No time for trifling whimsy, let’s cap away.
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AVALANCHE 2, DEVILS 1
-- Colorado seems to have the Devils number. The win improved their record 8-0-1 in the last nine games against New Jersey.
-- Matt Duchene opened up scoring with his 13th goal of the season. He recently broke a franchise record by scoring 11 goals in the month of November. Perhaps he’s just going to remain on fire?
-- Reto Berra moves to 5-7-0 on the season after making 27 saves. The win snaps a four-game losing streak for Berra. His .927 save percentage is far more impressive than that record. Oh yeah, he also got an assist in this one.
-- Kyle Palmieri scored his ninth of the season. Not sure if he looks slick in general or just relative to the generally drab Devils.
CANADIENS 2, BLUE JACKETS 1
-- The Habs have won four consecutive games against the Blue Jackets. Remarkably, Max Pacioretty scored the game-winning goal in each of those contests.
Pacioretty's 13th goal of the season was scored with just 2:09 left in regulation, breaking a 1-1 tie.
-- Mike Condon picked up his ninth win of the season. In case you missed it, Carey Price is expected to miss about six weeks, Condon is only owned in 65 percent of Yahoo leagues, so grab him if you can and even have a slight need for goalies.
-- Nick Foligno delivered a highly questionable knee-to-knee hit on Tomas Fleischmann and then dropped Nathan Beaulieu in a fight. He also scored a goal, just his second goal of the season. Does that combine for a Jerk Trick or something?
PENGUINS 5, SHARKS 1
-- Apparently this was the first time the Penguins won in San Jose since 1997.
-- Evgeni Malkin was probably the biggest reason why. He scored a beautiful goal and collected two assists, continuing quite the hot streak. Malkin now has at least one goal in the past four games (five goals, three assists). He also has 13 points in his past seven games.
-- The trade rumors have died down, and Patrick Marleau just keeps producing, as he found the net for his 10th goal of 2015-16.
-- Yeah, Chris Kunitz really hit the wall. Last night's two assists were nice, but he only has five points on the season.
-- Brent Burns generated six SOG, but it was a bad night for the bearded one, as his plus/minus in 2015-16 is down to -9 thanks to Tuesday's -4 rating.
FLYERS 4, SENATORS 2
-- This was the third win in a row for the Flyers, their first such streak of the 2015-16 season. Yes, you’re right; this team isn’t very good.
-- It was a big night for Sean Couturier. He scored a goal and picked up two assists for the Flyers. People have been expecting a breakthrough for the hard-working defensive forward, so perhaps this is a sign of life.
-- Shayne Gostisbehere scored another goal, making him more than just a fantastic bargain in daily fantasy. Again, I think he stands as a guy who could be a pretty great fourth or fifth defenseman.
-- Wayne Simmonds picked up a goal and an assist. He now has five points in his last two games, including two consecutive GWG. He only had nine points in his previous 23 games. Could this be a breakthrough for one of fantasy's favorite power forwards?
-- Mike Hoffman picked up his 11th goal of the season. Every indication is that he’s very much for real.
PREDATORS 5, COYOTES 2
-- The third period was the Filip Forsberg and the Mike Ribiero show. Forsberg picked up two goals and an assist. Ribeiro had a goal and an assist. James Neal added an empty-netter. Maybe reunite a line that was one of 2014-15’s most underrated trios?
-- Mike Fisher left the game so look for injury updates. Colin Wilson also sat out of last night's action with a lower-body injury. If Wilson and Fisher were to miss any amount of time, the Predators would find themselves in an even greater deficiency in terms of center depth.
-- Yes, Nashville turned things around in the third, but this was a well-deserved win. They generated a lopsided 41-15 SOG edge, so don't pin this on Mike Smith (whose 10-6-1 record isn't that far behind Pekka Rinne's 11-5-4 mark).
-- Shea Weber finally worked his way out of his considerable scoring slump, and did so in a big way with three assists and a +3 rating.
The towering blueliner failed to score in his previous six games, suffering a -7 rating and being relatively trigger-shy in some of those games.
WILD 2, BLACKHAWKS 1
-- Patrick Kane extended his points streak to 20 games with a second period goal for the Blackhawks. He found himself with an unheard of amount of time and space against Devan Dubnyk, and although he sort of whiffed on the shot, he still had the peace of mind to score. He’s now one game away from tying Bobby Hull’s team record of 21 straight games with at least one point.
-- Jason Pominville is in feast-or-famine mode.
After going without a goal in his first 21 games of 2015-16, Pominville now has one goal in two straight contests.
His 3.5 shooting percentage indicates that things should get better. At 33, there's the worry that he's well beyond his best days, though.
That's now 21 points in 23 games from the American blueliner, is back to being a huge workhorse (29:36 TOI on Tuesday).
RED WINGS 5, SABRES 4 (SO)
-- Big game by Justin Abdelkader: two goals, one assist, +1 with seven PIM. Interestingly, his shooting percentage has really shot up in the last two seasons; he generated a 16.7 percent in 2015-16 and 14.9 last season.
I'd feel more comfortable about his offensive viability if he was firing more SOG (only 42 in 25 GP this season), but perhaps he can just ride Henrik Zetterberg's coattails the whole way.
-- At first, it looked like Rasmus Ristolainen would get credit for four secondary assists, but he settled for three.
The Finnish defenseman has been quite impressive, as he's now at 17 points in 25 games. Looks like a first-round pick (eighth overall in 2013) well-spent.
-- Evander Kane looks like he's really getting comfortable in Buffalo. He scored two goals on Tuesday, giving him four points in the past two games and five in four contests.
-- Just three points in 10 games for Pavel Datsyuk. Is he truly healthy?
PANTHERS 3, BLUES 1
-- Derek MacKenzie scored two of Florida's three goals, including the game-winner. Both tallies were unassisted, too.
-- Brandon Pirri made up for a tripping penalty by scoring a breakaway goal. Pirri doesn't have the wild Cy Young differential like last year's 22 goals and 2 assists, as he's at five goals and six assists so far.
-- That's now three straight wins for Roberto Luongo, who's allowed four goals during that span. Bobby Lou is now 9-8-3 with a .926 save percentage.
FLAMES 4, STARS 3 (SO)
Pretty remarkable turnaround for Calgary, as the Flames were down 3-0 heading into the third period.
-- Giordano hasn't gotten much heat for a pretty poor start to the season, not exactly great news considering his hefty extension. He's at 8 points and a putrid -14 rating in 25 games. His possession stats are decent, if not dominant like before.
KINGS 2, CANUCKS 1 (OT)
That goal spoiled a great performance by Jacob Markstrom, who kept Vancouver in the game despite a 40-16 shot advantage for Los Angeles.
Markstrom can't seem to buy a win lately, as his only victory came on Nov. 10.
-- Jonathan Quick is starting to feel it, going 3-0-1 in his last four starts. That leaves him at 12-7-1 with a solid .918 save percentage.
-- Drew Doughty scored a goal on his only SOG in a massive 31:40 TOI.
-- The Kings have won three times while trailing heading into the third period. Los Angeles is quite comfortably in first (31 points) in the Pacific. Vancouver's in a little trouble: one point behind Arizona despite the Coyotes playing two more games.