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Teemu Selanne is enjoying his final season 12-24-2013
Teemu Selanne RW ANA
Teemu Selanne remains committed to this being his last season.

Ducks.nhl.com
Selanne is enjoying his final tour. "Obviously when you know it's going to be the last you enjoy every day and you see things differently, and you appreciate everything more and more," he said. At the same time, Selanne wishes he was doing better from a production perspective. He has 11 points in 30 games, which is great when you consider that he's 43 years old, but below what he's used to.
Dallas sends Maxime Fortunus to AHL Texas 12-24-2013
Maxime Fortunus D DAL
The Dallas Stars have demoted Maxime Fortunus.

Stars.nhl.com
Fortunus has three goals and 16 points in 24 AHL games this season. The 30-year-old is an organizational depth defenseman.
Alex Petrovic returns to the minors 12-24-2013
Alexander Petrovic D FLA
Alex Petrovic will head back to the AHL.

Miami Herald
Petrovic made his season debut on Monday and logged 15:35 minutes in Florida's 6-1 loss against Tampa Bay. He has 11 points and 46 penalty minutes in 30 AHL contests in 2013-14.
Jacob Markstrom returns to the minors 12-24-2013
Jacob Markstrom G VAN
Jacob Markstrom has been sent to the AHL.

Miami Herald
Markstrom entered the season with a chance of earning the Panthers' starting job, but things have gone terribly for him. He has a 3.52 GAA and .874 save percentage in 12 games this season.
Florida has activated Tim Thomas off the IR 12-24-2013
Tim Thomas G DAL
Tim Thomas (groin) has been activated off of the injured reserve list.

Miami Herald
Nothing has been confirmed, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Thomas start in the Panthers' first game back from the Christmas break on Saturday. Scott Clemmensen has been solid during Thomas' absence, but he allowed six goals on 36 shots against Tampa Bay on Monday.
Paul Ranger logging nearly 19 mins per game 12-24-2013
Paul Ranger D TOR
Paul Ranger has been averaging 18:59 minutes per game this season. Ranger signed a one-year, $1 million contract with Toronto to mark his return to the NHL after a three campaign absence. Although he used to have a fair amount of offensive upside, he doesn't have much fantasy value in standard leagues this season.
Winnipeg agrees to terms with Eric Comrie 12-24-2013
Eric Comrie G WPG
The Winnipeg Jets have signed Eric Comrie.

Jets.nhl.com
Comrie was taken in the second round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He has a 2.52 GAA and .923 save percentage in 30 WHL games this season. His brothers have also pursued careers in hockey, including his half-brother Mike Comrie, who enjoyed a 589-game career.
Toronto might lock up Dion Phaneuf soon 12-24-2013
Dion Phaneuf D TOR
Dion Phaneuf might sign an extension by the end of December.

CBC.ca
The Maple Leafs certainly have the cap space to make it work and they should be motivated given how much he means to their team both on the ice and in the lockerroom. Phaneuf is actually having a bit of an off season from a fantasy perspective with 13 points in 37 contests, but we like his chances of doing better in the second half of 2013-14.
Jordan Caron isn't serving as a regular 12-24-2013
Jordan Caron RW BOS
Jordan Caron has been used sparingly this season. Although Caron got a one-way contract for the 2013-14 campaign, he hasn't been able to establish himself as a regular with the Bruins. He has played in just 19 games and is averaging 11:20 minutes per contest. It's starting to look like the former first round pick will never have any meaningful fantasy value in standard leagues, but we wouldn't write him off entirely.
Jonathan Ericsson has two fractured ribs 12-24-2013
Jonathan Ericsson D DET
Jonathan Ericsson's upper-body injury has been revealed to be two fractured ribs.

Chuck Pleiness on Twitter
Ericsson will need three-to-five weeks to recover. In fantasy circles, Ericsson isn't a key player with eight points and 24 penalty minutes in 29 games this season. However, this is a significant loss for Detroit as they have leaned heavily on Ericsson this season.
Dmitrij Jaskin heads to AHL Chicago 12-24-2013
Dmitrij Jaskin RW STL
The St. Louis Blues have sent Dmitrij Jaskin to the minors.

Blues.nhl.com
Jaskin will report to AHL Chicago. He has nine goals and 17 points in 20 games with the minor-league squad this season.
Chris Porter returns to the minors 12-24-2013
Chris Porter LW STL
Chris Porter has been sent down to AHL Chicago.

Blues.nhl.com
Porter has no points in six games with the Blues this season. The 29-year-old forward should be regarded as an organizational depth player.
Boston sends David Warsofsky to the AHL 12-24-2013
David Warsofsky D BOS
David Warsofsky has been sent to the minors by the Boston Bruins.

