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The lockout is that much closer to being officially over as the NHLPA announced that it ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The final step to totally ceasing the work stoppage is for both sides to sign a Memorandum of Understanding. Many believe that will be completed either on Saturday or Sunday. After that, it's expected that the transaction floodgates will open. Over 98 percent of the players voted to ratify the agreement.
Source: NHLPA
Sat, Jan 12, 2013 04:52:00 PM

Alex Ovechkin scored two goals and one assist in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

The goals were Ovechkin's 30th and 31st of the season. He is just the fifth player in NHL history to 30 goals or more in his first 10 seasons. Both of Ovechkin's markers were game-tying goals. The 29-year-old now has 48 points and a plus-11 rating in 50 games this season. Karl Alzner also scored for the Capitals.
Feb 1 - 3:50 PM

Alexander Steen scored two goals and an assist in Sunday's 4-3 win over Washington.

Steen opened the scoring 2:34 into the first period, and he added another goal in the second period to give his team a 2-1 lead. He also picked up the primary assist in Vladimir Tarasenko's game-winning goal in the third period. The 30-year-old has 17 goals and 26 assists in 47 games this season. Steen has 21 points in his last 13 games.
Feb 1 - 3:43 PM

Lars Eller left Sunday's game against Arizona with a lower body injury.

Eller was cross-checked into Arizona's net by Brendan Shinnimin and he came up limping. The 25-year-old came back into the game for one shift before exiting again. The Canadiens have confirmed that Eller won't be returning to the game.
Feb 1 - 3:20 PM

Ryan Suter is on the ice for the pre-game warmup.

The Wild are taking on the Canucks on Sunday, and Suter's availability was in doubt for this game. It appears as though he will be in Minnesota's lineup. The 30-year-old is an important piece of the Wild's roster. He averages over 29 minutes per game.
Feb 1 - 2:39 PM

Kevin Shattenkirk suffered a lower body injury against Washington on Sunday and he won't return to the game.

The severity of the injury isn't known just yet, but losing Shattenkirk for an extended period of time would be devastating for the Blues. The 26-year-old has 40 points and a plus-18 rating in 48 games this season. We'll keep you up to date on his status as soon as more information is made available.
Feb 1 - 1:56 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have placed Evgeni Nabokov on waivers.

Nabokov has had an incredible career for a guy picked ninth round of the 1994 draft, but his numbers this season are just awful. The 39-year-old has a 3-6-2 record with a 3.14 goals-against-average and a .882 save percentage. It's unlikely that a team will put in a claim for the veteran goaltender.
Feb 1 - 12:17 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs are reportedly asking for a second round draft pick for Cody Franson.

Franson is a potential unrestricted free-agent at season's end and the Leafs are in the middle of a free-fall. They have lost nine games in a row and it looks like they have every intention of being sellers as the trade deadline approaches. The 27-year-old has six goals, 29 points and minus-7 rating in 49 games this season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 1 - 12:03 PM

Evgeni Malkin won't play in Sunday's game against Nashville, but it's possible that he returns on Wednesday.

Malkin took part in practice on Saturday, but he isn't quite ready to return just yet. The Penguins will start their western-Canadian road trip in Edmonton on Wednesday and Malkin could be available then. I feel so much better," Malkin said. "I skated a couple of days. It's tough to watch the game on TV, but now there's a good chance I'll be back (soon)." The 28-year-old has 19 goals and 51 points in 45 games this season.
Feb 1 - 10:39 AM

Ryan Murray said he knee felt great after Saturday's game.

It was Murray's first game back since November 1 as he has now played in only five contests this season. He underwent two surgeries in the off-season and it appears that he has finally healed. Murray picked up his first assist of the season in the 3-1 loss and played 19:10 minutes but did not see any power play time. Don't worry if you own him in keeper leagues; he will see plenty of action on the pp in his NHL career.
Feb 1 - 7:13 AM

Antti Niemi helped the Sharks earn a 1-0 win against the Blackhawks by making 31 saves Saturday night.

San Jose was outshot 31 to 19, and Niemi’s play between the pipes made all the difference. He now has four shutouts on the season, while helping the Sharks to a 5-0-1 record over his last six games. Niemi has a 2.51 goals-against average and .914 save percentage. Even during this hot stretch, Niemi is still more of a number-two in fantasy leagues.
Feb 1 - 1:16 AM

Lance Bouma scored two times in the Flames’ 4-2 come-from-behind win over the Oilers on Saturday night.

Edmonton held a 2-0 lead into the third period, then the floodgates opened and the Flames erupted for four goals on 12 shots. Bouma scored the tying goal and the insurance marker at 16:27. He has eight goals and 19 points this season, so he’s not worth owning in fantasy leagues. Paul Byron and Sean Monahan got the other goals. Mikael Backlund and David Jones recorded two assists apiece.
Feb 1 - 12:57 AM

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