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Antti Raanta cruises to easy win over Avs 12-27-2013
Antti Raanta G CHI
Antti Raanta allowed two goals on just 18 shots Friday as he coasted to an easy 7-2 win over Colorado. Victories don't come much easier than this one, which allowed Raanta to improve his record to 9-1-2 with a GAA of 2.18 and a save percentage of .915.
Patrick Sharp dominates Avs with hat trick 12-27-2013
Patrick Sharp RW CHI
Patrick Sharp registered three goals and an assist for the Blackhawks as part of a 7-2 thrashing of Colorado on Friday. Sharp was absolutely dominant for Chicago in this contest and has now amassed 21 goals on the season. His linemate Jonathan Toews also had a great outing, picking up two goals and two helpers in the victory while Michal Handzus and Kris Versteeg rounded out the scoring for the Hawks.
Dany Heatley scores rare goal in loss to Jets 12-27-2013
Dany Heatley RW ANA
Dany Heatley scored his eighth goal of the campaign for Minnesota in a 6-4 loss to Winnipeg on Friday. The former second overall pick has recorded just two goals and one assist in 12 December games, a sign his best days are certainly behind him. Mikko Koiivu, Stephane Veilleux and Justin Fontaine all tallied for Minnesota in the loss.
Nik Backstrom overwhelmed by Winnipeg in loss 12-27-2013
Niklas Backstrom G MIN
Niklas Backstrom struggled in a 6-4 loss to the Jets on Friday night. Backstrom was staked to a 3-1 lead early in the contest, but failed to hold on as he ultimately allowed five goals on 37 shots in the losing effort, which drops his record to 2-9-2 for the year. His GAA is a horrific 3.32 while his save percentage is now .893.
Blake Wheeler scores twice in win over Wild 12-27-2013
Blake Wheeler RW WPG
Blake Wheeler buried a pair of goals for the Jets in an exciting 6-4 win over Minnesota on Friday night. Wheeler's been on quite the goal-scoring tear of late, potting nine goals in the month of December, including seven in his last eight games. Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane, Olli Jokinen and Tobias Enstrom all contributed goals for Winnipeg in the victory.
Ondrej Pavelec chased early in loss to Wild 12-27-2013
Ondrej Pavelec G WPG
Ondrej Pavelec lasted only seven minutes before he was lifted from Friday's 6-4 win over Minnesota. Pavelec allowed three goals on just six shots in that short timeframe and was replaced by Al Montoya, who allowed just one goal on 23 shots the rest of the way en route to earning the victory.
Matt Moulson records 2 pts in losing effort 12-27-2013
Matt Moulson LW BUF
Matt Moulson picked up a goal and an assist for the Sabres in Friday's 4-3 shootout loss to Toronto. Moulson's 13th goal of the season opened the scoring for Buffalo and he added a helper on Steve Ott's tying goal in the final minute of the game. John Scott also picked up his first NHL goal since 2009 in the loss.
Ryan Miller sharp despite losing effort 12-27-2013
Ryan Miller G VAN
Ryan Miller turned in a strong performance in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs on Friday night. In what has become a sadly recurring story, Miller's strong effort was wasted by a team that could not score enough goals to earn him a victory despite the fact he turned aside 39 of 42 shots. His record falls to 9-17-1 with the loss while his GAA moves to 2.76 and his save percentage becomes .924.
Phil Kessel picks up two points in victory 12-27-2013
Phil Kessel RW TOR
Phil Kessel scored a goal and added an assist for the Maple Leafs in a 4-3 shootout win over Buffalo Friday. Kessel's goal snapped a stretch in which he tallied just one goal in nine games, yet he has scored 18 times on the season. Peter Holland and Jake Gardiner also found the back of the net for Toronto in the win.
Jonathan Bernier leads Leafs to comeback win 12-27-2013
Jonathan Bernier G TOR
Jonathan Bernier backstopped Toronto to a 4-3 shootout victory over the Sabres on Friday night. Bernier was shaky in the first period of the game, but buckled down and was sharp the rest of the way. All told, he allowed three goals on 35 shots. His record improves to 11-11-4 with the victory while his GAA and save percentage are2.44 GAA and .929, respectively.
Adam Henrique scores lone Devils goal in loss 12-27-2013
Adam Henrique C NJ
Adam Henrique scored the only New Jersey goal in Friday's 2-1 loss at the hands of the Blue Jackets. The goal is just the seventh of the campaign for Henrique. Patrik Elias and Marek Zidlicky drew helpers on the tally.
Marty Brodeur plays well in hard-luck loss 12-27-2013
Martin Brodeur G NJ
Martin Brodeur played extremely well on Friday night, but suffered a 2-1 shootout loss to the Blue Jackets. The Devils were outplayed in the contest, but Brodeur nearly stole the game as he stopped 29 of 30 shots in the defeat. His record falls to 11-8-3, but his GAA is 2.31 and his save percentage is .906.
Curtis McElhinney holds off Devils for win 12-27-2013
Curtis McElhinney G CLB
Curtis McElhinney backstopped the Blue Jackets to a 2-1 shootout win over New Jersey on Friday. McElhinney saw only 17 shots come his way in this contest, of which he blocked 16 to improve his record to 6-5-1. His GAA is solid 2.43 while his save percentage is .921.
