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Jannik Hansen not on the ice for practice 12-21-2014
Jannik Hansen RW VAN
Jannik Hansen is not on the ice for Canucks' practice on Sunday.

Vancouver Canucks on Twitter
Hansen collapsed on the bench after taking a hit in Saturday's game. It was a scary incident, but all signs point to Hansen being fine. Still, the injury has forced him to miss at least one practice. The 28-year-old has eight goals and 13 points in 32 games. There is no timetable for his return.
Zack Kassian is practising with Canucks 12-21-2014
Zack Kassian RW VAN
Zack Kassian was on the ice for the Canucks' practice on Sunday.

Vancouver Canucks on Twitter
Kassian has been out since November 28th with the finger injury. The 23-year-old has two goals, five points and 26 penalty minutes in 17 games this season.
Francois Beauchemin at Ducks practice on SUN 12-21-2014
Francois Beauchemin D ANA
Francois Beauchemin (finger) was at Ducks' practice on Sunday.

Anaheim Ducks on Twitter
Beauchemin has been out since November 28th with the injury. It's been a tough season for the 34-year-old. He's suffered through the finger injury, and he had a case of the mumps as well. He should be close to returning to the Ducks' lineup. He has five assists in 18 games this season.
Kyle Palmieri (shoulder) not practising 12-21-2014
Kyle Palmieri C ANA
Kyle Palmieri (shoulder) is not on the ice for Ducks' practice on Sunday.

Eric Stephens on Twitter
The 23-year-old has missed the team's last two games with the injury. Palmieri missed the first 18 games of the season with an ankle injury, so this is another blow for him. He has nine points in 15 games this season.
Corey Perry taking part in practice 12-21-2014
Corey Perry RW ANA
Corey Perry is skating with his Ducks' teammates on Sunday.

Eric Stephens on Twitter
Perry has been out since December 7th because of a knee injury. He will be a welcomed addition to Anaheim's lineup. The sniper has scored an impressive 14 goals in 23 games this season. Originally, he was expected back in late December or early January. He was not skating on a particular line during line rushes.
Ondrej Pavelec will start on Sunday 12-21-2014
Ondrej Pavelec G WPG
Ondrej Pavelec will start Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Ken Wiebe on Twitter
The 27-year-old is 10-8-4 this season with a 2.27 goals-against-average and a .916 save percentage. The goalie rotation continues in Winnipeg.
Sabres send Tyson Strachan to IR 12-21-2014
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The Buffalo Sabres have placed Tyson Strachan on injured reserve.

Buffalo Sabres PR on Twitter
The 30-year-old has four assists and a minus-9 rating in 18 games this season. He averages just over 19 minutes per game for the Sabres.
Torrey Mitchell placed on injured reserve 12-21-2014
Torrey Mitchell C BUF
The Buffalo Sabres have placed Torrey Mitchell on injured reserve.

Buffalo Sabres PR on Twitter
Mitchell has missed two consecutive games with a lower body injury. He's considered week-to-week at this point. The 29-year-old has six points in 31 games this season.
John-Michael Liles to play on Sunday 12-21-2014
John-Michael Liles D CAR
John-Michael Liles will return to action on Sunday after missing three games with an upper body injury.

Chantel McCabe on Twitter
The defenseman will replace Michal Jordan on the blueline. Liles has a goal and six assists in 22 games with a minus-four rating. He is not fantasy-worthy at this time.
Sabres recall Mark Pysyk from AHL 12-21-2014
Mark Pysyk D BUF
The Buffalo Sabres recalled Mark Pysyk from the minors.

Buffalo Sabres on Twitter
Tyler Myers left Saturday's game with an injury, so the Sabres are just calling up a defenseman incase he can't play. The 22-year-old hasn't played a game in the NHL this season.
Tim Schaller recalled from minors 12-21-2014
Tim Schaller C BUF
The Buffalo Sabres have recalled Tim Schaller for the AHL.

Buffalo Sabres on Twitter
The Sabres have a few players out with the flu, so Schaller should get an opportunity to play during this call-up. The 24-year-old has no points in two games this season.
Anton Khudobin will start on Sunday for Canes 12-21-2014
Anton Khudobin G CAR
Anton Khudobin will get the start in goal for Carolina on Sunday.

