Derick Brassard
Rangers' Brassard Will Play Saturday
Derick Brassard, C, NYR
12:52 AM
News: Derick Brassard (illness) will play Saturday against the Hurricanes, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.
Analysis: Coach Alain Vigneault signed off on Derick Brassard's return after he was able to take part in the team's morning skate. The center missed the Rangers' last two contests with the mumps virus.

Ryan Carter
Wild Activate Carter (Upper Body)
Ryan Carter, C, MIN
12:50 AM
News: Ryan Carter (upper body) was activated from injured reserve Saturday, Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: After missing the Wild's previous three games, Ryan Carter was cleared to return after practicing Friday. He'll be reinserted on the fourth line for Saturday's game against the Predators.

Vincent Trocheck
Troceck Nets Panthers' Only Goal
Vincent Trocheck, C, FLA
12/20/2014
News: Vincent Trocheck returned to action Saturday after being a health scratch. He scored a power-play goal and finished with a minus-2 rating and six shots on net.
Analysis: He'd gone five games without a point prior to Saturday, so it was nice to see him rebound. He has 12 points in 20 games and his future is bright.

John Tavares
Tavares Notches 13th Goal For Isles
John Tavares, C, NYI
12/20/2014
News: John Tavares scored his 13th goal of the season in Saturday's win over Tampa Bay.
Analysis: He's on track for a 30 goal season. He's behind his scoring pace from the past few seasons and he has just six points in his last 10 games. He hasn't had a two-point game since Nov. 22. It's hard to sit him, but we've been expecting more.

Nicklas Backstrom
Caps' Backstrom: Seven Points In Last Tow fae
Nicklas Backstrom, C, WAS
12/20/2014
News: Nicklas Backstrom scored two goals and added an assist in Saturday's win over the Devils. He has seven points, including five goals, in his last four games.
Analysis: Cha-ching. That's the sound of fantasy owners cashing in on his current hot streak. He continues to flirt with the top-10 scoring list. Enjoy the ride.

Nick Spaling
Pens' Spaling Scores Saturday
Nick Spaling, C, PIT
12/20/2014
News: Nick Spaling scored one goal and assisted on a second one in Pittsburgh's 3-1 win over the Panthers on Saturday.
Analysis: He scored from long range for a soft goal on Florida netminder, Roberto Luongo -- his sixth of the season. Nick Spaling's stint as a top-six forward is mostly over, given the Pens' improving health (at the forward position), but he continues to produce. Spaling now has two goals and six points in his last six games.

Evgeni Malkin
Pens' Malkin Twice Called For Diving Saturday
Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT
12/20/2014
News: Evgeni Malkin, who saw his six-game point streak end Saturday, was twice called for embellishment penalties against Florida.
Analysis: The league will review the penalty infractions -- one of which appeared questionable -- before deciding whether to fine him. Evgeni Malkin hit a post Saturday but came up empty after five shots on goal. He remains Pittsburgh's leading point-getter with 38 points (15G, 23A).

Sidney Crosby
Pens' Crosby Shoots (And Scores) Saturday
Sidney Crosby, C, PIT
12/20/2014
News: Sidney Crosby netted his first post-mumps goal and third in 21 games Saturday against Florida.
Analysis: He could've had more if not for Roberto Luongo (and an empty-net near miss). Sidney Crosby's goal was his first since Nov. 24 and his team-high seven shots represent a season high for the centerman. The Panthers' Dave Bolland slashed Crosby's wrist/hand area, but Crosby said after the game that he was fine. Still, it wouldn't be surprising if the team takes X-rays -- just to make sure.

Josh Jooris
Flames' Jooris Appears Likely To Play
Josh Jooris, C, CGY
12/20/2014
News: Josh Jooris (foot) skated with the Flames' second line in pregame warmups and appears likely to play Saturday against the Canucks, the Calgary Sun's Wes Gilbertson reports.
Analysis: Josh Jooris is in the midst of an eight-game slump (just one point), but it looks like he'll be out there Saturday night if you need him.

Zac Rinaldo
Flyers' Rinaldo Suffers Upper-Body Injury
Zac Rinaldo, C, PHI
12/20/2014
News: Zac Rinaldo left Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs with an upper-body injury and will not return, the Courier-Post's Dave Isaac reports.
Analysis: Brayden Schenn jumped into Zac Rinaldo's spot in the second period and will finish this game out. Rinaldo should be considered day-to-day until we know more, but the Flyers have a quick turnaround before hitting the ice again Sunday against the Jets.

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