Bruins.nhl.com
Warsofsky has no points and a minus-one rating in three contests with Boston. He also has two goals and 16 points in 26 AHL contests in 2013-14.
Nick Johnson heads to the minors 12-24-2013
Nick Johnson RW BOS
The Boston Bruins have demoted Nick Johnson.

Bruins.nhl.com
Johnson is 28 years old and has established himself as a top player at the AHL level. He's participated in 111 NHL contests too, but he doesn't do enough to make him worth owning in fantasy leagues.
Senators might get outdoor game in 2017 12-24-2013
Petri Varis RW Chi
The Ottawa Senators will host an outdoor game...eventually.

Ottawa Sun
"Ottawa is going to get one," NHL COO John Collins said. "It's a great market. We had a great all-star experience (in 2012). It's just a matter of picking a date to commit to it." It might occur during the 25th anniversary of the Ottawa Senators in 2017. The event will likely be that year's Heritage Classic and
Bettman won't alter Shawn Thornton's sentence 12-24-2013
Shawn Thornton LW FLA
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has decided not to change the length of Shawn Thornton's 15-game suspension.

NHL.com
Thornton can now push his appeal further by taking it to a neutral arbitrator. He's already served eight games of his suspension for knocking down Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik when the play was dead and then punching Orpik twice in the head.
Philip Samuelsson heads to the AHL 12-24-2013
Philip Samuelsson D PIT
Philip Samuelsson will report to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Penguins.nhl.com
Samuelsson has no points in five games with the Penguins. He also has six assists and 35 penalty minutes in 26 AHL matches.
Pittsburgh demotes Harry Zolnierczyk 12-24-2013
Harry Zolnierczyk LW NYI
Harry Zolnierczyk has been sent down to the minors by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Penguins.nhl.com
Zolnierczyk had 14 points and 39 penalty minutes in 21 games with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2013-14. He also has a goal in eight contests with Pittsburgh.
Nicklas Backstrom finds the back of the net 12-24-2013
Nicklas Backstrom C WAS
Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal in Washington's 3-2 loss on Monday.

Washington Post
That point puts Backstrom ahead of Alex Ovechkin in the Capitals' scoring race. Backstrom has nine goals and 42 points in 37 games this season.
Brent Burns collects three points Monday 12-24-2013
Brent Burns D SJ
Brent Burns scored a goal and registered two assists on Monday.

CSN Bay Area
Burns has been somewhat quiet in December, but at least he's going into the Christmas break on a high note. He has 10 goals and 19 points in 24 games this season.
Matt Irwin has a two-point night 12-24-2013
Matt Irwin D SJ
Matt Irwin had a goal and an assist on Monday.

CSN Bay Area
Irwin has recorded at least a point in four of his last six games. That's brought him up to two goals and 10 points in 25 contests this season.
Sidney Crosby likes longer Christmas break 12-24-2013
Sidney Crosby C PIT
Sidney Crosby appreciates the fact that the Christmas break is a little longer now.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The new CBA extended the holiday break from two days to three. Given that the schedule has been condensed to accommodate the upcoming Olympics, Crosby is looking forward to the breather. "When you talk about guys going home or [wherever], that's one whole day where you don't have to travel and you get to rest," he said. "Before, you had two days, but you were traveling for one, pretty much. It's nice to get that extra day, especially this time of year. I think we can all appreciate that and be with our families."
Pascal Dupuis sustains potential knee injury 12-24-2013
Pascal Dupuis LW PIT
Pascal Dupuis suffered a possible knee injury during Monday's game.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Dupuis was involved in a collision with teammate Sidney Crosby in the first period. That ended his night, but details about the injury are still scarce. "Right now, I'm just hoping it's not a severe injury," coach Dan Bylsma said.
Connor Murphy picks up an assist Monday 12-24-2013
Connor Murphy D ARZ
Connor Murphy had an assist on Monday.

Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
Murphy has only been held off the scoresheet twice in Phoenix's last six games. He has five points and a plus-four rating in 13 contests this season.
Mike Smith has a stroke of bad luck Monday 12-24-2013
Mike Smith G ARZ
Mike Smith surrendered a very unlucky overtime goal on Monday.

Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
Smith had the puck lodged in his jersey when he skated back and unwittingly carried it past the line. "I didn't feel it at all," Smith said. "I didn't know what happened. I knew that puck went up in the air but had no idea where it went after that." That spoiled what was a strong contest for Smith, who saved 30 shots in the 2-1 loss.
Jakub Voracek picks up two assists Monday 12-24-2013
Jakub Voracek RW PHI
Jakub Voracek registered two assists on Monday.

CSN Philadelphia
Voracek has recorded at least a point in eight straight games. His slow start is firmly behind him, but the damage of it is still reflected in the fact that he has just 25 points in 37 matches.
Claude Giroux has a seven-game point streak 12-24-2013
Claude Giroux C PHI
Claude Giroux extended his point streak to seven games.

