EPA to Tighten Limits on Science Used to Write Public Health Rules
A new draft of the Environmental Protection Agency proposal, titled Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science, would require that scientists disclose all of their raw data, including confidential medical records, before the agency could consider an academic study’s conclusions. EPA officials called the plan a step toward transparency and said the disclosure of raw data would allow conclusions to be verified independently.
“We are committed to the highest quality science,” Andrew Wheeler, the EPA administrator, told a congressional committee in September. “Good science is science that can be replicated and independently validated, science that can hold up to scrutiny. That is why we’re moving forward to ensure that the science supporting agency decisions is transparent and available for evaluation by the public and stakeholders.”
The measure would make it more difficult to enact new clean air and water rules because many studies detailing the links between pollution and disease rely on personal health information gathered under confidentiality agreements. And, unlike a version of the proposal that surfaced in early 2018, this one could apply retroactively to public health regulations already in place.
“This means the EPA can justify rolling back rules or failing to update rules based on the best information to protect public health and the environment, which means more dirty air and more premature deaths,” said Paul Billings, senior vice president for advocacy at the American Lung Association.
Public health experts warned that studies that have been used for decades — to show, for example, that mercury from power plants impairs brain development, or that lead in paint dust is tied to behavioral disorders in children — might be inadmissible when existing regulations come up for renewal.
For instance, a groundbreaking 1993 Harvard University project that definitively linked polluted air to premature deaths, currently the foundation of the nation’s air-quality laws, could become inadmissible. When gathering data for their research, known as the Six Cities study, scientists signed confidentiality agreements to track the private medical and occupational histories of more than 22,000 people in six cities. They combined that personal data with home air-quality data to study the link between chronic exposure to air pollution and mortality.
But the fossil fuel industry and some Republican lawmakers have long criticized the analysis and a similar study by the American Cancer Society, saying the underlying data sets of both were never made public, preventing independent analysis of the conclusions.
The change is part of a broader administration effort to weaken the scientific underpinnings of policymaking. Senior administration officials have tried to water down the testimony of government scientists, publicly chastised scientists who have dissented from President Donald Trump’s positions and blocked government researchers from traveling to conferences to present their work.
In this case, the administration is taking aim at public health studies conducted outside the government that could justify tightening regulations on smog in the air, mercury in water, lead in paint and other potential threats to human health.
Scott Pruitt, the former administrator of the EPA, had made publication of underlying scientific data a top priority and tried to rush a proposal through the regulatory system in 2018. After he resigned that July, Pruitt’s successor, Wheeler, delayed the transparency rule and suggested the EPA needed time to address the chorus of opposition from environmental and public health groups.
But a draft of the revised regulation headed for White House review and obtained by The New York Times shows that the administration intends to widen its scope, not narrow it.
The previous version of the regulation would have applied only to a certain type of research, “dose-response” studies in which levels of toxicity are studied in animals or humans. The new proposal would require access to the raw data for virtually every study that the EPA considers.
“EPA is proposing a broader applicability,” the new regulation states, saying that open data should not be limited to certain types of studies.
Most significantly, the new proposal would apply retroactively. A separate internal EPA memo viewed by The New York Times shows that the agency had considered, but ultimately rejected, an option that might have allowed foundational studies like Harvard’s Six Cities study to continue to be used.
An EPA spokeswoman said in an emailed statement, “The agency does not discuss draft, deliberative documents or actions still under internal and interagency review.”
On Wednesday, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology will hold a hearing on the EPA’s efforts. A top pulmonary specialist and a representative of the country’s largest nonprofit funder of research on Parkinson’s disease, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, are expected to testify that the EPA’s proposed rule would eliminate the use of valuable research showing the dangers of pollution to human health.
Pruitt’s original proposal drew nearly 600,000 comments, the vast majority of them in opposition. Among those commenting were leading public health groups and some of the country’s top scientific organizations like the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners said it was “deeply concerned” that the rule would lead to the exclusion of studies, “ultimately resulting in weaker environmental and health protections and greater risks to children’s health.” The National Center for Science Education said ruling out studies that do not use open data “would send a deeply misleading message, ignoring the thoughtful processes that scientists use to ensure that all relevant evidence is considered.” The Medical Library Association and the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries said the proposal “contradicts our core values.”
