NHL News and Notes from Friday, October 25th, 2019
Colorado Avalanche are currently #1 in the Western Conference
Winnipeg Jets Justin Appleton out at least a month after breaking foot playing football
Colorado Avalanche v. Vegas Golden Knights – 6p EST Start Time
Vegas Golden Knights looked to cool down the young fiery Colorado Avalanche. The first period would open with an exchange of goals Pierre-Edouard Bellemare would open the scoring against his old team just 28 second into the game. William Karlsson would tie it up with 1:30 left in the first to tie the game a 1-1, before Nazem Kadri would score 43 seconds later to take a 2-1 lead to the dressing room. The Avalanche would not look back, scoring 3 more goals in the second period to bring the lead to 5-1. The Golden Knight would pull Marc-Andre Fluery after 4 goals and bring in Garrett Sparks. The Avalanche would add a shorthanded goal in the 3rd to make it 6-1.
San Jose Sharks v. Toronto Maple Leafs – 7p EST Start Time
Leafs looking to right the ship against the surging Sharks, as John Tavares remains out of the lineup. Kevin Lebanc would open the scoring for the Sharks at the midway point of the first period. The Sharks would shut down the Leafs thanks to stellar play from Martin Jones. The second period would see the Leafs dominate for the main part allowing only 3 shots from the Sharks, but still couldn’t beat Jones until with 2 seconds left in the second period Alexander Kerfoot would see another partial breakaway and be stopped again but Jake Muzzin would be left wide open for a tap-in to tie the game at 1-1 heading into the second intermission. The game would remain tied until the the 14 minute mark of the third period where Morgan Rielly would score his third of the season to give Toronto the 2-1 lead. Ilya Mikheyev would score an empty netter and Auston Matthews would follow up with a goal of his own 19 seconds later to seal the game at 4-1.
Arizona Coyotes v. New Jersey Devils – 7p EST Start Time
The Coyotes coming off a loss last night to the Islander came into this game against New Jersey hoping to rebound. The first period would bring the Jack Hughes show, as he would setup one goal and score on of his own. The Coyotes would add one of their own to cut the lead in half before the period ended. The second period would have the opposite outcome, The Devils would score but it would be sandwiched in between two Coyote goals. The game would head into the 3rd period tied. In the third Barrett Hayden would score to give the Coyotes the 4-3 lead and Clayton Keller would add an empty net goal to save the win for the Coyotes. 5-3 would be the final.
New York Islanders v. Ottawa Senators – 730p EST Start Time
The Islanders look to win on back to back nights, as they head into Ottawa for a game against the Senators. The Sens would open the scoring as Tyler Ennis would score to give the Sens the 1-0 lead. Then the Nick Leddy show would begin. Leddy would score two goals in the first period one on a penalty shot to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission. The second period would open with Leddy being involved again on a Matt Martin goal, Derrick Brassard would add another in the period as well to bring the lead to 4-1 heading into the third period. The third would bring another Tyler Ennis, this time on the powerplay. Thomas Griess would put in a 30 save performance for the win, while Anders Nilsson would only make 12 saves on the night in a losing effort. The final score from Ottawa would be 4-2 Islanders.
Buffalo Sabres v. Detroit Red Wings – 730p EST Start Time
Sabres look to pick up another win against the lowly Detroit Red Wings. The first period would open with no scoring and the Wings in control for most of the period, out shooting the Sabres 12-6. The second period would look much different as the Sabres would pick it up and get a goal midway through the period by Jake McCabe to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead. The rest of the period would remain scoreless. The Sabres would open the third period with a goal on the powerplay just over a minute in courtesy of Sam Reinhart. But the period would ultimely become the Linus Ullmark show as he would make 19 saves and 39 overall to preserve the shutout and win for the Sabres. 2-0 would be the final score in Detroit.
Washington Capitals v. Vancouver Canucks – 10p EST Start Time
Vancouver looking to take down one of the top teams in the east, as the Capitals come to town on the second leg of a back to back. The first period would open with the Capitals scoring just over three minutes into the period off the stick of Evgeny Kuznetsov and then the floodgates would open. Between the 5 minute mark of the 1st period and the 15-minute mark of the second period, the Canucks would score 5 unanswered goals including 2 from Tim Schaller to give the Canucks a 5-1 lead with only five minutes remaining in the second period. Capitals Kuznetsov begins the comeback scoring with one second on the clock to cut the lead to 5-2 heading into the third period. The third period would bring 3 more unanswered goals including 2 from Michal Kempny, as the Capitals clung to the energy that Kuznetsov’s late second-period goal gave them to tie the game at 5-5. Overtime would produce nothing, other than a flurry of shots by the Capitals. The Shootout would see the Capitals score on 2 of 3 shots against Jacob Markstrom, while the Canucks could only manage one past Ilya Samsonov. The Shootout giving the Capitals a huge comeback 6-5 victory.