Artem Anisimov scores in win over Devils 12-27-2013
Artem Anisimov C CLB
Artem Anisimov was the only goal scorer for Columbus in a 2-1 shootout win over the Devils on Friday night. Anisimov has been riding a hot streak of late, as he's recorded points in four straight. Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson picked up helpers on the goal.
Nicklas Backstrom picks up 2 pts in win 12-27-2013
Nicklas Backstrom C WAS
Nicklas Backstrom registered a goal and an assist for the Capitals in a 3-2 win over the Rangers Friday. Although Alex Ovechkin was held off the scoresheet, the Caps did receive goals from Mike Green and Eric Fehr in the victory.
Philipp Grubauer improves record vs. NYR 12-27-2013
Philipp Grubauer G WAS
Philipp Grubauer was solid for the Capitals on Friday as they upended the Rangers by a score of 3-2. Grubauer has been a great addition for Washington, as his 5-1-1 record proves. His GAA is a sharp 2.18 while his save percentage is .937 after this contest in which he stopped 38 of 40 shots.
Carl Hagelin notches SHG in loss to Caps 12-27-2013
Carl Hagelin LW NYR
Carl Hagelin scored a goal for the Rangers Friday, but they lost a 3-2 decision nonetheless. The short-handed marker was the first such goal of the year for Hagelin, who has nine tallies in total. Benoit Pouliot also added his sixth of the campaign in the loss.
Cam Talbot loses to Capitals 12-27-2013
Cam Talbot G NYR
Cameron Talbot saw his win streak end at two as he dropped a 3-2 decision to the Capitals on Friday. The game was the third consecutive that Talbot has started in place of Henrik Lundqvist, but now that he has lost a game expect King Henrik to be back in goal for their next outing. Talbot's record remains a strong 8-3-0 despite the loss while his GAA is 1.72 and his save percentage is .936.
Erik Karlsson and Sens shutout by Bs. 12-27-2013
Erik Karlsson D OTT
Erik Karlsson registered four shots on goal and a minus-2 rating in a 5-0 loss to Boston Friday night. Despite being held off the scoresheet like the rest of his teammates in this game, Karlsson continues to lead all NHL defensemen in scoring and remains the most dangerous offensive blueliner in the fantasy game.
Robin Lehner thumped by Boston 12-27-2013
Robin Lehner G OTT
Robin Lehner couldn't hold off the surging Bruins in a 5-0 loss Friday. Lehner allowed five goals on 42 shots in the defeat, which dropped his record to 5-9-3 for the year. His GAA rises to 2.68 with this performance while his save percentage is .922.
Reilly Smith nets pair in blowout of Sens 12-27-2013
Reilly Smith RW BOS
Reilly Smith scored two goals for the Bruins as part of a 5-0 drubbing of the Senators on Friday. Smith's 14 goals on the season have been a pleasant surprise for the Bruins, who always seem to derive significant value from their role players. David Krejci, Jarome Iginla and Brad Marchand all found the back of the net in the victory.
Tuukka Rask shuts out Senators in Boston 12-27-2013
Tuukka Rask G BOS
Tuukka Rask blocked all 33 shots he faced in a 5-0 shutout win over Ottawa on Friday night. The shutout is his league-leading fourth of the campaign while his 20th win is the second-highest total in the NHL this year. His GAA is a sparkling 1.81 and his save percentage is .938.
Nathan Gerbe picks up 2 pts in loss to Pens 12-27-2013
Nathan Gerbe C CAR
Nathan Gerbe scored a goal and add an assist for the Hurricanes in Friday's 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh. The goal is the eighth of the campaign for Gerbe, who has fit in nicely as a role player with Carolina. Drayson Bowman and Andrej Sekera also tallied for the Canes in the loss.
Justin Peters can't withstand Penguins 12-27-2013
Justin Peters G WAS
Justin Peters took the loss for the Hurricanes in a 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Friday night. It was the third straight start for Peters, who stopped 22 of 26 shots in the defeat and has been given some run of late in place of Cam Ward. Peters' record falls to 7-9-4 with the defeat while GAA is 2.38 and his save percentage is .922.
Marc-Andre Fleury earns win vs. Hurricanes 12-27-2013
Marc-Andre Fleury G PIT
Marc-Andre Fleury allowed three goals on 34 shots Friday as Pittsburgh outlasted Carolina by a score of 4-3. Fleury's win improves his record to 22-9-1 on the season, with the 22 victories representing the best mark in the league. His save percentage is w a solid .920 while his GAA is 2.16.
James Neal takes advantage of ice with Crosby 12-27-2013
James Neal LW NAS
James Neal registered a goal and two assists for the Penguins in a 4-3 win over Carolina Friday. Neal was given an opportunity to skate alongside Sidney Crosby in the contest and took full advantage. Crosby also potted a goal in the victory while Deryk Engelland and Chris Conner also found the back of the net for the Pens.
Roberto Luongo is expected to miss 7-10 days 12-27-2013
Roberto Luongo G FLA
Roberto Luongo is expected to miss seven-to-10 days with a suspected groin injury.

