NHL Schedule finally gets finalized

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Finally!

The NHL has come out with the remainder of the schedule, as they rescheduled 98 games with most (95) occurring during the one-time Olympic break from Feb. 7-23.

The seven Canadian teams will be slammed during the period as Calgary will play seven games, Edmonton eight, Montreal eight, Ottawa 10, Toronto eight, Vancouver six and Winnipeg nine.

It was a long time coming but I guess the NHL wanted to make sure that there were no other postponements or at least they had slowed down to a trickle and it has been of late

The good news is that the NHL will still end their schedule on Friday April 29 with the playoffs slated to start the following week.

The column will still be updated, if need be, on Sunday evening before the start of a new week if there are any more postponements.

WEEK OF JANUARY 24-30

4 Games –Anaheim, Boston, Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York Islanders, New York Rangers. Pittsburgh, Seattle, St. Louis, Vegas

3 Games –Arizona, Buffalo, Columbus, Detroit, Edmonton, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ottawa, Philadelphia, San Jose, Vancouver, Washington, Winnipeg

2 Games – Nashville, Tampa Bay, Toronto

Anaheim, Los Angeles and Vegas play all four games on the road.

The New York Islanders and Pittsburgh play all four games at home.

Carolina, Colorado, Montreal, the New York Rangers, Ottawa and St. Louis play three games at home.

Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, San Jose and Seattle play three games on the road.

INJURIES

Brad Marchand is day-to-day with an upper-body injury suffered Thursday. (Click here to see the injury list.)

ANAHEIM

Games this week

@ Boston, @ Toronto, @ Montreal, @ Ottawa

Tired: @ Montreal (Thursday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Ducks play three games in four nights as part of their four-game road trip this season...John Gibson should get three starts in the blue paint with Anthony Stolarz, who should be back from COVID protocol, getting one start...If Stolarz is unable to go, then Lukas Dostal will get the start...Josh Mahura is expected to return to the lineup on Jan. 21 after missing six weeks with an upper-body injury...Trevor Zegras has been getting a lot of Calder talk and rightly so as he has 10 goals and 29 points in 36 games but his minus-12 rating won’t help his cause...Rickard Rakell has only two goals in his last 21 games.

ARIZONA

Games this week

@ Pittsburgh, vs. Boston, vs. Buffalo

Tired: vs. Buffalo (Saturday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Coyotes have been playing better hockey of late as they are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games...They have as many points in the 10 games as they had in their first 28 contests (5-21-2)...Johan Larsson has been hot of late with all six of his goals plus an assist in his last seven contests...Travis Boyd had never scored more than five goals in any season but this season the hard-working winger has 10 in 30 games...Karel Vejmelka has been outstanding in his last three wins, giving up four goals on 108 shots...He is 6-14-1 with a 3.10 GAA and a .910 save percentage this season but has played a lot better than his record and GAA indicates.

BOSTON

Games this week

vs. Anaheim, @ Colorado, @ Arizona, @ Dallas

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

Boston coach Bruce Cassidy made a great move a couple of weeks ago when he broke up his top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, moving Pastrnak to the second line with Taylor Hall and Erik Haula and placing Craig Smith on the top unit...It has really got Pastrnak moving as he has nine goals and 12 points in his last seven games after starting the season with only nine goals in his first 30 contests...Marchand suffered an upper-body injury (likely his shoulder) Thursday and was unable to finish the game...Anton Blidh also suffered an upper-body injury Thursday...Tuukka Rask did not have a good game Tuesday, stopping only seven-of-12 shots in the first period before being pulled before the start of the second.

BUFFALO

Games this week

@ Ottawa, @ Arizona, @ Colorado

Tired: @ Colorado (Sunday)

Rested: @ Arizona (Saturday)

Notes

The Sabres recalled Jack Quinn, who was selected eighth overall in 2020, and he picked up a goal and an assist, the first two points of his NHL career in just his second game...He is worth a pickup, especially after showing what he could do in the AHL, garnering 35 points in 24 games...Rasmus Dahlin had a goal and an assist Thursday and leads the Sabres with 26 points, one better than Tage Thompson and two ahead of Jeff Skinner, who leads Buffalo with 14 goals...Malcolm Subban is likely gone for the season after undergoing surgery for an upper-body injury...Casey Mittelstadt is getting closer to a return as he has been upgraded to day-to-day and could return this week...He has played only four times this season, the last coming on Dec. 7.

