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Cody Eakin, who was a healthy scratch in Dallas' last game, is expected to return to the lineup on Saturday.

The Stars will play a matinee game against the Flyers, and it sounds like Eakin's stint in the press box is over. " [Eakin] hasn't played very well, his numbers were down, and I didn't like his previous game," Ruff said. "We are in a tough spot right now and we need everybody on board. It's not easy and not something that any player wants to have happen, but it's not the getting scratched that really matters to me, it's the response afterward." Eakin scored 35 points in 82 games last year, but he has just one assist in 10 games in 2016-17.
Dec 10 - 11:58 AM

Ryan Miller's status for Saturday's game is unclear at this time.

He pulled himself from Thursday's 5-1 win over Tampa Bay because of an ankle injury and he isn't on the ice for the start of Saturday's morning session.
Dec 10 - 11:57 AM

Matthew Nieto has been scratched for five straight games.

The 24-year-old forward has earned just two assists in 13 games this campaign. He hasn't played since Nov. 26 against Anaheim.
Dec 10 - 11:51 AM

Vladimir Tarasenko picked up three assists in Friday's 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Tarasenko is usually the one who buries pucks, but he took on the role of playmaker on Friday night. He set up both of Robby Fabbri's goals and he also registered an assist on Jaden Schwartz's power play goal in the second period. Tarasenko has 13 goals and 31 points in 28 games this season.
Dec 10 - 11:50 AM

David Schlemko sat for a second straight game Friday due to a lower-body injury.

However, he believes that he should be ready to play by next week. Dylan DeMelo has been filling in during Schlemko's absence.
Dec 10 - 11:49 AM

Joe Pavelski has been piling up points lately.

He picked up an assist on Friday night versus Anaheim to give him at least one point in 10 of the last 11 games. Pavelski's seven-game point streak ended Nov. 30, but he currently has a three-game spree. Still, he is a bit upset with himself for not burying other chances.
Dec 10 - 11:46 AM

Ryan Reaves scored his first goal of the season in Friday's 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Reaves isn't exactly known for filling the net. This was his first goal since March 16. "It’s been a long time coming," said Reaves. "Just being able to celebrate in the huddle with all the boys. Usually it’s the other guys I’m giving taps to, so it was good just to have the boys give me a couple of taps."
Dec 10 - 11:46 AM

Jaden Schwartz scored a goal in Friday's 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Schwartz's power play goal at the 9:42 mark of the second period gave the Blues a 3-1 lead at the time. The 24-year-old has 11 goals and seven assists in 24 games this season. He's on pace to hit the 30-goal mark for the first time in his NHL career.
Dec 10 - 11:44 AM

Kevin Labanc found the back of the net for the third time this season in the Sharks' 3-2 loss to Anaheim on Friday night.

He has compiled five points in 14 NHL matches in 2016-17. Labanc logged over 15 minutes of ice time Friday for just the second time.
Dec 10 - 11:42 AM

Jimmy Howard (groin) played for the first time since being activated off injured reserve.

He didn't get the start against Columbus on Friday, but he entered the game in the second period after Petr Mrazek was yanked from the contest. Howard stopped all seven shots on he faced in the game. "I felt good," said Howard. "I was excited to be out there again and just trying to knock off some result." It'll be interesting to see which one of these two goalies will take hold of the Wings' starting job.
Dec 10 - 11:36 AM

Benoit Pouliot has contributed a goal and an assist in his last two appearances.

He had one goal in his previous 17 outings and he was scratched for this past Tuesday's contest. It's probably too early to declare that he is turning it around, but this should provide him with some confidence.
Dec 10 - 11:32 AM

Oscar Klefbom produced his fourth power-play point of the year Friday night in a 3-2 shootout loss to Minnesota.

He also scored a power-play goal against Philadelphia on Thursday. The 23-year-old rearguard has 11 points in 30 games this campaign.
Dec 10 - 11:27 AM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins sent Friday's game against Minnesota into overtime when he tied it with about four and a half minutes to go in the third period.

He scored on the power play to give him five points in the last six games. RNH also has a three-game point streak. Unfortunately, the Oilers lost Friday's game in a shootout.
Dec 10 - 11:23 AM

Brian Boyle says the Tampa Bay Lightning need to play with a little more urgency.

The Lightning were expected to be legitimate cup contenders this year, but they've slumped to a 14-12-2 record so far. They've collected just three points in the standings over the last 16 days, which simply isn't good enough. "We need to be a little bit more desperate," said Boyle. "We need to understand where we're at. You are what your record says you are. And we've got a long ways to go."
Dec 10 - 11:18 AM

Andy Andreoff is projected to return to the Kings' lineup Saturday versus Ottawa.

He hasn't played since suffering a thumb injury that required surgery back on October 30. Andreoff was activated from injured reserve last weekend, but he had been serving as a scratch.
Dec 10 - 11:17 AM



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