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  • Sharks test stronger bite vs. division-best Oilers
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 18, 2019

    After a rough start to the season, the San Jose Sharks are starting to find ways to win.

    • The Sharks (10-10-1, 21 points) reached the point-per-game plateau with a 4-3 shootout victory against Detroit on Saturday and will put a six-game winning streak on the line Tuesday night when they host the Pacific Division-leading Edmonton Oilers (13-6-3, 29 points).

      Kevin Labanc had a goal, two assists and the shootout winner against the Red Wings.

      "It feels awesome, but it doesn't stop there," Labanc told reporters. "We've just got to make sure we keep this momentum going."

      The Sharks' winning streak followed a 1-6-1 stretch and helped them move past Los Angeles and out of the division cellar.

      "We're obviously in a better spot now than we were six games ago, and we still have a long way to go," said defenseman Erik Karlsson, who played in his 700th NHL game on Saturday. "I think we're finding ways to win games now. I don't think we played well in Anaheim or (Saturday) in long stretches, but we're finding a way."

      Coach Peter DeBoer echoed that theme after San Jose beat a Red Wings team that is tied for the fewest points in the Eastern Conference.

      "When you're putting together a winning streak, you're going to win all kinds of different ways," DeBoer said. "You're going to put some solid games together, and you're going to have to win some like this."

      The Oilers will be opening a five-game trip. The teams met a week ago in San Jose, with the Sharks winning 6-3 as Timo Meier and Barclay Goodrow each had a goal and an assist.

      "We weren't ready to go off the hop," Oilers captain Connor McDavid said after that game. "They come out strong here in this building and we definitely know that. Now it's happened to us a couple of times in this building and we have to be better."

      The Oilers suffered a 5-4 overtime defeat against visiting Dallas on Saturday, blowing a two-goal lead in the third period.

      "It's a good lesson," Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse said. "We move on to the next one, but those are ones you want to pick up when you're in the driver's seat going into the third. You have to find a way to win them, and (Saturday) we didn't have it."

      The Oilers' Leon Draisaitl had a goal and an assist to extend his league-leading point streak to 12 games (10 goals, 17 assists) and McDavid added three helpers.

      "We're in the middle of November. I want us to recognize in the middle of March when we're playing really hard games that those are the plays that really count," Oilers coach Dave Tippett said. "We'll use it as a learning tool right now, but in the middle of March you're not going to have time for learning tools. You have to be a good team by then if you want to be a playoff team.

      "But from where we were to where we are now, they're steps ahead. We're recognizing situations that I think the good teams do. But now we just have to do it more."

      --Field Level Media

  • Slumping Leafs, Knights to hook up
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 18, 2019

    The Vegas Golden Knights can relate to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    • The Maple Leafs will bring a five-game winless streak (0-4-1) into their game against the Golden Knights on Tuesday in Las Vegas.

      Vegas ended a five-game winless streak of its own on Sunday (0-4-1), beating the visiting Calgary Flames 6-0. The winless streak matched the longest in the three-year history of the Golden Knights.

      "Thank God this losing streak's over," Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant told reporters after the win against Calgary.

      The Maple Leafs are coming off a 6-1 loss at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. The Penguins played without high-scoring center Sidney Crosby and a few other regulars.

      The winless streak is the longest for Toronto since an 0-2-3 stretch from Feb. 23 to March 3, 2017.

      "We have to look at each other and get this fixed. No one outside is going to fix it. We have to fix it," Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. "We're all family in there. We have to take a look at each other, hard, and we all have to do a better job. All of us, we have to be way better."

      Maple Leafs captain John Tavares agreed that the turnaround needs to start from within because nobody's going to come through the dressing room door and rescue them.

      "No one is going to feel sorry for us," he said. "It's really on us in here to continue to work and figure out what we need to do to. It's looking yourself in the mirror and making sure you're giving everything you've got every day."

      The last win for the Maples Leafs was a 2-1 overtime victory against the visiting Golden Knights on Nov. 7, which sparked the five-game winless streak for Vegas.

      Toronto lost in a shootout to the visiting Philadelphia Flyers two days later, and then dropped back-to-back 5-4 games at the Chicago Blackhawks and New York Islanders.

      The losses have grown increasingly one-sided of late, as the Maple Leafs fell 4-2 against the visiting Boston Bruins on Friday before the five-goal loss to the undermanned Penguins on Saturday.

      "We want to make sure it stops now, and we want to get back on track," Toronto forward Auston Matthews said.

      Not only should Vegas be boosted by the end of its winless streak, but a few Golden Knights got over some personal humps against the Flames.

      Cody Eakin scored his first goal of the season in his 18th game, a long drought for a player who scored 22 for Vegas last season.

      Mark Stone, who combined for 33 goals between Vegas and the Ottawa Senators last season, scored his first goal of the month.

      William Karlsson also continued his hot streak, collecting two goals and an assist to give him seven points (four goals, three assists) in the past three games.

      "That was a pretty good statement by us," Eakin sad. "We're in a bit of an uphill climb. One win's not going to cure the last couple weeks of hard times we've gone through."

      The Maple Leafs could continue to be without left wing Trevor Moore, who missed Saturday's game after leaving Friday against Boston with a shoulder injury. Moore has five points (three goals, two assists) in 21 games this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Streaking 'Canes, hot 'Hawks put streaks on line
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 18, 2019

    A pair of hot teams will face off when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

    • Chicago carries a four-game winning streak into the contest and will look to make it a season-long five-game winning streak. The Blackhawks have outscored opponents 21-10 over the past four games.

      Carolina, meanwhile, has won three in a row, outscoring opponents 17-9 during that stretch. The Hurricanes will try to wrap up a three-game road trip with a flawless record.

      The teams already have met once this season, with the Hurricanes skating to a 4-0 win on their home ice Oct. 26. Andrei Svechnikov scored twice against Chicago, and Nino Niederreiter and Jordan Staal had one goal apiece.

      Since then, the mood has brightened for the Blackhawks. They have earned at least one point in nine of 11 games following their shutout at Carolina.

      "I think we got through a difficult time, and being in the beginning of the year, it's magnified," Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton recently told reporters. "If we would have went through that stretch in January with 40 good games before then, maybe it's not as big of a deal, but when you come out of the gates like that, it put the team under pressure. Everyone was under pressure.

      "So (we're) happy that we were able to come out of it and stick together, and now there's definitely some belief we're a dangerous team and we're going to be difficult to beat."

      The same is true for Carolina, which is on pace for a 102-point season with 25 points in its first 20 games.

      The Hurricanes are led by Svechnikov and Dougie Hamilton, who each have nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points. Former Blackhawks forward Teuvo Teravainen is third on Carolina's scoring list with 19 points (five goals, 14 assists), and Sebastian Aho rounds out the top four with 15 points (nine goals, six assists).

      Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour recently praised Teravainen for playing hard on both ends of the ice.

      "He doesn't get a lot of publicity, he doesn't get a lot of props for what he does," Brind'Amour said to reporters. "He's a two-way player. He's one of the better ones in the league, in my opinion.

      "(He) does a lot of little things that don't show up on the scoresheet, and then obviously he does show up on the scoresheet, too, with the ability he has. He's a very gifted player and certainly a huge part of this team."

      The Blackhawks' top scorer is Patrick Kane, who has 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) in his first 20 games. Former junior league teammates Alex DeBrincat (five goals, 11 assists) and Dylan Strome (four goals, 12 assists) are tied for second on the scoring list with 16 points apiece.

      Carolina will start Petr Mrazek (9-3-1, 2.62 goals-against average) or James Reimer (3-4-0, 3.07 GAA) in net.

      Chicago will start Robin Lehner (5-3-2, 2.46 GAA) or Corey Crawford (4-4-2, 3.01 GAA) in net.

      The Blackhawks are 6-3-2 on home ice this season. The Hurricanes are 5-4-1 on the road.

      --Field Level Media

  • Hot Stars take on struggling Canucks
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 18, 2019

    The Dallas Stars have put a porous season's start in their rear-view mirror while the Vancouver Canucks have hit the skids after an impressive beginning.

    • The Stars aim to continue their recent success on Tuesday when they open a four-game homestand against the Canucks.

      Dallas answered eight losses in its first nine games (1-7-1) of the season with a sizzling 10-1-1 stretch, highlighted by its current eight-game point streak (7-0-1).

      The Stars followed up a 4-2 victory against Vancouver on Thursday by extending their winning streak to three games with a 5-4 overtime triumph over Edmonton two days later.

      The offensive performance for his traditionally defensive-minded team was music to the ears of Dallas coach Jim Montgomery.

      "I actually said before the game, it'd be nice for us to win a game 6-4 or 5-4. That's what matriculated," Montgomery said, per the Dallas Morning News.

      "But we feel the way we've played, especially in the last 10 games, we haven't scored earlier like we have the last three games, but we felt we were getting those chances. Just a matter of time with the players we have that we'll even start to score more."

