There are 14 games to cover today, so we're going to jump in soon, but first I wanted to acknowledge that Montreal has officially been eliminated from the playoff race despite their 9-0-0 start and 18-4-2 record through Nov. 27.
The stage seemed to be set for Montreal to have a special season and I can't help but wonder what might have been had Carey Price stayed healthy. From the 12 games he did play in 2015-16, he certainly seemed capable of rivalry his Hart Trophy-winning 2014-15 campaign.
SABRES 3 JETS 2
Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson has now allowed at least three goals in seven of his last eight games. He has a 2.95 GAA and .905 save percentage in 28 contests this season.
Nikolaj Ehlers found the back of the net for Winnipeg. With 14 goals and 32 points in 65 contests, he ranks 12th in the rookie scoring race.
Fellow rookie Jack Eichel was responsible for the game-winning goal. It was his 23rd of the season and his 50th point in 74 games. He's the second rookie to reach the 50-point mark this season after Chicago's Artemi Panarin.
While Sam Reinhart's own rookie campaign has been overshadowed by teammate Eichel, Reinhart arguably had the bigger game on Saturday. He scored a goal and registered an assist, giving him five points in his last four contests.
Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson only faced 19 shots on Saturday, including five in the third period. He has a 19-15-3 record, 2.39 GAA, and .918 save percentage in 40 contests this season.
PENGUINS 7 RED WINGS 2
Sometimes a coaching change can make a huge difference as the Penguins are now 26-15-5 under Mike Sullivan after a mediocre start to the season. They've gone from a being a team that might not even make the playoffs to one that is within striking distance of the second seed in the Metropolitan Division.
Phil Kessel had a huge game with a goal and four assists. That makes it by far his biggest showing thus far with the Penguins and among the best contests of his career. He has 22 goals and 52 points in 74 games.
Nick Bonino matched his efforts by also scoring a goal and contributing four helpers. The 27-year-old forward has had a fairly quiet season offensively and is now up to six goals and 21 points in 55 contests.
Detroit actually had the lead going into the first intermission as Andreas Athanasiou netted the lone goal in the opening frame. The 21-year-old rookie has seven goals and 12 points in 30 games.
WILD 4 AVALANCHE 0
This was a key game for both teams as they've been directly battling each other for the second seed in the Wild Card race. It will be hard for Colorado to take the playoff spot from Minnesota now though as the Wild have built a five-point edge. The Avalanche have seven games left while the Wild are down to six.
Zach Parise found the back of the net twice, giving him an incredible five goals over his last two contests. He now has 24 markers and 49 points in 65 contests this season.
Semyon Varlamov allowed three goals on 34 shots, making this the third straight game he's surrendered three goals. Colorado has gone 1-2-0 over those contests.
At the other end of the ice, Devan Dubnyk needed to kick out 29 shots to earn the shutout. It was his fifth shutout of the 2015-16 campaign.
Mikael Granlund had a goal and an assist for the Wild. The 24-year-old forward is up to 11 goals and 41 points in 76 games this season.
STARS 4 SHARKS 2
Stars goalie Antti Niemi kicked out 34 of 36 shots Saturday night. It was a strong outing in what has been a shaky campaign for him. Through 45 games he has a 2.74 GAA and .903 save percentage.
Mattias Janmark led the charge for Dallas by scoring the first two goals of the game. The second marker was his 15th in 70 games. The 23-year-old rookie also has 14 assists.
Tomas Hertl found the back of the net for San Jose. He has recorded at least a point in seven of his last nine contests, which has brought him up to 19 goals and 43 points in 74 contests in 2015-16.
Patrick Sharp netted the game-winning goal during a second period power play. He registered an assist - his 50th point of the season - late in the third frame.
Martin Jones stopped just 13 of 16 shots on Saturday. That's obviously not the kind of showing he wanted now that his status as the team's playoff starter is in question.
BRUINS 3 MAPLE LEAFS 1
Matt Beleskey had a goal and an assist, snapping his eight-game point drought. He has 14 goals and 35 points in 74 games.
Bruins forward David Krejci also had a big night with a pair of assists. He ended a four-game cold streak and now has 56 points in 66 games.
