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Viktor Stalberg has been put on waivers by Nashville.

The Predators intend to send him to the minors if he clears. "A couple of injuries early in the season have prevented this from being the season Viktor trained all summer for," GM David Poile said. "He has worked hard to return to the lineup. With Paul Gaustad and Taylor Beck day-to-day and still on our 23-man roster, the best option for Viktor and the organization at this time is to place Viktor on waivers with the hope that he will clear, go to Milwaukee to play games and continue his efforts to be ready for NHL game action." Stalberg is ready to return after being sidelined for six weeks with a knee injury.
Dec 18 - 12:34 PM

Antoine Roussel scored into an empty net in Wednesday's 2-0 win over Vancouver.

He has two goals and two assists in a three-game scoring streak. Roussel hasn't picked up a penalty minute in his past five games, but he still sits fifth in the league with 62 minutes in the sin bin.
Dec 18 - 12:29 PM

Sidney Crosby (mumps) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's match against Colorado.

He has missed Pittsburgh's last three games with the mumps, but was back on the ice for the team's game-day skate in the morning. We would consider Crosby probable to play.
Dec 18 - 12:01 PM

Chris Kunitz (foot) won't play Thursday night.

He took part in Wednesday's practice, but he didn't participate in contact drills. Coach Mike Johnston reiterated that Friday's session "will be the big test" for Kunitz, so it's possible that he could available as early as Saturday depending on how much progress he makes.
Dec 18 - 11:57 AM

Marc-Andre Fleury has been confirmed as Pittsburgh's starting goaltender for Thursday night against Colorado.

It was feared that he had the mumps on Wednesday, but test results came back negative. Thomas Greiss is now being examined for the illness, so Fleury will get back in the cage.
Dec 18 - 11:53 AM

John Carlson has been putting in extra work before the Capitals' practices lately.

Carlson has been working one-on-one with assistant coach Todd Reirden. It's seemed to pay off as Carlson has been more effective defensively over the last few weeks and remains one of the league's top defensemen offensively. He has four goals and 22 points in 30 games this season. "His growth has exponentially shown improvement," Reirden said. "I'm really happy with how his game's come along. He, by his choice, has made extra effort to work on different areas of his game. The work he's putting in with video now that he maybe hasn't done before, spending extra time with me and on his own doing that. I think his practice habits are quite different from going back to training camp. I think he's understanding the importance of trying to improve every day."
Dec 18 - 11:43 AM

The Ottawa Senators have decided to loan Curtis Lazar to Canada for the World Junior Championship.

The 19-year-old forward has one goal and six assists in 27 games for the Senators this season. He'll be expected to play a prominent role at the tournament, especially after he registered three goals and seven points in seven games for Canada last year.
Dec 18 - 11:40 AM

The Vancouver Canucks are on an 0-for-19 drought with the man advantage.

That cold stretch dates back to Dec. 2 and has played a big role in the Canucks' current five-game losing streak. Vancouver's power play wasn't a strong point to begin with and the team is currently has a mediocre 17.4% conversion rate.
Dec 18 - 11:37 AM

Vincent Lecavalier is projected to return to the Flyers' lineup on Thursday.

Lecavalier has spent six of the Flyers' last seven contests in the press box and the one exception was when he was sidelined with a lower-body injury. Flyers coach Craig Berube suggested that he wouldn't simply put Lecavalier on the fourth line, although he didn't reveal exactly what role he'll have. One possibility is that Lecavalier will play alongside Sean Couturier and Matt Read while R.J. Umberger will be dropped to the fourth line.
Dec 18 - 11:24 AM

Johnny Boychuk (upper body) will probably return on Friday.

Boychuk needs to be activated off of the injured reserve, but the Islanders freed up a spot for him by sending Griffin Reinhart to the AHL and moving Michael Grabner to the IR list. Boychuk has two goals and 14 points in 21 contests in 2014-15.
Dec 18 - 11:18 AM

Travis Hamonic is likely to return to the Islanders' lineup on Friday.

The Islanders already set the stage for Hamonic's activation from the injured reserve list by putting Michael Grabner on the IR and sending Griffin Reinhart to the minors. Hamonic has six points and 48 penalty minutes in 21 games in 2014-15.
Dec 18 - 11:14 AM

Roman Polak (knee) traveled with the Leafs to Carolina and it's expected that he'll taken off injured reserve at some point before Thursday's game.

He practiced with the team Wednesday and appears to be ready to return. However, it isn't certain that he will be in the lineup against the Hurricanes.
Dec 18 - 11:09 AM

Erik Condra was able to return to Wednesday's game after taking a puck to the head.

He went off the ice bleeding after he was struck by a shot from teammate Alex Chiasson midway through the second period, but he was back in the third period.
Dec 18 - 10:57 AM

Clarke MacArthur earned an assist in Ottawa's 2-0 win over New Jersey on Wednesday.

It was his first point in his past six appearances. MacArthur has been cold offensively over his last 12 contests, with one goal and two assists during that span.
Dec 18 - 10:52 AM

Thomas Greiss is being tested for the mumps.

He has been placed in isolation as a precaution. Greiss was slated to start Thursday against Colorado, but now the nod will probably go to Marc-Andre Fleury after he came up negative for the mumps and practiced in the morning.
Dec 18 - 10:39 AM


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