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  • NHL roundup: Panthers top Coyotes, improve to 6-0-0
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 26, 2021

    The Florida Panthers, who lead the NHL with 12 points, ran their season-opening winning streak to six games by defeating the Arizona Coyotes 5-3 on Monday night in Sunrise, Fla.

    • Florida got goals from Joe Thornton, Frank Vatrano, Aaron Ekblad, Jonathan Huberdeau and Anthony Duclair. Sam Bennett and Brandon Montour added two assists each, and Huberdeau also had a two-point night.

      Panthers 20-year-old rookie goalie Spencer Knight made 18 saves and improved to 6-0-0 since making his NHL debut late last season.

      Arizona, winless in six games (0-5-1), lost starting goalie Carter Hutton due to a lower-body injury. He made 10 saves on 11 shots but left after the first period. The Coyotes got goals from Clayton Keller, Liam O'Brien and Phil Kessel. Karel Vejmelka, who replaced Hutton for the final two periods, made 26 saves.

      Sabres 5, Lightning 1

      Victor Olofsson scored twice, Craig Anderson made 35 saves and host Buffalo beat Tampa Bay for the first time in almost three years.

      Olofsson, who has a team-leading four goals, notched the first tally and finished the scoring with an empty-netter late in the third period. Robert Hagg posted a goal and an assist, Vinnie Hinostroza and Drake Caggiula scored and Tage Thompson added two assists.

      Alex Killorn tallied for the Lightning, who still have not scored in the first period or led at any point of regulation in their six games. Backup goalie Brian Elliott made his first start for the Lightning and stopped 20 of 23 shots.

      Hurricanes 4, Maple Leafs 1

      Sebastian Aho, Steven Lorentz and Nino Niederreiter scored second-period goals as Carolina defeated Toronto Maple in Raleigh, N.C., running its franchise-best start to 5-0-0.

      Hurricanes goalie Frederik Andersen, playing against his former team, made 24 saves. Andersen has been the winning goaltender in every Carolina game this season. Andrei Svechnikov added an empty-net goal to go with an assist on the team's first goal. Jaccob Slavin had two assists.

      Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs. Toronto goalie Jack Campbell stopped 31 shots, including all 15 that he faced in the first period.

      Capitals 7, Senators 5

      T.J. Oshie had a hat trick and Alex Ovechkin scored twice to lead visiting Washington to a wild win over Ottawa.

      Nick Jensen and John Carlson also scored goals and 20-year-old center Connor McMichael garnered the first two assists of his career for the Capitals.

      Drake Batherson had a hat trick and an assist, Josh Norris added a goal and an assist and Chris Tierney also scored a goal for Ottawa, which lost its third straight game.

      Blues 3, Kings 0

      Ville Husso made 34 saves for his second career shutout as St. Louis blanked visiting Los Angeles.

      Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and David Perron added an empty-net goal for the Blues, who have started 5-0-0 for the first time in franchise history.

      Jonathan Quick stopped 32 of 34 shots for the Kings, who are winless (0-4-1) in their past five games. The Kings, who were already missing cornerstone defenseman Drew Doughty (lower-body injury), lost defenseman Sean Walker to a right leg injury during the first period.

      Blue Jackets 4, Stars 1

      Gregory Hofmann, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Zach Werenski each had a goal and an assist and Elvis Merzlikins made 31 saves as Columbus beat visiting Dallas.

      Alexandre Texier also scored for the Jackets, collecting an empty-net goal late in the third period.

      Tyler Seguin scored for Dallas, which outshot Columbus by a 32-26 margin but delivered another inconsistent offensive performance. Stars goaltender Braden Holtby stopped 22 of 25 shots.

      Flames 5, Rangers 1

      Andrew Mangiapane tallied twice while Blake Coleman and Mikael Backlund both collected one goal and one assist to lead visiting Calgary past New York.

      Chris Tanev also scored in the win, and Jacob Markstrom made 28 saves for the Flames, who have won three consecutive games to kick off a five-game road trip.

      Dryden Hunt replied for the Rangers, whose four-game winning streak was snapped. Goalie Igor Shesterkin stopped 32 shots.

      --Field Level Media

  • Coyotes G Carter Hutton exits with lower-body injury
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 25, 2021

    Arizona Coyotes goaltender Carter Hutton left Monday's game against the Florida Panthers because of a lower-body injury.

    • The Coyotes confirmed Hutton would not return. He played 20 minutes, stopping 10 of 11 shots, and Karel Vejmelka replaced him in net.

      The 35-year-old Hutton entered the game with an 0-2-0 record and 8.75 goals-against average in two games this season. He is in his first season with the Coyotes after making stops in Chicago (2012-13), Nashville (2013-16), St. Louis (2016-18) and Buffalo (2018-21).

      The game was tied at 1-1 when Hutton exited.

      --Field Level Media

  • Penguins coach: Sidney Crosby 'whole lot closer' to returning
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 25, 2021

    Pittsburgh Penguins superstar captain Sidney Crosby appears to be making strides toward returning to the lineup.

    • Crosby participated in a second consecutive practice on Monday. He is working his way back from left wrist surgery on Sept. 8.

      "The fact that Sid is starting to participate consistently in team practices is real encouraging, and that suggests he's a whole lot closer," Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said, per Pens Inside Scoop.

      Crosby, 34, skated on a line with Jason Zucker and Danton Heinen during Monday's practice.

      "Obviously, we want to get Sid in the lineup as quickly as we possibly can," Sullivan said. "He's that much of a difference-maker for us. But we also want to make sure that we do it in a safe manner. That's an important aspect of it as well. We'll rely and trust on our medical team."

      A three-time Stanley Cup champion and two-time Hart Trophy recipient, Crosby has recorded 1,325 points (486 goals, 839 assists) in 1,039 games since being selected by the Penguins with the top overall pick of the 2005 NHL Draft.

      The Penguins (3-0-2) return to action Tuesday against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning.

