen Record
Severson is expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks due to the injury. He was moved to the injured reserve list to make room for Adam Larsson (mumps), who has been sent to AHL Albany for a conditioning stint.
Adam Larsson is on a conditioning stint 12-19-2014
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Adam Larsson (mumps) has been sent to AHL Albany on a conditioning assignment.

The Bergen Record
Larsson hasn't played since Dec. 2, so he'll get some work in with Albany before rejoining the Devils. He has a goal and four points in 17 games this season.
Dwight King finds back out the net vs. Blues 12-19-2014
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Dwight King scored a goal in a 6-4 victory against St. Louis on Thursday.

Los Angeles Daily News
King has four goals and nine points in 32 games in 2014-15. He'll continue to provide Los Angeles with some secondary scoring, but he doesn't have enough offensive upside to warrant picking him up in standard leagues.
Wild return Brett Sutter to the minors 12-19-2014
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Minnesota reassigned Brett Sutter to AHL Iowa on Thursday.
He skated in two games with Minnesota, where he posted one assist and four penalty minutes. In 56 career NHL appearances, Sutter has two goals and eight points.
John Curry returns to AHL Iowa 12-19-2014
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John Curry has been returned to the minors.
He was brought up for Wednesday's game against Boston because Darcy Kuemper was dealing with an illness.
Matt Cooke projected to return on Saturday 12-19-2014
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Matt Cooke (hip) may be back in the lineup on Saturday.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
His second practice in seven and a half weeks will take place on Friday, but coach Mike Yeo doesn't see that as much of a problem. "In a perfect world, we'd probably have a little bit more time and a little bit more practice," said Minnesota's bench boss. "But it's not like he hasn't been skating. He's been skating for a long time. At some point, we've got to throw him right into the fire and work out some of the kinks." Cooke hasn't played since Oct. 28 because of a hip flexor problem.
Jordie Benn (illness) expected to play Friday 12-19-2014
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Jordie Benn missed Thursday's practice with an illness.

Mike Heika on Twitter
However, he is expected to play on Friday against Calgary. Benn has six assists and 42 blocks in 26 games for the Stars this year.
Jordan Eberle ends scoring slump 12-19-2014
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Jordan Eberle had an assist in a 4-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

Edmonton Sun
Eberle had been held off the scoresheet in his previous four games. Like the Oilers as a whole, Eberle has underwhelmed this season with six goals and 19 points in 32 games this season.
Steve Pinizzotto nets his 2nd goal of 2014-15 12-19-2014
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Steve Pinizzotto scored a goal in a 4-3 loss to San Jose Thursday night.

Edmonton Sun
Pinizzotto has two goals and three points in 15 games this season. He's not expected to have any fantasy value in standard leagues going forward.
Dallas wants more shots on the power play 12-19-2014
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Dallas wants to generate more shots on the power play.

Dallas Morning News
The Stars have 106 shots on 106 power-play attempts. Last season, the club was fourth in the league in power-play shots with 463 over 290 opportunities. "That's something that we've recently tried to fix, and we've gotten better, a lot better," coach Lindy Ruff said. "We had a good power play early, but it was a one-shot power play - the 'perfect' shot. Now, we're doing a better job of getting pucks to the front and getting some second opportunities." Dallas currently ranks 24th in the league in power-play efficiency this season.
Ryan Johansen has 28 points in 31 games 12-19-2014
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Ryan Johansen had an assist in a 5-4 overtime loss to Washington on Thursday.

Columbus Dispatch
With that point, Johansen prevented his scoring drought from matching his season-high mark of three games. He has nine goals and 28 points in 31 contests in 2014-15.
Michael Chaput gets first goal and fight 12-19-2014
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Michael Chaput had an eventful night on Thursday as he recorded the first goal and first fight of his career.

Columbus Dispatch
Chaput's marker helped send the Blue Jackets to overtime, although they still lost 5-4 to Washington. The 22-year-old forward was playing in his 44th career game.
Nathan Gerbe has a two-point game 12-19-2014
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Nathan Gerbe recorded two assists to help Carolina earn a 4-1 win against Toronto on Thursday.

Raleigh News & Observer
Gerbe hadn't recorded a point since Nov. 29. He now has three goals and 12 points in 27 games in 2014-15.
Eric Staal gets two assists against Toronto 12-19-2014
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Eric Staal had two assists in Carolina's 4-1 win against Toronto Thursday night.

