The Winter Classic

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Hopefully it’s a Pleased New 12 months for all and the NHL will kick issues off with their annual Winter Traditional. This season, the January 1 recreation might be performed at Goal Area in Minnesota with the St. Louis Blues because the opposition.

The massive downside within the NHL, as all sports activities and the remainder of the world, is COVID because the numbers are spiking in every single place. Don’t be shocked if extra video games are postponed this week though on the time of this writing, (Friday morning) there have been no further postponements.

I’ll replace the whole lot Sunday night if want be.

Benefit from the holidays!

WEEK OF DECEMBER 27-JANUARY 2

4 Video games – Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo, Calgary, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Florida, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Vegas, Washington, Winnipeg

3 Video games – Arizona, Carolina, Montreal Philadelphia, St. Louis Toronto

2 Video games– Minnesota

Edmonton performs all 4 video games on the street.

Boston, Montreal, Nashville, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Vancouver play three video games on the street.

Columbus, Dallas, Los Angeles, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, San Jose, Seattle, Vegas and Washington play three video games at house.

INJURIES

There are such a lot of gamers in COVID-19 protocol as seen within the column. (Click on right here to see the harm record.)

ANAHEIM

Video games this week

vs. San Jose, vs. Vancouver, @ Vegas, @ Colorado

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Geese play three video games in 4 nights as a part of their four-game week, so search for John Gibson to play at the very least twice with Anthony Stolarz taking part in the rest of the contests…Issues have been quiet on the Geese entrance as they’ve nobody in COVID protocol…Anaheim despatched each Jacob Larsson and Buddy Robinson to the minors…Troy Terry leads the crew with 30 factors. He has been excellent this season however the future lies in Trevor Zegras who’s second in crew scoring with 25 factors…Zegras is a contender for the Calder…Ryan Getzlaf is caught at one aim however does have 20 assists in 27 contests…The stunning Geese are tied for first within the Pacific with Vegas as every crew has 40 factors in 32 video games.

ARIZONA

Video games this week

vs. Los Angeles, @ San Jose, @ Dallas

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Coyotes have Liam O’Brien, Lawson Crouse and Jay Beagle in COVID protocol…The Coyotes are lifeless final within the NHL standings with 14 factors in 29 video games…The Coyotes despatched Blake Speers and Jan Jenik again to Tucson of the AHL…Arizona positioned minor leaguer Vladislav Provolnev was positioned on unconditional waivers so his contract might be terminated and he might return to his native Russia…Clayton Keller leads the Coyotes with 9 targets and 22 factors…Shayne Gostisbehere has been a pleasing shock as he has been the Coyotes finest offensive blueliner with 18 factors.

BOSTON

Video games this week

vs. Pittsburgh, @ Ottawa, vs. Buffalo, @ Detroit

Drained: @ Detroit (Sunday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Bruins have 10 gamers in COVID protocol together with Craig Smith, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Trent Frederic, Anton Blidh, Jeremy Swayman, Oskar Steen, Taylor Corridor, Curtis Lazar and Brandon Carlo…The excellent news is that the majority, with the exception of Carlo, ought to be okay to play as soon as Monday rolls round…The Bruins are presently out of a playoff spot with 30 factors in 26 video games and in fifth place within the Atlantic…Zach Senyshyn has requested the Bruins to deal him elsewhere. The 15th general choose in 2015, Senyshyn has not developed with Boston and desires a change of surroundings…The Bruins and UFA Tuukka Rask haven’t began contract talks and he’s getting nearer to being prepared from low season hip surgical procedure…Jake DeBrusk was not dealt earlier than the vacation roster freeze after asking to be traded elsewhere on Nov. 29.

BUFFALO

Video games this week

vs. New York Islanders, vs. New Jersey, @ New York Islanders, @ Boston

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Sabres play three video games in 4 nights as a part of a four-game week…Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and Malcolm Subban ought to share the web until the Sabres resolve that Dustin Tokarski is wholesome and able to return from COVID protocol…Along with Tokarski, Will Butcher, Vinnie Hinostroza, Jeff Skinner and Zemgus Girgensons are in protocol…The Sabres are sixth within the Atlantic with 25 factors in 30 video games…Kyle Okposo leads the Sabres with 20 factors in 30 video games whereas Tage Thompson tops the crew with 10 targets…Casey Mittelstadt underwent upper-body surgical procedure and whereas he’s month-to-month, he isn’t essentially carried out for the season…First general choose in 2021, Owen Energy, might play for Canada on the Olympics and that may positively assist in his progress after taking part in a few months at Michigan.

