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Petteri Lindbohm has been called up by the St. Louis Blues.

Lindbohm was sent down on Dec. 19, so a good chunk of his time in the minors corresponded with the Blues' holiday break. He has an assist in eight games with St. Louis in 2014-15.
Dec 26 - 6:54 PM

The New York Islanders returned Kevin Poulin to the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Poulin was called up on Tuesday because Jaroslav Halak was dealing with an undisclosed injury. Halak is presumably okay for Saturday's game, but if that proves to not be the case than Poulin will be brought back up.
Dec 26 - 6:40 PM

The New Jersey Devils have placed Patrik Elias (mumps) on the injured reserve list.

This is just an FYI as the move is presumably retroactive Dec. 20 and Elias wasn't expected to play on Saturday anyways. In other words, the fact that Elias is on the injured reserve list doesn't mean that he is guarantee to miss more time than previously anticipated.
Dec 26 - 6:35 PM

Martin Havlat (illness) is on the injured reserve list.

Havlat was suspected of having the mumps, but his test results came back negative. He won't be in the Devils' lineup on Saturday.
Dec 26 - 6:32 PM

Alex Tuch scored a goal in the United States' 2-1 shootout victory over Finland in the 2015 World Juniors.

Tuch has five goals and 12 points in 17 games with Boston College this season. He was taken with the 18th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild. He's got the potential to develop into a top-six power forward.
Dec 26 - 6:29 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have called up Brendan Woods.

Woods was just sent to the minors for the duration of the holiday break. He made his NHL debut on Tuesday and logged 6:10 minutes in that contest.
Dec 26 - 6:02 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have called up Sean Collins on an emergency basis.

Columbus sent Collins to the minors on Dec. 22, so by recalling him now he hasn't missed a single game in the Blue Jackets schedule. He will serve as the backup plan in case Scott Hartnell (hand) isn't able to play on Saturday as anticipated. If Hartnell isn't available then Collins will dress.
Dec 26 - 6:00 PM

Corey Potter has been called up by the Calgary Flames.

Potter was called up earlier in December, but he didn't end up playing in a game with Calgary during that stint. He has five assists and 10 penalty minutes in 19 contests in 2014-15.
Dec 26 - 5:02 PM

Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal and an assist in Denmark's 3-2 shootout loss to Russia in the opening game of the 2015 World Juniors.

Bjorkstrand was taken with the 89th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He excelled at the WHL level in 2013-14 with 50 goals and 109 points in 69 contests. It's looking like he'll have similar success in 2014-15 after scoring 21 goals and 40 points in 28 games with the Portland Winterhawks this season.
Dec 26 - 3:58 PM

If Henrik Lundqvist starts on Saturday as anticipated, it will be his 600th appearance.

Lundqvist will be the 43rd goaltender in NHL history to reach that milestone. Given that he's only 32 years old and showing no signs of slowing down soon, he should have plenty of milestones left in him. He's won 324 games and possesses a 2.27 career GAA and .920 save percentage.
Dec 26 - 3:53 PM

Brian McGrattan has only been dressed in eight games this season.

That's in stark contrast to the 2013-14 campaign where McGrattan was used in 76 contests. We don't think Calgary will offer him another one-way contract when his current two-year, $1.5 million deal expires after this campaign.
Dec 26 - 2:47 PM

Martin Havlat's illness isn't the mumps.

Havlat is still likely to miss Saturday's game. He has three goals and eight points in 22 contests in 2014-15.
Dec 26 - 1:39 PM

Patrik Elias has tested positive for the mumps.

Elias missed Tuesday's game due to the disease and he shouldn't be expected to play on Saturday. It's hard to say what impact this will have the team's upcoming lines as Peter DeBoer's firing means that new unit combinations might be coming anyways.
Dec 26 - 1:38 PM

Devils GM Lou Lamoriello confirmed that head coach Peter DeBoer has been fired.

Lamoriello declined to talk about the issue further at this time. That's unusual, but so is the timing of DeBoer's firing. The team is still subject to the holiday break until Saturday, so Lamoriello will wait until then to address the squad before talking further with the media. That also means we're unlikely to find out who DeBoer's successor will be until Saturday.
Dec 26 - 1:35 PM

The New Jersey Devils have reportedly fired head coach Peter DeBoer.

DeBoer led the Devils to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final in his first season, but New Jersey hasn't made it to the playoffs since. That's not entirely his fault as GM Lou Lamoriello has struggled to build a competitive team since Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk left the club in back-to-back summers. That being said, this comes less than a week after DeBoer lamented after a loss to Washington that the Capitals "were fresher than us, bigger, stronger, faster, deeper and their best players were their best players." That doesn't sound like the words of a man that still had faith in his team's ability and perhaps that played a role in his departure. Not that it's shocking that the Devils would fire a coach when facing a third straight season of missing the playoffs even without that.
Dec 26 - 12:39 PM

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