NHL Recent Player News
|12/13/2013||Cody Hodgson, C||Hodgson was scratched before Thursday's 2-1 loss to Ottawa.
Analysis: Buffalo Sabres coach Ted Nolan said he hoped the center would only miss one game.
|12/13/2013||Radek Martinek, D||Martinek is currently on injured reserve.
Analysis: The New York Islanders defenseman is dealing with back spasms and hasn't played since Nov. 29.
|12/13/2013||Marc Methot, D||Methot missed Thursday's 2-1 win over Buffalo because of the flu.
Analysis: The Ottawa Senators defenseman sat out one game earlier this month due to sickness.
|12/12/2013||Tim Thomas, G||The Miami Herald is reporting that Thomas left practice Thursday and did not return.
Analysis: The veteran goaltender has missed a combined 10 games this season with groin injuries but the Florida Panthers haven't revealed what his current ailment is. The Panthers recalled Jacob Markstrom from their AHL affiliate in San Antonio on Thursday.
|12/12/2013||Curtis McElhinney, G||McElhinney was forced to leave a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers on Thursday.
Analysis: The Columbus Blue Jackets said McElhinney sustained a lower-body injury in the first period when he made 15 saves.
|12/12/2013||Dave Steckel, C||The Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks reassigned Steckel, defenseman Alex Grant and defenseman Nolan Yonkman to their Norfolk AHL affiliate.
Analysis: Steckel is scoreless in four games with Anaheim this season, but coach Bruce Boudreau has praised the veteran's play.
|12/12/2013||Alex Grant, D||Grant has been reassigned to the minors despite scoring a goal on each of his first two NHL shots.
Analysis: Grant scored a goal in his NHL debut on Nov. 30, and he added another in the Ducks' victory over Minnesota on Wednesday night. He has two goals on two shots in his first two NHL appearances. The Ducks are hoping defenseman Francois Beauchemin returns from an injury for their next game Sunday against Edmonton. Anaheim defensemen Luca Sbisa, Sheldon Souray and Mark Fistric also are out with injuries.
|12/12/2013||Jeff Carter, RW||Jeff Carter scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 Wednesday night for their fifth straight victory.
Analysis: Carter also had an assist after going six games without feeding a teammate for a score.
|12/12/2013||Kris Versteeg, LW||Versteeg had a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 7-2 win over Philadelphia.
Analysis: He has six points in his last five games and 10 in 15 games since returning to Chicago. He managed seven in 18 games while with Florida.
|12/12/2013||Patrick Kane, RW||Kane had two assists in Wednesday's 7-2 win over Philadelphia. With 42 points, he's one back of Sidney Crosby for the league lead.
Analysis: He has 14 points over a seven-game point streak. He's had just one game in his last 20 without a point, and his 1.24 points per game average is the best of his career.
|12/12/2013||Patrick Sharp, LW||Sharp had a goal and two assists in Wednesday's 7-2 win over Philadelphia.
Analysis: Sharp's enjoying the hottest stretch of his season with four goals and four assists in his last three games. He's averaging 0.94 points per game, which is his highest average since 2010-11 after a 0.71 rate last season.
|12/12/2013||Marian Hossa, RW||Hossa had three assists in Wednesday's 7-2 win over Philadelphia.
Analysis: He has five points in his last three games.
|12/12/2013||Alexander Semin, RW||The Carolina Hurricanes have activated forward Alexander Semin from injured reserve.
Analysis: Semin missed 12 games with a concussion suffered Nov. 16 at St. Louis. At the time of his injury, he shared the team lead with six assists and was tied for second with nine points.
|12/11/2013||Anton Volchenkov, D||Volchenkov is dealing with body soreness.
Analysis: Volchenkov is considered day to day.
|12/11/2013||Mark Fistric, D||Fistric is dealing with an upper-body injury.
Analysis: It's unclear when Fistric will return to the ice.
|12/11/2013||Peter Harrold, D||Harrold is out with a fractured foot.
Analysis: Harrold has just two assists in 21 games.
|12/11/2013||Stephen Weiss, C||Weiss continues to deal with a nagging groin injury.
Analysis: It's unclear how much time Weiss is expected to miss.
|12/11/2013||Jared Cowen, D||Cowen was suspended for two games by the NHL on Wednesday for a hit to the head against Buffalo's Zemgus Girgensons.
Analysis: Cowen struck Girgensons late in the third period of Ottawa's shootout loss game in Buffalo on Tuesday night. No penalty was called on the play. Girgensons scored the shootout winner. The suspension will cost Cowen $31,795.
|12/11/2013||Richard Panik, RW||Panik was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL for boarding Washington defenseman Karl Alzner.
Analysis: Panik was given a major penalty for boarding in the second period of the Lightning's shootout loss Tuesday night in Washington. The suspension will cost him $7,590.
|12/11/2013||Antoine Roussel, LW||Roussel scored twice in Dallas' 6-2 loss to Chicago on Tuesday.
Analysis: He's produced at least a point in his last three home games.
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