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Hockey Daily Dose

Dose: Bishop takes the Kings

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

It was a busy Sunday in the trade market as the Kings acquired Ben Bishop from Tampa Bay and the Minnesota Wild went out and got the big center they need in dealing for Martin Hanzal.

 

The Kings gave up Peter Budaj, who has been great this season, Erik Cernak, a defensive defenseman who was selected in the second round, 43rd overall in 2015, a seventh round pick in this year’s draft and a conditional pick for Bishop and a fifth round selection in 2017.

 

Budaj will lose value as the Lightning are invested in former first round pick Andrei Vasilevskiy, who picks up a ton of fantasy value, while Bishop will also lose some value as he is insurance in case Jonathan Quick gets hurt. Quick returned to action on Saturday after missing every game since opening night, with a groin injury.

 

Martin Hanzal goes to Minnesota with Ryan White for a first round pick this season, a second rounder in 2018 and a conditional fourth in 2019 which becomes a second rounder if the Wild win two rounds of the playoffs this season. The Coyotes also gave up a fourth rounder in 2017.

 

Hanzal will slot into the third center spot in Minnesota and while his plus/minus should improve, he will not see the power play time he did in Arizona. White will pile up penalty minutes and chip in with an occasional point.

 

By the way, as far as the Best Picture for the Oscars are concerned, Moonlighting was good but my cousin Paul Wernick's Deadpool was better!

  

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BOSTON 6 DALLAS 3

 

Patrice Bergeron scored twice and added an assist while Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists to lead Boston to a 6-3 win over Dallas and move back into third place over Toronto in the Atlantic Division.

 

Tuukka Rask stopped 33 shots for his 29th win of the season. His personal best was 36 wins in the 2013-14 season and one more victory will be four 30-win seasons in a row for the Finnish netminder.

 

After two straight wins, Kari Lehtonen reverted back to his form this season as he managed to stop only 22 of 28 shots. He is 14-19-6 with a 2.94 GAA and a .900 save percentage.

 

Ryan Spooner had a goal and an assist while David Krejci and Frank Vatrano also found the back of the net for the Bruins.

 

Torey Krug has been hot as he picked up three more assists to give him 36 in addition to five goals. He started the season with only a goal and six points in his first 21 games but since then he has four goals and 35 points in 40 games.

David Pastrnak had a pair of helpers.

 

Tyler Seguin, John Klingberg and Jiri Hudler each had a goal and an assist for the Stars.

 

Stephen Johns had nine hits in the game while Seguin had seven shots on goal.

 

CALGARY 3 CAROLINA 1

 

Johnny Gaudreau scored for the first time in February this season, added another and drew an assist on Micheal Ferland’s goal, to lead the Flames to a 3-1 win over Carolina.

 

Gaudreau has eight points in his last four contests but he had not found the back of the net in 10 previous games before breaking loose Sunday.

 

T. J. Brodie had a pair of assists while Gaudreau, Ferland, Sean Monahan, Brodie and Michael Stone were all plus-three on the afternoon.

 

Brian Elliott made 35 saves for the win as he has won three straight to go to 15-13-3 with a 2.75 GAA and a .899 save percentage.

 

Victor Rask scored for the first time in 16 games to break the shutout. Rask picked up an assist on Saturday and that broke a 14 game pointless streak. I guess he is now considered hot.

 

Eddie Lack played in his second straight game and took the loss. He is 2-4-1 with a 3.24 GAA and a .883 save percentage. That is certainly nothing to write home about.

 

Joakim Nordstrom had six hits in the game.

 

The Calgary Flames did not have a giveaway in the contest.

  

NASHVILLE 5 EDMONTON 4

 

Boy is Filip Forsberg hot! He scored his eighth goal in the last four games and has 24 this season.

 

What is more remarkable is that he had only three in his first 30 games of the season but has 21 in his last 32 matches.

 

Colin Wilson, Viktor Arvidsson, Vernon Fiddler and Ryan Ellis also scored for the Predators as Arvidsson’s power play goal in the third was the winner and the only goal of the period.

