It’s a busy 15 game schedule on the night before Thanksgiving and plenty of creatures were stirring, but not Bob Rouse.
St. Louis is the only team not playing as they got to celebrate Thanksgiving a day early and whipped the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday 8-3.
Kyle Palmieri is out four-six weeks with a broken right foot.
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MINNESOTA 5 BUFFALO 4
Mikael Granlund is really heating up. He has four goals and nine points in his last five games after a two goal effort Wednesday in the win over Buffalo. Granlund had five points in his first 11 games after returning from a groin injury that caused him to miss the first five games of the season.
Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves for the Wild in garnering his ninth win of the season. Robin Lehner took the loss despite not starting the game as Chad Johnson stopped only 10 of 13 first period shots before being pulled after 20 minutes.
EDMONTON 6 DETROIT 2
Six different Oilers found the back of the as Edmonton halted a three game losing streak with a victory over Detroit.
Tomas Tatar and Niklas Kronwall replied for Detroit as Jimmy Howard gave up four goals on 19 shots before being replaced by Petr Mrazek at the 14:22 mark of the second. Mrazek fared no better as he gave up two goals on nine shots.
Cam Talbot turned aside 20 shots as he improved his record to 7-10-1.
FLORIDA 2 TORONTO 1 (Shootout)
Nick Bjugstad scored in regulation time and picked up the winner in the shootout as the Panthers knocked off Toronto Wednesday.
Nazem Kadri’s 11th goal of the year in the third period forced the game into overtime and then the shootout but it was the goaltenders who were the story of this game.
Roberto Luongo stood tall in the Florida net as he thwarted plenty of Maple Leaf scoring chances as he made 43 saves and stopped three of four shots in the shootout.
Andersen was just as good in regulation and overtime, stopping 42 shots but he allowed two past him in four opportunities in the shootout to take the loss.
Auston Matthews led both teams with eight shots on goal.
BOSTON 3 NEW JERSEY 2 (Shootout)
Anton Khudobin made 40 saves, allowing only two goals for the win. He has taken over, at least temporarily, from Tuukka Rask as Boston’s top netminder and was full value for the win. He has given up only four goals in his last three starts, all wins for the Bruins. He is 6-0-2 this season, much better than Rask’s 3-7-2 record.
Cory Schneider made 27 saves in taking the shootout loss.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS 4 PHILADELPHIA 3 (Overtime)
It was a big night for Josh Bailey as he assisted on two of the first three Islanders goals and then scored in overtime to lead New York to a 4-3 win over the Flyers.
Bailey has 26 points this season including five goals as he is finally showing the offensive prowess that the Islanders thought he had when they drafted him ninth overall in 2009.
Bailey’s best season was last year with 56 points in the regular season and that was 15 points better than any other season that he has put together.
Michael Raffl with his first of the season put the Flyers ahead once again but Johnny Boychuk and Joshua Ho-Sang replied for the Islanders. Jakub Voracek scored on the power play with his seventh as he has goals in three of his last four contests.
Thomas Greiss picked up his fourth straight win for New York as he made 35 saves to push his record to 7-2-2 this season. His peripherals are bad with a 3.30 GAA and a .906 save percentage but he has been winning.
Brian Elliott took the OT loss and is 6-5-4 this season with a 2.72 GAA and a .908 save percentage. That’s nothing special as well.
VANCOUVER 5 PITTSBURGH 2
Boy do the Canucks have a great player to build their team around in Brock Boeser. The rookie tallied twice to lead the Canucks to a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh.
Believe it or not, the Canucks actually have a better record than the Penguins as the win gives Vancouver an 11-8-3 mark while dropping Pittsburgh to 11-9-3.
Loui Eriksson with his second, Derrick Pouliot with his first and Brandon Sutter with his second, also scored for Vancouver. For Pouliot, it was a bit sweeter as the Penguins dealt him just before the start of the season to Vancouver.
Anders Nilsson was great in goal for Vancouver as he turned aside 43 shots. Nilsson is 5-1-1 this season with a 2.25 GAA and a .934 save percentage.
Matt Murray took the loss as he stopped 32-of-36 shots to lower his record to 11-6-1 with a 2.88 GAA and a .907 save percentage.
The Penguins miss Marc-Andre Fleury who was selected by Vegas in the expansion draft.
WASHINGTON 5 OTTAWA 2
In a meeting of North American capital cities, the Washington Capitals proved victorious with a 5-2 win over Ottawa.
Jakub Vrana scored twice as he has rebounded nicely from being a healthy scratch last Thursday and has six goals this season in 22 games, doubling his total in his rookie season of last year when he had three in 46 games.
Evgeny Kuznetsov had a big game as well with a goal and two assists as he is up to 26 points including six markers.
Braden Holtby has had his problems in goal this season but was stellar on Wednesday as he turned aside 29 shots for the win. He is 12-5 but his GAA is not up to snuff as he has a 2.62 goals-against-average, up significantly from last season when he shut down the rest of the league to the tune of a 2.07 GAA.