Vancouver Province
He didn't practice on Friday. Luongo was injured during last Sunday's match against Winnipeg. Eddie Lack will take over the number one job in his absence, while minor-league recall Joacim Eriksson will back him up.
Zach Bogosian out Friday with the flu 12-27-2013
Zach Bogosian D WPG
Zach Bogosian won't play Friday because of the flu. He wasn't available for Friday's morning skate. Consider him day-to-day.
Clayton Stoner has been placed on IR 12-27-2013
Clayton Stoner D ANA
Clayton Stoner has been placed on injured reserve by Minnesota.

Michael Russo on Twitter
Minnesota made the move in order to activate goaltender Josh Harding. Stoner didn't play on Monday after he suffered a lower-body injury last Sunday.
Wild activate Josh Harding from IR 12-27-2013
Josh Harding G MIN
Josh Harding has been activated from injured reserve.

Michael Russo on Twitter
He was allowed to leave the team to alter his treatment for multiple sclerosis. The Wild have three goaltenders on their roster, so it's unclear if Harding will dress on Friday.
Alexander Steen doesn't practice Friday 12-27-2013
Alexander Steen C STL
Alexander Steen (upper body) didn't practice on Friday.

Jeremy Rutherford on Twitter
The Blues didn't provide much of an update on his status, but coach Ken Hitchcock said, "we're not far from being healthy." That could be good news.
Hawks like Corey Crawford's progress from LBI 12-27-2013
Corey Crawford G CHI
Corey Crawford (lower body) worked out on the ice before Friday's morning skate.

Chicago Tribune
"Real good progress," coach Joel Quenneville said. "He felt good today, had a much more intense workout than he had the last times on the ice. Over the next couple (or) three days, we'll get him more with the guys as we go along here. We like the progress. He feels much better." Crawford might travel with the team to St. Louis for Saturday's contest.
Daniel Paille (concussion) will return Friday 12-27-2013
Dan Paille LW BOS
Daniel Paille will get back into Boston's lineup on Friday after sitting out seven games with a concussion.

Bruins.nhl.com
He's projected to play with Gregory Campbell and Jordan Caron on the fourth line.
Curtis McElhinney will play Friday vs. Devils 12-27-2013
Curtis McElhinney G CLB
Curtis McElhinney will be back in goal for Columbus on Friday.

Columbus Dispatch
He didn't play Monday because of a back injury. McElhinney owns a 5-5-1 record with a .920 save percentage and a 2.56 GAA this season.
Wings reassign Riley Sheahan to AHL 12-27-2013
Riley Sheahan C DET
Riley Sheahan has been assigned to the minors.

Mlive
He is heading down to Grand Rapids to make room for captain Henrik Zetterberg, who is expected to return on Saturday. Sheahan had two assists in four games with the Red Wings during his NHL call-up.
Justin Abdelkader probable to return Saturday 12-27-2013
Justin Abdelkader LW DET
Justin Abdelkader is expected to return from his concussion on Saturday.

Mlive
He skated with Henrik Zetterberg and Daniel Alfredsson in Friday's practice. However, coach Mike Babcock wouldn't confirm that Abdelkader will be back. The Red Wings bench boss said; "Abdelkader's another guy too that I think might be available. We'll know more after the morning skate."
Johan Franzen is 'not quite there yet' 12-27-2013
Johan Franzen RW DET
Johan Franzen (concussion) skated on his own after Friday's practice.

Mlive
"It's not quite there yet," Franzen said. "I still get dizzy and headaches. It's motion triggered. I can get through workouts fine, but if I try and play keep away I can't do that. If there's too much going on I get dizzy, my vision gets blurry and stuff like that." He has missed four contests because of a concussion, but he appears to be making some progress.
Darren Helm not optimistic with his recovery 12-27-2013
Darren Helm C DET
Darren Helm (shoulder) may not be available for the Winter Classic on Wednesday.

Mlive
"There are more important things than that. As nice as it would be, you have to look at the big picture," he said. "It doesn't feel 100 percent, good enough to go right now. I think it's something we're going to have to talk about. Trainers, coaches, doc. See how I feel tomorrow. I don't think it was good enough today." There was some hope that he would be able to play Saturday, but that doesn't appear to be probable anymore. He has missed 10 games with a shoulder injury.
Jimmy Howard (knee) hopes to play on Monday 12-27-2013
Jimmy Howard G DET
Jimmy Howard (knee) is targeting Monday's game in Nashville for his return to the lineup.

Mlive
"I'm still hoping to play in Nashville," said Howard. "That's been the goal here all along and I don't think anything's changed. The first real test was today with a full practice and it felt pretty good out there. I think I need a couple more practices. It's still a little stiff for not using it for so long. That's going to happen with any injury. I just need to be the mobility back." He hasn't played since Dec. 10 and would probably like to get a game under his belt before the Winter Classic.
Report: Jonathan Quick should be back in Jan. 12-27-2013
Jonathan Quick G LA
Jonathan Quick (groin) is still reportedly on track to return during the first week of January.

