NHL News and Notes from Saturday, December 28th, 2019
- According to agent Dan Milstein, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Ilya Mikheyev will miss at least three months after having successful surgery to repair an artery and tendons in his wrist.
- The Buffalo Sabres have announced that forward Jeff Skinner will miss 3-4 weeks due to an upper body injury.
Colorado Avalanche v. Dallas Stars – 7p EST Start Time
In Dallas the Stars face off with the Colorado Avalanche, and in the first period both teams would trade goals as Tyler Seguin would score first for the Stars, but late in the period JT Compher would strike to tie the game at one. Then in the second period Ian Cole would strike for the Hurricanes, but in the third period Denis Gurianov would tie the game and send it to overtime. After a scoreless extra frame it would be Alexander Radulov in the shootout to give the Stars the 3-2 victory.
New York Rangers v. Toronto Maple Leafs – 7p EST Start Time
In Toronto the Maple Leafs would take on the New York Rangers. In the first period William Nylander would strike on the powerplay for the Leafs, but goals from Brett Howden and Ryan Strome would give the Rangers the 2-1 lead. In the second period Strome would score his second of the game, and Mika Zibanejad would score for the Rangers as well, and Auston Matthews would tally for the Leafs as the Rangers took the 4-2 lead into the second intermission. Then in the third period the Leafs would get goals from Pierre Engvall and Matthews (second of the game) to tie the game at four to send the game to overtime which would see Tony DeAngelo score to give the Rangers the 5-4 victory.
Montreal Canadiens v. Tampa Bay Lightning – 7p EST Start Time
In Tampa Bay the Lightning would play host to the Montreal Canadiens. In the first period the Canadiens would dominate the Lighting with them out shooting Tampa at one point 17-0 and goals from Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Max Domi to take the 2-0 lead, but in the final minute of the period Alex Killorn would tally for the Lightning to cut their deficit to one. Then in the second period Ben Chiarot would score for the Canadiens, but Stephen Stamkos, Mitchell Stephens, and Killorn (second of the game) to give the Lightning the 4-3 lead. In the third period Anthony Cirelli would give the Lightning the two goal lead, and while Jordan Weal would score on the powerplay it would not be enough as the Lightning would go on to win 5-4.
Detroit Red Wings v. Florida Panthers – 7p EST Start Time
In Florida the Panthers would take on the Detroit Red Wings, and in the first period Evgenii Dadonov would get the Panthers on the board first with a powerplay tally, but Darren Helm and Dylan Larkin would score for the Wings to take the 2-1 lead. Then in the second period Frans Nielsen would score for the Wings while shorthanded, but the Panthers would get goals from Brett Connolly (PPG), Mike Hoffman, and Dominic Toninato to give Florida the 4-3 lead. Then in the third period Luke Glendening would strike for the Wings, but Anton Stralman’s fourth of the season would be the game winner for the Panthers in their 5-4 victory.
Nashville Predators v. Pittsburgh Penguins – 7p EST Start Time
In their second matchup of their back to back the Pittsburgh Penguins would host the Nashville Predators. In the first period Bryan Rust, Dominik Kahun, and Kris Letang (PPG) would score to give the Penguins the 3-0 lead. Then in the second period the Predators would strike for three goals from Viktor Arvidsson (PPG), Craig Smith, and Mikael Granlund, but Alex Galchenyuk would score to keep the Penguins up by one. Then in the third period Granlund would score his second of the game for Nashville, but goals from Jake Guentzel and Rust (second of the game) would give the Penguins the 6-4 victory.
Washington Capitals v. Carolina Hurricanes – 7p EST Start Time
The Washington Capitals would fall to the Carolina Hurricanes 6-4 after poor starts in the first and second period.
Los Angeles Kings v. Vancouver Canucks – 10p EST Start Time
In Vancouver the Canucks would play host to the Los Angeles Kings. In the first period Jake Virtanen and Tyler Motte would both score for the Canucks to take the 2-0 lead. Then in the second period Anze Kopitar would score for the Kings to cut their deficit to one. Then in the third period Tyler Toffoli would score to tie the game at two, but Elias Pettersson would strike for the Canucks to take the 3-2 victory.
Arizona Coyotes v. Vegas Golden Knights – 10p EST Start Time
In Vegas the Arizona Coyotes look to down the Golden Knights, but in the first period Mark Stone would score a pair of goals (PPG and EVS), while Michael Grabner would score the lone tally for the Coyotes. Then in the second period Chandler Stephenson and Paul Stastny would score to grow the Knights lead to three and take the 4-1 victory.
Philadelphia Flyers v. San Jose Sharks – 10p EST Start Time
In San Jose the Sharks would face off with the Philadelphia Flyers and in the first period Mario Ferraro would net his first career NHL goal for the Sharks. Then in the second period Joel Kellman and Timo Meier would both score to grow the Sharks lead to three. Then in the third period Ivan Provorov would strike on the powerplay for the Flyers to get on the board, but a pair of goals from Timo Meier to complete the hat trick, and a tally from Patrick Marleau would guide the Sharks to the 6-1 victory.