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Dmitrij Jaskin notches first NHL goal 12-28-2013
Dmitrij Jaskin RW STL
Dmitrij Jaskin scored his first NHL goal in his second career game. Jaskin was sent back down to the AHL during the holiday break, but he was with the Blues on Saturday and figures to at least stick until Alexander Steen (concussion) is healthy. Jaskin scored in the second period against the Blackhawks. He played 9:37 and finished with a minus-one rating.
Vladimir Tarasenko progressing for Blues 12-28-2013
Vladimir Tarasenko RW STL
Vladimir Tarasenko recorded three points in the Blues' 6-5 shootout win over the Blackhawks on Saturday night. Tarasenko scored and assisted twice. It might take some more time for Tarasenko to develop into a must-own fantasy forward, but he is progressing nicely, especially considering he had never played in North America until last season. The 22-year-old has 12 goals and 20 points in 37 games; he had eight and 19 in 38 games last season. Maxim Lapierre, Patrik Berglund and Jaden Schwartz picked up goals, while Dmitrij Jaskin notched his first. Ian Cole had two helpers.
Halak struggles; Elliott gets win in relief 12-28-2013
Brian Elliott G STL
Brian Elliott earned the win in relief Saturday as the Blues topped the Blackhawks 6-5 in the shootout. Jaroslav Halak was pulled for the start of the second period after giving up three goals on 13 shots. Elliott faced 19 shots and made 17 saves. Halak has a 2.40 goals-against average and .907 save percentage. After this performance, it wouldn't be surprising to see him continue to cede more starts to Elliott in the coming games, the first of which will be Sunday against the Stars. Elliott has a 2.05 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.
Patrick Kane can't be stopped: 1G, 2A in loss 12-28-2013
Patrick Kane RW CHI
Patrick Kane extended his points streak to 14 games in Chicago's 6-5 shootout loss to the Blues on Saturday night. Kane scored and tallied two helpers. With more maturity and focus, Kane is taking his already-stellar game to another level this season. The 25-year-old has 23 goals (third in the league), 30 assists (sixth in the league) and 53 points, which is second-most in the league. Patrick Sharp, Andrew Shaw, Brandon Saad and Brent Seabrook were the other players who lit the lamp for the Blackhawks.
Antti Raanta leaky in 6-5 SO loss to Blues 12-28-2013
Antti Raanta G CHI
Antti Raanta was roughed up Saturday night, allowing five goals in the Blackhawks' 6-5 shootout setback against the Blues. Raanta was asked to make only 25 saves, so he clearly was not on his game in this one. The Blackhawks had a 5-3 lead in the third period and saw that disappear as Raanta gave up two goals on six third-period shots. Raanta has a 2.38 goals-against average and .906 save percentage.
Mike Fisher's late goal sinks Predators 12-28-2013
Mike Fisher C NAS
Mike Fisher led the Predators to a 3-2 win with three points against the Kings on Saturday night. Fisher scored the game-winner with 27 seconds left and he had one at 16:42 of the final frame. He also assisted on Patric Hornqvist's first-period tally. The Predators will need to generate more offense to claw back into this race. Fisher's goal snapped a nine-game goal drought. He has nine goals and 16 points this season.
Marek Mazanec earns first win in a month 12-28-2013
Marek Mazanec G NAS
Marek Mazanec made 26 saves in the Predators' 3-2 win over the Kings on Saturday night. The Predators aren't scoring enough, so there's even more pressure on their inexperienced netminders to be flawless. Mazanec's win was his first since Nov. 27. He has a 2.68 goals-against average and .911 save percentage this season.
Anze Kopitar's two points not enough in loss 12-28-2013
Anze Kopitar C LA
Anze Kopitar sniped a goal for the Kings, who lost to the Predators on Saturday night 3-2. Kopitar also had an assist, and he now has points in three straight games. The talented center has 12 goals and 21 assists in 39 games this season, while also posting a league-leading plus-21 rating. Jeff Carter picked up the other goal with the Kings' net empty to tie the game at two late in the third, though that score lasted 10 seconds. Slava Voynov, Drew Doughty and Dwight King recorded assists.
Ben Scrivens allows three on 31 in loss 12-28-2013
Ben Scrivens G EDM
Ben Scrivens gave up three goals on 31 shots in Los Angeles' 3-2 loss to the Predators on Saturday night. After Martin Jones gave up five goals in a loss before the Christmas break, Kings coach Darryl Sutter turned to Scrivens in the first game back. We think Scrivens would want another crack at the game-winning goal with 27 seconds left as he got a piece of it with his glove but couldn't fully corral it before it crossed the line. Scrivens has a 1.76 goals-against average and .938 save percentage this season. Jones will probably get the next chance on Monday against the Blackhawks.
Saku Koivu's big night keeps Ducks rolling 12-28-2013
Saku Koivu C ANA
Saku Koivu had a hand in all three goals for the Ducks in their 3-2 overtime win over the Coyotes on Saturday night. Koivu scored twice -- one was the game-winner 51 seconds into OT -- and assisted. The days of him being a key fantasy player are long gone, but he's showing he's still got a little left in the tank with four points over his last four games. The 39-year-old has five goals and 11 points on the season. Andrew Cogliano scored the other goal, with Daniel Winnik picking up two assists. The Ducks have now won 10 straight games.
Jonas Hiller helps Ducks win 10th straight 12-28-2013
Jonas Hiller G CAL
Jonas Hiller made 23 saves in the Ducks' 3-2 overtime win against the Coyotes on Saturday night. Hiller appeared to have a regulation win locked up ... until he gave up a goal with 44 seconds left to Mike Ribeiro. Anaheim has now won 10 straight and everything is clicking right now, including Hiller, who has really found his game in December, not allowing more than two goals in any contest. He has a 2.41 goals-against average and .913 save percentage this season.
Mike Ribeiro lights lamp in loss to Ducks 12-28-2013
Mike Ribeiro C NAS
Mike Ribeiro scored for the Coyotes in their 3-2 overtime loss to the Ducks on Saturday night. Ribeiro's goal at 19:16 of the third period essentially gave Phoenix a point in this one. Ribeiro has proven to be a solid point producer wherever he plays; he now has 10 goals and 29 points this season. Martin Hanzal had the other goal. Keith Yandle, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Michael Stone had the assists.
Thomas Greiss solid in overtime loss 12-28-2013
Thomas Greiss G PIT
Thomas Greiss continued his solid season backing up Mike Smith, though he came up on the wrong end of a 3-2 overtime decision against the Ducks. Greiss made 38 saves in the loss in his first start since Dec. 10. He has a 2.20 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in nine games this season.
Cory Conacher a factor for Senators 12-28-2013
Cory Conacher LW NYI
Cory Conacher scored and assisted for the Senators in their 4-3 win over the Bruins on Saturday night. It's been a disappointing season for the 24-year-old who had 24 points in 35 games in 2012-13, his rookie season. This year he has just four goals and 11 points, though two of those goals have come in the past three games. Patrick Wiercioch, Zack Smith and Bobby Ryan (game-winner) were the other goal scorers. Cody Ceci picked up two assists.
Craig Anderson makes 39 saves in win 12-28-2013
Craig Anderson G OTT
Craig Anderson made 29 saves in Ottawa's 4-3 triumph over the Bruins on Saturday night. At the start of the season, Anderson was a contender for a spot on Team USA. Now, he's trying to save his own job in the NHL. He's won two games in a row now, though he has just a 3.26 goals-against average and .901 save percentage.
Jarome Iginla on a roll with another goal 12-28-2013
Jarome Iginla RW COL
Jarome Iginla lit the lamp for the Bruins on Saturday night in their 4-3 loss to the Senators. Iginla is on a nice little roll right now, with goals in three straight games and points in four straight. With the injuries on this team, the Bruins need their veterans to step up. Iginla has 12 goals and 26 points this season. Daniel Paille and David Warsofsky scored. For Warsofsky, it was his first NHL goal. Torey Krug finished the game a game-low minus-three. This is notable because he might be needed to do a little more with Dennis Seidenberg done for the year.
Tuukka Rask's night ends early, gives up 3 12-28-2013
Tuukka Rask G BOS
Tuukka Rask was yanked early in the second period of the Bruins' 4-3 loss to the Senators on Saturday night. Rask gave up three goals on 12 shots, hitting the showers 29 seconds into the second period. It's the second time in six games Rask has been pulled. With the season-ending injury to Dennis Seidenberg and an injury to Zdeno Chara, who is day-to-day, Rask might face a little more offensive pressure. He has a 1.89 goals-against average and .936 save percentage. Chad Johnson made 17 of 18 saves in relief.
Tomas Plekanec picks up 13th goal in win 12-28-2013
Tomas Plekanec C MON
Tomas Plekanec scored for the Canadiens in their 2-1 shootout win over the Lightning on Saturday night. The forward scored at 5:15 of the second period to give him goals in two straight games. Plekanec has 13 goals and 24 points on the season, so he's not a bad gamble in fantasy leagues because he's pacing around 30 goals for the season. Brian Gionta and Travis Moen had the assists.
Carey Price steady yet again for the Habs 12-28-2013
Carey Price G MON
Carey Price blocked 23 shots as the Canadiens defeated the Lightning 2-1 in the shootout Saturday night. The favorite to be Canada's starting goalie in the Olympics continues his terrific season. Price has always had the talent, and now that he's teamed it with consistency, he's been elite. He has four wins over his last five games, with a 2.06 goals-against average and .932 on the year.
Martin St. Louis stays hot, scores in loss 12-28-2013
Martin St. Louis RW NYR
Martin St. Louis scored for the Lightning in their 2-1 shootout loss to the Canadiens on Saturday night. St. Louis might not come with the fanfare associated with the other stars in the league, but he's every bit as good and exciting to watch. The 38-year-old continues to produce at an excellent clip: 17 goals and 38 points in 38 games. He also has points in six straight games. Brian Gionta and Travis Moen had the assists.
Ben Bishop gives up one, loses in shootout 12-28-2013
Ben Bishop G TB
Ben Bishop gave up only one goal, but he and the Lightning ended up losers, 2-1 in the shootout against the Canadiens. He made 20 saves, and he's helped the Bolts earn points in eight straight games. If the 6-foot-7 netminder had the track record that seems to be so important for coaches during for the Olympics, he'd be a lock for Team USA. Instead, he has to be getting a very close look as he's been fantastic this season. Bishop has a 1.89 goals-against average and .935 save percentage this season.
Henrik Zetterberg scores in return to lineup 12-28-2013
Henrik Zetterberg C DET
Henrik Zetterberg potted a goal for the Red Wings in their 4-3 win over the Panthers on Saturday night. Zetterberg had not played since Dec. 1 due to a herniated disc in his back, but he didn't miss a beat and the Red Wings reaped the rewards immediately. He scored during a first-period power play to give him 12 goals and 31 points on the season. Daniel Alfredsson, Brendan Smith and Gustav Nyquist scored the other goals. Pavel Datsyuk had two assists.
Jonas Gustavsson solid in Detroit's win 12-28-2013
Jonas Gustavsson G DET
Jonas Gustavsson gave up three goals on 33 shots in Detroit's 4-3 victory over the Panthers on Saturday night. The Red Wings have now won three of their last four games, all of the wins started by Gustavsson. With the team getting healthier, it might not be a bad idea to take a chance on the netminder in any fantasy leagues in which he's available. He has a 2.35 goals-against average and .915 save percentage, with an 11-3-2 record.
Sean Bergenheim scores twice in loss 12-28-2013
Sean Bergenheim LW FLA
Sean Bergenheim scored twice for the Panthers, but it wasn't enough as the Panthers fell 4-3 to the Red Wings on Saturday night. Bergenheim now has goals in two straight games, which sounds great until you realize he has only seven on the year, to go along with 10 points. Nick Bjugstad scored the other goal for Florida. Brian Campbell, Aleksander Barkov, Dylan Olsen and Marcel Goc notched the helpers.
Scott Clemmensen can't save Panthers vs. Det. 12-28-2013
Scott Clemmensen G NJ
Scott Clemmensen made 27 saves in Florida's 4-3 loss to the Red Wings on Saturday night. The Panthers were on a nice five-game run in mid-December, but now they've lost three straight games. Clemmensen has the ability to string together a few good starts, but the reality is he's nothing more than an NHL backup who is exposed when he plays a lot. The goaltender has a 2.99 goals-against average and .892 save percentage this season.
Travis Zajac gets game-winner for Devils 12-28-2013
Travis Zajac C NJ
Travis Zajac scored the game-winning goal for the Devils in their 2-1 victory over the Islanders on Saturday night. Four years ago, Zajac appeared to be on the cusp of becoming one of the great young centers in the game. Since back-to-back 20-goal, 62-plus-point seasons, though, he's been nothing fantasy owners should be clamoring for. This goal was his seventh, and he has 18 points on the season. Adam Henrique notched the other marker. Reid Boucher, Michael Ryder, Marek Zidlicky and Jaromir Jagr recorded assists.
Cory Schneider makes 30 saves in win 12-28-2013
Cory Schneider G NJ
Cory Schneider made 30 saves in the Devils' 2-1 win over the Islanders on Saturday night. Schneider was on his game in this one, giving up the lone goal midway through the third period. This was his first start in five outings in which he posted a plus-.900 save percentage, and it's his first win since Nov. 30. Altogether, he has a 2.13 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.
Frans Nielsen runs points streak to five 12-28-2013
Frans Nielsen C NYI
Frans Nielsen notched a goal for the Islanders, who fell 2-1 to the Devils on Saturday night. The 29-year-old is setting himself up for easily the best season of his career. He already has 12 goals and 29 points, the same total he had in 48 games last year. His career-high in goals is 17 and his career-high in points 47. The center has a point streak of five games. Kyle Okposo and Thomas Vanek got the assists.
Evgeni Nabokov gives up two on 25 shots 12-28-2013
Evgeni Nabokov G TB
Evgeni Nabokov kicked away 23 shots in the Islanders' 2-1 loss to the Devils on Saturday night. Navokov has now alternated wins and losses in each of his last four games. He might provide some more stability for the Isles, but that's not saying much and he's not worth rostering in fantasy leagues. He has a 2.88 goals-against average and .902 save percentage ... and he plays on a team with just 11 wins.
Willie Mitchell returns for the Kings 12-28-2013
Willie Mitchell D FLA
Willie Mitchell is in the lineup for the Kings on Saturday night.

