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  • 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 NorthJersey.com. "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

  • Blues' Pavel Buchnevich to have hearing with NHL
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 19, 2021

    St. Louis Blues forward Pavel Buchnevich will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Tuesday.

    • Buchnevich received a match penalty after headbutting Arizona Coyotes forward Lawson Crouse late in the first period during the Blues' 7-4 win on Monday in Glendale, Ariz. Crouse cross-checked Buchnevich twice before the latter responded with a headbutt as the two players were facing each other.

      Crouse finished the game after serving a minor penalty for cross-checking Buchnevich.

      Buchnevich, 26, scored his first goal of the season earlier in the first period on Monday. He also had an assist in St. Louis' 5-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

      Buchnevich was acquired from the New York Rangers on July 23 in exchange for forward Sammy Blais and a second-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. He agreed to a four-year, $23.2 million deal four days later.

      Buchnveich recorded a career-high 48 points (20 goals, 28 assists) in 54 games in 2020-21. He has 197 points (80 goals, 117 assists) in 303 career games since being selected by the Rangers in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: 5-goal period carries Blues past Coyotes
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 19, 2021

    Jordan Kyrou scored twice in a career-high, four-point game and Klim Kostin netted a pair of goals 47 seconds apart in a five-goal outburst in the second period to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 7-4 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday in Glendale, Ariz.

    • Pavel Buchnevich, Justin Faulk and Ivan Barbashev also scored for the Blues, who erased a 2-1 deficit early in the second period with five goals in a 5:07 span, the third-fastest five-goal outburst in franchise history. St. Louis goaltender Jordan Binnington made 22 saves.

      Clayton Keller, Lawson Crouse, Christian Fischer and Travis Boyd replied for the Coyotes, who have dropped three games to start the season. Starting goalie Carter Hutton was victimized for six goals on 21 shots before being pulled in favor of Karel Vejmelka, who stopped 11 shots in relief.

      Shayne Gostisbehere collected three assists and Phil Kessel added two for Arizona. Robert Thomas had two helps for St. Louis.

      Rangers 2, Maple Leafs 1 (OT)

      Artemi Panarin scored at 3:48 of overtime and visiting New York defeated Toronto. After the Rangers won a faceoff, Panarin scored from the right circle for his first goal of the season. It was New York's second win in a row.

      Mika Zibanejad scored for the Rangers in the first period and assisted on the winning goal. Michael Bunting scored for the Maple Leafs, who have alternated wins and losses through four games this season.

      Igor Shesterkin made 40 saves in a superb effort for the Rangers, and Jack Campbell stopped 21 shots for Toronto.

      Ducks 3, Flames 2 (OT)

      Jamie Drysdale scored 3:26 into overtime as Anaheim rallied to edge host Calgary and win for the second time in three games to open the season.

      On a two-on-one, the Ducks' Troy Terry slid a pass past Flames star Johnny Gaudreau, and Drysdale buried the winner. Rickard Rakell and Cam Fowler scored in regulation, and John Gibson made 41 saves.

      Blake Coleman and Elias Lindholm each had a goal while Gaudreau recorded two assists for the Flames, who have dropped their first two games of the season. Jacob Markstrom made 24 saves.

      Flyers 6, Kraken 1

      Derick Brassard scored one goal and had two assists, and 11 Philadelphia players recorded points in the rout of visiting Seattle in the first-ever meeting between the teams.

      Travis Konecny, Joel Farabee and Justin Braun each added one goal and one assist for the Flyers. Claude Giroux and Ryan Ellis also had one goal apiece, and goalie Carter Hart bounced back from a subpar performance in the opener Friday to make 23 saves.

      Carson Soucy scored the lone goal for the Kraken. Philipp Grubauer allowed five goals and was pulled for Chris Driedger after the fifth goal. Driedger stopped six shots in relief.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL suspends Sharks' Evander Kane 21 games for protocol violation
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 19, 2021

    Evander Kane will miss more than one-quarter of the San Jose Sharks' season after the NHL suspended him for 21 games Monday due to a violation of COVID-19 protocol.

    • While the league didn't specify details, multiple media outlets reported previously that Kane was under investigation for allegedly submitting a false COVID-19 vaccination card.

      The league also announced that, following a separate investigation, domestic abuse charges levied by Kane's wife, Deanna "Anna" Kane, "could not be substantiated."

      Kane said in a statement, "I would like to apologize to my teammates, the San Jose Sharks organization, and all Sharks fans for violating the NHL COVID protocols. I made a mistake, one I sincerely regret and take responsibility for. During my suspension, I will continue to participate in counseling to help me make better decisions in the future. When my suspension is over, I plan to return to the ice with great effort, determination, and love for the game of hockey"

      The Sharks added in a statement, in part, "While we are encouraged by Evander's commitment to moving forward, we are extremely disappointed by his disregard for the health and safety protocols put in place by the NHL and the NHLPA. We will not be commenting further on Evander's status prior to the conclusion of the NHL's mandated suspension."