Industry groups said the rule would ensure greater public understanding of the science behind regulations that cost consumers money.
“Transparency, reproducibility and application of current scientific knowledge are paramount to providing the foundation required for sound regulations,” the American Chemistry Council wrote to the EPA in support of the plan.
The new version does not appear to have taken any of the opposition into consideration. At a meeting of the agency’s independent science advisory board this summer, Wheeler said he was “a little shocked” at the amount of opposition to the proposal, but he was committed to finalizing it.
Beyond retroactivity, the latest version stipulates that all data and models used in studies under consideration at the EPA would have to be made available to the agency so it can reanalyze research itself. The politically appointed agency administrator would have wide-ranging discretion over which studies to accept or reject.
“It was hard to imagine that they could have made this worse, but they did,” said Michael Halpern, deputy director for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit advocacy group. He added, “This is a wholesale politicization of the process.”
Academics are not typically required to turn over private data when submitting studies for peer review by other specialists in the field, or for publication in scientific journals, the traditional ways scientific research is evaluated. If academics were to turn over the raw data to be made available for public review, the EPA would have to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to redact private information, according to one federal estimate.
The Six Cities study and a 1995 American Cancer Society analysis of 1.2 million people that confirmed the Harvard findings appear to be the inspiration of the regulation.
The proposal gives the public 30 days to offer comments on the changes to the EPA’s plan. Agency officials have said they hope to finalize the measure in 2020.
“The original goal was to stop EPA from relying on these two studies unless the data is made public,” said Steven Milloy, a member of Trump’s EPA transition team who runs Junkscience.org, a website that questions established climate change science and contends particulate matter in smog does not harm human health.
He dismissed concerns that the new rule could be used to unravel existing regulations, but he said he did expect it to prevent pollution rules from getting tougher.
“The reality is, standards are not going to be tightened as long as there’s a Republican in office,” he said.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.© 2019 The New York Times Company
Close Election in Kentucky Was Ripe for Twitter, and an Omen for 2020
A few hours after polls closed in Kentucky last Tuesday, a Twitter user writing under the handle @Overlordkraken1 posted a message to his 19 followers saying he had “just shredded a box of Republican mail-in ballots.”
It was clear that the Kentucky governor’s race was going to be excruciatingly close and that the Republican incumbent, Matt Bevin, could be headed to defeat. But just in case anyone missed the significance of the destroyed-ballots claim, @Overlordkraken1 added a final touch to his tweet: “Bye-Bye Bevin,” he wrote.For those eager to cry fraud as a reliably red state leaned blue, the fact that @Overlordkraken1 did not appear to be in Kentucky — Louisville was misspelled in the location tag on his tweet, for one thing — was not going to get in the way of a useful narrative. Nor was Twitter’s decision to suspend his account.Within hours of @Overlordkraken1’s tweet, as it became apparent that Bevin was trailing in the vote tally, hyperpartisan conservatives and trolls were pushing out a screenshot of the message, boosted by what appeared to be a network of bots, and providing early grist for allegations of electoral theft in Kentucky. High-profile right-wing figures were soon tweeting out their own conspiracy theories about the election being stolen — messages that were in turn pushed by even more trolls and bots — and the Bevin campaign began talking about “irregularities” in the vote without offering any specifics or evidence.The talk has only intensified in the days since, though it has yet to be matched by any evidence of actual election rigging. But with Bevin’s choosing not to concede and Kentucky authorities’ preparing to recanvass all of the votes at his insistence, Kentucky is shaping up to be a case study in the real-word impact of disinformation — and a preview of what election security officials and experts fear could unfold a year from now if the 2020 presidential election comes down to the wire.Since his election four years ago, Bevin has hitched himself to President Donald Trump, and his allegations of irregularities echo the Trump playbook. Trump has sown doubts about a “rigged election” system since before his own election, including openly questioning the mail-in ballot process in Colorado. He then contended that fraud had lost him the popular vote (which Hillary Clinton won by 2.9 million votes). And he has amplified similar theories while in office, tweeting at least 40 times about unfounded voter fraud allegations, according to an analysis by The New York Times, including a claim after the midterm elections last year that “many ballots are missing or forged” in Florida.
