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Hockey Daily Dose

Dose: Wheeler a Dealer

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The Vegas Golden Knights are addressing their blueline problem this week as they put Jason Garrison and Griffin Reinhart on waivers.

 

Garrison passed through and was sent to the minors while Reinhart will clear waivers on Monday and likely have the same destiny if no one picks him up.

 

Vegas is expected to recall Shea Theodore who should have made the team out of training camp but due to the numbers game, needed to be sent to the minors.

 

The Golden Knights also suspended Vadim Shipachyov as he left their AHL team in Chicago.

 

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ANAHEIM 4 CAROLINA 3 (Shootout)

 

Ryan Miller got his first start in goal and made 34 saves to lead the Ducks to a 4-3 shootout win over Carolina.

 

Miller, who missed the first three-plus weeks of the season recovering from a wrist injury, was especially impressive in extra time as he made nine saves in overtime and stopped all three shots in the shootout. Corey Perry scored the only goal in the shootout for the win.

 

Scott Darling went to 3-3-2 with the shootout loss. He has struggled at times this season and it could be time to go to sharing the net with Cam Ward who has looked strong in a couple of starts.

 

The Ducks started off quickly and led 2-0 late in the first on goals by Ondrej Kase and Derek Grant but Jeff Skinner scored on the power play with just seven seconds left in the period to cut the lead in half.

 

Jordan Staal and Justin Faulk with his first of the season, scored in the second to give the Hurricanes the lead but Jakob Silfverberg with his first of the campaign, tied it with 3:48 to go in the third to send the game into extra time.

 

Justin Williams had a pair of assists and has seven this season.

 

The Ducks outhit Carolina 37-16 led by Chris Wagner and Josh Manson who had five apiece.

 

The Hurricanes did not take a minor while the Ducks gave up three power play chances.

 

Faulk had six shots on goal.

 

Ryan Getzlaf did not play after the first period as he took a shot to his face on his first shift. He managed to finish the period before calling it a night. Consider him day-to-day.  

 

Sami Vatanen was a healthy scratch as the Ducks did not want to play him in a back-to-back, especially since he just returned on Saturday from off-season surgery on his shoulder.

 

WINNIPEG 7 PITTSBURGH 1

 

Blake Wheeler had the hat trick in the first period and added an assist in the third period to lead the Jets to a 7-1 win over Pittsburgh.

The Penguins are 7-5-1 but have played some clunkers including tonight. They lost 10-1 earlier in October to Chicago and it is no surprise that they are all in a minus situation led by Kris Letang who leads with a minus-14, the worst in the NHL. Every Penguin on the night was a minus.

 

Connor Hellebuyck was great, stopping 31 shots for the win. He is 5-0-1 this season with a 2.05 GAA and a .937 save percentage. He is the goalie they hoped they had last season and I guess they just had to live with the growing pains.

 

Matt Murray got the start for Pittsburgh but was pulled after giving up four goals in nine shots. Chris DeSmith finished up and gave up three on 15 shots.

 

Andrew Copp and Joel Armia also scored in the opening frame as the Jets went into the dressing room up 5-0.

 

Evgeni Malkin on the power play, scored the lone goal of the second while Mark Scheifele and finally Brendan Lemieux with his first career NHL goal and point, completed the scoring.

 

Lemieux and Ryan Reaves then got into it with less than five minutes remaining and both got misconducts for their effort.

 

 The Penguins did hold the second line of Patrik Laine, Bryan Little and Nikolaj Ehlers off the scoresheet. At least they accomplished something.

 

Mark Scheifele also had two assists and has 11 points this season, one behind Wheeler.

 

CALGARY 2 WASHINGTON 1

Sean Monahan’s sixth goal of the season was the winner as the Flames topped the Washington Capitals 2-1.

 

Mike Smith made 30 saves to push his record to 6-5 this season. He has a 2.31 GAA and a .931 save percentage as he has given the Flames great goaltending this season.

 

Micheal Ferland gave the Flames a 1-0 lead in the second but Jakub Vrana’s third goal of the season in the third tied the game at one, setting up Monahan’s heroics.

 

Philipp Grubauer turned aside 36 shots in his first good game of the season. Grubauer had struggled in his three previous appearances, the worst being when he gave up eight goals to the Flyers a couple of weeks ago.

 

Johnny Gaudreau had assists on both Calgary goals to give him 12 this season as well as 15 points.

 

Ferland had seven hits in the game.

 

 

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 15th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.