Raleigh News & Observer
Even after that, Staal has just 18 points in 26 games this season. He's typically good for at least 70 points a season, but obviously he's well off that pace at the moment. We're still looking for him to salvage this campaign at least somewhat though with a stronger second half.
Semyon Varlamov (groin) set to practice Fri. 12-19-2014
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Semyon Varlamov (groin) is projected to join the Avalanche for practice on Friday.

Denver Post
Calvin Pickard has played well during Varlamov's absences this season with a groin issue, but coach Patrick Roy was quick to say that Varlamov is still the team's number one goaltender. "Let's not forget what Varly did for this team last year. Varly is our No. 1 goalie and he will be our No. 1 goalie," Roy said. "We'll see when he comes back and how he plays. But I understand everybody has seen how Pickard is playing and everybody is very excited about him. But we were all very excited about Varly last year." When Varlamov is healthy, Pickard will probably go back to the minors.
Jonas Hiller will get the nod on Friday 12-19-2014
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Jonas Hiller is expected to start on Friday.

Calgary Sun
Karri Ramo missed Thursday's practice due to an illness, but Hiller was scheduled to start even before Ramo got sick. Hiller has a 2.42 GAA and .914 save percentage in 20 games this season.
Karri Ramo is dealing with an illness 12-19-2014
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Karri Ramo missed Thursday's practice due to an illness.

Calgary Sun
Although the Flames have no reason to suspect that Ramo has the mumps, he's being tested for it. The Flames just want to err on the side of caution given the outbreak that's impacted at least 15 NHL players so far. Ramo won't get the start on Friday even if he's healthy as Jonas Hiller was already penciled in to start in that contest.
Devante Smith-Pelly ends point drought 12-19-2014
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Devante Smith-Pelly ended a five-game point drought on Thursday.

Orange County Register
Smith-Pelly had an assist in the Ducks' 2-1 victory against Montreal. That gives him eight assists and 12 points in 31 games this season.
Rickard Rakell has 4 points in last 6 games 12-19-2014
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Rickard Rakell had an assist in Anaheim's 2-1 victory over Montreal.

Orange County Register
Rakell has recorded at least a point in four of his last six contests. It's been a rare offensive outburst for him as he has just seven points in 23 games this season.
Nikita Kucherov has been much more confident 12-19-2014
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Nikita Kucherov's better understanding of the English language has contributed to his successful 2014-15 campaign.

Tampa Bay Times
"Now that Kucherov knows the language, he's completely different," coach Jon Cooper said. "He's effective on the ice, off the ice. He's a much more confident kid because he knows the language. It does have a big part of how the kids act." He's still relatively quiet, but he is communicating better with his coaches and teammates. Kucherov has been superb on a line with Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat this campaign. He has already surpassed his offensive totals from his rookie season by recording 12 goals and 29 points just 33 games into the 2014-15 campaign.
Ottawa giving Jean-Gabriel Pageau a chance 12-19-2014
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Jean-Gabriel Pageau will get a chance to earn his way back with Ottawa.

Ottawa Citizen
The Senators announced Thursday that Curtis Lazar will be loaned to Canada for the World Junior Championship, which opens up another spot for a team that was already missing Zack Smith and Chris Neil due to injuries. Pageau, who made his season debut this past Wednesday versus New Jersey, is excited for the opportunity.
Bryan Allen (flu) has been cleared to play 12-19-2014
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Bryan Allen (flu) is available to play when needed.

Montreal Gazette
He's still on the Canadiens' injured reserve list, but he's been cleared to return to action. Allen has been out of the lineup since Dec. 3.
Mike Weaver (concussion) ready to return 12-19-2014
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Mike Weaver has been cleared to return from his concussion.

Montreal Gazette
However, he didn't play Thursday and he's still listed on Montreal's injured reserve. Weaver hasn't played since Dec. 6.
Brandon Pirri draws back in for Florida 12-19-2014
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Brandon Pirri was back in the lineup on Thursday.

Miami Herald
He was scratched for Tuesday's marathon shootout win over Washington, but he got to play in Thursday's shootout versus Philadelphia and he helped out with a goal in a 2-1 win. Pirri replaced injured forward Brad Boyes in the lineup. During regulation, he played alongside Aleksander Barkov and Sean Bergenheim. He hasn't earned a point in his past nine games.
Max Pacioretty suffers UBI in loss to Ducks 12-19-2014
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Max Pacioretty suffered an upper-body injury in Thursday's loss to Anaheim and he went to the hospital as a precaution.

