And The Band Played On … This is Our City | The Spin with Michael Spinner

And The Band Played On … This is Our City
By Michael Spinner
Twitter: @MichaelSpinner
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I grew up in New York City, close enough to Manhattan that I consider New York to be ‘my’ city, even though I have not been a resident for nearly 20 years. I root for New York teams. I drive like a New Yorker. I identify with New York City. The suburbs have not changed me enough to take the NYC out of me … and they never will.

New York City runs in my blood enough that when the City hurts, I feel the pain like any other New Yorker. And when I have a chance to take a trip to the City, I feel the same pride as other New Yorkers when I walk around and look at the magnificence that only the 212 provides. I recently took my five year-old to Times Square and Madison Square Garden for the first time. It was not a Rangers game, he is not quite ready yet. It was a right of passage. He saw New York City in all of its glory. He ate New York City pizza. He learned about walking faster than usual, and to not be offended if he gets bumped. He may not be a “New Yorker,” but he’ll have enough New York in him to get by just fine.

After all, New York is my city. Only true New Yorkers can understand.

On Tuesday, New York City wept again. Anybody who has ever been to Manhattan can certainly visualize a beautiful fall day in the city, and the hustle and bustle that only New York City can provide. If you have ever been to the City, you most certainly have seen tourists everywhere … in cabs, on buses, buggies, and even bicycles. It’s just such a New York City thing to do. We’ve all seen the cabs and the bikes, and the cars, and the trucks, and it is busy and crazy, but somehow everybody keeps moving in perfect harmony, whether fast or slow.

But Tuesday was different. On Tuesday, our way of life was threatened yet again as the scourge of evil found its way to our city. A man with a truck and a mission plowed through the masses and became a terrorist. He ended eight lives, changed countless others, and proved once again that the happiness and comfort I enjoyed with my child when we visited New York not long ago is so incredibly fragile these days.

But as Sayfullo Saipov lays in a hospital bed, celebrating his success as a beacon of terror, he has not yet realized that he failed. Yes, he killed innocent victims. Sure, he put yet another scare into us all. But, he is a terrorist that failed to generate terror. He did not attack innocent bikers, tourists, and student, he went after our American way. And he changed nothing. We gasped in horror. We hugged our loved ones tighter. We threw our hands up and begged to understand why this keeps happening. Many young parents like me took at least a moment to wonder if taking our children out for Halloween was the best idea. We all prayed it will never happen again.

But, we were all once again resilient. We moved on, quickly. We continued with our lives. New York did not skip a beat.

The band played on.


Not far from where Mr. Saipov went on his evil rampage, we proved to him and those who convinced him that driving a truck into a pack of innocent civilians would ruin an entire city or nation that America continues. The New York Rangers met the Las Vegas Golden Knights in what was merely a hockey game between two teams. That’s all. 60 minutes of ice hockey. But it was 60 minutes of New York City being New York City. Enhanced security made sure that spectators and players were safe. A moment of silence allowed everybody to digest what had happened. And for 60 minutes, two teams sent a message that no act of terror can stop the American way, and no attack can bring New York City to its knees. The band did play on, and for yet another night we proved that we are bigger and better than a madman with a truck and a mission.

And for the New York Rangers, boy did they do their part. During a season that was lost before it really began, the Rangers heard the bell and answered it. New Yorkers needed a reason to cheer, and the Rangers happily obliged. They were down and out – as many in the City probably felt after the events of the day – but found a way to triumph, as an entire City will do after yet another horrible attack. Down by two, they scored four goals in the third period to earn an emotional win. During one of the most awful days in the history of New York City, the Rangers sent thousands of people back into that very city feeling like the world is doing just fine. While it was only a hockey game, it was also a statement. In the same city where a man tried to attack our way of life, a sports team proved that Mr. Saipov and his minions will never succeed. The will not stop our way of life. New York is bigger and better than that. It is resilient. It is a city that bounces back in a nation that cannot be overcome.

This is our city. The band will always play on.

20 years ago, a madman with a truck and a mission would probably have caused the game to be postponed. Had the game been played, Madison Square Garden probably would have been half empty as the City would have ground to a halt in order to process the events of the day. Had the game been played, it probably would have been more of a scrimmage between two teams overcome by the moment, and unsure of the world around them. But not anymore. We have become a City and a nation that does not bend to terror. We wept, but then moved forward with our way of life.

And the New York Rangers did what New Yorkers do, even though none of them are really New Yorkers. When their city needed something to help it recover, they did just that. It was not just the win for the Rangers, it was the way they won the game. As usual, they did not play well. As par for the course, their defense decided to take the night off. Like old hat, they sleep-walked through the start. But, last night ended oh so differently. Sensing the moment, they willed their way to a win. It was incredible.

Did they galvanize an entire city? Probably not. Between Halloween, the World Series, the place hockey holds within our society, and just the fact that it is a busy time of year, there were probably a lot of New Yorkers completely unaware that a hockey game was taking place just a short walk where a horrific act of terror took place. But for those who are truly New Yorkers, those who really understand our city, what the New York Rangers did last night was pretty darn special. And listening to the post-game reaction of the players, they knew it too.

Let’s face facts … this team stinks. Will their fire their coach? Will they decimate the roster and build for next year? Is a long, painful rebuild upon us? The truth is that we do not know. On Tuesday, shortly before the game began, a madman with a truck and a mission proved that the plight of the New York Rangers pales in comparison to the real issues that we face these days.

But, no matter what happens this season or next season, or for many seasons to come, what we do know for sure is that last night was a night when New York City needed a reason to be New York City. It needed something uniquely New York to pick up the way of life that only New Yorkers understand. Faced with an uppercut of adversity that only the horrors of terror can provide, our city needed to be picked up and reminded that the band does in fact play on.

And the New York Rangers did just that. It was painful and ugly, and tough to watch at times. But, when it ended, we felt like New Yorkers again.

No matter what happens the rest of the way this season, the New York Rangers gave its city exactly what it needed on a night when it needed something special the most. No matter what happens the rest of the way, what the Rangers did on Tuesday night was bigger and better than anything else this team can do the rest of the way. And an entire city thanks them for it.

Michael Spinner

The Great Rangers Identity Crisis | The Spin with Michael Spinner

By Michael Spinner

Twitter: @MichaelSpinner
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Ten games into the 2017-18 NHL regular season, there is only one great thing we can say about the New York Rangers … “great” is the magnitude of the identity crisis facing this team as they try to find their way out of the quagmire known a 2-6-2 start. Where the Rangers’ method in the past under Alain Vigneault has been to sprint to a fast start, and then coast to the finish in order to maintain playoff seeding, the only speed to the start of this season is the way other teams have played.

The Rangers – in short – have been awful. Corsi or no Corsi, this team stinks.

We’ve seen some flashes here and there – battling back to tie the score after falling behind 5-1 against Toronto on Oct. 7 was cute – but overall, the pattern the Rangers have shown have allowed us virtually no reason to feel anything but indigestion while watching this team. They allow early goals, and then spend the latter parts of games playing desperate, giving fans reason to think they are putting things together, only to be disappointed by a sluggish start to the next game.

The start of this season is like watching ‘Groundhog Day On Ice,’ chronicling the miserable existence of a brutal hockey team, hoping the next day will bring about something new, when in fact it is the same, lousy game being played once again. Stanley Cup? Only if it’s on display in Toronto the next time the Rangers visit the Maple Leafs.

Is the season really over only 10 games in? Well, yes. This team cannot defend, refuses to take the body, and it seems that Henrik Lundqvist has literally become Swiss Cheese. Rick Nash is back to his, “I do everything right but score” phase. Mats Zuccarello might be the worst player on the team right now. Kevin Shattenkirk has allowed the Rangers to feature an improved Power Play, but their inability to put the puck past an opposing goaltender on a consistent basis has rendered their speed and puck movement abilities almost neutral.

This team hits the opposing goalie with pucks so frequently that they’re going to seriously hurt somebody. It’s like watching Dwight Howard at the free-throw line abusing rims and backboards, but this time human lives are at stake.

So the New York Rangers stink, and what makes them even worse is that they are playing for not one, but two Head Coaches after Lindy Ruff was hired as Vigneault’s right-hand man this past summer, and yet still fail to take the ice on a consistent basis with a real motivation to play. They look like a team that has tuned out their coach. They are zombies skating on a frozen surface … they same way they were when Tom Renney saw his time on Broadway come to an end in 2009, which led to the hiring of John Tortorella and subsequent near decade of success.

But is a coaching change really necessary? Not if it is merely going to mean a different face behind the bench. It does not matter who coaches this team, the Rangers simply do not have an identity. They do not need a culture change, they need an actual culture. Without which, they may play better hockey, but will absolutely not improve.


Think this to yourself for two seconds and then answer: Are the Rangers a veteran team seeking a run to the elusive Stanley Cup, or a team in rebuilding mode behind a younger core? Go. Can’t answer it, can you? If the Rangers are a veteran team, then somebody might wish to inform Nash, Zuccarello, Lundqvist, and others that the season has started. If they are a rebuilding team, their way of going about it seems to be way off.

The veteran Rangers team is not winning games because their veteran players are playing like the pre-season never ended. Marc Staal seems to be an improved product, but not at the shut-down level the team needs, but will likely not get again. Ryan McDonagh continues to play like the victim of overuse, showing some flashes of amazing, but all too many moments where he cannot get out of his own way, but is able to get out of the way of opponents on the attack, at the same time.

And then there is Lundqvist. Rangers fans desperately crave a Stanley Cup for Hank. The reality is for Lundqvist that the window in New York has closed, and this organization has no chance to reverse its fortunes without coming to this realization. He is not winning a Stanley Cup here. Lundqvist will possibly win more than 500 NHL games, and walk his way into the Hall of Fame, but without a Stanley Cup if he remains a Ranger until the end. It is a reality for the New York Rangers and their fans, and it is tragic. But it is true.

Does this mean the Rangers trade Lundqvist the same way they did Eddie Giacomin so many years ago? There might not be another choice. While Lundqvist likely has another big run or two left in him, the Rangers have neither the resources nor the salary cap space to put the kind of team around him that can go deep into the post-season. So he is left with this roster full of holes, something he is used to … but now he is 35 years old. At 25, he made great saves every game to supplement his mastery of the routine. At 35, there are still many great saves, but just as many bad goals against. He is simply not the Lundqvist of old, and with a flawed team around him, if Lundqvist desires a Stanley Cup, it will have to be elsewhere.

So if the Rangers’ veterans are not performing at a level high enough to chase a Stanley Cup, and they do not have the salary cap space to attempt to purchase a Stanley Cup, they must be rebuilding around a young core, right? Well, not exactly. You cannot build a youth movement around a 35 year-old goaltender under any circumstances. Period. If the idea is to rebuild, it has to start in goal, the same way it did when Henrik Lundqvist first came to Broadway.

And you cannot go through a youth movement without developing your youth. Filip Chytil was a revelation during pre-season, and when it came time for the real games to begin, he averaged six minutes of ice time per game before being sent to the minor leagues. Did he play poorly? If he did, how could we have known with such a small sampling of ice time? Pavel Buchnevich seems to have all of the potential in the world, but has been – for the most part – relegated to the fourth line, while Zuccarello struggles on the first line. During a loss to San Jose on Monday night, they were flip-flopped, but what took so long?

There are other examples.

Which, of course, leads to the question of Alain Vigneault. If there is going to be a youth movement, is Vigneault, the right coach to oversee it? And the answer there is a resounding no. In Vancouver, and in New York, Vigneault proved to be the wrong coach to mentor younger players, regardless of talent. In New York, he has repeatedly gone back to underperforming veteran players time after time after time, stunting the development of younger players. This has happened for years, but previously he had enough veteran players producing to allow the team to succeed. Now he has zero.

In other words, if the Rangers are going to go with a youth movement, it starts behind the bench. It begins with a coach who is inspired by the challenge of developing a rebuild. It means cleaning house of underperforming veterans, allowing young talent to learn on the job, and developing a solid core for the future … none of which is happening now. The Rangers are sinking, and they are doing so under the weight of older underachievers and their massive contracts, being enabled by a coach who only knows how to deal with them.

