NHL News and Notes from Thursday, February 16th, 2023
- The Detroit Red Wings announced that they have re-signed defenseman Olli Maatta.
- Maatta signed a two year extension worth $6 million.
- Maatta’s AAV will be $3 million per season.
- The NHL Players’ Association has announced that the Executive Board has appointed Martin J. Walsh as the new Executive Director.
- Walsh was most recently the Secretary of Labor for the US Department of Labor as part of President Biden’s Administration since March of 2021.
- Prior to that Walsh was Mayor of Boston from 2014 to 2021.
- Walsh will begin as Executive Director in mid-March.
- The Washington Capitals announced that forward Carl Hagelin underwent left hip resurfacing surgery.
- Hagelin underwent the operation on Monday.
- Hagelin will be out indefinitely while he goes through rehabilitation with a lengthy recovery process.
- Florida Panthers v. Washington Capitals – 7p ET
- In the Nation’s Capital, Washington hosts Florida. In the first, Florida takes the 1-0 lead when Gustav Forsling scores his eighth of the year. In the second, Marc Staal scores his first of the year and then Colin White nets his seventh as the Panthers take the 3-0 lead. Dylan Strome’s 12th of the year puts Washington on the baord but then Florida responds when Aleksander Barkov scores his 16th of the year to give Florida the 4-1 lead. In the third, Nicklas Backstrom scores his third of the year on a Capitals power play and then Evgeny Kuznetsov nets his ninth of the year, also on the power play, to bring Washington within a goal. Anton Lundell then nets his eighth on an empty net and then Sam Reinhart scores an empty net goal of his own, his 20th goal on the year, as the Panthers get the 6-3 win over the Capitals.
- Montreal Canadiens v. Carolina Hurricanes – 7p ET
- In Raleigh, the Hurricanes welcome the Canadiens to Carolina Country. In the first, Montreal takes the 1-0 lead when Michael Pezzetta nets his fourth of the year but then Carolina responds with a pair of goals from Jesperi Kotkaniemi, netting his ninth, and then Seth Jarvis, scoring his ninth. In the second, Rafael Harvey-Pinard scores a power play goal, his seventh of the year, to tie the game for the Habs. In the third, Carolina re-takes the lead when Sebastian Aho nets his 24th of the year and then Jarvis gets his second of the night to put Carolina up 4-2. Jordan Staal’s 15th of the year puts Carolina up 5-2 and then Seth Jarvis completes the hat trick as he scores a shorthanded goal to give the Hurricanes the 6-2 win over the Canadiens.
- Winnipeg Jets v. Columbus Blue Jackets – 7p ET
- In Columbus, the Blue Jackets host the Jets for the lone time on the season. In the first, Winnipeg takes the 1-0 lead when Kyle Connor scores a power play goal, his 25th goal of the year. In the second, Patrik Laine scores a power play goal of his own, his 15th goal of the year, to tie the game for the Blue Jackets. In the third, Columbus takes the lead when Kent Johnson nets his 12th and then Boone Jenner scores his 16th of the year, an empty net goal, as the Blue Jackets come from behind and get the 3-1 win over the Jets.
- Boston Bruins v. Nashville Predators – 8p ET
- In Music City USA, the Predators welcome the Bruins to Smashville, and in the first Boston takes the 1-0 lead when Brad Marchand nets his 17th of the year. In the second, the B’s take the 2-0 lead when Craig Smith scores his fourth of the year and then Patrice Bergeron put the Bruins up three with his 19th of the year. Derek Forbort’s fifth of the year then increases the Boston lead to 4-0. In the third, Trent Frederic scores his 11th of the year as the Bruins go on to shutout the Predators with the 5-0 win.
- Detroit Red Wings v. Calgary Flames – 9p ET
- In the Saddledome, the Flames welcome the Red Wings. In the first, Elias Lindholm scores his 16th of the year to put Calgary up 1-0 but then Dominik Kubalik scores his 15th of the year to tie the game for Detroit. In the second, Robby Fabbri’s seventh of the year gives Detroit the 2-1 lead but then Dillon Dube’s 16th of the year ties the game for Calgary. Dominik Kubalik’s second of the night gives Detroit the one goal lead and then Tyler Bertuzzi scores his third of the year to put Detroit up 4-2. In the third, Pius Suter’s eighth of the year gives the Red Wings the 5-2 win over the Flames.
- New Jersey Devils v. St. Louis Blues – 9p ET
- In the Lou, the Blues welcome the Devils to town. In the first, St. Louis takes the 1-0 lead when Pavel Buchnevich scores his 16th of the year but then Dawson Mercer scores his 12th of the year to tie the game. In the second, St. Louis takes the 2-1 lead when Alexey Toropchenko scores his fourth of the year and then Jordan Kyrou nets his 25th to put the Blues up 3-1. Erik Haula then nets his fifth of the year to bring the Devs within a goal. In the third, Brayden Schenn’s 16th of the year gives the Blues the 4-2 win over the Devils.
- Philadelphia Flyers v. Seattle Kraken – 10p ET
- In the Emerald City, the Kraken welcome the Flyers. In the first, Seattle gets the 1-0 lead when Jared McCann nets is 26th and then Yanni Gourde scores his seventh to put the Kraken up 2-0. In the second, Seattle takes the 3-0 lead when Justin Schultz scores his sixth of the year and then Oliver Bjorkstrand nets his 11th of the year to put the Kraken up 4-0. Yanni Gourde then nets his second of the night to put Seattle up 5-0. In the third, Travis Konecny scores his 25th of the year to put the Flyers on the board but then Matty Berniers 18th gives Seattle the 6-1 lead. Travis Konecny then scores his second of the night but the Kraken get the 6-2 win over the Flyers.
- San Jose Sharks v. Vegas Golden Knights – 10p ET
- In Sin City, the Golden Knights take on the Sharks. After a scoreless first, San Jose gets on the board when Alexander Barabanov nets his 10th. In the third, Paul Cotter’s 11th of the year ties the game for Vegas and then William Carrier’s 15th of the year gives the Golden Knights the 2-1 win over the Sharks.
- CHI v. OTT – 7p ET
- PIT v. NYI – 7p ET
- DAL v. MIN – 8p ET
- LA v. ANA – 9p ET
- NYR v. EDM – 9p ET
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