Puck Wire: Top Hockey News Of The Day: December 27th

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I certainly hope that the holiday season was good to you and your loved ones. Hard to believe, but the holidays are over and we are just days away from flipping the calendar to 2019. Tonight, NHL hockey returns to the your TV while the World Junior Championship continues from British Columbia with day two of action. When it comes to the regular season slate, this might be the best week of hockey all season long.

Of course, we are also less than a week from the Bruins and Blackhawks doing battle at historic Notre Dame Stadium for the annual NHL Winter Classic. It’s going to be a fun next week my friends.

  • Karl Alzner’s brief AHL stint is over. The veteran defender is back in the NHL after being recalled by the Montreal Canadiens following an injury to David Schlemko prior to the holiday break. Alzner could return to the lineup as early as tonight for the Habs.
  • With New Year’s right around the corner, now is as good of a time as any to make resolutions. CBS Sports‘ Cody Benjamin does the honors for each of the NHL’s 31 teams.
  • The World Juniors are under way in British Columbia, and the United States is expected to once again challenge for a medal. Defender Quinn Hughes, playing in his future hometown of Vancouver, is expected to be a featured player for the Americans. He sat down with NHL.com.
  • Some highlights from around the NHL in 2018 as we wind down this year.
  • It’s not ideal, but Edmonton Oilers fans got exactly what they wanted for Christmas.
  • Speaking of Christmas, what was on GM Don Sweeney’s Christmas list? More on that from The Hockey Writers.
  • Team USA is 1-0 at the World Juniors after edging Slovakia 2-1 in their opener last night.

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