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Vegas coach Gerard Gallant has made it cleared that now that Marc-Andre Fleury is healthy, he'll get the majority of the starts.

That's not too surprising, but it is at least worthy of confirmation given how well Malcolm Subban has done. Subban has a 7-2-0 record, 2.33 GAA, and .924 save percentage in 10 games. "Fleury’s been our No. 1 man, and that’s the plan and we’re going to see how things go," Gallant said. "He hasn’t played in two months, so there’s going to be a part of the schedule where Fleury plays some important games and he’s probably going to play more games than the plan was earlier on in the year. Plans change every day."
Dec 12 - 6:19 AM

Henrik Sedin registered an assist in Vancouver's 5-1 loss to Winnipeg Monday night.

That puts Sedin just one assist away from the 800 milestone. He would become the 31st player to reach that milestone. Pierre Turgeon currently holds 30th place on the all-time assists list with 812. As far as 2017-18 goes, Sedin has two goals and 18 points in 31 contests.
Dec 12 - 6:15 AM

Evgeni Malkin is on a six-game point streak.

Malkin extended that streak by registering an assist in Monday's 2-1 loss to Colorado. He has nine goals and 28 points in 28 contests this season.
Dec 12 - 6:11 AM

Jake Guentzel collected an assist in the Penguins' 2-1 loss to Colorado on Monday.

Guentzel has 12 goals and 21 points in 32 contests this season. He got off to a slow start, but has 10 goals and 15 points in his last 17 games.
Dec 12 - 6:10 AM

Flyers GM Ron Hextall wants people to keep Nolan Patrick's rookie campaign in context.

Patrick, who was taken with the second overall pick in 2017, is off to a quiet start with two goals and six points in 20 contests. That pales in comparison to some of the other rookie performances we've seen in recent years, like that of Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine, but it doesn't mean that Patrick has been a disappointment. There have been incredible players that started with quiet rookie campaigns, like Joe Thornton, who had three goals and seven points in 55 games. "People forget this stuff," said Hextall. "These guys are young kids. It’s why some players need time in the minors. It’s a process. It’s hard to go out 82 times against 25, 30-year-old men and play. It’s demanding as hell. People don’t realize that." That's important to keep in mind when thinking about Patrick's long-term potential, but if you're in a single season league then there's not much reason to own Patrick at this time.
Dec 12 - 6:06 AM

Anders Lee registered an assist in Monday's 3-1 win on Monday.

That was Lee's 30th point in 30 games this season. He's one of just 23 players to reach that 30-point milestone so far. It's hard to see him maintaining his point-per-game pace, but 60-70 points is a realistic target at this point. That would still be a significant leap from his 2016-17 career-high of 52 points.
Dec 12 - 5:59 AM

Jordan Eberle registered an assist in the Islanders' 3-1 win against Washington Monday night.

Eberle has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last four games. That gives him 12 goals and 22 points in 30 games this season. He's on pace for 60 points, which would make it the first time he's reached that milestone since 2014-15.
Dec 12 - 5:09 AM

Pavel Buchnevich registered an assist in the Rangers' 2-1 shootout loss to Dallas on Monday.

Buchnevich also had a plus-one rating and two shots on goal. He's up to 10 goals and 22 points in 30 contests this season, which tops his rookie showing of 20 points in 41 games.
Source: NY Post
Dec 12 - 5:04 AM

Kyle Clifford (upper body) should be able to rejoin the Kings in the near future.

"Cliffy’s close. He’s getting close," Kings coach John Stevens said. "He’s fully integrated into practice. Started to get some more reps in and more battle stuff today. I haven’t talked to the trainers yet, but he’s definitely getting close." We still don't have a precise target date yet, but it's possible that Clifford will return at some point during the Kings' four-game road trip, which begins on Tuesday. Clifford has an assist in three games in 2017-18.
Dec 12 - 4:52 AM

Marian Gaborik is just two games shy of 1,000.

If all goes well, Gaborik will reach the milestone on Friday against the Rangers. That would be a nice touch given that he spent parts of four seasons with New York. "It’s definitely a milestone," Gaborik said. "To play 1,000 games is definitely special. It looks like it falls on to play in New York. That’s one of the best places to play in the world. And it’ll be cool." Reaching 1,000 games is always a great accomplishment, but it's particularly noteworthy for Gaborik given all the injuries he's had to overcome over the years. He didn't even make his season debut until Nov. 24 due to a knee injury and he hasn't logged more than 60 games in a season since 2014-15.
Dec 12 - 4:50 AM

Drew Doughty isn't concerning himself with whether or not the Kings have won over critics with their success.

Los Angeles wasn't a favorite of many going into the season, but the Kings hold a 20-8-3 record and is red hot with its eight-game winning streak. Still, that's led to questions about how legitimate a contender they are. "Yeah, you know, obviously, people are still going to doubt us," Doughty said. "There’s always going to be people who don’t believe in the success we’re having, but we’re not too worried about those other people. We believe in each other in here and we know that what we’ve done isn’t by mistake and it’s come through hard work and improving every single day." The Kings do have another noteworthy test ahead of them. Their next four games are on the road against New Jersey, the Rangers, the Islanders, and Philadelphia. With the exception of the Flyers, all of those teams have winning records so far and even Philadelphia has been looking tougher lately thanks to its three-game winning streak.
Dec 12 - 4:45 AM

Jaromir Jagr (lower body) skated on his own Monday morning.

As previously reported, Jagr has been ruled out for Tuesday's game. However, he might practice with the Flames on Wednesday.
Source: Calgary Sun
Dec 12 - 4:34 AM

Flames coach Glen Gulutzan is pushing for his players to shoot more when they have the man advantage.

The Flames are 0-for-8 on the power play over the last two games. Shooting more might seem like an obvious solution, but it means fighting against the temptation to pass the puck around to try and set up an ideal shooting opportunity. "I just said it to Johnny out there, ‘We had seam pass after seam pass out there with no results,’" said Gulutzan. "Then Johnny goes on the other side and puts a little shot on net and it ricochets in the slop trough and we score (in practice). That’s how they go in. If we go back to the Anaheim series (in the 2017 playoffs) where our power play ran 33 per cent — there was nothing magical happening. We were skating and getting pucks and getting ourselves the right looks, then putting ourselves in the right areas with numbers. That’s what power plays are." It's worth adding that while the Flames are in a power-play goal drought, overall they've been okay in that regard.
Source: Calgary Sun
Dec 12 - 4:33 AM

Corey Perry was taken to the hospital with what might be a leg injury.

Perry was hurt in the first period after crashing into Jeff Skinner and Kevin Bieksa. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Perry was still being evaluated, but he did add that Perry hadn't been cut by a skate.
Dec 12 - 4:27 AM

Ryan Getzlaf was used heavily in his return from a fractured zygomatic bone.

Getzlaf had been sidelined for about a month and a half. He had a minus-one rating and two penalty minutes in 19:55 minutes in his return. "As the game went on, I felt a little bit more comfortable out there," Getzlaf said. "I was losing a few pucks in my feet, those kind of things. Overall, I was happy with the way our team played."
Dec 12 - 4:22 AM


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