      --Field Level Media

  • Senators acquire F Dylan Gambrell from Sharks
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 25, 2021

    The Ottawa Senators acquired forward Dylan Gambrell from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

    • That seventh-round pick initially belonged to the Sharks, but was sent to the Senators in a trade for defenseman Christian Jaros on Jan. 27.

      Gambrell, who was acquired by Ottawa late Sunday, is expected to help a Senators team dealing with injuries to centers Colin White (dislocated shoulder), Shane Pinto (upper body) and Clark Bishop (lower body).

      "Dylan's a player whose progress we've monitored since his collegiate career at the University of Denver," Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said. "He's a good-skating center, a strong checker and a responsible penalty killer. We have a void at center on account of some recent injuries and Dylan will help us with that need."

      Gambrell has recorded 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) in 110 career games with the Sharks. He was selected by San Jose in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Islanders' Ilya Sorokin posts second straight shutout
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 25, 2021

    Josh Bailey scored once and added an assist, while goaltender Ilya Sorokin collected his second consecutive shutout as visiting New York claimed a victory over slumping Vegas.

    • Mathew Barzal also scored for the Islanders, who have won two straight. Sorokin made 42 saves to earn his fifth career shutout. He is the first goalie in franchise history to record shutouts on back-to-back nights, with both coming on the road.

      Goalie Robin Lehner stopped 24 shots for the Golden Knights, who have lost four straight -- all in regulation -- after a season-opening victory.

      Bailey's points, which give him 515 for his career, moves him past Bobby Nystrom into 10th place on the Islanders' all-time list.

      Bruins 4, Sharks 3

      Brad Marchand scored 28 seconds into the game and later added his 399th career assist as Boston started strong, then held on to hand visiting San Jose its first defeat of the season.

      David Pastrnak and Derek Forbort each also had a goal with an assist, while Jake DeBrusk scored and Patrice Bergeron recorded two assists as the Bruins won for the third time in four games on the young season. Linus Ullmark made 23 saves for his second victory in as many starts as the Bruins extended their winning streak against the Sharks to eight games.

      San Jose's Tomas Hertl scored to make it 4-2 with 6:41 left in regulation. Teammate Timo Meier's tally less than two minutes later cut the Bruins' edge to one. San Jose, which also got a goal from rookie Jasper Weatherby, would get no closer. The Sharks were trying to start 5-0-0 for the first time since 2013.

      Predators 5, Wild 2

      Roman Josi had a goal and three assists, Ryan Johansen tallied twice and goaltender Connor Ingram won his NHL debut as Nashville defeated Minnesota in Saint Paul, Minn.

      Filip Forsberg added a goal and an assist, Tanner Jeannot also scored and Matt Duchene had three assists for the Predators. Ingram, a 24-year-old who split last season between the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves and Sweden, made 33 saves.

      Nick Bjugstad and Nico Sturm scored for the Wild, who saw their season-opening four-game winning streak come to an end. Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen, making his first start of the season, stopped 24 of 29 shots.

      Red Wings 6, Blackhawks 3

      Lucas Raymond had a hat trick in his sixth NHL game and visiting Detroit topped winless Chicago.

      Tyler Bertuzzi had a goal and two assists and Dylan Larkin supplied three assists. Carter Rowney, signed as a free agent during the offseason after playing three seasons with Anaheim, scored his first Red Wings goal. Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for Detroit, while Alex Nedeljkovic made 32 saves.

      Tyler Johnson, Dominik Kubalik and Henrik Borgstrom scored for Chicago and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots.

      --Field Level Media

  • Senators G Matt Murray (head/neck) going on IR
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, October 24, 2021

    The Ottawa Senators are placing goalie Matt Murray on injured reserve after he suffered head and neck injuries in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the visiting New York Rangers.

    • In addition to revealing Murray's status, Senators coach DJ Smith added that rookie center Shane Pinto is expected to miss one to two weeks with an upper-body injury he suffered in Thursday's 2-1 home loss to the San Jose Sharks.

      Pinto, 20, who has one assist in four games this season, missed Saturday's loss to the Rangers.

      Murray, 27, was inadvertently kneed in the head by the Rangers' Chris Kreider. He is expected to miss the Senators' next two games -- at home against the Washington Capitals on Monday and at the Dallas Stars on Friday.

      In two games this season, Murray is 0-1-0 with a 1.61 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage. The Senators recalled Filip Gustavsson from AHL Belleville to serve as their No. 2 goalie behind Anton Forsberg while Murray is out.

      --Field Level Media

  • Flyers' Nicolas Aube-Kubel fined by NHL for kneeing
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, October 24, 2021

    Philadelphia Flyers forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel has been fined $2,687.50 for kneeing Florida Panthers forward Mason Marchment during Saturday's game.

    • The fine, which was announced Sunday morning, is the maximum amount allowable under the league's collective bargaining agreement.

      Aube-Kubel was assessed a minor penalty for tripping Marchment at 3:52 of the third period. The Panthers (5-0-0) remained undefeated on the season following their 4-2 victory over the Flyers.

      Aube-Kubel, 25, has yet to record a point in four games this season. He has 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) in 99 career games since being selected by Philadelphia in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Blues blast Kings behind David Perron’s hat trick
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, October 24, 2021

    David Perron scored his sixth career hat trick and added an assist as the St. Louis Blues won their home opener 7-3 over the Los Angeles Kings.

    • Ivan Barbashev, Jake Neighbours, Ryan O'Reilly and James Neal also scored for the Blues, who have started the season 4-0 while outscoring their opponents 22-11. St. Louis has scored five or more goals in three of their four victories.

      Torey Krug earned three assists, and Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko had two helpers each for the Blues. Goaltender Jordan Binnington made 32 saves. It marked the Blues' first 4-0 start since 2017-18.

      Alex Iafallo, Dustin Brown and Carl Grundstrom scored for the Kings, who are winless in their last four games (0-3-1). Calvin Petersen made 33 saves in defeat.

      Wild 4, Ducks 3 (OT)

      Ryan Hartman scored with 13 seconds left in overtime to lift Minnesota over visiting Anaheim.

