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|12/16/2017||Martin Jones, SJ, G|
|Jones made 36 saves in Friday's 4-3 overtime loss to Vancouver.
Analysis: Jones has allowed at least four goals in all five of his starts this month.
|12/16/2017||Henrik Sedin, Van, C|
|Sedin recorded three assists Friday.
Analysis: Sedin leads the Canucks with 20 assists, including 15 in his last 13 games.
|12/16/2017||Daniel Sedin, Van, LW|
|Sedin recorded three assists Friday.
Analysis: Sedin has 13 points in his last 13 games.
|12/16/2017||Brent Burns, SJ, D|
|Burns had goals on the power play and at even strength Friday.
Analysis: Burns has suddenly caught fire with five goals in his last five games after previously having only one all season. He has eight points during San Jose's current 3-0-2 stretch.
|12/16/2017||Brock Boeser, Van, RW|
|Boeser had a power-play goal in Friday's win over San Jose.
Analysis: The NHL's rookie scoring leader ripped a shot over Martin Jones' shoulder at 11:56 of the second for his team-leading 17th goal, moments after slicing through the Sharks' defense and ringing a shot off the post. Boeser has scored in four of his last five games.
|12/16/2017||Markus Granlund, Van, LW|
|Granlund scored on the power play and at even strength in Friday's win over the Sharks.
Analysis: Granlund had only one goal and one assist in his previous 12 games. His performance Friday, which gave him six goals this season, followed a pointed chat with coach Travis Green after the morning skate. ''He needs more from me,'' said Granlund, who had 19 goals last season. ''I know I can play better.''
|12/16/2017||Sam Gagner, Van, LW|
|Gagner scored his first game-winner in a Vancouver uniform Friday.
Analysis: Gagner signed a $9.45 million, three-year contract with Vancouver in the offseason. But he's failed to provide much in the way of offense 33 games into his Canucks career - four goals and eight assists - after putting up 18 goals and 32 assists with Columbus in 2016-17. ''I'm here to create,'' Gagner said. ''You've got to find a way to break through. Hopefully, that one gets me going.''
|12/16/2017||Curtis McElhinney, Tor, G|
|McElhinney stopped 26 shots for Toronto in Friday's 3-1 loss to Detroit.
Analysis: McElhinney got a chance to play for just the sixth time this season in place of No. 1 goaltender Frederik Andersen because the team was playing on a second straight day.
|12/16/2017||Jimmy Howard, Det, G|
|Howard had 25 saves in the Wings' 3-1 win over the Leafs on Friday.
Analysis: Howard won for just the second time in 10 starts, though he has a 1.98 GAA and .931 save percentage in his last three. Detroit is off until Tuesday when it begins a four-game trip against the Islanders, and Howard is 1-5-1 with a 2.72 GAA lifetime in the series.
|12/16/2017||Tomas Tatar, Det, LW|
|Tatar scored in the Wings' 3-1 win over the Leafs on Friday.
Analysis: Tatar has scored in consecutive games to give him 10 goals on the season. He averaged 0.56 points per game each of the last two seasons and is at 0.47 this year.
|12/15/2017||Logan Couture, SJ, LW|
|Couture exited Friday's game at Vancouver early in the third period with an apparent upper-body injury.
Analysis: Couture appeared to take a check to the mouth from the Canucks' Alexander Burmistrov and needed some help to make it to the Sharks' bench before being sent to the locker room. San Jose's leader with 15 goals and 25 points, the standout center will have a few days to recover before the Sharks' next game Monday at Edmonton.
|12/15/2017||Evander Kane, Buf, LW|
|Kane tied a career high with three assists Friday against Carolina.
Analysis: That gave him six assists to go along with two goals in his last seven games.
|12/15/2017||Jack Eichel, Buf, C|
|Eichel had his first career hat trick and added an assist Friday against the Panthers.
Analysis: Eichel is starting to heat up with nine points in his last seven games.
|12/15/2017||Justin Williams, Car, RW|
|Williams had a goal and an assist Friday against Buffalo.
Analysis: He has four goals and four assists in his last 11 games.
|12/15/2017||Derek Ryan, Car, C|
|Ryan had a goal and an assist Friday against the Sabres.
Analysis: Ryan has eight points in his last 11 games.
|12/15/2017||Elias Lindholm, Car, RW|
|Lindholm had a goal and assist Friday at Buffalo.
Analysis: He now has three goals and three assists in his last seven games.
|12/15/2017||Cory Schneider, NJ, G|
|Schneider stopped 28 shots in a 5-2 win over the Stars on Friday.
Analysis: Schneider allowed two goals or fewer for the seventh time in nine starts, posting a .929 save percentage while going 5-2-2 in that span.
|12/15/2017||Brian Gibbons, NJ, LW|
|Gibbons had two assists Friday against Dallas.
Analysis: The team leader with 12 goals, Gibbons has five points in the last five games.
|12/15/2017||Blake Coleman, NJ, C|
|Coleman scored Friday against the Stars.
Analysis: Coleman has been solid of late with two goals and two assists in the last five games.
|12/15/2017||Will Butcher, NJ, D|
|Butcher picked up an assist Friday against Dallas.
Analysis: The 2017 Hobey Baker Award winner has three assists in the last four games and 19 in the first 32 contests.
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