      The NHL does not require its players to be vaccinated, but its protocols are stricter for unvaccinated players. In addition, Canadian quarantine rules could prevent unvaccinated U.S.-based players from competing in road games north of the border.

      Last month, the NHL announced the results of another investigation of Kane, finding no evidence that he bet on NHL games.

      Anna Kane, who reportedly is in the process of divorcing Evander Kane, had alleged that he bet on Sharks games. She posted on social media, "How does the NHL let a compulsive gambling addict still play when he's obviously throwing games to win money?"

      Evander Kane admitted he had a gambling problem that led to him filing for bankruptcy protection but denied betting on NHL games.

      Kane, 30, sat out the Sharks' training camp and wasn't with the team when it won its opener Saturday, 4-3 over the visiting Winnipeg Jets. His suspension would be up in time for him to return to action on the road against the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 30.

      Last season, Kane led the Sharks in goals (22) and assists (27) while appearing in all 56 games. It was his sixth consecutive season with 20-plus goals.

      Kane has 109 goals and 113 assists in 361 career games for the Atlanta Thrashers (2009-10 to 2010-11), Winnipeg Jets (2011-12 to 2014-15), Buffalo Sabres (2015-16 to 2017-18) and San Jose (since 2017-18). The NHL has suspended him five times for various offenses on and off the ice, but none of the prior bans was for more than three games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rib fracture sends Blue Jackets’ Max Domi to injured list
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 18, 2021

    Columbus Blue Jackets forward Max Domi will miss 2-4 weeks with a rib fracture that occurred Saturday against the Seattle Kraken.

    • Despite the injury in the 2-1 victory, Domi eventually fed Patrik Laine for the game-winning goal in overtime.

      Domi, 26, has a goal and three assists in the first two games of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery in the offseason. Recovery from the June 4 surgery was expected to be as much as five months, yet Domi made his way back to the lineup in just over four months and was ready for the start of the season.

      The Blue Jackets' veteran has 91 goals and 188 assists in 431 career games.

      Columbus (2-0-0) is at Detroit on Tuesday night and returns home to face the New York Islanders on Thursday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jets captain Blake Wheeler enters COVID protocol
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 18, 2021

    Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler entered the NHL's COVID-19 protocol on Monday.

    • Jets coach Paul Maurice announced the news after Wheeler was absent from practice.

      Wheeler, 35, has one assist in two games for Winnipeg, which visits the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday to complete a season-opening three-game road trip.

      Wheeler has recorded 808 points (279 goals, 529 assists) in 983 career games since being selected by the then-Phoenix Coyotes with the fifth overall pick of the 2004 NHL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Lightning coach: Nikita Kucherov's injury 'not a day-to-day thing'
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 18, 2021

    Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper told reporters Monday that forward Nikita Kucherov could miss time with his latest injury.

    • "Definitely not a day-to-day thing," Cooper said of Kucherov, who was injured in a collision with Washington forward Garnet Hathaway during Saturday's 2-1 overtime win against the Capitals.

      Kucherov, 28, missed the 2020-21 regular season following hip surgery in December. He returned with a flourish in the playoffs, recording 32 points (eight goals, 24 assists) in 23 games to help the Lightning repeat as Stanley Cup champions.

      Kucherov won the Hart Memorial Trophy, Art Ross Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award in 2018-19 after scoring a career-high 41 goals and leading the league in assists (87) and points (128).

      He has four points (one goal, three assists) in three games this season and 551 points (222 goals, 329 assists) in 518 career games since making his debut in 2013.

      Kucherov signed an eight-year, $76 million contract extension in July 2018.

      --Field Level Media

  • Avs star Nathan MacKinnon remains in COVID-19 protocol
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, October 17, 2021

    Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon had another positive COVID-19 test Saturday, coach Jared Bednar announced Sunday.

    • The 26-year-old forward will not travel with the team Monday. The Avalanche begin a three-game road trip on Tuesday night against the Washington Capitals.

      MacKinnon initially tested positive on Oct. 11 and missed Colorado's first two games of the season.

      He ranked 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.

      Defenseman Jack Johnson, who missed Saturday's 5-3 loss against the St. Louis Blues after a positive test, tested negative on Saturday. If his Sunday test turns up negative, he will travel with the team to D.C.

      --Field Level Media

  • Fentanyl, cocaine involved in former Bruin Jimmy Hayes' death
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, October 17, 2021

    Former NHL forward Jimmy Hayes, who passed away at age 31 in August, had fentanyl and cocaine in his system at the time of his death, family members told the Boston Globe.