CALGARY

Video games this week

vs. Edmonton, @ Seattle, vs. Winnipeg, @ Chicago

Drained: vs. Winnipeg (Friday)

Rested: @ Seattle (Thursday), @ Chicago (Sunday)

Notes

The Flames have been the toughest hit crew within the NHL as 20 gamers are nonetheless in COVID protocol…The record of who will not be in protocol is so much shorter with Matthew Tkachuk and Blake Coleman the one gamers not on the record…The excellent news is that the majority ought to be able to return to motion after the break, barring any setbacks…The Flames have been hoping to get a brand new enviornment however have presently pulled out of the deal as potential prices overruns are too excessive…They are going to proceed to play on the historic Saddledome…Regardless of not taking part in in virtually two weeks, the Flames are nonetheless in third place within the Pacific with 36 factors in 28 video games…Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames with 30 factors in 28 video games.

CAROLINA

Video games this week

vs. Florida, vs. Montreal, @ Columbus

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Hurricanes have 10 gamers in COVID protocol, together with Sebastian Aho, Seth Jarvis, Jordan Staal, Andrei Svechnikov, Ian Cole, Steven Lorentz, Stefan Noesen, Brendan Smith, Frederik Andersen and Jesper Quick…The primary six might return as early because the Florida recreation Monday…Aho leads the crew in factors with 32, 9 higher than Teuvo Teravainen…The Hurricanes are tied for first within the Metropolitan with 43 factors in 29 video games…Martin Necas is in concussion protocol after he was injured Saturday in opposition to the Kings…Jack Drury scored in every of his first two NHL video games and was then despatched again to the minors.

CHICAGO

Video games this week

vs. Columbus, @ Winnipeg, @ Nashville, vs. Calgary

Drained: @ Winnipeg (Wednesday), vs. Calgary (Sunday)

Rested: vs. Columbus (Tuesday)

Notes

The Blackhawks have Calvin de Haan in COVID protocol…Brett Connolly was suspended for 4 video games after his interference on the Stars’ Tanner Kero and barring any postponements, he’ll miss all video games this week. He was despatched again to Rockford of the AHL and should return to the Blackhawks as soon as the NHL season resumes…Jujhar Khaira returned to follow on Tuesday for the primary time since he was stretchered off the ice on Dec. 7…He’s nonetheless in concussion protocol…Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks with 25 factors in 26 video games however needs to be upset with the choice to not go to the Olympics as on the age of 33, this may increasingly have been his final alternative.

COLORADO

Video games this week

@ Vegas, vs. Dallas @ Dallas, vs. Anaheim

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Avalanche have been purported to be ending a four-game street journey this week however the cancelation of final week’s motion put a maintain on that…The Avs have Darcy Kuemper, Devon Toews, Andre Burakovsky, J.T. Compher and Cale Makar in COVID protocol and all might be eligible to return in time for his or her recreation in Vegas…Colorado performs a home-and-home collection with Dallas this week and there are a number of gamers who might add to their penalty minute totals if issues get out of hand, together with Nazem Kadri and Nicolas Aube-Kubel…Colorado despatched Mikhail Maltsev and Justin Barron to the minors earlier than the beginning of the Christmas break…Kadri leads with 38 factors in 24 video games, eight higher than Mikko Rantanen.

COLUMBUS

Video games this week

vs. Toronto, @ Chicago, vs. Nashville, vs. Carolina

Drained: @ Chicago (Tuesday)

Rested: vs. Nashville (Thursday)

Notes

The Blue Jackets have six gamers in COVID protocol, all occurring this week…Gabriel Carlsson, Jack Roslovic, Boone Jenner, Eric Robinson, Joonas Korpisalo and Andrew Peeke are all in protocol and it seems like will probably be Tuesday on the earliest earlier than any can follow…Elvis Merzlikins has been unhealthy of late with a 2-4-1 mark to go with a 4.44 GAA and a .874 save share…Oliver Bjorkstrand has 23 factors in 28 video games, one higher than Jakub Voracek who has just one aim this season…Max Domi has been a pleasing shock in restricted motion as the previous Hab has seven targets and 15 factors in 18 video games…The Blue Jackets are hopeful that Patrik Laine will return shortly. Laine has been out of motion since Nov. 3 with an indirect harm and he has actually been missed, particularly with the person benefit.

