NHL Recent Player News
|12/18/2013||Brayden Schenn, LW||Washington's Tom Wilson received a 5-minute major and ejection for charging after he sent Schenn crashing headfirst into the boards with a hit from behind.
Analysis: Schenn has a stiff neck and it's a wonderment that he expects to face the lowly Blue Jackets on Thursday.
|12/18/2013||Josh Harding, G||The Minnesota Wild have placed goalie Josh Harding on injured reserve to allow him to make adjustments to the medication he takes to treat multiple sclerosis. The Wild made the announcement Wednesday night, one day after Harding was superb in a shootout victory over Vancouver. He made 29 saves to beat the Canucks, but GM Chuck Fletcher says Harding needs to "make minor adjustments" to his medication.
Analysis: Harding will have to miss at least a week while on injured reserve. That means he will be out at least three games. Fletcher says he expects Harding to return Dec. 27 against Winnipeg. Johan Gustafsson has been recalled from Iowa of the AHL to take Harding's spot. Harding leads the NHL with a 1.51 goals-against average and .939 save percentage.
|12/18/2013||Duncan Keith, D||Duncan Keith scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Blackhawks to a 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.
Analysis: Keith scored the game's first goal at 1:29 of the opening period on a slap shot from the left side that beat Nashville goaltender Carter Hutton on the stick side.
|12/18/2013||Jakub Voracek, RW||Jakub Voracek scored two goals and the Flyers beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 Tuesday night for their seventh consecutive win at home.
Analysis: Voracek is playing well, having recorded seven points in his last five games.
|12/18/2013||Carey Price, G||Price stopped 26 of 27 shots for Montreal in a 2-1 victory over Phoenix on Tuesday.
Analysis: Price now has regulation victories in nine of his last 11 starts for the Canadiens.
|12/18/2013||Saku Koivu, C||Koivu had a goal and an assist as the Ducks cruised past the Red Wings 5-2 on Tuesday night.
Analysis: It was Koivu's second multi-point game of the season, after recording a goal and an assist on Nov. 29.
|12/18/2013||Andrew Cogliano, C||Andrew Cogliano had three assists as the Ducks beat the Red Wings 5-2 on Tuesday night.
Analysis: It was the first multi-assist game of the season for Cogliano, who set up two goals in the first period and another in the second.
|12/18/2013||Mark Scheifele, C||Scheifele had two goals for the Jets in Tuesday's 4-2 loss at Buffalo on Tuesday.
Analysis: The third-year center has four goals over his last three road games.
|12/18/2013||Tuukka Rask, G||Rask finished with 21 saves en route to his third shutout in a 2-0 win over Calgary on Tuesday.
Analysis: Rask has a 1.75 goals-against average while winning his last four home starts.
|12/18/2013||Martin Jones, G||Jones made 24 saves in a 3-0 win Tuesday against Edmonton.
Analysis: The rookie now has three shutouts in his first six NHL games to go with 0.82 GAA and .972 save percentage. He's already tied for the league lead in shutouts.
|12/18/2013||Evgeni Nabokov, G||Nabokov finished with 34 saves in a 3-2 shootout loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Analysis: He allowed back-to-back goals in the shootout en route to the loss. He's 0-0-2 with a 1.42 goals-against average in his last two starts.
|12/18/2013||Ray Whitney, LW||Whitney scored twice in Tuesday's win over Colorado.
Analysis: He'd scored one goal in his previous 27 games this year.
|12/18/2013||Zdeno Chara, D||Chara had two goals to account for all the scoring in Boston's 2-0 win over Calgary on Tuesday.
Analysis: Chara has scored six times in the team's last six home games.
|12/18/2013||Matt Duchene, C||Duchene had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's loss to Dallas.
Analysis: He has seven points in his last four games.
|12/18/2013||Patrick Marleau, LW||Marleau had two assists in Tuesday's win over St. Louis.
Analysis: He's got four points in his last two games.
|12/18/2013||Martin Havlat, RW||Havlat had a goal and an assist Tuesday in a win over St. Louis.
Analysis: He'd gone six games without a point.
|12/18/2013||Mikko Koivu, C||Koivu had two assists Tuesday in a win over Vancouver.
Analysis: He'd been quiet lately with four points in his last 11 games.
|12/18/2013||Deryk Engelland, D||Engelland was suspended for five games without pay by the NHL on Wednesday for a check to the head of Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader.
Analysis: Engelland was given a match penalty for hitting Abdelkader in the first period of Pittsburgh's 4-1 road victory Saturday night. The suspension will cost Engelland $14,530.
|12/18/2013||Dalton Prout, D||The Columbus Blue Jackets placed defenseman Dalton Prout on injured reserve Wednesday retroactive to Dec. 16 because of an upper-body injury that will likely sideline him for at least two weeks.
Analysis: The 23-year-old Prout has two assists, 29 penalty minutes and 41 blocked shots in 24 games with Columbus this season. He had a goal, six assists, 25 penalty minutes and a plus-15 rating in 28 games with the Blue Jackets last season, leading the club in plus/minus while ranking second among rookie NHL defensemen in that category.
|12/18/2013||Alexander Steen, LW||Steen has agreed to terms on a three-year, $17.4 million contract extension.
Analysis: The 29-year-old Steen is having the best season of his career with 22 goals and 36 points in 33 games. He was the first player in the NHL to score in each of the team's first 10 wins since Eric Lindros in 1993-93 and scored 20 goals in 24 games, a franchise best since Brett Hull in 1990-91.
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