CSN Philadelphia
Giroux got off to a bit of a sluggish start, but he's certainly making up for lost time. He has 10 goals and 33 points in 37 games in 2013-14. He should stay strong through the second half and flirt with the 80-point mark.
McDonald returns from being healthy scratch 12-24-2013
Colin McDonald RW NYI
Colin McDonald played on Monday after spending four straight games in the press box.

New York Newsday
McDonald registered an assist and logged 14:33 minutes in his return. "The thing I learned the most is just how much I love playing the game," he said, referring to his time as a healthy scratch. "When they take that away from you, it kind of hits home. It just makes you realize how bad you want to be here. I'm just going to make sure that doesn't happen again, I want to get that chip back on my shoulder."
Michael Grabner has 3 goals in 3 games 12-24-2013
Michael Grabner RW NYI
Michael Grabner found the back of the net on Monday.

New York Newsday
After ending a 31-game goal scoring drought on Friday, Grabner only ended up having one game between markers this time. He has just 12 points in 35 games, but now that he's worth keeping an eye on now that he's put that nasty cold streak behind him.
Chris Kreider is on a three-game point streak 12-24-2013
Chris Kreider C NYR
Chris Kreider had an assist in Monday's 2-1 shootout loss.

The Bergen Record
Kreider is now on a three-game point streak. He has nine goals and 12 assists in 31 games in 2013-14.
Marc Staal skates hard Monday 12-24-2013
Marc Staal D NYR
Marc Staal (concussion) skated hard Monday morning.

The Bergen Record
Staal has missed eight consecutive contests. There's no timetable for his return, but obviously the fact that he's ramping up his skating is encouraging.
Jaromir Jagr's point streak is snapped Monday 12-24-2013
Jaromir Jagr RW NJ
Jaromir Jagr's seven-game point streak came to an end on Monday.

The Bergen Record
Jagr's has been fantastic this season with 13 goals and 33 points in 38 games. He'll turn 42 in February and we're worried about him slowing down as the season wears on. He's also something of an injury concern despite the fact that he actually hasn't missed too much time over the last few years.
Stephen Gionta scores a goal vs Chicago 12-24-2013
Stephen Gionta RW NJ
Stephen Gionta scored a goal in the Devils' 5-2 loss to Chicago on Monday.

The Bergen Record
Gionta has just two goals and four points in 25 games this season. He might do a bit better offensive in the second half of the campaign, but he's certainly not worth owning in standard fantasy leagues.
Jarret Stoll finds the back of the net Monday 12-24-2013
Jarrett Stoll C LA
Jarret Stoll scored a goal in the Kings' 5-2 loss on Monday.

Los Angeles Times
Stoll has five goals and 14 points in 34 games this season. Those numbers aren't particularly impressive, but he's been hot lately with nine points in 11 December contests.
Dustin Brown is dealing with the flu 12-24-2013
Dustin Brown RW LA
Dustin Brown missed Monday's game due to the flu.

Los Angeles Times
The Christmas break has started, so there's a good chance Brown won't end up missing anymore playing time over this illness. Los Angeles isn't scheduled to play again until Saturday.
Jones not worried about scouting against him 12-24-2013
Martin Jones G LA
Martin Jones, who suffered his first career loss on Monday, didn't buy into the argument that it will get increasingly harder for him now that team's have plenty of video to use to go over his weaknesses.

Los Angeles Times
"There's no secrets with how much video there is in the league," Jones said. "Every time I play is a little more experience, which can only help me out." Jones allowed four goals on 23 shots on Monday after winning his first eight NHL contests. More than scouting reports, the real threat to his fantasy value is the fact that Jonathan Quick (groin) has resumed skating. As good as Jones as been, the Kings are expected to go right back to leaning on Quick once he's healthy enough to make that possible.
Nail Yakupov gets two points, 12 PIM Monday 12-24-2013
Nail Yakupov RW EDM
Nail Yakupov had two points and 12 penalty minutes in Monday's 6-2 victory.

Edmonton Sun
Yakupov received a slashing minor and game misconduct late in the third period. He's been pretty quiet this season and that only brings him up to 14 points and 28 penalty minutes in 37 contests.
Jordan Eberle records two points Monday 12-24-2013
Jordan Eberle RW EDM
Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist on Monday.

Edmonton Sun
That snapped Eberle's three-game point drought. He has 12 goals and 31 points in 39 games this season.
Mark Letestu records two points Monday 12-24-2013
Mark Letestu C CLB
Mark Letestu had two assists on Monday.

Columbus Dispatch
Letestu has recorded at least a point in three of his last four contests. He now has a goal and 14 points in 37 games in 2013-14.
Curtis McElhinney (back) didn't start Monday 12-24-2013
Curtis McElhinney G CLB
Curtis McElhinney was supposed to start on Monday, but there was a last minute change because his back tightened up.