Although the Maple Leafs loss, Jonathan Bernier was strong with 30 saves on 32 shots. He has surrendered two or fewer goals in each of his last five shots.
Ben Smith accounted for Toronto's lone goal. He has two goals and six points in 20 contests in 2015-16.
With this win and Detroit's loss, Boston now has a three-point edge over the Red Wings in the battle for the third seed in the Atlantic Division. If Philadelphia continues to surge, it might be the case that the third Atlantic seed is more viable for Detroit than the second Wild Card spot.
RANGERS 5 CANADIENS 2
Mike Condon stopped just 14 of 19 shots through two periods and was not brought out for the third. He now has a 2.72 GAA and .902 save percentage in 50 contests. Ben Scrivens was between the pipes for the final frame and only needed to turn aside four shots.
At the other end of the ice, Rangers goalie Antti Raanta stopped 24 of 26 shots. The backup netminder now has a 2.32 GAA and .916 save percentage in 22 contests.
Chris Kreider had two goals and an assist. This was his sixth multi-point game of 2015-16 and the first time he recorded at least three points this season.
Fellow Rangers forward Derick Brassard chipped in a goal and recorded two assists. He's on a four-game point streak and now has 27 goals and 30 assists in 73 games.
Phillip Danault found the back of the net for Montreal. The 23-year-old rookie has three goals and nine points in 45 games this season.
DUCKS 4 SENATORS 3 (OT)
This one was quite the comeback as Ottawa entered the third period with a 3-0 lead, but obviously couldn't hold it. Ottawa is now 20-2-3 in games where they've led through 40 minutes and while that record might sound really impressive, it's actually pretty bad. Ottawa's winning percentage of .800 under those circumstances places them at 24th in the league.
By contrast, Anaheim is now 5-17-2 in games where they trail after two periods, which makes them the fourth best team in the league when it comes to stages those kinds of comebacks.
Rickard Rakell registered an assist and scored the overtime marker. He now has seven game-winning goals and 20 markers overall this season.
Ryan Getzlaf also had a goal and an assist for Anaheim to extend his point streak to three games. That gives him 12 goals and 59 points in 69 games in 2015-16.
Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson is also on a three-game point streak after finding the back of the net on Saturday. He has 14 goals and 76 points in 76 contests this season.
PANTHERS 5 LIGHTNING 2
Jaromir Jagr had a goal and an assist, giving him 25 goals and 58 points in 72 contests in 2015-16. Among players 43 years old and older, Jagr is the all-time single season leader with this campaign. The next highest is Mark Messier, who had 43 points in 76 contests in 2003-04, so that should illustrate the gap between what Jagr is doing and what has been done before. Speaking of Messier, Jagr is just 27 points behind him now in the all-time points list.
Going from Jagr to someone literally half his age, Panthers teammate Jonathan Huberdeau also chipped in a goal and an assist on Saturday. Huberdeau has 15 goals and 51 points in 69 contests in 2015-16.
Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy turned aside 22 of 26 shots. He has now lost three straight games, dropping to 11-8-0.
With a goal on Saturday, Steven Stamkos has now found the back of the net in three straight games and five of his last seven contests. He has 36 goals and 62 points in 75 games in 2015-16.
Jiri Hudler scored his 15th goal of the season and his fifth in 12 games with Florida. He now has 42 points in 55 contests this season.
BLUES 4 CAPITALS 0
For Allen this was his sixth shutout of the season and he needed to turn aside 32 shots to accomplish that feat. He has a 2.36 GAA and .920 save percentage in 45 contests.
Capitals forward Justin Williams fired a team-high seven shots on goal. He's been held off the scoresheet in four of his last five games.
Philipp Grubauer got his first start since March 12 and stopped 25 of 29 shots. He has a 2.30 GAA and .920 save percentage in 20 games in 2015-16.
Kyle Brodziak scored the game-winning goal. He's only found the back of the net five times in 70 games, but four of those goals have been winners.
ISLANDERS 4 HURRICANES 3 (OT)
With the Islanders down by one, Cal Clutterbuck proved to be the unlikely hero. The 28-year-old forward found the back of the net early in the third period and then beat Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack again in the dying seconds of the overtime period. Clutterbuck has 15 goals and 22 points in 72 games this season.
