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Look for Michal Jordan to see full-time duty on the Carolina blueline with the trade of Jay Harrison to Winnipeg.

The Hurricanes did not get a lot for the veteran Harrison (a sixth round pick) but thought the play of Jordan of late, warranted getting him in the lineup full-time. Jordan is not fantasy-worthy as he is a minus-four with nary a point in 11 games thus far after a two goal, seven point performance in the AHL to start the season in 15 games.
Dec 20 - 7:26 AM

Mikael Backlund has skated for the last three days but there is no timetable for his return from abdominal surgery.

Backlund has played in only 11 games this season and has a goal and three helpers. "The whole area around my abdominal wall has been a little messed up," Backlund said on Friday. "My right groin. My lower abdominal wall. So it wasn’t just the abs when they looked into it." Backlund also said that the surgery was not a sports hernia surgery.
Dec 20 - 7:13 AM

Karri Ramo tested negatively for the mumps.

That was good news as Ramo was only suffering from an illness. He skated with the team on Friday and could return to the cage as early as Saturday in Vancouver. He is 8-5-1 with a 2.69 GAA and a .903 save percentage. With the Flames in a seven game tailspin, coach Bob Hartley could go back to Ramo. Stay tuned.
Dec 20 - 7:09 AM

Lauri Korpikoski (lower body) practiced on Friday but his status for Saturday is still up in the air.

It has not been a good season for the Finnish player who has three goals, ten points and a minus-13 rating. He sat out Tuesday and could do so again Saturday. It really shouldn't matter to your fantasy lineup as he does not deserve to be in it at this time.
Dec 20 - 7:02 AM

Michael Stone practiced on Friday but will not be able to play on Saturday due to an upper body injury.

Stone picked up the injury Tuesday and the Coyotes have not played since. Stone has two goals and eight points in 31 games this season with a minus-eight rating.
Dec 20 - 6:59 AM

The Arizona Coyotes have not decided as to whether Mike Smith or Devan Dubnyk will be between the pipes on Saturday.

Smith, who has a 5-14-2 record with a 3.35 GAA, has not played since December 11 and wants the net back but Dubnyk has played well all season. "You need to play, but to Dubie's credit, he's played really well for us and given the team a chance to win," Smith said. "We've played better hockey in front of him, too, so it's a double-edged sword sometimes. You want to play, but the other guy's played some pretty good hockey. So you just sit and wait for your turn and work hard in practice and be a good cheerleader." Stay tuned.
Dec 20 - 6:57 AM

Martin Hanzal and his wife are the proud parents of a baby girl.

Natalia was born on Friday and if Hanzal is not in the Coyotes lineup on Saturday in Los Angeles, you know the reason why. Congratulations to the Hanzal family on the addition to the family.
Dec 20 - 6:53 AM

Kyle Palmieri (shoulder) will try to start skating on the weekend.

Palmieri is expected to return shortly after Christmas and was placed on the IR Wednesday so he is not eligible to return before December 27. He had two goals and six points in the six games leading up to his injury so hopefully he can pick it right back up again.
Dec 20 - 6:50 AM

Corey Perry (knee) is hoping to start skating on the weekend according to coach Bruce Boudreau.

Don't expect to see Perry back before Christmas and just how long after Christmas is still up in the air but he is getting close. The stud winger has had a tough go of it lately with the knee injury on December 5 and picking up the mumps earlier. Nevertheless, Perry has 14 goals and 22 points in 23 games and remains a top-five fantasy player when healthy.
Dec 20 - 6:47 AM

Hampus Lindholm sat out Friday's game with a lower body injury.

Lindholm missed the last 10 minutes of action on Thursday in Montreal and although he managed to take the pregame skate, the Ducks deemed that it was better to err on the side of caution. "He’s just not feeling right," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It’s a day-to-day thing. I’m sure that he’ll be fine. We weren’t going to take any chances on Hampus. We’ve had nothing but injuries this year. And we’re not putting a guy out there that wasn’t feeling 100 percent." He has two goals and 15 points this season and is worth a pickup in most fantasy pools.
Dec 20 - 6:42 AM

Francois Beauchemin (finger) sat for the 12th straight game on Friday.

Beauchemin was given a couple of extra days for the injury to heal as he is expected to return to the lineup when the Ducks return home on Monday and take on the SHarks. It has been a tough season for Beauchemin as he missed five games earlier because of the mumps. Get ready to put him back in your lineup Monday, if you normally would.
Dec 20 - 6:40 AM

Dany Heatley played on Friday for the first time since November 9.

Heatley was out with a groin injury and had a conditioning stint in the AHL last week. Heatley was held pointless and has yet to hit the scoresheet in five games this season. "Kind of better as it went on," Heatley said. "A little rusty at the start. Played a little bit more as the game went on and I started to feel better." Devante Smith-Pelly sat so Heatley could get in the lineup.
Dec 20 - 6:37 AM

Tuukka Rask stopped 25 shots but it wasn't enough in the Bruins 2-1 loss to Winnipeg on Friday.

Rask was the tough luck loser again in the net which is becoming the all too common theme for the Bruins who have had trouble scoring this season. Rask is win-less in four straight starts now and owns a 12-10-3 record on the season. Rask has just two wins in his last 8 starts overall and carries a 2.50 goals against average and .914 save percentage into his next start.
Dec 20 - 1:50 AM

Torey Krug scored the lone goal for Boston in a 2-1 loss to Winnipeg on Friday.

Krug picked up his sixth of year and 12th point of the campaign as he finished off a nice two-on-one play with Chris Kelly. Carl Soderberg drew the other assist. The Bruins fired 32 shots on rookie goalie Michael Hutchinson but were stymied for pretty much entire night.
Dec 20 - 1:36 AM

Mathieu Perreault was credited with the game-winner in Winnipeg's 2-1 win over Boston on Friday.

Evander Kane and Perreault provided the goal scoring while Michael Hutchinson did the rest of the work for the Jets in this contest. For Perreault it was his fifth of the year. Dustin Byfuglien added an assist and was named the game's number one star.
Dec 20 - 1:27 AM

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