Pierre LeBrun on Twitter
Kings GM Dean Lombardi told ESPN and TSN insider Pierre LeBrun the news on Friday. He has been making some progress in his recovery from a groin injury and he's currently traveling the team.
Alex Chiasson will probably suit up Friday 12-27-2013
Alex Chiasson RW OTT
Alex Chiasson will probably return Friday after missing Monday's game with the flu.

Dallas Morning News
He took part in the morning session on a regular line with Erik Cole and Rich Peverley. Colton Sceviour looks like he could be the odd man out if Chiasson does in fact return.
Aaron Rome will return from LBI on Friday 12-27-2013
Aaron Rome D DET
Aaron Rome (lower body) has been taken off injured reserve and he'll be back in Dallas' lineup on Friday night.

Dallas Morning News
He has missed the past four games with a lower-body injury. Rome had hip surgery and sports hernia surgery in the summer and he aggravated his hip on Dec. 16 against Colorado. "It's more of my own fault than anything, I tried to make a hip check, and that's probably not the best thing to do at this stage," Rome said. "I just need to stay physical and have a good gap, and find a different way to hit guys along the boards." He's expected to be paired with Jordie Benn against Nashville.
Stars put Sergei Gonchar on injured reserve 12-27-2013
Sergei Gonchar D DAL
Dallas has moved Sergei Gonchar, who has been suffering from concussion-like symptoms, to injured reserve.

Dallas Morning News
Gonchar leads the Stars' defense corps with 12 points in 35 games this season. He was originally pegged to miss seven-to-10 days with the ailment and he's retroactive to Dec. 21.
Canucks recall goaltender Joacim Eriksson 12-27-2013
Joacim Eriksson G VAN
Joacim Eriksson has been called up by Vancouver.

Vancouver Sun
Roberto Luongo is still sidelined, so Eriksson will back up Eddie Lack. Eriksson has an 8-10-1 record with a 2.77 GAA and .907 save percentage in 20 games with AHL Utica this campaign.
Roberto Luongo is day-to-day with a LBI 12-27-2013
Roberto Luongo G FLA
Roberto Luongo is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

Vancouver Sun
He may have suffered a groin injury last Sunday against Winnipeg. Eddie Lack will serve as the team's starter while Luongo is sidelined.
Hunter Shinkaruk (hip) is done for the season 12-27-2013
Hunter Shinkaruk C VAN
Hunter Shinkaruk will miss the rest of the WHL season because he requires major hip surgery.

Vancouver Sun
He originally suffered the injury in a WHL game in late October, but tried to play through it in an attempt to make Canada's World Junior squad. Shinkaruk didn't make the cut, though. He will undergo the procedure in about 10 days to repair a tear in the labrum.
Casey Cizikas (personal) misses practice 12-27-2013
Casey Cizikas C NYI
Casey Cizikas didn't practice Friday because he was attending to a personal matter.

New York Newsday
It's unclear if he will be available to play Saturday night against New Jersey, so we'll list him as day-to-day for the time being.
Henrik Lundqvist eager to get back on track 12-27-2013
Henrik Lundqvist G NYR
Henrik Lundqvist knows he has to be better.

New York Newsday
"The bottom line is I just need to stop the puck more," Lundqvist said. "That's my goal. I can promise you I work as hard as I can, and I've been doing that. I just hope it's going to turn around here. My next start, whenever it is, is another opportunity to get a good, solid game." Cam Talbot will be in goal for the Rangers for a third straight time on Friday night.
Ryan Callahan (knee) skates Friday on his own 12-27-2013
Ryan Callahan RW TB
Ryan Callahan (knee) skated on his own Friday, wearing sweatpants.

New York Newsday
He was also sporting a brace on his left knee. "I know it's a big step in the right direction," said Callahan, who suffered a sprained MCL 17 days ago. "I've got to take it in stride. The first couple days you're pretty miserable, but then you work as hard as you can to get back in the lineup." It doesn't look like his injury will prevent him from playing in the Winter Olympics.
Jonathan Bernier starts Friday for Leafs 12-27-2013
Jonathan Bernier G TOR
Jonathan Bernier will be between the pipes for Toronto on Friday.

Jonas Siegel on Twitter
He will face the Buffalo Sabres after he played impressively in Monday's 2-1 shootout loss to the New York Rangers. Adjust you lineup accordingly.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere will start vs. Chicago 12-27-2013
Jean-Sebastien Giguere G COL
Jean-Sebastien Giguere will get the call for Colorado on Friday versus Chicago.

Adrian Dater on Twitter
The veteran keeper has lost his last two outings, while giving up six goals. He'll have to be better against the high-scoring 'Hawks or else his night could be a difficult one.
Nashville will start Carter Hutton on Friday 12-27-2013
Carter Hutton G NAS
Carter Hutton will get the nod for Nashville in Friday's game against Dallas.

Stu Grimson on Twitter
The Predators have pulled their starting goalie in each of their last three games and Hutton has received the hook twice during that time. He probably won't have a very long leash in this game either. The Predators play again on Saturday against Los Angeles, so Marek Mazanec might get the call for that contest.
Flames will go with Reto Berra vs. Edmonton 12-27-2013
Reto Berra G COL
Reto Berra will be in goal for Calgary on Friday night.