Should Vigneault be fired for the bad start? Actually, he should not. Under his watch, the Rangers won at least one playoff series during three of his four seasons. He deserves some patience for that. But, he should be fired if indeed the Rangers are seeking a more youthful approach because he is not the right man for that job.

Sorry Rangers fans, if this season is going to turn around, and the trajectory of the organization is going to change, it starts with their identity. If the Rangers are a veteran team seeking a Stanley Cup for their beloved goaltender, they need more beloved veterans on this team to put a run together, and their current veterans to produce. If the Rangers are going to rebuild around youth, they must make the full investment, and they must do so now. Under John Tortorella and Alain Vigneault, the Rangers threw away heaps of cash and draft picks to gain the kind of veteran roster to win a Stanley Cup. And it almost worked. But when the Tampa Bay Lightning came to Madison Square Garden in 2015, and ended what seemed like a sure-fire Rangers Cup run in the Conference Finals, an era ended as well. This team has not been the same since then, and the way things are constructed right now, they are not bouncing back.

What we have today is a team stuck in the middle. Too many young faces for a youth movement, and too many experienced underachievers to act like a veteran team. The New York Rangers do not have an identity today, and they is why they are 2-6-2.

Actually, wait a second, the Rangers do have an identity. With this model, they know exactly who they are. They are headed right to the top. Unfortunately, their ascension is to the pinnacle … of the draft board.

Michael Spinner

NHL Announces Opening-Day Rosters for 2017-18 Season


NEW YORK (Oct. 4, 2017) -- Following are NHL club rosters, as of 10 a.m., Eastern time today. Some players who recently have agreed to terms with their respective clubs but whose contracts had not yet been approved by the League are not included. The 2017-18 regular season begins tonight with four games.

Anaheim Ducks

Francois Beauchemin, Reto Berra, Kevin Bieksa, Jared Boll, Andrew Cogliano, Cam Fowler, Ryan Getzlaf, John Gibson, Derek Grant, Korbinian Holzer, Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson, Jaycob Megna, Brandon Montour, Corey Perry, Rickard Rakell, Dennis Rasmussen, Nick Ritchie, Logan Shaw, Jakob Silfverberg, Antoine Vermette, Chris Wagner.

Injured: Patrick Eaves, Ryan Kesler, Hampus Lindholm, Ryan Miller, Sami Vatanen.

Arizona Coyotes

Adam Clendening, Kevin Connauton, Nick Cousins, Lawson Crouse, Jason Demers, Max Domi, Louis Domingue, Anthony Duclair, Christian Dvorak, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Christian Fischer, Alex Goligoski, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Clayton Keller, Jordan Martinook, Brendan Perlini, Antti Raanta, Brad Richardson, Tobias Rieder, Zac Rinaldo, Luke Schenn, Derek Stepan, Dylan Strome.

Injured: Dave Bolland, Jakob Chychrun.

Boston Bruins

Noel Acciari, David Backes, Matt Beleskey, Patrice Bergeron, Anders Bjork, Brandon Carlo, Zdeno Chara, Jake DeBrusk, Matt Grzelcyk, Anton Khudobin, David Krejci, Sean Kuraly, Brad Marchand, Charlie McAvoy, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Riley Nash, David Pastrnak, Paul Postma, Tuukka Rask, Tim Schaller, Ryan Spooner, Frank Vatrano.

Injured: Austin Czarnik, Emil Johansson, Torey Krug.

Buffalo Sabres

Victor Antipin, Nathan Beaulieu, Zach Bogosian, Jack Eichel, Zemgus Girgensons, Josh Gorges, Seth Griffith, Chad Johnson, Jacob Josefson, Evander Kane, Johan Larsson, Robin Lehner, Jake McCabe, Matt Moulson, Jordan Nolan, Kyle Okposo, Ryan O'Reilly, Jason Pominville, Benoit Pouliot, Sam Reinhart, Rasmus Ristolainen, Marco Scandella, Matt Tennyson.

Injured: Justin Falk, Evan Rodrigues.

Calgary Flames

Mikael Backlund, Matt Bartkowski, Sam Bennett, TJ Brodie, Troy Brouwer, Micheal Ferland, Michael Frolik, Johnny Gaudreau, Mark Giordano, Dougie Hamilton, Freddie Hamilton, Travis Hamonic, Garnet Hathaway, Brett Kulak, Eddie Lack, Curtis Lazar, Sean Monahan, Mike Smith, Matt Stajan, Michael Stone, Matthew Tkachuk, Kris Versteeg.

Injured: Marek Hrivik, Daniel Pribyl.

Carolina Hurricanes

Sebastian Aho, Klas Dahlbeck, Scott Darling, Justin Faulk, Haydn Fleury, Noah Hanifin, Josh Jooris, Marcus Kruger, Janne Kuokkanen, Elias Lindholm, Brock McGinn, Martin Necas, Joakim Nordstrom, Brett Pesce, Victor Rask, Derek Ryan, Jeff Skinner, Jaccob Slavin, Jordan Staal, Teuvo Teravainen, Trevor van Riemsdyk, Cam Ward, Justin Williams.

Injured: Lee Stempniak.

Chicago Blackhawks

Artem Anisimov, Lance Bouma, Corey Crawford, Anton Forsberg, Ryan Hartman, John Hayden, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Michal Kempny, Tanner Kero, Connor Murphy, Jordan Oesterle, Richard Panik, Jan Rutta, Brandon Saad, Nick Schmaltz, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews, Tommy Wingels.

Injured: Marian Hossa, Nathan Noel, Michal Rozsival, Luc Snuggerud, Jordin Tootoo.

Colorado Avalanche

Sven Andrighetto, Mark Barberio, Tyson Barrie, Jonathan Bernier, Chris Bigras, Joe Colborne, Blake Comeau, J.T. Compher, Matt Duchene, Erik Johnson, Tyson Jost, Alexander Kerfoot, Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon, Andrei Mironov, Patrik Nemeth, Matt Nieto, Mikko Rantanen, Carl Soderberg, Semyon Varlamov, Colin Wilson, Nail Yakupov, Nikita Zadorov.

Injured: Sergei Boikov, A.J. Greer.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Cam Atkinson, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Sergei Bobrovsky, Matt Calvert, Gabriel Carlsson, Zac Dalpe, Brandon Dubinsky, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Nick Foligno, Markus Hannikainen, Scott Harrington, Jack Johnson, Seth Jones, Joonas Korpisalo, Sonny Milano, Ryan Murray, Markus Nutivaara, Artemi Panarin, David Savard, Lukas Sedlak, Alexander Wennberg, Zach Werenski.

Injured: Boone Jenner, Jordan Schroeder, Sam Vigneault.

Dallas Stars

Jamie Benn, Ben Bishop, Adam Cracknell, Radek Faksa, Dan Hamhuis, Martin Hanzal, Julius Honka, Mattias Janmark, Stephen Johns, John Klingberg, Kari Lehtonen, Esa Lindell, Marc Methot, Jamie Oleksiak, Greg Pateryn, Tyler Pitlick, Alexander Radulov, Brett Ritchie, Antoine Roussel, Tyler Seguin, Devin Shore, Gemel Smith, Jason Spezza.

Injured: None.

Detroit Red Wings

Justin Abdelkader, David Booth, Trevor Daley, Danny DeKeyser, Jonathan Ericsson, Martin Frk, Lucas Glendening, Mike Green, Darren Helm, Jimmy Howard, Nick Jensen, Niklas Kronwall, Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Petr Mrazek, Frans Nielsen, Gustav Nyquist, Xavier Ouellet, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar, Luke Witkowski, Henrik Zetterberg.

Injured: Tyler Bertuzzi, Johan Franzen, Matt Lorito, Evgeny Svechnikov, Eric Tangradi.

Edmonton Oilers

Yohann Auvitu, Matt Benning, Laurent Brossoit, Drake Caggiula, Leon Draisaitl, Eric Gryba, Jussi Jokinen, Zack Kassian, Jujhar Khaira, Oscar Klefbom, Adam Larsson, Mark Letestu, Milan Lucic, Patrick Maroon, Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Darnell Nurse, Iiro Pakarinen, Kris Russell, Ryan Strome, Cam Talbot, Kailer Yamamoto.

Injured: Brian Ferlin, Andrej Sekera, Ryan Stanton.

Florida Panthers

Aleksander Barkov, Nick Bjugstad, Connor Brickley, Evgeni Dadonov, Aaron Ekblad, Micheal Haley, Jonathan Huberdeau, Roberto Luongo, Derek MacKenzie, Denis Malgin, Mike Matheson, Jared McCann, Ian McCoshen, Jamie McGinn, Alex Petrovic, Mark Pysyk, James Reimer, Colton Sceviour, Owen Tippett, Vincent Trocheck, Radim Vrbata, MacKenzie Weegar, Keith Yandle.

Injured: None.

Los Angeles Kings

Andy Andreoff, Jonny Brodzinski, Dustin Brown, Michael Cammalleri, Jeff Carter, Kyle Clifford, Drew Doughty, Nic Dowd, Oscar Fantenberg, Christian Folin, Derek Forbort, Alex Iafallo, Adrian Kempe, Anze Kopitar, Darcy Kuemper, Trevor Lewis, Kurtis MacDermid, Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin, Tanner Pearson, Jonathan Quick, Nick Shore, Tyler Toffoli.

Injured: Marian Gaborik, Austin Wagner.

Minnesota Wild

Jonas Brodin, Charlie Coyle, Matt Cullen, Devan Dubnyk, Matt Dumba, Tyler Ennis, Joel Eriksson Ek, Marcus Foligno, Mikael Granlund, Mikko Koivu, Nino Niederreiter, Gustav Olofsson, Zach Parise, Kyle Quincey, Mike Reilly, Jared Spurgeon, Eric Staal, Alex Stalock, Chris Stewart, Ryan Suter, Jason Zucker.

Injured: None.

Montreal Canadiens

Karl Alzner, Jordie Benn, Paul Byron, Phillip Danault, Brandon Davidson, Jacob De La Rose, Jonathan Drouin, Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher, Ales Hemsky, Charles Hudon, Artturi Lehkonen, Victor Mete, Torrey Mitchell, Al Montoya, Joe Morrow, Max Pacioretty, Jeff Petry, Tomas Plekanec, Carey Price, Andrew Shaw, Mark Streit, Shea Weber.

Injured: Jeremiah Addison, Noah Juulsen, David Schlemko.

Nashville Predators

Pontus Aberg, Viktor Arvidsson, Anthony Bitetto, Mattias Ekholm, Alexei Emelin, Kevin Fiala, Filip Forsberg, Samuel Girard, Scott Hartnell, Matt Irwin, Calle Jarnkrok, Ryan Johansen, Roman Josi, Cody McLeod, Pekka Rinne, Miikka Salomaki, Juuse Saros, Colton Sissons, Craig Smith, P.K. Subban, Austin Watson, Yannick Weber.

Injured: Nick Bonino, Ryan Ellis.

New Jersey Devils

Jesper Bratt, Will Butcher, Blake Coleman, Brian Gibbons, Andy Greene, Taylor Hall, Jimmy Hayes, Adam Henrique, Nico Hischier, Marcus Johansson, Keith Kinkaid, Ben Lovejoy, John Moore, Mirco Mueller, Stefan Noesen, Kyle Palmieri, Dalton Prout, Steven Santini, Cory Schneider, Damon Severson, Drew Stafford, Miles Wood, Pavel Zacha.

Injured: Brian Boyle, Ryane Clowe, Michael McLeod, Travis Zajac.

New York Islanders

Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Anthony Beauvillier, Johnny Boychuk, Jason Chimera, Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin de Haan, Jordan Eberle, Thomas Greiss, Jaroslav Halak, Thomas Hickey, Joshua Ho-Sang, Nikolay Kulemin, Andrew Ladd, Nick Leddy, Anders Lee, Scott Mayfield, Brock Nelson, Adam Pelech, Ryan Pulock, Dennis Seidenberg, John Tavares.

Injured: Shane Prince, Alan Quine.

New York Rangers

Pavel Buchnevich, Paul Carey, Filip Chytil, Tony DeAngelo, David Desharnais, Michael Grabner, Kevin Hayes, Nick Holden, Steven Kampfer, Chris Kreider, Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan McDonagh, J.T. Miller, Rick Nash, Ondrej Pavelec, Kevin Shattenkirk, Brady Skjei, Brendan Smith, Marc Staal, Jimmy Vesey, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello.

