NHL News and Notes from Tuesday, December 17th, 2019
- Ilya Kovalchuk has cleared waivers and is now an Unrestricted Free Agent, and is looking to continue playing in the NHL this season.
Los Angeles Kings v. Boston Bruins – 7p EST Start Time
In Boston we would see the Bruins and Los Angeles Kings trade goals all three periods. In the first period the Kings would strike first as Blake Lizotte would strike on the powerplay to take the one goal lead, but Boston would score in the final minute while one the powerplay as Danton Heinen would strike to tie the game at one. In the second period Adrian Kempe would score while shorthanded to retake the lead for the Kings, but Patrice Bergeron would score his 11th of the season to tie the game at two. Then in the third period Brandon Carlo would give Boston their first lead with his third of the season, but Matt Roy would tie the game at three to send the game into overtime which would see Anze Kopitar score the game winner to give the Kings the 4-3 victory.
Buffalo Sabres v. Toronto Maple Leafs – 7p EST Start Time
In Toronto the Maple Leafs would host their rival Buffalo Sabres. In the first period Frederik Gauthier would net his fourth of the season to take the 1-0 lead for the Leafs. Then in the second period Auston Matthews would net a pair of goals to take the three goal lead for the Leafs, but in the third period the Sabres would look to climb back into the game as they would get goals from Rasmus Dahlin (PPG), Jack Eichel, and Kyle Okposo. However, Dmytro Timashov and Ilya Mikheyev (SHG) would score to secure the 5-3 victory for the Leafs.
Ottawa Senators v. Tampa Bay Lightning – 7p EST Start Time
In Tampa Bay the Lightning would play host to the Ottawa Senators, and in the first period the Lightning would strike twice as Nikita Kucherov and Cedric Paquette would both score for Tampa, but Mark Borowiecki would score for the Senators. Then in the second period Brayden Point would score for the Lightning, but Connor Brown and Anthony Duclair would strike to tie the game at three. After a scoreless third period it would be Anthony Cirelli with his seventh of the season to secure the 4-3 victory for the Lightning.
Nashville Predators v. New York Islanders – 7p EST Start Time
In Long Island the Nashville Predators would pounce on the New York Islanders. In the first period Craig Smith would get scoring started for Nashville. Then in the second period we would see a seven goal period as the Islanders would get goals from Brock Nelson, Derick Brassard (PPG), and Casey Cizikas (SHG), but the Predators would get goals from Filip Forsberg (PPG), Smith (second of the game), Nick Bonino, and Rocco Grimaldi to take the 5-3 lead. Then in the third period Calle Jarnkrok, Roman Josi (PPG), and Ryan Johansen would all score to give the Predators the 8-3 victory.
Anaheim Ducks v. Philadelphia – 7p EST Start Time
In Philadelphia the Flyers would play host to the Anaheim Ducks, and after a scoreless first period both Claude Giroux and David Kase would score to give the Flyers a quick 2-0 lead, but Rickard Rakell would strike on the powerplay to cut the Flyers lead to one. Then in the third period Jakub Voracek and Sean Couturier would both score to give the Flyers the 4-1 victory.
Columbus Blue Jackets v. Detroit Red Wings – 730p EST Start Time
In Detroit the Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets would play a very close first forty minutes of hockey. In the first period Cam Atkinson and Oliver Bjorkstrand would score for Columbus, while Adam Erne would score a pair of goals for the Wings to tie the game at two. Then in the second period Tyler Bertuzzi would strike on the powerplay for the Wings, and Kevin Stenlund would net his first goal while on the powerplay to tie the game at three. However, in the third period it would be all Columbus as Pierre-Luc Dubois and Gustav Nyquist would score for the Blue Jackets to take the 5-3 victory.
Carolina Hurricanes v. Winnipeg Jets – 8p EST Start Time
In Winnipeg the Jets would be grounded by the Carolina Hurricanes. In the first period Linus Wallmark would strike late on the powerplay for the Hurricanes, but Jack Roslovic would tally with eight seconds left in the period to tie the game at one. Then in the second period Patrik Laine would score for the Jets, but the Hurricanes would explode for four goals as Sebastian Aho would net a pair of goals and Andrei Svechnikov and Jordan Staal (PPG) would both score to give the Hurricanes the 5-2 lead. Then in the third period Staal would score his second of the game for the Hurricanes, and Mark Scheifele (PPG) would score for the Jets, but it would be the Hurricanes leaving Winnipeg with the 6-3 victory.
Pittsburgh Penguins v. Calgary Flames – 9p EST Start Time
In Calgary Johnny Gaudreau would net his tenth of the season to give the Flames the 1-0 lead in the first period, but the Pittsburgh Penguins would take over from there. In the second period John Marino and Bryan Rust would score to give the Penguins the 2-1 lead, and then in the third period Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang would strike to give the Penguins the 4-1 victory.
Montreal Canadiens v. Vancouver Canucks – 10p EST Start Time
In Vancouver the Canucks would play host to the Montreal Canadiens. In the first period Adam Gaudette would score for the Canucks, and then in the second period Nick Cousins would tie the game at one for Montreal. Then in the third period Tomas Tatar and Shea Wber would both strike on the powerplay to give the Canadiens the 3-1 victory.
Minnesota Wild v. Vegas Golden Knights – 10p EST Start Time
The Minnesota Wild would visit Vegas to take on the Golden Knights, and in the first period the Wild would strike first as Mats Zuccarello would score on the powerplay. Then in the second period the Knights would strike with goals from Chandler Stephenson and Shea Theodore to take the 2-1 lead. Then in the third period Tomas Nosek would make it 3-1 for the Knights, but Zach Parise would score late in the period, but the Knights would hold on to win 3-2.
Arizona Coyotes v. San Jose Sharks – 1030p EST Start Time
In San Jose Taylor Hall would make his Arizona Coyotes debut against the Sharks. In the first period Carl Soderberg and Tomas Hertl would trade goals, then in the second period Derek Stepan and Hertl would trade goals again to keep the game tied. Then in the third period Hall would assist on the game winner as Oliver Ekman-Larsson would score to give the Coyotes the 3-2 victory.