Blackhawks rookie Alex DeBrincat has put together a solid rookie season so far, but he had the best game of his young career on Saturday night. He was a big reason why the 'Hawks managed to come back to defeat the Hurricanes.
DeBrincat put together some incredible junior seasons in the past, and now he's showing that he belongs in the NHL. Coming into Saturday's tilt, the Blackhawks were struggling to find the back of the net. The rookie made sure to do his part to break them out of that funk by scoring a career-high three points.
His early-season offensive totals may not jump off the page, but there's no doubt that DeBrincat has an extremely bright future ahead of him in the NHL.
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CHICAGO 4 CAROLINA 3 (OT)
Alex DeBrincat had a night to remember, as he put together the first three-point effort of his career. The rookie had two goals and an assist, including the primary helper on Brandon Saad’s overtime winner. He has five goals and five assists in 17 games this season.
Saad’s OT winner didn’t only put an end to the game, it also put his 10-game goalless drought to bed. The ‘Hawks winger has seven goals and three assists in 17 games.
Brock McGinn netted two goals in Saturday’s loss. McGinn has now scored at least one goal in three consecutive games. He has nine points in 14 contests.
Anton Forsberg won his first game as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. Forsberg has a 1-1-2 record with a 3.87 goals-against-average and a .902 save percentage this season.
Scott Darling lost his first appearance against his former team. Darling has lost three of his last four games, but none of those have come in regulation. He has a 4-3-4 record with a 2.49 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage.
NY RANGERS 4 EDMONTON 2
Rick Nash scored a pair of goals for the Rangers in the win. After scoring just one goal in his first 11 games, he’s now scored five times in his last seven contests.
Mats Zuccarello registered two helpers in the game. He has three goals and 10 assists in 18 games this season.
Oilers superstar Connor McDavid netted a power play goal. He’s up to six points in his last five contests. McDavid has seven goals and 12 assists in 16 games.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 of 29 shots against Edmonton. He and the Rangers have now won six games in a row.
Cam Talbot allowed three goals on 33 shots in the loss. The Oilers goalie now has a 6-8-1 record with a 2.91 goals-against-average and a .912 save percentage.
OTTAWA 4 COLORADO 3
Mike Hoffman scored a pair of goals for Ottawa. They both came while his team was on the man-advantage. Hoffman has now picked up at least one point in eight consecutive games. He’s up to six goals and 10 assists in 16 games.
Alex Kerfoot, who had two points in Friday’s game against the Sens, added another goal and assist on Saturday. The rookie has seven goals and 13 points in 16 games.
Jonathan Bernier lasted the entire night, but he gave up four goals on 40 shots. He has a 2-4-0 record with a 3.71 goals-against-average and a .887 save percentage in 2017-18.
TORONTO 4 BOSTON 1
Mitch Marner hadn’t scored a goal since opening night, but he was finally able to break through against Boston on Saturday night. The sophomore forward also collected an assist. He’s up to two goals and 11 assists this season. Marner picked up four points during a home-and-home series against Boston this weekend.
James van Riemsdyk, who lit up the Bruins for two goals on Friday, picked up another goal and an assist against them on Saturday. JVR has four goals in his last four games and he’s up to 15 points in 18 games this season.
Frank Vatrano was the only Bruin to score in this one. He now has two goals in 12 games this season.
Curtis McElhinney came up with a big performance, as he turned aside 38 of 39 shots in the victory. The Leafs backup goalie now has a 2-1-0 record with a 3.05 goals-against-average and a .910 save percentage.
Tuukka Rask allowed three goals on 24 shots against Toronto. With the Bruins heading to California next week, it’ll be tough to trust Rask to deliver solid fantasy value.
MONTREAL 2 BUFFALO 1 (OT)
Max Pacioretty scored the game-winning goal for the Canadiens in the extra frame. After a slow start to the season, the Canadiens captain now has seven goals and 12 points in 18 games.
Andrew Shaw tipped home the game-tying goal on the power play early in the third period. He has four goals and five assists in 18 games this season. He continues to be an important spark plug for Montreal.
Ryan O’Reilly opened the scoring late in the first period. The Sabres forward now has six goals and 13 points in 17 games this season.
Chad Johnson gave up just one goal in regulation, but he still found himself on the losing end of the decision. Johnson has a 1-3-2 record with a 3.55 goals-against-average and a .885 save percentage in 2017-18.
COLUMBUS 2 DETROIT 1 (shootout)
Artemi Panarin scored his third goal of the season for Columbus. He also managed to find the back of the net in the shootout.
Andreas Athanasiou’s third-period goal tied the game at one. Since ending his holdout, he has two goals and one assist in eight games in 2017-18.
Jack Johnson put an end to the game by scoring ninth round of the shootout to give the Jackets the victory.
Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 32 of 33 shots against the Red Wings. The victory puts his personal three-game losing skid to bed. He owns a 9-4-1 record with a 2.24 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage.