Injured: Jesper Fast.

Ottawa Senators

Craig Anderson, Mark Borowiecki, Derick Brassard, Logan Brown, Alexandre Burrows, Cody Ceci, Fredrik Claesson, Mike Condon, Ryan Dzingel, Alex Formenton, Mike Hoffman, Erik Karlsson, Johnny Oduya, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Dion Phaneuf, Tom Pyatt, Bobby Ryan, Zack Smith, Mark Stone, Nate Thompson, Kyle Turris, Chris Wideman.

Injured: Clarke MacArthur, Colin White.

Philadelphia Flyers

Sean Couturier, Brian Elliott, Valtteri Filppula, Claude Giroux, Shayne Gostisbehere, Radko Gudas, Robert Hagg, Travis Konecny, Scott Laughton, Jori Lehtera, Taylor Leier, Andrew MacDonald, Brandon Manning, Samuel Morin, Michal Neuvirth, Nolan Patrick, Ivan Provorov, Michael Raffl, Travis Sanheim, Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek, Jordan Weal, Dale Weise.

Injured: Cole Bardreau, Colin McDonald, Anthony Stolarz.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Josh Archibald, Ian Cole, Sidney Crosby, Brian Dumoulin, Jake Guentzel, Carl Hagelin, Matt Hunwick, Phil Kessel, Tom Kuhnhackl, Kris Letang, Olli Maatta, Evgeni Malkin, Greg McKegg, Matt Murray, Antti Niemi, Ryan Reaves, Carter Rowney, Chad Ruhwedel, Bryan Rust, Justin Schultz, Conor Sheary, Scott Wilson.

Injured: Patric Hornqvist.

San Jose Sharks

Mikkel Boedker, Justin Braun, Brent Burns, Ryan Carpenter, Logan Couture, Aaron Dell, Dylan DeMelo, Brenden Dillon, Joonas Donskoi, Barclay Goodrow, Jannik Hansen, Tim Heed, Tomas Hertl, Martin Jones, Melker Karlsson, Kevin Labanc, Paul Martin, Timo Meier, Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Chris Tierney, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Joel Ward.

Injured: Rourke Chartier.

St. Louis Blues

Jake Allen, Ivan Barbashev, Robert Bortuzzo, Kyle Brodziak, Vince Dunn, Joel Edmundson, Carl Gunnarsson, Carter Hutton, Dmitrij Jaskin, Wade Megan, Magnus Paajarvi, Colton Parayko, Alex Pietrangelo, Nate Prosser, Brayden Schenn, Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Sobotka, Paul Stastny, Oskar Sundqvist, Vladimir Tarasenko, Tage Thompson, Chris Thorburn, Scottie Upshall.

Injured: Patrik Berglund, Jay Bouwmeester, Robby Fabbri, Klim Kostin, Luke Opilka, Zach Sanford, Alex Steen.

Tampa Bay Lightning

J.T. Brown, Peter Budaj, Ryan Callahan, Braydon Coburn, Jake Dotchin, Gabriel Dumont, Dan Girardi, Yanni Gourde, Victor Hedman, Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn, Slater Koekkoek, Nikita Kucherov, Chris Kunitz, Vladislav Namestnikov, Ondrej Palat, Cedric Paquette, Brayden Point, Mikhail Sergachev, Steven Stamkos, Anton Stralman, Andrej Sustr, Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Injured: Michael Bournival, Erik Condra, Dominik Masin, Jonne Tammela, Carter Verhaeghe.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Frederik Andersen, Andreas Borgman, Tyler Bozak, Connor Brown, Connor Carrick, Eric Fehr, Jake Gardiner, Ron Hainsey, Zach Hyman, Nazem Kadri, Leo Komarov, Josh Leivo, Martin Marincin, Patrick Marleau, Mitchell Marner, Matt Martin, Auston Matthews, Curtis McElhinney, Dominic Moore, William Nylander, Morgan Rielly, James van Riemsdyk, Nikita Zaitsev.

Injured: Frederik Gauthier, Nathan Horton, Joffrey Lupul.

Vancouver Canucks

Sven Baertschi, Alex Biega, Brock Boeser, Alexander Burmistrov, Michael Del Zotto, Derek Dorsett, Alexander Edler, Loui Eriksson, Sam Gagner, Markus Granlund, Erik Gudbranson, Bo Horvat, Ben Hutton, Jacob Markstrom, Anders Nilsson, Derrick Pouliot, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Troy Stecher, Brandon Sutter, Christopher Tanev, Thomas Vanek, Jake Virtanen.

Injured: Cole Cassels, Brendan Gaunce.

Vegas Golden Knights

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, William Carrier, Cody Eakin, Deryk Engelland, Marc-Andre Fleury, Jason Garrison, Erik Haula, Brad Hunt, William Karlsson, Brendan Leipsic, Oscar Lindberg, Jonathan Marchessault, Brayden McNabb, Jon Merrill, Colin Miller, Tomas Nosek, David Perron, Calvin Pickard, Griffin Reinhart, Luca Sbisa, Nate Schmidt, Reilly Smith, Malcolm Subban.

Injured: David Clarkson, Reid Duke, Mikhail Grabovski, James Neal, Clayton Stoner.

Washington Capitals

Nicklas Backstrom, Jay Beagle, Andre Burakovsky, John Carlson, Taylor Chorney, Brett Connolly, Christian Djoos, Lars Eller, Tyler Graovac, Philipp Grubauer, Braden Holtby, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Aaron Ness, Matt Niskanen, Dmitry Orlov, Brooks Orpik, T.J. Oshie, Alex Ovechkin, Devante Smith-Pelly, Chandler Stephenson, Jakub Vrana, Nathan Walker, Tom Wilson.

Injured: None.

Winnipeg Jets

Joel Armia, Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Chiarot, Andrew Copp, Marko Dano, Nikolaj Ehlers, Tobias Enstrom, Connor Hellebuyck, Dmitry Kulikov, Patrik Laine, Bryan Little, Adam Lowry, Steve Mason, Shawn Matthias, Josh Morrissey, Tyler Myers, Mathieu Perreault, Nic Petan, Tucker Poolman, Mark Scheifele, Brandon Tanev, Jacob Trouba, Blake Wheeler.

Injured: Matt Hendricks.

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The 100th opening night in League history features a national doubleheader in both the U.S. and Canada as eight teams drop the puck on the 2017-18 NHL season:

* In the U.S., the Penguins raise their second straight Stanley Cup banner (fifth overall) to the rafters of PPG Paints Arena prior to their game against the Blues, the first of a season-opening doubleheader on NBCSN. The night closes in San Jose where Nolan Patrick, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, is expected to make his debut for the Flyers. The Sharks, meanwhile, aim to become the sixth team in NHL history to win eight consecutive season openers.

* In Canada, forwards Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine – who finished first and second, respectively, in rookie scoring in 2016-17 – are expected to meet for the third time in their careers when the Maple Leafs visit the Jetsin the opening game of the 2017-18 season. The SN and TVAS broadcasts then shift to Edmonton, where reigning Hart Trophy and Art Ross Trophy winner Connor McDavid leads the Oilers against the Flames in the first of five “Battle of Alberta” showdowns this season.

* The Lightning are 15-7-2 (.667) all-time in season openers, the best winning percentage in such contests in NHL history.

* The fastest goal from the start of a season opener was scored by Kent Nilsson of the Minnesota North Stars on Oct. 11, 1986, at 0:10 of the first period against the Quebec Nordiques.

* The NHL record for goals in a season opener is five, achieved by Joe Malone and Harry Hyland on Dec. 19, 1917, the first day of play in the League’s inaugural season, and matched by Babe Dye on Dec. 16, 1922.

* Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews is the only active player to score four goals in a season opener, achieving the feat on Oct. 12, 2016 when he became the first player in the NHL’s modern era (since 1943-44) to score four times in his League debut. Eight other active players have scored a hat trick in a season opener.


  1. Golden Knights, NHL make joint donation to Las Vegas first responders

  2. Senators to honor Murray with helmet decal

  3. Eichel agrees to 8-year, $80M contract extension with Sabres

  4. Capitals forward Tom Wilson suspended four games for boarding

  5. New season features intriguing storylines across League (via Dan Rosen)

The NHL has released its 2017-18 Season Information Package via the League’s Media site. Also now available are all player headshots as well as several NHL publications and all 31 team media guides.

Documents in the 2017-18 Season Information Package include:

Team-by-Team Offseason Summary

Rule Changes

Approaching Milestones

Key Dates

Season Openers

Bye Weeks

Schedule Matrix

Expansion Franchises and Inaugural Season Results

NHL Arena Firsts

2017 SAP NHL Global Series

Outdoor Games and All-Star Weekend

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NEW YORK (March 6, 2017) – Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 5.


Kucherov led the NHL with 5-4—9 in four games to power the Lightning (30-26-8, 68 points) to three wins. He opened the week with his second career hat trick and fourth career four-point effort (3-1—4), including the decisive goal, in a 5-1 triumph over the Ottawa Senators Feb. 27. Kucherov then registered 1-2—3, including the primary assist on the overtime winner, in a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes March 1. He added one goal in a 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins March 3 before closing the week with one assist – as well as a highlight-reel goal to clinch the shootout – in a 2-1 triumph over the Buffalo Sabres March 4. The 23-year-old Maykop, Russia, native, who has 7-7—14 during a six-game point streak, ranks in the top 10 in the NHL in goals (t-10th; 28), points (10th; 63), power-play goals (t-3rd; 12) and power-play points (8th; 23) through 57 contests this season.


Bobrovsky turned aside 87-of-88 shots, going 2-0-1 with a 0.33 goals-against average, .989 save percentage and two shutouts to guide the Blue Jackets (41-17-6, 88 points) to five out of a possible eight standings points. He made 29 saves in a 1-0 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens Feb. 28. Bobrovsky then posted consecutive shutouts (a first in his NHL career), stopping all 38 shots he faced in a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild March 2 and all 20 shots he saw in a 3-0 triumph against the New Jersey Devils March 5. The 28-year-old Novokuznetsk, Russia, native has appeared in 51 games this season, ranking in the top five in the League in wins (t-2nd; 34), goals-against average (3rd; 2.09), save percentage (5th; .929) and shutouts (t-4th; 5). His 34 victories are a single-season franchise record, breaking the mark set by Steve Mason in 2008-09 (33 W in 61 GP).


Price went 3-0-0 with a 0.66 goals-against average, .974 save percentage and one shutout to propel the Canadiens (37-21-8, 82 points) to a perfect 4-0-0 week. He earned his 39th career shutout with 26 saves in a 1-0 overtime victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets Feb. 28. Price then allowed only one goal in each of his next two starts, making 24 saves in a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators March 2 and 26 saves in a 4-1 triumph against the New York Rangers March 4. The 29-year-old Anahim Lake, B.C., native owns a 29-16-5 record, 2.31 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and three shutouts in 50 outings this season.

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On Wednesday March 1st, 2017, Jim Cerny hosted a special edition "Blueshirt Bulletin/Rink Rap" live NHL trade deadline show from the Hockey Active Radio Network Studios and was produced by Hockey Active's own Paul C. Cuthbert.


Guests included former New York Rangers GM Neil Smith, Rick Carpiniello, Brett Cyrgallis, Tom Gulitti, Erik Erlendson and Di Michelle.

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Home Team in Caps
CALGARY 5, NY Islanders 2
PITTSBURGH 4, Buffalo 3
Columbus 3, NEW JERSEY 0
MINNESOTA 3, San Jose 1
Vancouver 2, ANAHEIM 1
St. Louis 3, COLORADO 0
Carolina 2, ARIZONA 1
The Blue Jackets (41-17-6, 88 points) and Penguins (40-16-8, 88 points) each earned victories to remain tied – in terms of points – for second place in the Metropolitan Division, seven points back of the League-leading Capitals (44-13-7, 95 points):
* Sergei Bobrovsky (20 saves) earned his second consecutive shutout to help Columbus improve to 6-2-1 in its last nine games. Bobrovsky (34-13-4, 2.09 GAA, .929 SV%, 5 SO), who matched a career-high with his fifth shutout of the campaign, established a new Blue Jackets franchise record for wins in a season, surpassing the previous mark set by Steve Mason in 2008-09.