      Brandon Duhaime scored his first NHL goal, Jared Spurgeon and Jon Merrill also scored, and Cam Talbot made 21 saves for the Wild, who are 4-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

      Rickard Rakell scored two goals, Troy Terry also scored, Hampus Lindholm and Ryan Getzlaf had two assists each, and John Gibson made 32 saves for the Ducks, who went 1-2-1 on their four-game trip.

      Hurricanes 5, Blue Jackets 1

      Vincent Trocheck scored his first two goals as Carolina remained unblemished, winning its fourth game of the season at the expense of host Columbus.

      Trocheck also had an assist, while Jordan Staal provided a goal and an assist, Jesper Fast and Sebastian Aho also scored, and Andrei Svechnikov supplied two assists. Frederik Andersen ended up with 27 saves.

      Boone Jenner scored for the Blue Jackets, who've struggled on the offensive end since posting eight goals in the season opener. They have a total of five goals in regulation across their past five games. Goalie Joonas Korpisalo made 28 saves for Columbus.

      Jets 6, Predators 4

      Paul Stastny had two goals, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Kyle Connor each added one with an assist and host Winnipeg defeated Nashville.

      Playing again without top-line forward Mark Scheifele and fellow star Blake Wheeler due to COVID-19 protocols, Winnipeg won its second in a row after starting 0-2-1. Adam Lowry also scored, Kristian Vesalainen recorded his first NHL goal, and Nate Schmidt posted three assists for the Jets.

      Nick Cousins had a goal with two assists, Thomas Novak recorded three assists while Colton Sissons, Roman Josi and Philip Tomasino also scored for the Predators, who have dropped four of five.

      Rangers 3, Senators 2

      Barclay Goodrow scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:03 remaining in the third period and New York pulled off an unlikely comeback to end an unbeaten road trip with a victory over host Ottawa.

      The Rangers won their fourth straight to cap a four-game trip that featured close wins in Montreal, Toronto and Nashville. They also improved to 4-0-1 in their past five games since a season-opening 5-1 loss in Washington on Oct. 12.

      Goodrow scored his second goal as a Ranger when he went to the net and deflected a seemingly harmless wrist shot from in front of the blue line by Sammy Blais. The go-ahead goal occurred shortly after the Rangers forced Ottawa into a turnover near the boards deep in the defensive zone.

      Panthers 4, Flyers 2

      Jonathan Huberdeau scored two goals and added one assist to lift streaking Florida past host Philadelphia.

      Owen Tippett and Sam Reinhart contributed one goal each for the Panthers, who have won all five games to open the season for the first time in franchise history.

      The Panthers were awarded seven power plays, scoring once. Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves.

      Flames 4, Capitals 3 (OT)

      Elias Lindholm completed his second career hat trick with the winning goal in overtime to lift Calgary over host Washington.

      Andrew Mangiapane also scored for the Flames, who blew a 3-0 lead. In his first action of the season, Dan Vladar made 22 saves for Calgary, and Johnny Gaudreau finished with two assists, including on the game-winner, for his 500th career NHL point.

      Evgeny Kuznetsov, Martin Fehervary and Alex Ovechkin each scored in the second period for the Capitals. Ilya Samsonov, who took the net after the first period, stopped 14 shots. Starting netminder Vitek Vanecek was pulled after surrendering three goals on 14 shots.

      Avalanche 4, Lightning 3 (SO)

      Cale Makar scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of the shootout as Colorado broke a three-game losing skid by defeating host Tampa Bay.

      After Victor Hedman and Steven Stamkos netted goals for the Lightning, and Colorado's Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog answered, Avalanche goalie Darcy Kuemper stuffed Anthony Cirelli in the top of the sixth frame.

      Makar skated in, threatened to go backhand and quickly fired the winning shot past Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy for the win.

      Devils 2, Sabres 1 (OT)

      Nico Daws made 24 saves in his NHL debut to help New Jersey to an overtime win against visiting Buffalo in Newark, N.J.

      Pavel Zacha scored the game-winning goal at 3:09 of overtime after Nico Hischier had tallied early in the third period to tie the game for the Devils.

      Dylan Cozens scored and Dustin Tokarski made 37 saves for the Sabres, who have lost two in a row after winning their first three games of the season.

      Penguins 7, Maple Leafs 1

      Rookie Drew O'Connor scored twice and Marcus Pettersson added a goal and two assists as Pittsburgh, despite a heavily diluted lineup, drubbed visiting Toronto.

      Pittsburgh's Mike Matheson and Evan Rodrigues each added a goal and an assist. Jason Zucker and Brian Boyle also scored while Danton Heinen and Kasperi Kapanen had two assists each for the Penguins, who played without five of their top six skaters. Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry made 28 saves.

      Jason Spezza scored for the Maple Leafs. Toronto goaltender Jack Campbell gave up five goals on 21 shots through two periods before being replaced by Michael Hutchinson, who allowed two goals on 12 shots.

      Canucks 4, Kraken 2

      Conor Garland scored the tiebreaking goal at 15:58 of the third period, part of a late three-goal flurry, as Vancouver spoiled Seattle's inaugural home opener.

      Bo Horvat scored twice for the Canucks, including tying it at 12:52 of the third. Justin Dowling added an empty-netter with one minute remaining. Goaltender Thatcher Demko made 29 saves.

      Defensemen Vince Dunn and Mark Giordano scored for the Kraken. Goalie Philipp Grubauer stopped 22 of 25 shots.

      Canadiens 6, Red Wings 1

      Mathieu Perreault had a hat trick and host Montreal collected its first victory of the season by defeating Detroit.

      Perreault signed with Montreal during the offseason after scoring nine goals in 56 games for Winnipeg last season.

      Ben Chiarot, Mike Hoffman and Christian Dvorak also scored for the Canadiens, who had just four goals in their first five games. Jake Allen made 26 saves. Dylan Larkin scored for the Red Wings, who have lost two straight after going 2-0-1 in their first three games.

      Islanders 3, Coyotes 0

      Ilya Sorokin stopped all 26 shots he faced for his first shutout this season as visiting New York beat Arizona.

      Cal Clutterbuck scored in the first, Brock Nelson tallied in the waning seconds of the middle period, and Anthony Beauvillier collected a goal in the third for the Islanders, who are 2-2-1 through five games of a franchise-record 13-game road trip to start the season.

      Rookie Karel Vejmelka made 21 saves for the Coyotes, who fell to 0-4-1 -- the first time they've been winless through five games since going 0-4-1 on their way to an 0-10-1 start in 2017-18.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blackhawks place Patrick Kane, 2 others in COVID protocol
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, October 23, 2021

    The Chicago Blackhawks placed star Patrick Kane, fellow forward Ryan Carpenter and defenseman Erik Gustafsson in the NHL's COVID protocol on Saturday morning.

    • The Blackhawks announced all three players will miss practice on Saturday. The team did not divulge if they would play in Sunday's game against the visiting Detroit Red Wings.

      Kane, 32, has recorded a team-leading five points (one goal, four assists) in five games this season. The former Hart Trophy recipient has 1,093 points (405 goals, 688 assists) in 1,034 career games since being selected by Chicago with the top overall pick of the 2007 NHL Draft.

      Carpenter, 30, has yet to notch a point in two games this season.

      Gustafsson, 29, has one point -- an assist -- in four games in 2021-22.

      The Blackhawks recalled forward Reese Johnson from Rockford of the American Hockey League on Saturday.

      Johnson, 23, collected a goal and an assist in three games for the IceHogs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Senators' Shane Pinto (upper body) out at least five games
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, October 23, 2021

    Ottawa Senators forward Shane Pinto is expected to be sidelined at least five games with an upper-body injury, coach D.J. Smith announced Saturday.

    • Pinto exited Ottawa's 2-1 loss on Thursday to the San Jose Sharks in the first period following a hit from defenseman Brent Burns. Pinto returned in the second period before exiting after one shift.

      "We don't know officially but we're probably thinking for sure tonight (against the visiting New York Rangers), Monday (versus visiting Washington Capitals) and the (three-game) road trip," Smith said Saturday.

      Pinto, 20, has recorded one assist for his lone point in four games this season. He has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 16 career games with the Senators.

      Parker Kelly, 22, will draw into the lineup in place of Pinto against the Rangers.

      --Field Level Media

  • Penguins D Kris Letang (COVID protocol) out vs. Leafs
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, October 23, 2021

    Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang entered the NHL's COVID protocol and has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.

    • "He is not a confirmed positive. He has had a positive test," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said of the two-time Stanley Cup winner. "He is in the process of confirmatory tests, and that's part of the protocol."

      Letang, 34, has recorded four assists for his lone points in four games this season.

      He has 586 points (134 goals, 452 assists) in 867 career games since being selected by the Penguins in the third round of the 2005 NHL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Oilers outcore Knights, improve to 5-0-0
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, October 23, 2021

    Leon Draisaitl scored twice in a three-point game and Zack Kassian netted a third-period game-winner to give the Edmonton Oilers a 5-3 victory over the slumping Vegas Golden Knights on Friday in Las Vegas.

    • Zach Hyman scored twice and goaltender Mikko Koskinen made 36 saves for the Oilers, who have won their first five games of the season.

      Edmonton captain Connor McDavid collected a pair of assists to become just the 12th player in NHL history to start the season with five multi-point games.

      Nicolas Roy, Nolan Patrick and Nicolas Hague replied for the Golden Knights, who have lost three straight games and sit at the bottom of the Pacific Division. Goalie Robin Lehner stopped 28 shots.

      Bruins 4, Sabres 1

      Charlie Coyle recorded a goal with two assists and Linus Ullmark stopped 35 shots against his former team as visiting Boston topped previously undefeated Buffalo.

      Another ex-Sabre, Taylor Hall, added an empty-netter and an assist, while Tomas Nosek and David Pastrnak also scored and Brad Marchand had two assists for Boston. The Bruins have won three straight against the Sabres and 13 of the past 14 in the series.

      Victor Olofsson scored with 5:25 left in regulation, and Craig Anderson made 22 saves for the Sabres.

      Sharks 5, Maple Leafs 3

      Logan Couture had two goals and an assist, Timo Meier added a goal and an assist and the San Jose won its third straight road game, defeating Toronto.

      Erik Karlsson and Jonathan Dahlen also scored for the Sharks, who have won their first four games of the season. Adin Hill stopped 30 shots for San Jose.

      Jason Spezza, Ondrej Kase and John Tavares scored for the Maple Leafs, who have lost two in a row. Michael Hutchinson made 26 saves for Toronto.

      Stars 3, Kings 2 (SO)

      Dallas took advantage of a short-handed Los Angeles Kings, getting an overtime goal from Denis Gurianov to win its home opener.

      Miro Heiskanen scored the game-tying goal in the third period, while the Stars also got a first-period goal from Tyler Seguin. Braden Holtby stopped 43 shots for the win.

      The Kings, who lost star defenseman Drew Doughty to injury in the second period, got goals from Anze Kopitar and Gabriel Vilardi. Jonathan Quick made 20 saves.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ducks F Max Jones (torn pec) out 4-6 months
    By Field Level Media / Friday, October 22, 2021

    Anaheim Ducks forward Max Jones will miss four to six months with a torn pectoral muscle.

    • Jones, 23, was injured in the third period of Monday's 3-2 road win against the Calgary Flames.

      He was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday and the team said he will have surgery next week.

      "It's a tough blow for Max as he made strides last season and was heading in the right direction this year as well," Ducks general manager Bob Murray said in a statement on Friday. "We hope to have him back this year and at full strength."

      Anaheim's first-round pick in 2016, Jones did not record a point in two games this season. He has 17 goals and 11 assists in 137 games since making his NHL debut on Jan. 17, 2019.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Patrik Laine nets another OT winner for Jackets
    By Field Level Media / Friday, October 22, 2021

    Patrik Laine scored 1:49 into overtime Thursday night as the host Columbus Blue Jackets beat the New York Islanders 3-2.

    • With Islanders captain Anders Lee trying to poke the puck free from behind, Laine fell as he fired a shot under the arm of Ilya Sorokin and into the far corner of the net. It was the second overtime goal of the season for Laine, who also scored the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Kraken on Saturday.

      Boone Jenner and Cole Sillinger scored 33 seconds apart late in the second for the Blue Jackets, who are 3-1-0 for the first time since the 2018-19 season. Goalie Elvis Merzlikins made 34 saves.

      Scott Mayfield scored in the first and Mathew Barzal collected the tying goal early in the third for the Islanders, who have opened the season by losing three of four (1-2-1). Sorokin recorded 29 saves.

      Oilers 5, Coyotes 1

      Connor McDavid scored twice in a three-point game and Zach Hyman also scored twice to lead visiting Edmonton past Arizona.

      Warren Foegele also scored for the Oilers, who received a 27-save performance from goaltender Mikko Koskinen to earn their fourth victory in as many games this season. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins collected three assists.

      Dysin Mayo scored in his NHL debut for the Coyotes, while goalie Karel Vejmelka stopped 26 shots. Arizona has lost all four of its games this season.

      Canucks 4, Blackhawks 1

      Brock Boeser scored his first goal of the season as visiting Vancouver defeated winless Chicago.

      Jason Dickinson, Tanner Pearson and Conor Garland also scored for the Canucks, who improved to 2-2-1 on their season-opening six-game trip that concludes Saturday in Seattle. Goaltender Thatcher Demko made 29 saves.

      Alex DeBrincat scored a power-play goal for the Blackhawks, who dropped to 0-4-1. Goalie Kevin Lankinen stopped 21 of 24 shots.

      Jets 5, Ducks 1

      Kyle Connor had two goals and an assist to help Winnipeg win its home opener against Anaheim.

      Pierre-Luc Dubois had a goal and an assist, Andrew Copp and Josh Morrissey also scored and Connor Hellebuyck made 38 saves to help the Jets post their first victory in four games this season.

      Troy Terry scored, and John Gibson made 22 saves for the Ducks, who have lost two in a row after winning the opener of the four-game road trip on Monday against the Calgary Flames.

      Hurricanes 4, Canadiens 1

      Sebastian Aho recorded two goals and an assist as visiting Carolina earned a victory over Montreal.

      Andrei Svechnikov and Jesperi Kotkaniemi also scored for the Hurricanes, who improved their record to a perfect 3-0-0. Vincent Trocheck and Teuvo Teravainen each notched two assists. Aho collected a power-play goal early in the second period, then clinched the Hurricanes' win on an empty-net score with 39 seconds remaining in the game. Aho has five points (two goals, three assists) over Carolina's first three games.

      The Canadiens are now 0-5-0, losing their first five games of a season for the first time since the 1995-96 campaign. Tyler Toffoli scored Montreal's lone goal, a power-play marker at 17:57 of the second period. Toffoli's score ended Montreal's season-opening 0-for-17 drought on the power play.

      Flames 3, Red Wings 0

      Jacob Markstrom made 33 saves and visiting Calgary scored two first-period goals against Detroit and collected its first victory of the season as it kicked off a five-game road trip.

      Markstrom recorded his ninth career shutout and fourth in a Flames uniform. Elias Lindholm, Andrew Mangiapane and Matthew Tkachuk scored for Calgary. Erik Gudbranson supplied two assists.

      Alex Nedeljkovic made 26 stops for the Red Wings, who lost for the first time in regulation. They were playing the finale of a season-opening four-game homestand and will now play seven of their next eight games on the road.

      Rangers 3, Predators 1

      Alexei Lafreniere scored the tiebreaking goal with 9:07 remaining in the third period and visiting New York earned a spirited victory over Nashville.

      The Rangers won their third straight game and are 3-0-1 since opening the season with a 5-1 loss at Washington on Oct. 13.

      Filip Chytil scored, Barclay Goodrow tallied into an empty net in the final seconds and Sammy Blais set up both goals for the Rangers, who survived going 0-for-4 on the power play and hitting three posts in the opening 40 minutes.

      Panthers 4, Avalanche 1

      Anton Lundell had a goal and an assist, Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves and Florida beat visiting Colorado in Sunrise, Fla.

      Sam Bennett, Sam Reinhart and Carter Verhaeghe also scored goals and Mason Marchment had two assists for Florida, which has started the season with four straight wins for the first time in franchise history.

      Mikko Rantanen had a goal and Jonas Johansson stopped 34 shots in his first start of the season for the Avalanche, who have dropped three straight after winning their opener.

      Sharks 2, Senators 1

      James Reimer made 30 saves to help visiting San Jose beat Ottawa.

      Logan Couture and Kevin Labanc scored for the Sharks, who won their third straight game to open the season.

      Drake Batherson scored and Matt Murray, in his first game of the season, made 22 saves for the Senators.

      Capitals 4, Devils 1

      Evgeny Kuznetsov and Daniel Sprong each had a goal and an assist as Washington defeated New Jersey in Newark, N.J.

      Kuznetsov has eight points (three goals, five assists) through four games. Anthony Mantha and Dmitry Orlov also scored for Washington, which has collected seven of a possible eight points. Vitek Vanecek made 24 saves for the win.

      Janne Kuokkanen scored and Scott Wedgewood made 23 saves for the Devils, who took their first loss of the season after two wins.

      --Field Level Media

  • Penguins F Jeff Carter tests positive for COVID-19
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, October 21, 2021

    Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jeff Carter has tested positive for COVID-19 and entered the league's protocols, coach Mike Sullivan announced Thursday.

    • Goaltender Tristan Jarry also entered the protocols, although Sullivan did not say it was for a positive test. He said both players are asymptomatic.

      Carter, 36, has one goal and three assists in four games this season.

      He has 400 goals and 366 assists in 1,098 games since 2005 with the Flyers, Blue Jackets, Kings and Penguins.

      Jarry, 26, is off to a 2-0-1 start with a .935 save percentage and 1.62 goals-against average.

      He is 61-29-8 with seven shutouts, a .913 save percentage and 2.63 GAA in 104 games with the Penguins since his 2017 NHL debut.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jets F Mark Scheifele joins Blake Wheeler on COVID list
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, October 21, 2021

    The Winnipeg Jets added forward Mark Scheifele to the COVID-19 list on Thursday.

    • Scheifele joins captain Blake Wheeler, who was placed in the protocol after testing positive earlier this week.

      Scheifele, 28, has two assists in two games this season. He has 509 points (201 goals, 308 assists) in 577 games since Winnipeg selected him seventh overall in the 2011 draft.

      The Jets are off to an 0-2-1 start entering Thursday night's game with the visiting Anaheim Ducks.

      Before the game, Winnipeg recalled forward Dominic Toninato from the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League.

      --Field Level Media

  • Devils place C Jack Hughes (shoulder) on IR
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, October 21, 2021

    The New Jersey Devils placed center Jack Hughes on injured reserve Thursday because of his dislocated left shoulder.

    • The Devils said an MRI didn't reveal any other damage and that he won't require surgery. He is taking part in physical therapy and will be re-evaluated in a week.

      "Probably the best case," Devils coach Lindy Ruff said. "It's bad, but it probably could have been worse.

      "We had a real good conversation yesterday. We talked about the injury, talked about the amount of time (it might take to recover). We talked about the fact he's young and will heal quick, getting back and just being ready to take off where he finished off here. Obviously very disappointed and down on being hurt, but I just tried to pick him up a little bit."

      The injury apparently occurred Tuesday when Hughes was hit into the boards late in the first period of New Jersey's 4-2 win against the expansion Seattle Kraken. The 20-year-old did not return to the game.

      Michael McLeod will join Yegor Sharangovich and Janne Kuokkanen on the second line in the absence of Hughes.

      Hughes, the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, has played in 119 games with the Devils, recording 55 points (20 goals, 35 assists). He scored two goals in the season-opening 4-3 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks and added an assist before leaving the game against the Kraken.

      The Devils also will be without goaltender Jonathan Bernier when they host the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. He is out with a lower-body injury. Scott Wedgewood is expected to get the start. The team recalled Nico Daws from Utica of the American Hockey League.

      --Field Level Media

  • GM Marc Bergevin says Canadiens must 'fight through' struggles
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, October 20, 2021

    Four games into the 2021-22 season, the good vibes from the Montreal Canadiens' appearance in last season's Stanley Cup Finals are gone.

    • At least as far as general manager Marc Bergevin is concerned.

      Bergevin said Wednesday that the Canadiens must "fight through" their struggles and find ways to win.

      Montreal is 0-4-0, its worst start since it lost five games in a row to begin the 1995-96 season.

      The Canadiens' next game is Thursday night at home against the Carolina Hurricanes.

      "They've got to fight through it," Bergevin said of his team. "Winners find solutions; losers make excuses. You've got to find a way."

      The Canadiens, who lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning four games to one in the Cup Finals last season, have been outscored 15-3 this season in losses to Toronto, Buffalo, the New York Rangers and San Jose.

      Despite those woes, Bergevin said he isn't mulling making any trades in the short term.

      "I do like our team," he said. "There are some pretty good players who are not playing up to their potential, and until they do, there's nothing I'm going to do to make a change just to make a change."

      Montreal is playing without captain Shea Weber, who is lost for the season because of several injuries he played through during the team's postseason run.

      "For sure we miss ‘Webby'; we can't hide that, it's a fact," Bergevin said. "There's only one Shea Weber in the NHL, and there won't be another. He's a special player, a special individual who brought a lot to the organization."

      Bergevin said Weber won't return this season.

      The Canadiens also are minus goalie Carey Price, who left the team to voluntarily participate in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program early this month. Defenseman Joel Edmundson is away from the team, as well.

      "Yes, we miss those players, but we've got to find a way," Bergevin said.

      The general manager revealed that Edmundson's father has cancer.

      "I don't know when he'll be back, Bergevin said. "But he needs to take the time he has with his family."

      The Canadiens' most recent Stanley Cup title came in 1993.

      --Field Level Media

  • Canadiens D Joel Edmundson to take leave of absence
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, October 20, 2021

    Montreal Canadiens defenseman Joel Edmundson will take an indefinite leave of absence to tend to a personal matter, general manager Marc Bergevin said Wednesday.

    • Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme later confirmed Edmundson will spend time with his father, who is dealing with cancer.

      "(It's) a tough situation for him," Ducharme said, per TSN.

      Edmundson, 28, has yet to play this season due to an undisclosed injury.

      He recorded 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 55 games last season.

      A Stanley Cup winner with St. Louis, Edmundson has 52 points (13 goals, 39 assists) in 269 career games with the Blues (2015-19), Carolina Hurricanes (2019-20) and Canadiens.

      --Field Level Media

  • Panthers' Joe Thornton receives maximum fine for slashing
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, October 20, 2021

    Florida Panthers center Joe Thornton was fined $1,875 by the NHL on Wednesday for slashing Tampa Bay Lightning forward Boris Katchouk.

    • The fine is the maximum allowable under the league's collective bargaining agreement.

      Thornton, 42, was assessed a two-minute penalty for slashing with 4:50 remaining in the first period of the Panthers' 4-1 win over the Lightning on Tuesday.

      Thornton has been kept off the scoresheet in all three games with the Panthers since signing a one-year, $750,000 contract in the offseason.

      The recipient of the Hart and Art Ross trophies in 2005-06, Thornton has collected 1,529 points (425 goals, 1,104 assists) in 1,683 career games with the Boston Bruins (1997-2005), San Jose Sharks (2005-20), Maple Leafs (2020-21) and Panthers. He was selected by Boston with the first overall pick of the 1997 NHL Draft.

      Thornton is the NHL's active leader in assists and points. He ranks seventh overall in assists and 14th in points in league history.

      He began his NHL career with the Bruins before being traded to the Sharks for Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart in November 2005.

      Thornton captured an Olympic gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Games. He also was part of two championship teams in the World Cup of Hockey (2004, 2016).

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Wild earn wild OT win over Jets
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, October 20, 2021

    Joel Eriksson Ek's overtime winner completed his hat trick and Mats Zuccarello scored twice and added two assists to lead the Minnesota Wild to an incredible 6-5 comeback victory over the Winnipeg Jets in their home opener on Tuesday in Saint Paul, Minn.

    • Marcus Foligno also scored for the Wild, who have won three straight to start the season. Goalie Cam Talbot stopped 25 shots. Minnesota erased four deficits, including a two-goal hole in the final five minutes of the third period, to force overtime.

      Eriksson Ek, who forced overtime by scoring with the goalie pulled and 59 seconds left in regulation, completed a three-way passing play on an odd-man rush with 90 seconds left in OT.

      Kyle Connor scored twice in a three-point game while Andrew Copp scored once and added two assists for the Jets, who have lost three straight games to start season. Josh Morrissey and Pierre-Luc Dubois also scored, and goaltender Connor Hellebuyck stopped 38 shots.

      Oilers 6, Ducks 5

      Leon Draisaitl had two goals and two assists to help Edmonton defeat visiting Anaheim.

      Zack Kassian also scored twice, Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists and Evan Bouchard added a goal and assist for the Oilers, who have won their first three games. Edmonton goalie Mike Smith yielded four goals on 15 shots before he was replaced by Mikko Koskinen, who stopped 20 of 21 shots the rest of the way.

      Sam Steel and Kevin Shattenkirk scored two goals each, Nicolas Deslauriers also scored and Anthony Stolarz made 31 saves for the Ducks.

      Sharks 5, Canadiens 0

      Rookie Jonathan Dahlen scored his first two NHL goals and drew a penalty that led to a power-play tally as San Jose blanked host Montreal for its second straight win to start the season.

      Adin Hill made 21 saves to post his first shutout with the Sharks since being acquired in an offseason trade with Arizona. Timo Meier and Erik Karlsson each added a goal and two assists, Kevin Labanc also scored and Logan Couture had two assists.

      Montreal goalie Jake Allen, playing while Carey Price is in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program, stopped 20 of 25 shots.

      Predators 2, Kings 1

      Tanner Jeannot scored the tiebreaking goal at 5:06 of the third period as Nashville rallied to defeat visiting Los Angeles.

      Matt Duchene also scored and goaltender Juuse Saros made 25 saves for the Predators, who earned their first victory in three games this season.

      Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar scored his fifth goal of the campaign, tied with Detroit's Tyler Bertuzzi for the NHL lead. Goalie Calvin Petersen, who was celebrating his 27th birthday, stopped 29 of 31 shots.

      Stars 2, Penguins 1 (SO)

      Alexander Radulov scored the deciding goal in a shootout to give visiting Dallas a win over Pittsburgh.

      Radulov, the last of six shooters, froze Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry by holding onto the puck, then crossed him up with a backhander to seal the win. Joe Pavelski also beat Jarry in the shootout. Jeff Carter was the only Penguins shooter to beat Dallas goaltender Braden Holtby.

      Michael Raffl scored a regulation goal for Dallas, and Holtby made 27 saves through regulation and overtime. John Marino scored for Pittsburgh, which had won five straight games between the clubs. Holtby stopped 27 shots.

      Devils 4, Kraken 2

      Dawson Mercer scored his first NHL goal 5:02 into the first period for New Jersey, which overcame an early injury to star Jack Hughes to beat expansion Seattle in Newark, N.J.

      Damon Severson, Jimmy Vesey and Pavel Zacha also scored for the Devils, who have won each of their first two games. Jonathan Bernier made 27 saves. Hughes left after absorbing a hard check into the boards with 1:06 left in the first period.

      Riley Sheahan and Jared McCann scored and Joey Daccord recorded 29 saves for the Kraken, who went 1-3-1 on their inaugural road trip.

      Panthers 4, Lightning 1

      Rookie Anton Lundell scored his first goal and added an assist as Florida beat host Tampa Bay in the first of four regular-season meetings between the in-state rivals.

      Aleksander Barkov scored a goal and added an assist, Anthony Duclair scored into an empty net, and Sam Reinhart notched two assists for Florida, which is 3-0-0 for the second straight season. Rookie goalie Spencer Knight stopped 30 of 31 shots.

      Brayden Point recorded his first goal, Andrei Vasilevskiy surrendered three markers on 31 shots and defenseman Ryan McDonagh played in his 200th game for the Lightning.

      Capitals 6, Avalanche 3

      Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his first two goals of the season and added an assist to lift host Washington past Colorado.

      Nick Jensen collected a goal and an assist, Anthony Mantha, Nic Dowd and Alexander Ovechkin also tallied and Ilya Samsonov made 24 saves in his season debut for the Capitals.

      J.T. Compher had a goal and an assist and Mikko Rantanen and Darren Helm also scored for Colorado, which opened its three-game road trip with a second straight loss. Darcy Kuemper logged 34 saves.

      Islanders 4, Blackhawks 1

      Ilya Sorokin stopped a career-best 39 shots and Oliver Wahlstrom scored twice in a three-goal third period to boost New York to a victory at Chicago.

      New York earned its first win of the season despite being outshot 40-29. The Islanders benefitted from Wahlstrom's first career multi-goal game and a stellar outing from Sorokin, who lost the bid for his fourth career shutout with 26 seconds to play on MacKenzie Entwistle's goal.

      Anthony Beauvillier and Cal Clutterbuck also scored for the Islanders. Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 25 saves for Chicago.

      Sabres 5, Canucks 2

      Jeff Skinner and Tage Thompson scored 23 seconds apart early in the third period to break a tie as Buffalo remained undefeated with a victory over visiting Vancouver.

      Kyle Okposo and Zemgus Girgensons each had a goal and an assist, Dylan Cozens had a pair of assists and Rasmus Asplund added an empty-net goal for Buffalo, which improved to 3-0-0 for the first time since 2008. Craig Anderson finished with 32 saves.

      Bo Horvat and Justin Dowling scored goals for Vancouver, which took its third loss in four games to start a season-opening, coast-to-coast, six-game road trip. Thatcher Demko made 38 saves for the Canucks.

