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NHL Short Notes

THREE HARD LAPS

* The Lightning and Blue Jackets are set to renew acquaintances five months after squaring off in the 2020 First Round, which included contesting the fourth-longest game in NHL history.

* The Canucks and Canadiens combined for five game-tying goals in the first of three consecutive head-to-head games.

* New Golden Knights captain Mark Stone factored on another game-winning goal as Vegas extended its season-opening win streak.

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Video- Joe Thornton Injured Tonight, Will Miss Some Time

 

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Video- Darren Dreger On Current Topics Around The NHL

via NBC Sports,

Darren Dreger joins NHL Live to discuss concerns surrounding the Canes' COVID-19 outbreak, teams making use of waivers to manage rosters and what the future holds for Aleksander Barkov and Keith Yandle with the Panthers.

Watch below (autoplay)

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Washington Capitals Fined $100K For COVID Player Violations

NEW YORK (Jan. 20, 2021) – The National Hockey League announced today that it has fined the Washington Capitals $100,000 for Player violations of the League’s COVID‑19 Protocols which involved social interactions among team members who were in close contact and who were not wearing face coverings.

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added 7:52pm, Statement from the Caps and Ovechkin below.

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Video- Top Goals Of The Week

Five minutes to watch.

 

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Life On The Road In The COVID Era

from Sarah McLellan of the Star-Tribune,

If they aren't at the arena for a game or working out on the practice ice, there's a good chance Wild players are staring at their cellphones.

"Uber Eats and DoorDash have been very popular," winger Marcus Foligno said.

A week into its season-opening, four-game trip, which wraps Wednesday at Anaheim, the Wild is starting to get the hang of life on the road in 2021.

New rules have been implemented to stay safe while traveling during the pandemic. Although the policy has restricted players' access to the outside world in between games, it's also increased their bonding time.

"You can't go anywhere, so everyone is together," captain Jared Spurgeon said. "Having new guys on the team, you're able to play cards or just hang around and talk. It's definitely been good for the group."

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We Will Be Entertained

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

Nine meetings between Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid this season, starting on Wednesday night.

Buckle up.

For entertainment value in the North Division, it won’t get much better than that when the Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers clash.

“They play different games but what makes them similar is that they are elite in what their skill sets are,” Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said after Toronto practised at the Ford Performance Centre on Tuesday. “McDavid’s speed and Auston’s shot and goal-scoring ability … both players are more experienced in the league and they’re adding different layers and pieces to their game. They’re special talents.

“Just to be on the bench for these games are great, all throughout the division, there’s elite talents on every team. The challenge certainly doesn’t get easier now with Edmonton.”

Each player is producing at a point-a-game pace — Matthews has four points in four games and McDavid five in four — but we know each is capable of more and busting out at a moment’s notice.

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Checking In On The Top 2 Draft Picks From Last Year

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It wasn’t so much hype as a sense of anticipation. A year ago, for the first time ever, the first two overall selections in the NHL draft were going to teams based approximately six miles apart, and weren’t we all going to be in for a treat watching the rivalry develop between the Devils’ No. 1, Jack Hughes, and the Rangers’ No. 2, Kaapo Kakko?

Well, the future obviously all lies ahead of the two 19-year-olds, which is a pretty good thing considering their one season of NHL past added up to the biggest combined one-two statistical flop in more than two decades....

And let me tell you, Hughes was dancing all night long at the Garden on Thursday, racking up a pair of goals and an assist in an eye-opening performance to co-star with 47-save goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood in the Devils’ 4-3 victory.

The young man added musculature to his frame with diligent offseason work that has allowed him to battle in those 50-50 areas, but Hughes just never stopped moving his feet. He was dynamic and quicksilver, on his toes throughout while thriving under head coach Lindy Ruff, who worked as an assistant the previous three years on the other side of the Hudson.

“My confidence level is obviously high,” said Hughes, who has six points (2-4) through three contests. “I think it’s always been high, you know, but we’re building and I’m building personally.

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NHL Short Notes

THREE HARD LAPS

* In a game to be broadcast nationally in the U.S. and Canada, Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews are set to face off in their first of nine meetings this season.

* In the first matchup between the most recent No. 1 picks, Jack Hughes propelled the Devils to victory in the first rendition of the ‘Hudson River Rivalry’ this season.

Nathan MacKinnon collected his 500th career regular-season point in Colorado’s win and joined a short list of players to reach the milestone before their 26th birthday.

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Colorado Trades Ian Cole To Minnesota For Greg Pateryn

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Greg Pateryn from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for defenseman Ian Cole.

Pateryn, 30, has recorded two points (0g/2a) in three games for the Minnesota Wild so far this season. After undergoing surgery on Oct. 1, 2019, Pateryn made his 2019-20 season debut on Jan. 12, 2020 against Vancouver and played in 20 contests for Minnesota during the regular season, tallying three points (0g/3a). He recorded a career-best, three-game point/assist streak from Feb. 25-28, 2020. The Sterling Heights, Michigan, native missed the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs due to an upper-body injury.

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