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Semyon Varlamov suffered his fifth straight loss on Saturday to the Canadiens.

Impact

This was the worst one yet, as Valamov allowed six goals in just under 33 minutes. He was finally pulled in favor of Calvin Pickard during the second quarter. During his five-game losing streak, Valamov's are awful - 4.51 GAA and .821 save percentage.

Tomas Plekanec had four assists in a 10-1 victory over Colorado on Saturday.

Impact

He assisted three of Max Pacioretty's four goals on the night. Plekanec also had a helper on Alexander Radulov's goal. Montreal scored six times in the first period, including five goals in under six minutes. Plekanec has a goal and six points in the last three games, so he's beginning to heat up. He only had one goal and seven points in the first 23 games this season.

Brian Flynn scored twice in a 10-1 victory over the Avalanche on Saturday.

Impact

He didn't score at all in the first 16 games he played, so fittingly, Flynn scored twice in the same game. Max Pacioretty and Flynn combined to score six of Montreal's 10 goals Saturday. Flynn has two goals and four points in 17 games this season, so he's hardly fantasy relevant.

Max Pacioretty recorded a career-high four goals and added an assist in a 10-1 rout against the Avalanche on Saturday.

Impact

He scored more goals Saturday than he did in all of November. It was also Pacioretty's fifth career hat trick and the second time in his career he registered five points in a game. The massive night now gives Pacioretty seven goals and nine points in December. He has 12 goals and 24 points this season.

Carey Price allowed just one goal on 16 shots in a victory over the Avalanche on Saturday.

Impact

Well, he had plenty of goal support, as Montreal dropped 10 goals on Colorado on Saturday night. The Canadiens outshot the Avalanche 36-16. Price is now an incredible 16-3-1 with a 1.73 GAA and .940 save percentage

Anders Bjork scored twice to lead Notre Dame to a 3-2 win over Boston College on Saturday.

Impact

Bjork's stock has risen considerably since the Bruins took him with the 146th overall pick in 2014. He now has 13 goals and 28 points in just 17 games for the Fighting Irish. Bjork continues to produce despite the fact he plays for a program that has traditionally stunted the development of offensively-gifted players over the last several years.

Aaron Ekblad scored a goal and had six shots on net in a 4-2 victory over the Canucks on Saturday.

Impact

The defenseman now has seven goals this season, which is tied with Erik Karlsson, P.K. Subban and Cam Fowler for third most by a blue liner, but Ekblad strangely has just two assists. He's also killing fantasy owners with a minus-11 rating. He was minus-3 on Thursday versus Pittsburgh, but luckily, he bounced back with a plus-1 night Saturday.

Derek MacKenzie scored a goal and an assist in the 4-2 victory over the Canucks on Saturday.

Impact

This was the center's first goal since Nov. 19 and marked the first time he has registered multiple points in a single night. MacKenzie has three goals and seven points in 29 games.

Aleksander Barkov had a goal, an assist, six shots on goal and a plus-3 rating in a 4-2 victory over the Canucks on Saturday.

Impact

It was one of the center's best games of the season, as he opened the scoring on the night and then assisted the eventual game-winner. His six shots on goal was his second-highest total this season. Barkov is averaging 4.7 shots on net per game this month; in the first two months of the season, he averaged just 1.9 shots on goal. In just six games this month, Barkov has actually already matched his shots on goal total from November. He now has six goals and 20 points this season.

Markstorm allowed three goals on 41 shots in a loss to the Panthers on Saturday.

Impact

The Vancouver net was under siege early, as Florida recorded 31 shots on goal in the first 40 minutes, but Markstorm kept the Canucks in the game. Ultimately, an early third-period goal Markstorm allowed to Aaron Ekblad was the back breaker. Vancouver scored twice in the third period, but couldn't find the tying goal. In 15 games this season, Markstorm is 6-5-2 with a 2.76 GAA and .902 save percentage.

