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Adam Erne has been banned for three preseason games for his illegal check on Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka.

The incident occurred Wednesday night and Erne was given a two-minute penalty for an illegal check to the head on the play. He will be eligible to return on Sept. 24 when the Lightning play on the road in Nashville.
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 06:43:00 PM

Brian Elliott (lower body) participated in Monday's practice.

He shared time in one of the nets with Jake Allen and impressed coach Ken Hitchcock with his progress. "I had before Christmas time as a goal for myself," Elliott said. "Being able to get back and practice fully and not really think about anything — just play and not second-guess yourself — I've hit that goal and now I want to start getting back into it." He's still listed as week-to-week and there's no set timetable for his return, but GM Doug Armstrong said it's getting closer.
Dec 22 - 6:54 PM

Anze Kopitar has been awarded with the NHL's first star of the week.

He led all players with nine points and eight assists in three games. Kopitar earned at least one point in each contest, but his week was highlighted by a five-point performance on Dec. 18 against St. Louis. He's had a sluggish year offensively, but he finally appears to be heating up.
Dec 22 - 6:49 PM

James Neal will return to the Predators lineup Monday evening against the Blue Jackets.

Updating an earlier report, Neal will in fact return to the ice Monday. He is getting over an illness that caused him to miss Saturday's game but is healthy enough to play against Columbus. Get him back in your lineup.
Dec 22 - 6:46 PM

Ben Bishop (lower body) practiced with his teammates on Monday.

He is listed as "doubtful to questionable" to return from a lower-body injury on Tuesday night, according to coach Jon Cooper. "He's just getting back," Cooper said. "He, even by his own accounts, is not 100 percent. If that's going to leave a little bit of doubt, then we'll have to see where he's at tomorrow." Bishop liked how he felt after the session and said he could play Tuesday, but there is no urgency being displayed by the Lightning with the Christmas break just around the corner and Andrei Vasilevskiy playing well.
Dec 22 - 5:40 PM

Stephen Weiss (shoulder) feels ready to return after he fully participated in Monday's practice.

He's hoping to be put in the lineup for Tuesday's game against Buffalo. "I'm real excited, obviously. I didn't want to miss that many games, but that's the way it goes with those types of injuries," said Weiss, who has sat out four contests. "It's been tough to watch. I'm looking forward to get into a game before the couple days off (for the holiday break)." The Red Wings have six goals in their past six games and Weiss' return should help. He has four goals and 10 points in 11 appearances this year.
Dec 22 - 5:03 PM

Michael Cammalleri (groin) took part in Monday's practice.

He skated alongside Scott Gomez and Jaromir Jagr on the top line during the session and could be ready to play on Tuesday against Carolina. Cammalleri has missed New Jersey's last four games with a groin pull.
Dec 22 - 2:01 PM

Steve Downie is being examined for the mumps.

The Penguins play in Florida on Monday night against the Panthers, but Downie has returned to Pittsburgh to undergo testing along with teammates Brandon Sutter and Thomas Greiss. Downie leads the league with 135 penalty minutes and he's contributed 17 points in 32 games. Look elsewhere for your minutes in the sin bin for the time being.
Dec 22 - 1:29 PM

Rob Zepp made 25 saves on 28 shots in Philadelphia's 4-3 overtime win over Winnipeg.

The win was the first of his NHL career. Zepp made a big save on Jets' forward Mark Scheifele with the Flyers' trailing 3-1 in the second period. Philadelphia eventually scored three unanswered goals in the third period and overtime to win the game. Zepp is an interesting story. The 33-year-old is a nine-year veteran in Europe (Finland and Germany) but had never played a game at the NHL level before tonight. He will probably serve as Ray Emery's backup while Steve Mason (back) is out.
Dec 21 - 11:56 PM

Jakub Voracek scored two goals in Philadelphia's 4-3 overtime win over Winnipeg

Voracek opened the scoring in the first period and scored the overtime winner. The 25-year-old's dream season continues. No one could have seen this kind of offensive production coming from Voracek this season. He has 14 goals and 44 points in 33 games this season. Mark Streit and Vincent Lecavalier also scored for the Flyers.
Dec 21 - 11:44 PM

Dougie Hamilton scored two goals and an assist in Boston's 4-3 overtime win over Buffalo.

Hamilton opened the scoring on the power play in the first period, and he tied the game on the man advantage in the final two minutes of the game. The points end Hamilton's personal five game pointless streak. Hamilton has seven goals and 20 points in 33 games this season. Loui Eriksson scored the overtime winner for Boston.
Dec 21 - 10:15 PM

Antti Raanta made 31 saves in Sunday's 4-0 win over Toronto.

Raanta has now won five consecutive starts. The 25-year-old has started three of Chicago's last four games but that will change with Corey Crawford back in the fold for the Hawks. Raanta is 6-2-0 with a 1.76 goals-against-average and a .945 save percentage.
Dec 21 - 10:02 PM

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