NHL News and Notes from Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022
- The Washington Capitals have re-assigned goaltender Pheonix Copley from Hershey to the Taxi Squad.
- The Capitals would then recall Copley along with forward Brett Leason from the Taxi Squad, and assign goaltender Hunter Shepard to Hershey.
- Due to Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin testing positive for COVID-19, Tom Wilson will replace Ovechkin in this weekend’s All Star Game.
- Seattle Kraken v. New York Islanders – 7p ET
- On Long Island the Seattle Kraken would come to town to take on the New York Islanders, and after a scoreless 40 minutes of hockey Jared McCann, Vince Dunn, and Mason Appleton would score to give the Kraken the 3-0 victory over the Islanders. Philipp Grubauer would stop all 19 shots faced to earn the first shutout in Kraken history.
- Edmonton Oilers v. Washington Capitals – 7p ET
- In Washington the Capitals would play host to the Edmonton Oilers, and in the first period Leon Draisaitl, Evander Kane, and Connor McDavid would strike to take the 3-0 lead for the Oilers, but Lars Eller would score to get the Caps on the board. In the second period Conor Sheary would score for the Caps to get back within one. Then in the third period Evgeny Kuznetsov would score to tie the game at three, but a pair of goals from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would give the Oilers the 5-3 victory over the Capitals.
- Los Angeles Kings v. Detroit Red Wings – 730p ET
- In Detroit the Red Wings would host the Los Angeles Kings, and in the first period Michael Rasmussen would score to give the Wings the 1-0 lead. In the second period Phillip Danault and Arthur Kaliyev would score to give the Kings the 2-1 lead. Then in the third period Tyler Bertuzzi and Joe Veleno would score for the Wings, but Danault’s second of the game and Viktor Arvidsson would score to give the Kings the 4-3 victory over the Red Wings.
- Calgary Flames v. Arizona Coyotes – 930p ET
- In Arizona the Coyotes would host the Calgary Flames, and in the first period Alex Galchenyuk would score for the Coyotes, but goals from Blake Coleman and Elias Lindholm would give the Flames the 2-1 lead. In the second period Clayton Keller would score for the Coyotes to tie the game at two, but Chris Tanev would score to get the Flames back ahead by one. In the third, Blake Coleman would net his 10th of the year to give the Flames the 4-2 lead and win over the Coyotes.
- Minnesota Wild v. Chicago Blackhawks – 930p ET
- In Chicago there would be fireworks before the Blackhawks would host the Minnesota Wild, and after a scoreless first period Frederick Gaudreau, Mats Zuccarello, and Kirill Kaprizov would score to give the Wild the 3-0 lead. In the third, Kevin Fiala would net his 13th of the year and then Nico Sturm goes on to score his eighth of the year to give Minnesota the 5-0 win over Chicago.
Noteworthy in Hockey
- ‘A nightmare all around’: NHL team executives frustrated over Arizona Coyotes’ plan to play at university arena (The Athletic – $)
- 32 Thoughts Blog: Unafraid Auston Matthews takes big off-ice step (SportsNet)
- 32 Thoughts Podcast: Shutting Down The Las Vegas Strip with Steve Mayer (SportsNet)
- Rocky Wirtz’s childish, unprofessional outburst calls into question his fitness to lead the Blackhawks (The Athletic – $)