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Nathan Beaulieu (illness) sat for a fifth straight game Thursday.

Beaulieu was on the ice with his teammates at practice Thursday morning. "I think he still needs to regain some strength but he's come a long way since where he was at," coach Phil Housley said.
Dec 15 - 9:02 AM

Danton Heinen earned two assists in a 5-3 loss to Washington on Thursday.

Heinen had a hand in a pair of power-play goals by Patrice Bergeron in the match. He has generated 17 points in 25 games this season.
Dec 15 - 8:55 AM

Ryan Spooner (lower body) has been taken off injured reserve.

Spooner didn't return to the lineup Thursday night, but he was activated after Boston put Matt Beleskey on waivers. He hasn't played since Dec. 4 due to a lower-body injury.
Dec 15 - 8:53 AM

Patrice Bergeron moved ahead of Bobby Orr for eighth place on the Bruins' all-time goal-scoring list on Thursday night.

"I didn't even know that," said Bergeron. "I have got a lot of respect for Mr. Orr (But) it's not something I'm really worrying about. (He is) a legend, so it's nice. But I just learned that. So it's no different than any other thing. I don't really worry about that stuff." He posted his 265th and 266th markers to break a tie with Orr. The Hall of Fame defenseman accomplished his total in 631 games, while it took Bergeron 923 games.
Dec 15 - 8:46 AM

Matt Niskanen registered two assists in the Capitals' 5-3 win against Boston on Thursday.

Niskanen has recorded at least a point in four of his last five games. He's up to two goals and 10 points in 20 contests this season.
Dec 15 - 8:17 AM

Chris Tierney scored a goal and registered an assist in San Jose's 3-2 win against Calgary on Thursday.

Tierney is up to eight goals and 13 points in 30 contests this season. That puts him on pace for roughly 36 points, which would shatter his previous career-high of 23.
Dec 15 - 7:42 AM

Joe Thornton is on a four-game point streak.

Thornton extended that streak by registering an assist in San Jose's 3-2 win over Calgary Thursday night. He has five goals and 22 points in 30 contests this season. That point was also the 1,413rd of Thornton's career, which puts him just one point away from Doug Gilmour and 18th place on the all-time scoring list.
Dec 15 - 7:41 AM

Riley Sheahan registered an assist in the Penguins' 2-1 loss to Vegas on Thursday.

Sheahan has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last four games. He has three goals and 10 points in 32 contests in 2017-18.
Dec 15 - 7:36 AM

Michael Raffl's campaign has featured a wild swing.

Raffl recorded no points in his first 21 contests, but now has five goals and eight points in his last nine games. A big reason for that swing has been the opportunities he's been getting lately. Raffl averaged a mere 10:55 minutes per game while he went through his prolonged season-opening point drought, but he's averaged over 15 minutes per contest over his last nine games. He's not a bad gamble right now, though there's no guarantee that he won't just fizzle out.
Dec 15 - 7:33 AM

Anders Lee's point streak has reached four games.

Lee kept it going by registering an assist in the Islanders' 6-4 loss to Columbus on Thursday. He has 19 goals and 33 points in 32 contests in 2017-18.
Dec 15 - 7:01 AM

John Tavares registered three assists in the Islanders' 6-4 loss to Columbus Thursday night.

Tavares extended his point streak to three games. He has 18 goals and 37 points in 32 contests this season, which pushes him up to a three-way tie for ninth place in the scoring race.
Dec 15 - 7:00 AM

Though Islanders coach Doug Weight didn't name names, it seems like there are some players on his team that he's pretty unhappy with.

"I’ll be frank. We’ve got some guys who are passengers right now. It’s just not good," Weight said. "Every time I’m trying to rely [on someone] or challenge, it’s in our net or it’s a penalty. It’s game 32, so there are some discussions to be had." He added that everything is on the table when it comes to those talks and that "we’ve got to get some guys to compete or we’ve got to make some decisions." The Islanders are 17-12-3 this season, but their on a 2-5-1 skid. On top of that, their goaltender and defense have been major issues as they've averaging 3.43 goals allowed per contest.
Dec 15 - 6:57 AM

Andy Greene collected an assist in the Devils' 2-1 overtime loss to Montreal on Thursday.

Greene has two goals and six points in 30 games in 2017-18. That kind of offensive production is to be expected from Greene, so we don't see him picking up the pace as the campaign wears on.
Dec 15 - 6:49 AM

Jesper Bratt has recorded an assist in each of his last two contests.

Bratt went through a cold stretch from Nov. 7-25 where he recorded just a goal and an assist in 10 games, but since then he's gotten three goals and seven points in eight contests. He's up to Bratt nine goals and 21 points in 31 games this season. That puts him in a three-way tie for fifth place in the rookie scoring race.
Dec 15 - 6:47 AM

Michael Frolik netted a goal for the Flames on Thursday.

That snapped Frolik's five-game goal scoring drought. He has six goals and 13 points in 32 contests. Assuming he stays healthy, he should record 30-40 points in 2017-18.
Source: Calgary Sun
Dec 15 - 6:40 AM



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