* Pittsburgh surrendered a 3-0 lead in the first period, but Jake Guentzel (1-0—1) and Conor Sheary (1-1—2) scored the tying and winning goals 50 seconds apart in the third period as the Penguins improved to 20-2-2 in their last 24 home games. Per Elias, the Penguins came back from a three-goal deficit to win in regulation for the first time since April 5, 2016 (5-3 W at OTT). They became the fourth team to accomplish the feat this season, joining CAR, NSH (2x) and NYR.

Strong goaltending performances helped the Wild (42-15-6, 90 points), Flames (36-26-4, 76 points) and Blues (32-27-5, 69 points) all make up ground in the Western Conference playoff race:
* Devan Dubnyk (20 saves) recorded his League-leading 35th win of the campaign and Eric Staal posted his fourth multi-goal effort of the season as the Wild overtook the Blackhawks (42-18-5, 89 points) for the top spot in the Central Division and Western Conference. Staal scored his team-leading seventh game-winning goal of the season and sits two behind Jeff Carter for the League lead.
* Brian Elliott (33 saves) earned his sixth straight victory while the Flames erupted for four goals in 4:40 of the first period to extend their season-long winning and point streaks to seven and nine games, respectively (8-0-1). Elliott improved to 10-1-1 in his last 12 decisions while posting a 2.16 GAA and .927 SV% over that span. Calgary, meanwhile, moved into a tie – in terms of points – with Anaheim (33-22-10, 76 points) for third place in the Pacific Division.
* Jake Allen stopped all 27 shots he faced to earn his third shutout of the season and Paul Stastny scored the eventual game-winner just 3:56 into the first period to help the Blues snap a five-game skid. St. Louis leapfrogged the idle Kings (31-28-6, 68 points) to move into the final Wild Card position in the Western Conference.

Richard Bachman made 43 saves to lead the Canucks to victory in his first start since Oct. 30, 2015 . . . Derek Ryan netted the game-winner with 3:57 remaining in the third period to help the Hurricanes end a four-game slide . . . Jack Eichel scored to extend his career-long point streak to 10 games (3-10—13) . . . Bo Horvat reached the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his career . . . Brandon Dubinsky (0-1—1) earned the 400th point of his NHL career . . . Jaden Schwartz tallied an assist in his 300th NHL game.

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NY Rangers @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., SN, TVAS, SUN, MSG+
Boston @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., TSN5, RDS, NESN
Dallas @ Washington, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, CSN-DC
San Jose @ Winnipeg, 8 p.m., TSN3, CSN-CA
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The League-leading Capitals (44-13-7, 95 points) will try to extend their franchise-record home win and point streaks when they host the Stars (26-29-10, 62 points) at Verizon Center on NBCSN. Washington, who is 16-0-1 – including 15 consecutive victories – in its last 17 home contests, is led by goaltender Braden Holtby, who has earned a point in each of his last 21 decisions (19-0-2) – one shy of his career-high and two short of the franchise record.

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Home Team in Caps
ST. LOUIS 5, Colorado 1
Edmonton 2, DETROIT 1
New Jersey 4, CAROLINA 1
CHICAGO 4, Dallas 3 (OT)
NY RANGERS 5, Winnipeg 2
ANAHEIM 4, Calgary 1
The Blackhawks (9-3-1, 19 points) and Rangers (10-3-0, 20 points) each earned victories on Sunday to extend their impressive winning streaks:
* Marian Hossa (1-1—2) scored with 28.7 seconds left in overtime to lead the Blackhawks to their sixth straight win and a 7-1-1 home record overall. Hossa, who collected an assist earlier in the contest, became the fourth active player to register 1,100 career points (505-595—1,100). Artem Anisimov (1-1—2) – the League leader in points – extended his career-high point streak to 11 contests (8-9—17). 
* Five different skaters scored to power the Rangers to their fifth consecutive win overall and sixth straight at home. The Rangers have outscored their opponents 26-8 during their five-game winning streak, scoring at least five goals in each contest. New York has scored at least five goals in five or more consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 26, 1978 – Jan. 14, 1979 (nine games).
Ryan Kesler (2-0—2), Ryan Getzlaf (0-3—3) and Corey Perry (0-3—3) combined for 2-6—8 to help the Ducks earn their 24th straight regular-season home victory versus Calgary dating to April 4, 2004 (CGY: 0-19-5).
* Anaheim’s 24-game run is the longest regular-season home winning streak against one opponent in NHL history and eclipsed the previous streak by Philadelphia, who defeated Pittsburgh 23 straight times on home ice from Feb. 17, 1980 – Jan. 29, 1987.
* With three helpers, Getzlaf moved into a tie with Teemu Selanne for first on the franchise’s all-time assists list (531).
Michael Cammalleri (3-0—3) opened the scoring with three consecutive goals to post his sixth career hat trick and first since Feb. 13, 2013 vs. DAL (w/ CGY), guiding the Devils to a 4-1 victory over the Hurricanes.
* Elias adds that Cammalleri recorded the first natural hat trick of his NHL career and became the first Devils player to accomplish the feat since Zach Parise on Nov. 30, 2007 vs. MTL.

The Rangers’ 10 wins are tied for the most through the first 13 games of a season in franchise history (also 1990-91 and 2008-09) . . .  In his first start of the season, Jonas Gustavsson (22 SV) backstopped the Oilers (9-3-1, 19 points) to a 2-1 victory. Edmonton earned their first road win vs. DET since Dec. 3, 2009 (4-1 W), snapping a 10-game slide (0-7-3) in their final visit to Joe Louis Arena . . . Five different skaters scored as the Blues improved to 5-1-1 at Scottrade Center this season . . . Jets rookie Patrik Laine (1-0—1) shares the NHL lead with eight goals (8-3—11) . . . Stars forward Gemel Smith (2-0—2) scored the first two goals of his NHL career (7 GP) . . .  Rangers forward Kevin Hayes (1-0—1) has scored in a career-high four consecutive games (4-2—6) . . .  Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader (1-0—1) opened the scoring on Sunday evening at Joe Louis Arena, the site where he recently proposed to his girlfriend . . . Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal skated in the 700th game of his NHL career . . . The Blues and Hurricanes each hosted their Hockey Fights Cancer nights . . . Military police dog Corporal Nero dropped the ceremonial puck as part of Anaheim’s Military Appreciation Night at Honda Center . . . The Blackhawks honored the World Series-winning Chicago Cubs in a pre-game ceremony at United Center.
Buffalo @ Boston, 7 p.m., SN, TVAS, NESN, MSG-B
Vancouver @ NY Islanders, 7 p.m., NHLN-US, MSG+, SNP
Tampa Bay @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., FS-F, SUN
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Home Team in Caps
COLORADO 1, Minnesota 0
ST. LOUIS 2, Columbus 1 (OT)
TAMPA BAY 4, New Jersey 1
NY Rangers 5, BOSTON 2
MONTREAL 5, Philadelphia 4
Buffalo 2, OTTAWA 1
WASHINGTON 4, Florida 2
Edmonton 4, NY ISLANDERS 3 (SO)
TORONTO 6, Vancouver 3
Carolina 3, NASHVILLE 2 (SO)
Chicago 3, DALLAS 2
LOS ANGELES 5, Calgary 0
Pittsburgh 5, SAN JOSE 0
The Blackhawks (8-3-1, 17 points) and Capitals (8-2-1, 17 points) earned wins on Saturday to push their winning streaks to five games.
* Patrick Kane (1-1—2) scored the go-ahead goal at 7:40 of the third period to power the Blackhawks to an 8-1-1 record in their past ten games, including five consecutive victories. Artem Anisimov (0-1—1) set up Kane’s game-winning goal to extend his career-high point streak to 10 contests (7-8—15). Anisimov and Kane (4-11—15) are tied with Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (4-11—15) for most points this season.
* T.J. Oshie (2-0—2) and Alexander Ovechkin (1-1—2) paced the Capitals, who scored three unanswered goals in a span of 4:45 in the third period, to push their win streak to five games. Braden Holtby made 22 saves to improve to 6-2-1 this season, including four straight wins (2.20 GAA, .921 SV%). 
Derek Stepan (1-2—3) and Kevin Hayes (1-0—1) scored back-to-back shorthanded goals to lead the Rangers (9-3-0, 18 points) to their fourth consecutive victory and a 7-1-0 record in their last eight games.
* The Rangers have outscored their opponents 21-6 during the four-game winning streak, scoring at least five goals in each contest.
* New York has registered nine wins through their first 12 games of the season, tied for the most wins in the first 12 games of any season in franchise history (also 1983-84, 1990-91 and 2008-09).
Matt Murray denied all 32 shots he faced and Sidney Crosby (2-0—2) recorded his second straight multi-goal game to lead the Penguins over the Sharks in their first visit to SAP Center since their Stanley Cup-clinching victory on June 12 (3-1 W).
* Crosby has recorded at least one point in all six of his appearances this season (8-2—10) and leads the NHL in goals, despite making his season debut on Oct. 25.
* The Penguins captain has collected at least one point in 26 of his last 27 regular-season contests dating to Feb. 29 (19-20—39).
* Murray has won nine consecutive regular-season decisions dating to March 6 at NJD and improved to 11-2-1 in 15 career games.
The Blues (6-4-2, 14 points), Oilers (8-3-1, 17 points) and Hurricanes (3-4-3, nine points) all needed extra time to secure wins on Saturday:
* Vladimir Tarasenko scored his fifth career regular-season overtime goal with 42.1 seconds remaining in the extra frame to power the Blues to a 4-1-1 home record. He moved into a tie with Brett Hull for third on the franchise’s all-time regular-season overtime goals list.
* The Oilers overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 before Mark Letestu notched the decisive goal in the shootout to help Edmonton halt a three-game skid (0-2-1) and improve to 8-3-1 overall.
* Jeff Skinner (1-0—1) and Ron Hainsey (1-0—1) scored in regulation and Jaccob Slavin potted the only goal in a three-round shootout to lead the Hurricanes to victory. Skinner leads Carolina with 6-6—12 in nine games this season, including four goals in his last four games.
Avalanche goaltender Calvin Pickard (32 SV) blanked the Wild to improve to 3-0-0 this season (1.67 GAA, .944 SV%, 1 SO) . . . Five different skaters scored to help the Canadiens rebound from a 10-0 loss vs. CBJ on Friday and improve to 10-1-1 this season . . . Carey Price (34 SV) improved to 7-0-0 this season (1.17 GAA, .964 SV%, 1 SO) . . . Kings goaltender Peter Budaj (24 SV) recorded his first shutout since Oct. 28, 2013 . . . The Lightning scored four unanswered goals to improve to 4-1-1 at home this season. . . Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich (7 GP) and Lightning forward Brayden Point (12 GP) scored their first career NHL goals. . .Tyler Bozak (2-1—3), James van Riemsdyk (0-3—3) and Mitch Marner (1-1—2) combined for 3-5—8 to guide the Maple Leafs to their third straight win . . . Cameras caught Maple Leafs rookies Marner and Auston Matthews singing Bon Jovi on the bench . . . The Sabres scored twice in the third period to pick up their fourth win in their last five outings . . . Hurricanes forward Lee Stempniak skated in the 800th game of his NHL career. . .The Avalanche, Canadiens, Senators, Sharks, Maple Leafs and Capitals each hosted their Hockey Fights Cancer nights. In Ottawa, goaltender Craig Anderson wore No. 23 in warmup. It is the favorite number of his wife, Nicholle, who is battling cancer.
Colorado @ St. Louis, 5 p.m., FS-MW, ALT
Edmonton @ Detroit, 5 p.m., FS-D, SNW
New Jersey @ Carolina, 6 p.m., FS-CR, MSG+
Dallas @ Chicago, 7 p.m., TVAS, CSN-CH, FS-SW+
Winnipeg @ NY Rangers, 7 p.m., SN, SN360, MSG
Calgary @ Anaheim, 9:30 p.m., SN1, PRIME
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Rookie Patrik Laine and the Jets visit the Rangers, winners of four straight, at Madison Square Garden on Rogers Hometown Hockey, which makes its fourth stop of the season in Halifax, N.S.
* Throughout 2016-17, Sunday games will be broadcast from a different community rink in various towns across Canada. Included in each telecast will be local NHL player profiles, grassroots stories and local entertainment features.
Click here for more details about the festivities in Halifax.
Click here for the full schedule of stops for the 2016-17 season.
The Ducks aim to pick up their 24th consecutive regular-season home victory over the Flames on Sunday night. Anaheim’s active 23-game run, which dates back to April 4, 2004 (CGY: 0-18-5), matches the longest regular-season home winning streak against one opponent in NHL history. The Flyers are the only other team to post such a run, defeating the Penguins 23 straight times on home ice from Feb. 17, 1980 – Jan. 29, 1987.

