The Bruins will travel to Lake Tahoe on Sunday to take on the Philadelphia Flyers as part of the NHL Outdoors series. Bruins-Flyers will follow Colorado Avalanche vs. Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday, which means outdoor hockey is right around the corner.
• Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored two goals for the New York Islanders in a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins. The Bruins have two regulation losses this season, and both have come on Long Island. The win is a milestone for Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello as it was the 1,300th regular season win of his general manager career. He is the third general manager in NHL history to accomplish that.
Meanwhile, there were gripes about decent-to-good teams making big gains. Some noteworthy examples include the Blackhawks (12th to third in 2019) and Hurricanes (11th to second in 2018). With that in mind, some wanted limits on how far you can leap.
The Flames play four games this week including three games in four nights...Jacob Markstrom, who has been great this season, should get three starts with David Rittich picking up one assignment...Markstrom won again on Thursday and is 7-3-1 with a 2.36 GAA and a .921 save percentage...The Flames have won three in a row to climb into fifth in the North...The good news is that they have played only 13 games, tied with Winnipeg for the lowest in the division...Sam Bennett is back as a top-six forward after he apparently asked for a trade and was then a healthy scratch...Playing with Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau will either make him happy or increase his trade value...Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm lead the Flames with 14 points in 13 games.
It was a memorable night for rookie John Leonard who potted his first career NHL goal. He had two assists opening night but went seven straight games, plus a stint in the minors before his recall this past week.
The Ottawa Senators came all the way back from a 5-1 deficit with less than a minute to go in the second period and defeated the first place Maple Leafs 6-5 in overtime as Evgenii Dadonov completed the comeback with his second of the game.
From here however, the question will remain: When will the Red Wings transition from being a “rebuilder” to a “playoff contender”? Recent first-round picks Lucas Raymond (2020) and Filip Zadina (2018) are bound to bring optimism to Motown, but in the case Zadina, the upcoming season will be more telling in whether he’s a player Yzerman builds around moving forward.
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