 

Jordan Eberle, Milan Lucic (only his third goal in the last 28 games), Mark Letestu and of course, Connor McDavid, replied for the Oilers. McDavid is up to 71 points, four ahead of Sidney Crosby in the race for the Art Ross Trophy.

 

Pekka Rinne made 28 saves in the Predators net for the win. 

 

Cam Talbot could make only 23 saves in the loss. He tied a career high in games played set last season with 56. He has 31 wins thus far, ten more than all of last season.

 

COLUMBUS 5 NEW YORK RANGERS 2

 

Cam Atkinson and Alexander Wennberg each had a pair of goals to lead the Blue Jackets to a 5-2 win over the Rangers and vault over New York into third place in the ultra-competitive Metropolitan Division.

 

While Atkinson now has 29 goals, Wennberg increased his season total to 12 as he is more of an assists machine. Wennberg has 40 assists this season as he upped his points total to 52 in 60 games.

 

Josh Anderson scored with only 24 seconds left in the game for the Jackets final goal while Rick Nash and Jesper Fast (with only one second left on the clock) replied for the Rangers.

 

Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves for the win while Henrik Lundqvist gave up all five goals on only 26 shots for the loss.

 

The Rangers were 9-1-1 in their last 11 heading into the Blue Jackets game.

 

Oliver Bjorkstrand continued his fine play with a pair of assists as he is seeing top-six minutes.

 

David Savard and Jack Johnson, who were each plus-five Saturday, continued their excellent play as both were plus-three against the Rangers.

 

Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello were each minus-three.

 

Brandon Dubinsky was 19-7 on the draw.

 

CHICAGO 4 ST. LOUIS 2

 

Jonathan Toews is on a tear. He had a goal and an assist on Sunday and has nine goals and 24 points in his last 14 games. I wrote about him weeks ago, stating he has little fantasy value and he is playing like he read it and has something to prove.

 

Okay, Jonathan…You have fantasy value.

 

Artem Anisimov scored the winner with 5:20 left in the third and Tanner Kero clinched it with an empty net goal three seconds from time expiring, to break the 2-2 tie after two periods.

 

Patrick Kane, on the power play, scored the Blackhawks other goal and he also chipped in with an assist on the Anisimov winner.

 

Magnus Paajarvi and Alex Pietrangelo, on the power play, scored for the Blues who seem to be reverting back into their play under recently deposed coach Ken Hitchcock as they have lost three in a row.

 

Scott Darling got the start and stopped 30 shots for his 15th win of the season as Corey Crawford was unable to go due to illness.

 

Jake Allen made 38 saves in the loss.

 

Duncan Keith had an assist and it was his 500th point of his career.

 

OTTAWA 2 FLORIDA 1

 

Craig Anderson turned aside 37 of 38 shots to pick up his 16th win of the season and lead the Senators to a 2-1 win over the Panthers.

 

Kyle Turris scored the winner in the second period with his 21st goal of the campaign.  Zack Smith opened the scoring in the first with his 15th while Jonathan Marchessault tied it at 1 at the 17:13 mark of the first with his 19th of the season.

 

James Reimer got the start and played well, kicking out 31 shots but it was not enough as Anderson was just a little bit better.

 

Erik Karlsson picked up a pair of assists and has 44 this season, third in the NHL to Connor McDavid’s 50 and Nicklas Backstrom’s 45.

 

ARIZONA 3 BUFFALO 2

 

Radim Vrbata scored the winner with 19 seconds remaining and added an assist to lead Arizona to a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

 

Jack Eichel opened the scoring with his 14th in the first period and then assisted on Evan Rodrigues second goal of his career in the second as the Sabres went into the third period up 2-0.

 

But cue the comeback as the Coyotes struck for three goals in the final stanza.

 

Max Domi scored his seventh of the season to cut the lead in half and Jamie McGinn scored his ninth of the season with Jooris and Chychrun drawing the assists to tie it up and set up Vrbata’s heroics.

 

Anders Nilsson started in place of the injured Robin Lehner and made 26 saves in taking his seventh loss of the season against nine wins.

 

Louis Domingue picked up only his sixth win of the season as he stopped 31 Buffalo shots.

 

Vrbata picked up his 600th career point with the winner.

Michael Finewax

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