NHL News and Notes from Tuesday, December 28th, 2021
- Brad Marchand spoke out about the players not being able to participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics.
- The NHL and NHLPA agreed to not have players participate in the Olympics due to the effects the Omicron variant has had on the NHL the last few weeks.
- The Washington Capitals placed forward Michael Sgarbossa on waivers.
- The NHL announced that they have postponed one game due to COVID and nine games due to Canada’s Attendance Restrictions.
- Montreal Canadiens v. Tampa Bay Lightning – 7p ET
- In Tampa Bay hockey would make it’s return as the Lightning would play host to the Montreal Canadiens. In the first period Lukas Vejdemo would score for the Habs to take the 1-0 lead, but a pair of goals from Brayden Point would give the Bolts the 2-1 lead. In the second period Rafael Harvey-Pinard would score for the Habs to tie the game at two, but Ross Colton would score to retake the lead for the Bolts. Then in the third period Kale Clague would strike for the Habs to tie the game at three, and David Savard would score his first as a Hab to take a 4-3 lead, but Corey Perry would score to tie the game at four and then in overtime Ondrej Palat would score to give the Lightning the 5-4 victory over the Canadiens.
- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Chicago Blackhawks – 830p ET
- Postponed due to COVID-19
- Vegas Golden Knights v. Los Angeles Kings – 1030p ET
- In the City of Angels, the Golden Knights make their final trip to Los Angeles for the 2021-22 season. In the first, Reilly Smith scores his 11th on the year, a power play goal, to give Vegas the 1-0 lead. Keegan Kolesar then scores his second to make it a 2-0 Golden Knights lead but then Adrian Kempe scores his 13th of the year to get the Kings on the board. Vegas re-takes the two goal lead when Jonathan Marchessault scores his 15th. In the second, Chandler Stephenson scores his 10th of the year, a power play goal, as the Golden Knights make it a 4-1 lead and then Mattias Janmark scores his third as Vegas makes it a four goal lead. Los Angeles comes within three as Trevor Moore nets his third of the year. In the third, Jonathan Marchessault nets his second of the night to give Vegas the 6-2 lead. Alex Iafallo will then cut that lead in half with his 10th of the year but it is not enough as the Golden Knights get the 6-3 win over the Kings.
- Arizona Coyotes v. San Jose Sharks – 1030p ET
- In San Jose, the Coyotes face off against the Sharks for the first time this season. In the first, San Jose makes it a 1-0 lead when Alexander Barbanov nets his fourth of the year but then Arizona responds when Lawson Crouse scores his seventh of the year. San Jose re-takes the lead after Nick Bonino strikes for his fifth and then Arizona ties the game again when Janis Moser scores his first of the year. In the second, San Jose gets a pair of goals from Radim Simek and Jeffrey Viel, each their first of the season, as the Sharks take the two goal lead. Clayton Keller goes on to score his 10th of the year to bring the Yotes within a goal but then the Sharks re-take the two goal lead when Timo Meier finds the back of the net for his 13th. Arizona comes within a goal once more when Janis Moser scores his second of the night. In the third, Tomas Hertl nets his 15th of the year as the Sharks take the two goal advantage but then Lawson Crouse scores his second of the night to make it a 6-5 Sharks lead. Logan Couture then scores his 10th of the year as the Sharks make it a 7-5 lead but then the Yotes get a pair of goals when Shayne Gostisbehere gets his fifth and Andrew Ladd scores his fifth to tie the game at 7 all. Tomas Hertl scores the game winner in the shootout as the Sharks get the 8-7 win over the Coyotes.
- NJ v. BUF – 7p ET
- NYR v. FLA – 7p ET
- NAS v. WAS – 7p ET
- CHI v. WIN – Postponed
- PIT v. TOR – Postponed
- BOS v. OTT – Postponed
- DET v. NYI – Postponed
- EDM v. STL – 830p ET
- PHI v. SEA – 10p ET
- DAL v. COL – Postponed
- VAN v. ANA – 1030p ET
Noteworthy in Hockey
- Mario Lemieux Earns $360 Million After The Pittsburgh Penguins Sell (Daily Caller via MSN.com)
- To one local family, the new initiative ALL CAPS ALL HER is especially meaningful. (NHL.com)
- Emergency goalies stay ready to fulfill NHL dreams at moment’s notice (NHL.com)
- Plenty of differences between this COVID pause and the shutdown of 2020 (Seattle Times)