Normally this column would start by highlighting something that happened in one of the games, but given what happened last night, I feel I need to start by addressing the latest news related to the NHL’s response to the coronavirus. The NBA has suspended its season indefinitely after a player tested positive for the disease, leading to questions about whether the NHL would follow suit. For now, they won’t but that could change soon.
The NHL is consulting with medical experts and evaluating the situation. They plan to provide an update today, so we’ll see what they say then. Even if the situation does continue, the Columbus Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks will begin to play games without fans in response to bans against mass gatherings in Ohio and Santa Clara County respectively. The Blue Jackets game against Pittsburgh on Thursday would be the first NHL game without fans if it goes forward as planned.
These are unusual times and people are doing the best they can to navigate them. Spectator sports are ideally the pleasant distraction from the more negative or stressful aspects of life. Unfortunately this is turning into one of those times where sports can’t isolate itself from those sorts of events. Ultimately whatever the NHL decides, the hope is that the players, the fans, and everyone stays safe.
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CHICAGO 6 SAN JOSE 2
Evander Kane scored a goal and registered an assist for San Jose. He’s up to 26 goals and 47 points in 64 contests.
Aaron Dell stopped 39 of 45 Blackhawks shots. He has a 12-15-3 record, 3.01 GAA, and .907 save percentage in 33 games.
Patrick Kane netted a pair of goals for the Blackhawks. That gives him 33 goals and 84 points in 70 games.
Alex DeBrincat assisted on three of Chicago’s six goals. He has 18 goals and 45 points in 70 contests.
Corey Crawford saved 34 of 36 shots Wednesday night. He’s 16-20-3 with a 2.77 GAA and .917 save percentage in 40 contests.
WINNIPEG 4 EDMONTON 2
Kyle Connor scored two goals, including the game winner. That gives him 38 goals and 73 points in 71 games.
Blake Wheeler scored a goal and registered an assist for the Jets. He has 22 goals and 65 points in 71 contests.
Connor Hellebuyck stopped 36 of 38 Oilers shots. He improved to 31-21-5 with a 2.57 GAA and .922 save percentage in 58 contests.
Connor McDavid found the back of the net for Edmonton. It was his 34th goal and 97th point in 64 games.
Mike Smith stopped 21 of 24 shots on Wednesday. He allowed two goals on a staggering 17 shots in the second period.
ST. LOUIS 4 ANAHEIM 2
Alex Pietrangelo scored two goals for the Blues. He has 16 markers and 52 points in 70 contests.
Zach Sanford netted the game-winning goal. It was his 16th goal and 30th point in 58 games.
Adam Henrique found the back of the net and registered an assist. The Ducks forward has 26 goals and 43 points in 71 games.
Anthony Stolarz stopped 33 of 35 Ducks shots. He allowed a goal in each of the first and second periods.
At the other end of the ice, Jake Allen kicked out 26 of 27 shots. He has a 12-6-3 record, 2.15 GAA, and .927 save percentage in 24 contests.
COLORADO 3 NY RANGERS 2 (OT)
J.T. Compher scored the overtime winner. He has 11 goals and 31 points in 67 contests.
All three of the Avalanche’s goals were assisted on by Cale Makar. He’s up to 12 goals and 50 points in 57 games.
Pavel Francouz stopped 30 of 32 shots last night. He has a 21-7-4 record, 2.41 GAA, and .923 save percentage in 34 contests.
Mika Zibanejad found the back of the net for the Rangers. That gives him 41 goals and 75 points in 57 games.
Alexandar Georgiev turned aside 25 of 28 Avalanche shots. He has a 17-14-2 record, 3.04 GAA, and .910 save percentage in 34 games.
LOS ANGELES 3 OTTAWA 2
Bobby Ryan netted a goal for the Senators. It was his fifth goal and eighth point in 24 games.
Craig Anderson stopped 36 of 39 Kings shots. He has an 11-17-2 record, 3.25 GAA, and .902 save percentage in 34 contests.
Gabriel Vilardi contributed a goal and an assist for the Kings. He has three goals and seven points in 10 games.
Martin Frk netted the game-winning goal. He’s up to five goals and seven points in 16 games.
Calvin Petersen kicked out 24 of 26 shots last night. He has a 5-3-0 record, 2.64 GAA, and .922 save percentage in eight starts.