Martin Marincin was helped off the ice in the first period Saturday after a nasty spill behind the net where he hit his back on the ice and head on the end boards.

Impact

He was attended by team trainers and was slow to even be able to get himself back on his feet. Marincin left and did not return, and there is no timetable for his return.

Roberto Luongo allowed just two goals on 39 shots in a 4-2 victory over the Canucks on Saturday.

Impact

The Panthers extended their two-goal lead to three and Luongo had a shutout with about 19 minutes left in the game, but Vancouver stormed back with a pair of third-period scores, including one on the power play. Overall, Luongo faced 16 shots in the final stanza, as Florida held on to win, adding an empty-netter in the last minute. Luongo is 10-8-2 with a 2.24 GAA and .924 save percentage.

Nikita Kucherov earned an assist in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Penguins.

Impact

He also picked up a five-minute major for fighting after dropping the gloves with Trevor Daley. It was his second fight in his last seven games. Kucherov has 30 points in 28 games this season and he remains among the league's top scorers. But we'd prefer to see those fights disappear. Kucherov's hands are too valuable to be used for things like that.

Cam Atkinson recorded a multi-point game for the second straight night in a 6-2 victory over the Islanders on Saturday.

Impact

This makes it three consecutive two-point games, as Atkinson also had two assists Monday versus Arizona. On Friday, Atkinson had a goal and an assist against Detroit. He has two goals and seven points in five games this month after finishing November with 16 points. Atkinson has scored 10 goals and 27 points in 26 games.

Jack Johnson picked up a goal and an assist in the 6-2 victory over the Islanders on Saturday.

Impact

The score was Johnson's first of the season. He had six last season in just 60 games, so it was nice to finally see the 29-year-old break his goalless streak. Columbus is on a six-game winning streak, and during that stretch, Johnson has a goal and four points with a plus-4 rating. He now has seven points this season.

Seth Jones had a goal and an assist in the 6-2 win against the Islanders on Saturday.

Impact

He missed some time with a foot injury, and it took him a few games to get back on track, but Jones has been solid to start December. He has a goal and four points with a plus-5 rating in five games this month. His goal Saturday was his first one since Nov. 4, which was before he suffered the foot injury. Jones has four goals and 11 points in 20 games.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 of 30 shots in a 6-2 victory over the Islanders on Saturday night.

Impact

Columbus is on a six-game winning streak, and Bobrovsky has won five of those contests. During that stretch, he also has a .945 save percentage and 1.41 GAA. At this pace, Bobrovsky is set to match or better the numbers he posted during the lockout shortened 2013 season when he won the Vezina Trophy. He leads the league with 16 victories and has a 1.98 GAA and .931 save percentage.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves in a 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday night.

Impact

Vasilevskiy was in tough Saturday against a talented Pens' squad. He's hit a sour stretch of late – Vasilevksiy has allowed four or more goals in each of his last three starts. But both Tampa goalies have been affected by a massive skid by the team. The Bolts are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games. Vasilevskiy has put up the better overall numbers, so watch for him to start to steal more starts from Ben Bishop.

Jaroslav Halak was chased from the net in the third period, as the Islanders fell to the Blue Jackets 6-2 on Saturday. Halak allowed all six goals in the defeat.

Impact

After a shutout over Washington 10 days ago and a solid game versus the Rangers on Tuesday, Halak and the Islanders appeared to be turning the corner. Things were knotted at two after two periods in Columbus on Saturday, but Halak yielded four goals on the final 12 shots he faced. This drops his record to 5-7-5 and save percentage to .908. Halak's GAA also rose to 3.07 GAA.

Jonathan Drouin scored two goals, one of which came on the power play, in Saturday's 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh.

Impact

Drouin has a four-game, six-point streak on the go that includes three goals and three assists. He's a supreme talent, but has struggled to find consistency thus far in his career. Let's hope we're seeing the next step.