Pat Steinberg on Twitter
He picked up his fifth win of the year on Monday when the Flames rallied to defeat St. Louis in a shootout, so he'll make a second consecutive start.
Oilers recall forward Roman Horak 12-27-2013
Roman Horak LW EDM
Edmonton summoned Roman Horak from the minors on Thursday night.

Edmonton Journal
This is his first appearance with the Oilers since he was acquired from Calgary on Nov. 8 as part of the Ladislav Smid trade. Horak has posted 11 points in 18 games with AHL Oklahoma City since the move.
Oilers called up Martin Marincin on Thursday 12-27-2013
Martin Marincin D EDM
Martin Marincin was brought up from the minors Thursday evening.

Edmonton Journal
He made his NHL debut earlier this month and skated in two games with the Oilers during his previous call-up.
Devan Dubnyk is likely to face Calgary Friday 12-27-2013
Devan Dubnyk G ARZ
Devan Dubnyk will probably play against Calgary on Friday.

Edmonton Journal
In his previous two games versus the Flames this season, he surrendered just four goals on 62 shots and earned one victory. That would also keep Ilya Bryzgalov fresh for Saturday's meeting versus Philadelphia.
David Perron slated to stay with Hall and RNH 12-27-2013
David Perron LW EDM
David Perron played with Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on Monday and the trio will remain intact for Friday's match versus Calgary.

Edmonton Journal
Hall seems to like playing alongside of Perron. "David wins a lot of battles," Hall said. "Usually when you play with a guy, you want to help him on the one-on-one battles, but with David you just want to get open." Perron picked up a goal and an assist in the contest to end a five-game point drought. He has fit in well with the Oilers this season, while recording 15 goals and 29 points in 35 matches.
Henrik Zetterberg (back) will return Saturday 12-27-2013
Henrik Zetterberg C DET
Henrik Zetterberg confirmed Friday that he'll return from his back injury on Saturday night.

Detroit Free Press
He participated fully in Friday's practice. Look for the Red Wings to activate him from injured reserve at some point and you should do the same. Zetterberg has 11 goals and 30 points in 28 games this season, which leads Detroit in scoring. He hasn't played since Dec. 1, but we don't expect him to be that rusty.
John Tavares (back) sits out practice Friday 12-27-2013
John Tavares C NYI
John Tavares is dealing with a lower back issue, so he didn't skate Friday.

Arthur Staple on Twitter
He's being listed as day-to-day, but he still could be available for Saturday's match against the New Jersey Devils. Stay tuned for updates.
James Neal may see time with Crosby on Friday 12-27-2013
James Neal LW NAS
James Neal might get some action on Pittsburgh's top line, alongside Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz, during Friday's contest.

Dave Molinari on Twitter
Joe Vitale skated with Crosby and Kunitz during Friday's morning session. Vitale and Neal could share time on the team's first line, according to coach Dan Bylsma. Neal has two assists in three games since returning to the lineup from his five-game suspension. In 19 appearances this season, he has notched 10 goals and 22 points.
Mika Zibanejad is a game-time call Friday 12-27-2013
Mika Zibanejad C OTT
Mika Zibanejad (upper body) will be a game-time decision on Friday.

Ottawa Senators on Twitter
He has missed the past two games with an upper-body ailment. Zibanejad has registered eight goals and 15 points in 29 games this season.
Robin Lehner will play in Boston Friday 12-27-2013
Robin Lehner G OTT
Robin Lehner will be in Ottawa's crease Friday night at Boston.

Ottawa Senators on Twitter
Lehner played well in four appearances versus the Bruins last season, but it's a bit surprising that he's getting the start after Craig Anderson pitched a 27-save shutout against Pittsburgh on Monday. However, Anderson might be back between the pipes for Saturday's rematch with Boston.
Rangers will play Cameron Talbot again Friday 12-27-2013
Cam Talbot G NYR
Cameron Talbot will be in goal for the Rangers Friday night in Washington.

Jim Cerny on Twitter
This will mark his third consecutive start over number one goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who recently inked a lucrative seven-year, $59.5 million deal. Talbot has provided the team with excellent goalkeeping this season and he is deserving of extra ice time even if it comes at the expense of Lundqvist.
Martin Havlat out with lower-body injury 12-27-2013
Martin Havlat RW NJ
Martin Havlat has a lower-body injury.

Kevin Kurz on Twitter
There's no timetable for his return. Havlat missed the start of the season because of off-season pelvic surgery. In 22 games, he has eight points.
Laich (groin) took part in Friday's skate 12-27-2013
Brooks Laich C WAS
Brooks Laich's groin setback doesn't appear to be a major issue.

Washington Post
He participated in the Capitals' morning skate Friday, but he won't play against the New York Rangers. "He had a full practice and he was flying, but something doesn't feel quite right even though he can go out there pretty good," coach Adam Oates said. "We don't wan to risk hurting it, whatever that is." Laich is expected to meet with the team's doctors to determine his next step, but for now he's in a "holding pattern."
Zach Parise day-to-day, will be kept off ice 12-27-2013
Zach Parise LW MIN
Zach Parise (lower body) is listed as day-to-day, according to Wild coach Mike Yeo.