Montreal Gazette
He had to be helped off the ice after he was pushed into the boards by Anaheim defenseman Clayton Stoner and he appeared to suffer a rib injury on the play. An update on Pacioretty's status is expected to come Friday, but it wouldn't be surprising if he wasn't available for Saturday night against Ottawa.
Josh Gorges should return Saturday night 12-19-2014
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Josh Gorges (finger) should be available for Saturday's game versus Colorado.

Buffalo News
"I think so, but then again I thought I was playing the last two," Gorges said. "We'll re-evaluate it, wait to hear what the trainers and doctors have to say, but I don't think there's any reason I wouldn't be in the lineup." He has sat out the last two games with a finger injury, but participated fully in Thursday's practice.
Cody McCormick out week-to-week 12-19-2014
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Cody McCormick is out on a week-to-week basis with an undisclosed injury.

Buffalo News
He has missed the past three games with the unknown ailment. The Sabres will need to recall a forward from the minors for Saturday's game against Colorado and it will be probably be Mikhail Grigorenko.
Jeff Carter has fifth career four-point game 12-19-2014
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Jeff Carter recorded his fifth career four-point game on Thursday night as the Kings beat the Blues 6-4. Carter's loan goal tied the game up at four just 20 seconds into the third period. Martin Brodeur simply couldn't get over into to prevent the one-timer from going in. Carter now leads the team in assists with 16 and points with 24 in 33 games this season. He has yet to have a five-point game.
Gaborik completes Kings comeback 12-19-2014
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Marian Gaborik started and completed the Kings' big 6-4 comeback win over the Blues on Thursday night. The Blues were up 3-0 by the 16 minute mark in the first period, but Gaborik slammed home a rebound to make it 3-1 not two minutes later. After assisting on Kopitar's goal, he tied it up at three with just under four minutes left in the second period. That's right, Gabby was part of LA's first three goals. He now has nine goals and 14 points in 21 games this season.
Five points, new single game high for Kopitar 12-19-2014
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Anze Kopitar set a new career high for most points in a game with five in LA's come-from-behind victory over St. Louis, 6-4. Three other times Kopitar has recorded at least four points in a game, but on this night, he added a new notch to the belt. Only Dwight King went unassisted by the guiding his hand. Kopitar now sits tied for third with Drew Doughty on the team in scoring with 19 points.
Petteri Lindbohm records first NHL point 12-19-2014
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Petteri Lindbohm recorded his first career NHL point when Dmitrij Jaskin deflected his low shot up high and past Jonathan Quick, though the Blues still lost Thursday night 6-4. Originally selected 176th overall in the 2012 Entry Draft by the Blues, Lindbohm, a 21 year old from Helsinki, Finland, has been averaging over 12 minutes a night with them through is first eight games in the bigs. Welcome to the record books, kiddo.
Dmitrij Jaskin scores second of the season 12-19-2014
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Dmitrij Jaskin scored his second goal of the season Thursday night, but the Blues still lost to the Kings 6-4. It was a textbook tip as Jaskin deflected Petteri Lindbohm's low shot up high over and past Jonathan Quick to make it 2-0 Blues late in the first period. The talented youngster now has two goals in seven games this season.
David Backes nets eighth of the season 12-19-2014
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David Backes opened the scoring with his eighth goal of the season on Thursday night, but the Blues still fell to the Kings 6-4. It was a sick power play tip-in as Backes reached out to his left and pulled the puck towards him using the shaft to beat Jonathan Quick. The Captain leads the team in power play points with six.
Shattenkirk picks up fifth goal of the season 12-19-2014
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Kevin Shattenkirk picked up his fifth goal of the season on the power play Thursday night, but the Kings stormed back to win 6-4. Shattenkirk's tally gave the Blues a 3-0 lead with four minutes left in the third, the Kings would outscore the 6-1 over the next 36:06 of play. Impressively, Shattenkirk was +/-0 on the night.
Jori Lehtera snaps 15-game goalless drought 12-19-2014
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It had been 15 games since Jori Lehtera found the back of the net, unfortunatley the Blues couldn't hang on to his lead as they fell to LA 6-4. Lehtera went backhand-shelf on Jonathan Quick to give the Blues the 4-3 lead late in the second period. Despite the drought, he still leads all rookies in points 24 and trails only Josh Jooris of the Calgary Flames in goals with eight
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Eric Tangradi was called up from the minors on Thursday December 18.
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Oscar Klefbom returned to action on Thursday December 18.
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Boyd Gordon returned to action on Thursday December 18.
Jonathan Quick gets bailed out by his team 12-19-2014
