Connor McDavid. Photo: Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images

ESPN's Greg Wyshynski released his updated NHL awards watch for December.

The state of play: A month ago, the Buffalo Sabres were the talk of the NHL, but they’re outside the playoff picture now, which has impacted the MVP and coach of the year races.

Hart Trophy (MVP)

  • Leader: Connor McDavid, EDM
  • Finalists: Nathan MacKinnon, COL; David Pastrnak, BOS

Norris Trophy (top defenseman)

  • Leader: John Carlson, WSH
  • Finalists: Dougie Hamilton, CAR; Roman Josi, NSH

Calder Trophy (top rookie)

  • Leader: Cale Makar, COL
  • Finalists: Quinn Hughes, VAN; Victor Olofsson, BUF

Vezina Trophy (top goalie)

  • Leader: Darcy Kuemper, ARI
  • Finalists: Jordan Binnington, STL; Connor Hellebuyck, WPG

Selke Trophy (best defensive forward)

  • Leader: Sean Couturier, PHI
  • Finalists: Patrice Bergeron, BOS; Mark Stone, VGS

Jack Adams Award (best coach)

  • Leader: Barry Trotz, NYI
  • Finalists: Dave Tippett, EDM; Rick Tocchet, ARI

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Harris: "Women are going to be a priority" in Biden administration

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In her first sit-down interview since being named Joe Biden's running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris talked about what she'll do to fight for women if elected VP, and how the Democrats are thinking about voter turnout strategies ahead of November.

What they're saying: "In a Biden-Harris administration women are going to be a priority, understanding that women have many priorities and all of them must be acknowledged," Harris told The 19th*'s Errin Haines-Whack.

Facebook goes after Apple

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Facebook is seeking to force a face-off with Apple over its 30% in-app purchase commission fee, which Facebook suggests hurts small businesses struggling to get by during the pandemic.

The big picture: Facebook has never publicly gone after Apple, a key strategic partner, this aggressively. Both companies face antitrust scrutiny, which in Apple's case has centered on the very fee structure Facebook is now attacking.