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Tim Jackman is "under evaluation" by Anaheim's doctors after John Scott hit him viciously with the butt-end of his stick across Jackman's jaw. He will not return to the game.

As Sharks forward Andrew Desjardins was bumping Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen while he stopped play, Scott decided to turn around and whack Jackman across the jaw for no apparent reason. Inexplicably, Scott was not penalized and Jackman left the game having skated just 3:38 with one hit.
Dec 23 - 12:08 AM

Goalie Roberto Luongo stopped 27 shots in regulation and overtime before he and the Florida Panthers defeated the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in the seventh round of a shootout Monday night.

Luongo is enjoying a good season in Florida, with a record 12-7-6, a goals-against average of 2.28 and a save percentage of .926. He's still one of the NHL's elite goalies and he's not doing any disservice to his fantasy-league owners.
Dec 22 - 11:07 PM

Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, having a terrific season, stopped 34 shots in regulation and overtime Monday night but he and the Penguins dropped a 4-3 decision to the Panthers in an exciting shootout game in Florida.

The Panthers prevailed in the seventh round of the shootout. Fleury now has a season record of 19-4-2 with a goals-against average of 1.97. His save percentage is .933. Suffice it to say that he's not hurting his fantasy-league owners at all.
Dec 22 - 11:04 PM

Defenseman Simon Despres picked up two assists in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 4-3 shootout loss to the Panthers in Florida Monday night.

Despres assisted on Patric Hornqvist's game-opening goal in the first period. It was Hornqvist's 12th goal of the season. Despres also drew an assist on Nick Spaling's sixth goal of the season, scored in the third period. Pittsburgh's third goal of the night was scored by Evgeni Malkin, his 16th of the seson, at 16:50 of the third period.
Dec 22 - 10:59 PM

Jimmy Hayes delivered two goals in the Florida Panthers' thrilling, 4-3 shootout victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night.

Hayes is having a nice season and now has nine goals. He also was a plus-3 on the night. Hayes also was instrumental in a goal by teammate Jussi Jokinen. He didn't get an assist but he did attract attention from the Penguins and opened up space for Jokinen, who scored his fourth goal of the season. Aleksander Barkov scored the game-winning goal for the Panthers in the seventh round of the shootout. Sean Bergenheim had a first-rate night for the Panthers in this one, notching two assists, two hits and three shots on net.
Dec 22 - 10:54 PM

Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson made 21 saves Monday night and took a 2-1 loss to the Capitals in Washington.

Anderson played well, stopping several difficult shots, but the Sens scored only one goal. Anderson has a dominant record against Washington. In 18 games, he is 11-6-1. On the season, Anderson is now 8-9-4 with a goals-against average of 2.41 and a save percentage of .929. You could do worse than have Anderson as your fantasy goalie. Mind you, you could also do better.
Dec 22 - 10:47 PM

Forward Erik Condra scored his third goal of the season in the Ottawa Senators' 2-1 loss to the Capitals in Washington Monday night.

Condra's goal was unassisted. It came between the Washington goals, at 15:56 of the second period.
Dec 22 - 10:42 PM

Nicklas Backstrom scored his 11th goal of the season to give the Washington Capitals a 2-1 victory over the visiting Ottawa Senators Monday night.

Backstrom's goal, at 19:25 of the second period, broke a 1-1 tie and turned out to be the game winner. Jay Beagle, with his fifth goal of the season, gave the Caps a 1-0 lead at 13:59 of the second period.
Dec 22 - 10:41 PM

Washington goaltender Braden Holtby turned aside 38 shots to spark the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 triumph over the visiting Ottawa Senators Monday night.

The Senators were creative with the puck, but Holtby scrambled around the crease all night to stop them. He made a beautiful save when he stretched to his left to snare a one-timer from Clarke MacArthur, set up by a nifty pass from Erik Karlsson parallel to the goal line. Officials reviewed the play to see if the puck crossed the goal line when it entered Holtby’s glove, but the original ruling was upheld. Holtby improved his goal-against average to 2.24, his win-loss record to 15-7-5 and his save percentage to .920. As a fantasy goalie, he's good and seems to be getting better. On Ottawa’s second power play, Holtby kicked out a Kyle Turris rebound attempt.
Dec 22 - 10:38 PM

Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky allowed four goals before being pulled in the Blue Jackets' 5-1 loss to the visiting Nashville Predators.

Bobrovsky was replaced by Curtis McElhinney after Craig Smith scored his second goal of the night for Nashville. McElhinney stopped four of the five shots fired at him. With the loss, Bobrovsky ended his spectacular December, in which he had gone 8-0-1. The former Vezina Trophy winner is 13-9-2 on the season now and has a goals-against average of 2.62. His save percentage is 9.19.
Dec 22 - 10:31 PM

Sean Collins has been sent back down to AHL Springfield.

The Blue Jackets have been hit very hard by injuries and illness, so Collins was called up as an extra body. He did not play in his latest stint with Columbus, but did see a nice bump in his per diem.
Source: Rick Gethin
Dec 22 - 10:25 PM

Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne lost a chance for his fourth shutout with 4:22 to play in the Predators' 5-1 slaughter of the Blue Jackets in Columbus Monday night.

Columbus rookie Alexander Wennberg made it 5-1 with a power-play goal. Earlier, Rinne, who made 30 saves on the night, had consecutive stops on a Brandon Dubinsky shot and Cam Atkinson's attempt on the rebound from the slot to preserve the Predators' 2-0 lead. Rinne is enjoying a brilliant season and is the leading candidate to win the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie. He has a goals-against average of 1.84 to go along with his 22-6-1 record and his .934 save percentage.
Dec 22 - 10:23 PM

Rookie forward Alexander Wennberg scored the Columbus Blue Jackets' only goal in a 5-1 loss Monday night to the visiting Nashville Predators.

It was Wennberg's first career goal. He was the 14th pick in the 2013 NHL Draft and was playing in his 23rd game. Columbus (14-16-3) suffered its first regulation loss in 10 games. The Blue Jackets entered 8-0-1 in their previous nine games, with the previous six decided past 60 minutes, one game shy of the NHL record.
Dec 22 - 10:18 PM

Craig Smith scored twice Monday night to lead the Nashville Predators to a 5-1 rout of the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

Smith now has 10 goals on the season. Colin Wilson contributed a two-point night for the Preds, as well, with his seventh goal of the season and his eighth assist. Victor Bartley had a two-assist night and now has five. The Preds' other goals were scored by Seth Jones, his first of the season, and Mike Fisher, his third. The Preds coasted in this one, opening up a 5-0 lead in the third period. They scored three goals in a 2:14 span in the third.
Dec 22 - 10:15 PM

To confirm an earlier report, Jonathan Quick will indeed be in net against the Flames on Monday night.

Through 28 games this season, Quick has 14 wins with a 2.29 GAA and .923 save percentage. The Flames have lost eight straight to boot, so start him with confidence.
Dec 22 - 10:08 PM

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