      Captain Jamie Benn ended his career-worst goal drought by converting 1:14 into overtime against the Oilers for his first goal since Oct. 10.

      "I can't believe it went in," the 30-year-old British Columbia native said after Dallas overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period. "There's never any quit in our team. ... We found a way to get five (goals) and it was a great battle back by our team."

      Tyler Seguin, who scored and set up a goal against the Canucks on Thursday, completed a three-point performance (one goal, two assists) by setting up Benn's tally.

      Radek Faksa had an assist on Blake Comeau's goal in the third to increase his point streak to six games (three goals, four assists).

      While Dallas had yet to announce its starting goaltender, Anton Khudobin turned aside 30 shots on Thursday to improve to 4-0-2 in his career vs. Vancouver.

      The Canucks, who began the season with a 9-3-2 start, followed up Thursday's loss to the Stars by dropping a 5-4 overtime decision to Colorado two nights later. The setback was Vancouver's sixth in seven outings (1-4-2).

      Despite the recent swoon, the Canucks can hold their heads high after defenseman Alex Edler and Brock Boeser scored 1:37 apart late in the third period on Saturday.

      "I thought overall we played a pretty good game," Boeser said. "That was a huge point for us. We just have to build off it."

      Adam Gaudette scored a pair of power-play goals on Saturday to boost his point total to seven (four goals, three assists) in his last eight games.

      "Confidence is a huge thing this year," the 23-year-old Gaudette said. "I'm just going to try to carry that."

      Fellow center Jay Beagle is expected to return for Tuesday's tilt after missing three straight games with a lower-body injury.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jets soar into matchup vs. slumping Predators
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 18, 2019

    The Winnipeg Jets will look to continue their November run when they visit the slumping Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

    • The Jets improved to 6-1-1 this month with a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

      Goalie Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves for visiting Winnipeg, which scored two goals in 21 seconds during the second period.

      Hellebuyck has a 2.44 goals-against average and .927 save percentage in 16 games this season.

      "He's been making tons of great saves," forward Blake Wheeler said of Hellebuyck. "He's given us an opportunity, especially early on (in the season). We weren't playing very well in front of him. Our game has come a long way since then."

      Wheeler had two assists against the Lightning, and the Jets got goals from Mathieu Perreault, Jack Roslovic, Nikolaj Ehlers and Kyle Connor.

      After allowing a late goal, Winnipeg is 9-1-1 in one-goal games this season.

      The Jets opened the season with a 6-7-0 record in October but appear to have turned their season around thanks to Hellebuyck and other factors, including their attitude.

      "In a specific example on the ice, we throw a turnover, something we shouldn't do, and then we fight like a dog to make sure it doesn't go into our net. So, we have that," coach Paul Maurice told the Winnipeg Sun.

      "We give up a goal and that hasn't bothered us. There's lots of parts of our hockey game that we can make better; these guys will get better. But their emotional level has been really, really consistent this year."

      The Predators, who began the season 8-3-1, are 1-4-2 in their past seven games following a 7-2 loss to the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

      Nashville lost on a night when it outshot the Blackhawks 41-24

      Goalie Pekka Rinne was lifted in the second period after allowing four goals on 14 shots. In his past five starts, Rinne has allowed 20 goals and been pulled twice. Overall, the Predators have allowed 23 goals in their past four games -- and that includes a 2-1 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks.

      "Defense is always a five-man job out there, like offense, so we've got to make sure we all defend together, we come back together and we battle it out together," said Predators defenseman Roman Josi.

      Nashville already has allowed five goals in a game eight times this season after doing it 16 times last season.

      The Predators have a chance to turn things around as they play four of their next five games at home.

      "We have to do a little bit of soul-searching," Nashville's Colton Sissons said.

      "It's not been going well for a little while here and it's been a struggle, but teams go through this as we know. We have the personnel here to turn this around in a hurry. We've got a huge game against Winnipeg on Tuesday so we can't dwell on this one too long."

      Hellebuyck is 8-5-1 with a 2.82 goals-against-average and .919 save percentage in his career against the Predators. Rinne is 16-7-1 with a 2.55 GAA and .914 save percentage versus the Jets.

      --Field Level Media

  • Senators, Wings meet in Atlantic Division battle
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 18, 2019

    The Ottawa Senators prepare to visit the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday not knowing if they'll face goaltender Jimmy Howard or Jonathan Bernier.

    • That's because Howard has struggled this season to recapture the form that earned him a trip to the NHL All-Star Game last season. He has a 2-8-1 record and a subpar save percentage of .884.

      "I have to be better, try and make every save you're supposed to make and then mix in one or two you're not supposed to make just to give these guys confidence, give them a chance to win every single night," Howard told NHL.com.

      Bernier started four consecutive games during the past two weeks, going 3-0-1, after the two goalies essentially had platooned on a game-by-game basis. Howard returned to the lineup for Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to San Jose.

      "It's hard for me to pinpoint one thing. I would just say I think it's a short-term thing, it's not like it's been 100 games," coach Jeff Blashill said of Howard's season. "Probably 10 games or whatever, it just didn't go as well -- really for either guy, for a stretch there as they would have liked and as we would have liked."

      The Wings have collected at least one point in the last five games (3-0-2), as all three of their contests during last week's West Coast swing required overtime.

      "Going out to the West Coast and getting four out of six points, it could have been six out of six points, we just have to continue the strong play and hopefully the points keep coming for us," Howard said.

      The Wings have gotten a boost from forward Robby Fabbri, who has six points in the last five games since being acquired from St. Louis and has given the team's second line a jolt.

      "You can see it's definitely been good since he's been here," linemate Andreas Athanasiou told NHL.com. "Just playing with him, it's been getting better every game, every shift. He's obviously a highly skilled forward, he knows how to make plays, so I think he suits perfectly with Fil (Valtteri Filppula) and me."

      Detroit will look to avenge a 5-2 loss at Ottawa on Oct. 23. Ottawa forward Anthony Duclair scored two goals and Anders Nilsson made 34 saves in the Senators' victory.

      Ottawa lost at Buffalo 4-2 on Saturday after recording back-to-back wins over New Jersey (4-2) and Philadelphia (2-1).

      Duclair scored his seventh goal of the season against the Sabres but the Senators couldn't overcome Jack Eichel's four-goal night.

      "We did just enough to be competitive, but we didn't quite do enough to take control of that game," Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki said. "Unfortunately for us in this season, the way it's going, that doesn't end up being enough."

      Craig Anderson got the start in goal and made 28 saves but Eichel's career night prevented Ottawa from reaching the .500 mark. The Senators and Wings enter their matchup tied for seventh in the Atlantic Division with 17 points.

      "That's what special players do sometimes," coach D.J. Smith said. "I thought Andy was really good; those are big-time goals that he scored."

      --Field Level Media

  • Despite skid, Blues ready for Lightning
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 18, 2019

    The NHL's biggest 2019 playoff surprise meets the largest '19 postseason disappointment Tuesday when the St. Louis Blues host the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    • The Lightning were favored to win the Stanley Cup last season after finishing the regular season with 128 points. Then they failed to win a single playoff game.

      Meanwhile, the Blues rallied improbably from dead last in the NHL to reach postseason play and win the Cup.

      Both teams expect to contend this season. The Lightning won three consecutive games before falling to the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on Saturday.

      The Blues also are coming off a home-ice loss Saturday -- 4-1 to the Anaheim Ducks. Prior to that loss the Blues earned points in nine consecutive games, going 7-0-2.

      "We had a lot of shots on net compared to (the Ducks)," Blues forward David Perron said. "But they didn't result in goals so that means we have to a better job, either being more in front of the goalie's eyes or creating more second and third opportunities for other guys. Also, our power play could've been a little sharper."

      During their current 0-1-2 winless streak, the Blues scored just five goals.

      They are starting to feel the effects of losing top winger Vladimir Tarasenko to shoulder surgery. Forwards Brayden Schenn (one goal in seven games), Perron (one goal in seven games) and Ryan O'Reilly (on goal in six games) have cooled off after fast starts this season.

      "We're going to re-set here," Blues coach Craig Berube said Saturday. "We got a day off and we'll come to work Monday, have a practice and get ready to play. That's it. We have to find a way to put the puck in the net more than we have been."

      Berube shuffled all of his forward lines at that practice, most notably moving Tyler Bozak up from the third line to the top line with Schenn and Jaden Schwartz. He also moved Oskar Sundqvist up to a new third line with Robert Thomas, playing center for the first time this year, and Zach Sanford.

      The Blues haven't helped themselves on special teams during this downturn. They went 0 for 10 on the power play in the last three games.

      The Lightning are gaining momentum after overcoming earlier injuries to Brayden Point and Victor Hedman. They are more rugged this season after signing Blues playoff hero Patrick Maroon as a free agent.