Despite giving up just one goal on 32 shots, Jimmy Howard still came away with the loss on Saturday night. He’s given up two goals or less in each of his last three games, but he only has one win during that stretch.
NEW JERSEY 2 FLORIDA 1
Kyle Palmieri scored the game-winning goal for the Devils at the 4:58 mark of the second period. He has four goals and four assists in nine games this season
Damon Severson also scored for New Jersey. The blue liner is up to five points in 15 games in 2017-18.
Nick Bjugstad scored the only goal of the game for the Panthers. He put his 12-game goalless drought to bed in the process.
Cory Schneider stopped 32 of 33 shots in in the win. The Devils goalie was finally able to put his three-game losing skid.
James Reimer has now dropped each of his last three decisions. He only has two wins in his last eight contests.
MINNESOTA 1 PHILADELPHIA 0
Jason Zucker just can’t stop scoring lately. The Wild forward has scored in three consecutive games. He’s put up a remarkable six goals during that stretch.
Matt Dumba collected the primary assist on Zucker’s goal. Dumba finished the game with a plus-1 rating and three hits in 23:19 of ice time.
Sean Couturier finished the game with six shots on goal, which was tied for a team-high. He also won 63 percent of his faceoffs.
Devan Dubnyk posted his second straight shutout, as he turned aside all 32 shots he faced in this one. Dubnyk has a 6-6-1 record with a 2.55 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage.
Brian Elliott stopped 26 of 27 shots in the defeat. Elliott has a 6-4-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .908 save percentage.
NY ISLANDERS 5 ST. LOUIS 2
Anders Lee’s now clicking at a point-per-game pace after potting home a goal and an assist in the game. Lee has nine goals and eight assists in 17 games contests this season.
John Tavares also netted a goal for the Islanders. Tavares finished the night with two penalty minutes and two shots on goal in 19:08 of ice time. The Isles captain is now up to 13 goals and 19 points in 17 games in 2017-18.
Brayden Schenn got the Blues on the board at the 11:31 mark of the second period. Schenn had three shots on goal and two hits in 22:51 of ice time. He has five goals and 20 points in 18 games in his first year with the Blues.
Thomas Greiss stopped 35 of 37 shots on Saturday night. The 31-year-old has a 4-2-2 record with a 3.28 goals-against-average and a .905 save percentage.
Jake Allen allowed an ugly four goals on 18 shots before being yanked less than four minutes in to the second period. Allen has now given up four goals in two of his last three games.
NASHVILLE 5 PITTSBURGH 4 (shootout)
Kyle Turris had a solid debut with his new team, as he notched a goal and an assist on Saturday night. The 28-year-old has four goals and 11 points in 12 games.
P.K. Subban scored a power play goal in the second period to give Nashville a 2-1 lead at the time. Subban had a minus-2 rating, two penalty minutes and two shots on goal in the victory.
Phil Kessel led the way for the Pens, as he also had a goal and an assist. The Penguins winger is off to an incredible start. He has seven goals and 15 assists in 19 games.
Pekka Rinne gave up four goals on 30 shots in the shootout win. The Predators goalie has won three games in a row and four of his last five.
Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry had a rough night at the office. Jarry also allowed the Predators to score two more goals in in the shootout. Jarry has lost both of his decisions in extra time (one in overtime, one in a shootout).
SAN JOSE 5 VANCOUVER 0
Logan Couture’s first goal was scored shorthanded, while his second tally of the night came at even-strength. The Sharks forward has 10 goals and 14 points in 15 games this season.
Tomas Hertl had a strong night, too. He had a goal and two assists in a winning effort. He has three goals and six assists in 15 games in 2017-18.
Chris Tierney had a two-goal night for the Sharks. He has four goals and three assists in 15 contests. Tierney won’t have any fantasy value going forward.
Sharks backup goalie Aaron Dell had an unbelievable performance, as he turned aside all 41 shots he faced against Vancouver. He was named the game’s first star.
Jacob Markstrom allowed three goals on 29 shots in Saturday’s loss. He has a 5-6-2 record with a 2.53 goals-against-average and a .913 save percentage.
WINNIPEG 4 ARIZONA 1
Patrik Laine collected a goal and an assist in Winnipeg’s big victory. The sophomore forward has now scored a goal in five consecutive games. He has nine goals in 16 contests, which puts him on pace to score 46 goals in 2017-18.
Mark Scheifele finished the night with a goal, an assist and a plus-1 rating in 19:59 of ice time. The 24-year-old has 10 goals and 21 points in 16 games.
Arizona forward Zac Rinaldo opened the scoring at the 14:33 mark of the first period. Through 14 games this season, Rinaldo has found the back of the net twice.
Steve Mason stopped 29 of 30 shots against the worst team in the NHL. Mason has a 5-3-1 record with a 3.76 goals-against-average and a .892 save percentage this season.
Antti Raanta gave up three goals on just 20 shots in the defeat. The 28-year-old has a 1-4-2 record with a 2.90 goals-against-average and a .913 save percentage, which is underwhelming at best.