The Islanders also got contributions from another player that hasn't typically been an offensive force this season in Nikolay Kulemin. The 29-year-old forward scored his eighth goals and registered his 11th assist in 74 contests.
Lack meanwhile has surrendered at least four goals in three of his last five games. He has a 2.70 GAA and .906 save percentage in 32 contests.
Carolina's Jeff Skinner netted his 26th goals and 46th point in 75 games this season. It's unlikely at this point, but if Skinner does reach the 30-goal mark, it will be the third time he's done it over the course of six seasons.
With this victory, the Islanders are still just one point behind the Penguins in the battle for the third seed in the Metropolitan Division. Both teams have played in 74 games.
PREDATORS 5 BLUE JACKETS 1
This game was just as one-sided as the score implies. Nashville outshot Columbus 48-19 Saturday night - including a staggering 27 Predators shots in the first period alone.
Blue Jackets Joonas Korpisalo has now allowed at least three goals in three of his last four starts, but in each of the contests where he was beat a minimum of three times, he also finished a minimum of 35 shots on goal.
Boone Jenner scored the Blue Jackets' lone goal and is now on a three-game goal scoring streak. He has 28 markers and 45 points in 75 games this season.
Former Blue Jacket turned Predator Ryan Johansen registered an assist against his former team. He has 13 goals and 52 points in 73 games, including 26 points in 35 games with Nashville.
Roman Josi registered three assists and has now only been held off the scoresheet once in his last five games. He has 12 goals and 56 points in 75 games in 2015-16.
COYOTES 2 FLYERS 1
While by no means a fatal blow, this loss certainly hurts the Flyers. They had an opportunity to gain some ground on Detroit given that the Red Wings suffered a 7-2 loss to Pittsburgh earlier in the day. As it is, the Flyers still have an edge because they've played in one less game than Detroit, but both teams remain at 85 points. The Islanders also won in addition to the Penguins, so Philadelphia's chances of advancing above the second Wild Card slot took a hit.
Of course Mike Smith deserves credit for the Flyers' setback. He turned aside 34 of 35 shots and has been superb since returning from core muscle surgery. In five starts since coming back, Smith now has a 1.20 GAA and .965 save percentage.
Flyers goalie Steve Mason only had to face 17 shots and stopped 15 of them. Still, this is the fourth straight start that Mason has allowed two or fewer goals.
With a goal Saturday night, Sean Couturier extended his point streak to four contests. He now has 10 points in his last 11 games.
Shane Doan netted his 26th goal of the season. He's now recorded more than 25 goals in eight campaigns over the course of his career.
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Laurent Brossoit is six starts into his NHL career and has a 0-5-1 record. Part of that is the fact that he's an Edmonton Oiler as the team typically isn't kind to its goaltenders. At the same time, he has now allowed at least three goals in each of his last four starts.
Connor McDavid scored a goal and registered an assist, bringing his point streak up to seven games. He ranks fourth in the rookie scoring race with 15 goals and 45 points in 41 contests. He's also up to 1.10 points per game, which places him second in the NHL in that category, behind only Patrick Kane (1.24). Jamie Benn is third with 1.09 and Sidney Crosby is fourth at 1.05.
Kings forward Tyler Toffoli was the star of this game though as he scored two goals and registered two assists. He now has 29 goals and 53 points in 75 contests in 2015-16.
Jeff Carter wasn't far behind with two goals and an assist. His second marker brought him to the 20-goal milestone for the ninth straight campaign.
Milan Lucic registered three assists. The Kings forward has 17 goals and 49 points in 74 games this season.
BLACKHAWKS 4 FLAMES 1
Andrew Ladd led the way for Chicago with two goals and an assist. He now has five goals and eight points in 12 contests since the Blackhawks acquired him from Winnipeg.
Flames goalie stopped 23 of 25 shots as Chicago's final two goals were both empty netters.
Ladd got one of those empty-net goals while Teuvo Teravainen picked up the other. Teravainen has 12 goals and 33 points in 71 contests this season.
Dougie Hamilton scored Calgary's lone goal. The 22-year-old defenseman has 11 goals and 39 points in 75 contests this season.
Scott Darling saved 31 of 32 shots. He improved to 8-7-3 this season and now has a 2.51 GAA and .916 save percentage.