Obviously you want to win your first game after changing head coaches. It didn’t work out that way for the New Jersey Devils. Hours after John Hynes was replaced by Alain Nasreddine, Vegas handed the Devils a 4-3 loss.
New Jersey certainly had a shot to come away with two points, but then Jonathan Marchessault happened. The Golden Knights forward scored three goals in the span of just 8:35 minutes in the third period to thrust Vegas ahead. With that the Devils have fallen to 9-14-4. That’s the second worst record in the league, behind only the Detroit Red Wings.
There’s still enough time for New Jersey to dig themselves out of this hole and you need only look back to last season’s St. Louis Blues as a prime example of that. However, while I do see the Devils as an underperforming team, I don’t think it’s to nearly the same extent as the Blues.
New Jersey might be able to battle its way back into playoff contention, but the Devils even at their best likely aren’t better than a middle-of-the road team at this stage of their rebuilding effort.
BOSTON 2 CAROLINA 0
Jaroslav Halak posted a 24-save shutout in his 500th career game. He improved to 7-1-3 with a 2.14 GAA and .934 save percentage in 11 starts this season.
Dougie Hamilton fired four shots on Halak. He didn’t end up scoring of course, but Hamilton already has 10 goals, which puts him well on his way to surpassing his career-high of 18 markers.
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Charlie Coyle scored the game-winning goal. It was his sixth goal and 16th point in 28 contests.
Boston’s other marker was scored by David Krejci. That gives him six goals and 21 points in 22 games.
James Reimer kicked out 32 of 34 shots last night. He has a 5-5-0 record, 2.58 GAA, and .918 save percentage in 11 games.
MONTREAL 4 NY ISLANDERS 2
Mathew Barzal found the back of the net for the Islanders. He’s up to 11 goals and 24 points in 26 games.
Thomas Greiss saved 36 of 39 Canadiens shots. He’s allowed three goals in four of his last five starts.
Phillip Danault scored a goal and registered an assist. That gives him seven goals and 21 points in 28 contests.
Brendan Gallagher also had a goal and an assist for Montreal. He has 11 goals and 21 points in 28 games.
Carey Price stopped 21 of 23 shots against the Islanders. That ended his six-game losing streak.
MINNESOTA 4 FLORIDA 2
Jonathan Huberdeau scored a goal and registered an assist for the Panthers. He has 11 goals and 33 points in 27 contests.
Carson Soucy contributed the game-winning goal. It was his second goal and third point in 25 games.
Jason Zucker found the back of the net and registered an assist. The Wild forward has nine goals and 17 points in 27 contests.
Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 44 of 46 shots Tuesday night. He’s 2-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and .950 save percentage in two career starts.
At the other end of the ice, Chris Driedger kicked out 22 of 25 shots. This was also his second career start. He’s 1-1-0 with a 1.53 GAA and .942 save percentage.
VEGAS 4 NEW JERSEY 3
Jonathan Marchessault led the charge for Vegas with a hat trick. He’s up to eight goals and 21 points in 30 games.
Alex Tuch assisted on three of the Golden Knights’ four goals. He has four goals and eight points in 13 games.
Malcolm Subban stopped 32 of 35 shots last night. He’s won four consecutive games while allowing eight goals over that span.
Kyle Palmieri scored a goal and registered an assist. That gives him 10 goals and 18 points in 27 contests.
Mackenzie Blackwood saved 26 of 30 shots on Tuesday. He has an 8-8-3 record, 3.17 GAA, and .896 save percentage in 20 contests.
PHILADELPHIA 6 TORONTO 1
The Maple Leafs’ lone goal was scored by Travis Dermott. It was his third goal and fifth point in 16 contests.
Travis Konecny scored a goal and registered an assist for Philadelphia. He’s up to 10 goals and 27 points in 28 games.
Philippe Myers assisted on three of the Flyers’ six goals. That gives him three goals and nine points in 15 contests.
Carter Hart stopped 27 of 28 Maple Leafs shots. He’s allowed just three goals over his last three starts.
At the other end of the ice, Frederik Andersen saved 23 of 28 shots. He has a 13-6-3 record, 2.59 GAA, and .917 save percentage in 22 starts.
ARIZONA 4 COLUMBUS 2
Carl Soderberg scored a goal and registered two assists for the Coyotes. He has eight goals and 15 points in 29 contests.
Clayton Keller also found the back of the net for Arizona. He’s up to five goals and 17 points in 29 games.
Darcy Kuemper saved 33 of 35 Blue Jackets shots. He has an 11-6-2 record, 1.97 GAA, and .936 save percentage in 19 starts.
One of the Blue Jackets’ two goals was scored by Alexandre Texier. It was his fourth goal and fifth point in 23 games.
Joonas Korpisalo stopped 24 of 27 shots Tuesday night. He’s 11-9-1 with a 2.84 GAA and .902 save percentage in 21 starts.
TAMPA BAY 3 NASHVILLE 2 (OT)
Nikita Kucherov scored the overtime goal and registered an assist. He’s up to 10 goals and 30 points in 24 contests.
Two of Tampa Bay’s three goals were assisted on by Steven Stamkos. That gives him seven goals and 22 points in 22 games.
Kyle Turris had a goal and an assist for Nashville. He was back in the lineup for the first time since Nov. 16th. The Predators had been keeping him in the press box as a healthy scratch.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 30 of 32 Predators shots. He improved to 10-7-1 with a 2.90 GAA and .908 save percentage in 18 starts.
Pekka Rinne turned aside 28 of 31 shots last night. He’s 9-4-3 with a 2.84 GAA and .899 save percentage in 16 starts.
WINNIPEG 5 DALLAS 1
The Stars’ lone goal was scored by Miro Heiskanen. It was his seventh goal and 18th point in 29 games.
Anton Khudobin stopped 25 of 30 shots Tuesday night. He has a 6-5-1 record, 2.39 GAA, and .922 save percentage in 12 contests.
Kyle Connor scored the game-winning goal and registered two assists. He has 11 goals and 24 points in 28 games.
Mark Scheifele contributed a goal and an assist for Winnipeg. He has 10 goals and 26 points in 28 contests.
Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 27 of 28 Stars shots. That extended his winning streak to four games. One of those wins was a relief appearance, but he only allowed two goals over the three starts.
VANCOUVER 5 OTTAWA 2
At the other end of the ice, Thatcher Demko saved 40 of 42 shots. He has a 6-4-1 record, 2.83 GAA, and .912 save percentage in 11 starts.
Elias Pettersson scored the game-winning goal. It was his 12th goal and 32nd point in 29 games.
Antoine Roussel also netted a goal for Vancouver. This was his first NHL game of the season after missing time with a knee injury.
Tyler Ennis found the back of the net for the Senators. He has seven goals and 12 points in 28 games.
WASHINGTON 5 SAN JOSE 2
John Carlson scored the game-winning goal and registered two assists. He’s up to nine goals and 40 points in 29 games.
Garnet Hathaway netted a pair of goals for the Capitals. That gives him four goals and nine points in 26 contests.
Braden Holtby stopped 23 of 25 shots on Tuesday. He extended his winning streak to three games.
Melker Karlsson had a goal and an assist for San Jose. He has three goals and six points in 26 contests.