Craig Anderson could only stop 20 shots while allowing four as he is 7-6-3 with a 2.93 GAA and a .896 save percentage. You are not happy if you selected Anderson in your pool.
NEW YORK RANGERS 6 CAROLINA 1
Scott Darling apparently is not much of a ballplayer. Especially defensively. Darling gave up a horrible goal 2:26 into the first period with Carolina already trailing 1-0 as Mika Zibanejad flipped the puck from just over center ice to Darling. Darling attempted the easy catch but flubbed it and watched the puck fall into the net. You can watch it here.
Sebastian Aho with his fifth (and fifth game in a row in which he has scored) scored the only goal for the Hurricanes.
Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves for the Rangers as he is now 10-6-2 with a 2.71 GAA and a .914 save percentage.
Darling stopped 21-of-27 shots for the loss as he is 6-5-4 with a 2.69 GAA and a 900 save percentage.
COLUMBUS 1 CALGARY 0 (Overtime)
Josh Anderson scored the only goal of the game 2:02 into overtime to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 1-0 win over Calgary.
Mike Smith was amazing in the Calgary net as he made 40 saves, including 39 in regulation time.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves for the shutout.
Johnny Gaudreau saw his 10-game point streak end on Columbus ice.
Oliver Bjorkstrand had seven shots on goal.
TAMPA BAY 3 CHICAGO 2 (Overtime)
Brayden Point scored the overtime winner on the power play as the Lightning fought back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Blackhawks in extra time.
Chicago got off to a 2-0 lead on a pair of first period goals from Patrick Kane but they could not find the scoresheet any more and saw their record drop to 10-8-3 in the tough Central Division.
Steve Stamkos had an assist on the winner and also led both sides with seven shots on goal.
NASHVILLE 3 MONTREAL 2 (Shootout)
Even Antti Niemi can’t stop the Canadiens losing ways. For those who listen to the Rotoworld podcast, they will know I am being sarcastic as Niemi is no favorite of mine.
He actually played well on Wednesday for the first time this season as Montreal is his third stop in the first six weeks of the season in the NHL after he had been dumped by both Pittsburgh and Florida.
Kyle Turris beat Niemi in the shootout after Niemi stopped 31 shots in regulation and the overtime to give him his first point of the season. He is 0-4-1 this year with a 5.50 GAA and a .845 save percentage. And that’s after this good game.
Filip Forsberg had both goals for Nashville with the pair coming on the power play. He has nine points in his last six games as the Predators have won eight of their last nine.
Pekka Rinne stopped 27 pucks as he is 12-3-2 this season with a 2.44 GAA and a .922 save percentage.
Shea Weber was unable to play as he has now sat out two straight with a lower body injury. This one had to hurt as Weber spent 11 seasons with Nashville before a summer of 2016 trade that sent him north of the border.
COLORADO 3 DALLAS 0
Jonathan Bernier stopped all 28 shots directed his way as Colorado, the worst team in the NHL last season, improved to 11-8-1 this season with a 3-0 win over Dallas.
Many thought that the Stars would represent the West in the Stanley Cup this season but they are just 11-10-1 despite all their firepower.
Nathan MacKinnon had three assists to give him 18 this season in addition to seven goals and he has been especially on fire of late with 20 points in his last 10 games.
Mikko Rantanen also had a pair of helpers.
Ben Bishop stopped 29 shots in the loss.
SAN JOSE 3 ARIZONA 1
Martin Jones turned aside 26 shots to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-1 win over Arizona.
The loss snapped a three game winning streak for the Coyotes as they returned home after a four game road trip to Canada.
Brendan Perlini with his sixth, broke Jones shutout bid with 7:37 left in the third. Joe Thornton with his third of the season and Logan Couture with his 11th, gave the Sharks a 2-0 lead heading into the third. Joel Ward’s fourth of the season into the empty net, sealed the win for the Sharks.
The Coyotes received bad news when Antti Raanta was forced to leave the game after only 14:37 of the first with an upper body injury.
It did not take the Sharks long to strike after that as they scored only five seconds later when Thornton scored past Scott Wedgewood who stopped 14-of-16 shots in taking the loss.
VEGAS 4 ANAHEIM 2
James Neal’s 11th goal of the season was the winner as the Vegas Golden Knights continue to defy all the odds and continue to win, this time a 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
William Karlsson’s 10th of the season with 2:00 left, clinched the win.
Marchessault led the way with eight shots on goal.
If you are looking for penalty minutes, consider Mike Liambas who had nine minutes for the Ducks Wednesday and has 16 minutes in three games.
WINNIPEG 2 LOS ANGELES 1
Steve Mason received a rare start and took full advantage as he stopped 38 shots to give the Jets a 2-1 win over Los Angeles. It was Mason’s second win of the season as he is 2-3-1 with a 3.30 GAA and a .907 save percentage.
The Jets scored in the last minute of the first and second period and coach John Stevens of the Kings likely was livid as coaches hate giving up goals but especially in the last minute of the period.
Tyler Toffoli scored in the third to cut the lead in half but that was as close as it got.
Jonathan Quick got the start in goal for Los Angeles and stopped 25. He is 9-8-1 this season.