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|12/16/2017||Matt Dumba, Min, D|
|Dumba scored twice for Minnesota in Saturday's 3-2 loss to Edmonton.
Analysis: Four of Dumba's five goals this season have come in his last seven games.
|12/16/2017||Cam Talbot, Edm, G|
|Talbot made 29 saves and the Edmonton Oilers held off the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Saturday.
Analysis: Talbot appeared in his first game after missing seven with an undisclosed injury. Edmonton hosts San Jose on Monday, and Talbot had a 1.67 GAA in winning his final three starts against the Sharks last season.
|12/16/2017||Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edm, C|
|Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and the Edmonton Oilers held off the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Saturday.
Analysis: Nugent-Hopkins is up to 13 goals on the season, scoring five of them in the last nine games. Nine of his goals have come at home, and the Oilers are home again Monday against the Sharks.
|12/16/2017||Connor McDavid, Edm, C|
|McDavid had an assist and the Edmonton Oilers held off the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Saturday.
Analysis: Since Nov. 14, no player has more points than McDavid's 21.
|12/16/2017||Milan Lucic, Edm, LW|
|Lucic had a goal and assist and the Edmonton Oilers held off the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Saturday.
Analysis: Lucic has now scored in every other game over the last seven contests. He has four goals and four assists in that span. The Oilers host the Sharks on Monday, and Lucic had a hat trick in his last game against San Jose in April.
|12/16/2017||Martin Jones, SJ, G|
|Jones made 36 saves in Friday's 4-3 overtime loss to Vancouver.
Analysis: Jones has allowed at least four goals in all five of his starts this month.
|12/16/2017||Henrik Sedin, Van, C|
|Sedin recorded three assists Friday.
Analysis: Sedin leads the Canucks with 20 assists, including 15 in his last 13 games.
|12/16/2017||Daniel Sedin, Van, LW|
|Sedin recorded three assists Friday.
Analysis: Sedin has 13 points in his last 13 games.
|12/16/2017||Brent Burns, SJ, D|
|Burns had goals on the power play and at even strength Friday.
Analysis: Burns has suddenly caught fire with five goals in his last five games after previously having only one all season. He has eight points during San Jose's current 3-0-2 stretch.
|12/16/2017||Brock Boeser, Van, RW|
|Boeser had a power-play goal in Friday's win over San Jose.
Analysis: The NHL's rookie scoring leader ripped a shot over Martin Jones' shoulder at 11:56 of the second for his team-leading 17th goal, moments after slicing through the Sharks' defense and ringing a shot off the post. Boeser has scored in four of his last five games.
|12/16/2017||Markus Granlund, Van, LW|
|Granlund scored on the power play and at even strength in Friday's win over the Sharks.
Analysis: Granlund had only one goal and one assist in his previous 12 games. His performance Friday, which gave him six goals this season, followed a pointed chat with coach Travis Green after the morning skate. ''He needs more from me,'' said Granlund, who had 19 goals last season. ''I know I can play better.''
|12/16/2017||Sam Gagner, Van, LW|
|Gagner scored his first game-winner in a Vancouver uniform Friday.
Analysis: Gagner signed a $9.45 million, three-year contract with Vancouver in the offseason. But he's failed to provide much in the way of offense 33 games into his Canucks career - four goals and eight assists - after putting up 18 goals and 32 assists with Columbus in 2016-17. ''I'm here to create,'' Gagner said. ''You've got to find a way to break through. Hopefully, that one gets me going.''
|12/16/2017||Curtis McElhinney, Tor, G|
|McElhinney stopped 26 shots for Toronto in Friday's 3-1 loss to Detroit.
Analysis: McElhinney got a chance to play for just the sixth time this season in place of No. 1 goaltender Frederik Andersen because the team was playing on a second straight day.
|12/16/2017||Jimmy Howard, Det, G|
|Howard had 25 saves in the Wings' 3-1 win over the Leafs on Friday.
Analysis: Howard won for just the second time in 10 starts, though he has a 1.98 GAA and .931 save percentage in his last three. Detroit is off until Tuesday when it begins a four-game trip against the Islanders, and Howard is 1-5-1 with a 2.72 GAA lifetime in the series.
|12/16/2017||Tomas Tatar, Det, LW|
|Tatar scored in the Wings' 3-1 win over the Leafs on Friday.
Analysis: Tatar has scored in consecutive games to give him 10 goals on the season. He averaged 0.56 points per game each of the last two seasons and is at 0.47 this year.
|12/15/2017||Logan Couture, SJ, LW|
|Couture exited Friday's game at Vancouver early in the third period with a concussion.
Analysis: Couture appeared to take a check to the mouth from the Canucks' Alexander Burmistrov and needed some help to make it to the bench before being sent to the locker room. San Jose's leader with 15 goals and 26 points, the standout center will have a few days to clear the concussion protocol before the Sharks' next game Monday at Edmonton.
|12/15/2017||Evander Kane, Buf, LW|
|Kane tied a career high with three assists Friday against Carolina.
Analysis: That gave him six assists to go along with two goals in his last seven games.
|12/15/2017||Jack Eichel, Buf, C|
|Eichel had his first career hat trick and added an assist Friday against the Panthers.
Analysis: Eichel is starting to heat up with nine points in his last seven games.
|12/15/2017||Justin Williams, Car, RW|
|Williams had a goal and an assist Friday against Buffalo.
Analysis: He has four goals and four assists in his last 11 games.
|12/15/2017||Derek Ryan, Car, C|
|Ryan had a goal and an assist Friday against the Sabres.
Analysis: Ryan has eight points in his last 11 games.
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