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Lucky Number Sevens

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: December 17, 2018, 1:20 am ET

There are conflicting reports out of Philadelphia as some are saying that coach Dave Hakstol has been fired while Darren Dreger of TSN is reporting that everything is status quo for now.


The firing rumors have Joel Quenneville taking the reins in Philadelphia while the Dreger tweet stated that Quenneville never accepted the job.


Whatever the outcome, there is plenty wrong in the City of Brotherly Love. Hopefully we will find out more by Monday morning, if not earlier.


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Alex Tuch scored the overtime winner and Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his NHL-leading 19th win of the season as they moved into third place (for the moment) with a 4-3 win over the New York Rangers at MSG.


It was Tuch’s 12th of the season and it was celebrated by friends and family of the native of New York.

It was another accomplishment for Marc-Andre Fleury who tied Tony Esposito for ninth place all-time on the NHL list with his 423rd victory. Fleury made 27 saves on the afternoon.


Henrik Lundqvist was stellar in the net for the Rangers stopping 37 shots as he was definitely the busier of the two goalies but still was saddled with the overtime loss.

Paul Stastny, in his second game since returning from a lower-body injury after missing 30 games, scored his first of the season and added his first assist as a Golden Knight. He played with Tuch and Max Pacioretty in what is being called the All-American line.


William Carrier with his seventh and Reilly Smith also with his seventh, scored for Vegas while Brady Skjei (third), Mika Zibanejad (11) and Chris Kreider (15) replied for the Rangers.


Kevin Hayes assisted on all three goals for New York.


Kreider had eight hits while Skjei had six.


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Petr Mrazek stopped all 23 shots for his first shutout of the season as the Hurricanes defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-0. It was his 15th career shutout with 13 coming as a member of the Detroit Red Wings.

 Warren Foegele, who had three goals in his first four games, scored his first goal in 28 games for the game winner. Andrei Svechnikov with his ninth and Sebastian Aho with his 12th, completed the scoring for Carolina.


Svechnikov was forced to leave the game in the third when he tweaked something. The rookie has 17 points in 32 games.


Adin Hill made 24 saves in taking the loss.


Calvin de Haan had a pair of assists.




Alan Quine and Johnny Gaudreau each had a pair of goals to lead Calgary to an easy 7-2 win over St. Louis.


Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm each had three points for Calgary.  Matthew Tkachuk and Mark Giordano each had a goal and an assist.


David Rittich had an easy time of it in net as he stopped 26 shots for his 11th win of the season. He is 11-3-0 with a 2.21 GAA and a .925 save percentage. Mike Smith, who missed Saturday’s game with an undisclosed injury, returned to back up Rittich.


It was not a great day for Jake Allen who gave up four goals on 16 shots before he was replaced in net at the start of the second period. Jordan Binnington, in only his second NHL game, gave up a pair of goals over the last two periods on 12 shots. It was his first NHL appearance since the 2015-16 season.


Oskar Sundqvist and Tyler Bozak scored for St. Louis.


Lindholm’s goal was shorthanded and it was the third straight game that the Flames have scored with the man-disadvantage. Mark Giordano had done so in each of the previous two games.


Tkachuk had six shots on goal while Jordan Nolan had 12 penalty minutes including a game misconduct.




Jack Eichel led the way with two goals and two assists to lead the Sabres to a 4-2 win over divisional rival Boston.


It was a big night for the Sabres top line as Jeff Skinner potted a pair of goals including the game winner, his 24th of the season. Sam Reinhart had three assists in the win.


Linus Ullmark made 35 saves for the win. He is 7-1-3 this season with a 2.94 GAA and a .915 save percentage.


The Bruins were led in scoring by a pair of defensemen as Steven Kampfer scored his first of the season and Torey Krug added his third.


Tuukka Rask stopped 23-of-26 shots and took the loss.


Reinhart and Eichel were each a plus-thre e. Rasmus Dahlin had a pair of assists in the win.




The San Jose Sharks spotted the Chicago Blackhawks an early 2-0 lead and then roared back by scoring seven of the next eight goals to easily upend the hometown team 7-3.