    • Hayes had a seven-year NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils. His brother, Kevin Hayes, currently plays for the Philadelphia Flyers.

      A Boston area native, Jimmy Hayes also won an NCAA hockey championship with Boston College in 2010.

      He was pronounced dead at his home in Milton, Mass., on Aug. 23. A cause of death was not available at that time, but Hayes' family recently received the toxicology report.

      His family remembered Jimmy as a young husband and father who always looked to do good deeds for others.

      "I hope getting Jimmy's story out there can save someone's life. If this can save someone from the pain, great," Kevin Hayes told the Globe. "It's just so sad. I pride myself on being pretty mentally strong. I'm a street guy. But there's just no formula for this."

      The Devils and Blackhawks held a pregame tribute for Hayes before New Jersey's season opener Friday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Auston Matthews to return for Leafs; G Petr Mrazek (groin) out 2 weeks
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, October 17, 2021

    Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews is expected to make his season debut, delayed because of wrist surgery, on Monday.

    • In practice Sunday, Matthews joined Nick Ritchie and Mitchell Marner on the top line, with captain John Tavares moving to the second line with Michael Bunting and William Nylander.

      Meanwhile, goaltender Petr Mrazak is expected to be sidelined two weeks with a groin injury, coach Sheldon Keefe said.

      Mrazek sustained the injury during the Maple Leafs' 3-2 loss to the Senators in Ottawa on Thursday.

      Matthews, 24, had the surgery on Aug. 13 and missed the first three games of the season. He scored 41 goals in 52 games last season to lead the NHL.

      The No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, Matthews has 351 points (199 goals, 152 assists) in 334 career games.

      Mrazek, 29, allowed three goals on 26 shots on Thursday in his first game since signing a three-year, $11.4 million contract with the Maple Leafs in the summer.

      He owns a 128-97-31 record with 24 shutouts, a 2.60 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 276 career appearances (251 starts) with the Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes and Maple Leafs.

      University of Toronto goaltender Alex Bishop signed a one-day amateur tryout deal to serve as the backup in the return match versus the Senators on Saturday. Jack Campbell made the start and had 20 saves in the 3-1 win.

      Goaltender Michael Hutchinson was called up from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis on Sunday morning.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Connor McDavid’s hat trick powers Oilers
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, October 17, 2021

    Connor McDavid notched a hat trick, and Jesse Puljujarvi collected a goal and two assists to lead the host Edmonton Oilers to a 5-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

    • Derek Ryan also scored in the win and goaltender Mike Smith made 45 saves for the Oilers, who have started the season with a pair of victories. Leon Draisaitl collected three assists.

      Andrew Mangiapane and Elias Lindholm replied for the Flames, while goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped 28 shots in Calgary's first game of the campaign. The Flames have lost 12 consecutive season-opening games.

      McDavid, Draisaitl and Puljujarvi added to their notable career numbers against the Flames in their first Battle of Alberta showdown of the season, but it was Ryan who opened the scoring. Despite the Flames holding the early momentum, Ryan batted a rebound out of midair at the 13:08 mark.

      Penguins 5, Blackhawks 2

      Drew O'Connor and Brock McGinn each had a goal and an assist as Pittsburgh built a four-goal lead in the first period and won its home opener over Chicago.

      Teddy Blueger, Jason Zucker and Danton Heinen also scored for Pittsburgh. Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry made 18 saves, and Mike Sullivan (253-131-44) moved into first place in coaching wins in franchise history.

      Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, and Kirby Dach also scored for Chicago. The Blackhawks' Marc-Andre Fleury, formerly a Penguins franchise goalie, gave up four goals on 10 shots before being pulled for Kevin Lankinen, who made 15 saves.

      Sabres 2, Coyotes 1 (SO)

      Cody Eakin scored in regulation before Tage Thompson and Arttu Ruotsalainen scored in the shootout to lift host Buffalo over Arizona.

      Thompson and Nick Schmaltz of Arizona made their shootout attempts in the first round, and Ruotsalainen buried his attempt to start the second before Tokarski stopped Phil Kessel's try with his pads. Dustin Tokarski made 20 saves for Buffalo, which has won its first two games after finishing with the fewest points in the NHL last season.

      Andrew Ladd scored, and Karel Vejmelka made 32 saves for Arizona.

      Lightning 2, Capitals 1 (OT)

      Steven Stamkos rocketed home the game-winning goal with 15 seconds left in overtime to lift Tampa Bay to a victory over host Washington.

      Already with an assist, Stamkos grabbed possession of a puck in the defensive end late in the extra session, raced in one-on-one against defenseman John Carlson and fired in his third tally for the Lightning's second consecutive win. Mikhail Sergachev scored his first goal this season, and Erik Cernak recorded an assist.

      Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed one goal on 33 shots to go to 2-1-0.