      Maroon, a St. Louis-area native, will return to Enterprise Center for the first time since changing teams. He scored three goals during the Lightning's recent three-game homestand.

      Another former Blue, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, had a five-game points streak (one goal, seven assists) stopped Saturday.

      Lightning Steven Stamkos brings a five-game points streak (two goals, six assists) into this game. He scored his 400th career goal against the Jets Saturday.

      "He's an elite player in this league and that's why he's continued to do what he does every single season," Maroon said. "I'm happy I'm on the other end of it because it stinks when he's teeing them up and scoring goals when you're facing him."

      Nikita Kucherov has points in his last four games (two goals, five assists) after being held pointless in seven of Tampa Bay's first 13 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Devils, Blackwood ready to face Bruins
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 18, 2019

    It has been increasingly obvious over the last 12 months that MacKenzie Blackwood is New Jersey's goalie of the present and future. The Devils made it official Monday, one night before Blackwood and his teammates will host the Boston Bruins.

    • Both teams were off Sunday and Monday. The Devils mounted a late comeback Saturday to beat the host Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in overtime. The Bruins' recent skid continued Saturday with a 3-2 shootout loss to the visiting Washington Capitals.

      Blackwood's status as the Devils' starter was further cemented Monday when former starting goalie Cory Schneider was placed on waivers. If Schneider clears waivers, he'll be sent to Binghamton, New Jersey's affiliate in the American Hockey League.

      Schneider had been expected to be the heir apparent to Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur when the Devils acquired him from the Vancouver Canucks in 2013 and subsequently signed a seven-year deal in 2014. But Schneider began breaking down in 2017-18, when he battled groin and hip injuries as New Jersey returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

      Schneider underwent hip surgery following the first-round loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 33-year-old is just 6-19-5 since the start of the 2018-19 season, including 0-4-1 this year.

      "Hopefully, if he does clear waivers and goes to Binghamton, then it's not the end of the road here for us," Devils head coach John Hynes said Monday afternoon. "It's an opportunity for us to help him and for him to help himself, get his game where it needs to be. And it will be good for both parties."

      Blackwood, meanwhile, is 17-14-3 since making his NHL debut last Dec. 18. The goalie, who turns 23 next month, has gone 3-1-0 while starting the last four games, including both ends of the back-to-back set last weekend against the Canadiens and a night earlier against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

      "We're scratching and clawing here for wins," Hynes said of the Devils, who entered Monday in a three-way tie for last place in the Metropolitan Division. "We come off two (games), Mackenzie is playing well, the schedule lends itself to where we can go back to him for sure tomorrow and then go from there."

      While the Devils have generated some momentum, the Atlantic Division-leading Bruins are looking for a spark after losing five of six (1-2-3) following an 11-1-2 start. Boston has squandered a lead in four of the recent losses, including a 4-0 third period lead in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers on Nov. 12.

      The Bruins are hopeful the shootout loss Saturday to the Capitals marked the end of the slide. Boston squandered leads of 1-0 and 2-1 and gave up the game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation.

      "The last few games, we haven't been able to put in a full 60 minutes," center David Krejci told reporters afterward. "But the last couple games, we've been getting close, we've been playing some good teams. But too bad we couldn't extend the lead in the third. It was there for us even in the shootout."

      Forward David Pastrnak scored his NHL-leading 17th goal in the contest against Washington but it was just his second in the past five games. He scored at least one goal in 11 of 13 games prior to the recent stretch.

      --Field Level Media

  • Eichel looking for help as Sabres host Wild
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 18, 2019

    The Buffalo Sabres struggled for offense as they split their two games over the weekend, but none of those struggles can be placed at the skates of captain Jack Eichel.

    • After scoring all five of his team's goals on Saturday and Sunday, Eichel will lead the Sabres as they host Minnesota on Tuesday in the Wild's sole visit to western New York this season.

      The Sabres recorded a 4-2 home win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night, and the talk of the game was clearly the 23-year-old Eichel's first career four-goal outing.

      After scoring twice in the second period as Buffalo led Ottawa 2-1, the Massachusetts native zipped in a wrister for his second career hat trick -- and first since Dec. 15, 2017 -- before adding an empty-netter with 14 seconds to play.

      More important than Eichel's individual accomplishment, however, is what Saturday night's win ended.

      The victory over the Senators, who are tied with Detroit with an Eastern Conference-low 17 points, snapped Buffalo's six-game losing streak.

      The Sabres went 0-4-2 after recording a 2-0 win in Detroit over the Red Wings on Oct. 25 and are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games.

      "We definitely, with the injuries, needed our best players to step up," Sabres coach Ralph Krueger told reporters after the win over Ottawa. "Jack showed a world-class performance today and just excellent leadership that I also told you he's been showing in the adversity of the last few weeks."

      Buffalo lost 4-1 in Chicago on Sunday night with Eichel scoring the only goal, but the club played without winger Kyle Okposo, who was rocked by Senators defenseman Ron Hainsey the night before and sustained a concussion.

      Okposo joined a growing list of injured Sabres forwards -- centers Tage Thompson, Marcus Johansson and Johan Larsson, plus winger Vladimir Sobotka.

      Thompson left Sunday's game with an upper-body injury after being checked against the boards by Blackhawks defenseman Olli Maatta. The club announced Monday that Thompson will miss three to five weeks.

      On the bright side, the Sabres are calling Zach Bogosian day-to-day as he appears close to making his season debut after undergoing his second hip surgery in as many years in April.

      As for Minnesota -- which has a league-low 16 points -- the Wild rallied from a 3-1 deficit with a pair of second-period goals to force overtime against Carolina in a Saturday home matinee.

      However, Hurricanes standout right winger Andrei Svechnikov ripped home the game-winning goal 93 seconds into overtime, though the Wild extended their home point streak to six games (4-0-2).

      Minnesota has won consecutive contests just once in its 20 games, beating Montreal and Edmonton at home in late October.

      "It's a work in progress until we find a way to win a game or two, and then it's amazing how the confidence builds positively rather than negatively," said Wild coach Bruce Boudreau.

      Minnesota plays four of its next five games on the road but returns to the Twin Cities to face the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday in the teams' second meeting.

      In his last seven games, left winger Kevin Fiala has registered four goals and two assists while Zach Parise has three goals and three assists over the same period, including a short-handed marker against the Hurricanes.

      Parise, 35, recorded his 100th power-play point as a member of the Wild in Thursday's 3-2 win over Arizona.

      He became the sixth player and first Minnesota-born player to reach the milestone in franchise history.

      --Field Level Media

  • Sabres' Okposo sidelined with another concussion
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 18, 2019

    Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo is sidelined indefinitely after being diagnosed with a concussion for the fourth time in less than three years.

    • The 31-year-old was injured in the second period of Saturday's 4-2 victory over Ottawa when he collided with Ron Hainsey of the Senators. The Sabres released the diagnosis on Monday.

      It marks the fourth straight season in which Okposo suffered a concussion.

      The most severe one occurred late in the 2016-17 season and it led to him being admitted to the Neuro Surgical ICU of Buffalo General Medical Center after he experienced sleeping issues and significant weight loss.

      Okposo's hockey future was unclear for part of the following offseason before he felt comfortable continuing his career.

      Okposo also suffered concussions in March of 2018 and February of last season.

      The 13-year veteran has one goal and four assists in 19 games this season.

      Okposo is in his fourth season with the Sabres as part of a seven-year, $42 million deal.

      Also, Buffalo said center Tage Thompson will miss three to five weeks with an upper-body injury. Thompson appeared to hurt his shoulder during Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blue Jackets looking for revenge vs. Canadiens
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 18, 2019

    The Montreal Canadiens will look to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second time in the span of a week when the Habs visit Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday.

    • The two Eastern Conference rivals went to a shootout on Nov. 12 in Montreal, with Jonathan Drouin scoring the deciding goal in a 3-2 Canadiens victory.

      Columbus rebounded from that tough loss with a 3-2 victory of their own against the St. Louis Blues on Friday. The Blue Jackets trailed 2-1 after a lackluster opening 40 minutes before Pierre-Luc Dubois tied the score in the third period and Zach Werenski scored the overtime winner.

      "As ugly as we were in the first two periods, we were that good in the third period and we (seemed to) find a way," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "We always talk about finding a way in this league, and tonight we did. ... Probably 50 percent of your wins in this league are ugly wins."

      Aesthetically pleasing or not, Columbus will take whatever victories it can find during a tough start to the season. The Jackets' 18 points put them near the bottom of the league standings, and the club's 45 goals are the fewest of any team.

      Rookie center Emil Bemstrom has been a rare offensive bright spot for Columbus. He is on a four-game points streak (two goals, two assists) and had a helper on Dubois' game-tying goal Friday.

      Joonas Korpisalo is expected to start in net for Columbus on Tuesday. Korpisalo has a 3.04 goals-against average and .897 save percentage over 15 games. He did not face the Canadiens last week.