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Home Team in Caps
COLUMBUS 10, Montreal 0
Winnipeg 5, DETROIT 3
ANAHEIM 5, Arizona 1
The Blue Jackets set a franchise record with 10 goals to hand the Canadiens their first regulation loss of the season (9-1-1) and snap Montreal’s win streak at eight games.

* The Blue Jackets became the first team to score 10 goals in a regular-season game since March 30, 2011, when St. Louis posted a 10-3 victory at DET.
* Columbus also became the first team to post a shutout when scoring at least 10 goals since Jan. 2, 1996, when Calgary skated to a 10-0 win vs. TBL.
* Prior to Friday, the Blue Jackets’ record for goals in a game was eight, last achieved on Nov. 10, 2010 when they registered an 8-1 win vs. STL. That contest also set Columbus’ previous record for largest margin of victory.
* Montreal had allowed only 13 goals in their first 10 games of the season.
A closer look at Columbus’ offensive outburst:
* In total, 16 of 18 skaters recorded a point for the Blue Jackets including multi-point efforts by eight players: Alexander Wennberg (0-4—4), Josh Anderson (2-1—3), Nick Foligno (2-1—3), Cam Atkinson (2-0—2), Scott Hartnell (2-0—2), Seth Jones (1-1—2), Zach Werenski (0-2—2) and William Karlsson (0-2—2).
* Elias notes that the Blue Jackets became the first team to have four different players each score multiple goals in a game since the Flames on Feb. 10, 1993 vs. SJS (Robert Reichel: 3, Ronnie Stern: 3, Gary Suter: 2 and Gary Roberts: 2).
* The Blue Jackets went 4-for-5 on the power play to improve their League-leading average to 44% this season (11-for-25). It was the first time they scored four such goals in a game since Dec. 22, 2011 at NSH (4 PPG).
* Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves to record his 15th career shutout. He shares the League lead with three shutouts this season (9 GP), matching his combined total from the past two campaigns (88 GP).
The Jets scored four times in the third period – including the tying and go-ahead goals by Brandon Tanev (his first two career goals) – to rally past the Red Wings and halt a three-game skid (0-2-1).
* Nikolaj Ehlers (1-3—4) set career highs for assists and points in a game, while Mark Scheifele (1-2—3) and Patrik Laine (1-1—2) also scored. Laine shares the League lead with seven goals this season (tied w/ Artem Anisimov and Steven Stamkos).
* The Jets, who tied the game three times, have overcome a deficit to earn at least a point four times this season. Winnipeg erased a three-goal deficit in the third period of the other three instances: Oct. 13 vs. CAR (trailed 4-1; 5-4 OT W), Oct. 19 (trailed 4-1; 5-4 OT W) and Nov. 3 (trailed 3-0; 4-3 OT L).
Ducks forward Rickard Rakell (2-1—3) posted his second three-point performance since making his season debut on Tuesday (3 GP) . . . Blue Jackets forward Brandon Saad (0-1—1) extended his point streak to five games (3-4—7) . . . ICYMI: Commissioner Gary Bettman answered questions from fans during a live chat . . . The Capitals hosted a Hockey Fights Cancer skate with families from a number of organizations in the Washington area . . . The Red Wings welcomed Gordie Howe’s four children – Marty, Murray, Cathy and Mark – for a night at The Joe dedicated to their late father.

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Minnesota @ Colorado, 3 p.m., SN, ALT, FS-N
Columbus @ St. Louis, 7 p.m., FS-MW, FS-O
New Jersey @ Tampa Bay, 7 p.m., SUN, MSG+ 2
NY Rangers @ Boston, 7 p.m., NHLN, NESN, MSG
Philadelphia @ Montreal, 7 p.m., CITY, TVAS, TCN-PH
Buffalo @ Ottawa, 7 p.m., SN360, SN1, MSG-B
Florida @ Washington, 7 p.m., CSN-DC, FS-F
Edmonton @ NY Islanders, 7 p.m., SN, MSG+
Vancouver @ Toronto, 7 p.m., HNIC
Carolina @ Nashville, 8 p.m., FS-TN, FS-CR
Chicago @ Dallas, 8 p.m., FS-SW, WGN
Calgary @ Los Angeles, 10 p.m., HNIC, SN1, FS-W
Pittsburgh @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., CSN-CA, ROOT
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* A matinee between the Avalanche and Wild on SN begins a 13-game Saturday in the NHL. Hockey Night in Canada coverage continues later in the day when the Canadiens host the surging Flyers on CITY; the Senators, who have posted shutouts in three of their past five games, welcome the Sabres on SN360 and SN1; Connor McDavid and the Oilers pay a visit to Barclays Center to face the Islanders on SN; Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs welcome the Canucks on CBC; and the nightcap features the Flames and Kings on CBC.
* In the final game of the night, the Penguins – led by captain Sidney Crosby, who has a point in every game this season (6-2—8 in 5 GP) – return to San Jose for the first time since hoisting the Stanley Cup at SAP Center in June.
The Avalanche, Canadiens, Senators, Sharks, Maple Leafs and Capitals each will host their Hockey Fights Cancer night. Click here for complete details on the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative.

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Home Team in Caps
NY RANGERS 5, St. Louis 0
COLUMBUS 3, Dallas 2 (OT)
Tampa Bay 6, NY ISLANDERS 1
TORONTO 3, Edmonton 2 (OT)
OTTAWA 2, Carolina 1 (OT)
Boston 2, FLORIDA 1
Buffalo 2, MINNESOTA 1
Washington 3, WINNIPEG 2
CHICAGO 5, Calgary 1
Nashville 5, COLORADO 1
ARIZONA 3, San Jose 2
Anaheim 4, LOS ANGELES 0
Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 35 shots he faced to record his 60th career shutout and rookie Jimmy Vesey (1-2—3) led a high-powered Rangers offense that has produced 11 goals over their past two games, both wins (also 6-1 W vs. TBL on Oct. 30).

* Lundqvist, who has spent his entire career with the Rangers, is the all-time franchise leader in wins (379) and shutouts. He became just the seventh goaltender in NHL history to record 60 or more shutouts with the same franchise.
Most Shutouts With One Franchise, NHL History
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Martin Brodeur (NJD): 124
Terry Sawchuk (DET): 85
George Hainsworth (MTL): 75
Tony Esposito (CHI): 74
Alec Connell (OTT^): 64
Turk Broda (TOR): 62
Henrik Lundqvist (NYR): 60
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The Blackhawks, Lightning, Ducks and Predators all rode big offensive performances to open the month of November with victories:
* The line of Patrick Kane (1-2—3), Artem Anisimov (1-1—2) and Artemi Panarin (1-1—2) combined for seven points to lead the Blackhawks to their third consecutive win and a 6-1-1 run since starting the season with a pair of losses. Anisimov, who leads the League in points (7-6—13) and goals (tied), extended his career-high point streak to eight games.
* The Lightning scored the opening six goals, led by 2-2—4 from Nikita Kucherov, to snap a three game losing skid (0-3-0). Kucherov matched his career high for points in a game, originally set just last week (1-3—4 on Oct. 25 at TOR) and is tied for second in League scoring (3-9—12 in 9 GP). Captain Steven Stamkos (1-1—2) scored his League-leading (tied) seventh goal of the season (7-5—12 in 10 GP). 
* Rickard Rakell notched 1-2—3 while skating in his first game of the season to help the Ducks jump out to a 4-0 lead en route to a shutout victory over the rival Kings. Anaheim also received multi-point efforts from Ryan Kesler (1-1—2), Antoine Vermette (1-1—2) and Corey Perry (0-2—2). John Gibson made 30 saves to earn his first shutout of the season (seventh career).
* Craig Smith (2-0—2), Ryan Johansen (1-1—2), Filip Forsberg (0-2—2) and James Neal (0-2—2) all picked up multi-point nights to help the Predators snap a three-game losing streak (0-2-1).
The Maple Leafs, Blue Jackets and Senators all secured overtime victories on Tuesday:
* On a night the hockey world was tuning in to see the first NHL meeting between Connor McDavid (22:46 TOI, 4 shots) and Auston Matthews (19:28 TOI, 6 shots) – the last two first overall picks in the NHL Draft – Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri stole the show with 2-0—2 including the overtime winner 12 seconds into the extra frame. Per Elias, it marked the second-fastest overtime goal by a Maple Leafs player since regular-season overtime was reinstituted in 1983-84 (Mats Sundin: 0:06 on Dec. 30, 1995 at STL).
* Blue Jackets forward Sam Gagner tied the game with 16 seconds remaining in regulation and defenseman Seth Jones scored his second career overtime winner. Per Elias, it marked the second time in franchise history Columbus scored a game-tying goal in the final 16 seconds of regulation and went on to win; Cam Atkinson tied the game at 19:52 of the third period in a 3-2 SO W vs. PHI on March 22.
* Kyle Turris scored his fifth career overtime goal, all with the Senators, to pass Daniel Alfredsson (4) into sole possession of second in franchise history, behind Mike Fisher (7).
Legends Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr were on hand to watch Connor McDavid face Auston Matthews. . .Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester skated in his 1,000th career NHL game. . .Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh (0-1—1) extended his career-high point streak to eight games (0-9—9) . . .Brad Marchand scored his fourth career penalty shot goal. Per Elias, he passed Woody Dumart (3) for the most in Bruins franchise history. . .Capitals forward Marcus Johansson (1-1—2) has recorded multiple points in three consecutive games (5-2—7) . . .Lawson Crouse (ARI), Joseph Cramarossa (ANA) and Denis Malgin (FLA) scored their first career NHL goals. . . Oilers forward Connor McDavid, Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber and Panthers forward Jonathan Marchessault have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of October. . .Maple Leafs forward William Nylander has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for October. . .Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews was the top-selling NHL player jersey on, powered by Fanatics, from Oct. 1-31.

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Vancouver @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., SN, RDS
Detroit @ Philadelphia, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, TVAS
Pittsburgh @ Anaheim, 10:30 p.m., SN1, FS-W, ROOT
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The Red Wings (6-4-0, 12 points) visit the Flyers (4-5-1, nine points) on NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry. Detroit, who won six straight contests before dropping their last two games, is led offensively by Gustav Nyquist (3-5—8 in 10 GP). Philadelphia, who is hosting their Hockey Fights Cancer night, is led by captain Claude Giroux, who is riding a nine game point streak and leads the League in assists (10) and ranks second in points (12; tied).

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NEW YORK (Nov. 1, 2016) – Toronto Maple Leafs center William Nylander, who led all rookies with seven assists and 11 points in nine games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for October.

Nylander edged teammate Auston Matthews (6-4—10 in 9 GP), Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (6-2—8 in 9 GP), Philadelphia Flyers center Travis Konecny (1-6—7 in 10 GP) and New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (5-1—6 in 9 GP) for the honor.

Nylander, the eighth overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, collected at least one point in seven of his nine appearances, highlighted by his first career multi-goal performance Oct. 22 at CHI (2-0—2). He recorded three other multi-point efforts: Oct. 12 at OTT (0-2—2), Oct. 19 at WPG (1-1—2) and Oct. 25 vs. TBL (1-1—2).

Nylander also shared the League lead with seven power-play points, while placing second among rookies with three power-play goals and 31 shots on goal. The 20-year-old Calgary native has 10-14—24 in 31 career NHL appearances since making his League debut Feb. 29 vs. TBL.