Chantel McCabe on Twitter
It's hard to believe that many thought that Khudobin should be the starter at the beginning of the season but that was the consensus of many. Khudobin has yet to win this season and is 0-7-2 with a 3.11 GAA and a .892 save percentage. Assume your own risk in playing him tonight.
Dustin Byfuglien takes part in Jets' practice 12-21-2014
Dustin Byfuglien D WPG
Dustin Byfuglien took part in Winnipeg's practice on Saturday.

Winnipeg Free Press
Byfuglien left the Jets' last game on Friday night late in the third period after taking a high stick "to the chops". The injury shouldn't force him to miss any time.
Blue Jackets recall Sean Collins from AHL 12-21-2014
Sean Collins C CLB
The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled Sean Collins from the minors.
The move was necessitated by the injury to Boone Jenner as it will keep him out of the lineup for a month or two.
Jets expect Enstrom/Bogosian to return in JAN 12-21-2014
Tobias Enstrom D WPG
Winnipeg Jets' head coach Paul Maurice said he expects Tobias Enstrom and Zach Bogosian to return some time in January.

Winnipeg Free Press
Bogosian has been out with a lower body injury since December 5th, while Tobias Enstrom has also been out with a lower body injury since November 25th. The Jets' defense is really banged up. They're also missing Jacob Trouba and Mark Stuart.
Paul Maurice has no set plan for goalies 12-21-2014
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Paul Maurice says he doesn't have a specific plan for his goaltenders going forward.

Winnipeg Free Press
Both Michael Hutchinson and Ondrej Pavelec have played well this season. "No. I have no idea," said Paul Maurice. "So the reason is that it wasn't a plan to do it. We talked early about shortening the duration that Mike was out and that his play was so good that he has to go. Each goalie now deserves to go back in the net after their performance. And now that it's gone for more than just a couple of games of rotation, one off night doesn't take him out of that rotation. So they're playing well and I'm really concentrating on not over-thinking it."
Thomas Vanek scores late to send game to OT 12-21-2014
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Thomas Vanek scored a goal in Minnesota's 6-5 overtime loss to Nashville.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Vanek scored in the final minute of the third period to send the game to overtime, but the Wild couldn't pick up the extra point. The 30-year-old also picked up an assist on Zach Parise's first period goal. Vanek has six points in his last six games, and has five goals and 20 points in 31 games overall this season.
Marco Scandella scores in loss to NSH 12-21-2014
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Marco Scandella scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 6-5 OT loss to Nashville.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Scandella's second period power play goal tied the game at 3-3. He also picked up an assist on Thomas Vanek's game-tying goal in the final minute of the third period. The 24-year-old has seven goals and 12 points in 27 games this season. He's currently on pace to score 20 goals from the backend, but he probably won't reach that total.
Aaron Ekblad picks up assist in loss 12-21-2014
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Aaron Ekblad assisted on Florida's only goal in their 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Ekblad helped set up Vincent Trocheck's first period goal. Ekblad also riffled a shot off the post at the end of the second period, which could have potentially tied the game at 2-2. The 18-year-old has five goals and 19 points in 31 games this season. Ekblad is having a phenomenal rookie season, but unfortunately Predators' forward Filip Forsberg has a firm grasp on the Calder trophy (top rookie).
Peter Holland not worried about road trip 12-21-2014
Peter Holland C TOR
Peter Holland is not worried about the team's upcoming seven-game road trip that starts in Chicago on Sunday.

Toronto Sun
"You look forward to the chance to get together as a team more than we do at home," center Peter Holland said. "This is kind of nice in the way it's broken up for the Christmas holidays (after the game Tuesday in Dallas) before we're playing five more. We can recharge the mental batteries and let the body rest up. It's nice to get away from the rink, get home with family and friends in the Toronto area and take my mind off things. But we just have to make sure we play Leaf hockey on the road." The Leafs are 5-3-3 on the road this season.
Tyler Johnson continues to produce for TB 12-21-2014
Tyler Johnson C TB
Tyler Johnson picked up an assist in Tampa Bay's 3-1 loss to the Islanders on Sunday.

Tampa Tribune
Johnson has been a breakout performer for the Lightning this season. The 24-year-old has picked up at least one point in 10 of his last 12 games. Johnson has 10 goals and 34 points in 34 games this season. It doesn't look like he will slow down anytime soon.
Riley Sheahan centering new line 12-21-2014
Riley Sheahan C DET
Riley Sheahan will center Tomas Jurco and Tomas Tatar on Sunday against Colorado.

