NHL Daily – That Home Feeling

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


  • Per Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News, the New Jersey Devils and Prudential will be donating their helmet branding to Black-owned small businesses in New Jersey for 13 home games.
    • Prudential is the helmet sponsor for the Devils for both the home and road helmets.

  • NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was in Washington DC for the home opener between the Capitals and New York Rangers.

  • Future Hockey Hall of Famer Henrik Lundqvist announced that he has joined MSG Network.
    • Lundqvist will be an analyst for Rangers games.

  • The Nashville Predators and defenseman Mattias Ekholm have come to terms on a new four year deal worth $25 million.

  • The Philadelphia Flyers claimed forward Zach MacEwen from the Vancouver Canucks.

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Game Recaps

  • Montreal Canadiens v. Toronto Maple Leafs – 7p ET
    • To kick of the action we head north of the border to Toronto as the Maple Leafs play host to the Montreal Canadiens. In the first period Jonathan Drouin would score to get the Habs on the board first, but minutes later while on the powerplay Pierre Engvall would score to tie the game at one. Then after a scoreless second period William Nylander would score in the opening minutes of the third period to give the Leafs the 2-1 victory.
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  • New York Rangers v. Washington Capitals – 730p ET
    • In Washington DC for the NHL’s debut on TNT the Capitals would play host to the New York Rangers, and in the first period the Caps would take advantage of their first powerplay and TJ Oshie would score to give the Caps the 1-0 lead. Then in the second period Justin Schultz would score another powerplay goal for the Caps, and then rookie Hendrix Lapierre would score his first career NHL goal to give the Caps the 3-0 lead. Then in the third period Chris Kreider would score on the powerplay for the Rangers, but the third period would be the Ovi Show as he would score early in the period while on the powerplay for goal number 731, and then later in the period while shorthanded for goal number 732 to surpass Marcel Dionne for fifth all time on the NHL goals list and give the Capitals the 5-1 victory.
  • Michael’s TXHT Recap – Caps v. Rangers – Rising Up The Ranks
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  • Winnipeg Jets v. Anaheim Ducks – 10p ET
    • Out west in California the Anaheim Ducks would play host to the Winnipeg Jets, and it would be the Ducks flying high above the Jets. In the first period Kevin Shattenkirk would open the scoring and then Mason McTavish would score his first career NHL goal to give the Ducks the 2-0 lead. Then in the second period both teams would trade tallies as Kyle Connor would score for the Jets to cut their deficit to one, but Adam Henrique would strike to regain the two goal lead for the Ducks. In the third period Rickard Rakell would seal the deal with a powerplay tally to give the Ducks the 4-1 victory over the Jets.
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  • Chicago Blackhawks v. Colorado Avalanche – 10p ET
    • For the second game of the TNT doubleheader the Colorado Avalanche would host the Chicago Blackhawks. In the first period the Avs would light up Chicago as Jack Johnson, Gabriel Landeskog, and Bowen Byram would all score to give the Avalanche the 3-0 lead. However, late in the first period Dominik Kubalik would score to cut the Avs lead to two. In the second period Nazem Kadri would score to retake the three goal lead, but in the third period Connor Murphy would score for the Blackhawks to get them back within two. However, it would not be enough as the Avalanche would hold on for the 4-2 victory.
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  • Vancouver Canucks v. Edmonton Oilers – 10p ET
    • Heading back north to finish off the night the Edmonton Oilers would host the Vancouver Canucks, and in the first period Jesse Puljujarvi would open the scoring for the Oilers. Then in the second period Zach Hyman would score on the powerplay for his first goal as an Oiler and give them the two goal lead. However, in the third period the Canucks would mount the comeback as they would get goals from Oliver Ekman-Larsson (first as a member of the Canucks) and Quinn Hughes to tie the game at two and send the game to overtime. After a scoreless overtime period the shootout would be required and it would be Kyle Turris in the fifth round to give the Oilers the 3-2 victory.
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  • MON v. BUF – 7p ET
  • TOR v. OTT – 7p ET
  • PIT v. FLA – 7p ET
  • DAL v. NYR – 7p ET
  • NYI v. CAR – 7p ET
  • ARI v. CLB – 7p ET
  • TB v. DET – 730p ET
  • SEA v. NAS – 8p ET
  • VGK v. LA – 1030p ET

Noteworthy in Hockey

  • I’ve Been Waiting My Whole Damn Life for the Kraken by Seattle Kraken goaltender Chris Driedger (Player’s Tribune)
  • The story of Michael Bunting and his journey to the NHL. (The Athletic)
  • All Time Low Helps Kick Off The NHL Season! (DC101)
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