      Carey Price held the Blue Jackets in check during last week's game, as the Montreal goalie saved 33 of 35 shots. Price has a 3-0-1 record and .935 save percentage over his last four games, and is expected to be back in action following a night off Saturday against the New Jersey Devils.

      Unfortunately for the Canadiens, some of the players on the ice also didn't seem present at certain key moments on Saturday. After a big 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Friday, Montreal saw its three-game win streak end with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Devils.

      The game was marred by penalties and defensive lapses, which Habs coach Claude Julien described as "unacceptable if you want to win hockey games. That's what cost us tonight."

      "When we're playing on the second half of a back-to-back, we need to be alert mentally. We need to make up for our fatigue with good decisions, and tonight we didn't. Bad decisions cost us two late goals tonight."

      The Devils scored in the final minute of both the first and second periods on Saturday. The Canadiens have allowed 11 goals in the final minute of a period this season.

      As shaky as the performance was, Montreal still came away with a point. The Canadiens have suffered only one regulation loss over their last 10 games (7-1-2).

      Shea Weber has eight points (four goals, four assists) over a six-game point streak. Tomas Tatar also has points in each of his last four games, with two goals and five assists over that stretch.

      Montreal forward Paul Byron is out indefinitely with a knee injury that will require a surgical procedure. The Canadiens also will be without Drouin, who is scheduled for wrist surgery Monday.

      The Canadiens are 1-5-0 in their last six trips to Columbus.

      --Field Level Media

  • Panthers to test Flyers' improved goaltending
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 18, 2019

    The host Florida Panthers and the Philadelphia Flyers, separated by just one point in the Eastern Conference standings through the quarter-pole of the NHL season, meet Tuesday night in Sunrise, Fla.

    • Philadelphia, which used eight goalies last season and missed the playoffs, has been steadier in the nets so far this campaign.

      Carter Hart, 21, has made 12 starts and veteran backup Brian Elliott, 34, has started eight games. Together they have stabilized the Flyers' goalie situation.

      Hart, who had a 2.83 goals-against average as a rookie last season and is at 2.50 this year, credits Elliott as a mentor.

      "Brian has been a big help to me," Hart said of Elliott, who has a 2.87 GAA. "I really respect his work ethic."

      Florida's goalie dynamic is the opposite of Philadelphia situation, with a veteran starter in Sergei Bobrovsky (3.53 GAA) and a 23-year-old rookie backup, Sam Montembeault (2.96).

      Bobrovsky, 31, who signed a seven-year, $70-million contract in July after fleeing the Columbus Blue Jackets as a free agent, ranks tied for 15th in the league this season with seven wins.

      Bobrovsky is 54th in GAA and 57th with his .882 save percentage, but he seemingly hasn't disappointed Panthers coach Joel Quenneville, who raved about him following Florida's 4-3 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday.

      "It was nice to see (Bobrovsky) basically dominate the third period," said Quenneville, who in that contest became just the second NHL coach to win 900 games, joining Scotty Bowman. "When the game was on the line, (Bobrovsky) got us the two points."

      Tuesday's contest will be the third of Florida's four-game homestand. Florida is 1-1-0 so far on this stand and 4-2-2 at the BB&T Center this season.

      The Flyers are 5-2-3 over their past 10 games overall but just 4-5-1 on the road this season.

      A big factor on Tuesday could be Florida's power play, which has produced at least one goal in nine straight games, against Philadelphia penalty kill.

      Philadelphia is without perhaps its best penalty-killer, center Scott Laughton, who is out due to a broken finger. The New York Islanders used a power-play goal to rally past the Flyers 4-3 on Saturday, erasing a three-score deficit in the third period.

      Meanwhile, Florida's power play went 2-for-3 against the Rangers and is 11-for-30 during this nine-game run.

      "The playmaking before the shot is pretty special," Quenneville said of his power play. "Each guy has two or three options when they touch the puck, which is tough to defend."

      Evgenii Dadonov and Mike Hoffman each have five power-play goals this season, and Aleksander Barkov has four. Jonathan Huberdeau has 11 assists with the man advantage, and defenseman Keith Yandle has 10.

      In contrast, Oskar Lindblom and Ivan Provorov lead the Flyers in power-play goals with three each. Provorov, Matt Niskanen and Travis Konecny lead the Flyers in power-play assists with five each.

      Flyers coach Alain Vigneault has yet to unlock a Flyers offense that features established veterans such as Sean Couturier (six goals) and Claude Giroux (five). Three other Flyers standouts have four goals each: Kevin Hayes, James van Riemsdyk and Jakub Voracek.

      --Field Level Media

  • Canadiens' Drouin, Byron set for surgical procedures
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 18, 2019

    The Montreal Canadiens will be without a pair forwards for an indefinite amount of time as Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron both need surgery, head coach Claude Julien told reporters Monday.

    • Drouin is headed for wrist surgery Monday, while Byron will have a knee procedure. Timetables on their returns were not revealed.

      Drouin, 24, was injured in Friday's game against the Washington Capitals when he took a hit from Alex Ovechkin. Byron, 30, was injured in the same game.

      Drouin has seven goals and eight assists in 19 games and his 15 points are tied for fourth most on the team. Byron has one goal and three assists in 19 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Penguins looking to snap Islanders' point streak
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 18, 2019

    The Pittsburgh Penguins represent the only recent blemish on the New York Islanders' schedule. Now those teams open a home-and-home series.

    • They play Tuesday in Pittsburgh before meeting again Thursday in New York.

      The Islanders have points in 14 straight games, 13-0-1, to sit in a tie for second in the Eastern Conference. The 1 at the end of that equation was a 4-3 Pittsburgh overtime win Nov. 7 in New York.

      The point streak is the Islanders' longest since they won 15 in a row from Jan. 21-Feb. 20, 1982.

      Most recently, the Islanders rallied from a three-goal deficit in the third period Saturday to snatch a 4-3 shootout win against the Philadelphia Flyers.

      Mathew Barzal, who had one of the third-period goals that night, said the Islanders simply are resilient.

      "I don't know what it is with this group. We knew we'd be in the fight right to the end, and that's what we did," he said.

      Anthony Beauvillier scored twice Saturday, giving him four goals in two games after going 14 games without scoring.

      "I think he's just using his assets," Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. "He's a great skater. He's got confidence with the puck. He's got nice hands. He can score. And he's going to the hard areas. And because he's going to the hard areas, he's getting rewarded."

      Islanders forward Casey Cizikas is expected to play in his 500th career game Tuesday.

      "I'm excited about it," Cizikas told Newsday. "I'm proud about it. It seems like the years get quicker and quicker."

      Pittsburgh is 5-2-2 in its past nine games despite a continuing parade of injuries. Currently out are captain and top-line center Sidney Crosby, top defenseman Kris Letang and feisty winger Patric Hornqvist. In addition, center Nick Bjugstad left Saturday's 6-1 win against Toronto. There hasn't been an update on his status.

      The Penguins' special teams has been a mixed bag but is rounding into a two-way strength.

      The penalty kill has been perfect the past nine games, snuffing all 20 opponent power plays, and on Saturday produced Pittsburgh's fourth short-handed goal.

      "I think we're finding chemistry with some of the tandems we're trying to use up front (and) the defenesemen are doing a real good job making sure that they make good reads and good decisions on when they're going to pressure," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.

      "It's not isolated pressure; it's collective pressure, and that's a lot harder to beat."

      The Pittsburgh power play recently went 0-for-27 over an 11-game stretch, but now is 2-for-7 over the past three games, including a goal on its only chance Saturday.

      A tweak seems to have helped. There is an emphasis on launching more shots, particularly from the perimeter, to create rebounds and more scoring chances.

      "Yeah, simplify it," said Justin Schultz, a regular on the point. "The more pucks we can get on net, the more opportunities we will have. Maybe it will open something up and, hopefully, we'll get some confidence. If the lane's there, just take it."

      Pittsburgh had an unusual schedule leading into the game against the Islanders, practicing Sunday morning despite coming off back-to-back games in two cities, and taking Monday off. That was so the coaches and other staffers could travel to Toronto, where on Monday night Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford was being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

      --Field Level Media

  • Coyotes looking to snap Kings' win streak
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 17, 2019

    The Los Angeles Kings and Arizona Coyotes will play the first of two games this week on Monday, with Arizona hosting the first meeting and the Kings at home for a matinee on Nov. 23.

    • Both teams are coming off wins on Saturday night, the Kings 4-3 over Vegas and the Coyotes 3-0 over Calgary.

      The Coyotes' game drew national highlight attention for a fight late in the second period in which Arizona goaltender Darcy Kuemper grabbed Matthew Tkachuk and slammed him to the ice after Tkachuk cross-checked the Coyotes' Jason Demers.

      Kuemper drew a standing ovation from Coyotes fans for his dirty work and finished the night on an even higher note with a 37-save shutout, his second of the season and eighth as a Coyote.