Logan Couture, Evander Kane, Tomas Hertl, Kevin Labanc and Melker Karlsson each had a goal and an assist in the win while Marcus Sorensen and Barclay Goodrow also found the back of the net.


It was not a good night for the starting goaltenders as Corey Crawford left the game at the 18:30 mark of the first period after suffering an apparent concussion. He gave up a pair of goals on eight shots and was replaced by Cam Ward who took the loss, giving up five goals on 35 shots. Crawford suffered a concussion almost a year ago (December 23, 2017) and missed the last 47 games of 2017-18 as well as the first five games of this season.


It was worse for Martin Jones as he was able to make only one save on four shots before being pulled by coach Peter DeBoer in the first period. Aaron Dell was perfect on 16 shots to get the win.


Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini scored for Chicago.


Brent Burns had three assists for the Sharks while Erik Karlsson led the way with nine shots on goal. Timo Meier had seven shots on goal.


Evander Kane had five blocked shots.




Mark Scheifele scored the overtime winner to give the Jets a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the top team in the NHL, the Tampa Bay Lightning.


The Lightning saw their eight-game winning streak come to an end although they are still unbeaten in nine.


Scheifele also had a pair of assists with Nikolaj Ehlers scoring twice including the tying goal in the third period that sent the game into overtime. Ehlers was in a horrible slump in the playoffs last season as well as the start of the 2018-19 campaign but his two goals give him 12 this season as well as 24 points in 33 games.


Mathieu Perreault and Brandon Tanev also scored for the Jets who are 22-9-2 this season and hold down the top spot in the West with the win.


Connor Hellebuyck picked up the win while making 43 saves. The netminder won his 15th game of the season and it was his sixth win in his last seven starts.


Steven Stamkos led the Lightning with a goal and an assist while Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov also scored.


The Lightning were two-for-two on the power play and the Jets converted on their only chance.


Andrei Vasilevskiy gave up five goals on 42 shots to get the overtime loss.


Ondrej Palat and Brayden Point each had two assists for Tampa Bay.


Josh Morrissey had six blocked shots.




The Vancouver power play was clicking on all cylinders Sunday as the Canucks scored three times with the man-advantage to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1.


Brock Boeser had a goal and two assists to lead the way while Alexander Edler with his third and the great rookie Elias Pettersson notched his 17th of the season to lead the Canucks to the win.


Ryan Nugent-Hopkins opened the scoring with his 11th of the year before the Canucks scored all three goals on the power play.


Alex Chiasson, who is turning into a goal scoring machine, notched his 15th of the season but Bo Horvat’s 16th of the season into the empty net.


Jacob Markstrom made 20 saves for the win while Mikko Koskinen suffered the loss, stopping 26-of-29 shots.


Connor McDavid assisted on Chiasson’s goal.


Notes: The Rangers sent Matt Beleskey to the minors after Sunday’s game…They recalled goaltender Alexandar Georgiev and sent Dustin Tokarski to Hartford of the AHL…The Hurricanes sent Scott Darling to the minors as they don’t play until Thursday and are hoping Curtis McElhinney is ready to return…Patrice Bergeron has been out 14 games with a rib and sternoclavicular injury but could be back at practice Wednesday according to head coach Bruce Cassidy…The Senators placed Max McCormick on waivers. Can’t see anyone picking him up…The Lightning had Anton Stralman back in the lineup Sunday. He had been out since November 8 with an upper body injury…Mikko Koivu could return to the Minnesota lineup Tuesday after missing four games with a lower body injury…Sam Bennett is out with an upper-body injury.


Nightly Leaders




Alan Quine – 2

Johnny Gaudreau – 2

Jack Eichel - 2

Jeff Skinner - 2

Nikolaj Ehlers – 2




Kevin Hayes – 3

Sam Reinhart – 3

Brent Burns - 3


Shots on Goal


Erik Karlsson - 9

Timo Meier - 7

Matthew Tkachuk - 6

Eichel - 6

Ryan Donato – 6




Milan Lucic - 9

Chris Kreider - 8

Clark Bishop - 6

Josh Archibald - 6


Penalty Minutes


Jordan Nolan – 12

Evander Kane - 4

Michael Finewax

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