Lisa Dillman on Twitter
The rearguard had been dealing with an upper-body injury. He has not played since Dec. 14. Mitchell has four assists on the season, and he's averaging 20:06 of ice time. Daniel Carcillo, Matt Frattin and Colin Fraser are the scratches against the Predators
Sergey Andronov re-assigned to AHL 12-28-2013
Sergey Andronov RW STL
Sergey Andronov has been sent back down to the AHL.

Blues on Twitter
Andronov was called up in an emergency basis for Saturday's game, but he wasn't needed. The forward has 13 points in 28 games this season.
Bracken Kearns called up from AHL 12-28-2013
Bracken Kearns C BOS
Bracken Kearns has been recalled from the AHL.

Sharks.com
The 32-year-old has five goals, 18 points and 57 penalty minutes this season with the Worcester Sharks. He has played in seven NHL games in his career, going pointless with ten penalty minutes.
Derek Roy not playing Saturday night 12-28-2013
Derek Roy C NAS
Derek Roy (undisclosed) is not playing for the Blues on Saturday night.

Lou Korac on Twitter
No word on why, but there is speculation among Blues reporters that has the flu. Adam Cracknell will play in his place. Roy has eight goals and and 27 points this season.
Ilya Bryzgalov prepares to face Flyers 12-28-2013
Ilya Bryzgalov G ANA
Ilya Bryzgalov chose not to address the media ahead of Saturday's meeting against his former Philadelphia teammates.

NHL.com
This will be his first time playing against the Flyers since he was bought out of a nine-year, $51 million contract just two years into the deal. Bryzgalov will no doubt be motivated for this contest. He has a 2-4-0 record to go with a .915 save percentage and a 2.80 GAA over eight games with the Oilers.
Mika Zibanejad will fill in for Spezza 12-28-2013
Mika Zibanejad C OTT
Mika Zibanejad will play between Cory Conacher and Milan Michalek Saturday night.

Bruce Garrioch on Twitter
He is moving up the lineup because of Jason Spezza's injury. Zibanejad has eight goals and 15 points in 30 matches.
Stars return Colton Sceviour to the AHL 12-28-2013
Colton Sceviour RW DAL
Colton Sceviour has been sent to the AHL.

Mark Stepneski on Twitter
His demotion is a bit surprising because he has played very well during his big-league call up. Sceviour has three goals, one assist and 21 shots in seven NHL appearances.
Volchenkov out with 'total body soreness' 12-28-2013
Anton Volchenkov D NAS
Anton Volchenkov won't be in the lineup for New Jersey on Saturday because he is experiencing "total body soreness."

