NHL News and Notes from Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
- The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that forward Jake Guentzel will miss four to six months after successful shoulder surgery.
- The Toronto Maple Leafs announced they have re-signed defenseman Justin Holl to a three year contract extension.
- The NHL Department of Player Safety has announced that they have fined forward Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins $5000, maximum allowed under the CBA, for high sticking Ottawa forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau.
- NHL DoPS also announced that they have fined Ottawa Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau $2500 for roughing Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin.
- The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that goaltender Joonas Korpisalo had successful surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Boston Bruins v. New Jersey Devils – 1p EST Start Time
The New Jersey Devils down the Boston Bruins in the shootout to end 2019 and the decade in the win column.
New York Islanders v. Washington Capitals – 1p EST Start Time
In the final game of 2019 and the decade, the Washington Capitals would fall to the New York Islanders 4-3 in a tightly contested matchup.
Anaheim Ducks v. Vegas Golden Knights – 3p EST Start Time
In Vegas the Golden Knights would play host to the Anaheim Ducks. In the first period Korbinian Holzer would score his first of the season to give the Ducks the 1-0 lead, but Vegas would respond with goals from Mark Stone and Alex Tuch to take the 2-1 lead into the first intermission. In the second period Reilly Smith would strike for his 15th of the season to give the Knights the two goal lead. Then in the third period Jonathan Marchessault would score back to back goals to give Vegas the 5-2 victory.
Toronto Maple Leafs v. Minnesota Wild – 6p EST Start Time
In Minnesota the Toronto Maple Leafs look to tame the Wild, and in the first period Alexander Kerfoot and William Nylander would score to give the Leafs the 2-0 lead. Then in the second period Auston Matthews would score on the powerplay to grow the lead to three, but Ryan Suter would strike on the powerplay to get the Wild on the board. In the third period John Tavares would hit the empty netter for the 4-1 victory for the Leafs.
Tampa Bay Lightning v. Buffalo Sabres – 7p EST Start Time
In Buffalo the Sabres would host the Tampa Bay Lightning, and in the first period the Sabres would get the opening goal in the final minute of the period as Conor Sheary would net his sixth of the season to take the 1-0 lead. In the second period Marcus Johansson would score to give the Sabres the 2-0 lead, but Ondrej Palat would strike on the powerplay to cut Tampa’s deficit back to one. Then Jimmy Vesey and Jack Eichel (SHG) would score to grow Buffalo’s lead to three, but Alex Killorn and Tyler Johnson would strike to bring Tampa back within one going into the second intermission. Then in the third period Kevin Shattenkirk and Alex Killorn (second of the game) would score for Lightning to take the 5-4 lead, and Anthony Cirelli would score with three seconds left to secure the 6-4 victory.
Montreal Canadiens v. Carolina Hurricanes – 7p EST Start Time
In Carolina the Hurricanes would face off with the Montreal Canadiens. In the first period the Hurricanes would strike first on the powerplay with Sebastian Aho’s 23rd of the season, but Max Domi would strike minutes later to tie the game at one. In the second period Erik Haula would strike to retake the lead for the Hurricanes. In the third period Ryan Dzingel would score late to secure the Hurricanes the 3-1 victory.
Florida Panthers v. Columbus Blue Jackets – 7p EST Start Time
The Columbus Blue Jackets would play host to the Florida Panthers, and in the first period Zach Werenski would blast his ninth of the season to give the Jackets the 1-0 lead. In the second period the Panthers would tie the game at one with Colton Sceviour’s fourth of the season, but Boone Jenner would score on the powerplay to retake the one goal lead. In the third period Werenski would score two more time to complete the hat trick as the Blue Jackets would go on to defeat the Panthers 4-1.
San Jose Sharks v. Detroit Red Wings – 730p EST Start Time
In Detroit the Red Wings would host the San Jose Sharks, and after a scoreless first period Tyler Bertuzzi would strike for the 1-0 lead for the Wings. Then in the third period Filip Hronek would strike to give the Red Wings the 2-0 win.
Winnipeg Jets v. Colorado Avalanche – 8p EST Start Time
In Colorado the Winnipeg Jets would come to town to take on the Avalanche. In the first period Blake Wheeler would strike first for the Jets, but Nathan MacKinnon would tie the game up at one for Colorado. Then in the second period MacKinnon would tally again for the Avalanche, but goals from Kyle Connor and Mark Scheifele to give the Jets the 3-2 lead. In the third period Gabriel Ladeskog would strike on the powerplay to tie the game up at three for the Avalanche. However, Kyle Connor would score his second of the game to retake the lead for the Jets, and then Connor would finish the hat trick along with Wheeler’s second of the game and a goal from Nikolaj Ehlers to give the Jets the 7-4 victory. Nazem Kadri would score the fourth goal for Colorado.
Philadelphia Flyers v. Los Angeles Kings – 9p EST Start Time
In Los Angeles the Kings would pounce on the Philadelphia Flyers in the first period with four goals from Kyle Clifford, Alex Iafallo (PPG), Tyler Toffoli (PPG), and Adrian Kempe (SHG) to take a commanding 4-0 lead. In the second period Justin Braun would strike for the Flyers to cut their deficit to three. In the third period the Flyers would get goals from Claude Giroux and Scott Laughton, but Martin Frk’s tally would secure the 5-3 victory for the Kings.
Chicago Blackhawks v. Calgary Flames – 9p EST Start Time
Heading to Calgary to face the Flames, the Chicago Blackhawks would have a solid first period that would see Olli Maatta, Alex DeBrincat (PPG), and Patrick Kane score for the 3-0 lead. Then in the second period Dylan Strome would score his ninth of the season to grown Chicago’s lead to four, but Sam Bennett would score with six seconds left in the period to cut the Flames deficit to three. In the third period Michael Frolik (SHG) and Sean Monahan would score for the Flames, but Patrick Kane would score with one second left for his second of the game and the 5-3 victory for the Blackhawks.
New York Rangers v. Edmonton Oilers – 9p EST Start Time
In Edmonton the Oilers would face off with the New York Rangers. In the first period James Neal would score a pair of goals and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would tally to give the Oilers the 3-0 lead. In the second period Leon Draisaitl would strike on the powerplay for the Oilers followed up with Neal’s hat trick goal on the powerplay, and Josh Archibald’s powerplay tally to take a commanding 6-0 lead. However, in the final minute of the second period Chris Kreider would score shorthanded to get the Rangers on the board. In the third period the Rangers would have a four goal period as Ryan Strome (SHG), Marc Staal (SHG), Artemi Panarin, and Mika Zibanejad (SHG) would all score to get the Rangers within one of the Oilers, but Kailer Yamamoto’s first of the season while on the powerplay would secure the Oilers the 7-5 victory.
St. Louis Blues v. Arizona Coyotes – 9p EST Start Time
In Arizona the Coyotes would face off with the St. Louis Blues, and in the first period Conor Garland would strike first on the powerplay for the Coyotes, but Tyler Bozak would tie the game at one. Then after a scoreless second period Phil Kessel and Nick Schmaltz would both score to give the Coyotes the 3-1 victory over the Blues.