Detroit News
The Red Wings are winless in their last five games and head coach Mike Babcock is trying to shake things up. Henrik Zetterberg was with Pavel Datsyuk and Justin Abdelkader, while Darren Helm was skating with Gustav Nyquist and Johan Franzen.
Stephen Weiss won't play on Sunday 12-21-2014
Stephen Weiss C DET
Stephen Weiss (shoulder) won't play in Sunday's game against Colorado.

Detroit News
Some thought that Weiss would be ready for Sunday's game but it won't happen. He will miss a fourth consecutive game because of the injury. The 31-year-old has four goals and six assists in 11 games this season. He's proving that he can still be productive at the NHL level, but he just can't stay healthy.
Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg reunited 12-21-2014
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Detroit head coach Mike Babcock reunited Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.

Detroit News
They will be skating on a line with winger Justin Abdelkader. Datsyuk and Zetterberg don't always play together, but Babcock reunites them every time the team needs a spark. "It's about winning," said Babcock of the decision to reunite Datsyuk and Zetterberg. "Whatever can help us win. It doesn't matter to me."
Mike Green scores first in two months 12-21-2014
Mike Green D WAS
Mike Green scored on Saturday and it was his first goal in almost two months.

Washington Post
The Washington blueliner last found the back of the net on October 22. Green has four goals and 15 points this season and remains a nice 2-3 defenseman in most pools.
David Backes plays in 600th NHL game 12-21-2014
David Backes RW STL
David Backes played in his 600th NHL game on Saturday night.

Bellevue News-Democrat
He is the 10th player in franchise history to appear in 600 games. Backes' offensive production has dipped quite a bit so far this season. The 30-year-old has eight goals and 15 points in 32 games for the Blues this year.
Steve Ott scores first goal in loss 12-21-2014
Steve Ott C STL
Steve Ott scored a goal in St. Louis' 3-2 overtime loss to San Jose.

Bellevue News-Democrat
The goal was Ott's first of the season (and first in 10 months). His goal late in the second period gave the Blues a 2-1 lead heading into the third. The 32-year-old has seven points in 32 games this season. Maxim Lapierre and Ian Cole picked up the assists on Ott's goal.
Ales Hemsky makes return to EDM on Sunday 12-21-2014
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Ales Hemsky will return to Edmonton for the first time since he was traded away last season.

Dallas Morning News
Hemsky has had a horrendous season for the Stars. He's been a healthy scratch three times this season, and has just two goals and eight points in 28 games this season. Maybe playing his former team will give him the spark he needs to turn his season around, but that isn't likely.
Patric Hornqvist in a slump 12-21-2014
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Patric Hornqvist has only one point in his last eight games.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
It was an assist on December 15 against the Lightning. Hornqvist has 26 points in 30 games so his overall stats look okay but the Penguins are sure looking forward to Hornqvist to begin clicking again. His fantasy owners feel the same way.
Bruins send Joe Morrow back to AHL 12-21-2014
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The Boston Bruins have assigned Joe Morrow to the minors.

Boston Herald
The 22-year-old has one goal and a plus-3 rating in 15 games this season. He should get another crack with the Bruins fairly soon.
Bruins continue to struggle scoring goals 12-21-2014
Patrice Bergeron C BOS
The Boston Bruins have had a hard time putting the puck in the net this season.
The Bruins have scored two goals or fewer in nine of their last 12 games (including four of their last five). "Too many passes and not enough shots," forward Patrice Bergeron said. "You know, it's definitely making their life easy when we do that." The Bruins are 16-14-3 and what may be even more shocking is that they are currently out of a playoff spot in the Eastern conference.
Derrick Pouliot scores in NHL debut 12-21-2014
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Derrick Pouliot scored in his NHL debut on Saturday.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Not only did he score, but Pouliot did it on his first shot. The defenseman saw 15:07 minutes of action, including 2:28 on the power play. He was selected eighth overall in the 2012 Draft and is worth selecting in keeper pools as he had 20 points in 23 AHL games before his recall.
Filip Forsberg scores 13th goal on Saturday 12-21-2014
Filip Forsberg C NAS
Filip Forsberg scored his 13th goal of the season in Saturday's 5-4 OT win over the Wild.

