Game recaps, the Oilers and Sabres make a trade, plus updates on Claude Giroux, Jeff Skinner, Ryane Clowe and more.

NOTE: The NHL Christmas trade freeze is now in effect until 11.59 PM on December 27, 2013.

Martin Jones collected his seventh straight victory.

Kings rookies Martin Jones collected his seventh straight victory.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Rookie goaltender Martin Jones collected his seventh straight win as the Kings downed the San Jose Sharks 4-1. He also collected his first NHL point with an assist on Tyler Toffoli’s second period goal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like a new star is being born in Los Angeles. Jones’ performance could lead to Ben Scrivens hitting the trade block after starter Jonathan Quick returns to action.

TRIBLIVE.COM: A significant penalty kill helped the exhausted, injury-depleted Penguins stave off a rally by the Minnesota Wild and march to a 5-2 victory. The Penguins were forced to kill off a two-man advantage by the Wild for nearly two minutes early in the third.  The win was the Penguins’ sixth straight.

PHILLY.COM: Claude Giroux score twice (including a no-look backhander) helping the Philadelphia Flyers overcome a 3-0 deficit to edge the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4, putting the Flyers above .500 for the first time this season.

TBO.COM: Anders Lindback made 28 saves as the Tampa Bay Lightning doubled up the Nashville Predators 4-2 for their third straight win.

BUFFALO NEWS: The Buffalo Sabres upset the Boston Bruins 4-2, plus acquired Linus Omark in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers for a conditional sixth round pick.

NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner is back in the scoring zone, with eight  goals in his last  seven games and nine in the past nine.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Skinner’s resurgence coincides with the Hurricanes recent improvement, which bodes well going forward if he can remain healthy.

NJ.COM: Devils forward Ryane Clowe is hoping to return from injury before Christmas.

CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Capitals forward Tom Wilson won’t face suspension for his hit on Flyers forward Brayden Schenn.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks have recalled goaltender Jason LaBarbera.

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