William Nylander in October

Date Opponent G A PTS Result
Oct. 12 at Ottawa 0 2 2 5-4 OT L
Oct. 15 BOSTON 0 0 0 4-1 W
Oct. 19 at Winnipeg 1 1 2 5-4 OT L
Oct. 20 at Minnesota 0 1 1 3-2 L
Oct. 22 at Chicago 2 0 2 5-4 SO L
Oct. 25 TAMPA BAY 1 1 2 7-3 L
Oct. 27 FLORIDA 0 0 0 3-2 W
Oct. 29 at Montreal 0 1 1 2-1 L
Oct. 30 at NY Islanders 0 1 1 5-1 L
Totals 4 7 11 2-4-3


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NEW YORK (Nov. 1, 2016) – Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber and Florida Panthers center Jonathan Marchessault have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of October.


McDavid paced the NHL with 5-7—12 in nine games to power the Oilers (7-2-0, 14 points) to the top of the Pacific Division and Western Conference. He registered at least one point in six of his nine appearances, including four multi-point performances as well as consecutive three-point games to open the season (Oct. 12 vs. CGY: 2-1—3, Oct. 14 at CGY: 1-2—3). McDavid also notched a pair of game-winning goals (Oct. 12 vs. CGY, Oct. 28 at VAN), tied for second in the League. The 19-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., native has 21-39—60 in 54 career NHL outings. His average of 1.11 points per game ranks fifth among active players, behind only Sidney Crosby (1.33), Evgeni Malkin (1.18), Alex Ovechkin (1.15) and Jaromir Jagr (1.14).


Weber led all defensemen with 4-6—10 in nine contests to guide the Canadiens (8-0-1, 17 points) to first place in the League standings, highlighted by a seven-game winning streak to close the month. He also paced the NHL with three game-winning goals (Oct. 20 vs. ARI, Oct. 26 at NYI and Oct. 29 vs. TOR) as well as a +12 rating. Weber recorded at least one point in seven of his nine outings, including three multi-point efforts. The 31-year-old Sicamous, B.C., native has 170-283—453 in 772 career appearances since making his NHL debut in 2005-06. Only Duncan Keith (84-381—465 in 842 GP) has more points among defensemen in that span.


Marchessault shared the League lead with six goals and tied for third overall with 11 points in nine games to lift the Panthers to a 4-4-1 October (9 points). That included at least one point in seven of his nine contests, highlighted by his first career three-point performance Oct. 15 vs. DET (1-2—3), first career multi-goal effort Oct. 27 at TOR (2-0—2) and a pair of game-winning goals (Oct. 22 vs. COL, Oct. 30 at DET). The 25-year-old Cap-Rouge, Que., native has nearly matched his career NHL point total through the first month of the season; he had 8-11—19 in 49 appearances prior to 2016-17.


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Home Team in Caps
Buffalo 3, WINNIPEG 1
Philadelphia 4, CAROLINA 3
Florida 5, DETROIT 2
NY ISLANDERS 5, Toronto 1
CHICAGO 3, Los Angeles 0
NY RANGERS 6, Tampa Bay 1
Ottawa 2, EDMONTON 0
Washington 3, CALGARY 1
In his first start since taking a leave of absence to be with his wife, Nicholle, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, Craig Anderson denied all 37 shots he faced to help the Senators snap Edmonton’s win streak at five games.
* Anderson, who blanked the Canucks in his last appearance on Oct. 25, picked up the 35th shutout of his NHL career and improved to 5-1-0 this season (2.46 GAA, .921 SV%, 2 SO).
* Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick (42) and Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller (36) are the only active U.S.-born goaltenders with more career shutouts than Anderson (35).
* Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot stayed on the Edmonton bench after the game to applaud an emotional Anderson when he received the game’s First Star honor. 

“It was special for our goaltender, his family, his wife, our players, and I really respected the fact that the Oilers organization and their players and their fans showed a lot of respect and support.” – Senators head coach Guy Boucher

Michael Grabner (3-0—3) scored the third hat trick of his NHL career and first since Feb. 13, 2011 to guide the Rangers to their fourth win in their last five outings.

* Forwards J.T. Miller (1-2—3) and Kevin Hayes (0-3—3) also produced three-point efforts. Miller matched a career high with three points and Hayes established a career high with three assists.

* Antti Raanta (31 SV) improved to 21-4-4 in 33 career home appearances (1.85 GAA, .933 SV%, 4 SO).

Colton Sceviour
(3-1—4) scored the first hat trick of his NHL career and added an assist to record a career-high four points and help the Panthers snap a three-game slide (0-3-0).

* Per Elias, Sceviour became the second player in franchise history to score an even strength, powerplay and shorthanded goal in the same game (also Nathan Horton on Dec. 14, 2009 at NYI). 
A number of players were able to build on impressive point streaks during Sunday’s games:
* Flyers captain Claude Giroux (1-1—2) extended his point streak to nine games (2-10—12), matching a career high last achieved Dec. 11-30, 2013 (6-11—17). 
* Hurricanes forward Victor Rask (0-1—1) extended his season-opening point streak to eight games (4-6—10). Per Elias, Rask is the second player in Hurricanes/Whalers history to record at least one point in each of the team’s first eight or more games of a season, joining Hartford’s Ron Francis in 1984-85 (6-8—14 in 11 GP). 
* Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh (0-1—1) extended his point streak to a career-high seven games (0-8—8). Elias notes that McDonagh became the first Rangers defenseman to record at least one assist in seven straight games since Brian Leetch from Nov. 16 – Dec. 1, 1996 (2-8—10). 
* Blackhawks forward Artem Anisimov (1-0—1) extended his career-high point streak to seven games (6-5—11). 
* Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner (1-1—2) extended his point streak to five games (4-5—9).
Forward Kyle Okposo (2-0—2) notched both goals as the Sabres earned their second victory in as many days . . . Defenseman Brandon Manning scored a shorthanded goal with 12:00 remaining in regulation to break a 3-3 tie and power the Flyers past the Hurricanes . . . The Islanders improved to 4-2-0 at home this season with a win over the Maple Leafs . . . Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford (32 SV) picked up the 20th shutout of his NHL career . . . Capitals forward Marcus Johansson (2-0—2) recorded his second multi-goal game in as many days (also 2-1—3 on Oct. 29 at VAN) . . . Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, who tossed a stick to a young fan in Edmonton on Oct. 26, invited the fan and his family to attend the game in Calgary . . . The Islanders hosted their Hockey Fights Cancer night at Barclays Center . . . The Department of Player Safety fined Red Wings forward Steve Ott for spearing Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara . . . ICYMI: Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa was honored at United Center on Sunday for reaching the 500-goal milestone on Oct. 18 vs. PHI. While Hossa was holding his daughter Zoja during the ceremony, she playfully honked his nose . . . Predators defenseman P.K. Subban – who dressed up as musical icon Prince – was one of many NHL players in the Halloween spirit over the weekend.
All Times Eastern
St. Louis @ NY Rangers, 7 p.m., MSG+, FS-MW
Dallas @ Columbus, 7 p.m., FS-O, FS-SW
Boston @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., TVAS, FS-F, NESN
Carolina @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., RDS2, TSN5, FS-CR
Tampa Bay @ NY Islanders, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN
Edmonton @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m., TSN4, SNOL
Buffalo @ Minnesota, 8 p.m., FS-N+, MSG-B
Washington @ Winnipeg, 8 p.m., TSN3, CSN-DC
Calgary @ Chicago, 8:30 p.m., CSN-CH, SNF
Nashville @ Colorado, 9 p.m., ALT, FS-TN
San Jose @ Arizona, 10 p.m., NBCSN
Anaheim @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., FS-W, PRIME
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Home Team in Caps
BUFFALO 3, Florida 0
Pittsburgh 5, PHILADELPHIA 4
Boston 1, DETROIT 0
MONTREAL 2, Toronto 1
NEW JERSEY 3, Tampa Bay 1
MINNESOTA 4, Dallas 0
ST. LOUIS 1, Los Angeles 0
Colorado 3, ARIZONA 2
Washington 5, VANCOUVER 2
SAN JOSE 4, Nashville 1
Shea Weber scored the game-winning goal at 7:24 of the third period to help the Canadiens extend their season-opening point streak to nine games (8-0-1), including seven straight wins.
* Per Elias, Montreal became the second team in NHL history to win at least eight of its first nine games in consecutive seasons (2015-16: 9-0-0). They joined the Ottawa Senators, who did so in 1925-26 (8-1-0) and 1926-27 (8-0-1).
* Weber has collected 4-6—10 in his first nine games with the Canadiens and leads the NHL with three game-winning goals.
The Canadiens have won 11 consecutive games vs. TOR dating to March 1, 2014 (TOR: 0-7-4). Elias says Montreal’s 11-game win streak is the longest vs. TOR in franchise history, besting their run from Jan. 2 – Nov. 12, 1958 (10-0-0).
Sidney Crosby (2-0—2) and Evgeni Malkin (2-0—2) – who registered his 300th career NHL goal – combined for four of Pittsburgh’s five goals to lead the Penguins to their third straight win.
* Per Elias, the Penguins hold an all-time record of 61-4-1 when Crosby and Malkin each score in the same contest.
* Crosby has scored in all three games since making his season debut on Oct. 25 (4-1—5) and has registered at least one point in 23 of his past 24 regular-season games dating to Feb. 29 (15-19—34).
Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves to pick up his third consecutive shutout and improve to 5-1-1 this season with a 1.43 goals-against average, .952 save percentage and three shutouts.
* Per Elias, Dubnyk became the first goaltender in Wild franchise history to post three straight blank sheets, stopping all 94 shots faced during those contests.
* Dubnyk now owns the longest individual shutout streak in Wild history (181:43), surpassing Darcy Kuemper’s mark of 163:46 from Oct. 9-17, 2014.
The Sharks opened the scoring with three consecutive goals en route to a 4-1 win over the Predators in their first meeting since the Second Round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs (4-3 SJS series win).
* Joe Pavelski (1-1—2) notched his second game-winning goal of the season (9 GP). In 2015-16, he matched a single-season franchise record with an NHL-leading 11 game-winning tallies and added four more in the postseason, including the game-winning goal vs. NSH in Game 7.
Sabres goaltender Anders Nilsson (33 SV), Blues goaltender Jake Allen (27 SV) and Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (24 SV) each recorded shutouts . . . Rask posted his 31st career blank sheet (all w/ BOS) and tied Tim Thomas for third on the franchise’s all-time list . . . Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (37 SV) improved to 5-0-0 this season (1.40 GAA, .954 SV%) . . . Forward Matt Duchene (2-0—2) scored twice, including the game-winning goal with 8:36 remaining in regulation, to guide the Avalanche to a 3-2 win . . . Forward Marcus Johansson (2-1—3) matched a career high with three points, including the game-winning goal, as the Capitals improved to 4-2-1 on the season . . . Forward Adam Henrique (1-1—2) scored the 100th goal of his NHL career to help the Devils improve to 4-0-1 at home this season . . . Flyers forward Jakub Voracek (2-0—2) scored twice, including a highlight-reel penalty shot goal . . . Flyers captain Claude Giroux (1-0—1) extended his point streak to eight games (1-9—10) . . . Wild forward Tyler Graovac scored the first goal of his NHL career (6 GP) . . .  Linesman Tim Nowak was recognized for his 1,500th career NHL game prior to the Panthers-Sabres game . . . Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard wore a special helmet with an image honoring former Red Wings play-by-play announcer Dave Strader in support of Hockey Fights Cancer.
All Times Eastern
Buffalo @ Winnipeg, 3 p.m., TSN3, MSG-B
Philadelphia @ Carolina, 5 p.m., FS-CR, TCN-PH
Florida @ Detroit, 5 p.m., FS-D, FS-F
Toronto @ NY Islanders, 6 p.m., SN360, SN1, MSG+
Los Angeles @ Chicago, 7 p.m., CSN-CH, FS-W
Tampa Bay @ NY Rangers, 7 p.m., NHLN-US, TVAS, MSG, SUN
Ottawa @ Edmonton, 9 p.m., SNOL, RDSI, TSN5
Washington @ Calgary, 9:30 p.m., SNF, CSN-DC+
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Former Islanders forward Matt Martin returns to face his former team for the first time as a member of the Maple Leafs on Rogers Hometown Hockey, which makes its third stop of the season in Grand Falls-Windsor, Nfld. Sunday also marks the Islanders’ Hockey Fights Cancer night at Barclays Center.
* Throughout 2016-17, Sunday games will be broadcast from a different community rink in various towns across Canada. Included in each telecast will be local NHL player profiles, grassroots stories and local entertainment features.
* Click here for more details about the festivities in Grand Falls-Windsor.
* Click here for the full schedule of stops for the 2016-17 season.