DALLAS

Video games this week

vs. Nashville, @ Colorado, vs. Colorado, vs. Arizona

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Stars play a home-and-home collection with Dallas as a part of their four-game week…There are presently no Dallas gamers in COVID protocol, a rarity within the NHL…Tanner Kero was stretchered off the ice on Saturday after successful from Brett Connolly and is in concussion protocol…Joe Pavelski has been on hearth of late with three targets and 6 factors in his final three video games and has a team-high 27 factors…The Stars are sixth within the Central Division with 32 factors in 29 video games, 4 factors in arrears of the fourth place Colorado Avalanche…Jason Robertson has been having an excellent sophomore season after an awesome rookie season the place he completed second in Calder voting…Robertson has 10 targets and 25 factors in simply 23 video games and is on a four-game factors streak.

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DETROIT

Video games this week

@ New York Rangers, @ New York Islanders, vs. Washington, vs. Boston

Drained: None

Rested: vs. Boston (Sunday)

Notes

The Crimson Wings have been hit laborious by COVID as they nonetheless have 11 gamers in protocol…Robby Fabbri, Michael Rasmussen, Filip Zadina, Givani Smith, Alex Nedeljkovic, Carter Rowney, Pius Suter, Sam Gagner, Joe Veleno, Adam Erne and Jordan Oesterle are all in protocol…The Crimson Wings are nonetheless hanging in, within the Atlantic as they’re in fourth place with 33 factors in 31 video games, three up on Boston who’ve 5 video games in hand…Ben Simon coached the Crimson Wings to his first profession win Saturday as head coach Jeff Blashill and assistant Alex Tanguay have been additionally in COVID protocol…Dylan Larkin is again on high of the Crimson Wings scoring race with 29 factors, one higher than rookie Lucas Raymond…Larkin was the primary star of the week as he had 5 targets and 7 factors in three video games.

EDMONTON

Video games this week

@ Calgary, @ St. Louis, @ New Jersey, @ New York Islanders

Drained: @ New York Islanders (Saturday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Oilers play three video games in 4 nights as a part of the four-game week, with all contests being on the street…Search for Mike Smith (if wholesome) play twice with Mikko Koskinen taking part in twice as effectively…In any other case Stuart Skinner might get the decision and share the web with Koskinen…Devin Shore, Ryan McLeod, Jesse Puljujarvi, William Lagesson, Darnell Nurse and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are in COVID protocol as is coach Dave Tippett…The Oilers are hoping to have Shore, McLeod and Nugent-Hopkins again for the competition in Calgary…Kyle Turris can be anticipated to return from a foot harm…The Oilers have slipped right into a tie for third within the Pacific with 36 factors in 29 video games…Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid are tied for the NHL lead in factors in addition to the Oilers…Zach Hyman is predicted to be able to go from an upper-body harm when Edmonton faces Calgary.

FLORIDA

Video games this week

@ Carolina, @ New York Rangers, vs. Tampa Bay, vs. Montreal

Drained: vs. Tampa Bay (Thursday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Panthers have seven gamers in COVID protocol and everybody might return in time for Monday’s recreation in Carolina…Ryan Lomberg, Radko Gudas, Brandon Montour, Carter Verhaeghe, Sam Bennett, Aaron Ekblad and Frank Vatrano are all sidelined with COVID however might be eligible to return by Monday after they face Carolina…The Panthers are in third place with 40 factors, 4 behind Tampa Bay and two in arrears of Toronto within the powerful Atlantic…Jonathan Huberdeau leads the crew with 33 factors, eight greater than Ekblad…Sam Reinhart has turned out to be a pleasant acquisition with 9 targets and 23 factors, giving Florida some glorious further scoring.