Michael Russo on Twitter
Minnesota is going to keep Parise off the ice for a little to get him healthy, which supports the idea that he played with an injured foot and returned too soon when he was hurt in late November.
Shane Doan remains sidelined, still skating 12-27-2013
Shane Doan RW ARZ
Shane Doan has been skating, but there's still no timetable for his return from Rocky Mountain fever.

Sarah McLellan on Twitter
The Coyotes captain hasn't played since Dec. 4 because of the illness. Doan has 12 goals and 23 points in 27 games this season.
Adam Hall sits out practice with an illness 12-27-2013
Adam Hall RW PHI
Adam Hall didn't practice Friday because he was feeling under the weather.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
However, he will travel with the team to Edmonton for Saturday's contest. It's cloudy whether or not he will be available to play, so we'll consider him day-to-day.
Steve Downie might return from UBI Saturday 12-27-2013
Steve Downie RW PIT
Steve Downie (upper body) skated Friday and appears to be ready to return to Philadelphia's lineup.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
That means he could be back as early as Saturday's game in Edmonton. Downie has missed two games with an upper-body injury. He skated on the fourth line with Chris VandeVelde and Zac Rinaldo in the session, but prior to his injury he had been playing alongside Sean Couturier and Matt Read.
Matt Stajan fine after knee-on-knee hit 12-27-2013
Matt Stajan C CAL
Matt Stajan says he's fine to play Friday after he took a knee-on-knee hit from St. Louis' David Backes on Monday.

Randy Sportak on Twitter
He left the game in overtime after the collision, but it sounds like he'll be available for Friday's game versus Edmonton. It's probably safe to keep him active if you normally would. Stajan has six goals and 16 points in 29 games.
Joe Vitale skates with Crosby and Kunitz 12-27-2013
Joe Vitale C ARZ
Joe Vitale skated with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz during Friday's morning skate.

Pittsburgh Penguins on Twitter
The Penguins have been hit hard by the injury bug, so Vitale could get a shot to open Friday's contest on the top line. He has one goal and 10 assists in 37 games this campaign, while averaging 10:43 of ice time. Vitale could be worth keeping an eye as a short-term fix, but this could be a revolving door-type situation where a number of wingers get tried out until players get healthy.
Pittsburgh activates Tanner Glass from IR 12-27-2013
Tanner Glass LW NYR
Pittsburgh has activated Tanner Glass (hand) from injured reserve.

Pittsburgh Penguins on Twitter
He'll be back in the lineup for the Penguins on Friday night after missing 15 games with a broken hand. Glass, who will skate on the fourth line, has six points and 38 penalty minutes in 24 games this season.
Penguins activate Brooks Orpik from IR 12-27-2013
Brooks Orpik D WAS
Brooks Orpik (concussion) has been taken off injured reserve.

Pittsburgh Penguins on Twitter
He is set to return to the lineup on Friday night after he was hurt on Dec. 7 in a nasty incident with Boston's Shawn Thornton. Orpik suffered a concussion when Thornton punched him in the face while he laid on the ice. He took line rushes in the team's morning skate with Deryk Engelland.
Malkin skates, appears unlikely for Friday 12-27-2013
Evgeni Malkin C PIT
Evgeni Malkin (lower body) skated Friday morning, but it doesn't look like he'll be in the lineup against Carolina.

Pittsburgh Penguins on Twitter
He wasn't placed on any of Pittsburgh's projected four lines, so it's unlikely that he will be available to play. If he doesn't play then it will be the sixth straight game he has missed due to a lower-body injury.
Pascal Dupuis (knee) may be done for the year 12-27-2013
Pascal Dupuis LW PIT
Pascal Dupuis is going to have ACL knee surgery and he may be out for rest of the season.

Pittsburgh Penguins on Twitter
The Pittsburgh Penguins made that announcement via their Twitter account on Friday. There's no timetable set for his return. Dupuis was injured in Monday's loss to Ottawa following a collision with teammate Sidney Crosby. He has seven goals and 20 points in 39 games this season.
Deryk Engelland set to return from suspension 12-27-2013
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Deryk Engelland is eligible to return after serving his five-game suspension.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
He was banned for a high hit on Detroit's Justin Abdelkader back on Dec. 14. Engelland will probably be back in Pittsburgh's lineup on Friday night against Carolina.
Panthers bring Alex Petrovic back up 12-27-2013
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Alex Petrovic has been called back up by Florida.

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
He played in the Panthers' 6-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Monday in his season debut before heading back to the AHL during the NHL's holiday break. Petrovic will continue to fill in on Florida's blueline with Erik Gudbranson injured.
Panthers recall forward Drew Shore 12-27-2013
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Drew Shore has been summoned from the minors by Florida.

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
The Panthers lost Scottie Upshall to an upper-body injury prior to the Christmas break, so Shore is joining the team to take his place. Shore played two games for Florida in early October prior to being shipped to the minors. The team wanted him to get used to playing right wing in the AHL, where he recorded 15 assists in 28 games with San Antonio.
Carolina calls up Zach Boychuk 12-27-2013
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Carolina has recalled Zach Boychuk.