Tom Gulitti on Twitter
That's a new one. Consider Volchenkov day-to-day for the time being. The Devils were going to dress seven defensemen Saturday night, but now their down to six so Eric Gelinas may not get to see time at forward as originally planned.
Corey Crawford is likely to return next week 12-28-2013
Corey Crawford G CHI
Corey Crawford (lower body) is likely to return to Chicago's lineup next week.

Chris Kuc on Twitter
Coach Joel Quenneville believes Crawford will be back for either Thursday's game against the New York Islanders or Friday's contest versus the New Jersey Devils. Antti Raanta has played well during Crawford's absence, but he'll lose a great deal of fantasy value when the Blackhawks get their number one goalie back.
Zdeno Chara out Saturday, is day-to-day 12-28-2013
Zdeno Chara D BOS
Zdeno Chara is a late scratch for Saturday night's contest.

Boston Bruins on Twitter
He didn't take to the ice for the warmups and won't play against Ottawa. It isn't clear what is ailing the big Boston defender, but he is listed as day-to-day. The Bruins have five blueliners on the ice right now because emergency call-up Zach Trotman hasn't arrived yet.
Chris Phillips (foot) won't play Saturday 12-28-2013
Chris Phillips D OTT
To update an earlier item, Chris Phillips won't play Saturday.

David Amber on Twitter
He suffered a foot injury on a blocked shot against Boston on Friday.
Jason Spezza won't play Saturday due to LBI 12-28-2013
Jason Spezza C DAL
Jason Spezza won't play Saturday night because of a lower-body injury.

Elliotte Friedman on Twitter
He has recorded 30 points in 39 games to go with a minus-14 rating. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Martin Reway scores twice for SVK vs. USA 12-28-2013
Martin Reway LW MON
Martin Reway netted a pair of goals for Slovakia in a 6-3 loss to the United States in preliminary round action at the World Junior Championships. He is currently tied for the tournament lead with three goals and six points after two games. The Canadiens chose Reway in the fourth round of the 2013 draft.
Jonathan Drouin has been great at WJC 12-28-2013
Jonathan Drouin LW TB
Jonathan Drouin notched a goal and an assist for Canada's World Junior team in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Czech Republic. He has a goal and four helpers in two games for Canada at the tournament. 2014 NHL draft prospect Sam Reinhart had a goal and an assist in the defeat as well, while Detroit selection Anthony Mantha picked up two assists.
Ryan Hartman helps USA defeat Slovakia 12-28-2013
Ryan Hartman RW CHI
Ryan Hartman produced a goal and an assist in Team USA's 6-3 victory over Slovakia. Boston draft pick Matt Grzelyck and 2015 draft eligible prospect Jack Eichel also generated a goal and a helper apiece in the match. The Americans currently stand alone in first place in Group A with a 2-0-0-0 record.
Wennberg, Johnson lead Swedes over Finns 12-28-2013
Nicholas Baptiste RW BUF
Alexander Wennberg registered two goals and one assist in a 4-2 win over Finland in World Junior action Saturday. He was selected in the first round (14th overall) in the 2013 draft by Columbus. Toronto draft pick Andreas Johnson produced a goal and two helpers in the contest.
Elias Lindholm makes WJC debut Saturday 12-28-2013
Elias Lindholm C CAR
Elias Lindholm played in Sweden's second game of the World Junior Championship on Saturday.

worldjunior2014.com
"It probably wasn't my best game," said Lindholm, who had been dealing with undisclosed injury prior to be loaned for the tournament by Carolina. "I feel like I have a lot of room to improve. It's my first game in about two and a half weeks." He skated on the top line with Jacob de la Rose and Filip Forsberg.
Minnesota sends Johan Gustafsson to minors 12-28-2013
Johan Gustafsson G MIN
Johan Gustafsson has been assigned to the minors.

Michael Russo on Twitter
Minnesota activated Josh Harding from injured reserve on Friday, but he didn't dress in the team's 6-4 loss to Winnipeg. Harding is ready to return to uniform now though, so Gustafsson will head back to the AHL.
Wild move Zach Parise (foot) to IR 12-28-2013
Zach Parise LW MIN
Zach Parise (lower body) has been placed on injured reserve.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
He was at the team's practice rink on Saturday, but as expected he was kept off the ice and it will stay that way until he gets clearance from doctors. "He wants to be in the lineup. Hopefully everyday he gets his rest is a day we get closer to him coming back," coach Mike Yeo said. "He wants to get on the ice and he wants to help the team. He's a huge part of our team. We can't wait to have him back."
Rob Scuderi (ankle) may be back on Sunday 12-28-2013
Robert Scuderi D PIT
Rob Scuderi (ankle) has received medical clearance and he could play as soon as Sunday evening in Columbus.

Shelly Anderson on Twitter
He has been sidelined since Oct. 26 because of a fractured ankle. Coach Dan Bylsma expects Scuderi to play soon even if his return doesn't come on Sunday.
Evgeni Malkin seeks green light for contact 12-28-2013
Evgeni Malkin C PIT
Evgeni Malkin (lower body) hasn't been cleared for contact yet, but he thinks that could come soon.

Shelly Anderson on Twitter
He did not skate on a regular line and he didn't see power-play time during Saturday's session, so it's unlikely that he'll be available for Sunday's match-up against Columbus. Stay tuned.
Scott Gomez will dress for Cats on Saturday 12-28-2013
Scott Gomez C NJ
Scott Gomez will suit up for Florida on Saturday.

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
He has played in just one of the team's last 11 games and he's skated in five of the 22 games that interim coach Peter Horachek has been behind the bench. He's projected to play on the fourth line with Jimmy Hayes and Shawn Matthias.
Tim Thomas gets another day of rest 12-28-2013
Tim Thomas G DAL
Tim Thomas will watch Saturday's game from the bench to make sure his groin doesn't become an issue.

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
"Just an extra day and extra time. He can play but we're just giving him the extra time to make sure everything is good," interim coach Peter Horachek said. "We're looking in the long term rather than the short term." Scott Clemmensen will get the call on Saturday night against Detroit and Thomas may get the call for Sunday's game versus Montreal.
Nino Niederreiter set to face Isles on Sunday 12-28-2013
Nino Niederreiter RW MIN
Nino Niederreiter will play against the New York Islanders for the first time since being traded to Minnesota on Sunday night.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
He played on the fourth line with the Islanders in 2011-12 and was kept in the minors during the lockout-shortened season, but on Sunday he'll skate on the top line of the Wild against his former squad. Niederreiter should be motivated to make an impact in the contest. He has six goals and 17 points in 40 games this campaign.
Rangers summon Conor Allen from minors 12-28-2013
Conor Allen D NYR
Conor Allen has been called up by the Rangers.

Blueshirtsunited.com
The team isn't sure how long Anton Stralman, who suffered an undisclosed injury Friday night, will be out for so Allen will join the team as insurance. He has 13 points in 29 games with AHL Hartford this year, but he's earned two goals and five helpers in his last seven matches.
Mikael Backlund may be a game-time call Sun. 12-28-2013
Mikael Backlund C CAL
Mikael Backlund will probably be a game-time decision for Sunday's game against Vancouver.

Randy Sportak on Twitter
Coach Bob Hartley said Backlund missed practice on Saturday for maintenance purposes. He has five goals and 15 points in 37 games this season and he's a marginal fantasy player at best.
Reto Berra will start again on Sunday 12-28-2013
Reto Berra G COL
Reto Berra will get the nod for Sunday's game against Vancouver.

Randy Sportak on Twitter
It will mark his third straight start for the Flames. He allowed one goal in a 2-0 loss to Edmonton on Friday in his last outing.
Boston returns Niklas Svedberg to the AHL 12-28-2013
Niklas Svedberg G BOS
Niklas Svedberg has been returned to the minors.

Bruins.nhl.com
The Bruins wanted to take a look at the 24-year-old goaltender, but changed their plans after announcing that Dennis Seidenberg would be lost for the rest of the season because of a serious knee injury. Svedberg went down so that the team could bring up another defenseman, Zach Trotman, on an emergency basis.
Boston recalls blueliner Zach Trotman 12-28-2013
Zach Trotman D BOS
Zach Trotman has been called up on an emergency basis.

Bruins.nhl.com
He will be eligible to play Saturday night in Ottawa, but he may serve as a healthy scratch because the Bruins just brought up David Warsofsky earlier in the morning. Trotman was recalled after it was learned that Dennis Seidenberg would miss the rest of the 2013-14 season because of a knee injury.
Seidenberg (knee) out for the rest of 2013-14 12-28-2013
Dennis Seidenberg D BOS
Dennis Seidenberg will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee.