Columbus Dispatch
There was some concern that McElhinney wouldn't be available at all, but eventually it was determined that he was still okay to serve as the team's backup. Because he was still part of the lineup, even if it was just to warm the bench, we'll continue to list him as active going into the Christmas break, but obviously this is a source of some concern.
Alexander Semin records two points 12-24-2013
Alexander Semin RW CAR
Alexander Semin scored a goal and registered an assist in a 4-3 loss to Columbus on Monday.

Raleigh News & Observer
It was Semin's first goal and multi-point night since returning from a concussion on Dec. 12. He's been having a rough season with just four goals and 12 points in 25 contests.
Jordan Staal enters break on a high note 12-24-2013
Jordan Staal C CAR
Jordan Staal had two assists in Carolina's 4-3 defeat on Monday.

Raleigh News & Observer
Staal has been a disappointment with just 17 points in 37 contests in 2013-14, but he's been heating up lately. He'll enter the Christmas break with three goals and seven points in his last eight contests.
Jiri Hudler hasn't slowed down this season 12-24-2013
Jiri Hudler LW CAL
Jiri Hudler had a goal and an assist in Calgary's 4-3 shootout win on Monday.

Calgary Sun
Hudler kicked off the season on a high note and surprisingly hasn't come down to Earth yet. He has 11 goals and 33 points in 37 games, putting him on pace to shatter his career-high of 57 points.
Matt Stajan suffers knee injury on Monday 12-24-2013
Matt Stajan C CAL
Matt Stajan left Monday's game in overtime after being struck by a knee-on-knee hit.

Calgary Sun
The Flames didn't provide an update on Stajan's condition after the game. He has 16 points and 20 penalty minutes in 29 games this season.
Andrew Cogliano has been very hot lately 12-24-2013
Andrew Cogliano C ANA
Andrew Cogliano scored a goal and registered an assist on Monday.

Orange County Register
Cogliano has three goals and nine points in his last eight games. Of course, he'll cool down at some point in the not too distant future and probably end up with around 40 points in 2013-14.
Hampus Lindholm picks up two points Monday 12-24-2013
Hampus Lindholm D ANA
Hampus Lindholm had a goal and an assist in Anaheim's 3-2 win Monday.

Orange County Register
Lindholm now has three goals and 13 points in 36 games this season. The rookie defenseman is a borderline player in standard leagues at the moment, but he's a great guy to hold onto in keeper pools.
Brenden Morrow returns after early exit 12-24-2013
Brenden Morrow LW TB
Brenden Morrow wasn't on the bench for the start of the second after leaving Monday's game before the end of the first period.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
However, he was able to return to the contest and he finished with an assist and 12:12 of ice time. Morrow has picked up six points in his last six games to give him 14 points over 30 matches.
Magnus Paajarvi scores in SO loss to Flames 12-24-2013
Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson LW STL
Magnus Paajarvi scored his third goal of the 2013-14 season on Monday.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
He also had an assist in his return to Edmonton on Saturday, but he has recorded a mere four points in 17 appearances with the Blues this year. St. Louis has tremendous depth among their forwards, so Paajarvi has averaged just 9:10 of ice time per game when he has played.
Kevin Shattenkirk extends point streak Monday 12-24-2013
Kevin Shattenkirk D STL
Kevin Shattenkirk potted his fifth in St. Louis' 4-3 shootout loss to Calgary on Monday.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
He will carry a four-game point streak with him into the Christmas break. Shattenkirk has amassed 26 points in 35 games this campaign to place himself among the most productive NHL defensemen in the league.
Dmitrij Jaskin starts out on top line Monday 12-24-2013
Dmitrij Jaskin RW STL
Dmitrij Jaskin got to skate on St. Louis' top line with David Backes and T.J. Oshie in his season debut Monday night.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"If you're going to bring a player of his stature in, you've got to give him a chance to play the role he plays down (in the American Hockey League)," coach Ken Hitchcock said. He replaced an injured Alexander Steen in the lineup. Jaskin finished the Blues' 4-3 shootout loss to Calgary with 11:12 of ice time and two shots.
Josh Harding set to return to Wild on Friday 12-24-2013
Josh Harding G MIN
Josh Harding is expected to rejoin his teammates on Friday in Winnipeg.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
He's been away from the club in order to alter his treatment for multiple sclerosis. Harding has been a surprise success this season and if he's healthy when he comes back then he should be started with confidence.
Jonas Gustavsson has a 'tender groin' 12-24-2013
Jonas Gustavsson G DET
Jonas Gustavsson had a "tender groin" so he didn't play Monday as a precaution.