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Home Team in Caps
CAROLINA 3, NY Rangers 2
Chicago 3, NEW JERSEY 2 (OT)
CALGARY 5, Ottawa 2
Winnipeg 1, COLORADO 0
Edmonton 2, VANCOUVER 0
Columbus 4, ANAHEIM 0
Captain Connor McDavid scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway at 11:31 of the second period and Cam Talbot denied all 26 shots he faced as the Oilers improved to 7-1-0 this season, including five straight wins.
* Elias notes that the Oilers have won seven of their first eight games of a season for the first time since 1985-86, when they started 8-1-0.
* McDavid leads the NHL with 12 points this season (5-7—12) and has registered 21-39—60 in 53 career games (1.13 PPG).
* Talbot, who has started all eight Edmonton games this season, picked up his second blank sheet in a three-game span (also Oct. 23 at WPG). His seven wins pace all goaltenders (7-1-0, 2.17 GAA, .934 SV%, 2 SO).
The Blue Jackets and Jets also held their opponents scoreless to pick up victories on Friday night:

* The Blue Jackets scored all four goals in the first period – backed by multi-goal efforts from Sam Gagner (2-0—2) and Brandon Saad (2-0—2) – and Sergei Bobrovsky made 35 saves as Columbus concluded their four-game road trip with a 2-1-1 record.
* Michael Hutchinson turned aside all 37 shots he faced and Shawn Matthias scored the only goal of the contest as the Jets picked up their first road win of the season (1-2-0).
Marian Hossa tied the game with 2:11 left in regulation and Artem Anisimov scored at 1:15 of overtime to help the Blackhawks hand the Devils their first home loss of the season.
* Anisimov, who scored his fifth career overtime goal, extended his point streak to a career-high six games (5-5—10). Anisimov is tied for second in League scoring with 10 points, trailing only McDavid.

Forward Jeff Skinner (2-1—3) factored on all three Carolina goals, including notching the primary assist on the game-winner, to guide the Hurricanes to a 3-2 win in their home opener . . . Trailing 2-1, the Flames scored four unanswered goals to register their third straight win. Defenseman Dougie Hamilton (2-1—3) matched a career high with three points, including scoring the game-winning goal . . . Per Elias, forward Victor Rask (4-5—9) became the first Hurricanes player to start a season on a seven-game point streak since Keith Primeau in 1998-99 (4-4—8) . . . Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh (0-1—1) extended his career-high assist streak to six games (0-7—7). Elias notes that McDonagh became the first Rangers defenseman to record at least one assist in six straight games since Brian Leetch from Dec. 15-28, 2001 (0-8—8) . . . Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno (0-3—3) matched a career high with three assists . . . The Department of Player Safety suspended Bruins forward David Pastrnak for two games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi . . . The Devils and Flames each hosted their Hockey Fights Cancer nights . . . ICYMI: NASCAR driver and Kannapolis, N.C. native Dale Earnhardt Jr. sounded the siren at PNC Arena ahead of Carolina’s home opener.
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Florida @ Buffalo, 1 p.m., MSG-B, FS-F
Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia, 7 p.m., NHLN-US, CSN-PH, ROOT
Boston @ Detroit, 7 p.m., FS-D, NESN
Toronto @ Montreal, 7 p.m., CBC, CITY, TVAS
Tampa Bay @ New Jersey, 7 p.m., MSG+, SUN
Dallas @ Minnesota, 8 p.m., FS-N, FS-SW
Los Angeles @ St. Louis, 8 p.m., FS-MW, FS-W
Colorado @ Arizona, 9 p.m., FS-A, ALT2
Washington @ Vancouver, 10 p.m., CBC, CSN-DC
Nashville @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., CSN-CA, FS-TN
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Two games highlight Saturday’s Hockey Night in Canada telecast: The Canadiens (7-0-1) look to extend their season-opening point streak to nine games when they host rookie Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs on CBC/CITY, while the Canucks aim to halt a four-game slide (0-3-1) when they welcome Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals to Rogers Arena on CBC.
The Red Wings will host their Hockey Fights Cancer night at Joe Louis Arena. Click here for complete details on the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative.

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Home Team in Caps
PITTSBURGH 4, NY Islanders 2
Minnesota 4, BUFFALO 0
TORONTO 3, Florida 2
MONTREAL 3, Tampa Bay 1
Detroit 2, ST. LOUIS 1 (SO)
WINNIPEG 4, Dallas 1
LOS ANGELES 3, Nashville 2 (OT)
SAN JOSE 3, Columbus 1
The Canadiens (7-0-1) and Red Wings (6-2-0) each extended winning streaks to six games with victories on Thursday. Montreal remains the only team without a regulation loss in 2016-17.
* Elias notes that Montreal is the first team in NHL history to win at least seven of its first eight games in three straight seasons (2014-15: 7-1-0 and 2015-16: 9-0-0). In addition, the Canadiens are just the second team to start back-to-back campaigns with at least one point in each of its first eight games, joining the Sharks (2012-13: 7-0-1 and 2013-14: 8-0-1).
* The Red Wings’ six-game winning streak equals their longest such run over the past five seasons (also Jan. 13-27, 2015). In 2011-12, Detroit posted three winning streaks of at least six games – first from Nov. 19 to Dec. 2 (7-0-0), then from Jan. 12 to 23 (7-0-0) and finally from Feb. 8 to 19 (6-0-0).
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, who last Thursday made his first NHL appearance in nearly 11 months, made 30 saves to improve to 4-0-0 this season. Via Sportsnet Stats, Price has won 74 of 104 total decisions since the start of the 2014-15 NHL season (includes international play):
Carey Price Since Start of 2014-15 NHL Season
2014 Olympics: 5-0, 0.59 GAA, .972 SV%
2014-15 Season: 44-16-6, 1.96 GAA, .933 SV%
2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs: 6-6, 2.23 GAA, .920 SV%
2015-16 Season: 10-2-0, 2.06 GAA, .934 SV%
World Cup of Hockey 2016: 5-0-0, 1.40 GAA, .957 SV%
2016-17 Season: 4-0-0, 1.51 GAA, .947 SV%
Forward Patrik Laine (2-0—2) posted his second career multi-goal game to help the Jets earn a split in their home-and-home set against the Stars. Laine, who capped a hat trick in overtime on Oct. 19 vs. TOR (3-0—3), shares the League lead with six goals this season.

* MUST SEE: Laine channeled his inner Teemu Selanne to celebrate his first goal of the night, while Mark Scheifele (WPG) and Tyler Seguin (DAL) played a game of rock-paper-scissors to determine who would leave the ice last after warmup.
Jeff Carter scored his ninth career overtime goal to power the Kings to their fourth consecutive victory (all past regulation) on the heels of a 0-3-0 start to the season. Elias notes that the Kings have won four straight games past regulation for the first time in franchise history.
Sidney Crosby (1-1—2) scored the go-ahead game-winning goal with 2:25 remaining in regulation to power the Penguins to a 5-0-1 mark at PPG Paints Arena, where they have registered each of their wins this season.
* Crosby, who also scored in his season debut on Tuesday, has registered at least one point in 22 of his past 23 regular-season games dating to Feb. 29 (13-19—32). Elias says that Crosby (340-601—941 in 709 GP) paces all active skaters with 1.33 points per game (min. 200 GP); teammate Evgeni Malkin (1.18) ranks second.
Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 38 saves to record his 21st career shutout and second in as many games (also Tuesday at BOS) – the second time he has posted blank sheets in consecutive games (also Feb. 3 and Feb. 7, 2015). In the process, Dubnyk (63-36-9 w/ 12 SO in 112 GP) moved into third place in franchise history for wins and shutouts (tied).
Jets rookie Kyle Connor, the 17th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, scored his first career goal (6 GP) . . . Maple Leafs rookie Mitch Marner (0-3—3) posted his first career multi-point game . . . The Coyotes (2-5-0) have earned each of their wins this season vs. PHI (also Oct. 15 at ARI) . . . Flyers captain Claude Giroux notched his League-leading ninth assist to extend his point streak to seven games (0-9—9) . . . Wild forward Joel Eriksson Ek scored his first career game-winning goal to push his career totals to 2-3—5 in 4 GP . . . Red Wings forward Steve Ott played in his 800th career game . . . Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr (0-1—1) played in his 1,636th career game to move past Scott Stevens (1,635) into sole possession of seventh place all-time; Dave Andreychuk (1,639) ranks sixth . . . The Ducks signed restricted free agent Hampus Lindholm to a six-year contract . . . The Blues honored Barret Jackman, who signed a one-day contract with his original club before announcing his retirement in October . . . Members of the Flyers Hall of Fame were honored during the first of five Heritage Nights planned for their 50th anniversary season . . . Goaltender Anders Nilsson donned special equipment during the Sabres’ Hockey Fights Cancer night.

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NY Rangers @ Carolina, 7:30 p.m., TVAS, FS-CR, MSG
Chicago @ New Jersey, 7:30 p.m., MSG+, WGN
Ottawa @ Calgary, 9 p.m., SNF, RDS2, TSN5
Winnipeg @ Colorado, 9 p.m., ALT, TSN3
Edmonton @ Vancouver, 10 p.m., SN360, SN1
Columbus @ Anaheim, 10 p.m., PRIME, FS-O
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The Hurricanes (1-3-2) host the final home opener of the 2016-17 season when they welcome the Rangers (5-2-0) to PNC Arena. Carolina is led by forward Victor Rask (4-3—7), who has registered at least one point in each of the team’s six games this season. New York, meanwhile, enters the contest with three straight wins overall and victories in 19 of their past 21 meetings with Carolina dating to Feb. 22, 2011 (CAR: 2-13-6).
The Devils and Flames each will host their Hockey Fights Cancer night tonight. Click here for complete details on the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative.

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Fanatics to become official manufacturer and supplier of replica NHL jerseys and on-ice
Stanley Cup® Championship merchandise beginning in 2017-18 NHL season

To support expanding NHL business, Fanatics launching wholesale sales division
and on-site presence in Canada

NEW YORK (Oct. 26, 2016) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and Fanatics, Inc. (Fanatics) jointly announced today a significant long-term agreement that expands the scale and scope of Fanatics’ relationship with the League. As part of the new agreement, Fanatics will now be the official manufacturer of a broad range of NHL® apparel and headwear, including replica jerseys, as well as hot market merchandise for the Stanley Cup® Playoffs and Final all starting with the 2017-18 NHL season.

Fanatics will also now operate on-site retail at numerous NHL marquee events, power the NHL’s auction web site and extend its relationship as the ecommerce operator for the League, which began in 2005.

"Our new long-term business partnership with Fanatics is a reflection of the growth and evolution of the consumer products and e-commerce business,” said NHL Executive Vice President and Chief Branding Officer Brian Jennings. “After a rigorous process, Fanatics emerged as an optimal choice given their commitments to expanding their already best-in-class capabilities in the e-commerce space, including building a sales and distribution infrastructure in Canada, and to produce lines of replica jerseys and apparel products that will excite NHL fans and drive sales for NHL retail partners."

This deal expands the multichannel relationship between the two companies, while also leveraging Fanatics’ innovative mobile, merchandising and production capabilities to the benefit of both fans and retailers. With technology, mobile and social media all contributing to a surge in the speed at which fans want the latest gear, this new agreement will allow fans to have access to a broad assortment of products at their fingertips.  The deal also ensures retailers are positioned with inventories of exciting products in short timeframes in order to respond to trends and sudden spikes in interest and demand as exciting moments unfold during the NHL season.