Trump Says He’s ‘Very Much Into Climate’ Amid Withdrawing U.S. From Paris Agreement by Jenna Amatulli•Trump Says He’s ‘Very Much Into Climate’ Amid Withdrawing U.S. From Paris Agreement President Donald Trump addressed a crowd at the Economic Club of New York this week, talking about everything from trade to the border wall to climate change, claiming of the latter that he’s “very much into climate.” On Tuesday, the president was asked about climate change by an audience member and went into a rant about how the issue isn’t just America’s problem.“Climate change is a very complex issue,” said Trump.“I consider myself in many ways to be an environmentalist.” he added.Trump explained that as a builder he did “the best environmental impact statements” and that the Paris climate accord, the historic global deal to cut climate-changing emissions, would’ve put America out of business.“It would have been a catastrophe,” said Trump, who went on to say: “I’m very much into climate, but I want the cleanest air on the planet.”His rant continued with a complaint that America is just a small piece of land in comparison to countries like China or Russia, which he said aren’t doing anything. Trump then suggested that environmentalists, specifically Democrats, are “loco” for talking about their fears in relation to climate change.Trump also said that the bigger risk to the country is the election.“I think the biggest risk is the election … It’s going to be something very important for all of you,” he said.The statements about the Paris agreement are a reiteration of previous statements from Trump, who announced in June 2017 that the United States would exit the climate deal, which aims to limit global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.“I withdrew the United States from the terrible, one-sided Paris climate accord,” said Trump in an appearance at a gas conference last month. “It was a total disaster for our country.” His appearance at the Economic Club comes on the heels of the administration beginning the formal process of withdrawing the country from the agreement last week.As of Nov. 4, any country within the pact was officially eligible to start the paperwork needed to pull out; as per a statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued that day, the United States has officially begun the yearlong process of formally exiting. The withdrawal is slated to officially go into effect on Nov. 4, 2020, just one day after the presidential election.Love HuffPost? Become a founding member of HuffPost Plus today.This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
Michigan teen who vaped received double lung transplant by COREY WILLIAMS•Vaping-related lung transplant performed at Detroit hospitalDETROIT (AP) — A Michigan teenager was the recipient of what could be the first double lung transplant on a person whose lungs were severely damaged from vaping, health officials said Tuesday.Doctors at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit described to reporters Tuesday the procedure that saved the 17-year-old’s life and pleaded for the public to understand the dangers of vaping.The teen was admitted in early September to a Detroit-area hospital with what appeared to be pneumonia. He was transferred to Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit and taken Oct. 3 to Henry Ford Hospital where the transplant was performed Oct. 15. The double lung transplant is believed to be the first performed on a patient due to vaping.Doctors found an „enormous amount of inflammation and scarring” on the teen’s lungs, said Dr. Hassan Nemeh, surgical director of thoracic organ transplant at Henry Ford. „This is an evil I haven’t faced before. The damage that these vapes do to people’s lungs is irreversible. Please think of that — and tell your children to think of that.”Health officials declined to release the teen’s name and said he is expected to recover. They also did not specify what the teen vaped or how long he vaped.”We asked Henry Ford doctors to share that the horrific life-threatening effects of vaping are very real!” his family said in a statement released by the hospital. „Our family could never have imagined being at the center of the largest adolescent public health crisis to face our country in decades.
„Within a very short period of time, our lives have been forever changed. He has gone from the typical life of a perfectly healthy 16-year old athlete – attending high school, hanging out with friends, sailing and playing video games – to waking up intubated and with two new lungs, facing a long and painful recovery process as he struggles to regain his strength and mobility, which has been severely impacted.”
The boy had his 17th birthday after initially being admitted to the hospital.