Bruins.nhl.com
According to GM Peter Chiarelli, Seidenberg is expected to require six to eight months of recovery time. He was injured in Friday's win over Ottawa when he tangled up with Ottawa forward Cory Conacher. Seidenberg ranks second among Boston's defensemen in average ice time this season at 21:50 per contest. He has 10 points and a plus-11 rating in 34 games.
Bogosian probable Sunday v Colorado 12-28-2013
Zach Bogosian D WPG
Zach Bogosian is listed as probable for Sunday's game against Colorado.

Winnipeg Free Press
He missed Friday's game against Minnesota due to food poisoning. We are betting he suits up in Denver so get ready to activate him.
Al Montoya to get start Sunday v Avs 12-28-2013
Al Montoya G FLA
Al Montoya has been named as the Jets' starting goalie Sunday against Colorado.

Winnipeg Free Press
Ondrej Pavelec was pulled Friday after allowing three goals on just six shots. He has also lost seven of his last eight starts. If Montoya plays well against the Avalanche, he could steel some starts from a slumping Pavelec.
Flyers will get Steve Downie back Saturday 12-28-2013
Steve Downie RW PIT
Steve Downie will return from his upper-body injury Saturday night.

Sarah Baicker on Twitter
He sat out two games with the ailment, but he's feeling good now and is ready to play. Downie has produced 12 points, including 10 assists, and 31 penalty minutes in 20 games with Philadelphia since he was acquired from Colorado. Feel free to activate him if you normally would.
Schwartz on top line with Backes/Oshie 12-28-2013
Jaden Schwartz C STL
Jaden Schwartz will likely play on the Blues' top line with David Backes and T.J. Oshie against the Blackhawks Saturday.

Jeremy Rutherford Twitter
If Schwartz is successful playing alongside Backes and Oshie, his fantasy value could really soar. At least until Alex Steen returns from his concussion. If Schwartz is by some chance still available in your fantasy pool, grab him immediately.
Logan Couture's goal slump hits 11 games 12-28-2013
Logan Couture C SJ
Logan Couture's goalless slump reached 11 games following Friday's shootout win over Phoenix.

CSN Bay Area
He hasn't picked up a point in his last seven outings and has just two goals in his last 20 contests. "Once again, the same old story," said Couture. "Had a lot of good looks, missed the net on a lot of good looks. [Mike Smith] made some good saves on me. That's the way it goes. Goal-scorers go through stretches were everything goes in, and then nothing goes in. Hopefully, I can get one soon, because it's not fun not scoring." The slump could cost him a spot on Team Canada for the Sochi Olympics as well. Since he's been getting his fair share of chances, we don't think he'll go much longer without scoring.
Sobotka will return to action Saturday 12-28-2013
Vladimir Sobotka C STL
Vladimir Sobotka will return to action Saturday night against Chicago.

Jeremy Rutherford Twitter
He has missed the Blues' last four games due to an upper-body injury. Sobotka's return couldn't have come at a better time as the team learned Saturday that leading scorer Alex Steen will be out indefinitely due to a concussion.
Blues call up Sergey Andronov 12-28-2013
Sergey Andronov RW STL
The Blues have called up Sergey Andronov on an emergency basis.

Jeremy Rutherford Twitter
Andronov has not had much success at the AHL level. Over two seasons he has a mere 32 points in 87 games. We woud not jump to pick him up at this time.
Coyotes will play Thomas Greiss against Ducks 12-28-2013
Thomas Greiss G PIT
Thomas Greiss will be in goal for Phoenix in Saturday's match versus Anaheim.

Sarah McLellan on Twitter
Number one goalie Mike Smith started Friday's 4-3 shootout loss to San Jose, so he'll get the night off. This mark Greiss' first action since he posted 29 saves in a 3-1 win against Colorado on Dec. 10.
Alexander Steen has a concussion, goes on IL 12-28-2013
Alexander Steen C STL
Alexander Steen will be out of action indefinitely due to a concussion.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Well, Steen owners worst fears were realized. The good news is that Steen is already exercising. The bad news is that this is Steen's second concussion. During the 2011-12 season he missed 39 games due to concussion symptoms. For now, consider Steen out of action on an indefinite basis. However, he could return in a matter of days or a week or two. With concussions you never know.
Ben Scrivens is probable to start Saturday 12-28-2013
Ben Scrivens G EDM
Ben Scrivens will probably be between the pipes for Los Angeles on Saturday versus Nashville.

Jon Rosen on Twitter
He was the first goalie off at the team's morning skate, which indicates that he'll start. Scrivens has watched rookie puck-stopper Martin Jones start the Kings' last four games.
Brian Elliott to start Sunday v Dallas 12-28-2013
Brian Elliott G STL
Brian Elliott will get the start Sunday against Dallas.

Lou Korac Twitter
Jaroslav Halak will be in goal Saturday against Chicago and get Sunday off. Adjust your goaltending rotation accordingly.
Eric Gelinas is slated to see time at forward 12-28-2013
Eric Gelinas D NJ
Eric Gelinas "might play some forward" during Saturday night's game against the New York Islanders.

The Bergen Record
The Devils will have captain Bryce Salvador back in the lineup, so they will dress seven defensemen. Gelinas wore a white jersey in Saturday's optional morning skate, which was the color that the other forwards were wearing too. The 22-year-old rookie has 15 points in 20 games while playing on the back end.
Halak to start v Hawks Saturday 12-28-2013
Jaroslav Halak G NYI
Jaroslav Halak will get the start Saturday against the Blackhawks.

Lou Korac Twitter
He is coming off a poor 4-3 loss to Calgary on Monday and is looking for a rebound performance. That's not going to be easy against a Chicago team that is firing on all cylinders.
Mazanec to start v Kings 12-28-2013
Marek Mazanec G NAS
Updating an earlier item, Marek Mazanec will in fact get the start against the Kings Saturday night.

Stu Grimson Twitter
Stu Grimson, the Predators' color analyst, just confirmed it.
New Jersey sends Tim Sestito to AHL 12-28-2013
Tim Sestito C NJ
Tim Sestito has been sent down to the minors.

Tom Gulitti on Twitter
The Devils made the move to activate Bryce Salvador from injured reserve. Sestito has two assists and 12 hits in nine NHL outings this year.
Devils take Bryce Salvador off IR 12-28-2013
Bryce Salvador D NJ
Bryce Salvador (foot) has been activated from injured reserve.

Tom Gulitti on Twitter
He will return to New Jersey's lineup Saturday night for the first time since Oct. 22. Salvador has two assists, 14 blocks and a minus-1 rating in nine games this season.
Seth Jones return to Dallas not a happy one 12-28-2013
Seth Jones D NAS
Seth Jones, who grew up in Arlington as the son of former Dallas Maverick basketball player Popeye Jones, did not have a very successful return to his hometown.

The Nashville Tennessean
He played only 11:01 and was minus one in a 4-1 loss to the Stars. Jones has struggled the past month after a hot start to the season and Preds' coach Barry Trotz is trying to find the right balance of playing time for the talented rookie. "He wants to be a good player," Trotz said. "He understands and he absorbs coaching. From an issue standpoint, there's really no issues. He's just a young guy playing in a man's game. He got a little worn out, and we reduced his minutes. Now, we're trying to find the right level of minutes for him." Until this gets sorted out we would bench Jones if you have another alternative.
Mazanec likely stater v Kings 12-28-2013
Marek Mazanec G NAS
Although Predators' coach Barry Trotz has not named a starting goalie for Saturday night's game against the Kings, we are betting it will be Marek Mazanec. Carter Hutton was in goal for Friday night's 4-1 loss to Dallas and it stands to reason that Mazanec will get the call the day after.
Bruins bring David Warsofsky back up 12-28-2013
David Warsofsky D BOS
David Warsofsky has been summoned from the AHL.

CSN New England
He was reassigned to the minors for the Christmas break, but he'll rejoin the big club now with Dennis Siedenberg injured in Friday's win over Ottawa. Warsofsky has suited up in three NHL contests this campaign.
Bruins recall Nick Johnson Saturday morning 12-28-2013
Nick Johnson RW BOS
Nick Johnson has been called up from the minors.

CSN New England
He will fill in for the battered Bruins on Saturday night after Carl Soderberg was injured in Friday's win over Ottawa. Johnson was up with Boston before the Christmas break and he has no points in seven games this year.
Carl Soderberg may have suffered a concussion 12-28-2013
Carl Soderberg C BOS
Carl Soderberg may have suffered a concussion Friday night when his head bounced off the turnbuckle on a hit from Ottawa's Erik Karlsson.

