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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 12/30/14


We’ve got just four games in store for tonight in the NHL, but there should be plenty of good hockey mixed in there. While we’re waiting on those pucks to drop, let’s check out some of the notable players and happenings out there in the league. Here’s the latest.

Carl Soderberg, C, Boston Bruins: Coming off a bad loss against Columbus on Saturday, the Bruins were able to collect themselves and put together a solid win against the Red Wings last night. Soderberg put up a goal and two assists in the 5-2 victory, with Reilly Smith and Gregory Campbell also scoring during a furious first period.
The Bruins move to 19-15-3 on the year so far and were without Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic for this one.

Bobby Ryan, RW, Ottawa Senators: The Senators came into the game last night against the Sabres on a three-game losing streak, but they were able to right the proverbial ship for a victory. Ryan notched a hat trick in the 5-2 win, which was the fourth of his NHL career. Erik Carlson (two assists) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (assist) were the game’s other two stars.
Ottawa out-shot Buffalo 36-21 in this one, the third game in a row they’ve out-shot their opponent.

Kari Lehtonen, G, Dallas Stars: All good things must come to an end, and that’s exactly what happened to the Rangers’ eight-game win streak last night in Dallas. The Stars put down the defensive screws and gutted out a 3-2 victory here, with Lehtonen accounting for 28 saves on 30 shots. Antoine Roussel put up the game-winner in the second.
Dallas is now 16-14-5 and are 11-1-2 when leading after two periods.

Martin Brodeur, G, St. Louis Blues: Brodeur pitched a shutout on a pretty quiet night for him against the Avalanche. He came up with saves on all 16 shots in the 3-0 win, marking his 125th NHL shutout. Paul Stastny had a pair of assists and Dmitrij Jaskin scored.
Brodeur now has 691 victories and has stopped 54 consecutive shots against the Avalanche. The win may be his last, as Brian Elliott is nearing a return from a lower-body injury and the club will have to adjust the roster.

NHL Daily Schedule: Here’s a look at the upcoming games on the NHL schedule, including the start times and TV networks where you can catch each matchup.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014:

7:30 PM ET:
Montreal Canadiens at Florida Panthers (RDS, SNE, FS-F)

8:00 PM ET:
St. Louis Blues at Nashville Predators (TVA, FS-MW, FS-TN)

9:30 PM ET:
Los Angeles Kings at Edmonton Oilers (FS-W, SNW)

10:00 PM ET:
Vancouver Canucks at San Jose Sharks (SNP, CSN-CA)

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Andrew has been with Sports Chat Place since 2012, contributing to football, baseball and basketball across the fantasy, college and professional ranks. His goal is to break down the complicated trends and numbers into a language that's accessible even if you're not a seasoned sports bettor, providing comprehensive insight that can apply to just about everyone. Follow Andrew on Twitter for links to his latest Sports Chat Place picks. 

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