Detroit News
Petr Mrazek got the nod instead as a result after Gustavsson was expected to play. We'll keep you posted on his status over the break, but it doesn't sound like the injury is anything to worry about.
Jonathan Ericsson suffers injury Monday 12-24-2013
Jonathan Ericsson D DET
Jonathan Ericsson exited Monday's game early in the second period and didn't return after a collision with Islanders' hit machine Matt Martin.

Detroit News
He appeared to be favoring his left upper body when he left the ice. Coach Mike Babcock said that Ericsson went to the hospital for examination late on Monday night. The Red Wings have been hit hard by the injury bug this year and losing Ericsson again would be a tough pill to swallow.
Tyler Seguin has been a road warrior for DAL 12-24-2013
Tyler Seguin C DAL
Tyler Seguin notched a goal and an assist in Dallas' 5-2 win over Los Angeles on Monday.

Dallas Morning News
Seguin has feasted on teams on the road this season and is tied with Chicago's Patrick Kane for the league lead in points away from home with 26 (13 goals, 13 assists) in 13 games. He has 19 goals and 37 points in 36 outings with the Stars.
Ryan O'Reilly enters break on a hot streak 12-24-2013
Ryan O'Reilly C COL
Ryan O'Reilly will head into the Christmas break on a hot streak.

Denver Post
He earned two assists in Monday's shootout loss to San Jose to give him eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past seven outings. O'Reilly has registered 25 points in 36 games.
Gabriel Landeskog ends goalless slump Monday 12-24-2013
Gabriel Landeskog LW COL
Gabriel Landeskog ended a 10-game goal slump Monday night.

Denver Post
He scored his 10th goal in a 5-4 shootout loss to San Jose. Landeskog has 24 points in 35 games this campaign
Alex Tanguay could resume skating this week 12-24-2013
Alex Tanguay LW COL
Alex Tanguay (knee/hip) may resume skating later this week.

Denver Post
"Right now, he's making a lot of progress," coach Patrick Roy said. "He might skate after the Christmas break. We'll see how it goes. As we speak, he is not out for the year, because of the progress he has made in the past week." There's no timetable for his return, though. Tanguay suffered a related hip injury a couple of weeks ago, while he was recovering from a knee ailment.
Brent Seabrook is having a productive year 12-24-2013
Brent Seabrook D CHI
Brent Seabrook earned two assists in Chicago's 5-2 win versus New Jersey.

Chicago Tribune
He has picked up two goals and 10 points in his past nine contests. Seabrook is having a great season in 2013-14, with 26 points and a plus-19 rating. He also has 96 hits and 67 blocks.
Patrick Kane heads into Xmas break molten hot 12-24-2013
Patrick Kane RW CHI
Patrick Kane stretched his point streak to 12 games with a goal in Chicago's 5-2 victory over New Jersey.

Chicago Tribune
He has seven goals and 14 assists over that span to give him 49 points in 39 matches. His scorching hot play has led to him earning at least one point in 24 of Chicago's last 25 games.
Nick Leddy posts two points against Devils 12-24-2013
Nick Leddy D NYI
Nick Leddy netted a power-play goal and added an assist in Monday's 5-2 win over New Jersey.

Chicago Tribune
He has generated four points in his last five games. Leddy has 18 points in 39 games this year, which has already matched his season total from the truncated 2013 campaign.
David Clarkson's play could be on the rise 12-24-2013
David Clarkson RW TOR
David Clarkson has been playing better hockey of late.

Toronto Sun
His worth ethic has been apparent and it's helped him pick up a goal and an assist in his last two outings. Clarkson has produced just eight points in 27 games, but he has totaled 45 penalty minutes and 86 hits. Keep an eye on his progress after the break.
Offense has dried up for James van Riemsdyk 12-24-2013
James van Riemsdyk LW TOR
James van Riemsdyk has one assist in his last six games. He didn't have a shot or a point during his 23:39 of ice time in Toronto's 2-1 shootout loss to the Rangers on Monday night. JVR has been enjoying a strong season in 2013-14, with 27 points in 37 games, but he'll enter the Christmas break on a cold streak.
Sami Salo sustains UBI in Monday's victory 12-24-2013
Sami Salo D TB
Sami Salo left Monday's game in the first period after he suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury.

Tampa Tribune
He wasn't able to return after seeing just 5:19 of ice time. Salo has recorded seven points in 34 games this year. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Mark Barberio plays with Brewer injured 12-24-2013
Mark Barberio D TB
Mark Barberio suited up on Monday after sitting the past two games as a healthy scratch.

Tampa Tribune
He got to play because of an upper-body injury to Eric Brewer. Barberio logged 13:46 of ice time and he concluded the game with a plus-3 rating.
Nikita Kucherov earns 2 assists Monday 12-24-2013
Nikita Kucherov RW TB
Nikita Kucherov chipped in two assists in Monday's win over Florida.

