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Ben Maxwell, C, Montreal Canadiens
2008/12/13: Montreal Canadiens center Ben Maxwell made his NHL debut in Saturday’s 2-1 setback against the Capitals. He skated with Matt D’Agostini and Andrei Kostitsyn and did not post a shot on goal or any points in 12:28 of ice time. He was recalled from Hamilton of the AHL on Friday to take the spot of the injured Saku Koivu, who suffered a lower body injury in Thursday’s game.
Steve Mason, G, Columbus Blue Jackets
2008/12/13: Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason allowed one goal on 25 shots in Saturday’s 3-1 win against the Islanders. Mason has won back-to-back starts and he has allowed three or fewer goals in 10 straight starts.
Tim Gleason, D, Carolina Hurricanes
2008/12/13: The Carolina Hurricanes activated defenseman Tim Gleason (lower body injury) off of injured reserve on Saturday. He picked up an assist and plus-1 rating in 18:26 of ice time in the 3-2 shootout loss. The team reassigned Casey Borer to Albany of the AHL to make room on the roster.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, New York Rangers
2008/12/13: New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist ended a season-high three-game losing streak in Saturday’s 3-2 shootout win against the Hurricanes. Lundqvist stopped 29 of the 31 shots he faced. Lundqvist had allowed 17 goals during the slide, including eight goals in Friday’s loss against the Devils.
Cam Ward, G, Carolina Hurricanes
2008/12/13: Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward stopped 27 of 29 shots in Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss at N.Y. Rangers. Ward was back in action for the first time in five games due to a groin injury. He has lost just twice in regulation over his past seven starts dating back to November 14.
Travis Zajac, C, New Jersey Devils
2008/12/13: New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac was able to play in Saturday’s 4-2 loss against the Sabres. The Associated Press reports he was considered doubtful heading in after a big open-ice hit on Friday against the Randers. Zajac went scoreless with a minus-1 rating in 17:31 of ice time.
Nathan Oystrick, D, Atlanta Thrashers
2008/12/13: Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Nathan Oystrick picked up an a goal and assist with a plus-1 rating in 14:43 of ice time in Saturday’s 4-2 loss at Boston. Oystrick has posted four points (1 G, 3 A) with a plus-3 rating over the past four games.
Michael Ryder, RW, Boston Bruins
2008/12/13: Boston Bruins forward Michael Ryder remainded red hot in Saturday’s 4-2 win against the Thrashers, as he picked up two more goals with a plus-2 rating in 15:56 of ice time. Ryder has scored at least one goal in four of the past five games with five scores total.
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Owen Nolan, RW/LW, Minnesota Wild
2008/12/13: Minnesota Wild RW/LW Owen Nolan missed his third consecutive game on Saturday at Los Angeles due to a right leg injury. There is no exact timetable available for when Nolan will be able to return.
Jeremy Roenick, RW/C, San Jose Sharks
2008/12/13: San Jose Sharks veteran center Jeremy Roenick is expected to be out indefinitely because of a shoulder injury. Roenick was hurt during Thursday’s home win over the Anaheim Ducks.
Craig Rivet, D, Buffalo Sabres
2008/12/13: Buffalo Sabres captain Craig Rivet missed Friday’s home contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs due to an undisclosed injury. He was replaced by Nathan Paetsch, who was limited to 9:14 of ice time. Paetsch registered two shots on goal.
Saku Koivu, C, Montreal Canadiens
2008/12/13: Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu’s injury that will keep him out of the lineup the next two games is a foot ailment. He’s currently listed as day to day. Meanwhile, teammate Christopher Higgins’s hand injury is expected to sideline him for the next 4-6 weeks.
Maxime Talbot, C/LW, Pittsburgh Penguins
2008/12/13: Due to an undisclosed injury, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Maxime Talbot is not expected to suit up on Saturday afternoon at Philadelphia. However, enforcer Eric Godard is expected back in the Pens lineup after sitting out the last two contests.
Adam Foote, D, Colorado Avalanche
2008/12/13: Colorado Avalanche veteran defenseman Adam Foote returned to the lineup on Friday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. He missed nine games because of a back injury. With Foote back, the Avs scratched both Daniel Tjarnqvist and Kyle Cumiskey.
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