LOS ANGELES

Video games this week

@ Arizona, vs. Vegas, vs. Vancouver, vs. Philadelphia

Drained: None

Rested: vs. Vancouver (Thursday)

Notes

The Kings play 4 video games this week together with three in 4 nights…Jonathan Fast ought to get the crease thrice with Cal Petersen (if wholesome) seeing the web as soon as…Petersen is certainly one of 4 gamers on the COVID protocol record, becoming a member of Drew Doughty, Phillip Danault and Quinton Byfield…Doughty is eligible to return by Monday…The Kings have 33 factors in 30 video games and are solely three factors out of third place, held by Edmonton and Calgary within the Pacific…Anze Kopitar leads the Kings with 27 factors, eight higher than Alex Iafallo…Adrian Kempe has 12 targets…The Kings made some roster strikes earlier than the shutdown, sending Samuel Fagemo and Alex Turcotte again to the minors earlier than both was in a position to make their NHL debuts whereas recalling Sean Durzi and Christian Wolanin.

MINNESOTA

Video games this week

@ Winnipeg, vs. St. Louis

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Wild are the lone crew within the NHL this week to play solely twice, if the schedule is ready to resume as regular and that’s as a result of they’re internet hosting the Winter Traditional Saturday in opposition to St. Louis at Goal Area…The Wild have nobody on the COVID protocol record at the moment however have been hit by a number of accidents earlier than the break as Jared Spurgeon and Jordan Greenway are out with lower-body accidents whereas Joel Eriksson Ek has an upper-body harm…Eriksson Ek might be out for some time…The Wild are in first place within the Central with 40 factors, one higher than Nashville and St. Louis…Kirill Kaprizov has 12 targets and 36 factors in 30 video games…Ryan Hartman continues to be one of many greatest surprises within the NHL with 14 targets and 26 factors to go with a plus-22 score…Wild prospect Marat Khusnutdinov was named captain of the Russian crew on the World Junior Championship that start on Dec. 26.

MONTREAL

Video games this week

@ Tampa Bay, @ Carolina, @ Florida

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Canadiens have been an enormous disappointment this season after going to the Stanley Cup Last this previous marketing campaign…The Canadiens have 5 gamers in COVID protocol together with Sami Niku, Brendan Gallagher, Artturi Lehkonen and Mike Hoffman…Niku and Gallagher have been on the record for the reason that begin of Dec. so they need to be able to go Tuesday in Tampa Bay…The Canadiens have the second worst file within the NHL with 17 factors in 31 video games, dead-last within the Atlantic…Nick Suzuki leads the membership with 18 factors…Cole Caufield has just one aim in 23 video games this season…Prospects Jan Mysak and Kaiden Guhle have been named captains of Czechia and Canada, respectively, for the upcoming World Junior Championship and that has to bode effectively for the way forward for the franchise.

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NASHVILLE

Video games this week

@ Dallas, @ Washington, @ Columbus, vs. Chicago

Drained: @ Columbus (Thursday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Predators have been hit with COVID as eight gamers are presently on the record together with Ryan Johansson, Ben Harpur, Philip Tomasino, Michael McCarron, Mikael Granlund, Matt Luff, Nick Cousins and Mark Borowiecki…The excellent news is that every one might return for the Dallas recreation Monday…The Predators play three video games in 4 nights as a part of their four-game week so search for Juuse Saros to play three video games with David Rittich getting one begin…The Predators have 39 factors in 29 video games and are one level behind the front-running Minnesota Wild within the Central…Matt Duchene has been out of motion since Dec. 9 with an upper-body harm…Roman Josi has 29 factors to steer the Predators, two higher than Granlund.

NEW JERSEY

Video games this week

@ St. Louis, @ Buffalo, vs. Edmonton, @ Washington

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Devils have 5 gamers in COVID protocol together with Nico Hischier, Ryan Graves, Christian Jaros, Jesper Boqvist and P.Okay. Subban…Search for all however Subban to return in time for Monday’s tilt in opposition to the Blues…The Devils are presently with out their beginning two netminders as Mackenzie Blackwood and Jonathan Bernier are out of motion with neck and hip accidents respectively…Jon Gillies ought to get at the very least two begins and presumably three this week ought to Blackwood be unavailable with Akira Schmid selecting up the rest…The Devils have solely 25 factors in 30 video games and are seventh within the Metropolitan…Jesper Bratt leads the Devils with 24 factors in 29 video games…Dawson Mercer is having a pleasant rookie season with eight targets and 16 factors.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Video games this week

