NHL News and Notes from Monday, December 16th, 2019
- The Los Angeles Kings have placed forward Ilya Kovalchuk on unconditional waivers for the purpose of having his contract terminated.
- The New Jersey Devils have traded forwards Taylor Hall and Blake Speers to the Arizona Coyotes for Arizona’s 2020 First Rd Pick (Conditional), 2021 Third Rd Pick (Conditional), along with prospect forwards Nick Merkley and Nate Schnarr, and prospect defenseman Kevin Bahl.
- The NHL Department of Player Safety announced that Philadelphia Flyers forward Joel Farabee has been suspended for three games for interference agains Mathieu Perreault of the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday, Dec. 15th. Farabee will forfeit $14,919.36 in salary per the CBA.
- The Chicago Blackhawks announced after a thorough investigation that assistant coach Marc Crawford will remain suspended from team activities until January 2nd, 2020 due to past conduct at previous coaching jobs. Crawford was removed from team activities on Dec. 2nd once reports of his past transgressions were revealed.
Ottawa Senators v. Florida Panthers – 7p EST Start Time
In Florida the Ottawa Senators would fall to the Panthers. In the first period Noel Acciari would strike for the Panthers to take the 1-0 lead. Then in the second period Artem Anisimov would strike for the Senators, but the Panthers would score five goals to take the game away from Ottawa as Acciari would net two more goals to complete the hat trick, plus goals from Aleksander Barkov (PPG), Mike Matheson, and Dominic Toninato would give the Panthers the 6-1 victory.
Nashville Predators v. New York Rangers – 7p EST Start Time
At Madison Square Garden the Nashville Predators would pounce on the New York Rangers. In the first period both teams would trade goals as Rocco Grimaldi would get the Predators on the board first, but Chris Kreider would respond less than a minute later to tie the game at one. Then in the second period the Predators defense would begin to score as Roman Josi and Mattias Ekholm would score to give the Predators the 3-1 lead. Then in the third period Artemi Panarin would strike for the Rangers, but Josi would score his second of the game, and Ryan Ellis would score to secure the Predators the 5-2 victory.
Washington Capitals v. Columbus Blue Jackets – 7p EST Start Time
The Washington Capitals would lay an egg in Columbus as the Blue Jackets would get a pair of goals from Oliver Bjorkstrand, and a goal from Eric Robinson to shutout the Capitals 3-0.
Colorado Avalanche v. St. Louis Blues – 8p EST Start Time
In St. Louis the Blues would get the jump as David Perron would get them on the board first with his 13th of the season. Then in the second period the Colorado Avalanche would respond with goals from Nazem Kadri and Mikko Rantanen (PPG), but Perron would strike again for the Blues while on the powerplay, and Vince Dunn would add a powerplay tally of his own to gove the Blues the 3-2 lead. Then in the third period the Blues would finish it as Jordan Kyru would net his first of the season and Perron would complete the hat trick to secure the 5-2 victory.
Edmonton Oilers v. Dallas Stars – 830p EST Start Time
In Dallas the Edmonton Oilers would strike quick as Zack Kassian and Leon Draisaitl (PPG) would score first period goals to take the 2-0 lead. Then after a scoreless second period Tyler Seguin would score for the Stars, but it would not be enough as the Oilers would hold on to win 2-1.
*Taylor Hall trade graphic courtesy of the Arizona Coyotes
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