More than 2,000 Americans who vape have gotten sick since March, many of them teenagers and young adults, and at least 40 people have died.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week announced a breakthrough into the cause of a vaping illness outbreak, identifying the chemical compound vitamin E acetate as a „very strong culprit” after finding it in fluid taken from the lungs of 29 patients. Vitamin E acetate previously was found in liquid from electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices used by many who got sick and only recently has been used as a vaping fluid thickener.
Many who got sick said they had vaped liquids that contain THC, the high-inducing part of marijuana, with many saying they received them from friends or bought them on the black market.
E-cigarettes and other vaping devices heat a liquid into an inhalable vapor. Most products contained nicotine, but THC vaping has been growing more common.
Henry Ford doctors did not say Tuesday what the lung transplant recipient vaped. They did say that he was critically ill when he arrived at Henry Ford where he was placed Oct. 8 on an organ transplant waiting list. His lung damage due to vaping was so severe and he was so close to death that the teen immediately was placed at the top of the transplant waiting list, they said.
„Vaping-related injuries are all too common these days. Our adolescents are faced with a crisis,” said Dr. Lisa Allenspach, pulmonologist and the medical director of Henry Ford’s Lung Transplant Program. „We are just beginning to see the enormous health consequence jeopardizing the youth in our country … these vaping products should not be used in any fashion.”
The 17-year-old’s case does not open any new ethical considerations about transplants for people how who irreparably damage their own lungs by vaping, Nemeh told The Associated Press.
„It won’t change what we do on a routine basis. We will still evaluate every patient as an individual patient,” he said. „We hope sharing this patient’s story prevents anyone else from experiencing a vaping injury that would require a transplant.”
Nemeh added that lung transplants have been considered for ex-smokers who have quit and demonstrated that they quit smoking, but transplants are not routinely done for people over the age of 70.
„Children do receive priority over an adult for a transplant from a pediatric donor,” he said. „The United Network for Organ Sharing creates the rules and then offers the organs to recipients who are a match. We don’t decide who gets an offer.”
Once again there is a new leader atop the Rotoworld NHL Power Rankings as the Bruins drop from a two-week reign and the Washington Capitals are the new leaders with the Islanders moving up to second and the Bruins dropping to third.
The Flyers made a big jump up the standings while the Kings fell to the bottom.
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Record: 13-2-3 (2-0-0)
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The Capitals won both this past week defeating Florida and Vegas. Washington is much busier this week as they take on Arizona, Pittsburgh, Montreal and Boston. Carl Hagelin, Nik Dowd and Richard Panik are on the sidelines.
2. New York Islanders
Record: 12-3-1 (2-0-1)
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New York finally dropped a game this week, losing to Pittsburgh in overtime 4-3 after leading 3-0. They redeemed themselves as they defeated Ottawa and Florida. The Islanders take on Toronto and Philadelphia this week. Leo Komarov is expected back but Casey Cizikas may miss Wednesday’s tilt against Toronto, while Matt Martin, Tom Kuhnhackl and Andrew Ladd are still on the sidelines.
Record: 11-3-3 (1-2-1)
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The Bruins finally had a poor week as they defeated Pittsburgh and lost in a shootout to Philadelphia at home while losing both on the road against Montreal and Detroit. Boston will try and get back on track this week facing Florida, Toronto and Washington. Torey Krug, Brett Ritchie, Jake DeBrusk and David Backes are all sidelined.
4. St. Louis
Record: 12-3-3 (3-0-0)
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The Blues have won nine of their last ten including all three this past week, defeating Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary on the road. They return home to face Arizona and Anaheim with a side trip to Columbus in between. Vladimir Tarasenko is out for five months while Alexander Steen will be missing for a month.
Record: 12-5-2 (2-1-1)
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The Oilers started the week losing to Arizona in overtime, dropping a 5-2 decision to St. Louis and then defeating New Jersey and Anaheim. They play in San Jose this week and return home to face Colorado and Dallas. The Oilers still have Adam Larsson on the sidelines as well as Joakim Nygard.
Record: 10-5-2 (2-1-0)
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The Avalanche continued their slump, losing to Dallas for their fourth game without a win but returned to the plus side with a couple of w’s against Nashville and Columbus. They are on in Western Canada this week to play Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver. The Avs have been struck hard by injuries as Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog are out while Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Nikita Zadorov, Philipp Grubauer and Colin Wilson are also sidelined.