@ Buffalo, vs. Detroit, vs. Buffalo, vs. Edmonton

Drained: None

Rested: vs. Edmonton (Saturday)

Notes

The Islanders haven’t had a straightforward go of it this season after going to the Stanley Cup semi-finals final season…Mathew Barzal, Robin Salo and Matt Martin are in COVID protocol with Barzal prone to be the primary one again, presumably in opposition to the Sabres…The Islanders play 4 video games this week together with three contests in 4 nights…Ilya Sorokin and Semyon Varlamov ought to break up the begins…Barzal leads the crew with solely 17 factors…The Islanders are in final place within the Metropolitan with 22 factors in 26 video games…The beginning of the season actually damage the Islanders who have been compelled to play their first 13 video games of the season on the street as their new enviornment was being accomplished…They’re presently 17 factors out of fourth place and this season seems dire so far as making the playoffs are involved.

NEW YORK RANGERS

Video games this week

vs. Detroit, vs. Florida, @ Tampa Bay, vs. Tampa Bay

Drained: None

Rested: @ Tampa Bay (Friday)

Notes

The Rangers play three video games in 4 nights as a part of a four-game week…Igor Shesterkin ought to get into three video games with Alexandar Georgiev taking part in as soon as…There is just one Ranger in COVID protocol, Patrik Nemeth…New York is sitting fairly this season, in third place within the Metropolitan, with 42 factors in 30 video games, one behind Washington and Carolina…Artemi Panarin has 33 factors in 29 video games to steer the Rangers whereas Chris Kreider has 18 targets…Panarin missed his final recreation with a lower-body harm however is able to return…The Rangers inked goaltender Dylan Garand to an entry-level contract as he was chosen within the fourth spherical of the 2020 Draft…Jarred Tinordi was recalled from the minors after he accomplished his conditioning project.

OTTAWA

Video games this week

@ Washington, vs. Boston, vs. Pittsburgh, @ Toronto

Drained: @ Toronto (Saturday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Senators play three video games in 4 nights as a part of their four-game week…Search for Anton Forsberg to play thrice as Filip Gustavsson is sidelined and on the COVID protocol record…Gustafsson might choose up a begin close to the top of the week…The Senators are seventh within the Atlantic with 20 factors in 28 video games and might be within the hunt for the primary general choose within the 2022 Draft…Drake Batherson has been nice this season with 28 factors in 23 video games to steer the crew…The Senators have numerous nice and good younger expertise and it wouldn’t be a shock to see them nearer to the highest of the Atlantic standings in a number of seasons…Tim Stutzle bought off to a really sluggish begin however has 4 targets and 7 factors in his final seven video games…Sixth general choose within the 2020 Draft, Jake Sanderson, was named captain of the American crew on the World Junior Championship.

PHILADELPHIA

Video games this week

@ Seattle, @ San Jose, @ Los Angeles

Drained: @ San Jose (Thursday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Flyers are on the West Coast this week and play three video games in 4 nights…Search for Carter Hart to play twice with Martin Jones getting the opposite begin…Morgan Frost and Kevin Hayes are in COVID protocol…The Flyers are tied for fifth within the Metropolitan however are 10 factors behind fourth place Pittsburgh because the top-four groups are working away with the division…Claude Giroux, who’s a pending UFA, leads the Flyers with 25 factors…Cam Atkinson is tops in targets with 12…Flyers prospect Emil Andrae has been named captain for Sweden on the World Junior Championship…Ryan Ellis continues to be week-to-week with a lower-body harm however is progressing…Sean Couturier didn’t follow Monday for upkeep.

PITTSBURGH

Video games this week

@ Boston, @ Toronto, @ Ottawa, vs. San Jose

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Penguins don’t have any gamers in COVID protocol…They’re fourth within the Metropolitan with 39 factors in 30 video games and are presently red-hot with a seven-game successful streak…The injured Jake Guentzel has missed the final six video games with an upper-body harm however nonetheless leads the Penguins with 15 targets and 27 factors…Evgeni Malkin took half in some contact drills on Sunday however was carrying a non-contact jersey as soon as once more Tuesday. He’s attempting to return from low season knee surgical procedure and will return quickly barring any setbacks…Bryan Rust has been out of motion for the previous month with a lower-body harm and has been practising in a non-contact jersey…Teddy Blueger has been a pleasant shock with seven targets and 12 factors this season.

