The Central Division looks crazy this season. Right now the Sharks have a 5-3-2 record to lead the Pacific Division. Edmonton is tied with them in terms of points (12), but has played in two more games. If you look at the Central Division though, there are five teams with at least 14 points.
Minnesota beat Colorado on Saturday to earn its fifth straight win and improve to 6-2-2, but that’s still only good enough for a Wild Card spot. However, it was an ideal day for the Wild because they not only beat a division rival they’re chasing, but the Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks lost as well.
With all the offensive star power in the Central Division, the Wild need goaltender Devan Dubnyk to give them an edge. Fortunately he’s done just that so far by posting a 1.96 GAA and .945 save percentage in eight starts. He’s allowed just five goals over his last four starts, which is a big factor in Minnesota’s current winning streak.
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NEW JERSEY 3 FLORIDA 2
Blake Coleman scored the game-winning goal. It was his third goal and point in eight games this season.
Kyle Palmieri found the back of the net and registered an assist for the Devils. He’s up to eight goals and 14 points in eight contests.
Keith Kinkaid kicked out 35 of 37 Panthers shots. He’s up to 5-2-1 with a 2.12 GAA and .925 save percentage in eight starts.
Mike Matheson scored a goal on Saturday. The Panthers defenseman had been held off the scoresheet in his previous six games.
James Reimer stopped 23 of 26 New Jersey shots. He has a 1-3-1 record, 3.41 GAA, and .878 save percentage in seven contests.
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NY ISLANDERS 6 PHILADELPHIA 1
Anders Lee led the charge with a goal and three assists. He’s up to three goals and nine points in nine games.
Brock Nelson scored a pair of goals. That gives him five goals and six points in nine contests.
Jori Lehtera netted the Flyers’ only goal. It was his first marker and second point in 11 games.
Michal Neuvirth surrendered six goals on 22 shots. He was making his season debut after recovering from a lower-body injury.
Robin Lehner saved 22 of 23 Flyers shots. He’s 3-2-1 with a 2.39 GAA and .929 save percentage in six starts.
EDMONTON 5 NASHVILLE 3
Mikko Koskinen kicked out 24 of 27 shots. It wasn’t exactly a perfect outing, but it was good enough for him to earn his first NHL victory since Feb. 11, 2011. He signed with Edmonton after posting a 1.57 GAA and .937 save percentage in 29 KHL contests last season.
Filip Forsberg was the one giving Koskinen trouble. Forsberg earned his sixth career hat trick, giving him 10 goals and 14 points in 11 games.
Leon Draisaitl scored a pair of goals that included the game-winner. He has six markers and 10 points in nine games.
Drake Caggiula also found the back of the net twice for Edmonton. Those were his first two points of 2018-19.
Juuse Saros stopped 30 of 34 Oilers shots. He dropped to 5-2-0 with a 2.73 GAA and .912 save percentage in seven games.
WASHINGTON 4 CALGARY 3 (SO)
This was Pheonix Copley’s first career win in five games. He stopped 27 of 30 shots in regulation time and surrendered just one goal in four shootout rounds.
At the other end of the ice, Mike Smith saved 24 of 27 shots prior to the shootout. He allowed two goals in four rounds during the skills competition.
Matthew Tkachuk scored a goal for the Flames. His marker came at 18:33 of the third period to tie the contest and force overtime, which ended up giving the Flames at least a mercy point out of this one.
T.J. Oshie netted a goal for the Capitals. He has six goals and 10 points in 10 games.
Matt Niskanen found the back of the net at 17:03 of the second period. The Capitals defenseman has two goals and five points in 10 contests.
MONTREAL 3 BOSTON 0
Carey Price earned a 33-save shutout. He struggled mightily in 2017-18, but has a 4-1-2 record, 2.13 GAA, and .922 save percentage in seven starts this season. That win also put him in second place on Montreal’s all-time wins list, ahead of Patrick Roy. He needs 24 more victories to catch up to the franchise leader, Jacques Plante.
David Pastrnak gave Price the most work with a team-high six shots. He has five goals on 47 shots this season for a 21.3% success rate.
Brendan Gallagher scored the first and therefore game-winning goal. It was his sixth goal and seventh point in 10 games.
Artturi Lehkonen registered a pair of assists. That gives him a goal and six points in nine games.