CSN New England
Coach Claude Julien didn't specify an injury for Soderberg, who appeared to be woozy after the check. The Boston bench boss told the media on Saturday morning that Soderberg didn't make the trip to Ottawa for Saturday's game. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Harding working hard in Saturday's practice 12-28-2013
Josh Harding G MIN
Josh Harding is getting a full workout in Saturday's practice.

Mike Russo Twitter
He has not lef the ice for the entire time and is facing shots after the scrimmage. It looks as if he will be healthy enough to start Sunday against the Islanders.
Zach Parise could be out of action a while 12-28-2013
Zach Parise LW MIN
Zach Parise could be out of action for a while as he appears to have aggravated a foot injury.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
He blocked a shot a month ago and was supposed to miss three weeks with a bad bone bruise. Howeever, Parise returned to the lineup after missing only one game. it appears however, that Parise's injury has worsened as a result of him playing. The Wild coaching staff may keep him off the ice for some time to allow for a full recovery. If you were counting on a quick return by Parise, we suggest you make some other plans.
Chiasson returned to action Friday 12-28-2013
Alex Chiasson RW OTT
Alex Chiasson returned to action Friday after missing a week with a terrible bout of the flu.

Stars Inside Edge
Chiasson actually lost 15 pounds due to the illness and will no doubt need a few more games to regain his strength and timing. Chiasson has had a nice season so far and seems to be a nice goal-scoring second-line winger going forward.
Casey Cizikas (personal) will play Saturday 12-28-2013
Casey Cizikas C NYI
Casey Cizikas will dress Saturday after missing Friday's practice due to a personal matter.

NHL.com
He's projected to center the team's fourth line. Cizikas has eight points and 70 hits in 36 games with the Islanders this season.
Isles' John Tavares out Saturday with LBI 12-28-2013
John Tavares C NYI
John Tavares is expected to have his streak of 246 consecutive games played ended Saturday night because of a lower-body injury.

NHL.com
The Islanders haven't said much about the ailment, but coach Jack Capuano said it's something that has been lingering and not something Tavares picked up in Monday's win over Detroit. "I'm concerned, obviously," Capuano said Saturday morning. "You know what Johnny is to our hockey club. He's not only our leader, but obviously his play speaks for itself. But at this particular time, he's not ready to go. We're not going to put him in a situation where he can further hurt himself. You just be cautious with it, and hopefully he'll feel better tomorrow." Tavares has 39 points in 38 games this year and his presence in the lineup will obviously be greatly missed.
Wilson gets plenty of ice time in return 12-28-2013
Ryan Wilson D COL
Ryan Wilson received plenty of ice time against the Blackhawks Friday night in his return to action.

Avalanche.com
Wilson, who had not played in a game since November 6th due to a back injury, was on the ice for 21:25, second most on the team. He also skated on the team's power-play unit and took a number of shifts on the penalty kill. For his part, Wilson wasn't trying to do too much after missing seven weeks of games. "I just try and play my game, whatever I think I need to do that night," Wilson said. "Not do too much. Coming back from an injury like this, I'm going to be a little nervous and everything is going to be moving pretty quick but the thing is you have to keep it simple and play your game and just enjoy it." Wilson is only rosterable in the deepest of hockey pools.
Florida will go with Scott Clemmensen v Wings 12-28-2013
Scott Clemmensen G NJ
The Panthers will indeed be sticking with Scott Clemmensen in goal for Saturday's game against Detroit.

Harvey Fialkov on Twitter
He has played well while Tim Thomas has been sidelined, so he'll get another start even though Thomas is healthy enough to return. It will give the veteran keeper another night to rest up. Clemmensen will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 6-1 loss to Tampa Bay prior to the Christmas break.
Jonas Gustavsson will start Saturday night 12-28-2013
Jonas Gustavsson G DET
Updating an earlier item, the Red Wings will start Jonas Gustavsson on Saturday night.

Ansar Khan on Twitter
He sat out Monday's game with what was described as a "tender groin." Gustavsson has provided the Wings with solid goaltending this season and he's served as the team's number one while Jimmy Howard has been injured. Howard could be back next week, so Gustavsson might be relegated to the bench again.
Crawford to practice in advance of return 12-28-2013
Corey Crawford G CHI
Corey Crawford may need only a practice or two before he returns to action.

Chicago Sun-Times
He won't play Saturday night against St. Louis but if he has a good couple of practices he might even be a possibility Monday against the Kings. We think it is more likely Crawford will return to the net Thursday against the Islanders. Get ready to activate him next week.
Raanta likely to get back-to-back starts 12-28-2013
Antti Raanta G CHI
It is likely that Antti Raanta will start against St. Louis Saturday night.

Goalie Post.com
Although he was in the Hawks' net Friday night in a 7-2 win over Colorado, he hardly broke a sweat facing only 18 shots. That said, sooner or later Jason LaBarbera will get a game in.
Reimer likely starter Sunday v Canes 12-28-2013
James Reimer G TOR
Although it is far from confirmed, look for James Reimer to get the start against the Hurricanes Sunday. Jonathan Bernier did not look overly sharp against the Sabres Friday night despite stopping all three shots in the shootout of a 4-3 victory. He looked weak on the Sabres' two first-period goals and gave up the tying goal with 24 seconds left in the game. Coach Randy Carlyle may turn to Reimer against Carolina as a result.
Bozak ready to play Sunday v Hurricanes 12-28-2013
Tyler Bozak C TOR
Tyler Bozak will in fact return to the Maple Leaf lineup Sunday against Carolina.

Jonas Siegel Twitter
He has been out for the entire month of December with an oblique muscle injury but is finally ready to return to action. Bozak will center the Buds' top line alongside Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk. Make sure you activate him prior to Sunday's contest.
Holland may be demoted to 4th line 12-28-2013
Peter Holland C TOR
Despite registering eight points in his last 10 games, Peter Holland skated on the fourth line during Saturday morning's practice.

Jonas Siegel Twitter
Tyler Bozak centered the top unit and pushed Holland down a couple of lines. It remains to be seen if Holland will be relegated to fourth line minutes against the Hurricanes on Sunday.
Malone participates in 1st practice Friday 12-28-2013
Ryan Malone LW NYR
Ryan Malone participated in his first practice since fracturing his ankle on November 23rd.

Tampa Tribune
He was on the ice with his teammates Friday. Despite this wonderful news, Malone is not expected to return to action until the end of next week at the earliest.
Salo not likely to play v Habs Saturday 12-28-2013
Sami Salo D TB
It looks as if Sami Salo will miss Saturday night's game against the Canadiens.

Tampa Tribune
He is still dealing with some sort of upper-body injury and likely won't be able to answer the bell. Consider Salo day-to-day for now.
Eric Brewer won't play Saturday v Habs 12-28-2013
Eric Brewer D ANA
Eric Brewer (upper-body injury) will not play in Saturday's contest against Montreal.

Tampa Tribune
The Bolts called up defenseman Dmitry Korobov from Syracuse as Sami Salo is also not likely to dress against the Habs. Brewer was placed on the injured list to make rooom for Korobov.
Bishop to get start v Habs Saturday night 12-28-2013
Ben Bishop G TB
Ben Bishop will be between the pipes when the Lightning face the Canadiens Saturday night.

Goalie Post.com
He is having a tremendous season and is motivated to do well as he wants to be selected as the U.S.'s starting goalie in the Sochi Olympics set to begin in February.
Kassian a healthy scratch v Boston Saturday 12-28-2013
Matt Kassian LW ARZ
Matt Kassian will be a healthy scratch against the Bruins Saturday.

Senators Extra
Just in case you are the one person who has Kassian on your fantasy roster.
Chris Phillips will be game-time decision 12-28-2013
Chris Phillips D OTT
Chris Phillips may not play against the Bruins Saturday night.

Bruce Garrioch Twitter
He did not skate Saturday morning and may have sustained some sort of injury that will make him a game-time decision against the Bruins. If Phillips can't answer the bell, look for Patrcik Wiercioch to draw in.
Joe Corvo to play v Boston Saturday 12-28-2013
Joe Corvo D OTT
Joe Corvo will be back in the Ottawa lineup Saturday against the Bruins.

Bruce Garrioch Twitter
He sat in the press box Friday night in favor of Eric Gryba, who in turn will be a healthy scratch Saturday evening. Adjust your lineup accordingly.
Anderson to start Saturday v Boston 12-28-2013
Craig Anderson G OTT
Look for Craig Anderson to start in goal against the Bruins Saturday night.

Goalie Post.com
Robin Lehner was in goal and took a 5-0 loss Friday night against the Bruins.
Peter Budaj to get start Sunday v Panthers 12-28-2013
Peter Budaj G WPG
Peter Budaj will get the start Sunday against the Panthers.