      "I didn't think it would escalate to that. It happens, a little bit of fun and then we got back to work," Kuemper said.

      "You never want to see Kemps get in a fight," Coyotes Rick Tocchet added. "But his initiative to do that added a lot to our team. The whole bench got juiced up after that."

      The Coyotes hope the momentum from Saturday -- which gave them three wins in their past four games and fired up a crowd that is starting to believe in this team -- will continue against the rival Kings. Arizona is in the midst of a stretch of seven of eight games against Pacific Division opponents.

      "You have to win these games," Demers said. "They're four-point swings, and it's a pretty big logjam right now in the Pacific. A lot of teams are doing well. We've got to keep banking points."

      The Kings led twice by two goals over the Golden Knights on Saturday, but lost both leads as Vegas rallied to tie. Then Jeff Carter scored what would be the winner at 12:42 of the third period, in his 1,000th career NHL game.

      Los Angeles will be facing a cold Coyotes power play that is 1 for its past 24. The Kings were 1 of 2 on the man advantage on Saturday, even if it wasn't their best performance.

      "Overall, we're happy with the win," Kings coach Todd McLellan told the Kings website. "Wouldn't call it our best game, it's probably one of our uglier games this year. But a team's got to learn to how to win different ways."

      Carter also played his 500th game as a member of the Kings.

      "Jeff's a goal scorer and has scored big goals like that his whole career, so I don't think anyone is too shocked in here," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said.

      The Kings have their first three-game winning streak of the season. Doughty's goal against Vegas was his 480th career point, moving him past Jim Fox for 10th place on L.A.'s all-time points list.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ducks continue tough road trip at Capitals
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 17, 2019

    After one bad game Friday night, the Washington Capitals found their form again on Saturday and hope to keep rolling when the Anaheim Ducks come to town Monday night.

    • Washington enters the Anaheim game after beating Boston 3-2 Saturday in a game that went to a shootout. That's when Jakub Vrana made an eye-popping move in the fifth round to beat Bruins goalie Jaroslav Halak, who has given the Capitals many problems at times during his career.

      Goalie Braden Holtby made a save in the bottom of the fifth round that locked up the victory. Holtby is 9-0-1 in his past 10 starts after beginning the season a bit slowly. He's also 17-3-0 against the Bruins in his career.

      The victory in Boston gave Holtby the 267th of his career and pushed him past Felix Potvin and into 50th place on the NHL's all-time wins list.

      "Wins have always been important to me," Holtby told the team's site. "It's the one thing I care about because it shows consistency, not only personally, but team-wise. It's a (statistic) that comes directly as part of a group, so I think that's pretty cool. But hopefully there are a lot more."

      The Capitals have won five in a row on the road -- and each victory came in overtime or a shootout.

      Washington is 10-1-1 on the road this season, which is the best in the NHL, and has scored a point in nine consecutive games away from home (8-0-1). The Capitals have not fared too badly at home, either, going 5-2-3 and gaining points in eight of their 10 games.

      The Ducks, meanwhile, are coming into this game after their own big win, a 4-1 victory over the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues -- on the road, no less -- on Saturday.

      Anaheim snapped a five-game losing streak with the win as it began a tough four-game road trip. St. Louis had been on a roll, getting points in its previous nine games (7-0-2).

      Derek Grant led the way for the Ducks in the win over the Blues by coming up with his first hat trick. He also posted his first career short-handed goal and closed things out by scoring an empty-net goal.

      And just for good measure, NHL.com said he won nine of 12 face-offs. Now, that's a busy night.

      "This one feels good, for sure," Grant told the team's site. "It's good to get a win early on the road. We just have to start preparing for the next one the same way we did for this one."

      Anaheim will need to come out firing on offense as Washington is by far the top offensive team in the NHL (84 goals).

      The victory also put the Ducks back over the .500 mark at 10-9-2 after they slipped during their losing streak. It was the beginning of a road trip that will test Anaheim as it heads to Florida and Tampa Bay after taking on the Caps.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blackhawks hoping to stay hot as Sabres visit
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 17, 2019

    Energy, enthusiasm and confidence suddenly are swirling around the Chicago Blackhawks, who are 5-1-1 in their past seven games entering Sunday's visit from the Buffalo Sabres.

    • Above .500 for the first time this season, the Blackhawks are seeking their fourth straight victory as they open a three-game homestand against Eastern Conference foes.

      "I think we feel better with the way we're playing," Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane said. "Obviously, we're winning some games and picking up some points so that's important. I still think there's probably another level to our game that we can get to, really control the game and out-play the other team. It's all a work in progress but if we can do that while we're winning games it's obviously a good thing."

      Kane extended his point streak to eight games in Saturday's 7-2 road victory against the Nashville Predators, contributing a goal and an assist. The Blackhawks have scored at least five goals in four of their past five games.

      Forward Alex Nylander netted a pair of third-period goals in Nashville and will look to stay hot against his former club. The Sabres drafted Nylander eighth overall in 2016, but the 21-year-old was unable to establish himself in Buffalo, which traded him to the Blackhawks late this offseason.

      "I think it was time for me," Nylander told the Buffalo News. "It was really good to be traded here. I'm really happy about it. They obviously gave me a chance at the start. I had a really good training camp last year, and it was obviously not fun that I got sent own. It's nice to get a chance here, not just get sent down and come up later. I know I can play in this league, and I'm ready for it."

      Buffalo also will be playing for the second time in as many nights after defeating the visiting Ottawa Senators 4-2 on Saturday. Sabres coach Ralph Krueger lauded a "constructive mindset" that guided the club against the Senators. Buffalo lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 in overtime in its previous game Thursday, as forward Johan Larsson left the game with an injury.

      With Rasmus Asplund stepping into the lineup in his NHL debut against the Senators, Buffalo's Jack Eichel scored two goals each in the final two periods as Buffalo snapped a six-game winless streak. The four goals were a career high for Eichel, who became the first Sabres player to score four goals in a game since Thomas Vanek on April 10, 2010, also against Ottawa.

      The Sabres are 1-4-2 in their past seven games.

      "It's still the mental strength that we need to fight through games from beginning to end," Krueger said. "We like the way the group is interacting."

      Buffalo's Kyle Okposo left the game midway through the second period with an undisclosed injury and did not return.

      Chicago won both meetings between the teams last season, prevailing in a blowout on the road while winning in a shootout at home.

      --Field Level Media

  • Flames, Golden Knights skid into clash in Vegas
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 17, 2019

    At least the Calgary Flames and Vegas Golden Knights know one of their current losing skids will end when they square off Sunday in Nevada.

    • As the Flames and Golden Knights ready to drop the puck just a stone's throw from the Las Vegas strip, they're both in the doldrums, a shocking spot when you consider how they were elite teams last season.

      Calgary, which was the Western Conference's top team in 2018-19, has lost three straight games, the latest a 3-0 shutout at the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday afternoon. At the same time, the Golden Knights dropped a 4-3 road game to the Los Angeles Kings, their fifth consecutive defeat and fourth straight in regulation time.

      And it's not just that the Knights, who have been a powerhouse since joining the league in the 2017-18 season, are losing -- it's who they're losing to. Their last three defeats have come at the hands of the cellar-dwelling Kings, Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks. Everybody around the Golden Knights is looking for answers.

      "You just keep trying," coach Gerard Gallant said. "We haven't played perfect hockey the last while, but we were right there in every game. We just have to get that killer instinct ... dominate a third period. It seems like we're scared to lose in the third period instead of going out there confident."

      In Vegas' favor going into Sunday's clash is the fact the Knights have won all five home meetings with Calgary in franchise history, including a 6-2 victory last month. Then again, this is the first time the Flames will face a Vegas team that's reeling.

      "Any time the confidence is down, it seems like every chance against ends up in the back of your net, but we've got to play through it," Knights forward Max Pacioretty said. "We've got to be stronger than that. I know if we keep doing good things, eventually we'll get rewarded."

      The Flames were believing they've turned the corner, but have gone more than a week since a victory and have trailed by a 2-0 count in all three losses.

      "We've got to get out of that," Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk said. "We've got to start playing with the puck at the start of the first faceoff."

      That's a message coach Bill Peters has been stating seemingly all season, to no avail, but he continues to have to preach it. For some reason, his players are lacking an early fire in far too many games. The Flames have managed a few comeback wins, but their slow starts are adding up against them.

      "I don't think we have to wait to get that emotion starting, it should be there at the onset of the game, and that way we won't be behind as much as we are," Peters said.

      Then again, it would help if the Flames found some scoring. Saturday's loss to the Coyotes was the first time they've been shut out this season, but the Flames have managed just three goals in their last three games.

      "We can execute better," Peters said. "We can be harder on the puck, stronger at the net, work harder in the offensive zone."

