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|12/17/2014||Tyler Bozak, C|
|Bozak had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's win versus Anaheim.
Analysis: Bozaka Had just one point in his last five games prior to Tuesday following a stretch with nine points in six games, so maybe he'll catch fire again.
|12/17/2014||Nazem Kadri, C|
|Kadri scored his ninth goal of the season in Tuesday's win over Anaheim.
Analysis: Kadri has four goals and seven assists over his last 10 games.
|12/17/2014||Phil Kessel, RW|
|Kessel scored two goals and added an assist in Tuesday's win over Anaheim for his fourth three-point performance of the season and first since Halloween.
Analysis: Kesell has six goals and five assists over his last nine games, pushing his season totals to 17 in each category.
|12/17/2014||Brent Seabrook, D|
|Seabrook recorded his season high for points with a goal and two assists in a 5-3 win against Minnesota on Tuesday night.
Analysis: The Chicago Blackhawks defenseman had one assist in his prior eight games. It was his first three-point game since Dec. 5, 2010, against Calgary.
|12/17/2014||Ryan Kesler, C|
|Kesler tallied his 11th goal and 15th assist of the season in Tuesday's loss at Toronto.
Analysis: Kesler has come alive with five goals and three assists in his last six games after recording one point in his previous five contests.
|12/17/2014||Jonathan Toews, C|
|Toews recorded his season high for points with a goal and two assists in a 5-3 win over Minnesota on Tuesday night.
Analysis: The Chicago Blackhawks captain had three points, all assists, in his prior five games. His 12 goals and 28 points are each second-most on the team this season.
|12/17/2014||Wayne Simmonds, RW|
|Simmonds scored his 14th goal of the season in Tuesday's loss to Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Simmonds has been on fire with six goals in his last six games and he has one in each of his last three.
|12/17/2014||Patrick Kane, RW|
|Kane scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 3:28 left, and the Chicago Blackhawks bounced back to beat the Minnesota Wild 5-3 on Tuesday night for their 13th win in 15 games.
Analysis: Kane also had two assists and matched a season high with three points. His 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 15 games since Nov. 15 are the most in the league.
|12/17/2014||Steven Stamkos, C|
|Stamkos recorded his 18th goal in Tuesday's win at Philadelphia.
Analysis: Stamkos has just three goals in his last 10 games.
|12/17/2014||Tyler Johnson, C|
|Johnson had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's win at Philadelphia.
Analysis: Johnson has four goals and eight assists over his last 11 games.
|12/17/2014||Derek Stepan, C|
|Stepan had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win over Calgary on Tuesday night.
Analysis: It was the third multipoint performance in 17 games this season for the New York Rangers center. He had one assist in his prior four contests. Stepan has three goals and 13 assists this season.
|12/17/2014||Ryan Callahan, RW|
|Callahan had two assists in Tuesday's win at Philadelphia.
Analysis: Callahan is slumping with four points in his last nine games after recording 21 in his first 19 contests.
|12/17/2014||Rick Nash, LW|
|Nash scored two goals to reach 20 for the season, and the New York Rangers beat the Calgary Flames 5-2 on Tuesday night to sweep a three-game Western trip.
Analysis: Nash has a career-best 11-game point streak, recording eight goals and six assists during the spurt. He tied Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin for the longest run in the NHL this season.
|12/17/2014||Devan Dubnyk, G|
|Dubnyk made 31 saves in a 2-1 overtime victory Tuesday night against his former team, the Edmonton Oilers.
Analysis: The win was Dubnyk's first since Nov. 22. He was 0-2-1 with a 3.59 goals-against average in his four previous appearances. Dubnyk is 6-2-2 with a 2.55 GAA in 12 games this season.
|12/17/2014||Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D|
|Ekman-Larsson scored with 0.3 seconds left in overtime, and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 Tuesday night to end a team-record nine-game home losing streak.
Analysis: The goal was the fourth for the Coyotes defenseman in seven games this month. He also has an assist in that stretch. Ekman-Larsson has seven goals and eight assists in 31 games this season.
|12/17/2014||Pekka Rinne, G|
|Rinne made 33 saves in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout win over Boston.
Analysis: Rinne has allowed two goals or fewer in each of the last five games, going 3-2-0 with a 1.19 GAA. He leads the league with 20 wins on the season.
|12/17/2014||Ondrej Pavelec, G|
|Pavelec finished with 27 saves in Tuesday's 5-1 win over Buffalo.
Analysis: Pavelec is 3-0-2 with a 2.16 GAA in his last five starts.
|12/17/2014||Michael Frolik, RW|
|Frolik had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-1 win over Buffalo.
Analysis: Frolik has notched two points in three of the last four games, giving him 16 on the season.
|12/17/2014||Mark Scheifele, C|
|Scheifele had two goals and an assist in Tuesday's 5-1 win over Buffalo.
Analysis: Scheifele has 16 points on the season, six of which have come in the last three games.
|12/17/2014||James Neal, LW|
|The NHL has fined Nashville Predators forward James Neal $2,000 for violating the league's revised rule against diving and embellishing. The new rule, implemented for this season after approval by the NHL Board of Governors and the NHL Players' Association, is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players and teams who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. Fines are assessed to players and head coaches on a graduated scale.
Analysis: Neal was issued a warning after an infraction at St. Louis on Nov. 13. No penalty was called then. His second violation at San Jose on Saturday led to the fine imposed Wednesday. Neal received a penalty for embellishment on that play. Third and fourth violations carry fines of $3,000 and $4,000 fines, respectively. A fifth violation yields a maximum $5,000 fine for a player and $2,000 for the head coach.
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