The Nashville Tennessean
Forsberg's goal early in the third period gave Nashville a 4-3 lead in the game. If the season ended today, the 20-year-old would be a slam dunk to win the Calder trophy (League's top rookie). The young Swede has 31 points in 31 games but what might be even more impressive is his plus-24 rating. He is a must-own across the board.
Michael Raffl has one of each on Saturday 12-21-2014
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Michael Raffl scored and picked up a rare assist in the Flyers 7-4 win on Saturday. Raffl has nine goals and two assists in 24 games this season. He is seeing time on the first line during five-on-five situations with Claude Giroux and Jakob Voracek but has seen only 10:29 minutes on the power play all season so his fantasy value takes a bit of a hit.
Shea Weber has two assists in win 12-21-2014
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Shea Weber registered two assists in Saturday's 5-4 overtime win over Minnesota.

The Nashville Tennessean
Weber assisted on Calle Jarnkrok's first period goal and Roman Josi's third period goal. The 29-year-old is having another outstanding season for the Preds. Weber has six goals, 20 points, and a plus-14 rating in 31 games this season. He continues to be one of the elite defensemen in the NHL.
Sean Couturier continues picking up points 12-21-2014
Sean Couturier C PHI
Sean Couturier had a goal and an assist on Saturday. Couturier has nine goals and 17 points in 32 games thus far but has four goals and nine points in his last nine games. The center just turned 22 earlier in the month and is showing some scoring capabilities as he has always been a terrific player in his own end.
Mattias Ekholm scores GWG vs Minnesota 12-21-2014
Mattias Ekholm D NAS
Mattias Ekholm scored the overtime winner in Saturday's 5-4 win over Minnesota.

The Nashville Tennessean
Ekholm picked a great time to score his first goal of the season. "Always in OT you want to be the clutch guy and score that goal," Ekholm said. "Just to get the two points; big start for us on this little road trip before Christmas." The 24-year-old has been more of a solid defensive presence in the NHL. He has seven points and a plus-8 rating in 31 games this season.
Matt Read picks up two assists on Saturday 12-21-2014
Matt Read RW PHI
Matt Read had two assists on Saturday in the Flyers 7-4 win over Toronto.

CSN Philadelphia
Read has a goal and five points in his last five games as he has finally started scoring again. The winger has three goals and 10 points in 32 games but had gone eight straight games without a point before his current streak.
Chad Johnson having trouble getting the net 12-21-2014
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Chad Johnson is having a hard time getting back in goal for the Islanders.

New York Newsday
Johnson was expected to play in 30-35 games for the Islanders but his struggles, along with the fine play of Jaroslav Halak, has forced him to sit on the bench far more than he wanted to. Johnson is 5-4 this season, but his peripherals of 3.59 and .868 leave a lot to be desired.
Max Pacioretty collects two assists vs Ottawa 12-21-2014
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Max Pacioretty registered two assists in Saturday's 4-1 win over Ottawa.

Montreal Gazette
Pacioretty was a game-time decision after taking a hit from Clayton Stoner that sent him into the boards awkwardly on Thursday night. Not only did Pacioretty play, but he played very well. Montreal's top line of Pacioretty, Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher just keep on producing. Pacioretty has five assists in his last three games. The 26-year-old leads the team in points with 27.
Nikolay Kulemin scores his sixth Saturday 12-21-2014
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Nikolay Kulemin scored an empty net goal to seal a 3-1 win for the Islanders on Saturday.
When the Islanders inked Kulemin in the off-season, it was thought he could return to his former glory in Toronto as the New Yorkers planned to play him with Mikhail Grabovski, his linemate with the Maple Leafs. But Kulemin is now a third liner with the capabilities to score 10-15 goals a season. He now has six.
Keith Kinkaid's first three starts shootouts 12-21-2014
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Keith Kinkaid is in the record books as all of his first three starts have gone into a shootout.

Newark Star-Ledger
Kinkaid picked up his first NHL win on Friday as he stopped all three Lightning shooters after overtime ended. He is 1-1-2 this season as he has also played twice in relief of Cory Schneider. Look for the netminder to see more action as the season progresses.
No word on Lee Stempniak's illness 12-21-2014
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There is currently no update on whether Lee Stempniak has the mumps.

The Bergen Record
It is taking an awfully long time to determine or let everyone know as Stempniak was tested on Thursday. He has five goals and 12 points in 26 games with a plus-six rating.
Jeff Carter heating up again 12-21-2014
Jeff Carter C LA
Jeff Carter has two goals and four assists in his last three games.
Carter had a big four point night on Thursday and added his ninth goal of the season on Saturday to give him 25 points in 34 games. Keep him in your lineup.
Jamie McBain has two assists on Saturday 12-21-2014
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Jamie McBain had two assists for the Kings on Saturday.
McBain has been a healthy scratch on a few occasions this season as it was his first game since November 29. The Kings are pretty deep on the blueline, even with Slava Voynov under suspension. It was the 11th multi-point game of 26-year-old's career and he now has a goal and five points in 10 games and a goal and four points in his last four games played.
Boone Jenner (back) out one-two months 12-21-2014
Boone Jenner C CLB
Boone Jenner will miss the next one-two months with a stress fracture in his lower back.