CALGARY

Games this week

vs. St. Louis, @ Columbus, @ St. Louis, vs. Vancouver

Tired: @ St. Louis (Thursday)

Rested: vs. St. Louis (Monday)

Notes

The Flames play four games this week including three games in four nights...Jacob Markstrom could get three starts with Dan Vladar picking up one...Markstrom has seemingly been dealing with an injury, but looked good on Tuesday against Florida..Johnny Gaudreau had a four-assist night on Tuesday, giving him 43 points in 35 games...Calgary coach Darryl Sutter called out a couple of his defense pairings in Nikita Zadorov and Erik Gunbranson, as well as Noah Hanifin and Rasmus Andersson as the foursome have been inconsistent of late...Elias Lindholm scored seven goals in his first six games but has only five goals in his last 29 contests, including one in his last 10.

CAROLINA

Games this week

vs. Vegas, @ Ottawa, vs. New Jersey, vs. San Jose

Tired: vs. San Jose (Sunday)

Rested: vs. Vegas (Tuesday)

Notes

The Hurricanes play four games this week including three games in four nights...Frederik Andersen should be between the pipes in three contests with Antti Raanta picking up one start...Andersen has been great this season with a 20-6-0 mark to go with a 1.99 GAA and a .930 save percentage...Tony DeAngelo is having a great season with 28 points in 29 games and is keeping a low profile, just what the Hurricanes want... Rookie Seth Jarvis is putting together a nice season with seven goals and 16 points in 29 games...Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored a pair of goals Tuesday to give him nine.

CHICAGO

Games this week

@ Colorado, @ Detroit, vs. Colorado, @ St. Louis

Tired: None

Rested: @ St. Louis (Sunday)

Notes

Brandon Hagel is having a nice season with 10 goals and 19 points in 33 games this season. He is on a three-game points streak...Dominik Kubalik has scored in three consecutive games...Seth Jones is out of COVID protocol and he will play on Jan. 21...Chicago sent Lukas Reichel and Ian Mitchell back to the minors...Marc-Andre Fleury is 13-11-3 this season with a 2.69 GAA and a .916 save percentage and has been particularly good of last as he is 4-0-1 in his last five games, giving up only seven goals on 160 shots...The Blackhawks play four times this week but the games are spread out every other night.

COLORADO

Games this week

vs. Chicago, vs. Boston, @ Chicago, vs. Buffalo

Tired: None

Rested: vs. Buffalo (Sunday)

Notes

The Avalanche were concerned on Monday night when Darcy Kuemper was forced to leave the game after taking a hit to the head, but he returned to the cage Thursday against Los Angeles and stopped 40-of-41 shots in a 4-1 win...He is 18-5-1 with a 2.65 GAA and a .912 save percentage this season...His backup Pavel Francouz has won five straight after losing his opener and picked up his first shutout of the season Wednesday in a win over Anaheim...Nazem Kadri continues to be a stud this season with 15 goals and 51 points, good for fifth in NHL scoring...Mikko Rantanen is also having a great season with 21 goals and 48 points in just 35 contests.

COLUMBUS

Games this week

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

Tired: vs. New York Rangers (Thursday)

Rested: @ Montreal (Sunday)

Notes

The Blue Jackets are the best team in the second division of the Metropolitan with 37 points...Unfortunately, they are fifth in the division, 16 points behind the fourth place Washington Capitals...They defeated the Flyers on Thursday 2-1 as Elvis Merzlikins turned aside 33 shots to improve his record to 14-9-1...Gregory Hofmann is no longer a Columbus Blue Jacket as he decided to stay home in Switzerland after the birth of his child, rather than return to the Blue Jackets without his family...The Blue Jackets have a decision to make on whether or not they should offer Patrik Laine a long-term contract...He has six goals and 14 points in 18 injury-filled games this season, and finding players who can score like that, is hard to do.

DALLAS

Games this week

@ Philadelphia, @ New Jersey, vs. Washington, vs. Boston

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Stars Tyler Seguin has finally had a pair of good games in a row as he had a goal and an assist Tuesday and followed it up with a pair of goals and a helper on Thursday...Seguin has only 12 goals and 18 points in 37 games but at least he has played well this week...Dallas got Jason Robertson back on Thursday after missing a couple of games with a lower-body injury and he did not miss a beat, scoring twice and adding an assist to give him 15 goals and 35 points in 29 games...He is showing no signs of the dreaded sophomore jinx...Joe Pavelski has 40 points this season to lead the Stars and has been hot of late with four goals and 11 points in his last seven games...Alexander Radulov has not been cleared from COVID protocol but did skate on Thursday and should be back in the lineup soon.

