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Empty Netter Assists - 12-20-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-The Penguins claim they have lost 45 season ticket holders since the start of the lockout.

-Mike Colligan of The Hockey Writers examines how Ray Shero (right, with his supervisor) approached the lockout.

-"Yes." - NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly's response when asked if he thought there would be a 2012-13 season.

-Daly also said in order to save a season, the "point of no return is in and around mid-January."

-Brian Gibbons recorded two assists for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins who blew a three-goal lead and lost to the Binghamton Senators, 4-3. Jeff Zatkoff made 24 saves in the victory.

-The Penguins have lost six consecutive games.

-Two goals by Paul Crowder led the Wheeling Nailers to a 4-1 win against the Greenville Road Warriors. Andrew Hotham and Peter Lenes each recorded two assists for Wheeling while teammate Peter Delmas made 21 saves.

-Evgeni Malkin had a hat trick and an assist for Metallurg Magnitogorsk which defeated Atlant Moscow in Russia's KHL.

-Malkin's hat trick:

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-Tanner Glass was held without a point for Banksa Bystrica in a 3-1 win against MHC Mountfield in the Slovak Extraliga.

Northeast Division

-Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid underwent sugery for thoracic outlet syndrome after a blood clot developed under his collarbone.

-With the Mayan prediction of Apocalypse "expected" to happen Friday, the Binghamton Senators, Ottawa's AHL affiliate, will offer refunds for Saturday's game against the Rochester Americans if the game is canceled on account of global annihilation.

Southeast Division

-“I'm very worried. You don’t feel safe. It’s a (terrible) feeling. In a place like a school, mall, movie theater, right here, you feel like you’re looking over your shoulder all the time and on high alert. You should be enjoying life and having fun, kids learning and giggling." - Lightning forward Martin St. Louis (right) on last week's mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. which took the lives of 26 students and educators.

-Jets forward Evander Kane is rich and doesn't seem to have a problem reminding you via Twitter.

Central Division

-“Hate to say it, but we could end up like bowling." - Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on the damage the lockout could do to the NHL.

-Blue Jackets forward Derick Brassard has left EC Salzburg of Austria's EBEL under contentious circumstances.

Pacific Division

-“It’s hockey. It’s a competitive sport. Would people be saying the same thing if an 18 year old came into an NHL camp and knocked a veteran out of his job? It’s the same thing – people play to take someone’s job. You go into a training camp to take someone’s job so that you can play. I don’t really understand why people say that. When I madeSan Jose, I ultimately put someone out of a job. That’s just the way hockey is, and all pro sports are.” - Sharks forward Logan Couture on criticism he took another player's job while playing in Switzerland during the lockout.

Patrick Division

-How many NHL records have been affected due to multiple work stoppages in 20 years?

(Photos: Shero-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; St. Louis-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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