NHL Recent Player News
|11/21/2014||Jason Demers, D|
|The San Jose Sharks have traded Demers and a future draft pick to the Dallas Stars for defenseman Brenden Dillon. The Stars will get a third-round pick in the 2016 draft in Friday's deal.
Analysis: The 26-year-old Demers has 16 goals and 82 assists in 300 career games. He has three assists in 20 games this season.
|11/21/2014||Jason Spezza, C|
|The Dallas Stars have signed Spezza to a $30 million, four-year contract extension.
Analysis: Spezza has 18 points in his first 20 games in Dallas, with his 14 assists tops among the Stars and ninth in the NHL. He has 705 points (255 goals, 450 assists) in 706 career games.
|11/21/2014||Nicklas Backstrom, C|
|Backstrom had a goal with an assist Thursday.
Analysis: This snapped a three-game point drought.
|11/21/2014||Alex Ovechkin, RW|
|Ovechkin scored late in the third period, Braden Holtby stopped 27 shots, and the Washington Capitals beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Thursday night.
Analysis: He also had an assist to record his first points in four games.
|11/21/2014||Alex Tanguay, LW|
|The Avalanche played half the game Thursday short-handed after Tanguay was hit in the face on a shot by Ovechkin. Tanguay immediately skated off the ice and went into the locker room. The Avalanche announced that Tanguay sustained a jaw injury.
Analysis: He has a team-leading seven goals.
|11/21/2014||Paul Byron, C|
|Byron had a goal with an assist Thursday.
Analysis: He has four goals and an assist in four games.
|11/21/2014||Patrick Kane, RW|
|Kane scored the tiebreaking goal - finding the net for the third straight game - in the third period to lift the Blackhawks to a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.
Analysis: Kane has six points in three games.
|11/21/2014||Ryan Kesler, C|
|Kesler did not have a point in his highly anticipated return to Vancouver on Thursday.
Analysis: Kesler received little love in his first game in Vancouver since being traded to the Ducks in the summer. Fans showed no reaction at the start of the game when he was shown on the scoreboard with the caption "Welcome back Ryan." He was booed in the second period, overtime and the shootout.
|11/21/2014||Ryan Getzlaf, C|
|Getzlaf had a goal with an assist Thursday.
Analysis: He has three goals and four assists in his last eight games.
|11/21/2014||Bo Horvat, C|
|Horvat recorded his first NHL point with a goal Thursday.
Analysis: It took Horvat seven games to achieve this feat, so he is not a fantasy option.
|11/21/2014||Eric Staal, C|
|Staal had a goal Thursday.
Analysis: He has three goals in two games.
|11/21/2014||Tanner Pearson, LW|
|Pearson ended his 11-game goal drought with the tiebreaking score as the Kings won 3-2 over the Hurricanes on Thursday night.
Analysis: Pearson's grouping with Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli on "That 70s Line" was broken up due to coach Darryl Sutter's dissatisfaction with the rookie's recent play, but Pearson got back on the scoresheet with the same quick stick that scored seven goals in the Kings' first eight games.
|11/21/2014||Logan Couture, C|
|Couture ended a season-worst eight-game goaless streak with a power-play tally for the Sharks on Thursday.
Analysis: He has two points in seven games.
|11/21/2014||Patrick Marleau, LW|
|Marleau had a goal with an assist Thursday.
Analysis: These were his first points in six games.
|11/21/2014||Nick Bjugstad, C|
|Bjugstad scored twice during regulation and added the winning goal in the shootout as the Florida Panthers won their fourth straight in San Jose, beating the Sharks 3-2 on Thursday night.
Analysis: Bjugstad recorded his third career multi-goal game and second in three contests.
|11/21/2014||Curtis Lazar, C|
|Lazar didn't play Thursday versus Ottawa due to an undisclosed injury.
Analysis: Lazar is day to day.
|11/21/2014||Scottie Upshall, RW|
|Upshall is out with an upper-body injury.
Analysis: The Florida Panthers winger is considered day-to-day.
|11/20/2014||Michael Del Zotto, D|
|Del Zotto is out with a lower-body injury.
Analysis: The Philadelphia defenseman suffered his injury in a 2-0 defeat to the New York Rangers on Nov. 19.
|11/20/2014||Andrew Shaw, C|
|Shaw is out with an upper-body injury.
Analysis: Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville didn't think the injury was serious but did not give a timetable for his center's return.
|11/20/2014||Jack Johnson, D|
|Johnson has filed for bankruptcy while earning millions under a $30.5 million contract in his ninth NHL season.
Analysis: In federal court records, the 27-year-old says his finances have fallen apart under his parents' management. He says creditors and his financial advisers took advantage of him through fraudulent transactions and predatory lending, with his contract earnings pledged as security for unconventional loans that he didn't authorize.
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