Canadiens.com
So says coach Michel Therrien. Carey Price will be in goal Saturday against the Lightning.
Pacioretty motivated by birth of child 12-28-2013
Max Pacioretty LW MON
Max Pacioretty may have a little more jump in his game Saturday night.

Faceoff.com
Max-Pac became a dad for the first time over Christmas with the birth of his son Lorenzo. He may have a little more incentive to do well in celebration of such a milestone. Make sure he is in your lineup.
Gorges to return to action Saturday v Bolts 12-28-2013
Josh Gorges D BUF
Josh Gorges will return to action Saturday night against Tampa.

Canadiens.com
He had missed Monday's game with a lower-body injury but seems to be fully recovered now. Feel free to activate Gorges if you need him.
Price to start in goal Saturday v Preds 12-28-2013
Carey Price G MON
Carey Price has been confirmed as Saturday night's starter.

Canadiens.com
He will be in goal against the Lightning. Not a big surprise. Peter Budaj may get the call against the Panthers Sunday, though.
Clemmensen first off ice Saturday 12-28-2013
Scott Clemmensen G NJ
It may be that Scott Clemmensen will get the start against the Red Wings Saturday night.

Alain Poupart Twitter
It was anticipated that Tim Thomas would be in goal, but Clemmensen was first off the ice during Saturday morning's practice. Stay tuned for updates.
Bjugstad centers top line in morning skate 12-28-2013
Nick Bjugstad C FLA
Nick Bjugstad centered the Panthers' top line during Saturday morning's skate.

Alain Poupart Twitter
He skated between Tomas Fleischmann and Jonathan Huberdeau, while Aleksander Barkov centered Brad Boyes and Sean Bergenheim. The Panthers have been very impressed with Bjugstad's play. We suggest you keep an eye on him.
Anton Stralman questionable for Sunday game 12-28-2013
Anton Stralman D TB
Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman was injured in New York's 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals Friday night and is questionable for their game in Tampa Bay Sunday.

www.prohockeytalk.com
The Rangers didn't disclose what Stralman's injury was. To take his place, they've called up rookie Conor Allen from AHL Hartford. Stralman is one of the Rangers' top-four defensemen. He has no goals and four assists this season.
Petrovic could be good short-term PIMs source 12-28-2013
Alexander Petrovic D FLA
If you are looking for a boost in your penalty minute totals, you might consider Florida defenseman Alex Petrovic. Petrovic, who was called up from the AHL for Monday's game to replace an injured Erik Gudbranson, has always been a physcial rearguard and has a amassed 27 penalty minutes in seven career NHL games. With Red Deer of the WHL, Petrovic registered two PIMs per game over his final two junior seasons and in 90 AHL games he has amassed 148 PIMs. Looks like a good source of PIMs to us. who will miss 2-3 weeks while recovering from a broken orbital bone.
Doozy of a goalie controversy in Washington 12-28-2013
Philipp Grubauer G WAS
Sooner or later, the Washington Capitals are going to have to decide what they want to do with their goaltending situation.

www.prohockeytalk.com
Given that Michal Neuvirth and Braden Holtby are both inked to one-way contracts that run through 2014-15, the simplest solution would be to return Philipp Grubauer to the minors, but Grubauer is doing everything in his power to make sure it isn't that simple. He took advantage of another opportunity Friday night by saving 38 of 40 shots in Washington's 3-2 win over the New York Rangers. The 22-year-old rookie now has a 5-1-1 record, 2.18 GAA and .937 save percentage in eight games. The situation has already caused some tension among the Capitals goalies, with Neuvirth recently expressing his frustration over his lack of playing time.
Thomas will start Satutrday v Wings 12-28-2013
Tim Thomas G DAL
Tim Thomas will in fact get the start against Detroit Saturday night. He looks good to go after a few practices this week. Thomas was activated off injured reserve Tuesday as he has recovered from a groin muscle pull. He has a tough assignment Saturday night against the Red Wings, though.
Time for G Eddie Lack to step up for Canucks 12-28-2013
Eddie Lack G VAN
With starting Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo sidelined by a suspected groin strain for seven to 10 days, Eddie Lack becomes the the Canucks' puck-stopper, and he's confident.

Vancouver Sun
"I've always thought I was capable of playing in this league and I've worked hard for a long time to get here," Lack, 25, said as the Canucks returned to practice following their four-day Christmas break. "Roberto is our No. 1 but now that he's out, it's time for me to step up. I'm just trying to take it day-by-day and not think too much about where I've been. I've only been thinking about what I can do to get better." Canucks coach John Tortorella says he has confidence in Lack, as well. "We have total confidence in his play. So he steps in. I'm not sure what's going to happen with Roberto but Lacker plays Sunday and we'll see where we go from there. Obviously he has given us flexibility in certain situations and picked up points for us, which was very important in the first half of the year." The Canucks, on a 9-1-1 run, have improved dramatically on defense since early season. They have allowed 17 goals in their last 11 outings.
Upshall out for weekend games 12-28-2013
Scottie Upshall RW FLA
Scottie Upshall will not return to action until next week at the earliest.

Miami Herald
Upshall is dealing with an upper-body injury and will be re-evaluated early next week. He will miss Saturday's contest against the Red Wings and Sunday's game against the Canadiens. If you have not already reserved Upshall, do so immediately.
Joe Pavelski a great fill-in for Tomas Hertl 12-28-2013
Joe Pavelski C SJ
Tomas Hertl's absence on the San Jose Sharks' top line has hardly been noticeable.

San Jose Mercury News
That's because Joe Pavelski has filled in and, playing with Joe Thornton and Brent Burns, has scored three goals in three games. "They're easy to play with -- good players, big bodies," Pavelski said of his linemates. "They get a lot of pucks back, and they're easy to read off of. So far it's been pretty good." Hertl is out with a knee injury.
Jurco's furture looks bright 12-28-2013
Tomas Jurco RW DET
If you are looking for a sleeper prospect take a look at the Wings' Tomas Jurco. He was a scoring star in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with Saint John registering 30 goals and 68 points in just 48 games in his final junior season and was producing at a point-per-game pace for Grand Rapids of the AHL when he was recalled by the Red Wings. Jurco has continued to be productive at the NHL level as he has scored two goals and registrered three points in his first five games. He is also getting the chance to play alongside Pavel Datsyuk on Detroit's top line. He looks like a pretty good prospect to us.
Tanner Glass delivers three hits in return 12-28-2013
Tanner Glass LW NYR
Left winger Tanner Glass rejoined the Penguins' lineup Friday night after sitting out 15 games because of a broken hand. Glass had three hits in the Pens' 4-3 triumph over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Brooks Orpik returns to Pens and plays well 12-28-2013
Brooks Orpik D WAS
Brooks Orpik returned to the Penguins' defense corps Friday night and was a plus 2 with an assist in his team's 4-3 triumph. Orpik suffered a concussion in a nasty incident on Dec. 7, in which Boston's Shawn Thornton punched him in the face while he laid on the ice. Thornton was suspended for 15 games.
Sidney Crosby will miss winger Pascal Dupuis 12-28-2013
Pascal Dupuis LW PIT
Pascal Dupuis, who will have ACL knee surgery and is likely out for the rest of the season, was a top-line fit for Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who so preferred him that he sought to keep him as a linemate even when Jarome Iginla arrived last season.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Finding wingers who fit with Crosby has proven a great challenge over the years, as his style - skilled grinder with speed and a backhand preference - does not easily fit with traditional scoring wingers. Few acquisitions by Pens GM Ray Shero have meshed instantly with Crosby, with Bill Guerin (2009) being the exception. Replacing Dupuis in this regard will provide a great challenge to Shero.
Gustavsson could start v Cats Saturday 12-28-2013
Jonas Gustavsson G DET
Jonas Gustavsson might get the start Saturday night against the Panthers. He seems to have recovered from a slight groin injury that kept him from playing Monday night. However, it is possible that Detroit coach Mike Babcock will give him another game off and start Petr Mrazek instead. Check back with us closer to game time.
Hartnell: Flyers know how to beat Bryzgalov 12-28-2013
Ilya Bryzgalov G ANA
The Flyers likely will face their former goalie, Ilya Bryzgalov, tonight in Edmonton and Philadelphia forward Scott Hartnell thinks his team knows how to beat him.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
The Flyers, having faced Bryzgalov in practice the previous two years, "know where to shoot, and know what to do, and know what creates havoc for him," Hartnell said.
Zetterberg to play with Abdelkader and Alfie 12-28-2013
Henrik Zetterberg C DET
Henrik Zetterberg, who will return to action against Florida Saturday night, will center the Wings' second line.

