DATE: Saturday, Jan. 5.

DAY: 112.

GAMES LOST: 625 (all games through Jan. 14, including New Year's Day Winter Classic, and All-Star weekend).

LAST NEGOTIATIONS: Saturday Jan. 5 in New York.


MAKING PROGRESS: The NHL and players' association got together for negotiations Saturday afternoon for the first time since a pair of small group sessions Thursday and kept talking well into the night. With a deadline to reach a deal in time to save the season less than one week away, the urgency to meet and work out their differences has risen. It is believed that a player vote has restored authorization to the executive board to declare a disclaimer of interest that would dissolve the union and turn it into a trade association. While no details of the talks were released by either side, the general feeling was that progress was being made. The latest round of talks was spurred on by federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh, who met separately with each side for more than 12 hours Friday and then again Saturday morning before the sides got together at the union's hotel.

WHAT WE MISSED: An 11-game slate was lost Saturday, including the Pittsburgh Penguins visiting the New Jersey Devils in an Atlantic Division matchup. Pittsburgh finished second last season, six points ahead of the Devils, who also made the playoffs.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: The Ottawa Senators had four players elected to the All-Star game, including defenseman Erik Karlsson who led all vote-getters in fan balloting. Captain Daniel Alfredsson and fellow forwards Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza were also elected for the game that was being hosted by the Senators on Jan. 29. Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf and Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas joined them. Karlsson received a league-best 939,951 votes, 42,536 more than Alfredsson. About 24 million votes were cast by fans in the all-digital balloting.