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Isles rally past Flyers to keep streak alive
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 17, 2019

    Mathew Barzal scored in both the third period and the shootout, as the New York Islanders overcame a three-goal deficit and extended their point streak to 14 games with a 4-3 victory over the host Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

    • Jordan Eberle opened the shootout by beating Brian Elliott between the pads, before Barzal followed suit in the second round.

      Thomas Greiss preserved the win with a poke-check on Flyers captain Claude Giroux as the Islanders improved to 13-0-1 in their last 14 contests. Anthony Beauvillier recorded his second straight two-goal performance, and Greiss finished with 28 saves for the Islanders, who have defeated Philadelphia on two occasions this season.

      Sean Couturier, Oskar Lindblom and defenseman Ivan Provorov each collected a goal and an assist, and Elliott turned aside 33 shots for the Flyers, who have lost three in a row (0-1-2).

      Blackhawks 7, Predators 2

      Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, Alex Nylander scored twice in the third period and Robin Lehner stopped 39 of 41 shots to lift visiting Chicago to a rout of Nashville.

      Erik Gustafsson, Dominik Kubalik, Brent Seabrook and David Kampf also scored for the Blackhawks, who climbed above the .500 mark for the first time this season while improving to 5-1-1 in their past seven games.

      Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne struggled throughout an abbreviated outing. The veteran allowed four goals on 14 shots in 31:39 of ice time. He was pulled after Kampf scored to give Chicago a 4-0 advantage with 8:21 remaining in the second period.

      Capitals 3, Bruins 2 (SO)

      Jakub Vrana scored in the fifth round of a shootout to lead visiting Washington past Boston.

      T.J. Oshie tied the game with the goalie pulled and 59 seconds remaining in the third period to force overtime, and Travis Boyd also tallied as the Capitals won for the eighth time in their last 10 games. Braden Holtby had 21 saves.

      Charlie Coyle and David Pastrnak scored for the Bruins, who suffered their fifth loss in their last six games (1-2-3). Jaroslav Halak shined in net with 42 stops for Boston, which was playing without top-line center Patrice Bergeron, who sustained a lower-body injury Friday night.

      Stars 5, Oilers 4 (OT)

      Jamie Benn snapped a 15-game goalless drought, scoring at 1:14 of overtime to complete Dallas' comeback from a two-goal deficit in the third period and defeat host Edmonton.

      Jason Dickinson, Miro Heiskanen, Blake Comeau and Tyler Seguin also scored for the Stars (11-8-2), who extended their streak of games with at least one point to eight (7-0-1). Goaltender Anton Khudobin stopped 18 of 19 shots after replacing Ben Bishop in the second period.

      Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl, the league's leading scorer, had a goal and an assist to extend his points streak to 12 games, during which he's had 10 goals and 17 assists. Connor McDavid, who is second in the NHL in scoring, had three assists for the Oilers to extend his points streak to seven games (eight goals, nine assists).

      Hurricanes 4, Wild 3 (OT)

      Andrei Svechnikov scored 1:33 into overtime to give Carolina a win over Minnesota in St. Paul.

      Svechnikov's snap-shot from the right circle beat Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk for his ninth goal of the season. The game-winning tally gives Svechnikov seven points (three goals, four assists) over his last four games. Dubnyk has given up four or more goals in six of his 14 games this season.

      The Hurricanes extended their winning streak to three games overall and have won consecutive games in overtime. The extra period has been good to Carolina this season, as the Hurricanes have a 5-0-1 record in shootouts and overtime.

      Sharks 4, Red Wings 3 (SO)

      Kevin Labanc scored the lone goal in the shootout after netting one goal and two assists in regulation of San Jose's sixth straight victory with a win over visiting Detroit.

      Sharks goalie Martin Jones stopped 25 shots, including five in overtime, as well as the final two Red Wings he faced in the shootout in a back-and-forth affair. Logan Couture netted three assists in the win.

      Jimmy Howard made 16 saves for the Red Wings, who are 3-0-2 in their last five games following a 1-11-1 stretch.

      Jets 4, Lightning 3

      Jack Roslovic scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period and Nikolaj Ehlers added another goal just 21 seconds as surging Winnipeg won at Tampa Bay.

      Mathieu Perreault scored in the first period while Kyle Connor collected an empty-netter late in the third for the Jets, who have won four of five and have earned points in seven of their last eight games (6-1-1). Goalie Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves.

      Victor Hedman scored late in the first period and Steven Stamkos and Anthony Cirelli scored during a rally in the waning moments of the third for the Lightning, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Stamkos' goal was the 400th of his career.

      Ducks 4, Blues 1

      Derek Grant scored his first career hat trick to lead visiting Anaheim over St. Louis, snapping the Ducks' five-game winless streak and the Blues nine-game points streak.

      Ryan Getzlaf also scored, and John Gibson stopped 37 of 38 shots for the Ducks, who started their four-game road trip on a positive note.

      Vince Dunn scored for the Blues -- who suffered just their fourth regulation loss in 21 games -- and Jordan Binnington made 21 saves.

      Penguins 6, Maple Leafs 1

      Dominik Kahun scored twice, and Bryan Rust added a goal and two assists as Pittsburgh clobbered visiting Toronto.

      Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin each had a goal and an assist, and Jared McCann also scored in a high-paced game for the Penguins, who are 5-2-2 in their past nine games. Goaltender Tristan Jarry made 32 saves.

      Jason Spezza scored for Toronto, which lost its fifth straight. Auston Matthews had his six-game point streak snapped.

      Avalanche 5, Canucks 4 (OT)

      Nathan MacKinnon scored twice, including the winner 27 seconds into overtime, and had an assist as Colorado won at Vancouver.

      Andre Burakovsky, Nazem Kadri and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare also scored for the Avalanche (12-6-2), who won for the fourth time in their past five games. Cale Makar had four assists, giving the rookie blue-liner 22 points in 20 games. Goaltender Antoine Bibeau made 28 saves to win his first NHL start in nearly three years.

      Adam Gaudette scored two power-play goals, and Alexander Edler and Brock Boeser each tallied in the final three minutes, as the Canucks pulled their goalie for an extra skater to erase a 4-2 deficit. Goaltender Thatcher Demko stopped 18 of 23 shots, as Vancouver dropped to 1-4-2 in its past seven games.

      Kings 4, Golden Knights 3

      Jeff Carter, playing in his 1,000th NHL game, scored the go-ahead goal with 7:18 left and Los Angeles topped visiting Vegas for its season-high third straight win.

      Drew Doughty had a goal and an assist, Blake Lizotte scored a short-handed goal, Nikolai Prokhorkin scored his first NHL goal, and Jonathan Quick made 28 saves for the Kings.

      Max Pacioretty and William Karlsson each had a goal and an assist, Jonathan Marchessault also scored, and Malcolm Subban had 21 saves for the Golden Knights, who have lost five in a row (0-4-1) to match the longest losing streak in their three-year history.

      Coyotes 3, Flames 0

      Darcy Kuemper saved 37 shots for his eighth shutout with Arizona, and Derek Stepan and Carl Soderberg scored less than two minutes apart in the second period of a win over Calgary in Glendale, Ariz.

      Lawson Crouse added an empty-net goal with seven seconds to play, as the Coyotes won for the third time in the past four games and picked up their first home win since Nov. 2.

      Kuemper, in his 200th career NHL game, was the central figure in a major fight with 12 seconds left in the second period. Two Flames players cross-checked Arizona's Jason Demers while he was down on the ice, and Kuemper rushed to the aid of his teammate by hauling down Calgary's Matthew Tkachuk. The two went at it while other players skirmished nearby, and in the end, five players total were assessed 14 minutes penalties.

      Devils 4, Canadiens 3 (OT)

      Kyle Palmieri scored 90 seconds into overtime for visiting New Jersey, which stormed back from a two-goal deficit to earn a chaotic win over Montreal.

      The Devils trailed 3-1 in the waning seconds of the second period and nearly fell behind in the final minute of the third period, but Phillip Danault's goal for Montreal was waved off on review when it was determined he made a kicking motion as he was sprawled in the cage.

      Palmieri, who hadn't scored since collecting a hat trick against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Oct. 30, gave the Devils their only lead of the game by firing a shot from the faceoff circle past former teammate Keith Kinkaid.

      Sabres 4, Senators 2

      En route to his first career four-goal game, Jack Eichel scored the go-ahead tally with 7:47 left in regulation as Buffalo ended a six-game losing streak with a win over visiting Ottawa.

      Ottawa forward and ex-Sabre Tyler Ennis tied the game just 2:01 into the third period, deflecting a Ron Hainsey shot from the point to make it 2-2. But Eichel came through again, blasting a shot on the short side and past Senators goaltender Craig Anderson (28 saves) to break the deadlock.

      Eichel, who added an empty-netter with 14 seconds left, topped his career best and only NHL hat trick against Carolina on Dec. 15, 2017. This performance ended Buffalo's 0-4-2 stretch. Anthony Duclair also scored for the Senators, who had won two straight and four of their previous five. They've lost three in a row at Buffalo, which got 21 saves from Linus Ullmark.

