Monday January 18th, 2016

By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports

We’re almost at the midway​ of the NHL season as we approach the All-Star break, and the contenders have started to separate themselves from the pack. The Washington Capitals are atop the Eastern Conference, while the Chicago Blackhawks—who are on an 11-game winning streak—lead the West. 

Check out the latest NHL news and rumors below.

• Goalie Cam Talbot has signed a three-year, $12.5 million extension with the Edmonton Oilers, reports TSN’s Darren Dreger.

• Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman David Warsofsky left their win over the Carolina Hurricanes with a leg injury after being tripped by a referee, reports Joey Alfieri of Pro Hockey Talk.

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• Capitals goalie Braden Holtby left their win over the New York Rangers in the second period with “symptoms of dehydration,” reports J.J. Regan of CSN Mid-Atlantic.

• Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell’s agent wants Chicago to trade his client after he was reassigned to the minors for the second time this season, reports Scott Powers of the Chicago Sun-Times.

• The Anaheim Ducks announced that they have recalled goalie Anton Khudobin from the AHL. Backup Frederik Anderson, who has started the last two games for the Ducks, is doubtful with an upper body injury.

• Philadelphia Flyers forward Ryan White was ejected from their game against the Detroit Red Wings after hitting Tomas Jurco in the head, and could face additional discipline from the league, reports ESPN.

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• Forward John Scott is not expected to play in the All-Star game after being voted the captain for the Pacific Division, reports Chris Johnston of Sportsnet. Scott was traded from the Arizona Coyotes to the Montreal Canadiens this weekend and was immediately assigned to the AHL.

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