Carolina 4, Atlanta 3 (story/highlights)
– Eric Staal had a three-point night and Cory Stillman scored the winner late in the third.
Ottawa 5, Buffalo 3 (story/highlights)
– Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson had two points each and Dany Heatley scored the game-winner with less than five minutes in the third period.
Chicago 1, Anaheim 2 (story/highlights)
– Cory Perry had a two-point night and Jonas Hiller stopped 20 shots.
News and Views…
Anaheim: Newly-acquired Brandon Bochenski is eager for a chance to play in Anaheim, writes Eric Stephens of the Los Angeles Times. (more…)
Buffalo: Maxim Afinogenov is day-to-day with a groin injury and Drew Stafford returned.
Carolina: John Grahame was assigned to Albany.
Colorado: Recalled Johnny Boychuk from Lake Erie.
Columbus: Kyle Wharton was re-assigned to Elmira of the ECHL.
Dallas: Assigned Chris Conner to Iowa.
Florida: Assigned Tanner Glass to Rochester.
Montreal: Ryan O’Byrne will be out until mid-February with a broken thumb.
Nashville: Martin Gelinas and Martin Erat are questionable for Saurday’s game, while Shea Weber will not play. As a result, Ville Koistinen may get a shot.
New Jersey: Patrick Elias returned from a groin injury… Barry Tallackson and Noah Clarke were assigned to Lowell.
Ottawa: Randy Robitaille and Anton Volchenkov returned to the lineup, but Joe Corvo sat out with the flu.
Philadelphia: Steve Downie was recalled from the Phantoms… Randy Jones returned from a sprained knee.
What’s on tap…
Washington at Montreal, 1:00 p.m.
Detroit at Dallas, 2:00 p.m.
Florida at Pittsburgh, 3:00 p.m.
New Jersey at Boston, 7:00 p.m.
Philadelphia at Toronto, 7:00 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Ottawa, 7:00 p.m.
Minnesota at Nashville, 8:00 p.m.
Carolina at St. Louis, 8:30 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Colorado, 9:00 p.m.
Anaheim at Phoenix, 9:00 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Edmonton, 10:00 p.m.
Calgary at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Columbus at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
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