NHL Daily – Debuts and Wins

NHL News and Notes from Friday, January 15th, 2021


  • Defenseman Brenden Dillion of the Washington Capitals played in his 600th NHL career game.
    • Dillon is one of three active defensemen who went undrafted to play in 600 games.
      • Andy Greene (934 games) and Mark Giordano (894 games) are the other two.

  • Forward Tim Stützle of the Ottawa Senators made his NHL debut.
    • Stützle makes his NHL debut on his 19th birthday, and becomes the third teenager to debut on their birthday in the last 20 years.
      • Stephen Weiss (April 3rd, 2002) and Seth Jones (Oct. 3rd, 2013) were the other two.

Game Recaps

  • Washington Capitals v. Buffalo Sabres – 7p ET
    • Back in Buffalo for the second straight night the Washington Capitals look to go 2 for 2 against the Sabres. However, in the first period the Sabres would dominate the play and get three powerplay opportunities, but Vitek Vanecek would hold his ground and keep the game tied at zero. In the second period Jakub Vrana would only need 94 seconds to get the Caps on the board as he would net his second of the season for the 1-0 Washington lead. Then in the final twenty minutes of regulation Rasmus Ristolainen would score to tie the game at one for Buffalo, but Tom Wilson would respond with his first of the season to give the Caps the 2-1 victory.

  • Pittsburgh Penguins v. Philadelphia Flyers – 7p ET
    • For the second time in as many nights the Battle of Pennsylvania would take place as the Philadelphia Flyers would play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins. In the first period Travis Konecny would strike for two goals in 2 minutes to take the 2-0 lead. Ivan Provorov would score to grow the Flyers lead to three, but Sidney Crosby (PPG) and Brandon Tanev would both score to bring the Pens back within one. Then after a scoreless second period Konecny would complete the hat trick, and Oskar Lindblom would net his second of the season to give the Flyers the 5-2 victory.

  • Chicago Blackhawks v. Tampa Bay Lightning – 7p ET
    • Out in Tampa Bay the Lightning would look to strike twice on the visiting Chicago Blackhawks to start their season. After a scoreless first period Ondrej Palat would net his second of the season 2:25 into the second period to give the Bolts the 1-0 lead, and that would be the start of a multi goal period as Alex Killorn and Blake Coleman would both tally soon after to give Tampa the 3-0 lead. However, the Blackhawks would come alive as Alex DeBrincat (PPG) and Patrick Kane would both net their respective first goals of the season to bring Chicago back within one. In the third period Yanni Gourde and Steven Stamkos would tally to give the Lightning the 5-2 victory over the Blackhawks.

  • Dallas Stars v. Florida Panthers – 7p ET
    • Postponed
  • Toronto Maple Leafs v. Ottawa Senators – 7p ET
    • In the first battle of Ontario, Canada, the new look Ottawa Senators would play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs. In the first period Zach Hyman would kick start the scoring for the Leafs with his powerplay tally midway through the period, but with 44 seconds left in the period Thomas Chabot would strike on the powerplay to tie the game at one. Then in the second period Alexander Kerfoot would give the Leafs the 2-1 lead, but the Sens would not stay down as they would get goals from Brady Tkachuk, Austin Watson, and Chris Tierney to take the 4-2 lead. The Leafs would strike on the powerplay with a John Tavares tally, but Derek Stepan’s first of the season, and first as a Senator, would give the Sens the 5-3 victory.

  • St. Louis Blues v. Colorado Avalanche – 9p ET
    • In the second contest of the season between these two clubs, Colorado looks to get the first win of the season.  After a scoreless first period, Gabriel Landeskog would net a pair of goals and Andre Burakovsky would net a third goal, a power play goal, to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-0 lead. Mikko Rantanen would end the period with a power play goal of his own to give Colorado a commanding 4-0 lead.  In the third period, Nazem Kadri would score Colorado’s third PPG of the game at 1:13 to advance the Avalanche lead at 5-0.  At 11:29, Nathan MacKinnon nets his first goal of the season and 33 seconds later at 12:02, Joonas Donskoi scores his first the make it a 7-0 Colorado lead.  Devon Toews scores his first goal on the season at 14:56 to make it 8-0 Colorado, which is how this contest comes to an end.

Today’s Games

  • BOS v. NJ – 1p ET
  • SJ v. ARI – 4p ET
  • NYI v. NYR – 7p ET
  • CAR v. DET – 7p ET
  • TOR v. OTT – 7p ET
  • MON v. EDM – 7p ET
  • CLB v. NAS – 8p ET
  • MIN v. LA- 9p ET
  • VAN v. CAL – 10p ET
  • ANA v. VGK – 10p ET

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