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DATE: Wednesday, Dec. 19.

DAY: 95.

LAST NEGOTIATIONS: In-person talks Dec. 13 in New Jersey. Bargaining conference call Dec. 14.

NEXT NEGOTIATIONS: None scheduled.

GAMES LOST: 527 (all games through Dec. 30, plus New Year's Day Winter Classic and All-Star weekend).

LIMITED TALKS: The NHL and the players' association had a brief email exchange on Wednesday, one day after deputy commissioner Bill Daly and union special counsel Steve Fehr had a conversation that didn't produce any significant developments. Daly told Hockey Night In Canada Radio during an interview Wednesday that he believes there will be a season. While a deadline date to save the season hasn't been announced, Daly suggested games would likely need to begin by mid-January to ensure at least a 48-game season. Union executive director Donald Fehr said in response to Daly's comments about having a season: "That's good news. I hope he's right."

WHAT WE MISSED: A four-game slate of games was lost Wednesday night, including a matchup north of the border between the visiting Montreal Canadiens and the host Ottawa Senators. Ottawa finished second in the Northeast Division last season, 14 points ahead of the last-place Canadiens. The Senators didn't last long in the playoffs, losing Game 7 in the first round to the top-seeded New York Rangers.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: The NHL handed out a pair of suspensions, banning Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic for two games following his hit from behind Philadelphia's Zac Rinaldo, and a one-game punishment to Calgary Flames forward Rene Bourque for a similar shot he delivered against Chicago's Brent Seabrook. Bourque lost just over $36,000 for the hit that resulted in a major penalty against him and an ejection from the game. Lucic said he was trying to avoid hitting Rinaldo in the back and into the boards. He also received a major penalty and was ejected. The suspension cost him $22,072 in salary.

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