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REMINDER: HOLIDAY ROSTER FREEZE
For all players on an NHL active roster, injured reserve, or with non-roster and injured non-roster status as of midnight (local time) tonight, a roster freeze shall apply through midnight (local time) on Saturday, Dec. 27, with respect to waivers, trades and loans, subject to the exceptions provided for in CBA Article 16.5 (d).

STREAK BUSTERS
The Capitals, Hurricanes and Kings recorded victories on Thursday to halt the winning streaks of the Blue Jackets (7), Maple Leafs (6) and Blues (5), respectively.

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The St. Louis Blues Cannot Win In Los Angeles

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Sometimes we talk in terms of Superman and Kryptonite when we're talking about the effect the Montreal Canadiens have on the Boston Bruins. The same dynamic is at play when the St. Louis Blues visit the Los Angeles Kings.

The Blues jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead at Staples Center Thursday night only to have the Kings outscore them 6-1 the rest of the way en route to a wild 6-4 win. According to the Kings' PR staff, the win was the sixth in a row for the Kings over the Blues on home ice.

The Blues have not won in Los Angeles since March 2011. More importantly for a Kings team just hanging around in the Pacific Division, the win marked an explosive night for the team's top players as Anze Kopitar had a five-point night (1 goal, four assists) and Marian Gaborik extended his goal-scoring streak to three games with a pair. He has five goals and one assist over that period. Both Gaborik and Kopitar have been beset by injuries and their production has been uncharacteristically tepid through the first 30 games of the season. If Thursday is any indication, though, look out Blues and look out Western Conference.

read on for Custance on Mike Green and the Capitals, LeBrun on Saku Koivu and Strang on the Jets...

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Friday Morning Thoughts On Hockey

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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- With the Holiday Trade Freeze rapidly approaching, Boston and St. Louis are two interesting teams to watch, not just because they’ve been talking to each other. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is contacting teams with space, seeing what it will cost for them to take players off his roster, so he can free up room to do what he wants. Curious to see if those second-round selections he acquired for Johnny Boychuk are in his plans. For both Chiarelli and Blues’ compatriot Doug Armstrong, it’s not just about this year. Boston, in a tight spot, must deal with Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug and Reilly Smith in the summer. Armstrong knows the next two years mean extensions for Jake Allen, Jori Lehtera, Jaden Schwartz and breakout sensation Vladimir Tarasenko. With all of the cap uncertainty, you’ve got to be careful.

- If your team is looking for defencemen, watch Anaheim. Ben Lovejoy’s return gives them eight blueliners, with Eric Brewer (expected to be back in January) making nine. That gives Bob Murray some flexibility. Winnipeg added Jay Harrison to stop the bleeding, and Minnesota is another team looking for depth there.

- If there’s one thing Arizona needs, it’s young forwards who can score. That’s the key to Keith Yandle (A nice, high draft pick wouldn’t hurt, either). But Don Maloney is making it clear that he will not do anything with Yandle unless it provides a long-term solution. It’s also possible some teams who don’t desperately need a centre take a look at Antoine Vermette. He can play the wing, and versatility never hurts.

more including Cory Sarich wants one more shot at the NHL...

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Preview And Notes New York Islanders/Detroit Red Wings

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from TSN,

The New York Islanders have been perfect when taken beyond regulation. Their next opponent has been far from it.

The Detroit Red Wings might not mind avoiding another shootout after losing three during their season-high skid, which they'll try to end Friday night against the Islanders at Joe Louis Arena.

New York (21-10-0) has been off since Monday, when it improved to 9-0 after regulation with a 3-2 shootout victory over New Jersey. Josh Bailey had the winner in the tiebreaker and started a rally from a two-goal deficit by scoring in the second period.

Of the Islanders' 15 wins in their past 20 games, eight have come via overtime or shootout.

"We have a lot of confidence, whether it's in OT or shootout," Bailey said. "We have a lot of guys who can put the puck in the net."...

New York now tries to avoid a season-worst third consecutive road defeat when it faces a Red Wings team that's dropped four in a row overall. Detroit (17-7-8) lost 1-0 in a shootout to Columbus on Tuesday and dropped to 1-6 in that format this season.