DETROIT

Games this week

vs. Chicago, @ Pittsburgh, vs. Toronto

Tired: vs. Toronto (Saturday)

Rested: @ Pittsburgh (Friday)

Notes

The Red Wings play three games in four nights...Alex Nedeljkovic should get a pair of starts with Thomas Greiss (if healthy) playing once...Greiss is in COVID protocol and if he is unable to go, then Calvin Pickard will probably get a start...The Red Wings claimed Gemel Smith off waivers from Tampa Bay Wednesday...He is the older brother of Red Wings forward Givani Smith and should be a good addition to the squad as he is a tough, bottom-six player, something every team in the NHL can use...Vladislav Namestnikov is having a nice season with 11 goals and 20 points in 40 games and would love to sign an extension as his current two-year deal is nearing its end...Tyler Bertuzzi has 18 goals and 32 points in 32 games as he has had a great start to the season...

EDMONTON

Games this week

@ Vancouver, vs. Nashville, @ Montreal

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Oilers are in a huge tailspin...They were embarrassed at home by the Florida Panthers Thursday to the tune of 6-0 and the former first-place Oilers, who were 16-5-0 at one point, are now in seventh place, going 2-11-2 in their last 15...Don’t be surprised if Dave Tippett is shown the door as the Oilers have to do something to turn things around...Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid have been carrying the Oilers all season but even the duo have not been able to score like they had been earlier in the season...Zach Hyman is in COVID protocol...The Oilers are also still without Ryan Nugent-Hopkins because of a lower-body injury, but he could be back skating with the team this week...Jesse Puljujarvi has 10 goals and 25 points in 34 games.

FLORIDA

Games this week

@ Winnipeg, vs. Vegas, vs. San Jose

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Panthers complete a five-game road trip before returning home to play the Golden Knights...They have been outstanding at home, going 21-3-0, so look for Florida to be strong this week...They beat Edmonton 6-0 on Oilers ice Thursday to go to 6-5-5 on the road...Sergei Bobrovsky stopped all 40 Edmonton shots Thursday for the shutout as he is 20-3-3 this season with a 2.38 GAA And a .925 save percentage...He has to be high on the list for comeback player of the year, if not right at the top...Sam Reinhart has been a nice acquisition as he has 11 goals and 34 points in 37 games...He was picked up from the Sabres in the off-season...Patric Hornqvist is day-to-day with an upper-body injury suffered on Thursday.

LOS ANGELES

Games this week

@ New York Rangers, @ New York Islanders, @ Philadelphia, @ Pittsburgh

Tired: @ New York Rangers (Monday), @ Pittsburgh (Sunday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Kings play four games this week including three games in four nights...Jonathan Quick should get at least two starts and possibly three with Cal Petersen getting the leftovers...Samuel Fagemo is seeing time on the top line with Anze Kopitar and Alex Iafallo with Adrian Kempe still in COVID protocol...The Kings recalled Quinton Byfield from the minors...The second overall pick in 2020 made his NHL debut on last season, playing six games as an 18-year-old, picking up one assist. He was held off the scoresheet in his seasonal debut Thursday...Phillip Danault has 10 goals this season for the Kings after signing off-season as a UFA from Montreal...The Canadiens saw him as a third-line center at best but the Habs currently have no one with more than eight goals.

MINNESOTA

Games this week

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

Tired: None

Rested: @ New York Rangers (Friday), @ New York Islanders (Sunday)

Notes

The Wild have dropped to fourth place in the Central as they have gone 4-4-2 in their last 10 games...They really miss Cam Talbot in net as he has been out since the Winter Classic on Jan. 1. He is progressing and should return to the lineup this week...Talbot is 15-8-1 with a 3.00 GAA and a .909 save percentage...Nick Bjugstad has also been out since the Classic with an upper-body injury and while he is working out off-ice he has yet to resume skating...Jared Spurgeon could return on Jan. 22 from a lower-body injury that has kept him out since Dec. 1... Kirill Kaprizov has a six-game point streak with six goals and 12 points, giving him 16 goals and 44 points in 34 games.

