NHL News and Notes from Thursday, December 16th, 2021
- The Washington Capitals recalled forward Brett Leason from Hershey of the AHL.
- Forward Nic Dowd and defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk is unable to enter Canada due to the country’s strict COVID protocols.
- Philadelphia Flyers v. Montreal Canadiens – 7p ET
- In front of no crowd due to COVID-19 the Montreal Canadiens would play host to the Philadelphia Flyers, and in the first period Artturi Lehkonen would strike to give the Habs the 1-0 lead. In the second period Max Willman and Jackson Cates would score to give the Flyers the 2-1 lead. Then in the third period Laurent Dauphin would score to tie the game at two and send the game to overtime. After a scoreless five minutes of extra hockey it would be Jonathan Drouin with the shootout winner to give the Canadiens the 3-2 shootout victory over the Flyers.
- Ottawa Senators v. Tampa Bay Lightning – 7p ET
- In Tampa Bay the Lightning would host the Ottawa Senators, and in the first period Thomas Chabot would score to give the Sens the 1-0 lead. Then in the second period Alex Killorn and Victor Hedman would score to give the Lightning the 2-1 victory over the Senators.
- Los Angeles Kings v. Florida Panthers – 7p ET
- In Florida the Panthers would take on the Los Angeles Kings, and in the first period Matt Kiersted would strike for the Panthers, but Olli Maatta would score to tie the game at one. In the second period Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown would score to give the Kings the 3-1 lead. Then in the third period Arthur Kaliyev would score to give the Kings the 4-1 victory over the Panthers.
- Vegas Golden Knights v. New Jersey Devils – 7p ET
- In New Jersey the Devils would play host to the Vegas Golden Knights, and in the first period both teams would trade goals as Jack Hughes would strike for the Devils and Dylan Coghlan for the Knights. In the second period William Carrier would strike for the Knights for the 2-1 lead. Then in the third period Tomas Tatar and Jimmy Vesey would score for the Devils, but goals from William Karlsson, Nicolas Roy, and Jonathan Marchessault would give the Golden Knights the 5-3 victory over the Devils.
- Detroit Red Wings v. Carolina Hurricanes – 7p ET
- In Carolina a shorthanded Hurricanes team would take on the Detroit Red Wings, and in the first period Sam Gagner and Dylan Larkin would score for the Wings, but goals from Nino Niederreiter, Tony DeAngelo, and Jack Drury would give the Canes the 3-2 lead. In the second period Tyler Bertuzzi would score to tie the game at three for the Wings. Then in the third period Niederreiter would net his second of the game and Vincent Trocheck would score to give the Hurricanes the 5-3 victory over the Red Wings.
- Boston Bruins v. New York Islanders – 730p ET
- On Long Island the New York Islanders would host the Boston Bruins, and in the first period Cal Clutterbuck would score to give the Isles the 1-0 lead. In the second period Anthony Beauvillier would score to grow the Isles lead to two. Then in the third period Mike Reilly would score for the Bs, but Clutterbuck’s second of the game would give the Islanders the 3-1 victory over the Bruins.
- Colorado Avalanche v. Nashville Predators – 8p ET
- In Nashville the Predators would host the Colorado Avalanche, and in the first period Filip Forsberg would score to give the Preds the 1-0 lead. In the second period Mikko Rantanen would score for the Avs, but goals from Tanner Jeannot and Forsberg would give the Preds the 3-1 lead. Then in the third period Valeri Nichushkin would score for the Avs, but Roman Josi and Mattias Ekholm’s tallies would give the Predators the 5-2 victory over the Avalanche.
- Buffalo Sabres v. Minnesota Wild – 8p ET
- In Minnesota the Wild would host the Buffalo Sabres, and in the first period Jon Merrill would score for the Wild to take the 1-0 lead. In the second period Dylan Cozens would score for the Sabres to tie the game at one, but Kirill Kaprizov would score for the Wild to retake the one goal lead. Then in the third period Mark Pysyk would score to tie the game at two for the Sabres and send the game to overtime. After a scoreless five minutes of extra hockey it would be Tage Thompson with the shootout tally to give the Sabres the 3-2 victory over the Wild.
- Toronto Maple Leafs v. Calgary Flames – 9p ET
- Postponed due to COVID-19
- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Edmonton Oilers – 9p ET
- In Edmonton the Oilers would play host to the Columbus Blue Jackets, and in the first period Jesse Puljujarvi would score twice in 46 seconds and Derek Ryan would score to give the Oilers the 3-0 lead. In the second period Brendan Perlini would score to grow the Oilers lead to four. In the third, Columbus gets on the board when Gustav Nyquist nets his fifth followed by Justin Danforth scoring his second to bring the Blue Jackets within two. Edmonton seals the win after Warren Foegele scores his third of the year to give the Oilers the 5-2 win.,
- Vancouver Canucks v. San Jose Sharks – 1030p ET
- In the Shark Tank, the Canucks look to win their sixth straight. In the first, Vancouver gets on the board when Brock Boeser scores his eighth of the year and then Bo Horvat scores a power play, good for his 10th goal of the year as the Canucks take the 2-0 lead. San Jose then gets on the board when Timo Meier scores his 12th of year to cut the Canucks lead in half. In the second, Boeser nets his second of the night as the Canucks take the 3-1 lead. In the third, Andrew Cogliano scores his third of the year to bring the Sharks within a goal once again. J.T. Miller makes it a two goal lead for Vancouver once more after Miller nets his 10th of the year. Vancouver seals the win with Jason Dickinson’s second goal of the year as the Canucks get the 5-2 win over the Sharks.
- VGK v. NYR – 7p ET
- BUF v. PIT – 7p ET
- DAL v. STL – 8p ET
- WAS v. WIN – 8p ET
- NAS v. CHI – 830p ET
- ARI v. ANA – 10p ET
Noteworthy in Hockey
- NHL Power Rankings: Which MCU Superhero Best Represents Each Team? (Sports Illustrated)
- State of the Islanders: Experts weigh in on what’s gone wrong, the Identity Line, Mathew Barzal, Ilya Sorokin and more (The Athletic -$)
- Sorry, But No: NHL Players Shouldn’t Be Going to the Olympics (Die By The Blade)