Roberto Bortuzzo was suspended for four games for his cross-check on Viktor Arvidsson Saturday. The St. Louis defenseman will not be eligible to return until December 2 when the Blues are in Chicago. Arvidsson on the other hand, will be out of action for four-six weeks with a lower-body injury.
Kris Letang will be a game-time decision for the Penguins on Monday as they host Calgary. The blueliner has been out of action for eight games but practiced for the first time Sunday with his teammates. On the other side, Calgary’s T.J. Brodie, who collapsed during practice 10 days ago, also practiced for the first time on Sunday and could be back in the Flames lineup Monday.
There were three games in the NHL on a light Sunday night, so let’s get to it.
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BUFFALO 5 FLORIDA 2
Zemgus Girgensons scored twice to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-2 road win over the Florida Panthers.
Girgensons entered the game with only one goal in 22 contests but he tripled his output Sunday.
Linus Ullmark was great in the Sabres net as he allowed only two goals while turning aside 43 shots. He is 5-5-1 with a 2.91 GAA and a .915 save percentage.
It was not the best of nights for Sam Montembeault who managed to stop only 21 shots while allowing all five goals as the Panthers lost both weekend games in regulation time, the first time this season they have lost two in a row without garnering a point.
Rasmus Dahlin had two assists.
Barkov and Evgenii Dadonov were each a minus-three.
Evan Rodrigues suffered an undisclosed injury on his opening shift of the game and did not return. He will not be in Monday’s lineup according to coach Ralph Krueger.
CAROLINA 2 DETROIT 0
James Reimer stopped all 19 Detroit shots to pick up his first shutout of the season as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Red Wings 2-0.
Reimer made his eighth start of the season and saw his record even up at 4-4-0 with a 2.71 GAA and a .910 save percentage. Reimer struggled last season in Florida as he was 13-12-5 with a 3.09 GAA and a .900 save percentage.
Andrei Svechnikov picked up an assist and increased his points streak to eight games. He has 27 points this season to lead the Hurricanes and is a point clear of Teravainen and two points ahead of defenseman Dougie Hamilton.
Jimmy Howard kept the Red Wings in the game as he stopped 34-of-35 shots. The veteran Howard is 2-10-1for the lowly Red Wings who possess the worst record in the NHL. Howard has a 3.74 GAA and a .890 save percentage after Sunday’s loss.
Filip Zadina, the sixth overall pick in the 2018 Draft was recalled by Detroit earlier in the day to take the place of the injured Anthony Mantha. Zadina was a minus-one with a shot on goal in 15:04 of action.
EDMONTON 4 ARIZONA 3 (SHOOTOUT)
Connor McDavid scored the only goal of the shootout and extended his points streak to 11 games with a power play assist in the first period as the Oilers waltzed into Arizona and came away with a 4-3 shootout win.
The Oilers needed a third period goal from Markus Granlund to force extra time as the Coyotes took a 3-2 lead into the third period.
Mikko Koskinen stopped 27 shots as well as not allowing a goal in the shootout on three attempts, for the win. He is a sensational 9-1-2 with a 2.45 GAA and a .920 save percentage which makes him one of the best goalies in fantasy this season.
Darcy Kuemper, who has been the top fantasy goalkeeper, gave up three goals on 37 shots and saw his record drop to 9-6-1 but with amazing peripherals of a 1.98 GAA and a .934 save percentage.
Leon Draisaitl assisted on Neal’s 10th power play goal of the season. He leads the NHL scoring race with 48 points, one better than McDavid.
Oskar Klefbom and Goligoski each had four blocked shots.
Alex Goligoski – 3
Jack Eichel - 2
Rasmus Dahlin – 2
Shots on Goal
Mike Hoffman – 6
Teuvo Teravainen - 6
Luke Glendening – 6
Alex Biega - 4
Jake McCabe - 4