Tampa Bay Lightning
Monday’s win over Chicago put an end to the Lightnings first three game losing streak of the season. The win over Chicago makes it 13 straight over the Blackhawks in regulation (11-0-2).
With their 2-0 victory on Monday over the Blackhawks the Lightning jumped back into first overall in the NHL as they lead the Vegas Golden Knights by one point, though the Golden Knights do have a game in hand. While that is the good news. The bad news coming out of Tampa just days before Sunday’s All-Star Game is the news that Ondrej Palat is gone anywhere from six to eight weeks.
Palat suffered the injury when the Wild’s Jared Spurgeon slashed/speared the back of the Lightning wing’s right ankle on a power play Saturday.
“It’s a huge loss for us on a complete non-hockey play that didn’t have to take place,” coach Jon Cooper said. “It’s tough to swallow, I’ll tell you that.”
The Department of Player Safety reviewed the play but decided against any fines or suspensions. With the injury to Palat, the Lightning recalled both Matt Peca and Michael Bournival.
Tampa’s penalty kill ranked 22nd in the league was a perfect six for six in Monday’s win over the Blackhawks.
It took just 39 starts for Andrei Vasilevskiy to tie the franchise single season high of seven shutouts, tying him with Nikolai Khabibulin who needed 66 starts to reach the mark.
Victor Hedman’s spot on the Atlantic Division All-Star squad has not been filled. Both Morgan Rielly and Charlie McAvoy were options, but both are on the shelf. That could open the door for either Mikhail Sergachev or Anton Stralman.
When Tampa jumped out 1-0 on Chicago Monday night, it was their first lead in a game since the third period of their win over Carolina on Jan 9.
The Lightning have scored just six goals in the past four games. It would be nice to see some of the bottom six players find their way. Ryan Callahan has just one goal in his last 37 games while Alex Killorn has five in his last 47 games.
Charlie McAvoy underwent a successful procedure Monday at the Massachusetts General Hospital to treat an abnormal heart rhythm, the team announced. The Bruins released the following statement.
“After the Nov. 26 game, Charlie told team physicians that he experienced heart palpitations during the game. Subsequently he underwent an evaluation, which diagnosed him with a supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). The type of SVT Charlie has is not considered to be dangerous to his health but can recur at any time and causes significant symptoms.”
McAvoy is expected to return to the Bruins in a couple of weeks.
Here are some quick notes on the Bruins current 16 game point streak (12-0-4). The B’s have scored 64 goals in their past 16 games, an average of four goals per game. Their top line of Marchand, Bergeron and Pastrnak have combined for 24 goals and 31 assists.
By the way, Patrice Bergeron is the first Bruins player since Bill Guerin in the 2001-02 season to have multiple hat tricks in a season.
For what its worth, the Bruins have knocked off only two teams that currently find themselves in a playoff spot (Columbus/Winnipeg) while all four losses have been against teams currently in the post-season (Rangers, Capitals, Penguins and Stars). The Bruins last regulation loss was a December 14th setback at home to Washington.
The Bruins have not had a point in 17 straight games since a 15-0-2 stretch from Jan. 5-Feb. 13, 1983,
The Bruins have done so much right this season, but trailing after one period is not one of them. Boston has trailed after the opening 20 minutes, 10 times this season and have lost all 10 (0-7-3)
Marc Savard called it a career on Monday by officially retiring from the NHL. Savard played 13 NHL seasons for four different teams, wrapping up his career in Boston where he suffered his final concussion, seven years ago.
Savard who is a weekly contributor to NHL Network Radio announced his retirement on Twitter on Monday. “While I, unfortunately, haven’t been able to play since January 2011 after suffering a career-ending concussion, and with my NHL contract recently expiring, I’d like to officially announce my retirement from the National Hockey League. I wish to thank the New York Rangers, the Calgary Flames, the Atlanta Thrashers and the Boston Bruins organizations for giving me the opportunity to play in the NHL for 13 incredible seasons. I owe everything that my family and I enjoy today to the great game of hockey. It has been a wild and wonderful journey, and one I’ll remember forever.”