      Panthers 4, Rangers 3

      Evgenii Dadonov scored twice, including the go-ahead goal late in the second period, as Florida defeated New York in Sunrise, Fla.

      Mike Hoffman and Brett Connolly also scored for the Panthers, and Jonathan Huberdeau and Keith Yandle each had three assists. Huberdeau became Florida's career leader in assists, passing Stephen Weiss, who had 249 during his time with the Panthers. Ryan Strome, Artemi Panarin and Tony DeAngelo scored for New York.

      Panarin extended his career-best points streak to 11 games, the longest by a Rangers player since Rick Nash did the same in the 2014-2015 season. Saturday also marked Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist's 868th NHL game, tying him with Grant Fuhr for 10th place on the league's all-time list. Lundqvist made 26 saves.

      --Field Level Media

  • Devils, Canadiens on a high ahead of matchup
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 16, 2019

    The second game of back-to-back sets are always challenging for NHL teams. But adrenaline should be plentiful for both teams Saturday night, when the Montreal Canadiens host the New Jersey Devils.

    • The Canadiens and Devils each headed to Montreal off encouraging wins Friday night. Montreal scored four unanswered goals in the second period of a 5-2 win over the host Washington Capitals while New Jersey held off the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1.

      The second-period surge came right after Canadiens left winger Jonathan Drouin was leveled by Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, who seemed to leave his feet to hit Drouin in the open ice. Drouin spent the rest of the period in the concussion protocol before being cleared to return in the third.

      Phil Danault snapped a scoreless tie for the Canadiens just 2:08 after Drouin exited. Montreal added three more goals within a span of a little more than eight minutes and cruised to its third straight win.

      "It was good to see we came through for ‘Dru,' " said Canadiens center Tomas Tatar, who scored Montreal's final goal and had three assists.

      With the victory, the Canadiens snapped the Capitals' 13-game point streak (11-0-2). The loss was Washington's first in regulation since Oct. 14.

      "I don't know what they're going to say," Canadiens head coach Claude Julien said afterward. "They could say it was their worst game of the month. That's up for them to decide. But all I can tell you is that we played well, we played them tight."

      Tight games are nothing new for the offensively challenged Devils, who are tied for the fewest goals in the NHL (45). New Jersey has scored two or fewer goals in 10 games, including each of the last six.

      But the Devils are 3-3-0 in that span thanks to goalie MacKenzie Blackwood, who made a season-high 38 saves Friday night and was also in net for 2-1 wins over the Winnipeg Jets on Nov. 5 and the Vancouver Canucks last Sunday. Blackwood made three key saves in the final 90 seconds Friday, including a stop of Evgeni Malkin with 16 seconds remaining.

      "He was particularly big down the stretch," Devils head coach John Hynes said following the victory. "We don't win the game if Blackwood doesn't have the performance that he has. It's nice to see him being consistent in his game and making saves when we need them."

      Blackwood made his third straight start Friday, but Hynes indicated he might go with Blackwood again even in the second game of the back-to-back set Saturday.

      "If we do, it's because we think he's physically and mentally ready to play and gives us a chance to win the game," Hynes said.

      Blackwood earned the win in his lone start against the Canadiens on Feb. 2, when he stopped 37 shots in the Devils' 3-2 victory.

      Ex-Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid is likely to draw the start for the Canadiens after No. 1 netminder Carey Price made 26 saves Friday. Kinkaid, who hasn't played since he recorded the win by stopping 31 shots in a 5-4 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights Oct. 31, has never faced New Jersey, for whom he played his first six NHL seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ducks start road trip with game against champs
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 16, 2019

    The St. Louis Blues keep amassing points, but they will try to get back on the winning track when they host the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.

    • The defending Stanley Cup champions have lost their past two games, 3-2 in a shootout to the visiting Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday, then 3-2 in overtime to the host Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.

      However, St. Louis extended its points streak to nine games (7-0-2). The Blues have sustained just three regulation losses in their first 20 games this season, tied for the lowest regulation-defeat total in the NHL.

      Meanwhile, the Ducks are starting a four-game road trip after going winless (0-3-2) in the final five games of their seven-game homestand. They have allowed 19 goals in their past four games.

      "You know, obviously not the way we wanted it to go," Ducks forward Adam Henrique said, "So now we have to go out on the road and make sure that we have a good road trip."

      In their most recent game, the Ducks blew a 2-1 lead in the second period Thursday night and fell 5-3 to the San Jose Sharks.

      "I don't care if you're at home or on the road, man, every point that slips out of our hand is a missed opportunity," Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said postgame. "It's just like getting a firm kick. But we will try to build off the positives, and in the places we can get better, we will try to correct that and get ready for the road."

      Goalie John Gibson has started 15 of 20 games for the Ducks this season. However, he has struggled in his career against the Blues, going 3-5-1 in nine starts with a 3.17 goals-against average and an .897 save percentage.

      Henrique (five assists) and winger Jakob Silfverberg (two goals, three assists) carry four-game points streaks into Saturday for the Ducks.

      Anaheim ranks 29th in the NHL on the power play with a dismal 9.4 percent conversion rate, but Silfverberg scored his first power-play goal in the Sharks game.

      "Those players and (assistant coach) Mark Morrison have been working extremely hard at it, so it's good to see them get rewarded for their hard work," Eakins said.

      The Blues rank just 17th in penalty killing heading into Saturday with 80 percent efficiency, but coach Craig Berube gave the unit good marks.

      "There's been mistakes that happen and they got on the net," he said. "Some of the mistakes shouldn't happen. They're mistakes that we normally don't make. If you look at the PK overall this season, I think we've done a pretty good job of limiting shots and things like that. Sometimes you just have to stay with it and it turns around.

      "Fifteen kills and that gets your percentage right back up there. I think it's good, the PK, but we've got to limit the big mistake, and sometimes you have to get a save there, too."

      The Blues are likely to start Jordan Binnington in goal at Enterprise Center after starting Jake Allen on Friday. Binnington has allowed two goals or fewer in seven of his last nine starts.

      St. Louis recalled forward prospect Klim Kostin from San Antonio of the AHL, but he did not play Friday. The 20-year-old Russian had three goals and five assists in 14 games for the Blues' top affiliate this season.

      Regarding whether Kostin will play against the Ducks, Berube said, "He gets another skate and stuff. We'll see. Maybe (Saturday)."

      --Field Level Media

  • Senators look to keep rolling vs. slumping Sabres
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 16, 2019

    Mired in their roughest stretch of the young season, the Buffalo Sabres are trying to remain positive. The Ottawa Senators, meanwhile, are playing some of their best hockey to date.

    • The Sabres look to keep their winless stretch from reaching seven straight games Saturday night, when they aim to keep the visiting Senators from a season-high third consecutive victory.

      Following a promising 8-1-1 start, Buffalo has hit a bump in the road while winning once in its last eight contests (1-5-2). The Sabres are 0-4-2 since winning 2-0 at Detroit on Oct. 25, but did rally from a two-goal deficit to earn a point with Thursday's 5-4 home overtime loss to Carolina.

      Johan Larsson tied the game with 40.1 seconds left in regulation and Jeff Skinner had a goal with an assist as Buffalo came back from 3-1 down to salvage a point. And, a little confidence as it tries to get back on track.

      "We just keep working," Skinner, who snapped a four-game point drought, told the Sabres' official website.

      "We're here to get results. We didn't win (Thursday). We did a good job of fighting back. In every game, there's positives and there's negatives.

      "We just keep working on the good things on our game and tighten up some of the mistakes we make."

      Buffalo certainly needs to improve a power play that's 0-for-12 through five games this month. Sabres opponents, meanwhile, are 5-for-10 with the man advantage over the last three contests.

      In goal, Buffalo's Carter Hutton is 0-3-2 with a 3.81 goals-against average after positing a 1.65 while winning his first six starts. Backup Linus Ullmark has allowed nine goals while losing his last two starts.

      The Sabres, 0-2-2 at home since winning their first five there, split the four matchups with Ottawa in 2018-19. They outscored the Senators 14-4 while winning both home meetings last season.

      Ottawa, though, has won four of five after rallying, then holding on, for a 2-1 home victory over Philadelphia on Friday. Down 1-0, Tyler Ennis and Filip Chlapik scored second-period goals for the Senators, who also killed off a double-minor penalty in the final five minutes to prevail.

      "I think everybody knows right now what we need to do to win hockey games," said Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson, who made 26 saves Friday.

      "We have to work harder than our opponents. I think it's just a mindset that everybody knows that to do for us to win."

      The former Sabre Ennis, who scored just Ottawa's fifth power-play goal of the season and first in six games, has that goal and three assists in his last five contests. Ennis, who has three power-play goals already, has scored twice in four contests against Buffalo.

