NHL Daily – Let the Games Begin!

NHL News and Notes from Wednesday, January 13th, 2021


  • The Detroit Red Wings announced that Dylan Larkin has been announced the 37th captain in franchise history.
    • Larkin, a Waterford, MI native, becomes the first Michigander and first metro Detroit native to wear the “C” in Red Wings history.
    • Larkin becomes captain after the Red Wings went without one for the past two seasons after Henrik Zetterberg’s career was ended due to injury.
    • Forwards Luke Glendening and Frans Nielsen will serve as alternate captains for the 2020-21 seasons.
    • To read more on Larkin becoming captain of the Red Wings, click here.

  • The Vegas Golden Knights have announced that Mark Stone will become the first captain in Golden Knights franchise history.
    • For Vegas’ first three seasons they would not name a captain, but with Stone they mark the beginning of their fourth season with an established captain for the team.

  • In NHL action Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jason Spezza would record his 600th NHL assist in the Leafs 5-4 overtime victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
    • The assist makes Spezza the ninth active NHL player to reach the milestone.

Game Recaps

  • Pittsburgh Penguins v. Philadelphia Flyers – 530p ET
    • In Philadelphia the 2020-21 NHL would kick start their season as the Flyers play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins. In the first period Mark Jankowski would net his first as a Pen to give them the 1-0 lead, however, late in the first James van Riemsdyk would score while on the powerplay to tie the game at one. Then with eight seconds left in the period Nolan Patrick would score his first goal in his first game in over a year due to migraine issues to give the Flyers the 2-1 lead with his powerplay tally. In the second period Sidney Crosby would net his first of the season on the powerplay after displaying some brilliant hand eye coordination as he batted the puck out of mid air and back handed the loose puck into the net to tie the game at two. Late in the second Joel Farabee would record his third point of the game as he would net his first goal of the season to retake the one goal lead for the Flyers. In the third period the Pens would strike again as Brandon Tanev would strike to tie the game at three, but it would be all Flyers to end the game as Michael Raffl, Oskar Lindblom, and Kevin Hayes would all score to give the Flyers the commanding 6-3 victory to kick start the 2020-21 season.

  • Montreal Canadiens v. Toronto Maple Leafs – 7p ET
    • Heading north of the border to Toronto, the Montreal Canadiens do battle with their Original Six foe Maple Leafs in their first meeting of the 2020-21 season. In the first period Nick Suzuki would strike on the powerplay to give the Canadiens the 1-0 lead, but William Nylander would strike for the Leafs to tie the game at one. However, with 24 seconds left in the period Josh Anderson would net his first goal as a Canadien to retake the one goal lead. Then in the second period Tomas Tater would strike on the powerplay to grow the Habs lead to two, but goals from William Nylander (second of the game while on the powerplay) and John Tavares (PPG) would tie the game up at three after 40 minutes of play. Then in the third period Anderson would net his second of the game, and first two goal game since March 24th, 2019 when with Columbus, 63 seconds into the period the retake the lead for the Canadiens, however, new Leaf Jimmy Vesey would score his first as a Leaf to tie the game up at four and send the game to overtime. Then in the extra frame Morgan Reilly would score 3:24 into overtime to give the Maple Leafs the 5-4 victory.

  • Chicago Blackhawks v. Tampa Bay Lightning – 8p ET
    • In Tampa Bay the Lightning would raise their 2020 Stanley Cup Banner before taking on the Chicago Blackhawks. In the first period the Bolts would ride their wave of emotion as they would get goals from Ondrej Palat, Mathieu Joseph, and Erik Cernak to take a commanding 3-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. In the second period Steven Stamkos would strike on the powerplay for his first of the season to give the Bolts the 4-0 lead. In the third period, Brayden Point scores to give Tampa Bay the commanding 5-0 lead.  Chicago would get on the board late in the third with a Dylan Strome tally, but would go down 5-1 and give the Lightning the victory on their Banner Raising night Tampa Bay.

  • Vancouver Canucks v. Edmonton Oilers – 10p ET
    • In Edmonton, the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers face off in their first contest out of ten on the season.  In the first period, Vancouver’s Bo Horvat would score to give the Canucks the early 1-0 lead.  As the game enters the second period, Edmonton would tie the game when Kailer Yamamoto scores nets his first goal on the season.  Vancouver’s Nils Hoglander nets his first NHL goal late in the second to give the Canucks the 2-1 lead.  Early in the third period, Darnell Nurse scores for the Oilers to even the contest 2-2 but Vancouver responds when Adam Gaudette scores to give Vancouver the 3-2 advantage.  Brock Boeser gives Vancouver a 4-2 advantage with a goal at 3:44 in the third.  Adam Larsson scores to bring Edmonton with a goal at 8:44. With about 6 minutes left, Vancouver takes the two-goal lead again when Boeser scores his second goal in the contest and gives Vancouver the 5-3 win.

  • St. Louis Blues v. Colorado Avalanche – 1030p ET
    • In the first matchup between these two teams on the season, Colorado opens up the scoring with a power play goal by Andre Burakovsky.  St. Louis responds with a pair of goals by Oskar Sundqvist and Jordan Kyrou to make it a 2-1 contest.  As contest enters the third period, Kyle Clifford responds and gives the Blues the 3-1 lead.  Oskar Sundqvist nets his second goal of the night at the 14:22 mark to give St. Louis the commanding 4-1 lead and the eventual win.

Today’s Games

  • WAS v. BUF – 7p ET
  • BOS v. NJ – 7p ET
  • NYI v. NYR – 7p ET
  • DAL v. FLA – 7p ET
  • CAR v. DET – 730p ET
  • CLB v. NAS – 8p ET
  • CAL v. WIN – 8p ET
  • VAN v. EDM – 9p ET
  • SJ v. ARI – 9p ET
  • ANA v. VGK – 10p ET
  • MIN v. LA – 10p ET

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