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  • Stephen Baby has recorded 12 points in his last 11 games after going scoreless over his first 10 outings this season.
  • Kevin Doell scored on a first-period penalty shot but was denied in the shootout in Chicago’s 4-3 loss to Milwaukee on Monday.
  • The Wolves had two penalty shot attempts in that game: Billy Tibbetts failed to convert 4:53 into the contest.
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  • Cleveland has dropped four in a row heading into this week’s two-game series with San Antonio at the Quicken Loans Arena.
  • Defenseman Ray DiLauro recorded a goal and two assists in the Barons’ 5-3 loss to Hamilton on Thursday.
  • Lukas Kaspar ended an 18-game drought with a goal in Friday’s 4-1 loss to Grand Rapids.
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  • Donald MacLean’s three-goal, five-point effort on Thursday vs. Hershey makes him the second player in Griffins history to record two hat tricks in one season.
  • Rookie defenseman Clay Wilson, the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week, had five points (including two game-winning goals) in three games.
  • Grand Rapids has followed up its five-game losing streak with a four-game winning streak, with three home games on tap for this week.
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  • Defenseman Jean-Philippe Cote recorded an assist in Thursday’s 5-3 win over Cleveland, his first point of the season.
  • Danny Syvret has recorded seven assists in his last six games.
  • The Bulldogs are busy this week, hosting Syracuse and Rochester before visiting Grand Rapids and Peoria.
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  • Kirby Law became the first AHL player to reach 20 goals this season when he scored twice in Monday’s 7-1 rout of San Antonio.
  • With Monday’s win, Houston is now 11-0-1-0 in its last 12 home games against the Rampage.
  • Roman Voloshenko scored a goal in Russia’s 5-1 win over Sweden in Monday’s opener of the 2006 World Junior Championships.
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  • Mike Smith returned to the Stars and made a season-high 46 saves in Monday’s 3-2 win over Peoria.
  • It was the sixth win in a row for the Stars, who are 10-1-1-1 in their last 13 games.
  • Mathias Tjarnqvist scored twice on Monday, giving him nine goals and two assists in nine games with Iowa.
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  • Manitoba has been off since a 1-0 win over San Antonio on Dec. 17.
  • The Moose return to action with a two-game visit from Toronto, playing Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon.
  • Rick Rypien scored a goal in his NHL debut for Vancouver last week.
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  • Pekka Rinne stopped one of two Chicago penalty shots in the first period, then went 4-for-4 in the shootout during Monday’s 4-3 win over the Wolves.
  • Rookie defenseman Shea Weber scored twice on Monday, and now has four goals and two assists in his last four games.
  • Darren Haydar remains on top of the Admirals’ scoring list with 31 points in 31 games.
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  • Winless in its last four games (0-2-1-1), Omaha wraps up a four-game road trip in Grand Rapids on Wednesday.
  • Steve Bancroft, who made his AHL debut with the Newmarket Saints in 1990, played in his 500th AHL game on Dec. 17.
  • Calgary recalled defenseman Richie Regehr from Omaha on Monday, but he did not play in the Flames’ game vs. Vancouver.
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  • Peoria returned to action following a week off and dropped a 3-2 decision to Iowa on Monday night, the Rivermen’s fifth straight road loss.
  • Trent Whitfield extended his scoring streak to 11 games with a goal (7g, 8a).
  • Doug Lynch recorded an assist in Canada’s 2-1 shootout loss to HC Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the opening game of the Spengler Cup tournament in Davos, Switzerland, on Monday.
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  • Jiri Novotny extended his scoring streak to five games (2g, 4a) with an assist in Friday’s 3-2 win over Hamilton.
  • Nathan Paetsch, the AHL’s top-scoring defenseman with 28 points, is also tied for second overall with 25 assists this season.
  • Daniel Paille made his NHL debut with Buffalo on Thursday, and recorded an assist in a 4-1 win at Tampa Bay on Friday.
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  • San Antonio visits Cleveland for two games this week before starting a five-game homestand against Iowa on Friday.
  • The Rampage are 3-10-0-0 in their last 13 games at the SBC Center, with all three wins coming via shootout.
  • Brent Cullaton scored the only Rampage goal in Monday’s 7-1 loss to Houston, his first goal in 13 games.
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  • Defenseman Andy Delmore, who played nine games in 11 days between Syracuse and Columbus from Dec. 13-23, has recorded a point in eight straight AHL contests (2g, 13a).
  • Joe Motzko’s nine-game scoring streak ended in Rochester on Thursday, but he rebounded with three points in Friday’s 4-3 overtime loss to Albany.
  • The Crunch are 4-1-1-0 in their last six games.
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  • Toronto extended its winning streak to five games with a 5-2 win over Lowell on Wednesday night.
  • John Pohl scored twice in that win, giving him eight points (5g, 3a) in his last four games.
  • Defenseman Staffan Kronwall has four assists in three games since returning to the Marlies from the parent Maple Leafs.