Palat registered points in the first five games of the month, extending his point streak to eight games (4-6--10, Dec. 23 to Jan. 9) -- the longest ever by a Lightning rookie. He also tallied points in five consecutive games at the end of the month (2-7--9, Jan. 19-30).
Khudobin appeared in each of Carolina's 14 games in January, posting a 10-4-0 record, 2.19 goals-against average and .927 save percentage, as the Hurricanes (25-20-9) climbed to third place in the Metropolitan Division by month's end. Khudobin allowed two goals or fewer in eight of 13 starts, did not surrender more than three goals in any appearance and posted a pair of four-game win streaks (Jan. 2-9 and Jan. 22-27).
Calgary Flames goaltender Karri Ramo is expected to be out until after the Olympic break with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee sustained during the Flames' game Saturday against the Minnesota Wild.
Ramo left the game with 2:28 remaining in the first period.
"[Ramo] came at a TV timeout and he told me, 'Bob, I can't keep going,'" Flames coach Bob Hartley said Saturday. "Right away, we went to Reto. I went to see [Ramo] after the first period and he was sore. I don't think that it's major but obviously you never know. I'm not a doctor."
Diaz, 28, had 11 assists and was third on the team with 100 blocked shots while averaging 18:53 of ice time in 46 games, but had been a healthy scratch for seven straight games. He will play for Switzerland at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Parise led the NHL with eight points (3-5--8) last week as the Wild (29-21-7) went 1-1-1 in three road contests. Parise began the week by tallying the game-winning goal plus two assists in a 4-2 win at Anaheim Jan. 28, handing the Ducks their second regulation loss in 25 home starts. He recorded a season-high four points (2-2--4) and nine shots in a 5-4 loss to the Colorado Avalanche Jan. 30 and notched an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames Feb. 1.
Ward, 6-7-5 with a 3.15 goals-against average and an .895 save percentage in 19 games with Carolina this season, missed 14 games with a lower-body injury. He was removed from injured reserve this past Thursday and played in two games for the Checkers on a conditioning stint, when he went 1-1 with a 2.02 GAA and a .937 save percentage.
We were thinking about Rich back home, but I thought we did a great job getting mentally ready for this game. We're still in a big playoff push and we found a way to get two points. It's not easy. It hit our guys pretty good [Monday] night. We did a great job as a group.
— Dallas captain Jamie Benn on the Stars' OT victory against the St. Louis Blues the night after Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench