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Max Pacioretty is Golden on Sunday Night

Updated On: December 16, 2019, 12:41 am ET

The Buffalo Sabres have sent center Casey Mittelstadt to the AHL. The sophomore was selected eighth overall in the 2017 Draft and has spent the last year-and-a-half with the Sabres.

The writing was on the wall for Mittelstadt who was a healthy scratch in his last two games after picking up a goal and an assist in the Sabres previous 21 contests.

The youngster needs to go down to Rochester, play a lot, get his confidence back and return to the Sabres a more confident player. Do not drop him in dynasty leagues as he still has plenty of upside in the years to come.

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WINNIPEG 7 PHILADELPHIA 3

Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and two assists as seven different Jets scored one apiece in Winnipeg’s 7-3 win over Philadelphia.

Kyle Connor had a goal and an assist while Nikolaj Ehlers, Patrik Laine, Logan Shaw with his first and Luca Sbisa finished the goal scoring for the Jets.

It was not a great afternoon for Flyers netminder Brian Elliott as he gave up six goals on 17 shots before he was pulled after two periods. Carter Hart finished up and gave up one goal on seven shots. Elliott is 7-4-2 and saw his GAA skyrocket to 2.96 while his save percentage dropped to .904.

The Flyers are in woes of a slump, having dropped three in a row and four of their last five.

James van Riemsdyk scored once and added an assist for the Flyers while defensemen Matt Niskanen and Shayne Gostisbehere also scored.

Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves in picking up the win. He is 17-8-2 with a 2.37 GAA and a .929 save percentage, making him a top-five fantasy goaltender this season.

Neal Pionk had three assists for the Jets.

Kevin Hayes had a pair of helpers as well as a game-high six shots on goal in his return to Winnipeg where he played the last couple of months last season before an off-season deal to the Flyers.

Joel Farabee picked up a five-minute major for interference on Mathieu Perreault as well as a game misconduct. The Jets scored twice on the power play and ended up three-for-five with the man-advantage. Farabee will face the NHL’s disciplinary committee on Monday while Perreault did not return to action.

LOS ANGELES 4 DETROIT 2

Jack Campbell made 22 saves to lead the Kings to a win over Detroit.

The loss snapped the Red Wings two-game winning streak.

Anze Kopitar scored twice and Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Carter also found the back of the net. Toffoli is on a four-game points streak with three goals and seven points.

Eric Comrie was in goal for Detroit, making his second start of the season, and gave up four goals on 28 shots.

Madison Bowey had a goal and an assist with Filip Zadina scoring his second of the season as well.

Alex Iafallo had a pair of assists for Los Angeles.

Jonathan Ericsson was a minus-three and Andreas Athanasiou continued his quest to become the all-time minus player in the NHL as he was a minus-two. He is a minus-35 in 31 games, the worst in the NHL. The record is held by Bill Mikkelson who was a minus-82 in the 1974-75 season for the Washington Capitals. He managed to do it in only 59 games as the Capitals were 8-67-5. The Red Wings, with their two-game winning streak, are at nine wins.

CHICAGO 5 MINNESOTA 3

Patrick Kane had the hat trick to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-3 win over Minnesota.

The three-goal effort gives Kane 18 goals this season in 34 games. He has 40 points which places him ninth in the NHL scoring race.

Brandon Saad with his 11th and David Kampf with his fifth, also scored for Chicago who outshot Minnesota 27-26.

Robin Lehner made 23 saves and raised his record to 7-6-4 with a 2.87 GAA and a .924 save percentage.

Kevin Fiala scored twice and Eric Staal added one for the Wild. Ryan Suter assisted on all three Minnesota goals. It was Staal’s 1,000th career NHL point.

 Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 22-of-26 shots in taking the loss. The Finnish netminder suffered his first regulation loss in the NHL as he is 3-1-1 with a 2.96 GAA and a .913 save percentage.

The Wild were 10-1-4 in their previous 15 games heading into Chicago.

Jonathan Toews had three assists for Chicago.

Kane had seven shots on goal to lead both teams.

Olli Maatta had four blocked shots as well as four shots on net.

Matt Dumba was a minus-three.          

VEGAS 6 VANCOUVER 3

Max Pacioretty had two goals and two assists Sunday in the Golden Knights 6-3 win over Vancouver.

Pacioretty is back. After a couple of off-seasons, one in Montreal and last year in Vegas, Pacioretty has 15 goals and 34 points in 36 games as he is headed for a career year. Pacioretty has had a pair of 67 points seasons and has hit the 30-plus goal mark, five times in his NHL career. The winger is on pace for 34 goals and 77 points this season.

The win vaulted the Golden Knights over Edmonton and Calgary, into second place in the Pacific Division, one point behind Arizona.

Nick Holden with his third, Valentin Zykov with his first, Jonathan Marchessault and Mark Stone completed the scoring for Vegas.

Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 26-of-29 shots for the win. It was his 13th win of the season and second in three games since returning to the lineup after missing seven contests to deal with the passing of his father.

Brock Boeser led the Canucks with a goal and an assist while Elias Pettersson and Jake Virtanen also scored for Vancouver.

Jacob Markstrom started and gave up five goals on 39 shots before he was pulled after giving up the Golden Knights fifth goal with 9:11 left in the third. Michael DiPietro finished up, giving up one goal on seven shots.

Shea Theodore had three assists for Vegas.

Alex Tuch had six shots on goal.

It was a big night in the hits department for Tyler Motte as he had 11. Ryan Reaves had six.

NIGHTLY LEADERS

Goals

Patrick Kane – 3

Anze Kopitar – 2

Kevin Fiala – 2

Max Pacioretty - 2

Assists

Neal Pionk – 3

Ryan Suter – 3

Shea Theodore - 3

Jonathan Toews - 3

Kevin Hayes – 2

Blake Wheeler – 2

Mark Scheifele – 2

Alex Iafallo – 2

Max Pacioretty - 2

Connor Murphy - 2

Shots on Goal

Patrick Kane – 7

Kevin Hayes – 6

Jeff Carter – 6

Alex Tuch - 6

Hits

Tyler Motte – 11

Luke Glendening – 6

Ryan Reaves - 6

Penalty Minutes

Joel Farabee - 15

Jordan Greenway - 4


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