It’s too early to say who won the Matt Duchene trade between Columbus and Ottawa. With that trade, the Blue Jackets are making a big bet that they can win the Cup this season before Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky, and now potentially Duchene all walk as unrestricted free agents, so if this ends in them losing in the first or second round then it’s hard to see how this trade wasn’t a blow for Columbus. At the same time, the Senators’ return was prospects and picks, so it will be a while before we know if the Senators got anything of long-term use for Duchene. There’s one obvious winner from the Duchene trade though.
The Colorado Avalanche won big with Ottawa sending Duchene to Columbus. The Avalanche still control Ottawa’s first round pick from the original Duchene trade and it’s looking more likely than ever that the Senators will finish the season in the NHL basement.
Ottawa played on Friday without any of their top-three forwards from this season. Duchene is obviously gone now while Mark Stone and Ryan Dzingel were both healthy scratches to prevent them from potentially getting hurt so close to the trade deadline. The result was that Duchene’s Blue Jackets picked up a 3-0 win against Ottawa. The Senators were outshot 40-22 and it was the second straight game that Ottawa got shutout. Ottawa never managed more than nine shots in a single period despite spending most of the game trailing and they allowed a shorthanded goal.
Maybe Ottawa will play a bit better after the trade deadline once that weight is off the player’s shoulders. Perhaps Stone and/or Dzingel re-sign with Ottawa in the end, allowing the Senators to keep an offensive weapon going forward. As things stand right now though, this is a good time to be an Avalanche fan, especially with their team earning a third straight win last night to kept close in the Wild Card race.
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COLUMBUS 3 OTTAWA 0
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 22 shots to earn the shutout. He has a 25-18-1 record, 2.82 GAA, and .906 save percentage in 44 games.
Thomas Chabot tied the Senators’ team-high with three shots on Bobrovsky. He has 13 goals on 145 shots for a 9% success rate.
Josh Anderson scored the game-winning goal. It was his 22nd goal and 33rd point in 60 games.
Anthony Duclair assisted on two of Columbus’ three goals. That gives him 11 goals and 19 points in 52 contests.
Craig Anderson saved 37 of 40 Blue Jackets shots. He has a 14-19-3 record, 3.58 GAA, and .904 save percentage in 37 contests.
COLORADO 5 CHICAGO 3
While Chicago did lose, Patrick Kane kept his point streak going with another goal. He’s on a 20-game point streak, bringing him up to 39 goals and 93 points in 61 games.
J.T. Compher scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner. He has 14 goals and 27 points in 45 contests.
Carl Soderberg also scored twice for the Avalanche. He’s up to 21 goals and 39 points in 61 games.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 41 of 44 shots to earn his third straight win. He’s 17-15-8 with a 2.79 GAA and .911 save percentage in 41 starts.
At the other end of the ice, Collin Delia saved 26 of 30 shots. He’s allowed at least three goals in each of his last 11 starts.
MINNESOTA 3 DETROIT 2
Devan Dubnyk saved 26 of 28 shots last night. He’s 23-21-5 with a 2.63 GAA and .910 save percentage in 51 contests.
Luke Kunin scored a goal and registered an assist for the Wild. That gives him five goals and 14 points in 31 games.
Eric Staal netted the game-winning goal. It was his 18th marker and 40th point in 61 games.
Tyler Bertuzzi contributed a goal for the Red Wings. He has 15 goals and 31 points in 53 contests.
Jonathan Bernier stopped 32 of 35 Wild shots. He’s 6-14-4 with a 3.30 GAA and .898 save percentage in 26 games.
CALGARY 2 ANAHEIM 1
Andrew Mangiapane scored the game-winning goal. It was his third goal and fifth point in 23 games.
TJ Brodie found the back of the net and registered an assist. That gives him eight goals and 31 points in 60 contests.
Mike Smith stopped 25 of 26 shots on Friday. He’s allowed just five goals over his last three starts and has won all those games.
Anaheim’s lone goal was scored by Derek Grant. He has four goals and nine points in 38 games.
Ryan Miller kicked out 26 of 28 Flames shots. This is the third straight start where he’s allowed two or fewer goals, but it wasn’t enough for Anaheim this time.
WINNIPEG 6 VEGAS 3
Patrik Laine ended his 15-game goal scoring drought with a pair of power-play markers. The Jets forward has 27 goals and 37 points in 60 games.
Adam Lowry scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He has eight goals and 17 points in 59 contests.
Jonathan Marchessault found the back of the net for Vegas. It was his 20th goal and 42nd point in 63 games.
Connor Hellebuyck stopped 29 of 32 shots last night. He’s surrendered at least three goals in each of his last four games for a total of 17 markers, but the Jets are 2-2-0 over those starts.
At the other end of the ice, Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 23 of 28 shots. He’s now lost five straight starts and has allowed at least four goals in four of those five games.