MONTREAL

Games this week

@ Minnesota, vs. Anaheim, vs. Edmonton, vs. Columbus

Tired: vs. Columbus (Sunday)

Rested: vs. Anaheim (Thursday)

Notes

Montreal hired their new GM this week as Kent Hughes takes control of the team...The Canadiens finish their nine-game road trip and play four games this week including three in four nights...The Habs goaltending problems continue as Carey Price has been out all season recovering from off-season knee surgery as well as personal reasons, while Jake Allen has a lower-body injury...The goaltending is in the hands of Sam Montembeault and Cayden Primeau at this time. Montembeault made 49 saves Thursday in a 4-3 overtime loss to Vegas and he has faced 104 shots in his last two games, stopping all but seven...Josh Anderson leads Montreal with only eight goals...That’s pretty bad for a team that has played 39 games. Cole Caufield currently is in COVID protocol.

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NASHVILLE

Games this week

@ Seattle, @ Edmonton

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Predators only play twice this week...They snapped a four-game losing streak Thursday with a 5-2 win over Winnipeg...Nashville is still in second place in the Central despite the losing streak...Juuse Saros is 21-11-2 after the win as he has a 2.42 GAA and a .924 save percentage...Ryan Johansen had a goal and an assist Thursday to give him 12 goals and 33 points in 39 games...Dante Fabbro is out week-to-week with an upper-body injury...Filip Forsberg returned this week from COVID protocol that cost him four games...He has 19 goals and 30 points in 29 contests...Mark Borowiecki has 83 penalty minutes to lead the NHL...Roman Josi is tied with Adam Fox for second place among all defensemen with 42 points, and that is 13th best in the NHL.

NEW JERSEY

Games this week

vs. Dallas, @ Tampa Bay, @ Carolina

Tired: None

Rested: vs. Dallas (Tuesday)

Notes

The Devils are wallowing near the basement of the Metropolitan after a 4-1 loss Thursday to Arizona...Jesper Bratt leads the Devils with 10 goals and 33 points, 10 points better than second place Nico Hischier...A.J. Greer is out indefinitely after taking a hit to the head from the Islanders Ross Johnston...Mackenzie Blackwood returned to action Thursday after clearing COVID protocol...The Devils put Colton White on waivers Wednesday and then moved him to the taxi squad...It has been a disappointing season for the fantasy managers of Ty Smith who has only a goal and 10 points in 33 games after making the rookie All-Star team last season.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Games this week

vs. Philadelphia, vs. Los Angeles, vs. Seattle, vs. Minnesota

Tired: vs. Minnesota (Sunday)

Rested: vs. Philadelphia (Tuesday)

Notes

The Islanders play four games again this week, including three games in four nights so expect to see Ilya Sorokin and Semyon Varlamov share the net...Sorokin has good peripherals with a 2.37 GAA and a .927 save percentage to go with his 10-7-5 record...Ross Johnston has completed serving a three-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head on A.J. Greer...Kyle Palmieri is close to returning as he has been out of action since Dec. 16 with a lower-body injury...The Islanders still have 50 games left to play heading into action on Jan. 21...Anders Lee is on a four-game pointless streak.

NEW YORK RANGERS

Games this week

vs. Los Angeles, @ Columbus, vs. Minnesota, vs. Seattle

Tired: vs. Minnesota (Friday)

Rested: vs. Los Angeles (Monday), @ Columbus (Thursday), vs. Seattle (Sunday)

Notes

The Rangers play three games in four nights as part of their four-game week...Igor Shesterkin should get three starts with Alexandar Georgiev getting one...Shesterkin is 18-4-2 with a 2.03 GAA and a .938 save percentage...Ryan Reaves scored his first two goals of the season on Wednesday against the Maple Leafs...Mika Zibanejad has a six-game point streak with three goals and seven points, giving him 37 points in 40 games...Chris Kreider has a three-game goal scoring streak and has 25 goals this season, tied for third best in the NHL, just two behind leader Alex Ovechkin...Adam Fox is tied with Roman Josi for second place in the NHL in points among defensemen.

