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Date Player
12/10/2016 Antti Raanta, NYR, G
Raanta made 26 saves against his former team, and the Rangers blanked the Blackhawks 1-0 on Friday. Raanta made his NHL debut with Chicago in 2013 and was teammates with Darling for one season before he was traded to New York.

Analysis: He improved to 15-0-3 in 20 career appearances at the United Center. The 27-year-old Raanta had 17 saves in Thursday's 2-1 victory at Winnipeg, and Vigneault opted to give him a second straight start because of his recent play and his success in Chicago.
12/9/2016 Henrik Lundqvist, NYR, G
Lundqvist will not start for a second straight night when the Rangers visit Chicago on Friday.

Analysis: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said that backup Antti Raanta is playing better than the 2012 Vezina Trophy winner when explaining his decision. Lundqvist owns a shaky 3.28 goals-against average over his last six starts, while Raanta has yielded two goals or less in each of his past seven.
12/9/2016 Jonathan Ericsson, Det, D
Ericsson missed Friday's game against Columbus due to back spasms.

Analysis: The veteran defenseman, who leads Detroit with 43 penalty minutes, is considered day to day.
12/9/2016 Nick Foligno, Cls, LW
Foligno (illness) is out again Saturday.

Analysis: The Columbus captain also sat out Friday's win at Detroit while under the weather. Foligno will have a couple of days to rest up before the Jackets next take the ice Tuesday at Edmonton.
12/9/2016 Peter Holland, Ari, C
The Arizona Coyotes acquired Holland from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday in exchange for a 2018 conditional draft choice.

Analysis: Holland, 25, had an assist in eight games with Toronto this season and registered 70 points (30 goals, 40 assists) in 203 career NHL games with the Maple Leafs and Anaheim Ducks. The Toronto native totaled a career-high 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists) in 65 games with the Maple Leafs in 2015-16 and scored a career-best 11 goals with Toronto in 2014-15.
12/9/2016 Cal Clutterbuck, NYI, RW
Clutterbuck and the New York Islanders have agreed to a five-year contract extension through the 2022-23 season.

Analysis: Clutterbuck has two goals and seven assists in 25 games this season. The alternate captain is in his fourth season with the team. He finished with 15 goals with eight assists in 77 games last season.
12/9/2016 Max Domi, Ari, LW
Domi has been placed on IR after leaving in the third period of Thursday's game against Los Angeles.

Analysis: The forward netted Arizona's only goal of the game before exiting due to the ever-mysterious upper-body injury. The youngster has 15 points in 25 games.
12/9/2016 Jiri Hudler, Dal, RW
The Dallas Stars activated forward Jiri Hudler from injured reserve Friday after he missed 23 games due to an undisclosed illness.

Analysis: Hudler, 32, has not recorded a point in four games this season. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound native of Olomouc, Czech Republic, was signed by Dallas as a free agent on Aug. 24.
12/9/2016 Derek Ryan, Car, C
Ryan scored twice and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Thursday night.

Analysis: Ryan had his first multigoal performance in 20 NHL games. A fixture in the lineup since being called up from the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL on Nov. 11, Ryan has six points in the last seven games.
12/9/2016 Cam Ward, Car, G
Ward made 21 saves and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Thursday night.

Analysis: Ward has been very impressive over the last month, going 7-3-2 with a .941 save percentage in his last 12 starts.
12/9/2016 Mike Smith, Ari, G
Smith made 33 saves in the Coyotes' 2-1 overtime loss to the Flames on Thursday.

Analysis: Smith has faced 39.8 shots per game in his last six starts and has a relatively incredible .937 save percentage despite only winning once.
12/9/2016 Chad Johnson, Cgy, G
Johnson stopped 27 shots and the Calgary Flames beat the Arizona Coyotes 2-1 on Thursday night.

Analysis: What a stretch for Johnson, who is 7-1-0 with a .951 save percentage in his last eight starts.
12/9/2016 Kari Lehtonen, Dal, G
Lehtonen stopped 33 shots, including all 21 in the second period in the Stars' 5-2 win over the Predators on Thursday.

Analysis: Lehtonen has a .949 save percentage in three December starts after entering the month at .885 in 14 games.
12/9/2016 Tyler Seguin, Dal, C
Seguin had a goal and an assist to lead the Stars to a 5-2 win over the Predators.

Analysis: Seguin has three goals in the last four games and more could be coming as he's now on what looks like a successful line with Jamie Benn and Jason Spezza.
12/9/2016 Jamie Benn, Dal, LW
Benn scored his 200th career goal and added two assists to lead the Stars to a 5-2 win over the Predators.

Analysis: Benn hadn't scored in his previous four games. ''It's been no secret around here that our top players haven't been our top players,'' Benn said. ''It's something we take personally, and we've got to be better, and we all know it.'
12/9/2016 Jason Spezza, Dal, C
Spezza had a goal and two assists to lead the Stars to a 5-2 win over the Predators.

Analysis: With Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin on a line centered by Spezza, the veteran scored his first goal in 13 games. The new line could be together for a while.
12/9/2016 Michael Hutchinson, Wpg, G
Hutchinson finished with 22 saves in the Jets' 2-1 loss to the Rangers on Thursday.

Analysis: Hutchinson isn't going to win the starting job anytime soon so he has no fantasy value.
12/9/2016 Antti Raanta, NYR, G
Raanta, playing for the first time since Nov. 27, stopped 17 shots in the Rangers' 2-1 win over the Jets on Thursday.

Analysis: Raanta improved to 6-1-0 with a .932 save percentage in his role backing up Henrik Lundqvist.
12/9/2016 Matt Murray, Pit, G
Murray made 28 saves to lead the Penguins over the Panthers 5-1 on Thursday night.

Analysis: In case there was any doubt as to who the Penguins' No. 1 goalie was, it's Murray, who is 9-2-0 with a .934 save percentage while vastly outplaying Marc-Andre Fleury.
12/9/2016 Sidney Crosby, Pit, C
Crosby got his 18th goal and added an assist to lead the Penguins over the Panthers 5-1 on Thursday night.

Analysis: Crosby is tied with Boston's David Pastrnak for the NHL lead in goals. ''(Crosby) is always the guy that takes the lead,'' Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. ''His line gets us a couple goals early on and gets us the lead and speaks volumes for the leadership he displays night in and night out.''
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