Tampa Tribune
He has five points and a plus-7 rating in 14 games with the Lightning. The 20-year-old forward had gone five games in a row without a point entering Monday's contest. He has a great deal of potential, but it may take him a season or two to live up to it.
V. Filppula extends point streak to 5 games 12-24-2013
Valtteri Filppula C TB
Valtteri Filppula generated a goal and an assist in Tampa Bay's win against Florida on Monday night.

Tampa Tribune
The Lightning center has been red hot of late with three goals and five assists over his current five-game point streak. Filppula has 13 goals and 28 points in 37 games this season. He has played very well for the Bolts this year and he's helped prevent the team from sagging after losing top pivot Steve Stamkos.
J.T. Brown scores twice against the Panthers 12-24-2013
J.T. Brown RW TB
J.T. Brown scored two goals in Tampa Bay's 6-1 win over the Florida Panthers.

Tampa Tribune
It was the first multi-goal outing of his young NHL career. Brown also had six shots on goal in the match. He has eight points in 20 games with the Lightning since joining the big club from the minors.
Victor Hedman plays impressively vs. Florida 12-24-2013
Victor Hedman D TB
Victor Hedman recorded two assists and a plus-4 rating in Tampa Bay's 6-1 shellacking of Florida on Monday.

Tampa Tribune
He finished the contest with an even 23 minutes of ice time. Hedman has produced five points in his last three games to go with a plus-7 rating. He has 20 points in 31 contests.
Sens' Kyle Turris is having a career year 12-24-2013
Kyle Turris C OTT
Kyle Turris found the back of the net for a second straight game on Monday night. He's on pace to shatter his previous high of 12 goals, which he's hit in his previous two seasons with the Senators. Turris has already tied his personal best of 29 points, which is a total he finished with each of his past two years.
Bobby Ryan scores 17th goal Monday night 12-24-2013
Bobby Ryan LW OTT
Bobby Ryan potted his 17th goal of the season in Monday's 5-0 triumph over Pittsburgh. Ryan sits 10th in the league in goals this campaign entering the NHL's Christmas break. He has 34 points and 105 shots in 39 games, so continue to dress him with confidence.
Clarke MacArthur earns two helpers on Monday 12-24-2013
Clarke MacArthur LW OTT
Clarke MacArthur contributed a pair of assists in Monday's win over Pittsburgh. He didn't have a shot on goal in the contest, but he has 80 in 38 games this year to go with 11 goals and 28 points.
Cory Conacher scores first goal in 31 games 12-24-2013
Cory Conacher LW NYI
Cory Conacher snapped a 30-game goalless drought when he scored his third goal of the season on Monday night.

Ottawa Citizen
He recorded the team's fifth goal in a 5-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Conacher was a healthy scratch last Thursday because of his struggles. He has picked up just nine points in 37 games this season.
Scottie Upshall suffers UBI in loss to Tampa 12-24-2013
Scottie Upshall RW FLA
Scottie Upshall sustained an upper-body injury in Monday's loss to Tampa Bay.

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
His night ended after he saw nine shifts for 5:24 of ice time. Upshall has one assist in his last nine games, but he has been one of the team's better players since interim coach Peter Horachek took over behind the Panthers' bench. He has 18 points in 35 games this season and should be considered day-to-day for now.
Tim Thomas (groin) may return after Xmas 12-24-2013
Tim Thomas G DAL
Tim Thomas (groin) may return after the Christmas break.

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Panthers coach Peter Horachek hasn't been in a rush to activate Thomas from injured reserve because the Panthers had been playing well and they want to make sure the veteran goaltender doesn't get re-injured. "I don't see the purpose of it," Horachek said. "Why do it right now? The extra few days would be the perfect scenario. We can see him after Christmas, or pretty close." He has missed the team's last five games with a groin injury.
Tyler Ennis scores in 2-1 OT win over Coyotes 12-24-2013
Tyler Ennis LW BUF
Tyler Ennis netted his eighth goal of the year in Buffalo's 2-1 overtime win over Phoenix on Monday night.

Buffalo News
He was set up by Zemgus Girgensons to tie the game at the 14:01 mark of the third period. "That felt so good," Ennis said. "I missed a wide-open net. Smith robbed me. I was little frustrated. Z did a great job getting me the puck - he's been playing so well - and when I saw it go in I was pumped." Ennis has 15 points in 37 games this season.
Mark Pysyk scores bizarre GWG Monday in OT 12-24-2013
Mark Pysyk D BUF
Mark Pysyk tallied the game-winning goal in overtime for Buffalo in interesting fashion Monday night.