SAN JOSE

Video games this week

@ Anaheim, vs. Arizona, vs. Philadelphia, vs. Pittsburgh

Drained: None

Rested: vs. Philadelphia (Thursday)

Notes

The Sharks play 4 video games this week together with three video games in 4 nights…James Reimer and Adin Hill ought to share the web…There are three Sharks in COVID protocol, all taking place this week as Brent Burns, Jonathan Dahlen and Tomas Hertl are on the sidelines…As well as, Evander Kane is in protocol, though he has been taking part in for the Sharks’ minor -eague affiliate, the Barracuda…San Jose are in sixth place with 31 factors in 30 video games, 5 factors out of third…Timo Meier is having a pleasant comeback season with 29 factors in 25 contests…Nikolai Knyzhov had core muscle surgical procedure in late October an is deep into his rehab however there isn’t any timetable for his return.

SEATTLE

Video games this week

@ Vancouver, vs. Philadelphia, vs. Calgary, vs. Vancouver

Drained: vs. Calgary (Thursday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Kraken play 4 video games this week together with three video games in 4 nights…Philipp Grubauer ought to get the crease thrice with Chris Driedger taking part in as soon as…There are 4 Kraken gamers in COVID protocol, together with Jamie Oleksiak, Carson Soucy and Adam Larsson…The Kraken are 2-4-2 in December and stay in final place within the Pacific with 23 factors in 30 video games, seven factors out of seventh…Brandon Tanev was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body harm suffered on Saturday…Jordan Eberle leads Seattle with 21 factors, another than Jaden Schwartz…Jared McCann is tied with Eberle for the crew lead in targets with 12.

ST. LOUIS

Video games this week

vs. New Jersey, vs. Edmonton, @ Minnesota
Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Blues have solely Oskar Sundqvist in COVID protocol…The Blues are tied for second place within the Central with 39 factors in 31 video games…Vladimir Tarasenko and Pavel Buchnevich lead the Blues in factors with 29 whereas Tarasenko has a team-best 12 targets, one up on Buchnevich, Ivan Barbashev and Brandon Saad…Robert Thomas was on the ice in follow Tuesday as he has been out of motion since Dec. 4 with a lower-body harm…St. Louis recalled Klim Kostin from the minors and activated him…Jordan Kyrou missed Sunday’s tilt with an upper-body harm…Jordan Binnington returned to motion Sunday after lacking virtually three weeks in COVID protocol. The netminder allowed 4 targets on 34 photographs in his return because the Jets beat St. Louis 4-2.

TAMPA BAY

Video games this week

vs. Montreal, @ Florida, vs. New York Rangers, @ New York Rangers

Drained: vs. New York Rangers (Friday)

Rested: @ Florida (Thursday)

Notes

The Lightning play 4 video games this week together with three video games in 4 nights…Andrei Vasilevskiy will get three begins with Brian Elliott getting one begin…The Lightning have nobody in COVID protocol though coach Jon Cooper missed Tuesday’s recreation in protocol…They’re in first place within the Atlantic with 44 factors in 30 video games, two factors up on Toronto and 4 on Florida…That is regardless of lacking Nikita Kucherov for all however three video games and Brayden Level for the final 14 contests…Steven Stamkos leads the crew with 35 factors, 4 forward of defenseman Victor Hedman…Stamkos might be probably the most upset participant within the NHL as he has missed yet one more alternative to go to the Olympics with the NHL needing the 2 weeks to assist with the schedule…Gabriel Fortier scored his first profession aim within the NHL Tuesday.

