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Jason Chimera has cooled off in December 12-25-2013
Jason Chimera LW WAS
Jason Chimera has just two goals and an assist in 10 games this month. Chimera enjoyed a solid start to the 2013-14 campaign, but it's not surprising that he slowed down. He has 19 points in 37 games and will probably end up with about 30-40 points by the end of the season.
Jay Rosehill is stuck in the press box 12-25-2013
Jay Rosehill LW PHI
Jay Rosehill has spent six straight games as a healthy scratch. Even when Rosehill does play, he only averages 4:25 minutes per game. If he ever establishes himself as a regular on the Flyers fourth line, he could end up leading the NHL in penalty minutes. As it is, he's accumulated 59 PIM in just 22 games.
Jordie Benn has a plus-six rating 12-25-2013
Jordie Benn D DAL
Jordie Benn has gone 11 straight games without a negative rating. Benn ranks fifth on the team with a plus-five rating. He doesn't attract the same kind of attention that his younger brother Jamie Benn gets, but Jordie has gone from being undrafted and playing in the ECHL to becoming a solid NHL defenseman.
Gaustad is 4th in NHL in faceoff percentage 12-25-2013
Paul Gaustad C NAS
Paul Gaustad ranks fourth in the NHL with a 59.6 winning percentage on the draw. Gaustad isn't on many people's fantasy radar due to his lack of offensive upside, but one thing he is known for is his success on the draw. He's won 56.4% of his faceoffs over the course of his career, but he's topped that mark in each of his previous four campaigns going into 2013-14.
Cody Eakin ends point drought 12-25-2013
Cody Eakin C DAL
Cody Eakin ended a seven-game scoring drought with a goal on Monday. Eakin has eight goals and 17 points in 36 games this season. It wouldn't be shocking to see the 22-year-old pick up the pace a little in the second half and end up with around 40-50 points.
Brandon Bollig is third on Chicago in hits 12-25-2013
Brandon Bollig LW CAL
Brandon Bollig ranks third on the Chicago Blackhawks with 86 hits. Bollig also has eight points and 61 penalty minutes in 39 games this season. He's earned a regular spot as a bottom-six forward, but he isn't likely to climb much further in the Blackhawks depth charts. For that reason, he's only worth owning in deeper leagues that put value on hits.
Raphael Diaz hasn't missed a game this season 12-25-2013
Raphael Diaz D CAL
Raphael Diaz is one of just eight Montreal players to have appeared in all 38 of their games this season. Diaz wasn't drafted and had to excel in the Swiss league before Montreal finally took a shot at him in his late 20s. He'll turn 28 on Jan. 9 and he's only appeared in 120 NHL contests, but the late bloomer has firmly established himself as a regular. He has 10 points in 2013-14, which might not sound that impressive, but he's done that without getting much power-play ice time. He's nearly even with teammate Andrei Markov when it comes to even strength points, but Markov's work with the man advantage has resulted in him doubling Diaz's point total. Keep that in mind if Markov or PK Subban end up missing time due to an injury.
Braydon Coburn leads the Flyers in ice time 12-25-2013
Braydon Coburn D PHI
Braydon Coburn is leading the Philadelphia Flyers in total ice time this season. There was speculation over the summer that the Flyers might trade Coburn after the acquisition and signing of defenseman Mark Streit, but Coburn has proven to be an important part of their team. In addition to eating a ton of minutes, he's second on the team with 49 blocked shots, and has been leading the Flyers' penalty killing efforts. At the same time, his limited offensive upside makes him one of those defensemen that's far more valuable to his team than he is to most fantasy owners.
Matt Bartkowski doesn't play Monday 12-25-2013
Matt Bartkowski D BOS
Matt Bartkowski was a healthy scratch on Monday. Bartkowski has played fairly regularly lately, although he doesn't do too much offensively. He has just six points in 22 games this season. Still, if he does manage to establish himself as an every game defenseman at the NHL level, he might have some value in leagues that use hits as a category. As it is he has 46 hits in 2013-14.
Barret Jackman's ice time is down this season 12-25-2013
Barret Jackman D STL
Barret Jackman's playing time has gone down this season. Jackman is averaging just 17:35 minutes per contest, which would be a career-low for him if this trend continues. The Blues have a strong defense and Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo both eat up a lot of minutes. With that in mind, it would probably take an injury for Jackman's role to increase significantly.
Travis Zajac is picking up steam 12-25-2013
Travis Zajac C NJ
Travis Zajac's three-game point streak came to an end on Monday. Zajac got off to a slow start this season, but he's been gradually improving. He has two goals and seven points in 11 games this month, to bring him up to 17 points in 36 contests overall. That's not terrible, but the Devils were likely hoping for more out of him after they lost Ilya Kovalchuk.
Panthers barely use Scott Gomez 12-25-2013
Scott Gomez C NJ
Since returning from a groin injury, Scott Gomez has barely been used by the Florida Panthers. Gomez has only participated in one of the Panthers' last 10 contests. When he has played this season, he's averaging just 13:43 minutes per contest. He's been on a downward slope for a while and at the age of 34, there's very little reason to own him even in deeper leagues.
Tyler Toffoli hasn't been minus all season 12-25-2013
Tyler Toffoli C LA
Tyler Toffoli hasn't been a minus player in a single game this season. Toffoli is neutral more often than not, but he has slowly climbed to plus-13 in 24 games. He's only averaging 12:60 minutes per contest, but he's often been paired up with Mike Richards. That pairing is one of the big reasons why Toffoli has nine goals and 17 points in 24 games in 2013-14.
Coyotes attendance is a little disappointing 12-25-2013
Steve Konowalchuk RW Col
Phoenix Coyotes president Anthony LeBlanc is "a little disappointed" with the Coyotes attendance this season.

Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
LeBlanc did add that there are encouraging signs and a lot of work to do. Still, it's easy to get concerned about the Coyotes' financial situation, given that the new ownership has a five-year out clause that would allow them to relocate the team if they lose $50 million. It's too early to tell if that will happen, but the Coyotes aren't out of the woods yet in their fight to stay in Glendale.
Shea Weber is great, Predators not so much 12-25-2013
Shea Weber D NAS
Even as the Nashville Predators struggle, Shea Weber has been excelling.

The Nashville Tennessean
Weber has nine goals and 21 points in 34 games this season. He's also averaging 26:27 minutes per contest, which puts him on course to establish a new career-high. Beyond that, his teammates have been impressed by his consistency. "You never really see him play two bad games in a row," Kevin Klein said. "That's what you like to see is the consistency and leadership. He's doing it all right now."
Brian Campbell is logging a ton of minutes 12-25-2013
Brian Campbell D FLA
Brian Campbell ranks third in the NHL with an average of 27:21 minutes per game.

Miami Herald
Even for a workhorse like Campbell, that's a lot. In fact, at the age of 34 he's on course to set a new career-high for average minutes. "You do what you have to do, I think," said Campbell. "You don't control [the minutes] so you try to get a lot of rest, a lot of pills - the legal ones. I try to take care of myself and you learn over the years." He has four goals and 16 points in 38 matches this season.
Jaromir Jagr's a big fan of Valeri Nichushkin 12-25-2013
Valeri Nichushkin RW DAL
Jaromir Jagr thinks Valeri Nichushkin could become "the best in the world one day."

Dallas Morning News
That's certainly high praise for Nichushkin, especially given the source. Jagr is particularly impressed with how strong the 18-year-old forward is along the boards. Nichushkin has heated up after a slow start to his rookie campaign and now has seven goals and 19 points in 35 games.
Marcus Kruger is great at the faceoff circle 12-25-2013
Marcus Kruger C CHI
Marcus Kruger has excelled on the draw this season.

Chicago Sun-Times
Kruger has won 57.1% of his draws this season, which is good for 10th place in the NHL. That's a huge jump from his 2013 success rate of just 46.3%. "When I came over here [from Europe], it was a big difference from what I was used to," Kruger explained. "It takes a little time to adjust." He credited retired NHLer Yanic Perreault with helping him bolster this aspect of his game.
Reilly Smith is surpassing his expectations 12-25-2013
Reilly Smith RW BOS
Reilly Smith is exceeding even his own expectations this season.

Boston Herald
"You go into the season with high expectations," he said. "I probably didn't expect to have had this much success this fast. They're giving me a great opportunity here. I'm just trying hard not to squander it." He certainly hasn't so far with 12 goals and 28 points in 37 games this season. Smith realizes that he might be in line for a cold streak, but he's just trying to keep his game simple and work hard. So far that's served him well.
S. Thornton might further appeal suspension 12-25-2013
Shawn Thornton LW FLA
Shawn Thornton might decide to appeal his 15-game suspension to a neutral arbitrator.

CSN New England
Thornton has that right after NHL commissioner Gary Bettman declined to change the length of his punishment. The Boston Bruins certainly seem prepared for Thornton to go that route. "We respect the process including the ability to attend the hearing with Commissioner Bettman in support of Shawn," the team said in a statement. "At this time, we will decline comment until the process is complete and Shawn has exhausted all rights available to him."
Berube: Meszaros improved during game Monday 12-25-2013
Andrej Meszaros D BUF
Philadelphia Flyers coach Craig Berube thought Andrej Meszaros got better as Monday's game progressed.

CSN Philadelphia
Meszaros spent five consecutive contests as a healthy scratch. "I don't know if it goes back to last year, but I just want him to be more competitive when he's in there," Berube said regarding why Meszaros was sent to the press box in the first place. Meszaros doesn't have any fantasy value at this time and at this point, we aren't confident that he'll turn things around in the second half of 2013-14.