      Red Wings 4, Blue Jackets 1

      Lucas Raymond scored his first NHL goal and added an assist as host Detroit topped Columbus. The 19-year-old left winger, the fourth pick in the 2020 draft, retreated to the locker room in the late going after taking a hard hit.

      Tyler Bertuzzi supplied his fifth goal of the season after scoring four in the Red Wings' opener against Tampa Bay. Vladislav Namestnikov and Adam Erne added empty-net goals for Detroit, and Thomas Greiss made 22 saves.

      Boone Jenner scored the lone Columbus goal, and Joonas Korpisalo stopped 41 shots.

      --Field Level Media

  • Golden Knights captain Mark Stone avoids surgery
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 19, 2021

    The injury report on Vegas Golden Knights captain Mark Stone was relatively positive Tuesday.

    • The veteran forward has an uncertain timetable in his recovery from a lower-body injury, but he will not require surgery, according to coach Peter DeBoer.

      Stone got hurt Thursday during the Golden Knights' 6-2 road defeat against the Los Angeles Kings.

      "He went and saw some doctors (Monday). Nothing surgical, which is good," DeBoer said Tuesday. "I would say day-to-day, but it's probably in between day-to-day and week-to-week. Good news for the most part."

      The same night that Stone got hurt, fellow forward Max Pacioretty broke his left foot, leaving him week-to-week.

      Center Nicolas Roy said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, "It's tough for us. Obviously, it's probably our two best players. Some guys are going to have to step up, and there's going to be opportunities there. Some guys have to take them and work hard there."

      Stone, 29, recorded three assists in Vegas' season-opening, 4-3 victory over the Seattle Kraken on Oct. 12. He had no points in the Los Angeles game before exiting.

      Stone has recorded at least 20 goals in each of the past seven seasons, with his high of 33 coming when he split time between the Ottawa Senators and the Golden Knights in the 2018-19 season. In 366 career NHL games, he has 123 goals and 188 assists.

      Pacioretty, 32, logged two goals and an assist vs. Seattle, then had no points against Los Angeles. He has 226 goals and 222 assists in 626 career NHL games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Hall of Famer Mike Bossy reveals lung cancer battle
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 19, 2021

    Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Bossy has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

    • Bossy, 64, announced his illness on Tuesday in an open letter in French on TVA Sports' website. He is stepping away from his analyst job at TVA Sports, with whom he has worked since 2015.

      "Today it is with sadness that I must retire from your screens for a mandatory break," Bossy wrote in French. "A necessary break during which I will have to receive treatment for lung cancer.

      "I can tell you that I intend to fight with the determination and the enthusiasm that you have seen me display on the ice and in my game. That same determination that helped me achieve my dreams and my goals, the one that propelled me to the top of my sport, when I still put on my skates."

      The NHL acknowledged Bossy's battle on its publc relations account on Twitter: "The @NHL family is with you, Mike Bossy."

      A four-time Stanley Cup winner with the New York Islanders (1980-83), Bossy recorded 1,126 points (573 goals, 553 assists) in 752 career games. The eight-time All-Star spent his entire 10-season NHL career with the Islanders.

      Bossy won the 1978 Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL rookie of the year, and the 1982 Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs. He also was a three-time Lady Byng Memorial Trophy recipient (1982-83, 1983-84, 1985-86).

      A chronic back injury forced Bossy to retire following the 1986-87 season. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991.

      "The battle I am about to wage will not be easy," Bossy wrote. "Know that I will give my 100 percent, nothing less, with the objective of meeting you again soon, after a very eventful hockey game. You will never be very far in my thoughts. On the contrary, you will occupy a privileged place and you will be one of my motivations to get better."

      --Field Level Media

  • Devils activate Damon Severson, put Mackenzie Blackwood on IR
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 19, 2021

    New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson is expected to make his season debut against the visiting Seattle Kraken on Tuesday after being activated from injured reserve.

    • Severson has been sidelined with a lower-body injury.

      To make room on the roster, goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood was placed on IR retroactively to Oct. 11 with a heel injury.

      "We thought he looked really good in practice (on Monday). He had a good morning skate and he's ready to go," Devils coach Lindy Ruff said of Severson.

      Severson, 27, recorded 21 points (three goals, 18 assists) in 56 games last season. He has 184 points (40 goals, 144 assists) in 486 career games since being selected by the Devils in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft.

      "It's nice to come back," Severson said, per "The first one of the year, it would have been nice for it to be last game, but the first one of the year is this one tonight for me. I'm looking forward to having hopefully a good memory of this one tonight and keeping the streak rolling."

      Like Severson, Blackwood did not play in New Jersey's season-opening 4-3 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.

      Blackwood, 24, sported a 14-17-4 record with one shutout, a 3.04 goals-against average and .902 save percentage in 35 games last season. He signed a three-year, $8.4 million contract in December.

      The Devils selected Blackwood in the second round of the 2015 NHL Draft. He has played 105 games with New Jersey, posting a 46-41-12 record with a 2.83 goals-against average, a .911 save percentage and six shutouts.

      --Field Level Media

  • Avs' Nathan MacKinnon out of COVID protocol, to face Caps
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 19, 2021

    Colorado Avalanche star forward Nathan MacKinnon is out of NHL COVID protocol and will make his season debut on Tuesday against the host Washington Capitals.

    • "Tested positive for COVID, I didn't believe them at first," MacKinnon said on Tuesday. "Didn't feel anything. I was working out the whole time at home, doing all I can to stay in shape. It's just unfortunate. You know, I didn't infect anybody in my family. Nobody got sick. No teammates got sick. So that's lucky I guess. Yeah, I didn't feel anything."

      MacKinnon received two negative test results before joining his teammates on Monday night ahead of the opener of a three-game road trip.

      MacKinnon, 26, was fourth in the NHL last season with a career-high 1.35 points per game, recording 65 points (20 goals, 45 assists) in 48 games to lead Colorado to the Presidents' Trophy.

      He has totaled 560 points (210 goals, 350 assists) in 573 career games since the Avalanche selected him with the top overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.

      --Field Level Media