It was a quiet night in the NHL as all three games were afternoon affairs.
The Arizona Coyotes finally recalled Dylan Strome from the minors. He was the third overall pick in the 2015 Draft and has yet to make his mark in the NHL. He did in the AHL with 26 points in only 15 games and he was leading the league in points heading into Sunday’s action despite playing five less games than his closest competitor, Chris Bourque.
There was not any news on the Coyotes Sunday so I wrote the blurb in the morning stating that he was ready for another shot with Arizona. I didn’t think they would call him up later that day.
His brother, Ryan Strome celebrated by scoring the game-winning goal for the Oilers on Sunday.
The Senators sent Thomas Chabot to the minors.
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CAROLINA 4 NASHVILLE 3 (Shootout)
Scott Darling made 32 saves in regulation and overtime and got the win as he is 7-6-4 with a 2.71 GAA and a .901 save percentage. He is an adequate second goalie at best in deeper fantasy pools as his peripherals are nothing to write home about.
Juuse Saros got a rare start as he was recalled last week after a couple of games in the AHL to give him some ice time. He is 1-3-1 with a 3.70 GAA and a .870 save percentage. He was terrific last season but needs to be a lot better for a very good Nashville team that is looking to win the Stanley Cup.
Auston Watson had seven hits.
NEW YORK RANGERS 4 VANCOUVER 3 (Shootout)
The second shootout of the afternoon went the Rangers way as Jimmy Vesey scored in the seventh round to win it for New York. It was his fifth goal of the season in the third period that sent the game into overtime and the eventual shootout.
Lundqvist is 12-6-2 and has all of a sudden turned his season around as his numbers were bad for the first month of the season but he has a 2.63 GAA with a .918 save percentage.
Markstrom was not supposed to start this one for Vancouver but Anders Nilsson apparently got sick and was unable to go. Markstrom made only 17 saves against the Rangers.
EDMONTON 4 BOSTON 2
Another Boston game with Tuukka Rask starting and another loss for the Bruins. Rask gave up three goals on 35 shots, so his play was fine but still, the Bruins cannot win with him in net.
Rask saw his record drop to 3-8-2 with a 2.91 GAA and a .899 save percentage while supposed backup, Anton Khudobin is 7-0-2 with a 2.22 GAA and a .932 save percentage. It had been five games since Rask last started and I would keep riding Khudobin as long as he keeps playing well as the Bruins seemingly can’t lose with him.
David Pastrnak actually got the Bruins off to a 1-0 lead with the only goal of the first as it was a power play effort.
Cam Talbot turned aside 23 shots for his ninth win of the season. His peripherals are still pretty bad with a 3.07 GAA and a .901 save percentage.