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from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

Can’t Always Be Jake: Seriously, it’s time for Randy Carlyle to quit pointing at Jake Gardiner every time he wants to scratch somebody. If Carlyle wants to make an impact, he could ask captain Dion Phaneuf to take a seat for a game. Lord knows, Phaneuf made enough mistakes on the weekend. Or Joffrey Lupul, who had some awful plays Saturday night. That would make an impact.

Additions Not Yet Adding: Anaheim’s having a great season despite injuries and despite the fact GM Bob Murray’s stop-gap acquisitions have yet to pay dividends. Ilya Bryzgalov, in two appearances, has a .789 save percentage and a 6.40 goals against average. Rene Bourque has one goal in 14 games since being added from Montreal. Defenceman Eric Brewer played two games after being acquired from Tampa and promptly broke his foot.

Frontline Sniper For Sale?: We’ll see if T.J. Oshie gets moved by the Blues when the trade freeze is listed in two weeks. Boston is said to have interest, and both St. Louis and the Bruins seem to have some interest in making a move. Oshie, however, has two more years at $4.175 million per season, and few teams want term. He’s an interesting player, but he’s now 27 and into his prime and has just five goals and seven assists this season.

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Will The Real San Jose Sharks Please Stand Up

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

A month ago -- after a Nov. 26 loss to Calgary dropped them to 10-10-4 -- it felt like this might be a cross-roads season for the Sharks after a decade of being among the elite contenders in this league.

The sense was that last spring’s first-round meltdown to Los Angeles, the ensuing off-ice turmoil/drama, and the beginning of a rebuild-on-the-fly would see the Sharks take a step back this season.

Well, that’s how it felt around U.S. Thanksgiving, anyway.

But since that Nov. 26 loss to Calgary, the Sharks have reeled off nine wins in 10 games heading into Monday night’s big tilt at their rival Anaheim Ducks. And the rest of us are left to ponder what the heck we have here with this San Jose squad sitting at 19-11-4 and very much looking playoff-bound.

"It's been nice to be under the radar a little bit, but yeah, we have been playing well," Sharks star center Logan Couture told ESPN.com Monday morning from Anaheim. 

read on

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Stephen Weiss Ready, Jimmy Howard Not Sure

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from chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,

Quick update from Wings practice as they prepare to host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena.

Stephen Weiss appears ready to return to the lineup after missing the last four games with a shoulder injury.

“I’m ready to play,” Weiss said after practice Monday. “Now we’ll just see if coach puts me in, but yeah I’m ready to go.

“I’m real excited,” Weiss added. “Obviously, you don’t want to miss this many games but that’s the way it goes sometimes with injuries. It’s tough to watch these last few at home and I’m really looking forward to hopefully getting one in before (the break).”

continued including some Jimmy Howard talk...

Also from Pleiness, Babcock on the Buffalo Sabres...

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Michael Ryder Wants More Ice Time

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from Rich Chere of NJ.com,

Michael Ryder is not yet to the point where he will ask Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello for a trade.

But if the Devils drop out of the playoff race and Ryder remains unhappy about his ice time, that could happen, the right winger told NJ Advance Media.

“I’ve never really asked for a trade anywhere I’ve played. I’ll see what happens now after Christmas,” Ryder said after practice Monday.

“I’ve never thought about that, really. I just want to play and help the team win. I think I can do that.”

But, Ryder stressed, he needs more playing time. He is averaging 14 minutes, 30 seconds of ice time per game and has played less than 12 minutes in five games.

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Eastern And Western Conference Trends

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from Katie Stranf of ESPN,

Trending up

New York Islanders: The Isles continue to prove they belong among the top teams in the East as they rattled off their fourth straight win with a 3-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. Getting back defenseman Travis Hamonic, whose shot set up the go-ahead goal in the Islanders' third-period rally against the Bolts, should be a major boost to their back end.

Trending down

The Detroit Red Wings' offense: The Wings took a surprising lead in the Eastern Conference earlier this month, but it was a short-lived grasp on the top spot as the team has sputtered heading into the holiday break. The Wings have dropped six straight games and have struggled mightily on offense, scoring just six goals during that span. Their shootout woes aren’t helping matters either.

more in each category plus other notes...

Katie Strang on the Western Conference...

Trending up

Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars: It was an amazing individual effort by Seguin in the Stars’ come-from-behind, 6-5 shootout win over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. With his team trailing by three goals, the league’s leading goal scorer tallied twice and set up the equalizer before Dallas prevailed in the shootout. Seguin, who recorded his fifth game this season with three or more points, continues to prove he is one of the league’s most dynamic and dangerous young talents.

Trending down

Arizona Coyotes: The Yotes have only two wins in the month of December, and both have come against the floundering Oilers. The team’s penalty kill has been atrocious; it ranks 29th in the league with only a 75.2 percent success rate and has exposed an already-suspect goaltending duo as a serious weakness. Expect to hear Keith Yandle's and Antoine Vermette’s names a lot once the league's trade freeze is lifted.

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Watching The World Junior Championship

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NEW YORK (December 22, 2014) – NHL Network™ U.S. will provide exclusive live and delayed broadcasts of 28 games from the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 in Montreal, Quebec, and Toronto, including all medal-round games and 20 preliminary-round match-ups

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NHL Player Safety Explains The Matt Bartkowski Hit

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If you missed the hit, watch it here.

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Afternoon Line- Allan Walsh

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See Renaud Levoie's recent Twitter timeline for the Bill Daly quotes...

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Petr Mrazek Appears To Be The Starter Tomorrow

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

According to the media at Detroit's practice today...

Mrazek looks like the starter tomorrow night, Howard and McCollum in one net while Mrazek is in the other.

Following practice, a family skate is planned so it looks like it will be a slow news day.

added 12:27pm,

Howard left practice early, so Mrazek it is.

added 12:31pm, Ted Kulfan tweet,

Weiss looks close to being ready the way he is skating and shooting

added 12:51pm, Weiss says he is ready to go...

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (Dec. 22, 2014) – Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek and Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 21.

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