Toronto Maple Leafs
Monday’s 4-2 loss snapped a streak of seven consecutive one goal games for the Maple Leafs who have scored two goals or less in seven of their last 9 games. The Maple Leafs have just three wins in their last 11 games (3-4-4)
Patrick Marleau’s second period goal (16th of the season), was his first points in nine games. The goal though moves Marleau into a tie with Bryan Trottier for 35th on the all-time goals list (524).
Monday’s 4-2 loss to Colorado was just the second time this season the Maple Leafs lost a game in regulation when tied after 40 minutes.
Morgan Rielly has been placed on injured reserve. Putting him on will keep him out through the all-star break. Rielly had been under consideration to replace the injured Victor Hedman.
Last Saturday’s 4-3 regulation win was the Maple Leafs first since their December 28, 7-4 victory at Arizona.
Detroit Red Wings
Petr Mrazek earned his 3rd shutout of the season, 13th of his career, 2nd shutout in as many starts, in Monday’s 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils. The last Wings goalie to record back-to-back shutouts was Dominik Hasek (1/5/08 at DAL & 1/8/08 vs. COL)
Jimmy Howard is one-win shy of tying Tim Thomas for 7th among American-born goaltenders in wins
For the third time this season David Booth has been placed on waivers by the Red Wings. Booth has until noon Wednesday to be claimed by another time (not likely). With the Red Wings starting to get healthy, the move would allow the Wings to send Booth to the minors and open up some roster spots. Those on the mend include Luke Glendening, Justin Abdelkader (groin). Darren Helm (leg), likely won’t return until after All-Star break.
The Red Wings have been outscored in all three periods as well as overtime.
With their loss Monday at Minnesota, the Senators are now 1-7-3 in their last 11 on the road.
Matt Duchesne has four goals in his last seven games.
The Senators have been outscored 65-40 in the second period this season. Yikes!
While the Senators did outscore the Wild 1-0 in the second period on Monday, they have been outscored 65-40 in the middle period.
The Senators have been outscored 103-82 five on five.
Erik Karlsson is a (-6) in his last three games and a (-22) for the season.
Monday marked the Sabres first win in Calgary since October 2003.
The win at Calgary on Monday was just the Sabres sixth road win this season, in 26 tries.
It was a rare overtime win for Buffalo on Monday. They are just 3-9 in games that have gone past 60 minutes this season.
Slow starts have contributed to the Sabres woes this season. Buffalo has just 20 goals in the opening 20 minutes.
Jack Eichel (19), Evander Kane (16) and Ryan O’Reilly (11) have accounted for 47 of the Sabres 107 goals this season (44%).
The Sabres have earned points in four straight games going 3-0-1.
Eichel who scored the game winner on Monday has been on a roll of later with four goals and six assists in his last six games
Goaltender Carey Price was suffering from chronic fatigue at the beginning of this season, according to a report from TVA Sports. “I was always tired,” Price told TVA. “A guy who eats well and sleeps well like me isn’t supposed to be tired like I was.”
“When Carey came to see me, he had a big problem with his ability to recuperate,” said nutritionist Jean-Francois Gaudreau. “He thought he was able to get out of it on his own, but as things went along it just kept getting worse and worse.
“We realized after taking blood samples that he had deficiencies – mostly in vitamin D and B12.”
It was at the beginning of November that Price began a new nutritional regimen that included taking supplements.
“It took me three weeks to see a major difference in my energy level,” said Price.
Since his return on Nov. 25, Price has gone 10-8-3 with a .923 save percentage.
The Habs have been outscored in the third period this season by a 53-35 margin.
After a strong December, where the Panthers earned 17 of a possible 28 points, they have hit the skids in January going 2-4-1.
Harri Sateri made his first NHL start in goal for the Cats as the Nahsville Preadators topped the Florida Panthers 4-3 at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday night. The Panthers have lost five of their last seven games
Vincent Trocheck scored his career-best seventh power play goal and tied his career-high for power play points (13) in the Panthers 4-3 loss to Nashville in their previous game.
Aleksander Barkov leads the NHL with five shorthanded goas this season and the Panthers have a league-best nine shorthanded goals on the season.
Jonathan Huberdeau has scored seven goals and posted 14 points over his last 11 games played