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Demko, Miller help Canucks top Ottawa again

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: January 28, 2021, 10:01 am ET

Jim Rutherford resigned on Wednesday as general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, citing personal reasons. The timing of the announcement certainly came as a surprise. Patrik Allvin has taken over as GM of the Penguins on an interim basis. The search for a replacement has already begun.

Jack Roslovic, who was acquired from Winnipeg along with Patrik Laine in the Pierre-Luc Dubois trade, will make his Columbus debut on Thursday night. He is slated to play between Boone Jenner and Cam Atkinson, which was the combination the Blue Jackets had during Wednesday’s practice.

Jake DeBrusk (lower body) and Tuukka Rask (undisclosed) won’t play in Thursday’s game against Pittsburgh. Tyler Bozak (upper body) will be unavailable for St. Louis on Thursday night. Colorado’s Matt Calvert (upper body) is out indefinitely. For more injury news and player updates prior to Thursday’s busy slate keep it locked to Rotoworld’s Injury Report.

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CHICAGO 1 NASHVILLE 2 (SO)

Nashville swept a two-game series against Chicago on Wednesday night. The Predators won both parts of the back-to-back in extra time, with Tuesday’s win coming in overtime and Wednesday’s victory coming in a shootout.

Nick Cousins opened the scoring with his first goal as a member of the Predators.

Matt Duchene picked up an assist on goal and scored the only marker in the shootout.

Ryan Carpenter had the lone goal of the match for the Blackhawks. It was his first of the season.

Brandon Hagel and David Kampf picked up their first points of the 2020-21 campaign as well with assists on the play.

Dominik Kubalik and Filip Forsberg had a game-high five shots on goal apiece.

Kevin Lankinen blocked 41 of 42 shots in the defeat, while Juuse Saros stopped 29 of 30 shots in the win.

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OTTAWA 1 VANCOUVER 5

The Canucks have won two straight games against Ottawa, while outscoring the Senators by a 12-2 margin. The two sides will play for the third time in four nights on Thursday.

Tyler Motte opened the scoring in the first period and rounded out the scoring in the third frame. He is up to five goals in nine games this year, including three in the past two matches.

Jay Beagle picked up an assist on both of Motte’s markers on Wednesday.

J.T. Miller provided three points, including his first two goals of 2020-21, during the second stanza. He has generated eight points through six contests.

Elias Pettersson earned his first multi-point performance of the season with one goal and one assist on Wednesday. He has found the back of the net twice in his past three outings after going goalless in six games to start the year.

Quinn Hughes chipped in two helpers. He currently leads all NHL defensemen with nine points (one goal, eight assists) following nine matches.

Josh Norris’ second goal of the year was Ottawa’s only marker of the contest.

Brady Tkachuk, Drake Batherson, Jordie Benn and Tyler Myers contributed one assist each.

Marcus Hogberg blocked 30 of 35 shots in the loss, while Thatcher Demko turned aside 42 of 43 shots in the victory.

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.