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Jonathan Quick let in three early goals to the Blues on Thursday night, but the Kings snatched victory from the jaws of defeat 6-4. While the David Backes and Dmitrij Jaskin's goals to open the scoring were sick tips, Quick was beaten over the shoulder on stoppable shots by Kevin Shattenkirk and Jori Lehtera. Fortunately for Quick, Martin Brodeur was much worse at the other end. Quick stopped 24-28 in the effort.
Martin Brodeur blows big lead, loses 6-4 12-19-2014
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Martin Brodeur could not retain an early 3-0 lead over the Kings on Thursday night as the Blues fell 6-4. Brodeur was beaten five times to his blocker side, four of which on straight shots. His reaction speed simply looked slow, and his angles off, especially to his right. It's one thing to have a stinker now and again, but at age 42 and stepping into the season mid-stream, this may be cause for a bit more concern as he stopped 31-37 shots sent his way.
Nugent-Hopkins scores team leading ninth goal 12-19-2014
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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored his ninth goal of the season Thursday night, but the Oilers still fell to the Sharks 4-3. It was a solid goal as he drove to the net, cleaning up the garbage to give the Oilers a 3-2 lead midway through the game. RNH now leads the Oilers in both goals with nine and points with 21.
David Perron assists twice, Oil lose 4-3 12-19-2014
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David Perron picked up a pair of assists in the Oilers' 4-3 loss to the Sharks on Thursday night. Classic hockey secondary helpers. Perron dug through the muck along the offensive wall to keep the play alive and was fortunate to be part of the string of possession leading to the goals. Full marks to him for doing great work. Perron now has 12 assists and 17 points on the season.
Barclay Goodrow scores break away winner 12-19-2014
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Barclay Goodrow scored his first career game-winning goal, on a break away no less, Thursday night over the Oilers. Goodrow started his night by making a sweet dish to James Sheppard for a slam-dunk of a goal to tie the game at one early in the second. His goal came midway through the third on a break away as he fended off Justin Schultz to score on the backhand. He now has five points in 17 games this season.
Logan Couture scores a beauty in 4-3 win 12-19-2014
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Logan Couture scored a beauty of a snapper for his 13th goal of the season in San Jose's 4-3 win over Edmonton on Thursday night. After Barclay Goodrow drew four, yes four, Oilers to him at the offensive blue line, Goodrow sprung Couture into the zone where he released a deceptive cross-ice snapshot below the dot. Scrivens barely moved. Couture now shares the team lead in points with 28 with Joe Thornton.
Melker Karlsson nets two assists in 4-3 win 12-19-2014
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Melker Karlsson recorded his first career multi-point game as he assisted on two goals in San Jose's 4-3 win over Edmonton Thursday night. Karlsson book-ended the Sharks' scoring, collecting Barclay Goodrow's wide shot and keeping the play alive behind the Oilers' net leading to James Sheppard's goal to tie it at one early in the second. He later collected a blocked shot in the defensive zone and fed it to Brent Burns who sprung Goodrow for the eventual game-wining goal. They may be classic hockey secondary assists, but there's little doubting the importance of Karlsson's awareness and play. He now has three points in four games.
Matt Tennyson scores first NHL goal 12-19-2014
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Matt Tennyson had a special night on Thursday as he scored his first career NHL goal. Down 3-2 midway through the third, Tommy Wingels hit the streaking Tennyson with a hard pass down the right wing. After two strides, Tennyson wristed one through Ben Scrivens' five-hole to tie it at three, on the power play no less. He finished with two shots, hits, blocks, give aways, and a take away in 15:59 of play.
Antti Niemi allows three to Oil, still wins 12-19-2014
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Antti Niemi did not have his best night, but stopping 25-28 shots the Oilers sent his way was good enough for the 4-3 victory. Niemi should have stopped each goal as none were through screens, tips, or via lasers. Quite simply, he didn't have a good game against a team who had scored three or more goals just twice in their previous 15 games. Just once in their previous nine. But a win is a win, as they say.
Ben Scrivens allows four in loss to Sharks 12-19-2014
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Ben Scrivens did not have a good night, stopping just 26-30 shots in the 4-3 loss to San Jose on Thursday night. At some point you want to be forgiving because he's playing behind Edmonton's idea of defense, but he could have stopped each goal. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Scrivens is the worst starting goalie in hockey right now.
Robyn Regehr leaves game with UBI 12-19-2014
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Robyn Regehr left Thursday's game against St. Louis in the second period with an upper body injury, he is not expected to return.

Jon Rosen
It's not clear on which play Regehr was hurt, but hopefully it's not a head injury. The veteran defender played 6:27 with an interference penalty and four hits.