The Atlantic Division playoff race will be fascinating down the stretch. The Panthers captain tallied a goal and two assists as Florida skated to an entertaining 8-4 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Barkov’s goal in the opening period was not anything spectacular, but his assist in the second period to set up Frank Vatrano was impressive. Barkov batted a puck out of mid-air as he intercepted a pass then raced up ice to set up Vatrano to extend the Panthers’ lead to 5-0 at the time.
2) Andy Greene, New Jersey Devils
Every individual has their own leadership style or opts to use different methods depending on the situation. Greene implemented a lead-by-example process when he clobbered a one-timer in the Devils’ 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Devils have been a huge disappointment this season and fired their general manager Ray Shero shortly before puck drop. Expect New Jersey to sell off several pieces as the NHL Trade Deadline approaches.
John Hynes collected his second victory behind the bench with the Predators when Saros made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season. Practice time is severely limited in this day and age, but Hynes is starting to implement his defensive philosophy. The Predators have not played up to expectations this season but are within striking distance if Hynes can get the most out of his players.
Highlights of the Night
Huberdeau ties Olli Jokinen for the most points in franchise history with a nifty deke. He would later add an assist to become the Panthers’ all-time points leader.
Barkov displayed his incredible hand-eye coordination on this interception at the blueline and then added an assist at the other end of the ice.
You better believe that's Zach Bogosian with the dangles. pic.twitter.com/rI1z7q0SAT
— NHL (@NHL) January 13, 2020
Stats of the Night
— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) January 13, 2020
One franchise icon passes another.@emalkin71geno collected his 641st career regular-season assist to pass @68Jagr (640) for sole possession of third place on the @penguins’ all-time list. https://t.co/adDEfFxj8w #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/OWy7qp6le0
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 12, 2020
Nashville Predators 1, Winnipeg Jets 0
Buffalos Sabres 5, Detroit Red Wings 1
Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Arizona Coyotes 3 (SO)
Florida Panthers 8, Toronto Maple Leafs 4
New Jersey Devils 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 1