Loading scores...
Hockey Daily Dose

Brandon Sutter leads Canucks to easy win

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: January 26, 2021, 10:03 am ET

This will be as quiet as it gets in the NHL this season as there is only one game on the schedule, Ottawa at Vancouver. There was plenty of news off the ice so let’s get to it!

The three stars of the week were announced and Tyler Toffoli of the Montreal Canadiens was the first star with five goals and eight points in four games.

Joe Pavelski was named the second star as he had three goals and seven points in only two games with six points coming via the power play.

The third star was John Gibson who was outstanding, especially in shutting out the Wild 1-0, stopping 34 shots. He was 2-0-1 during the week with a 1.33 GAA and a .960 save percentage.

Don’t forget, for everything NHL, check out Rotoworld’s Player News, and follow @Rotoworld_ HK and @mfinewaxhockey on Twitter.

The Blackhawks put Alex DeBrincat and Adam Boqvist on the COVID-19 protocol list.

The Carolina Hurricanes returned to practice for the first time on Monday since their COVID outbreak, but it was in small groups of six. Tuesday’s game against Tampa Bay has been postponed but the league hopes the two team’s will be able to play Thursday. Jordan Staal, the first Hurricane player diagnosed with COVID, could be good to go.

It will be interesting for Alex Pietrangelo Tuesday as he will face his former St. Louis teammates for the first time since signing with Vegas as a UFA in the off-season.

Tom Wilson is practicing but is questionable for Tuesday’s game versus the Islanders. He has a lower-body injury.

Editor’s Note: The New York Islanders will face the Washington Capitals Tuesday on NBCSN starting at 6:30 pm ET. Livestream all the action here.

John Chayka, the former General Manager of the Arizona Coyotes, has been suspended until December 31, 2021 by the NHL “for conduct detrimental to the league and the game.” He resigned from the Coyotes on July 26 and cannot be involved in NHL business until his suspension ends. It’s hard to see any NHL team wanting to hire Chayka in the future.

Mikko Koivu is slated to make his Columbus debut Tuesday. It will be his first appearance since contracting COVID-19 and his first game after a long career with the Wild.

Connor Ingram has voluntarily entered the NHLPA/NHL’s player assistance program. The netminder was the third goalie on the Predators this season and he could be gone for the season.

David Pastrnak (hip and labral surgery) could return by the weekend and practiced on Monday without a non-contact jersey for the first time this season.

Editor’s Note: Drafting is only half the battle! Get an edge on your competition all season long with rankings, projections, trade evaluator, lineup adviser and much more with our NHL Season Tools. Click here to learn more!


The lone game Monday featured the North Division as the Vancouver Canucks hosted the Ottawa Senators in the first of a three-game series.

The Canucks put the pedal to the metal and defeated the Senators 7-1 as Brandon Sutter led the way with a hat trick. It was his first three-goal game in a career that began in the 2008-09 season.

The Canucks finally got a good game in net as Thatcher Demko turned aside 34-of-35 shots. Demko has a chance to be the Canucks number one goaltender as Braden Holtby has given up 15 goals in four games on 134 shots.

Tanner Pearson had a big night with his first goal and an assist. Nils Hoglander made a highlight reel play on Pearson’s goal, as he fell and swiped the puck to Pearson who beat Matt Murray high and to the glove side.

Tyler Motte with his third of the season as well as defensemen Quinn Hughes and Olli Juolevi who each had their first of the season, completed the scoring for Vancouver who won only their third game of the season. They are tied for fourth but only one point up on Calgary who have four games in hand.

Elias Pettersson was held pointless and has only a goal and an assist in eight contests. His line of Brock Boeser and J.T. Miller were all minus-one.

Austin Watson had a big fantasy game for Ottawa with their lone goal and two fights, one with Antoine Roussel and the other versus Zack MacEwen.

It was not a good night for Matt Murray as he gave up all seven goals on 35 shots.

Bo Horvat had two assists.

It was not a great game for rookie Tim Stutzle who returned to action after missing three games with a minor injury. He was a minus-four in the contest and did not pick up a point.

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.