Michigan Live
He will skate alongside Justin Abdelkader and Daniel Alfredsson, while Pavel Datsyuk will center the top unit featuring Todd Bertuzzi and Tomas Jurco. With injuries to Johan Franzen and Stephen Weiss, this Red Wings' lineup looks a little light. Of course, Zetterberg and Datsyuk will play on the power play together. If you have not already done so, activate Zetterberg for Saturday's contest.
Brock Nelson may replace ailing John Tavares 12-28-2013
Brock Nelson C NYI
Brock Nelson practiced Friday with John Tavares' line and likely would play that role if the Islanders' ailing captain (lower body) doesn't play tonight against the New York Devils.

New York Newsday
Tavares missed practice yesterday and the Isles were clearly concerned about the superstar's status. Nelson has nine points in 28 games for the Isles this season.
Isles concerned about ailing John Tavares 12-28-2013
John Tavares C NYI
Islanders captain John Tavares did not practice with the team Friday because of a lower-body issue and is day-to-day, coach Jack Capuano said.

New York Newsday
Capuano refused to specify the nature of the lower-body injury, what caused it, when it occurred or if Tavares will play tonight at home against the Devils. "Any time your captain is out, you have some concern, there's no question," Capuano said after the team's first practice since the holiday break. "It's a big loss to the team because he's the captain of our team and he's one of the best players in the world," said Kyle Okposo, one of Tavares' linemates. "It's obviously a big loss but it gives other guys an opportunity to step up."
D Marc Staal likely to return to Rangers soon 12-28-2013
Marc Staal D NYR
Marc Staal is on track to return to the Rangers' lineup at some point during the team's five-game road trip, which started in Washington Friday night and concludes a week from today in Toronto.

NY Post
"I don't want to get too far ahead of myself, but it is definitely not out of the question," the defenseman said. "It will be good to have a full practice. But knowing the types of steps it takes to get back, I'm on the right track." Staal has been sidelined since Dec. 7, when he sustained his second recorded concussion within 33 months. The alternate captain, who will turn 27 in a little over two weeks, has been skating since Dec. 21. "It will be good to bump a little in practice, but there's really no comparison to the hitting that goes on in a game," Staal said. "Once you have the confidence that you feel well enough to take a hit, you take that confidence into the game that you're going to be OK. Once I get my wind and my legs back, I'll re-assess and go from there." Staal is unlikely to play Sunday in Tampa, but he could return New Year's Eve in Sunrise, Fla., for the match against the Panthers.
Moulson considers re-signing in Buffalo 12-28-2013
Matt Moulson LW BUF
Matt Moulson, who was acquired by the Sabres in the Tomas Vanek trade of October 27th and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1st, likes playing in Buffalo.

CBC.ca
In fact, he likes playing for the organization and coach Ted Nolan so much, he is very open to re-signing with the Sabres. "I don't know what they think of me. I love playing for Teddy" said Moulson. "Like I said before, the organization has treated myself and my family incredibly well. The people of Buffalo are great fans and it has been a lot of fun growing with these guys. From where we were to where we want to be is obviously a process, but I think we've made some huge strides." We wouldn't be shocked if Moulson returned to Buffalo next season.
G Henrik Lundqvist likely to start Sunday 12-28-2013
Henrik Lundqvist G NYR
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, benched Friday night in his team's 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals, likely will resurface as his team's starting goalie when New York visits Tampa Bay Sunday.

New York Daily News
It's been a tough season for Lundqvist, who has allowed three goals or more in his past seven games, when he has gone 1-4-2. On the season, he is 10-15-2 with a .905 save percentage and a 2.77 goals-against average. Cam Talbot started in goal for the Rangers Friday night for the third consecutive game.
Ryan Clowe returns and dishes out four hits 12-28-2013
Ryane Clowe LW NJ
Devils forward Ryane Clowe played his first game Friday night since suffering a concussion Oct. 13 and didn't score any points.

Newark Star-Ledger
But he had four hits and a blocked shot in the Devils' 2-1 shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. "I felt good," Clowe said. "Obviously the first couple of shifts were on adrenalin and excitement. After the first shift I didn't know if my legs were going to seize up. I was sitting on the bench. Lucky I didn't get out there for another 10 minutes, so I had time to recover. In the first period I felt like I missed 30 games, but in the second I felt really good. I started to have a little bit of jump." Coach Pete DeBoer on Clowe: "I thought he was one of our best forwards. I thought he gave us some good energy and he was physical. He did a great job." Clowe said he isn't sure if he'll play against the Islanders tonight because of the back-to-back games.
Martin Brodeur laments Devils' shootout woes 12-28-2013
Martin Brodeur G STL
The New Jersey Devils are a horrible 0-6 in shootouts this season and veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur is finding it tough.

Newark Star-Ledger
"It's crazy," Brodeur said. "I'm sure guys are not doing it on purpose. It's tough on the guys. It's tough on the goalies for sure. We've practiced it a bit. It's a lot different than the last few years. With some of the guys we had it was kind of an automatic almost. Now it's a struggle."
John Scott scores for only 2nd time in career 12-28-2013
John Scott D SJ
John Scott scored a goal against the Maple Leafs Friday night.

Buffalo News
Why is this newsworthy you may be asking? It's because it was Scott's second career goal in his 200th NHL game. Scott is known more for his toughness than his offensive ability, but Buffalo coach Ted Nolan has aksed Scott to fight less and has been giving him significantly more ice time as a reward. Good news for Scott but not such good news for those who have Scott on their fantasy squads to bolster their penalty minute totals.
G Cory Schneider to start for Devils tonight 12-28-2013
Cory Schneider G NJ
Cory Schneider will be the starting goalie for the New Jersey Devils when they visit the New York Islanders tonight.

Newark Star-Ledger
Schneider played well in the Devils' 5-2 loss to Chicago last Monday night, although his statline read five goals on 37 games. Schneider is 4-8-5 this season with a .910 save perrcentage and a 2.20 goals-against average. Martin Brodeur will be on the Devils' bench Friday night after stopping 29 of 30 shots in the Devils' 2-1 shootout loss.
Flames' Ladislav Smid blocking shots big-time 12-28-2013
Ladislav Smid D CAL
Ladislav Smid has blocked 49 shots in 20 games for the Calgary Flames this season after being traded to them by the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 8.

Edmonton Journal
"Smid was on my wish list for a long time," said Calgary coach Bob Hartley, who has promoted Smid to the Flames' top defense pair along with captain Mark Giordano. "He's an in-your-face defenseman. He'll sacrifice anything and we needed veterans who want to win. He's been a very pleasant addition to our hockey club." Said Edmonton goalie Devan Dubnyk: "You can't care about getting hurt if you block shots, and Ladi certainly (doesn't) care." Smid hopes to be in Sochi, playing for the Czechs, in his first Olympics.
Julien believes Reilly Smith is real deal 12-28-2013
Reilly Smith RW BOS
Boston coach Claude Julien believes that Reilly Smith is the real deal.

ESPN Boston.com
Smith, who leads the Bruins with 14 goals and is second in scoring with 30 points (three behind David Krejci), has really impressed Julien this season. In fact, Julien believes that Smith's success is in no way a fluke as he has been "a good player from Day One". If for some reason Smith is still available in your pool, pick him up immediately.
Bruised and swollen Jack Skille contributing 12-28-2013
Jack Skille RW CLB
It has been nine days since Blue Jackets forward Jack Skille blocked a shot in Philadelphia, but his right forearm - from the base of his hand down almost to his elbow - is still swollen and discolored.

Columbus Dispatch
Nonetheless, he is contributing to the Jackets in many ways. The 26-year-old forward has four goals in nine games, despite mostly fourth-line duty. "I want everyone to know that I want to be a key player," Skille said. "Blocking a shot, taking a hit, whatever. This whole team is a bunch of good players and there's real good chemistry here. When we're playing well, it's a tough team to handle. And I want to be part of that."
Canes' Jay Harrison placed on injured reserve 12-28-2013
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The Carolina Hurricanes have placed defenseman Jay Harrison on injured reserve.

Raleigh News & Observer
Harrison suffered a concussion at Tampa Bay on Dec. 21. He has seven points and 30 penalty minutes in 32 games this season.
G Anton Khudobin assigned to AHL for rehab 12-28-2013
Anton Khudobin G CAR
The Carolina Hurricanes on Friday activated goaltender Anton Khudobin from injured reserve and assigned him to the Charlotte Checkers (AHL) for a conditioning stint.

