The New York Islanders picked up a point for the third consecutive game on Sunday night, but still failed to collect two points for an eleventh straight game. Islanders’ fourth-line winger Matt Martin missed Sunday’s game, as Ross Johnston was penciled into the lineup.
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The New York Islanders losing streak was extended to 11 games on Sunday as they fell to the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in the shootout at UBS Arena. The Islanders dropped to 5-10-5 and are 0-8-3 over their current slump, but did show some fight in their latest loss. Here’s how it happened. (NYI Hockey Now)
The New York Islanders fourth line looked a little different on Sunday night. Casey Cizikas missed is third game due to COVID, but Matt Martin was mysteriously scratched as well. Reporters first took notice during warmups that Martin was not on the ice and that Ross Johnston was on the ice. Johnston took Martin’s spot in line rushes and during the game. (NYI Hockey Now)
As a native of L’Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec, just outside of Quebec City, Boston Bruins captain grew up as a Quebec Nordiques fan and has openly admitted his disdain for the Montreal Canadiens. While anyone and everyone around the Boston Bruins believes it’s a foregone conclusion that Bergeron, who is an unrestricted free agent after this season, will either retire or sign a new deal with the Bruins, what would happen if his longtime agent, Kent Hughes, became the next general manager of the Habs? (Boston Hockey Now)
Despite defeating the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins are struggling offensively. The Crosby line is carrying the weight right now, but the Carter line and the Blueger line need to step up. Kaspari Kapanen has been the center of negative attention for his lackluster play, given his potential to score. The Penguins are going to need to see all lines rolling to have success, as they wait for certain players to return from injury. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Alex Ovechkin may be 36-years old but he is playing like he is in his prime. On Saturday, Ovechkin not only netted his 20th of the season, but his 750th career NHL goal. Right now he is on pace for 66 goals this season, which would be the highest goal total in his career. It would also mark his ninth year with 50 or more goals. (Washington Hockey Now)
Sam Reinhart, despite the Florida Panthers’ strong play so far this season, had struggled to be the offensive threat he was brought in to be. Over his past three games, Reinhart has scored three goals with three assists in wins against the Capitals, Blues, and his former Buffalo Sabres teammates. He has had a good couple of days. (Florida Hockey Now)
The Detroit Red Wings of today are not the same Red Wings we have watched over the last couple of seasons. This exciting young group is playing well, currently holding down the fort as the second wild-card spot. This group believes in each other, believes in management, and also believes that this is for real, that they can be competitive despite years of sorrow. (Detroit Hockey Now)
The Toronto Maple Leafs fell to the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night by a score of 6-3. Leafs defenseman Rasmus Sandin left the game with an injury after a knee-on-knee. The incident that resulted in no penalty on the play. He would have to be helped off the ice, so the expectation is that he will miss some time. Goaltender Joseph Woll, who had been brilliant to start his NHL career, came back to earth with a tough start. Here are the rest of the takeaways from the win. (Toronto Hockey Now)
There was little doubt one of these guys would be suiting up as the starter for Sweden at the upcoming Olympics. The question was whether it would be Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom, or Vegas Golden Knights netminder Robin Lehner? On Sunday night, it was Lehner who got the best of Markstrom – at least in the win column – earning a 3-2 victory in Vegas against the visiting Flames. Lehner also announced that he will not be heading to the Olympics. (Calgary Hockey Now)
The Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Sunday night. Max Pacioretty, Nicolas Roy, and Evgenii Dadonov had the goals for the VGK and Robin Lehner stopped 24 of 26. Outside of the arena, the Golden Knights held a toy drive in preparation for Christmas. Fans brought unwrapped and unopened gifts as a part of the Golden Knight’s 21 Days of Giving. All toys were donated to The CASA Foundation. (Vegas Hockey Now)
Jared Bednar is ticked off at his team again right now. They say we all wear different masks for every few hours of a day, and on Saturday night in Ottawa, after his team’s 6-5 overtime loss to the lowly Senators, Bednar’s mask could have been titled “Exasperation.” The better the Colorado Avalanche check, the more they are going to score and head coach Jared Bednar doesn’t understand why he is team doesn’t get it. (Colorado Hockey Now)
The San Jose Sharks have performed better than expected this season, but every team loses hockey games. The issue is not that they lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday, but how they lost. A good team will learn from this bad effort, a bad team won’t. So the question becomes, what kind. ofteam. is this? (San Jose Hockey Now)
The Vancouver Canucks ownership group has had enough. On Sunday, general manager Jim Benning was fired. This news game after head coach Travis Green, along with his assistant coach Nolan Baumgartne. Also, assistant general manager John Weisbrod also lost his job. It was a complete house-cleaning job. (Vancouver Hockey Now)
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