Tuukka Rask turned aside 20 of 22 Canadiens shots. He has a 3-3-0 record, 3.15 GAA, and .902 save percentage in six starts.
TORONTO 3 WINNIPEG 2
While the Maple Leafs entered the third period down 2-0 and battled back, the big story is the loss of Auston Matthews. He suffered a shoulder injury and won’t play on Monday. His status beyond that is not yet known.
Kasperi Kapanen scored the game-winning goal. It was his sixth marker and 10th point in 11 games.
Mitchell Marner assisted on two of the Leafs’ three goals. He has four goals and 15 points in 11 contests.
Frederik Andersen turned aside 22 of 24 Winnipeg shots. He improved to 6-3-0 with a 2.58 GAA and .916 save percentage in nine starts.
Mark Scheifele found the back of the net for the Jets. He has six goals and 12 points in 12 games.
Connor Hellebuyck kicked out 28 of 31 shots last night. He’s allowed at least three goals in each of his last three starts.
COLUMBUS 5 BUFFALO 4 (OT)
Jason Pominville scored a goal and registered an assist for Buffalo. That gives him five goals and nine points in 11 contests.
Artemi Panarin scored two goals, including the overtime winner, and registered an assist. He’s up to five goals and 15 points in 10 games.
Cam Atkinson also had two goals and an assist for Columbus. He has six goals and 11 points in 10 contests.
Joonas Korpisalo kicked out 34 of 38 Sabres shots. He’s allowed four goals in each of his last three starts, but they’ve all been wins.
At the other end of the ice, Linus Ullmark surrendered five goals on 37 shots. He’s 2-0-1 with a 2.00 GAA and .935 save percentage in three starts.
ST. LOUIS 7 CHICAGO 3
Patrick Kane scored two goals and registered an assist. He now leads the league with 11 goals and ranks third with 17 points in 11 games.
Corey Crawford turned aside 30 of 36 Blues shots. He has a 3-2-0 record, 2.44 GAA, and .919 save percentage in five starts.
Ryan O'Reilly scored a goal and registered two assists for the Blues. He has three goals and 14 points in 10 contests.
Vladimir Tarasenko netted a pair of goals for St. Louis. That gives him five goals and nine points in 10 games.
Alex Pietrangelo found the back of the net and recorded two assists. The Blues defenseman has a goal and four points in 10 games.
Jake Allen started the game and stopped 16 of 19 shots, but he left late the in second period after a collision with teammate Zach Sanford. There wasn’t an update on his status after the game. In his absence, Chad Johnson saved the five shots he faced.
MINNESOTA 3 COLORADO 2
Gabriel Landeskog found the back of the net for the Avalanche. It was his 10th goal and 16th point in 12 games.
Eric Staal scored a goal and registered an assist. He has three goals and seven points in 10 games.
Mikael Granlund also had a goal and an assist for St. Louis. That gives him five goals and nine points in 10 contests.
Devan Dubnyk saved 30 of 32 shots last night. He has a 5-1-2 record, 1.96 GAA, and .945 save percentage in eight starts.
Semyon Varlamov kicked out 25 of 27 Wild shots. He has surrendered two or fewer goals in each of his last four games, but has a 1-2-1 record over that span.
ARIZONA 7 TAMPA BAY 1
Louis Domingue surrendered seven goals on 30 shots. This was just his third start of the season, but he won his previous two outings.
Michael Grabner scored a pair of goals for Arizona. He was the only Coyotes player to get multiple goals in the blowout victory.
Vinnie Hinostroza found the back of the net and registered an assist. He’s up to three goals and six points in 10 games.
Antti Raanta stopped 30 of 31 Lightning shots. He improved to 3-4-0 with a 2.13 GAA and .921 save percentage in seven starts.
Adam Erne scored Tampa Bay’s only goal. It was his first goal and second point in five games.
PITTSBURGH 5 VANCOUVER 0
Casey DeSmith earned a 29-save shutout. It was his first perfect game of the season and the second of his career.
Elias Pettersson made his return from a concussion. He was red hot before the injury with five goals and eight points in five contests. He didn’t record a SOG for Vancouver in his return though.
Evgeni Malkin scored two goals and registered an assist. That gives him five goals and 18 points in nine games.
Sidney Crosby scored twice for the Penguins. He’s up to five goals and 12 points in nine games.
Jacob Markstrom allowed five goals on 35 shots. He had surrendered just three goals over his previous two starts.