OTTAWA

Games this week

vs. Buffalo, vs. Carolina, vs. Anaheim

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Senators have played only 33 games this season, second-lowest in the NHL and have to play 49 games in the last 97 days to complete the schedule...Josh Norris had a pair of goals Thursday, giving him four in his last three games and six in his last seven...He leads the Senators with 18 markers...Connor Brown is out three weeks with a broken jaw...Matt Murray won his second game of the season but is now on the sidelines with a non-COVID illness, leaving the goaltending in the hands of Anton Forsberg and Filip Gustavsson...Hopefully Murray will return this week...Drake Batherson tops the Senators in points with 33.

PHILADELPHIA

Games this week

vs. Dallas, @ New York Islanders, vs. Los Angeles

Tired: @ New York Islanders (Tuesday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Flyers are in a horrible situation as they are in sixth in the Metropolitan but will likely fall to the basement as they are a point up on the Devils but have played two more games and are two points ahead of the Islanders with New York holding eight games in hand...Philadelphia are 0-7-3 in their last 10 games...Carter Hart is having a better season than last year despite his 7-13-5 record as he has a 2.90 GAA and a .912 save percentage...Last season he had a 3.67 GAA and a .877 save percentage...Derick Brassard skated on Thursday but with a non-contact jersey as he has been out of action since Jan. 6 with a hip issue...Kevin Hayes had fluid drained from his adductor region and will miss the next three-four weeks.

PITTSBURGH

Games this week

vs. Arizona, vs. Seattle, vs. Detroit, vs. Los Angeles

Tired: vs. Detroit (Thursday)

Rested: vs. Los Angeles (Sunday)

Notes

The Penguins play three games in four nights as part of a four-game week...Tristan Jarry should play three games and Casey DeSmith should get in one start...The Penguins complete a seven-game homestand this week...It was quite a night for Mike Matheson on Thursday as he had two goals and an assist to give him five goals and 16 points in 36 games...Jason Zucker was put on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury...He returned for a game on Monday after missing a month with a lower-body injury, scored a pair of goals but was unable to play Thursday...We could assume it is the same injury but we will not at this time...DeSmith is back at practice after leaving COVID protocol Wednesday...Bryan Rust had a pair of assists Thursday, giving him 22 points in 17 games.

SAN JOSE

Games this week

@ Washington, @ Florida, @ Carolina

Tired: @ Carolina (Sunday)

Rested: None

Notes

Timo Meier had a career game on Monday, scoring five times with three coming in the first period and two more in the second...He added another goal on Thursday, giving him 21 goals and 46 points in 36 games this season...Kudos if you picked him in your fantasy pool before the start of the season...James Reimer was strong Monday, stopping 39 shots in the 6-2 win over the Kings, snapping a bad streak in which he had given up 19 goals on 112 shots in four games although he did go 2-2-0...He is 12-7-1 with a 2.65 GAA and a .918 save percentage despite his recent poor streak...Erik Karlsson has eight goals and 26 points in 33 games this season.

SEATTLE

Games this week

vs. Nashville, @ Pittsburgh, @ New York Islanders, @ New York Rangers

Tired: @ New York Rangers (Sunday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Kraken play four games this week, with three games in four nights...Look for Philipp Grubauer to play three games with Chris Driedger playing once if he is out of COVID protocol...Otherwise Joey Daccord will get a start...Defenseman Carson Soucy had a great night Thursday with a pair of goals in a 3-2 win over San Jose...He has six goals and 13 points in 31 games to date...Philipp Grubauer picked up his ninth win of the season Thursday, stopping 22 shots...Jordan Eberle has 12 goals and 24 points in 37 games to leads the Kraken...Jamie Oleksiak and Jeremy Lauzon lead the team in hits with 105.

ST. LOUIS

Games this week

@ Calgary, vs. Calgary, vs. Winnipeg, vs. Chicago
Tired: @ Calgary (Monday), vs. Chicago (Sunday)

Rested: vs. Calgary (Thursday)

Notes

The Blues play four games this week including three games in four nights...Jordan Binnington has struggled of late so don’t be surprised if he and Ville Husso share the crease...Husso is 6-2-1 this season with a 2.22 GAA and a .933 save percentage, marks deserving of more action...The Flames play back-to-back games against Calgary this week...Jordan Kyrou leads the Blues with 39 points in 35 games but saw his seven-game points streak come to an end on Monday...The Blues have to be happy to be getting Pavel Buchnevich back in the lineup as he has been cleared from COVID protocol...Brayden Schenn returned from COVID protocol is style with two goals and four points against Nashville.