Record: 9-5-3 (1-1-1)
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The Predators beat Detroit, lost in a shootout to San Jose and defeated Detroit. This week the Predators are in Vancouver and home to Chicago in a light week. Nashville has no injuries to report.
Record: 10-6-1 (2-1-0)
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The Penguins lost in Boston before beating the Islanders in overtime and Chicago in a shootout. The Penguins play the New York Rangers and New Jersey on the road and are home to Toronto Saturday. Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang and Patric Hornqvist are all out of the lineup.
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The week was not kind to the Canucks as they lost in overtime to St. Louis and then lost three in a row in regulation as Chicago, Winnipeg and New Jersey were victorious. Vancouver takes on Nashville, Dallas and Colorado this week. Antoine Roussel is still out after off-season knee surgery while Micheal Ferland and Tyler Motte are also in the infirmary.
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It was not a good week for the Hurricanes as they dropped all three games, losing to the Flyers, Ottawa and the New York Rangers. They will try to get back on track this week as they take on Ottawa, Buffalo and Minnesota. Erik Haula and Jordan Martinook are out of action.
Record: 9-7-3 (1-2-1)
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The Golden Knights started their road trip off nicely with a win in Columbus but an overtime loss to Toronto combined with regulation losses to both Washington and Detroit, made it a tough week for the Golden Knights. This week the Golden Knights are home to Chicago and Calgary with a short road trip to Los Angeles in between. Alex Tuch is their only injured player although Valentin Zykov is on the suspended list for PEDs.
Record: 9-6-2 (0-2-0)
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The Sabres lost both in Stockholm, Sweden against Tampa Bay this past week and return to North America to play Carolina, Ottawa and Chicago. Zack Bogosian, Matt Hunwick and Marco Scandella are missing from their blueline with Vladimir Sobotka was injured in Stockholm and is day-to-day.
Record: 10-5-2 (4-0-0)
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The Flyers won all four this week, knocking off the Penguins, New Jersey, Toronto and Boston. They face Washington, Ottawa and the New York Islanders this week. Nolan Patrick is still week-to-week with migrane problems while Samuel Morin and Scott Laughton are also out.
14. Tampa Bay
Record: 8-5-2 (2-0-0)
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The Lightning perfect in Sweden this week, winning both against the Sabres. They return home this week to play a couple of games as the New York Rangers and Winnipeg are in town. Erik Cernak is the Lightning’s only player who is on the sidelines.
Record: 10-7-1 (2-0-1)
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The Jets lost in a shootout to New Jersey but won out the rest of the week, beating Vancouver and Dallas. This week they start off at home to Colorado and then are in Florida to play the Panthers and the Lightning. Dustin Byfuglien is out as he has been suspended as well as he underwent surgery. Mark Letestu, Mason Appleton, Bryan Little and Gabriel Bourque are also on the injured reserve list.
Record: 10-7-3 (2-0-1)
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The Flames got back on track as they picked up five of six points this past week. They defeated Arizona and New Jersey before dropping a game in overtime to St. Louis Saturday night. This week Calgary is home to Dallas then travel to the American southwest to play Arizona and Vegas. Sam Bennett, Austin Czarnik and Juuso Valimaki are out of action.
Record: 9-5-3 (2-0-1)
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The Canadiens sandwiched an overtime loss to Philadelphia around wins versus Boston and Los Angeles. This week Montreal takes on Columbus, Washington and New Jersey. Jesperi Kotkaniemi is on the disabled list with a groin injury.
Record: 9-6-2 (1-2-1)
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The Coyotes defeated Edmonton but lost to Calgary in overtime as well as Columbus and Minnesota at home. The Coyotes are on the road for three games this week in Washington, St. Louis and Minnesota before returning home for a Saturay matchup with Calgary. Niklas Hjalmarsson and James Demers are out of the lineup.
