Don't pull the fire alarm yet, but Alex Ovechkin has gone pointless in four straight games, something he hasn't done in over two years. I don't know what is going on, but he's taken an absurd 31 shots over those four games, so I guess it's just bad luck.
Joel Ward scored his 12th of the season, a backhander, for those of you in backhand-heavy leagues. He's on pace for a career-best 47 points, 11 of which will be related to backhanders in some way.
The Chicago Blackhawks, a team that I can tell you, without looking it up, is averaging 17.6 goals per game this season, were held to just one goal - Brandon Saad, from Bryan Bickell and Duncan Keith. But that was all they needed to win, as Antti Raanta stopped all 26 Los Angeles Kings' shots he faced.
With his assist, Keith is now tops among defencemen with 39 points in 42 games. I suppose that was true before tonight, as Karlsson also had one point, but I only realized it now and it's pretty remarkable.
Patrick Kane's 14-game point-streak came to an end, just in time to start a new one in 2014.
Colin Wilson had two goals and an assist, but don't let him fool you, he has been a fantasy black hole this year. Maybe being a recent healthy scratch sparked something in him. Craig Smith had one of each, and he has 5+2=7 in his last six.
Mike Fisher had a second consecutive three-point game. He played approximately all the powerplay minutes, along with Patric Hornqvist (one assist), and David Legwand (nothing; did not want to break the five-game scoreless streak).
Roman Josi and Nick Spaling also scored, and Seth Jones had two helpers. From the highlights I saw, there could have been a few more goals in this surprisingly wide-open game that ended 6-4 in favour of the Nashville Predators. Neither goalie (Marek Mazanec and Jimmy Howard) looked particularly on point.
Dan Hamhuis had two assists. I was rooting for him as a dark horse Team Canada candidate, being a lefty, but it's not looking great, as he hasn't produced much offensively this year. Keep an eye on him though as four of his 13 points have come in the last three games, and he led all skaters in PPTOI and TOI last night.
The Vancouver Canucks' top four defencemen (as it stands with Alexander Edler out long-term) ate up a disproportionately large share of the minutes, as injuries meant Frank Corrado suited up for his first game of the season (he played three last year, and four in the playoffs). Torts trusted him with all of seven-and-a-half minutes. He's not likely to be fantasy relevant anytime soon, if ever, but he's a fifth-round pick and only 20 so the fact that he's even playing in the NHL is noteworthy.
Claude Giroux potted a goal and an assist, running his scoring streak to nine games, six of which have been multi-point efforts. Wow.
Steve Mason stopped 41 of 44, improving his record to 16-9-4.
And in World Junior action, Detroit Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha had four points in Canada's 5-3 comeback win over Slovakia. He is co-leading the tournament with 4+5=9 so far.
Enjoy the last day of 2013, folks.