Jimmy Howard has been in net for all six of those defeats - backup Petr Mrazek started the only win. Howard has stopped just 11 of 15 shootout attempts for a 26.7 percent success rate, the NHL's worst among goaltenders to have appeared in more than one. By comparison, Islanders goalies Jaroslav Halak and Chad Johnson have each stopped 80.0 percent....

Pavel Datsyuk is 2 for 3 in the past three shootout losses - all at home - but his teammates have gone 0 for 5. The Red Wings, 3-8 after regulation, are trying to avoid losing five straight overall and four in a row at home for the first time since December 2013.

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Praising Mike Green

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from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,

Here was the Mike Green everyone knew, or at least the one everyone remembered, revived and tearing through all three zones, while everyone else tried to catch up. He zipped across the defensive blue line. He caught one opponent flat-footed and blew straight past. He faked a slap shot and raced by another. He bolted through the right faceoff circle, curled parallel to the goal line, angled himself and, with a simple nudge, slipped the winning pass back into the middle as the Blue Jackets stared.

“He looks slow, but he’s buzzing pretty fast,” forward Michael Latta said. “Hell of a player.”

“Ghost-like,” Coach Barry Trotz said later. “You might not notice him, might not notice them, then – bang – he’s there on offense and he creates something.”

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Game highlights are below...

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Morning Line- John Scott

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“You know players in the league who dive a lot and embellish a little bit. It’s good to single them out. Maybe they’ll be a little embarrassed.

“We don’t need that in the game. We don’t need it to turn into soccer, where it’s embarrassing and where you get rewarded for it.

“Nobody wants to be known as a diver. I hope it stops, it’s a garbage part of the game and it should be out.”

-John Scott of the San Jose Sharks. More diving reaction and some Edmonton Oilers notes from Robert Tychkowski if the Edmonton Sun.

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Starting All Over Again In Edmonton

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

This phenomenon – of starting over again – is not something teams want to acknowledge, because it makes everybody look bad; and really amounts to the hardest sell in professional sport.

Teams genuinely believe they cannot turn to their fan base and blurt out the painful reality – that Plan A didn’t work and so now, they’re off to Plan B. Just trust us, this one will work better. Really, it will....

f the Oilers continue to struggle, they’ll have a chance to land a Toews-like piece in either Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel in the 2015 NHL entry draft. The question they’ll need to ask – and this is why MacTavish is behind the bench right now – is which of the players from spinning-their-wheels stage of the team’s rebuild survive, and which ones move on?

more and Duhatschek uses the Chicago Blackhawks as an example...

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Ansar Khan On Some Trade Talk

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Ansar Khan of Mlive answered some questions, mostly regarding trade options.

I am bypassing the questions and listing Khan's response...

- ...The Red Wings inquired about Petry in the summer, but the price was too high (the Oilers wanted a center and asked for Darren Helm). The 6-foot-3, 198-pound Petry will be an unrestricted free agent in July, so the Oilers are certain to move him by the deadline.

I'm sure Holland will inquire again, but he's not likely to part with a lot for a rental.

Washington's Mike Green, another potential trade-deadline rental, is another possibility.

- It would cost a lot more than Ferraro and Callahan to get Petry. The Oilers and anyone else could have had Ferraro and Callahan for nothing when they were on waivers before the season, but they cleared....

- Ericsson is not going anywhere, and I highly doubt Quincey will be moved. Quincey has been much-maligned the past couple of seasons, but he's a top-four defenseman on this team, and they're not easy to find.

Ouellet is the only defense prospect they would feel comfortable putting in the lineup every game. Alexey Marchenko might be close, Nick Jensen and Ryan Sproul need more seasoning and Mattias Backman is having trouble cracking Grand Rapids' lineup.

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Video- Dwight King Hits The Water Bottle From Center Ice

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I am not going to blame Martin Brodeur here, bad bounces happen but the Blues did blow a 3-0 lead in the 6-4 loss to the Kings

 

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Video- The Major Action From The Seven NHL Games Last Night

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3 1/2 minutes of highlights...

 

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