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As the Arizona Coyotes face the Los Angeles Kings, Dave Tippett is coaching his 900th NHL game.

Tippett's teams have won 475 games during the 12 seasons that he's been an NHL head coach. His teams are also 33-41 in 74 career playoff contests. His Coyotes are at risk of missing the postseason for the third time; before 2012-13, his squads had only missed the postseason once.
Dec 20 - 4:07 PM

A night after his child was born, Martin Hanzal was able to make it so he'll play for the Arizona Coyotes against the Los Angeles Kings.

The category-stuffing center could help in deeper leagues, at least if you're bereft of many center options. Adjust your lineups accordingly.
Dec 20 - 3:47 PM

While this a vague estimate, the latest update on Scott Hartnell is that he could return from his broken finger around Dec. 27.

The Columbus Blue Jackets could certainly use his help, especially with news that Boone Jenner is expected to miss a month or two with a stress fracture in his back. Hartnell's had an up-and-down first season with the Blue Jackets, yet he's a fantasy gem because of his ability to flirt with 30-goal, 100-PIM seasons.
Dec 20 - 2:44 PM

Look for Winnipeg to continue it's alternating goalie rotation.

That means that Ondrej Pavelec will get the start Sunday night against the Flyers. Michael Hutchinson has been outstanding as Pavelec's partner in the Jets' net but will get the night off after playing in Winnipeg's last game. As both Pavelec and Hutchinson are very capable NHL goalies we expect the job share to continue well into the new year before coach Paul Maurice settles on a single netminder.
Dec 20 - 2:23 PM

Alexander Steen will skate alongside Vladimir Tarasenko and Jori Lehtera Saturday night against the Sharks.

The injury to Jaden Schwartz as well as some lacklustre play Thursday has motivated coach Ken Hitchcock to make some changes. The Blues will also have some different defencemen pairings. Jay Bouwmeester will not line up alongside his usual partner Alex Pietrangelo, but will instead skate with Kevin Shattenkirk, while Pietrangelo will partner with Chris Butler. Not sure if any of these changes alters fantasy values much, though.
Dec 20 - 2:06 PM

Jake Allen will start in goal for the Blues when the face off against the Sharks Saturday night.

This was expected after Martin Brodeur allowed six goals against the Kings on Thursday, including one from about center ice. Allen is coming off a 5-2 win over the Kings and is a decent start against San Jose.
Dec 20 - 1:55 PM

The Detroit Red Wings are hoping that Jimmy Howard will be able to return from his lower-body injury on Tuesday, although they still need him to undergo testing.

Howard left last night's 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders after the first period. The good news is that the holiday break could give him extra time to heal if he has any setbacks.
Dec 20 - 1:53 PM

Taylor Beck will in the Predators' lineup against Minnesota Saturday night.

Beck is often a healthy scratch, but he will get a chance to play on the Preds' third line Saturday. That doesn't mean you should rush out and add him to your roster, though.
Dec 20 - 1:44 PM

Pekka Rinne will be at his usual post Saturday night against Minnesota.

That of course means he will be the starting goalie for the Preds. We have run out of superlatives for Rinne. Just know he is a must start for every game.
Dec 20 - 1:39 PM

With James Neal likely sidelined due to an illness Saturday night, Viktor Stalberg will draw back into the Predators' lineup.

What a difference a day or two can make. Stalberg was placed on waivers, unclaimed and sent to the AHL earlier this week. Now he is back with the Preds and playing against the Wild. Sometimes professional sports just don't make sense. That said, we still can't recommend Stalberg at this time.
Dec 20 - 1:37 PM

The bad news is that James Neal is sick, but the good news is that the Nashville Predators claim that he isn't dealing with the mumps.

The team hasn't dealt with too many huge injuries or bouts of illness, so the initial word of Neal's sickness left some worried. Neal has 11 goals, 19 points, 23 PIM, 106 SOG and 35 hits so far this season.
Dec 20 - 1:31 PM

The New Jersey Devils put Michael Cammalleri on injured reserve (retroactive to Dec. 13) on Saturday.

Cammalleri has been pretty effective when healthy, scoring 11 goals and 15 points in 23 games. He's currently dealing with a lower-body injury.
Dec 20 - 1:27 PM

It will be Darcy Kuemper between the pipes Saturday night against the Predators.

Kuemper, who was sick earlier in the week and missed Tuesday's and Wednesday's games, seems to have recovered sufficiently to start against the Preds. He will be opposed by the NHL's top goalie, Pekka Rinne, so Saturday night's assignment is not an easy one.
Dec 20 - 1:26 PM

Kari Lehtonen has played very well this week and is beginning to right his mediocre performance this season.

In the Stars last two games, both on the road, Lehtonen has allowed only one goal and stopped 48 of 49 shots. In order for Dallas to compete, Lethonen has to be on top of his game. It is no surprise that the team wins when he can manage to do that.
Source: Stars.com
Dec 20 - 1:21 PM

The Stars assigned Curtis McKenzie to the Texas Stars of the AHL following Friday night's victory over Calgary.

He played 10:31 in the contest, had 14 shfits and two hits. McKenzie will be back when a Dallas forward is sidelined.
Dec 20 - 1:16 PM



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