Wednesday January 20th, 2016

By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports

We're almost at the mid-point 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 12-game win streak, lead the West.

Check out the latest NHL news and rumors below.

• NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said that forward John Scott will play in the All-Star Game. Scott was voted as captain of the Pacific Division by fans as a member of the Arizona Coyotes, but was traded to the Montreal Canadiens and sent directly to the AHL last week.

• The Detroit Red Wings announced that defenseman Niklas Kronwall and forward Drew Miller will both miss extended periods of time with knee injuries. Kronwall will miss two to four weeks, while Miller will miss four to six months with a torn ACL.

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• The Boston Bruins have started early contract extension discussions with Loui Eriksson, reports ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

• Ottawa Senators forward Mike Hoffman is listed as day-to-day and is questionable to play Thursday against the New Jersey Devils, reports the Ottawa Sun’s Don Brennan. Hoffman suffered a shoulder injury against the San Jose Sharks on Monday.

• Former NHL enforcer Brian McGrattan, now with the AHL's San Diego Gulls, was knocked unconscious in a fight last night and fell head-first onto the ice. The team later announced that McGrattan was alert and has full movement.

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• The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will auction off autographed, game-worn jerseys from Tuesday night's game to raise money for Denna Liang, the women's hockey player who was paralyzed in an exhibition game at Gilette Stadium before the Winter Classic, reports ESPN.

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