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Date Player
12/17/2017 Mike Smith, Cgy, G
Smith stopped 26 shots in Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Predators.

Analysis: Smith has lost his last three starts and has dropped to 1-3-2 with a 2.81 GAA in seven games this month.
12/17/2017 Kyle Turris, Nsh, C
Turris had an assist as the Predators blanked the Calgary Flames 2-0 on Saturday.

Analysis: Turris has been red-hot this month, tallying two goals and eight assists in seven games. The Preds return home to face the Jets on Tuesday, and Turris had a goal and an assist against them in their last meeting on Nov. 20.
12/17/2017 Kevin Fiala, Nsh, LW
Fiala had another goal as the Predators blanked the Calgary Flames 2-0 on Saturday.

Analysis: Fiala has been red-hot this month, tallying six goals and three assists in seven games. He had just one assist in his final five November games. The Preds return home to face the Jets on Tuesday, and Fiala had a goal and an assist against them in their last meeting on Nov. 20.
12/17/2017 Pekka Rinne, Nsh, G
Rinne stopped 32 shots for his third shutout of the season as the Predators blanked the Calgary Flames 2-0 on Saturday.

Analysis: Rinne has stopped 57 of 58 shots in winning his last two starts after yielding at least three goals in three of his previous four games. The Preds return home to face the Jets on Tuesday, and Rinne had 32 saves in a 5-3 win over Winnipeg on Nov. 20 to improve to 5-1-0 with a 2.16 GAA in his last six matchups.
12/17/2017 Mikko Rantanen, Col, RW
Rantanen had an assist in Saturday's 6-5 loss to Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Rantanen has two goals and five assists in his last eight games after tallying a goal and two assists in his previous seven.
12/17/2017 Nathan MacKinnon, Col, C
MacKinnon had two goals and added an assist in Saturday's 6-5 loss to Tampa Bay.

Analysis: It was the second straight two-goal game for MacKinnon, who already has three multi-goal games this month. He is now just one goal shy of the 16 he scored in 82 games last season.
12/17/2017 Gabriel Landeskog, Col, LW
Landeskog had his second career hat trick and added two assists in Saturday's 6-5 loss to Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Landeskog, who was in the midst of a three-game stretch without a point, had his first career hat trick on Nov. 16 against Washington. He's the first Avs player to have two hat tricks in a season since Milan Hejduk in 2006-07.
12/17/2017 Tyson Barrie, Col, D
Barrie matched a career high with three assists in Saturday's 6-5 loss to Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Barrie, who is averaging a career-best 0.81 points per game, has seven assists in his last six home games.
12/17/2017 Brayden Point, TB, C
Point had an assist to help Tampa Bay beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-5 Saturday night for their seventh straight win.

Analysis: Point has been instrumental to Tampa's win streak, recording five goals and five assists in those games. His plus-9 rating in December is tied for the best in the league.
12/17/2017 Nikita Kucherov, TB, RW
Kucherov had a goal and an assist to help Tampa Bay beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-5 Saturday night for their seventh straight win.

Analysis: Kucherov has scored a goal in four straight games and has notched at least one point in eight of nine contests, tallying six goals and six assists. Tampa's road trip concludes Tuesday in Vegas, and Kucherov leads the league with 25 points on the road.
12/17/2017 Tyler Johnson, TB, C
Johnson had another assist to help Tampa Bay beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-5 Saturday night for their seventh straight win.

Analysis: Johnson has racked up four goals, eight assists and a plus-7 rating during Tampa's winning streak.
12/17/2017 Yanni Gourde, TB, RW
Gourde had a goal and two assists to help Tampa Bay beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-5 Saturday night for their seventh straight win.

Analysis: It was the first three-point game for Gourde, who has four goals and four assists during Tampa's winning streak.
12/17/2017 Mikhail Sergachev, TB, D
Sergachev had a goal and an assist to help Tampa Bay beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-5 Saturday night for their seventh straight win.

Analysis: Sergachev has had a nice run, tallying three goals and six assists in his last nine games.
12/17/2017 Victor Hedman, TB, D
Hedman had a goal and an assist to help Tampa Bay beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-5 Saturday night for their seventh straight win.

Analysis: Hedman has a goal and three assists in his last three games after going seven straight without a point.
12/17/2017 Anton Stralman, TB, D
Stralman had two goals to help Tampa Bay beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-5 Saturday night for their seventh straight win.

Analysis: Stralman also had an assist in a rare offensive outburst after entering play Saturday with two goals and six assists in 31 games.
12/17/2017 John Gibson, Anh, G
Gibson stopped 24 shots for Anaheim in Saturday's 3-2 OT loss at Washington.

Analysis: Gibson lost for the seventh time in 10 starts. He has a 2.92 GAA and .917 save percentage in those contests. The Ducks continue their trip Monday in New Jersey, and Gibson is 1-1-0 with a 1.52 GAA and .945 save percentage in two career starts versus the Devils.
12/17/2017 Jakob Silfverberg, Anh, RW
Silfverberg had a goal in Saturday's 3-2 OT loss at Washington.

Analysis: Silfverberg now has two goals in three games after missing the previous five with an upper-body injury.
12/17/2017 Braden Holtby, Was, G
Holtby had 28 saves as Washington rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Ducks 3-2 in overtime on Saturday for its third straight win.

Analysis: Holtby improved to 6-1-0 with a 2.67 GAA and .917 save percentage in seven starts this month. The Capitals begin a four-game trip spread across the Christmas holiday on Tuesday in Dallas, and that spells trouble as Holtby has a 4.78 GAA in going 0-4-0 in five career games against the Stars.
12/17/2017 Evgeny Kuznetsov, Was, C
Kuznetsov scored as Washington rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Ducks 3-2 in overtime on Saturday for its third straight win.

Analysis: Kuznetsov now has a goal and four assists in his last three contests and is averaging 1.06 points a game.
12/17/2017 Nicklas Backstrom, Was, C
Backstrom scored as Washington rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Ducks 3-2 in overtime for its third straight win.

Analysis: Backstrom has scored in successive games and has four goals and three assists in his last six contests. The Capitals begin a four-game trip spread across the Christmas holiday on Tuesday in Dallas, and Backstrom has two goals and five assists in his last four games against the Stars.
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