“The NHL is a league that has consistently been on the cutting edge of bringing fans closer to the game they love, and that passion extends to the paradigm shift we’re seeing in terms of in-the-moment purchasing patterns,” said Fanatics CEO Doug Mack. “With our scale and agility, Fanatics is uniquely positioned to greatly enhance both the assortment and speed to market of NHL merchandise for retailers as well as fans across all devices and at games or big events.”

Beginning with the 2017-18 season, Fanatics will become the exclusive manufacturer and supplier of all adult replica NHL jerseys, the top tier of which will be called “The Breakaway.” The replica jerseys will be produced by Fanatics Branded, the company’s merchandise division, and will be designed with fan-first features that are intended for enhanced comfort and versatility. Fanatics will also offer a line of youth replica NHL jerseys.

This agreement also gives Fanatics a broad range of apparel and headwear rights, including official rights to manufacture and supply hot-market products for the League.  These rights include the official locker room hats and t-shirts supplied to the Stanley Cup® Champions.

“Now, more than ever, NHL fans want an array of opportunities to show passion for their team and cherish unforgettable moments as they happen and we’re excited to be working closely with the League on creating a more innovative merchandise model best suited for the on-demand economy,” said Raphael Peck, president of Fanatics Branded. “This new model will offer retailers and fans an exciting selection of fan gear and jerseys across all NHL teams and in a wide range of colors and sizes.”

Fanatics Branded produced jerseys and apparel will be sold on and across the Fanatics network of sites, as well as being offered through NHL team retail operations and various domestic and international retailers. will also continue to carry a wide range of officially licensed NHL merchandise produced by other NHL manufacturers.

To support its expanding NHL business, Fanatics is setting up a wholesale sales division covering both the U.S. and Canada, as well as establishing a new physical local presence in Canada that will include dedicated staff and a fulfillment center to ensure first class domestic customer support and timely delivery of merchandise to hockey fans across the country.  Fanatics recently hired veteran sports sales executive Glen Giovanucci to work closely with retailers and lead the company’s sales network, and also named longtime Canadian sports licensing executive Jeff Budway as GM of Fanatics in Canada.


About Last Night - Courtesy of the National Hockey League

Home Team in Caps
PITTSBURGH 3, Florida 2
Minnesota 5, BOSTON 0
NEW JERSEY 5, Arizona 3
PHILADELPHIA 4, Buffalo 3 (SO)
DETROIT 4, Carolina 2
Tampa Bay 7, TORONTO 3
Calgary 4, ST. LOUIS 1
DALLAS 3, Winnipeg 2
Ottawa 3, VANCOUVER 0
SAN JOSE 2, Anaheim 1 (OT)
LOS ANGELES 3, Columbus 2 (OT)
With Philadelphia facing a 3-0 deficit in the third period, 19-year-old Travis Konecny (first NHL goal) and 38-year-old Mark Streit (1-2—3) each scored to help spur the Flyers to an eventual shootout victory.
 * Elias says that the Flyers won after trailing by at least three goals in the third period for the first time since Dec. 19, 2013 vs. CBJ (trailed 3-0; 5-4 W). It also marked the third such comeback of the 2016-17 season, with Winnipeg claiming the others on Oct. 13 vs. CAR and Oct. 19 vs. TOR.
* The Flyers, who also overcame a multi-goal deficit to win Saturday vs. CAR (trailed 2-0; 6-3 W), have at least evened the score in a game after trailing by multiple goals four times this season. The other instances: Oct. 15 at ARI (trailed 3-1; 4-3 OT L) and Oct. 18 at CHI (trailed 4-0; 7-4 L).
Making his 2016-17 NHL season debut, captain Sidney Crosby scored the first of three unanswered goals by the Penguins to help his club overcome a 2-0 deficit and improve to 4-0-1 on home ice.
* Crosby – who in the past four months has claimed the Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy, World Cup of Hockey and World Cup of Hockey MVP – has collected 59 points in 45 regular-season games in the 2016 calendar year (28-31—59). Only one player has more points in that span: Sharks forward Joe Thornton (12-49—61 in 53 GP).
* The Penguins, who also climbed from a 2-0 hole to win on Thursday vs. SJS (3-2 W), have trailed in three of their four victories this season (also Oct. 13 vs. WSH: trailed 1-0; 3-2 SO W). Elias notes that Pittsburgh overcame a multi-goal deficit to win seven times in 2015-16.
Elias says that there have been 19 instances this season (in 93 GP) in which a team has overcome a multi-goal deficit to earn at least one point. The trailing team eventually won 15 of those 19 instances.
* Through the first two weeks of the 2015-16 season (91 GP), there only were eight instances in which a team earned at least one point after trailing by multiple goals (trailing team’s record: 6-1-1).
Flames goaltender Brian Elliott made 23 saves, including 12 in the third period, to record his second win in as many nights while making his return to St. Louis, where he spent the past six seasons and is the all-time shutouts leader. The Blues thanked Elliott and Troy Brouwer, who last season helped St. Louis reach the Conference Finals for the first time since 2001.
* ICYMI: Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk (0-1—1) skated in his first NHL game in St. Louis, where he grew up playing hockey while his father, Keith, played with the Blues.
The Red Wings and Devils each maintained their unblemished home records:
* Dylan Larkin (2-0—2) scored his first goals of the season to power Detroit to its fifth consecutive victory and a 4-0-0 record on home ice this season, their final campaign at Joe Louis Arena. Elias notes that the Red Wings have won their first four home games on two other occasions since moving to The Joe in 1979-80 – they went 6-0-0 in 1990-91 and 4-0-0 in 2003-04.
* The Devils surrendered a two-goal lead, but Travis Zajac (2-0—2) scored twice in the final 2:01 of regulation to help New Jersey improve to 3-0-0 at Prudential Center. Offseason acquisition Taylor Hall (2-1—3), who has collected each of his six points this season on home ice (5-1—6), posted his first three-point game with the Devils.
Defensemen Alec Martinez (LAK) and Marc-Edouard Vlasic (SJS) scored overtime goals on home ice:

* Martinez (343 GP) scored his third career regular-season overtime goal – and second in his past three games (also Oct. 20 at DAL) – to lift the Kings to their third consecutive victory on the heels of a 0-3-0 start. Overtime heroics are not new to the Rochester Hills, Mich., native – he tallied the series-clinching overtime goal in both the 2014 Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final.
* Vlasic (744 GP) netted his eighth career game-winning goal and second in overtime. His only other overtime goal came at 3:09 of the extra frame on Jan. 6, 2015 at MIN.
Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews (1-1—2) leads the League with 6-4—10 this season, highlighted by three multi-point efforts . . . Lightning teammates Steven Stamkos (2-2—4) and Nikita Kucherov (1-3—4) matched and set career highs for points in a game, respectively . . . Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk (27 SV) and Senators goaltender Craig Anderson (22 SV) each posted shutouts . . . Flyers captain Claude Giroux extended his point streak to six games with his League-leading eighth assist . . . Hurricanes forward Victor Rask (4-3—7) scored to become the first Hurricanes player to start a season with a point in six straight games since 1998-99 (Keith Primeau: 4-4—8 in 7 GP) . . . Stars forward Jason Dowling (0-1—1) and Bruins goaltender Zane McIntyre (15 SV) each made their NHL debut . . . The Bruins, Kings and Penguins each hosted Hockey Fights Cancer nights . . . The Penguins presented a special gift to Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr, who began his career w/ PIT and on Tuesday played in his 1,635th career game to tie Scott Stevens for seventh place in NHL history.

All Times Eastern
Montreal @ NY Islanders, 7 p.m., SN1, MSG+, RDS
Boston @ NY Rangers, 8 p.m., TVAS, NBCSN
Washington @ Edmonton, 9:30 p.m., SN360, SN1, SNO, SNW, CSN-DC
Nashville @ Anaheim, 10:30 p.m., PRIME, FS-TN
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For the second straight week, a pair of Original Six members meet on NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry when the Bruins head to Madison Square Garden to take on the Rangers for the first time in 2016-17. New York owns a 3-1-0 record on home ice this season and is coming off a pair of wins over the weekend (4-2 W at WSH and 3-2 W vs. ARI), while Boston aims to rebound from back-to-back losses.
The Predators begin a five-game road trip at Honda Center in Anaheim, where they will face off against the Ducks for the first time since ousting them in seven games in the opening round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Nashville won three road games in that series (a first for the franchise), capped by a 2-1 victory in the club’s first-ever Game 7.
The Ducks and Oilers each will host their Hockey Fights Cancer night tonight. Click on the respective links for more information regarding each team’s events.
* Click here for complete details on the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative.

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About Last Night - Courtesy of the National Hockey League
Home Team in Caps
Montreal 3, NY ISLANDERS 2
NY RANGERS 5, Boston 2
EDMONTON 4, Washington 1
ANAHEIM 6, Nashville 1
Shea Weber (1-1—2) scored the go-ahead goal with less than three minutes left in the third period to lift the Canadiens to their fifth straight victory and to a 6-0-1 mark this season. Montreal remains the only team without a regulation loss in 2016-17.

* Elias notes that the Canadiens, who set a franchise record by starting 9-0-0 in 2015-16, are the fifth team in NHL history to have back-to-back seasons in which they recorded at least one point in each of their first seven games. The other four: the Oilers (1983-84 & 1984-85), Lightning (2002-03 & 2003-04), Wild (2007-08 & 2008-09) and Sharks (2012-13 & 2013-14).
* Weber has recorded at least one point in six of seven games with Montreal and leads the club with 3-6—9 this season. All three of Weber’s goals have come on the power play, with two counting as game-winners. 
Cam Talbot made 34 saves and Benoit Pouliot scored twice – including the game-winning goal from behind the net – to power the Oilers to their fourth consecutive victory and to a 6-1-0 mark this season.
* Via Elias, the Oilers have won six of their first seven games of a season for the first time since 1985-86, when they started 8-1-0.
* Captain Connor McDavid (0-2—2) posted his fourth multi-point game of the season to move into sole possession of the League lead with 11 points (4-7—11).
* Edmonton handed Washington its second straight loss (also Saturday vs. NYR: 4-2 L), marking the first time the Capitals have dropped consecutive games in regulation since March 11-13, 2015. The reigning Presidents’ Trophy winners did not lose back-to-back games in regulation in 2015-16, becoming the first team since the 1976-77 Canadiens to accomplish that feat.
Bruins forward David Pastrnak opened the scoring 10 seconds into the game. Per Elias, only two Bruins have scored a faster goal from the start of a game in the modern era (since 1943-44), and they both occurred on Valentine’s Day, 63 years apart: Brad Marchand in 2016 (0:08 at DET) and Fleming Mackell in 1953 (0:09 vs. NYR).
Brandon Pirri (2-0—2) helped the Rangers overcome an early 2-0 deficit to record their third consecutive win . . . The Ducks enjoyed a five-goal second period and are now 3-0-1 in their last four games . . . Ducks forward Corey Perry (334-337—671) tallied 1-1—2 to move past Paul Kariya (300-369—669) and into third place on the franchise’s all-time points list . . . . Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin extended his goals streak to four games after tossing a stick to a fan in Edmonton . . . Bruins forward Austin Czarnik (3 GP) scored his first career NHL goal while teammate Zane McIntyre (26 SV) made his first career start . . . The NHL and Fanatics, Inc., jointly announced a long-term agreement that expands the scale and scope of Fanatics' relationship with the League . . .The Ducks and Oilers each hosted Hockey Fights Cancer nights. . . ICYMI: Wayne Gretzky shared memories of Gordie Howe during an appearance on “Conan”.
All Times Eastern
NY Islanders @ Pittsburgh, 7 p.m., ROOT, MSG+
Minnesota @ Buffalo, 7 p.m., MSG-B, FS-N, FS-WI
Arizona @ Philadelphia, 7 p.m., CSN-PH, FS-A
Florida @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m., TSN4, FS-F
Tampa Bay @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., SN360, RDS, SUN
Detroit @ St. Louis, 8 p.m., FS-MW, FS-D
Dallas @ Winnipeg, 8 p.m., TSN3, FS-SW
Nashville @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., FS-W, FS-TN
Columbus @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., CSN-CA, FS-O
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The Sabres return home from a four-game road trip to host their Hockey Fights Cancer night. Click here for complete details on the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative.

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