Buffalo News
Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith didn't know that the puck landed in the back of his pants when it flew up into the air, so when he slid back into the net to return to the crease the play was called a goal because the puck crossed the goal line in his paraphernalia. It was Pysyk's first marker of the year and his fifth point in 32 games.
Ville Leino skips Monday's game with the flu 12-24-2013
Ville Leino LW BOS
Ville Leino didn't dress Monday night because of flu-like symptoms.

Buffalo News
The 2013-14 season has been disastrous for Leino, who has no goals, six assists, 20 shots and a minus-6 rating in 23 games. He has one point in his last eight outings. Leino should be ready to return on Friday when Buffalo returns from the NHL's holiday break.
Linus Omark sits Monday with the flu 12-24-2013
Linus Omark LW BUF
Linus Omark was forced to sit out Monday's game against Phoenix because of the flu.

Buffalo News
The Sabres were hit hard by the flu bug and were missing four players because of it in Monday's win over the Coyotes. Omark made his Buffalo debut in Saturday's 4-1 loss to Boston. He logged nearly 13 minutes and posted one shot in the defeat. Buffalo doesn't return to action until Friday night at Toronto and Omark should be available for that match-up.
Marcus Foligno (flu) misses Monday's game 12-24-2013
Marcus Foligno LW BUF
Marcus Foligno (flu) didn't suit up on Monday.

Buffalo News
He has only 11 points in 33 games this campaign, but he managed to record three in his last three matches entering the holiday break. We will assume that he'll be back to 100 percent once NHL play resumes for the Sabres on Friday in Toronto.
Alexander Sulzer sits Monday due to the flu 12-24-2013
Alexander Sulzer D BUF
Alexander Sulzer missed Monday's game because of flu-like symptoms.

Buffalo News
He has skated in just eight games with the Sabres this season. We'll keep him as active under the assumption that he'll be healthy once the NHL resumes play after the Christmas break.
Ryan Spooner collects 3 assists vs. Nashville 12-24-2013
Ryan Spooner C BOS
Ryan Spooner contributed three assists in Monday's 6-2 victory versus Nashville.

Boston Globe
He saw 1:43 of ice time on the power play in the match and made the most of it with a pair of helpers. He also posted six shots but he's still looking for his first career NHL goal. Spooner has compiled seven assists in 10 games with Boston this season.
Carl Soderberg picks up 3 points on Monday 12-24-2013
Carl Soderberg C BOS
Carl Soderberg registered a goal and picked up two helpers in Boston's win over Nashville on Monday.

Boston Globe
He earned an assist in his previous game to give some confidence entering the break. Prior to that, he had been going through a mini four-game scoring skid. Soderberg has accounted for five goals and 19 points in 31 games this year.
Reilly Smith earns 3 points against Preds 12-24-2013
Reilly Smith RW BOS
Reilly Smith notched a goal and two assists in Boston's 6-2 win over Nashville Monday night.

Boston Globe
He picked up a goal and one of his assists on two of the Bruins' three power-play markers in the match. Smith enters the NHL's holiday break with five points in his last two games. He has been a good source of secondary offense in his first season in Boston with 12 goals and 28 points in 37 outings.
Eric Tangradi continues to sit in press box 12-24-2013
Eric Tangradi LW WPG
Eric Tangradi has been scratch for seven of Winnipeg's last 11 games.

Winnipeg Sun
This is just an FYI as Tangradi shouldn't be on your fantasy radar. He has one goal and two assists in 28 games this campaign, while averaging just 9:19 of ice time per contest.
Jets relegate Keaton Ellerby to the press box 12-24-2013
Keaton Ellerby D WPG
Keaton Ellerby has been a healthy scratch for six straight games.

Winnipeg Sun
He has skated in 18 games with the Jets this season since was claimed off waivers from Los Angeles, but his last appearance came on Dec. 12. However, Ellerby doesn't have any fantasy value when he does play.
Ladd, Jets boil over in loss to Edmonton 12-24-2013
Andrew Ladd LW WPG
Andrew Ladd scored in Winnipeg's 6-2 loss to Edmonton on Monday night.

