It was a long night on the National Hockey League ice, as 20 of the 32 teams were in action. That makes for an exciting time from a fantasy perspective both for those in seasonal play, as well as those who are partake in DFS. We had one shutout, although it was done by just one goaltender, we had a hat trick and we had a high draft pick score his first NHL goal in front of his mom. While we didn't have a particularly high scoring night, with an average of just 5.7 goals per game. Let's get started!
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Boston Bruins 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Tuukka Rask stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced against the Maple Leafs, improving to 18-7-2 in his career against the team which originally drafted him.
Partners in crime Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each had a goal and an assist in the victory. Pastrnak has scored goals in three straight games, and he has a total of nine goals over the past six. For Marchand, he has posted five goals and 14 points and a plus-5 rating during his current nine-game point streak.
Michael Hutchinson was pretty decent in this one, allowing four goals on 39 shots, but it was 2-2 until the third period when the home side just pushed ahead. Kasperi Kapanen and Alexander Kerfoot each posted a goal and assist, factoring in on the team's only two goals.
Buffalo Sabres 4, San Jose Sharks 3 (OT)
Jack Eichel was on fire for the home side, as he had a hand in each of the team's four goals, including the game-winning tally in overtime. He has now registered four multi-point performances across the past seven outings. He has managed six goals and 14 points over the past eight games, and is a major reason the Sabres are sitting pretty in the Atlantic Division.
Carter Hutton allowed three goals on 28 shots, outdueling Martin Jones, who has been poor for the Sharks. He allowed four goals on 29 shots in the OT loss, slipping to 2-5-0 with a 3.46 GAA and .894 save percentage.
Florida Panthers 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 2
Jonathan Huberdeau and Denis Malgin each posted a goal and an assist in the victory over the Pens. Aleksander Barkov also posted a pair of assists, although he continues to search for his first goal of the season. Sasha has been contributing, however, posting eight assists with a plus-2 rating in eight outings.
Sergei Bobrovsky notched the win, stopping 23 of the 25 shots he faced, besting Matt Murray. The latter wasn't tested very often, as he made just 19 saves on 22 shots in a loss. Jake Guentzel was the only Pens player with multiple points, going for a pair of assists. Teddy Blueger and Patric Hornqvist were the goal scorers.
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Arizona Coyotes 3, New York Rangers 2 (OT)
Darcy Kuemper stopped 17 of the 19 shots he faced in the overtime win against the Rangers, winning his fourth consecutive start. He has a stellar 1.68 GAA and .944 save percentage, and he can be trusted as a bona fide No. 1 fantasy netminder.
Tony DeAngelo was the scoring star for the Blueshirts, posting two goals for the first time since Feb. 17 of last season against the Penguins. Alexandar Georgiev allowed three goals on 35 shots in the OT loss.
Vancouver Canucks 5, Detroit Red Wings 2
Jacob Markstrom had plenty of offensive support in Hockeytown, although the Canucks offense decided to wait until the third period to score all of their goals.
Bo Horvat was the biggest contributor, posting his first-career NHL hat trick. J.T. Miller also had a multiple-point night, posting a pair of assists, as did Jordie Benn. In fact, those were Benn's first two points in nine games as a Canuck.
Dennis Cholowski was back in the lineup after missing time due to an undisclosed injury. He and Anthony Mantha, who notched his seventh, gave Jimmy Howard a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes. But, then the Canucks woke up.
Nashville Predators 6, Anaheim Ducks 1
Pekka Rinne allowed just one goal on 27 shots, improving to 5-0-1 with a 2.31 GAA and .921 save percentage through six outings, as he shows no signs of slowing down.
Calle Jarnkrok was originally credited with a goal, but Viktor Arvidsson was given credit for it, giving him two goals for the game. Mattias Ekholm, Rocco Grimaldi and Colton Sissons were the other goal scores, while Roman Josi had a goal, an assist and a plus-2 rating with a team-high four blocked shots.
Minnesota Wild 3, Edmonton Oilers 0
The Wild posted a shutout win, but it came at a cost. Jordan Greenway had two assists in 4:54 of ice time before checking out due to an undisclosed injury. On Eric Staal's goal, Josh Archibald leveled Greenway and he was unable to return.
Speaking of Staal, he snapped out of his scoring funk with two goals and an assist after entering with no goals and two helpers with a minus-9 in his first eight games.
Devan Dubnyk stopped nine shots before checking out after a collision. While head coach Bruce Boudreau didn't say exactly what happened, he did say it's unlikely Dubnyk will play Thursday in Nashville. Alex Stalock took over and posted 16 saves to preserve Dubnyk's win. He'll likely face the Preds.
Los Angeles Kings 3, Winnipeg Jets 2
Jonathan Quick was atrocious early on this season, but he has picked up the pace over his past two starts. He made 26 saves, improving to 2-3-0 with a 4.44 GAA and .847 save percentage. Fantasy owners will still want to give him a few games to show his consistency before trusting him again.
Anze Kopitar sent the fans home sad in Winnipeg with the game-winning tally, his first winner on the road since Feb. 17, 2018. He has goals in consecutive games, and four goals and 10 points with a plus-1 rating through nine.
Connor Hellebuyck stopped 38 of the 41 shots he faced, but the offense let him down. Only Nikolaj Ehlers was locked in, posting a goal and an assist with a plus-2 rating. That's four goals and 10 assists so far for Ehlers.
Vegas Golden Knights 2, Chicago Blackhawks 1 (SO)
Robin Lehner had it on lockdown all night, leading 1-0 until just under two minutes remaining in regulation. The Knights pulled Marc-Andre Fleury, and Nick Holden scored shortly thereafter to force overtime.
Kirby Dach, the team's first-round pick, notched his first goal on a deflection in front of his mom, and he had a sweet celly after. It wasn't all good for the Blackhawks, however, as Connor Murphy checked out due to a lower-body injury and he will be sidelined at least two weeks.
Washington Capitals 5, Calgary Flames 3
No one is able to shut down John Carlson these days, as he continues to sizzle. He had two more goals to give him five goals and 20 points with a plus-8 rating, leading the NHL in helpers and points during the early going with no signs of slowing down.
Alex Ovechkin also posted a goal and an assist in the victory, giving him markers in consecutive games while pushing his point streak to eight games.
Fantasy owners love Braden Holtby's resurgence after a slow start. He is now 4-1-2 with a 3.60 GAA and .884 save percentage in eight starts, including wins in the past three outings. The team has a back-to-back Friday and Saturday, so Holtby and Ilya Samsonov are likely to split the starts.