      After Nilsson shined versus Philadelphia, Craig Anderson could be in the Ottawa net for this contest. Anderson stopped 21 shots in Wednesday's 4-2 win at New Jersey for just his third victory in nine starts. The veteran Anderson has a 2.16 goals-against average while winning three of his last four starts versus Buffalo.

      Skinner, tied for the Sabres team lead with eight goals, had three with an assist versus Ottawa last season. Teammate Jack Eichel, who's recorded just two of his club-leading 19 points over the last five games, posted a goal with seven assists against the Senators in 2018-19.

      --Field Level Media

  • Islanders aim to extend point streak vs. Flyers
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 16, 2019

    The New York Islanders are riding high on a 13-game point streak (12-0-1), so it stands to reason that they are one of the hottest teams in the NHL.

    • Unfortunately for the Islanders, they haven't been able to gain much in the standings considering Metropolitan Division-leading Washington has been riding a hot hand as well.

      New York hopes its good fortune travels well on Saturday when they begin a stretch of 10 road games in 13 outings with a tilt against the Philadelphia Flyers.

      The Islanders' current point streak is the fourth longest in franchise history, two shy of a 15-game mark that they have reached on three occasions (1978-79, 1980-81, 1981-82).

      For all of their success this season, they still reside five points behind a Capitals team that owned a 13-game point streak of its own before dropping a 5-2 decision to Montreal on Friday night.

      "We're definitely aware of it," New York forward Jordan Eberle said following Friday afternoon's practice, per Newsday. "We joke about it for sure. They're obviously playing well, too."

      The Islanders aren't playing too shabby in their own right.

      Mathew Barzal scored and set up a goal in his second straight contest in Wednesday's 5-4 victory over Toronto. The 22-year-old has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past eight games, including a goal in New York's 5-3 win over Philadelphia on Oct. 27.

      Derick Brassard, who also tallied in the first meeting with the Flyers, recorded two of his three points against the Maple Leafs on the power play.

      "When you're an offensive player, sometimes you go out there and that's when you get your touches, your confidence," the 32-year-old Brassard said of the power play. "Special teams can win you some games, and (on Wednesday) our power play was clicking."

      Philadelphia would have liked to see more out of its power play in Friday's 2-1 setback in Ottawa. The Flyers went 0-for-5 with the man advantage, highlighted by a failure to convert on a double minor late in the third period.

      "Our execution was a little bit off," Philadelphia coach Alain Vigneault said. "At the end, our power play has an opportunity to tie us the game. Lot of possession time in that four minutes, but no good (chances). ... Unfortunate, but we don't have a time to worry about it. We have to play (Saturday) night."

      The regulation loss snapped Philadelphia's seven-game point streak (5-0-2) while a struggling offense has scored just six non-shootout goals in the last four contests (2-1-1).

      That is not the recipe for success when facing the NHL's stingiest team. The Islanders are allowing just 2.29 goals per contest.

      Captain Claude Giroux, who scored in the first meeting with New York, had six points (three goals, three assists) in as many games before being held off the scoresheet against the Senators.

      Brian Elliott (4-2-1) is expected to get the start on Saturday. The 34-year-old improved to 8-1-6 in 17 career encounters with the Islanders after turning aside 54 of 57 shots to win both of his decisions last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bruins, Capitals set for showdown in Boston
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 16, 2019

    The Eastern Conference's division leaders will face off with weary legs Saturday night as the Boston Bruins host the Washington Capitals for the first time this season.

    • The Bruins, atop the Atlantic Division with 28 points, and the Capitals, leading the Metropolitan and the entire league with 32, will each play the second end of a back-to-back. Boston defeated the host Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Friday to snap a four-game losing streak (two by shootout), while Washington fell 5-2 to the Montreal Canadiens at home, its first regulation loss since Oct. 14.

      The Bruins and Capitals will play two more times during the regular season next month, though they're each expected to vie for top playoff seeding in the East. Boston won the two teams' last meeting in February to snap a 14-game losing streak to Washington.

      The Bruins started the season hot before their four-game skid (0-2-2) began against the Canadiens on Nov. 5. Boston reached rock bottom Tuesday when it blew a 4-0 lead in the third period in a 5-4 shootout defeat to the Florida Panthers, but responded three nights later in scoring three in the third to beat Toronto.

      Brad Marchand had two of those goals to run his season total to 13. He, along with teammate David Pastrnak and his league-leading 16 goals, form one of the more potent scoring duos across the league.

      "I think when you start getting caught up in stats, it just starts to go downhill," Marchand said. "I think the biggest thing with our group is we try to go game-to-game and focus more on the process. If we consistently play well every night, then good things are going to happen."

      The Capitals, meanwhile, are the most potent offense as a whole, their 79 goals are 10 more than any other club has. Washington has scored at least five in a game eight times already this season.

      However, the tables were turned on the Capitals when Montreal scored four in the second period to seize the momentum in Friday's rout. Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov tallied in the third, but it was too little, too late.

      "I think they just had momentum on their side," said Ovechkin, whose goal on the power play was his 14th. "After the first goal, they scored another one, and we just didn't execute the play, we made lots of mistakes. It was not our best period. We didn't play our game at all."

      With Ilya Samsonov in net against the Canadiens, the Capitals will turn back to regular starter Braden Holtby, who has a 9-1-3 record despite a 3.06 goals-against average.

      The Bruins will start backup netminder Jaroslav Halak, who last played in a shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Nov. 10. Halak (4-1-2, 2.67 GAA) has allowed at least four goals in three of his last four games.

      Boston has been hampered by injuries of late, defenseman Torey Krug (upper body) and forwards Jake DeBrusk (lower body) and David Backes (upper body) each still with uncertain timetables. Forward Brett Ritchie (upper body) skated in a non-contact jersey at practice this week.

      Forwards Nic Dowd and Carl Hagelin each missed Friday's game for Washington with upper-body injuries.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Habs use 4-goal period to top Caps
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 16, 2019

    Tomas Tatar had a goal with three assists, and Phillip Danault recorded one goal and two helpers as the visiting Montreal Canadiens used a four-goal second period to beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 Friday.

    • The Canadiens won their third straight while ending the Capitals' 13-game point streak.

      Shea Weber, Jordan Weal and Nick Suzuki also scored for the Canadiens, who have earned at least one point in five consecutive games (4-0-1) and are 7-1-1 in their last nine. Carey Price made 26 saves for Montreal.

      Alex Ovechkin scored his 14th on the power play and Evgeny Kuznetsov also delivered in the third period for Washington, but by that time it proved too late. The Capitals, who entered Friday an NHL-leading 32 points, were amid an 11-0-2 stretch before falling Friday.

      Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 2

      Brad Marchand scored two goals in the third period to help Boston win at Toronto. Charlie Coyle added a goal and an assist, and Zdeno Chara scored a goal for the Bruins, who ended a four-game losing streak.

      Auston Matthews and Kasperi Kapanen scored for the Maple Leafs, who have lost four in a row. Boston's Tuukka Rask made 29 saves, and Toronto's Frederik Andersen stopped 30 shots.

      Marchand gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead with a wrist shot only 11 seconds into the third period after going around a defenseman. Kapanen tied the game less than four minutes later, but Marchand put Boston on top again at 5:08 when he scored on a wrist shot off his own rebound. Chara's empty-netter ended the scoring.

      Devils 2, Penguins 1

      MacKenzie Blackwood made a season-high 38 saves and New Jersey held on to top Pittsburgh in Newark, N.J., for its fourth win in seven games.

      The Devils avoided losing for the fifth time when holding a lead through two periods. They held on two nights after allowing three goals in the final 6 1/2 minutes against Ottawa.

      Travis Zajac and Blake Coleman scored in the opening two periods for the Devils, who are 4-0-4 in one-goal games this season. Defenseman Jack Johnson scored in the third period for Pittsburgh, which has trailed by at least two goals in five straight games. The Penguins lost their first game since announcing Sidney Crosby would be out at least six weeks with a core muscle injury.

      Blue Jackets 3, Blues 2

      Zach Werenski scored an overtime power-play goal to lead Columbus past visiting St. Louis.

      The Blue Jackets, who also got goals from Vladislav Gavrikov and Pierre-Luc Dubois, won for just the second time in nine games (2-5-2). Joonas Korpisalo made 25 saves for the victory.

      The Blues, who got goals from Mackenzie MacEachern and Brayden Schenn, extended their points streak to nine games (7-0-2). They have lost just three times in regulation during the first 20 games of the season.

      Senators 2, Flyers 1

      Tyler Ennis and Filip Chlapik scored second-period goals to lift host Ottawa past Philadelphia.

      Goaltender Anders Nilsson made 26 saves, and the Senators won for the second straight game and the fourth time in five contests.

      Tyler Pitlick scored the lone goal for the Flyers, who had their seven-game points streak snapped (5-0-2). It was their first regulation loss since an Oct. 29 setback at Pittsburgh.

      --Field Level Media