Raleigh News & Observer
He has 12 goals in his past AHL 16 games with Charlotte and he has recorded 27 points in 29 contests. Boychuk picked up an assist with the Hurricanes during his previous NHL call-up earlier this month.
Bruins bring up goaltender Niklas Svedberg 12-27-2013
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Niklas Svedberg has been called up from the minors.

Boston Globe
"We're going to have a look at him in the next little while here," coach Claude Julien said. "Not tonight, but maybe tomorrow or the game after. I think he's earned that. We told him that after having such a good camp that we'd bring him up at some point, get him some games. So that's what we're doing right now." He will serve as Tuukka Rask's backup in Friday's game versus Ottawa. He has posted an 11-5-3 record to go with a .907 save percentage and a 2.91 goals-against average in 20 games with AHL Providence this season.
Canes will go with Justin Peters again Friday 12-27-2013
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Justin Peters will get the nod for Carolina on Friday.

Chip Alexander on Twitter
It will be his third straight start and his fifth appearance in the Hurricanes' last six games. Peters has picked up just one victory in his past five outings (1-2-2), but he appears to have a leg up on Cam Ward right now.
Hurricanes' Jay Harrison has a concussion 12-27-2013
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Jay Harrison's undisclosed injury is a concussion.

Chip Alexander on Twitter
He didn't play Monday because of the ailment and a timetable for his return should be considered uncertain.
Brooks Laich (groin) returns to the sidelines 12-27-2013
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Brooks Laich won't play Friday after he experienced some discomfort in his groin following his return to the lineup on Monday.

Katie Carrera on Twitter
He was limited to nine games last season because of a groin problem and he missed 11 games this year with another groin ailment that he can't seem to shake. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Martin Brodeur will face the Jackets on Fri. 12-27-2013
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Martin Brodeur will start against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.

Tom Gulitti on Twitter
The Devils play again Saturday night on Long Island versus the Islanders, so Cory Schneider could very well get the nod for that contest.
Ryane Clowe to return Friday from concussion 12-27-2013
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Ryane Clowe (concussion) has confirmed that he'll be back in the lineup for New Jersey in Friday's tilt against Columbus.

Tom Gulitti on Twitter
He has been out of action since Oct. 13 because of a concussion. Clowe has one assist and a minus-5 rating in six games this season. He can contribute hits, penalty minutes and some points once he gets going again.
Caps will stick with Philipp Grubauer vs. NYR 12-27-2013
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Philipp Grubauer will be between the pipes for Washington on Friday night against the Rangers.

Katie Carrera on Twitter
He was in goal for Washington's 3-2 loss to Anaheim prior to the Christmas break, so this will mark his second straight start. Adjust your lineup accordingly.
Zach Parise isn't expected to play Friday 12-27-2013
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Zach Parise (lower body) isn't expected to travel with the Wild to Winnipeg for Friday night's game.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Michael Russo of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune believes that Parise will miss some games with what is presumed to be an aggravation of the foot injury that he has been playing with for more than three weeks. Parise blocked a shot back on Nov. 25 and he was expected to miss a few weeks, but he sat out just one game.
Henrik Zetterberg should return Saturday 12-27-2013
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Henrik Zetterberg (back) is expected to return to the fold for Detroit on Saturday.

Detroit Free Press
He hasn't played since Dec. 1 after a small herniated disc was discovered in his back, but he still leads the Red Wings in scoring with 30 points in 28 games. Look for Zetterberg to be back on the ice for Detroit at Friday's practice.
Jiri Tlusty out 2-3 weeks after appendectomy 12-27-2013
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Jiri Tlusty is projected to miss about two to three weeks after having an appendectomy.

Chip Alexander on Twitter
He registered 23 goals in 48 games last year, while posting a personal high 19.7 shooting percentage. This season, Tlusty has six markers after 37 contests and he's shooting percentage has dropped to 9.5.
Ben Bishop aims to play for USA at Olympics 12-27-2013
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Ben Bishop admitted that playing for the United States in the Sochi Olympics will probably be on his mind "quite a bit" with the team's announcement just around the corner.

St. Petersburg Times
"It'd be a huge honor, something that nobody can take away from you," he said. "It'd be pretty cool to say that you're an Olympian. I'm just trying to play my best right now and make it a hard decision on them." The team is scheduled to be announced on Wednesday at the Winter Classic. Bishop should garner plenty of consideration for a roster spot, as he's posted a 20-5-2 record to go with a .935 save percentage and a 1.93 GAA.
Adam Oates doesn't like shootouts 12-27-2013
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Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates isn't a fan of shootouts.

Washington Post
That's despite the fact that the Capitals have an 8-3 record in shootouts this season. "I don't believe in them," he said. "I know the fans like it, but that's because it has kind of a carnival effect. I mean, I get it. It's in the rules, but maybe because I never played with it, I don't really like it very much." The NHL has shown signs that they want to see less shootouts. They excluded shootout wins when determining the number of victories each team has for the top playoff tiebreaker, which gives teams added incentive to finish tied contests in the overtime period. There's also been talk of extending overtime to reduce the likelihood of a shootout. At the same time, it doesn't look like the skills competition is going to go away entirely as it guarantees that no game will end in a tie without the risk of contests continuing indefinitely.
Tim Thomas should get the nod on Saturday 12-27-2013
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Tim Thomas should be considered Florida's starting netminder for Saturday's contest against Detroit.

