NHL News and Notes from Monday, December 23rd, 2019
Carolina Hurricanes v. Toronto Maple Leafs – 2p EST Start Time
In Toronto it would be a wild one between the Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes. In the first period Jason Spezza, William Nylander (PPG), and John Tavares (PPG) would score for the Leafs to kick start the period, but then Brock McGinn (SHG) and Martin Necas (PPG) would score for the Hurricanes to cut the Leafs lead to one. Then in the second period the Hurricanes would continue their comeback as Necas would score his second of the game followed by goals from Erik Haula and Andrei Svechnikov to take the 5-3 lead. Then in the third period Haula would score his second of the game for the Hurricanes, but a pair of goals from Mitch Marner, and goals from Auston Matthews, Tyson Barrie, and Pierre Engvall would score as the Leafs would bounce back and defeat the Hurricanes 8-6.
Calgary Flames v. Minnesota Wild – 5p EST Start Time
In Minnesota the Wild would host the Calgary Flames, and after a scoreless first period the Wild would strike as Joel Eriksson Ek and Luke Kunin would both score to give the Wild the 2-0 lead. Then in the third period Eric Staal would seal the deal with his 14th of the season to give the Wild the 3-0 victory.
Washington Capitals v. Boston Bruins – 7p EST Start Time
The Washington Capitals would lay an egg against the Boston Bruins as the Bruins would get a four goal first period to take command in their 7-3 victory.
Florida Panthers v. Tampa Bay Lightning – 7p EST Start Time
In Tampa Bay we would see the Lightning play host to the Florida Panthers, and it would be the Lighting striking many times to overwhelm the Panthers. In the first period Brayden Point, Victor Hedman, and Mikhail Sergachev (PPG) would all score to take a commanding 3-0 lead. Theni nthe second period Jonathan Huberdeau would net a powerplay tally for Florida, but Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov would both net powerplay goals for the Lightning to grow their lead to four. Then in the third period Hedman would net his second of the game to give the Lightning the 6-1 victory.
Columbus Blue Jackets v. New York Islanders – 7p EST Start Time
On Long Island the New York Islanders would host the Columbus Blue Jackets, and in the first period Anders Lee would score his 11th of the season to give the Islanders the 1-0 lead. Then in the second period Kevin Stenlund (PPG) and Nathan Gerbe would both score for Columbus to take the lead, but Mathew Barzal would score to tie the game at two. Then in the third period Vladislav Gavrikov would net his fourth of the season to give the Blue Jackets the 3-2 victory.
New York Rangers v. Philadelphia Flyers – 7p EST Start Time
In Philadelphia the Flyers would play host to the New York Rangers, and after a scoreless first period the Rangers would strike first with a Jespar Fast shorthanded goal. However, the Flyers would respond with five unanswered goals as Travis Sanheim would tie the game at one with two seconds left in the second period, then in the third period Sanheim would score his second of the game, Kevin Hayes would score a pair of goals, and Nicolas Aube-Kubel would score his first career NHL goal to secure the 5-1 victory.
Buffalo Sabres v. Ottawa Senators – 730p EST Start Time
In Ottawa the Senators would host the Buffalo Sabres, and in the first period Jean-Gabriel Pageau would net his 17th of the season to give the Senators the 1-0 lead. Then in the second period Zemgus Girgensons would tie the game at one. In the third period Pageau would net his second of the game and Brady Tkachuk would score to secure the 3-1 victory for the Senators.
Arizona Coyotes v. Nashville Predators – 8p EST Start Time
In Nashville the Predators would play host to the Arizona Coyotes. In the first period Filip Forsberg would get the Predators on the board for the 1-0 lead. Then in the second period Viktor Arvidsson would score to grow their lead to two, but Lawson Crouse would net his seventh of the season to bring the Coyotes within one. Then in the third period Roman Josi would score for the Predators, and while Jakob Chychrun would score for the Coyotes, the PRedators would hold on to win 3-2.
Montreal Canadiens v. Winnipeg Jets – 8p EST Start Time
In Winnipeg the Montreal Canadiens would ground the Jets. In the first period Kyle Connor would score for the Jets on the powerplay, but Tomas Tatar would net a pair of goals (PPG and EVS) to take the 2-1 lead for the Canadiens. Then in the second period Patrik Laine would score for the Jets, but Phillip Danault would score a pair of goals, and Max Domi would get on the board to give the Canadiens a 5-2 lead. Then in the third period Artturi Lehkonen would net his seventh of the season to secure the 6-2 victory for the Canadiens.
New Jersey Devils v. Chicago Blackhawks – 830p EST Start Time
The New Jersey Devils would travel to Chicago to faceoff with the Blackhawks, and the Devils would rack up seven goals to get their first victory since trading Taylor Hall to Arizona.
Edmonton Oilers v. Vancouver Canucks – 10p EST Start Time
In Vancouver the Canucks and Edmonton Oilers would faceoff, and in the first period both teams would trade goals as Tyler Motte would net his first of the season for the Canucks, then Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would tie the game at one for the Oilers. Then in the second period Oscar Klefblom would strike on the powerplay to give the Oilers the 2-1 lead. Then in the third period The Canucks would get goals from Bo Horvat, Quinn Hughes (PPG), and Loui Eriksson to take the 4-2 victroy over the Oilers.
Colorado Avalanche v. Vegas Golden Knights – 10p EST Start Time
In Vegas the Golden Knights would play host to the Colorado Avalanche, and in the first period despite getting a goal from Ryan Reaves, the Knights would get slammed by the Avalanche as Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Matt Nieto (SHG), and Nazem Kadri would score to give the Avalanche the 3-1 lead. However, in the second period Max Pacioretty would net his 16th of the season to get the Knights within one, but goals from Gabriel Landeskog (PPG), and Bellemare’s second of the game would grow the Avalanche’s lead to three. In the third period William Carrier would score for Vegas, but Mikko Rantanen (PPG) and Valeri Nichushkin would score to secure the 7-3 victory for the Avalanche.
St. Louis Blues v. Los Angeles Kings – 10p EST Start Time
The Los Angeles Kings would take on the St. Louis Blues at home, and in the first period Alex Iafallo would score for the Kings, but Brayden Schenn would net a pair of goals (EVS and PPG), and goals from Jaden Schwartz (PPG) and Vince Dunn would give the Blues the 4-1 victory.