TORONTO

Video games this week

@ Columbus, vs. Pittsburgh, vs. Ottawa

Drained: None

Rested: vs. Ottawa (Saturday)

Notes

The Maple Leafs have 12 gamers in COVID protocol, together with Alexander Kerfoot, Rasmus Sandin, Wayne Simmonds, Jason Spezza, John Tavares, Jack Campbell, Travis Dermott, T.J. Brodie, David Kampf, Ilya Mikheyev, Petr Mrzaek and Morgan Rielly…Toronto is second within the Atlantic with 42 factors in 30 video games, two behind Tampa Bay…Whereas the Maple Leafs hope to get Kerfoot, Simmonds, Spezza and Tavares again for Monday, they nonetheless have too many gamers lacking and will have extra postponements…Leafs prospect Roni Hirvonen has been named captain of Finland’s World Junior Championship crew…Mitch Marner has fulfilled his necessities for being on long-term injured reserve though he ended up lacking solely six video games because the 4 video games postponed by COVID rely in the direction of the 10-game requirement…Auston Matthews leads the Leafs with 20 targets and 33 factors.

VANCOUVER

Video games this week

vs. Seattle, @ Anaheim, @ Los Angeles, @ Seattle

Drained: @ Los Angeles (Thursday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Canucks play 4 video games this week together with three video games in 4 nights…Thatcher Demko is prone to get three begins with Thomas Greiss taking part in as soon as…Demko has been terrific of late and is 13-11-1 with a 2.63 GAA and a .919 save share…Vancouver nonetheless has 5 gamers in COVID protocol together with Brad Hunt, Juho Lammikko, Tucker Poolman, Tyler Motte and Tyler Myers however might have all however Myers and Motte again in time for Monday’s recreation in opposition to Seattle…The Canucks are seventh within the Pacific with 30 factors and that features their present six-game successful streak beneath new head coach Bruce Boudreau…J.T. Miller has 32 factors in 31 video games to steer Vancouver.

VEGAS

Video games this week

vs. Colorado, @ Los Angeles, vs. Anaheim, vs. Winnipeg

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Golden Knights have Alex Pietrangelo and Evgenii Dadonov in COVID protocol…The Golden Knights have roared again to the highest of the Pacific Division after a horrible begin to the season as they’re 20-12-0 and tied with Anaheim…Chandler Stephenson leads the Knights in factors with 31 whereas Jonathan Marchessault has 14 targets, finest on the crew…Mark Stone scored a few targets Tuesday after coming back from an upper-body harm however he was unable to finish the competition as he tweaked his earlier harm…It was not an awesome evening on Tuesday for goaltender Laurent Brossoit as he allowed all 4 targets on simply 19 photographs in taking the 4-3 loss…The Golden Knights have been getting simply ample goaltending this season, a far cry from final yr when the now departed Marc-Andre Fleury gained the Vezina Trophy.

WASHINGTON

Video games this week

vs. Ottawa, vs. Nashville, @ Detroit, vs. New Jersey

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Capitals have T.J. Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov in COVID protocol with Justin Schultz and Daniel Sprong a risk…Michael Sgarbossa was in protocol however had a false optimistic and is now out…The Capitals are tied for first within the Metropolitan with 43 factors in 31 video games…Joe Snively picked up an help in his NHL debut after which was despatched again all the way down to the minors…Alex Ovechkin has 22 targets and 47 factors and never solely does he lead the Capitals in each classes (in addition to assists the place he has 25) however is third in factors to Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in NHL scoring and second to Draisaitl in targets…Nicklas Backstrom lastly returned to motion and had an help in his solely recreation earlier than going into COVID protocol.

WINNIPEG

Video games this week

vs. Minnesota, vs. Chicago, @ Calgary, @ Vegas

Drained: None

Rested: vs. Chicago (Wednesday), @ Calgary (Friday)

Notes

The Jets positioned Andrew Copp and Kristian Vesalainen in COVID protocol Wednesday…The Jets have struggled at occasions this season and it’s displaying within the standings as they’re in fifth place within the Central, three factors behind the Colorado Avalanche…Kyle Connor leads the Jets in targets with 18 and factors with 32…Nikolaj Ehlers had a giant four-point evening on Sunday to provide him 12 targets and 24 factors this season. Paul Stastny picked up his 500th profession help in the identical recreation in addition to potting a pair of targets…Connor Hellebuyck was not completely satisfied with the NHL’s determination to enter the Christmas break early, saying that different leagues are adapting higher to the COVID scenario than the NHL. He’s 11-9-4 with a 2.69 GAA and a .916 save share.

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