Miami Herald
Scott Clemmmensen played well for the Panthers during his absence, but Thomas is ready to return to the crease after recovering from a groin injury. Thomas had won his previous three games before getting hurt at practice to give him a 9-10-1 record on the year to go with a .909 save percentage and a 2.75 GAA.
Pittsburgh has called up Harry Zolnierczyk 12-27-2013
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have summoned Harry Zolnierczyk.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Zolnierczyk was sent to the minors for the duration of the NHL's Christmas break. He has a goal in eight games this season with Pittsburgh.
Carey Price is expected to start Saturday 12-27-2013
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Carey Price is expected to start Saturday against Tampa Bay.

Montreal Gazette
Montreal bench boss Michel Therrien will probably go with backup goaltender Peter Budaj for Sunday's match versus the Florida Panthers. We'll have confirmation this weekend, but prepare to set your goalies accordingly.
Flyers set to face goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov 12-27-2013
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The Philadelphia Flyers are getting ready to face Ilya Bryzgalov when they head to Edmonton on Saturday.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
"It's going to be weird," Claude Giroux said. Bryzgalov suffered a tremendous fall from grace from the point when he inked a nine-year, $51 million contract in the summer of 2011 to when he was bought out just two years later. He now has a 2.80 GAA and .915 save percentage in eight games with Edmonton.
Coach has seen improvement in Kulikov's game 12-27-2013
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Florida coach Peter Horachek has liked what he's seen from Dmitry Kulikov recently.

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
He was sent to the press box earlier this month and Horachek feels like the young defenseman has responded. "Sometimes it's what players need, a little bit of adversity and to understand, and to sit back and watch a little bit," Horachek said. "Most players go through it. He doesn't like it, most players don't. I think he's played his best hockey coming out of there. He's making better decisions; he's competing really hard and playing the game against top players. His minutes have gone up because of it." Kulikov doesn't feel like he's doing anything differently aside from cutting down on his turnovers. He has six points and a minus-7 rating in 37 games this year.
Dustin Byfuglien hasn't helped his plus-minus 12-27-2013
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Dustin Byfuglien owns a team-worst minus-15 rating this season.

Winnipeg Free Press
He has recorded a plus rating just three times in his last 17 games. Byfuglien has been good offensively with 27 points (six goals, 21 assists) in 39 games, which ties him for second on the Jets and ranks him third among all blueliners. Still, he'll need to tidy up his play in his own end.
Ryan Suter has a 7-game assist streak 12-27-2013
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Ryan Suter will enter Friday night's game riding a seven-game assist streak.

Winnipeg Free Press
The workhorse defenseman has topped 30 minutes in five of his last six games. Suter is still looking for first goal of the 2013-14 campaign.
Michael Del Zotto might be traded soon 12-27-2013
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With the holiday roster freeze about to end, the New York Rangers might trade Michael Del Zotto in the not too distant future.

NY Post
Reportedly, the Rangers want to trade Del Zotto, but the problem is their asking price has been too high. Del Zotto has struggled this season under coach Alain Vigneault and his time spent in the press box probably hasn't helped his fantasy value either. Still, Del Zotto has a fair amount of potential and is still pretty young at 23. He should be movable, but perhaps not for the Rangers' reportedly preferred return of a top-four defenseman.
Oilers don't plan on demoting Nail Yakupov 12-27-2013
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The Edmonton Oilers don't have any interest in sending Nail Yakupov to the minors, despite their problems with his game right now.

Edmonton Journal
Yakupov is minus-25 in 37 games and while that stat might not always be reflective of the player's capabilities, the Oilers are unhappy with his defensive showing. Even though he scored a goal and registered an assist on Monday, he logged just 6:29 minutes. "I can't say it was good. I want to play more. It's pretty cold on the bench, but I have to work in practice and find more minutes," said Yakupov.
Justin Faulk waits to see if he made Team USA 12-27-2013
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Justin Faulk admitted that he's been thinking about the possibility of making Team USA more as the announcement date inches closer.

Raleigh News & Observer
The United States is expected to reveal their roster for the 2014 Winter Games on January 1. Faulk's been in contact with the team's management, but isn't sure what his chances are of making the squad. He has 15 points and is averaging 24:12 minutes per contest in 37 games this season.
Gillies looks to follow in Gibson's footsteps 12-27-2013
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Jon Gillies has succeeded John Gibson as Team USA's starting goaltender in the World Junior Championship.

Calgary Sun
Gillies served as Gibson's understudy for the United States' gold medal run last year. "We saw a goaltending clinic last year from John Gibson, which was a treat to watch. He was an unbelievable mentor," Gillies said. "Gibby is the reason we won the tournament, hands-down. We had Johnny G. (Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau) and other guys step up when we needed it, but Gibby is the reason we won and it shows what goaltending means to this tournament." Gillies turned aside 23 of 24 shots in Team USA's 5-1 win over the Czech Republic in his tournament opener.