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Ryan Stanton is averaging just 15:15 minutes per game in 2014-15.

Stanton has been getting the least responsibility among the Canucks' defensemen so far this season. He had 16 points in 2013-14, but he probably won't come close to matching that mark this season. He has three assists in 23 contests so far.
Dec 25 - 7:17 AM

Zac Rinaldo (upper body) participated in Tuesday's morning skate.

Rinaldo sustained the ailment during Saturday's contest. He's not expected to miss much time, but there's no specific timetable for his return.
Dec 25 - 7:12 AM

The NHL awarded the Rangers' fourth goal on Tuesday to Rick Nash after it was initially credited to Martin St. Louis.

As a result, Nash scored his first hat trick as a member of the New York Rangers. He's been fantastic this season with 23 goals and 36 points in 32 contests. It's been quite the turnaround from his disappointing 2013-14 campaign where he scored just 26 goals and 39 points in 65 games.
Dec 25 - 7:10 AM

Andy Greene is still looking for his first goal of the season.

Greene had a season-high eight goals in 2013-14, but he's been unsuccessful in 40 shots on goal over 36 contests this season. He's also been limited to nine assists, which leaves him with little to no fantasy value in standard leagues.
Dec 25 - 6:24 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are hoping that either Sergei Bobrovsky or Nick Foligno will be named as one of the two captains for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game.

The team captains will be tasked with drafting the all-star teams. Given that Columbus is going to host the upcoming all-star game, it makes some sense to allow them to have one of the team captains. However, the NHL might balk at it because Bobrovsky and Foligno would be first-time all-stars.
Dec 25 - 6:15 AM

There's speculation that the Carolina Hurricanes could be listening to trade offers for defenseman Andrej Sekera.

That's the word from NHL.com. Sekera had 44 points last season but has only one goal and 12 assists in 32 games this season. Sekera has been playing one of the points on the Hurricanes' top power-play unit, a spot that would be taken over by Justin Faulk if Sekera is indeed dealt.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 24 - 10:07 PM

Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton is poised to produce big-time after the Christmas break.

Hamilton had two points during his first nine games this season, but he has 18 points in his past 26. He had a five-game pointless streak before scoring two goals and one assist against the Buffalo Sabres last Sunday. He'll get his share of opportunities on the Bruins' top pairing and with the power-play time he receives.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 24 - 10:02 PM

Dominik Uher has been sent back to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

He played in his first career NHL game on Tuesday night against Tampa Bay. Uher logged 7:17 of ice time in the match.
Dec 24 - 6:42 PM

Pittsburgh has assigned Taylor Chorney to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.

Chorney suited up for the big club on Monday and Tuesday. He saw limited action and finished with a minus-1 rating.
Dec 24 - 6:31 PM

Jeff Zatkoff was returned to the minors Tuesday night.

He backed up Marc-Andre Fleury while Thomas Greiss is under observation for the mumps.
Dec 24 - 6:29 PM

Lauri Korpikoski (lower body) could be ready for Saturday's game versus Anaheim.

He skated on Tuesday morning, but missed his fourth straight contest with a lower-body injury. "(Dec.) 27th I would think that he would be ready but with his injury, there's an easy chance of re-hurting it," coach Dave Tippett said. "So the three days off will give him insurance that way."
Dec 24 - 6:15 PM

Calvin Pickard is expected to return to the minors eventually.

Coach Patrick Roy intends to send down Pickard if Semyon Varlamov remains healthy and continues to play at the level that is expected from him. Roy wants Pickard to play and not sit on the bench as an NHL backup. Pickard will get the nod on Saturday against Chicago.
Source: Denver Post
Dec 24 - 5:09 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy has been returned to AHL Syracuse.

He was up with the Lightning on an emergency recall, but Ben Bishop is poised to return to the lineup on Saturday. Vasilevskiy was impressive in three appearances with Tampa Bay. He posted a 2-1-0 record with a 2.01 goals-against average and .940 save percentage.
Dec 24 - 4:43 PM

Shawn Thornton has been dealing with a groin injury since the beginning of the season.

He has missed the last seven games due to the ailment. "It's been there basically since the first game of the year and it's gotten progressively worse," Thornton said. "I was going to take some time off there but we were short bodies and I played through it. Once guys got healthy, it would have been selfish for me to try and play through it. It's time to get it healed for the playoff push." Florida enters the Christmas break just two points behind Washington for the last Wild Card spot in the East. Thornton won't supply much offense when he's able to return, but he can add toughness and leadership.
Dec 24 - 4:14 PM

Brendan Woods was assigned to Charlotte of the AHL after Tuesday's game versus New Jersey.

He made his NHL debut in Carolina's 2-1 shootout win. Woods posted one shot, one hit and a minus-1 rating in 6:10 of ice time.
Dec 24 - 3:42 PM



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