We had a total of just four games in the National Hockey League, starting off in Sweden at 2:00 p.m., and wrapping up in Canada around midnight ET. While it wasn't a busy slate of games, it was a full day of action with one shutout and plenty of fantasy surprises. The goaltenders were pretty outstanding all around the NHL, as we had a total of just 5.0 goals per game in the four contests. Still, we saw some skaters post decent stat lines. Let's get started!
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Tampa Bay Lightning 3, Buffalo Sabres 2
The Lightning and Sabres hooked up at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm as the NHL Global Series continues, and Andrei Vasilevskiy spoiled the party for the Swede-heavy Sabres, including their starting netminder Linus Ullmark. The defending Vezina Trophy winner stopped 20 of the 22 shots he faced, while Ullmark made 31 saves on 34 shots.
The Lightning wasted little time getting started, as Nikita Kucherov picked up his fifth goal at just 3:19 of the first period on helpers from Brayden Point and Kevin Shattenkirk. Alex Killorn on the power play later in the first period with Sweden's own Victor Hedman posting primary helper and Steven Stamkos grabbing secondary.
Sam Reinhart was a one-man wrecking crew against Vasilevskiy, posting a pair of assists, and Victor Olofsson posted secondary assist on Reinhart's second goal of the game to make the home country fans happy. However, it was Yanni Gourde's goal at 7:45 of the final stanza which held up as a game-winning tally on helpers to Patrick Maroon and Cedric Paquette. Reinhart was the only multi-point performer, while 13 total players posted at least one point.
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Detroit Red Wings 4, Boston Bruins 2
The Red Wings dealt the Bruins just their third loss in regulation this season, and Tuukka Rask's second straight loss in regulation after a 7-0-1 start.
Rask allowed three goals on 31 shots to fall to 7-2-1 with a 1.93 goals-against average and .933 save percentage. That's still not too shabby, but he is finally starting to show some chinks in the armor. He'll likely be out Sunday with Jaroslav Halak giving it a shot against the Philadelphia Flyers, with Rask manning the crease Tuesday against the Florida Panthers.
David Krejci was good for a multi-point game, posting an even-strength goal and power-play assist, and he now has two goals and six points with a plus-4 rating over the past five contests. That's a big improvement after he opened with no goals and just one helper over his first five of the season.
Torey Krug accounted for the only other goal for the B's, a power-play marker.
Robby Fabbri, acquired from St. Louis earlier this week for Jacob De La Rose, posted an even-strength goal and a power-play marker in his team debut, and the second goal stood up as the game-winning tally. Anthony Mantha was also in the multi-point club, posting a goal and assist with that sweet all-white Warrior Covert QRE SL twig. He now has three goals and five points in five game in November.
Jonathan Bernier allowed two goals on 29 shots for the surprising win.
Winnipeg Jets 4, Vancouver Canucks 1
J.T. Miller scored the lone goal for the Canucks, who had been rolling up huge offensive totals until lately. Thatcher Demko allowed three goals on 34 shots, but outside of Miller no one was able to slip one past Connor Hellebuyck. Brock Boeser and Troy Stecher picked up helpers on the goal by Miller, who has lit the lamp in two straight.
As far as the Jets are concerned, they were without Bryan Little due to a perforated eardrum after he was struck in the side of the head by a shot. Kyle Connor, Adam Lowry, Jack Roslovic and Mark Scheifele picked up goals in the win, which was more than enough support for Hellebuyck, who made 32 shots. Connor was the only player in the multi-point club, posting the goal, an assist, a plus-1 rating and a hit.
Edmonton Oilers 4, New Jersey Devils 0
Cory Schneider continues to struggle, as he coughed up four goals on 32 shots in the loss. He slipped to 0-4-1 with a 4.59 GAA and .852 save percentage. He might have been giving Mackenzie Blackwood a breather, but he continues to give the Devs little relief. Fantasy owners will want to stack DFS lineups against him in the next time he is called up.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also picked up two assists with a plus-2 rating, but it wasn't all great as he won just two of his nine (22.2 percent) faceoff attempts. Joel Persson also had a pair of helpers with a plus-2 rating and a hit in his 15:02 of ice time.
Mikko Koskinen had it on cruise control, picking up the shutout while stopping all 29 shots he faced. He is quietly 6-1-1 with a 2.18 GAA and .927 save percentage with the shutout in eight starts and nine appearances overall. It's quite early, and we saw this movie before with Koskinen last season, but he is looking like a No. 1 fantasy netminder these days. Still, it's only November.