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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Dec. 17

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In his From the Point column, Sam McCaig writes about some potentially great Stanley Cup final matchups.

In his blog, John Grigg writes that Team Canada will be asked why they left Taylor Hall off the team if they fail to win gold.

Rory Boylen writes about Christmas holiday time being primetime for outdoor hockey, in his blog.

The Fantasy Pool Look takes a peek at some of the biggest busts from a fantasy perspective this season.

In our weekly rundown of players we can’t wait to see in the NHL someday, The Hot List profiles Devils goalie prospect Jeff Frazee.

Player News…

Troy Brouwer, RW/LW, Chicago Blackhawks

2008/12/17: Chicago Blackhawks winger Troy Brouwer scored two goals and added an assist to help pace the team to a 9-2 road victory over the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday. The 23-year-old Brouwer now boasts 13 points in 23 games.

Mathieu Garon, G, Edmonton Oilers

2008/12/17: Making his fourth start in the last six games, 30-year-old netminder Mathieu Garon was yanked from the Edmonton Oilers crease on Tuesday against Chicago. He allowed five goals on 21 shots. Veteran Dwayne Roloson replaced Garon and promptly surrendered four more goals on 23 shots.

Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago Blackhawks

2008/12/17: Chicago Blackhawks leading scorer Patrick Kane scored his 14th goal of the season, and then added two assists, in a 9-2 rout of Edmonton on Tuesday. Kane also registered a plus-2 rating and five shots on goal.

James Wisniewski, D, Chicago Blackhawks

2008/12/17: In his first game of the season, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman James Wisniewski registered three assists in a 9-2 laugher Tuesday night at Edmonton. Wisniewski missed 28 games because of knee surgery. He replaced Brent Sopel (healthy scratch) in the Chicago lineup.

Chris Mason, G, St. Louis Blues

2008/12/17: St. Louis Blues backup netminder Chris Mason was shelled for six goals on 31 shots in taking the loss on Tuesday night against Calgary. It was the 32-year-old veteran's fourth straight start due to the injury to starter Manny Legace (mild concussion--IR)

Matthew Lombardi, C/LW, Calgary Flames

2008/12/17: Speedy Calgary Flames forward Matthew Lombardi registered one goal and two assists in the team's 6-3 road win at St. Louis on Tuesday night. It was only the second time this season the 26-year-old Lombardi has registered a multi-point game.

Patrik Berglund, C, St. Louis Blues

2008/12/17: St. Louis Blues rookie center Patrik Berglund scored his 10th goal of the season on Tuesday in a losing effort against the Calgary Flames. Berglund is now tied with Toronto center Mikhail Grabovski for the rookie goal-scoring lead, and is only four points behind Derick Brassard (Columbus) and Kris Versteeg (Chicago) for the overall scoring lead among freshmen.

Injury News…

Tomas Fleischmann, LW/RW, Washington Capitals

2008/12/16: Washington Capitals winger Tomas Fleischmann returned to action on Tuesday night against the New York Islanders. He missed three games because of a lower body injury. Fleischmann replaced Sergei Fedorov (ankle) in the lineup.

Eric Brewer, D, St. Louis Blues

2008/12/16: St. Louis Blues captain Eric Brewer missed his second consecutive game Tuesday night against Calgary due to an upper body injury. He's currently listed as day-to-day. Mike Weaver has been taking his place in the lineup. The Blues also recalled Tyson Strachan under emergency conditions prior to Tuesday's game with the Flames but he was a healthy scratch.

Nate Thompson, LW/C, New York Islanders

2008/12/16: A broken ankle is expected to sideline New York Islanders forward Nate Thompson until at least mid-January. Meanwhile, veteran center Mike Sillinger (groin) missed his second consecutive game on Tuesday night. As a result, center Ben Walter was recalled from the American League's Bridgeport Sound Tigers to replace Thompson against Washington.

Martin Biron, G, Philadelphia Flyers

2008/12/16: Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Martin Biron missed Tuesday's home contest against the Colorado Avalanche because of the flu. As a result, the Flyers recalled goalie Scott Munroe from the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms to serve as the backup to Antero Niittymaki. Biron is day-to-day.

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