TAMPA BAY

Games this week

vs. New Jersey, vs. Vegas

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Lightning are tied with Florida atop the NHL and Atlantic Division standings, although the Panthers do hold a game in hand...Nikita Kucherov has a four-game multi-point streak in which he has four goals and nine points...Kucherov has 15 points in nine games this season...Victor Hedman has nine goals and 43 points to lead all blueliners after a two-goal, three point night on Tuesday...The Lightning lost Gemel Smith via waivers to Detroit...Zach Bogosian is out two-three weeks with a lower-body injury...Andrei Vasilevskiy has been outstanding all season and is 23-6-3 with a 2.20 GAA and a .923 save percentage as he has won his last four outings.

TORONTO

Games this week

vs. Anaheim, @ Detroit

Tired: None

Rested: @ Detroit (Saturday)

Notes

The Maple Leafs only play twice this week and then will play 42 games in the last 89 nights of the season...They have been blowing leads of late, including 3-1 leads in their last three contests...Mitch Marner (COVID) returned to the lineup this week and had a goal and an assist in each of the two games played, giving him eight goals and 25 points in 28 games...Jack Campbell has struggled of late despite his 2.24 GAA and .927 save percentage as he has given up five goals in three of his last four games...He has been struggling especially in his last two games giving up 10 goals on only 51 shots...Auston Matthews did not score Wednesday against the Rangers, snapping a 10-game goal scoring streak on the road, one shy of the NHL record.

VANCOUVER

Games this week

vs. Edmonton, @ Winnipeg, @ Calgary

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Canucks have goaltender Thatcher Demko and J.T. Miller in COVID protocol...Miller leads the Canucks with 39 points in 39 games and Demko has been great in net, going 17-14-1 with a 2.62 GAA and a .917 save percentage...Bo Horvat is also in COVID protocol, being placed there on Tuesday, so he could return in time for the Edmonton game...Elias Pettersson has only nine goals in 39 games but has three in his last two...Quinn Hughes is having another good season with 31 points in 38 games...He was a minus-24 last season, one of the worst in the NHL but has turned it around this season as he has a club-leading plus-11 rating.

VEGAS

Games this week

@ Washington, @ Carolina, @ Florida, @ Tampa Bay

Tired: @ Carolina (Tuesday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Golden Knights play three games in four nights and part of their four-game road trip...Robin Lehner should be between the pipes in three games with Laurent Brossoit (if healthy) getting one start...Otherwise Dylan Ferguson could get the call...The Golden Knights placed Mark Stone in COVID protocol Wednesday...Max Pacioretty has been out of action since Dec. 28 as he needed to undergo wrist surgery but is expected to travel with the Golden Knights this week and could see some action...Jack Eichel has been practicing with the Golden Knights in a non-contact role, as he works his way back from neck surgery

WASHINGTON

Games this week

vs. Vegas, vs. San Jose, @ Dallas

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

Alex Ovechkin is amazing...At the age of 36, he has taken over the NHL scoring race lead with 56 points, two ahead of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl and is tied for the goal scoring lead with Draisaitl at 27...Nicklas Backstrom scored his first of the season on Thursday and has six points in eight games...Dmitry Orlov will return this week against the Golden Knights after serving his two-game suspension for kneeing Nikolaj Ehlers...T.J. Oshie is on injured reserve with an upper-body injury but will be eligible to return in time for the Vegas game...Ilya Samsonov is 13-4-3 with a 2.77 GAA and a .903 save percentage this season...He has been off of late, allowing 11 goals in his last three games on 84 shots, going 0-2-1.

WINNIPEG

Games this week

vs. Florida, vs. Vancouver, @ St. Louis

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

Connor Hellebuyck shut out the Red Wings on Jan. 13 making 33 saves but his other three games in his last four have not been as pretty as he is 0-2-1, giving up 15 goals on 95 shots...Nikolaj Ehlers is on injured reserve after suffering a lower-body injury when kneed by Orlov of the Capitals...Blake Wheeler could return on Jan. 22 after being out since Dec. 10 with a suspected knee injury...He had a goal and 10 points in five games when he got injured, and it was his first goal of the season in 17 contests...Paul Stastny returned to action Thursday after missing a couple of weeks with a lower-body injury as well as being in COVID protocol...Kyle Connor leads with 21 goals and 40 points in 36 games this season.