Raleigh News & Observer
Khudobin, 27, has played three games this season for the Hurricanes, going 2-0-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average and .929 save percentage. He has not appeared in a game since suffering an ankle injury on Oct. 13 against Phoenix.
Joe Colborne cold on ice but hot in shootouts 12-28-2013
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Calgary center Joe Colborne has produced well for the Calgary Flames in shootouts this season, going three-for-four, but he has been conspicuously sub-par in regulation time.

Calgary Sun
The 6-foot-5 centre has only three goals and six assists in 36 games for the Flames this season. Since shootout snipes are counted under a separate category on the stats sheet, Colborne's goal-scoring drought has now reached 14 games.
Marchand leads NHL in SHG 12-28-2013
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Brad Marchand leads the NHL with three short-handed goals.

Bruins.com
Although he has not had a particularly good half season, Marchand is a fantasy asset to those in hockey pools where short-handed markers are a category. He seems to be playing better in five on five situations as of late skating alongside Reilly Smith and Patrice Bergeron. If you have held on to Marchand all this time, you may finally be realizing a benefit.
Willie Mitchell back practicing with Kings 12-28-2013
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Defenseman Willie Mitchell (upper body) was back practicing with the Kings on Friday and could be in their lineup when they play in Nashville today.

Los Angeles Times
Mitchell suffered his injury at Ottawa on the Kings' last trip.
Jonathan Quick appears close to returning 12-28-2013
Jonathan Quick G LA
On hand Friday in practice for Saturday's game at Nashville was goalie Jonathan Quick, who has been out with a groin injury since mid-November.

Los Angeles Times
It is the first trip Quick is taking with his teammates since he suffered a strained groin at Buffalo on Nov. 12. Quick's presence is a definite sign of progress, considering coach Darryl Sutter had indicated recently he did not think Quick would make this trip. General Manager Dean Lombardi said before the holiday break that Quick might be able to return the first week of January.
Rask white hot in Bruins' net 12-28-2013
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Tuukka Rask has been nothing short of brilliant in his last four starts.

CSN New England
Over that span, Rask sports a 4-0-0 record with a 0.75 goals against average and a .976 save percentage. He has recorded two shutouts and has allowed only three goals on 123 shots. Even though Rask started for the Bruins Friday night, we wouldn't be shocked if he was back in goal Saturday for the rematch against the Senators.
No on-ice work for another week for goalie 12-28-2013
Viktor Fasth G EDM
Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau says goalie Viktor Fasth (lower-body muscle inflammation) won't do any on-ice work for another week or so. Fasth was injured in the Ducks' pre-game warmup on Dec. 22.
Seidenberg to miss rematch v Ottawa Saturday 12-28-2013
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Dennis Seidenberg will not be available Saturday night for the rematch against the Senators.

CSN New England
He sustained what appeared to be a leg injury in the third period of Friday night's 5-0 win over the Sens when he got tangled up with Cory Conacher. Seidenberg did not make the trip to Ottawa and will be evaluated Saturday. Look for the Bruins to recall David Warsofsky to take Seidenberg's place on the roster for Saturday's contest.
Andrew Cogliano drawing big praise from coach 12-28-2013
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Andrew Cogliano has 10 goals and 22 points in 39 games, one point short of his total in last season's lockout-shortened schedule.

Los Angeles Times
His work has been crucial to keeping the Ducks at or near the top in the West."He's been good for us every game," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "There's I think maybe two games for us this year where I thought he wasn't a positive factor. And it wasn't through lack of effort, it was just that things weren't going right for him. When you have that consistency from someone, you know you can put him in the lineup every night and you're getting the same kind of game, that's perfect."
Smith and Coyotes lose to Sharks 12-28-2013
Mike Smith G ARZ
Mike Smith allowed three goals on 32 shots in Phoenix's 4-3 shootout loss to San Jose Friday night. Smith played a solid game, but let in both San Jose's penalty shots in the shootout competition. He now has a 15-8-8 record with a 2.83 goals-against average and .914 save percentage. The Coyotes will play immediately again on Saturday so they will probably start Thomas Greiss then against the Anaheim Ducks.
Moss scores twice in loss 12-28-2013
David Moss RW ARZ
David Moss scored two goals in Phoenix's 4-3 shootout loss to San Jose Friday night at Jobing.com Arena. Moss now has five goals and nine assists in 37 games this season. Radim Vrbata also scored for the Coyotes, while Mike Ribeiro assisted two goals in the loss.
Niemi and Sharks win 12-28-2013
Antti Niemi G SJ
Antti Niemi stopped 34 of 37 shots in San Jose's 4-3 shootout win over Phoenix Friday evening. It was the Shark netminder's 20th win of the season. Niemi now has a respectable 2.37 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.
Pavelski scores in win 12-28-2013
Joe Pavelski C SJ
Joe Pavelski scored a goal and registered an assist in San Jose's 4-3 shootout win over Phoenix Friday night. Red-hot Pavelski has goals in three straight games and seven in the past eight to give him 16 for the season. Brent Burns also had a strong game with a goal and an assist, while Joe Thornton added two helpers in the victory.
Berra plays well in loss 12-28-2013
Reto Berra G COL
Reto Berra stopped 26 of 27 shots in Calgary's 2-0 loss to Edmonton Friday night at Scotiabank Saddledome. Berra played a very solid game, but it wasn't enough for the Flames as they failed to score. Berra now has a 5-9-2 record with a 2.96 goals-against average and .904 save percentage.
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Matt Ellis was called up from the minors on Friday December 27.
Dubnyk fantastic in Oilers' win 12-28-2013
Devan Dubnyk G ARZ
Devan Dybnyk turned aside all 27 Calgary shots in Edmonton's 2-0 win Friday evening. It was Dubnyk's second shutout of the season and he improved his record to a 10-15-2. He now has a 3.24 goals-against average and .896 save percentage. Despite Dubnyk's fantastic performance, Ilya Bryzgalov will probably start for the Oilers on Saturday against the Flyers.
Smyth scores twice in win 12-28-2013
Ryan Smyth LW EDM
Ryan Smyth scored twice to lead the Oilers to a 2-0 victory over the Flames Friday night. Smyth broke his scoring slump with two goals. The veteran winger now has six goals and seven assists in 30 games this season. Boyd Gordon assisted both of Smyth's goals.
Kevin Klein scores lone goal for Predators 12-28-2013
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Kevin Klein scored his first goal of the season for the Predators in a 4-1 loss to Dallas Friday night. Klein rarely manages to find the back of the net so each goal he scores is an event. Colin Wilson and Ryan Ellis picked up assists on Nashville's lone marker on the night.
Carter Hutton struggles in loss to Dallas 12-28-2013
Carter Hutton G NAS
Carter Hutton allowed four goals on 34 shots Friday as the Predators dropped a 4-1 decision to Dallas. Nashville has struggled to find consistency in goal while Pekka Rinne nurses his injury and Hutton has been front and center in these struggles. Hutton's 7-6-2 record as well as his 3.07 GAA and .901 save percentage are far from exciting from a fantasy perspective.
Erik Cole scores twice in win over Predators 12-28-2013
Erik Cole RW DAL
Erik Cole scored two goals for the Stars in a 4-1 win over Nashville on Friday night. Cole has totalled eight goals on the season and is fitting in as a solid role player for the young Stars. Jamie Benn and Ryan Garbutt also found the back of the net in the win.
Kari Lehtonen shuts down Predators in win 12-28-2013
Kari Lehtonen G DAL
Kari Lehtonen was stellar on Friday as the Stars defeated Nashville by a score of 4-1. Lehtonen turned aside 33 of 34 shots in the win and improved his record to 15-8-6 in the process. HIs GAA is now 2.46 while his save percentage is .922.
P.A. Parenteau picks up two assists in loss 12-28-2013
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau RW MON
P.A. Parenteau assisted on both Colorado goals in a 7-2 loss at the hands of the Blackhawks Friday. Though he's been overshadowed by youngsters Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene, Parenteau has pulled his weight with 24 points in 37 contests this year. Landeskog and Paul Stastny each recorded a goal for the Avs in the losing effort.
J-S Giguere blasted by Blackhawks Friday 12-28-2013
Jean-Sebastien Giguere G COL
Jean-Sebastien Giguere had a nightmare of a game on Friday, allowing seven goals on 24 shots before being pulled in a 7-2 loss to the Blackhawks. Giguere will be seeing red jerseys in his sleep, as Colorado was no match for the surging Hawks. Semyon Varlamov played the game's final 20 minutes and stopped all 13 shots he faced