Record: 8-4-5 (1-1-1)
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The Panthers lost in overtime to Washington, dropped a 2-1 decision to the Islanders and then beat the Rangers in a shootout. This week, Florida takes on Boston, Winnipeg and the New York Rangers. MacKenzie Weeger. Noel Acciari and Jayce Hawryluk are on the sidelines with injuries.
Record: 9-6-4 (2-1-1)
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The Maple Leafs defeated Los Angeles and Vegas to start the week, lost in a shootout to Philadelphia and then were defeated by Chicago 5-4 despite putting 57 shots on goal. This week Toronto takes on the New York Islanders, Boston and Pittsburgh. Mitch Marner will miss at least four weeks with an ankle injury but Zach Hyman could return to action this week.
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The Ducks lost both games this week, as Minnesota and Edmonton knocked them off. This week the Ducks play Detroit, San Jose and in St. Louis. Hampus Lindholm and Josh Manson are on the injured reserve list.
Record: 8-8-2 (1-0-1)
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The Stars beat Colorado but lost in overtime to Winnipeg Sunday. This week they continue playing in Western Canada with games in Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton. The Stars are missing John Klnigberg, Roope Hintz, Roman Polak, Martin Hanzal and Stephen Johns from their lineup.
23. New York Rangers
Record: 7-6-2 (2-1-1)
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The Rangers lost to the Senators, beat Detroit and Carolina and then lost in a shootout to Florida. This week they teake on Pittsburgh and paly Tampa Bay and Florida on the road. Marc Staal, Mika Zibanejad and Jesper Fast are out of the lineup with injuries.
Record: 6-8-3 (1-2-0)
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The Blue Jackets defeated Arizona but had a couple of losses to start and end the week as Vegas and Colorado were victorious. This week they are in Montreal and home to St. Louis. Markus Nutivaara, Ryan Murray and Brandon Dubinsky are all on the injured reserve list.
Record: 6-7-4 (2-1-1)
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The Blackhawks lost in San Jose and in a shootout in Pittsburgh but won both home games as they defeated Vancouver and Toronto. This week Chicago plays in Vegas and Nashville and return home Sunday to face Buffalo. Ryan Carpenter, Connor Murphy and John Quenneville are missing from the lineup.
26. San Jose
Record: 7-10-1 (3-0-0)
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The Sharks were perfect this week, beating Boston, Winnipeg and Vancouver. The Sharks take on Edmonton, Anaheim a and Detroit this week. Mario Ferraro, Dylan Gambrell and Jacob Middleton are not in the lineup due to injuries.
27. New Jersey
Record: 5-7-4 (2-2-0)
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The Devils split the week, defeating Winnipeg and Vancouver and losing both in Alberta as Calgary and Edmonton knocked them off. New Jersey takes on Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Montreal this week. Sami Vantanen and Connor Carrick are missing from the New Jersey lineup.
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The Wild won a couple, beating Anaheim and Arizona on the road and losing to San Jose in the Shark Tank. This week the Wild play in Los Angeles and return home to play Arizona and Carolina. Luke Kunin, Marcus Foligno and Greg Pateryn are sidelined with injuries.
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The Senators doubled their win total with victories over the New York Rangers, Los Angeles and Carolina while losing to the New York Islanders. This week the Senators play four games again as they are in Carolina, New Jersey and Buffalo while facing Philadelphia at home. Artem Anisimov, Logan Brown, Rudolfs Balcers and Scott Sabourin are all out of the lineup with injuries.
Record: 6-12-1 (2-2-0)
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The Red Wings lost two to start the week as Nashville and the Rangers handled them quite easily but Detroit came back to win two in a row as they knocked off Boston and Vegas. This week the Red Wings are in California to play Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose. Trevor Daley. Justin Abdelkader, Danny DeKeyser and Luke Glendening are out of action.
31. Los Angeles
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The Kings have not won since October 22 when they beat Winnipeg and have lost seven in a row although there was one overtime loss in that span. That happened on Thursday in Ottawa as the Kings also lost to Toronto and Montreal this past week. This week they face Minnesota, Detroit and Vegas in home games. Trevor Lewis, Kurtis MacDermid and Derek Forbort are out of action.