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Robert Bortuzzo (lower body) has been placed on injured reserve.

The Blues officially activated Joel Edmundson on Tuesday and moved Bortuzzo to the team's injured list. Bortuzzo will be re-evaluated in six weeks.
Dec 6 - 11:45 AM

Karri Ramo has signed an ATO with the Toronto Marlies.

He has joined the organization's minor-league affiliate. It was speculated that Ramo would become the backup goalie of the Maple Leafs after Jhonas Enroth was waived Monday and this appears to be another step towards that process.
Dec 6 - 11:42 AM

Michael Bournival has been sent back to the minors.

He skated in three games with the Lightning last week after he was brought up from AHL Syracuse on Nov. 30.
Dec 6 - 11:38 AM

Luke Witkowski has been returned to AHL Syracuse.

He has suited up in six games with the Lightning this season.
Dec 6 - 11:35 AM

Capitals coach Barry Trotz isn't happy with the penalties Alex Ovechkin has been taking.

Ovechkin has accumulated 22 penalty minutes in 24 games this season, including 10 PIM in his last three contests. "Unacceptable," Trotz said. "He’s the leader. He can’t take those penalties. You’ve got to be on the right side. I’m going to address it harshly with him tomorrow. There’s way too many of that. If you’re working, then you don’t need to do that. We’re going to address that." With that in mind, don't be surprised if you see Ovechkin's PIM pace decline going forward.
Dec 6 - 11:33 AM

Jiri Hudler (illness) skated Monday and could be back in the lineup soon.

"I think now it's just all about conditioning," coach Lindy Ruff said. "He's missed a tremendous amount of time, but he's got a good week ahead of him here. I don't know where he'll be by the end of the week, but I think we can get him five real good days and we'll see by the weekend where he's at." Hudler has appeared in just four games this season because of an illness and he hasn't played since Nov. 1.
Dec 6 - 11:32 AM

Chris Tierney gained confidence from San Jose's 2016 playoff run.

Tierney was in his second NHL campaign at the time, but scored a solid four goals and nine points in 24 postseason contests. "I thought I was going to be a little more nervous going into the playoffs than I was, but once you get playing it kind of feels like you’re just playing another game. … I think I just got more confident every series that I could go up against [Anze] Kopitar, or [Ryan] Johansen, or [Alex] Steen, [Jori] Lehtera or [Vladimir] Tarasenko," he said. After recording 20 points in the 2015-16 regular season, he has two goals and eight points in 25 games this season.
Dec 6 - 11:30 AM

Cody McLeod will get back into the lineup on Tuesday versus Nashville.

He has been scratched for the last two games. McLeod has zero points and 33 penalty minutes in 14 appearances this season.
Source: Denver Post
Dec 6 - 11:26 AM

Sidney Crosby scored a goal in an 8-5 win against Ottawa on Monday.

Crosby has been on fire to start the season with 17 goals and 27 points in 20 contests. His marker on Monday also extended his point streak to five games. Just keep in mind that his current 23.9 shooting percentage is likely to decline significantly as the season drags on.
Dec 6 - 11:25 AM

Chris Kunitz recorded an assist in the Penguins' 8-5 win against Ottawa on Monday.

Kunitz was playing in his second game since returning from a lower-body injury. He has two goals and 12 points in 20 contests in 2016-17.
Dec 6 - 11:23 AM

Matt Cullen scored a goal in the Penguins' 8-5 win over Ottawa on Monday.

This is the second straight game where Cullen has found the back of the net. He has six goals and 12 points in 26 contests this season.
Dec 6 - 11:22 AM

James van Riemsdyk isn't bothered by the trade rumors.

"(Blocking it out) comes from experience. I remember going through that sort of thing right after I got drafted (second overall by the Flyers in 2007)," he said. "It tends to eat at you a little bit more (when you're younger), but now you realize it is completely out of your control and it does not really faze you as much." The speculation started because the Leafs reportedly want to make changes on the back end and they may have to give up a talented forward to do it. JVR leads the team in scoring with 20 points in 24 games and he is tied for the club lead with 11 goals.
Source: Toronto Sun
Dec 6 - 11:16 AM

Kyle Turris generated two points, including his 11th goal of the season, in an 8-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.

Turris concluded the week with five points in four contests. He has 18 points through 26 games this campaign.
Dec 6 - 11:09 AM

Matt Read's upper-body injury is reportedly an oblique muscle pull.

Read was hurt when Filip Forsberg knocked him into the net during Sunday's contest. Philadelphia announced that Read is expected to miss four weeks.
Dec 6 - 11:08 AM

Steve Mason has been superb lately.

Mason has a 1.71 GAA and .945 save percentage in his last four contests. That's in contrast to his struggles for most of the 2016-17 campaign. In fact, prior to those four games, his save percentage stood at .892 through 17 games, but now it's climbed to .904 this season. Mason will try to keep that hot streak going when he starts again on Tuesday.
Dec 6 - 11:05 AM



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