Columbus Dispatch
This is a big loss for the Blue Jackets as Jenner is a strong two-way player. Jenner had been hot of late as he had five goals during the Blue Jackets seven game winning streak that ended on Thursday. Reserve him for now.
Blue Jackets play in sixth straight OT game 12-21-2014
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The Columbus Blue Jackets have played in six consecutive games beyond regulation.

Columbus Dispatch
The Blue Jackets were at the bottom of the standings recently but going 5-0-1 in six straight overtime or shootout games has vaulted them into 23rd place and they are closing in on getting back into the playoff race. The Jackets beat the Blackhawks for the first time in 14 games and it was their first win over Chicago in over 46 months.
Justin Shugg sent to the minors 12-21-2014
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The Carolina Hurricanes have sent Justin Shugg back to the minors.

Raleigh News & Observer
Shugg played in three games as he made his NHL debut earlier in the week. He was held pointless but he should return for another audition later in the season, especially if he continues to score in the AHL like he had before his recall. He had nine goals in 17 games for Charlotte in the AHL.
Hurricanes take Alexander Semin off IR 12-21-2014
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The Carolina Hurricanes have activated Alexander Semin (lower body) off the injured reserve list.

Raleigh News & Observer
The move occurred after the Rangers game on Saturday so Semin is slated to play on Sunday when the Hurricanes and Rangers play the back end of the home-and-home series. Semin has been a huge disappointment this season with only six points as he has also been a healthy scratch from time-to-time. Put him in your lineup if that is what you would normally do.
Josh Jooris played on Saturday 12-21-2014
Josh Jooris C CAL
Josh Jooris managed to play on Saturday despite wearing a protective boot in the morning.

Calgary Sun
Jooris blocked a shot on Friday. He is having a surprisingly good rookie season in the NHL and apparently it's going to take more than a sore foot to keep him out of the lineup. Jooris was a minus-one with a boarding minor Saturday. He has eight goals and 13 points in 28 games but has not scored a goal in his last nine games, since his hat trick against Arizona on December 2.
Devan Dubnyk surprised at 3rd straight start 12-21-2014
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Devan Dubnyk was surprised that he has played at much as he has this season.

Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
OF course, when you take into account the poor start of Mike Smith, then it's not so surprising. "If you asked me at the start of the year, this would have been more opportunity than I would have expected," Dubnyk said. "I'm happy with that, and the main goal for me is to try not to change the way I've approached games. It's worked well for me, just not putting too much pressure on myself going into the game, just concentrating on the things I've been working on and using those in the game. This year was the first season in a while I wasn't expecting a heavy workload, so getting some games in a row feels more normal." Dubnyk is 6-3-2 with a 2.68 GAA and a .919 save percentage but is only 1-2-1 in his last four.
Connor Murphy back in the lineup 12-21-2014
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Connor Murphy was back in the Arizona lineup after sitting out the last two games as a healthy scratch.

Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
The Coyotes first round pick and 20th overall in 2011, has two goals and four points in 28 games and although he does have some offensive upside, the Coyotes are strong on the blueline power play-wise with Keith Yandle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson so his effectiveness is limited at this time. If Yandle was to get dealt, as has been rumored, Murphy could have more fantasy relevance.
John Mitchell C COL
John Mitchell was activated from the IL on Saturday December 20.
Mikhail Grigorenko C BUF
Mikhail Grigorenko was called up from the minors on Saturday December 20.
Lars Eller C MON
Lars Eller returned to action on Saturday December 20.
Brad Boyes RW FLA
Brad Boyes returned to action on Saturday December 20.
Hansen staying at rink, moving on his own 12-21-2014
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Jannik Hansen is staying at Rogers Arena after collapsing on the bench.

Mike Johnson on Twitter
Hansen took a big hit from Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman and needed to be helped to the bench, where he appeared to collapse. The winger needed to be helped to the dressing room and was checked out by medical personnel. The Canucks released an update saying Hansen would be held out of the game as a "precautionary measure." Mike Johnson of Sportsnet says that Hansen is "moving around under his own power."