Winnipeg Free Press
He was also one of several Jets players to receive a misconduct penalty at the 16:16 mark of the third period after he got into a jousting match with Oilers forward Nail Yakupov got following Edmonton's sixth goal of the match. As a result Ladd finished with 14 minutes in penalties, Zach Bogosian earned 15, Bryan Little was assessed 12, Chris Thorburn had 10 and Mark Stuart concluded with 17. If you had Winnipeg players in your lineup last night then you might've scored some good PIM totals.
Varlamov solid in loss 12-24-2013
Semyon Varlamov G COL
Semyon Varlamov turned aside 41 of 45 San Jose shots in Colorado's 5-4 shootout loss Monday night at SAP Center. Varlamov now has a 16-8-3 record with a 2.40 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.
Johnson impressive in loss 12-24-2013
Erik Johnson D COL
Erik Johnson scored a goal and registered an assist in Colorado's 5-4 shootout loss to San Jose Monday evening. Johnson has been very good for the Avalanche this season. He now has six goals and nine assists in 36 games. He also has an impressive plus-18 rating. Jamie McGinn, Gabriel Landeskog and rookie Nathan MacKinnon also scored for the Avalanche, while Ryan O'Reilly added two helpers in the loss.
Niemi and Sharks win 12-24-2013
Antti Niemi G SJ
Antti Niemi blocked 29 of 33 shots in San Jose's 5-4 shootout win over Colorado Monday night. Niemi now has a 19-7-6 record with a 2.36 goals-against average and .912 save percentage. Niemi has been a little bit inconsistent this season, but he will remain as the number one goalie in San Jose.
Thornton helps Sharks to earn victory 12-24-2013
Joe Thornton C SJ
Joe Thornton assisted three goals in San Jose's 5-4 shootout win over Colorado Monday night. Thornton now has five goals and 35 assists in 37 games this season. Brent Burns also had a strong game with a goal and two assists, while defenseman Matt Irwin scored a goal and registered an assist for the Sharks. Joe Pavelski and Jason Demers also scored for the Sharks.
Jones finally lose 12-24-2013
Martin Jones G LA
The Dallas Stars put an end to Martin Jones' remarkable run Monday night with a 5-2 win. Jones, who had not allowed more than two goals in his first eight NHL games, allowed four to the Stars on 23 shots. Jones (8-1-0) was trying to match Ray Emery for the most winning decisions to start an NHL career at nine. He also was trying to tie Jonathan Quick for the Kings record for longest winning streak by a goalie. Jones still has an outstanding 1.31 GAA and .953 save percentage.
Williams strong in loss 12-24-2013
Justin Williams RW LA
Justin Williams scored a goal and registered an assist in Los Angeles' 5-2 loss to Dallas Monday night. Williams scored his team-leading 13th goal in the first period for L.A. Williams has three goals and two assists in two games against the Stars this season. Jarret Stoll scored the other goal for the Kings.
Lehtonen strong in Stars win 12-24-2013
Kari Lehtonen G DAL
Kari Lehtonen stopped 30 of 32 shots in Dallas' 5-2 win against Los Angeles Monday evening. Lehtonen was outstanding in the win and his record improved to a 14-8-6. He has a 2.52 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. He is a very strong contender for team Finland for the coming Olympics.
Benn impressive in Dallas win 12-24-2013
Jamie Benn LW DAL
Jamie Benn had a Gordie Howe hat trick with a goal, two assists and a fight to lead Dallas to a 5-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Benn now has 11 goals and 21 assists in 36 games. Tyler Seguin also had a strong game with a goal and an assist, while Shawn Horcoff, Cody Eakin and rookie Valeri Nichushkin also scored for the Stars.
Pavelec terrible in loss 12-24-2013
Ondrej Pavelec G WPG
Ondrej Pavelec allowed six goals on only 30 shots in Winnipeg's 6-2 loss to Edmonton Monday evening. Pavelec didn't had his best night between the pipes. He saw his record fall to 11-16-4 and his goals-against average is now 2.94, with .905 save percentage. The Jets are definetely expecting more from him.
Stuart scores in loss 12-24-2013
Mark Stuart D WPG
Mark Stuart scored a goal in Winnipeg's 6-2 loss to Edmonton Monday evening. Stuart tied the game in the first period, but then it was just a downhill for the Jets. He also had 17 penalty minutes in the game. He now has two goals and four assists in 27 games this season. Andrew Ladd scored the other goal for the Jets.
Bryzgalov solid in win 12-24-2013
Ilya Bryzgalov G MIN
Ilya Bryzgalov turned aside 18 of 20 Winnipeg shots in Edmonton's 6-2 win Monday night at Rexall Place. Bryzgalov earned his second win of the season for the Oilers, who scored as many goals Monday as they had during their losing skid combined. Bryzgalov now has a 2.80 goals-against average and .915 save percentage. He is the number one goalie in Edmonton at the moment.
Hall leads Oilers to win Monday 12-24-2013
Taylor Hall C EDM
Taylor Hall scored a goal and registered two assists in Edmonton's 6-2 win over Winnipeg Monday night. Hall now has 14 goals and 19 assists in 32 games this season. Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov and David Perron all scored a goal and registered an assist for the Oilers, while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins added two helpers in the victory. Defenseman Jeff Petry and Sam Gagner also scored for the Oilers.
12-24-2013
Alexander Petrovic D FLA
Alex Petrovic was called up from the minors on Monday December 23.
12-24-2013
Marcus Johansson C WAS
Marcus Johansson returned to action on Monday December 23.