      Hurricanes 3, Predators 2

      Andrei Svechnikov scored with six minutes remaining in the third period to break a tie and help Carolina to a victory over host Nashville.

      Carolina goalie Frederik Andersen stopped 38 shots in his second victory of the season with his new team. Jesper Fast scored Carolina's first goal and Teuvo Teravainen stretched the margin to two goals with 1:12 remaining with an empty-net goal. Brett Pesce notched two assists.

      Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg scored for the Predators, who have started the season with consecutive home losses.

      Bruins 3, Stars 1

      Jake DeBrusk scored the go-ahead goal 4:43 into the third period, rookie goalie Jeremy Swayman made 27 saves and Boston beat visiting Dallas to win its season opener.

      Brad Marchand added a penalty-shot goal and an empty-netter for Boston, which began its first season since 2006 without longtime goalie Tuukka Rask on the roster. Swayman became the first rookie goaltender to start a season opener for the Bruins since Blaine Lacher in 1995.

      Luke Glendening scored his first goal of the season for Dallas, which was coming off a 3-2 season-opening overtime win at the New York Rangers on Thursday. Braden Holtby stopped 37 shots for Dallas and fell to 18-5-0 lifetime against the Bruins.

      Rangers 3, Canadiens 1

      Alexis Lafreniere scored the tiebreaking goal with 10:10 remaining in front of his family and friends as New York beat host Montreal.

      Lafreniere, the No. 1 overall pick in 2020, played in his native Montreal for the first time and snapped a 1-1 tie in impressive fashion. Lafreniere, who turned 20 on Monday, grew up in the Montreal suburb of Saint-Eustache and scored his 13th career goal.

      Montreal's Jonathan Drouin netted his second goal of the season, but couldn't prevent New York winning a third straight game in Montreal for the first time since 1979. The Canadiens lost their third straight, the first time since 1995-96 Montreal has begun a season with three straight defeats, when they dropped their first five.

      Maple Leafs 3, Senators 1

      Alexander Kerfoot had a goal and an assist, and Toronto defeated visiting Ottawa.

      Wayne Simmonds and Michael Bunting also scored for the Maple Leafs, who won for the second time in three games to open the season. Jack Campbell made 20 saves for Toronto.

      Josh Norris scored for the Senators, who defeated the Maple Leafs in their season opener on Thursday. Anton Forsberg stopped 26 shots for Ottawa.

      Panthers 5, Islanders 1

      Sam Bennett notched his second career hat trick and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots, leading Florida past New York in Sunrise, Fla., for its second straight win to open the season.

      Anthony Duclair and Aleksander Barkov also scored for the Panthers, and winger Jonathan Huberdeau had an assist and became the first player in franchise history to reach 500 points.

      Oliver Wahlstrom scored New York's goal. Ilya Sorokin made 24 saves for the Islanders, who have lost both of their games so far this season in their season-opening 13-game road trip.

      Red Wings 3, Canucks 1

      Filip Zadina scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, Thomas Greiss made 40 saves, and host Detroit earned the victory.

      Robby Fabbri and Sam Gagner also scored for the Red Wings. Conor Garland scored the lone goal for the Canucks, while Jaroslav Halak was credited with 18 saves.

      Vancouver, which was dealt its first regulation loss, had a 41-21 advantage on shots on goal. The Canucks were 0-for-3 on the power play.

      Blue Jackets 2, Kraken 1 (OT)

      Patrik Laine scored at 2:16 of overtime as host Columbus handed expansion Seattle its second defeat.

      Laine took a pass from Zach Werenski and beat Seattle goaltender Philipp Grubauer with a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle. Eric Robinson also scored for Columbus and Elvis Merzlikins made 19 saves.

      Brandon Tanev scored the lone Seattle goal and Grubauer stopped 23 of 25 shots. It was the third goal in the past two games for Tanev, who tallied twice Thursday in a 4-3 victory at Nashville, the first win in franchise history for the Kraken.

      Wild 3, Kings 2

      Cam Talbot started for the second straight night and made 29 saves to help Minnesota knock off host Los Angeles. Talbot made 28 saves in a season-opening win at Anaheim the night before.

      Frederick Gaudreau, Victor Rask and Ryan Hartman scored for the Wild, who rallied from a 1-0 second-period deficit for the second straight night.

      Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist to give him seven points (four goals, three assists) in the Kings' first two games. Viktor Arvidsson also scored, and Jonathan Quick made 27 saves for the Kings.

      Blues 5, Avalanche 3

      David Perron scored twice, Justin Faulk had a goal and an assist, and St. Louis beat host Colorado.

      Ryan O'Reilly and Brayden Schenn also scored, Jordan Kyrou had two assists and Jordan Binnington made 29 saves for the Blues, who were playing their season opener.

      J.T. Compher had a goal and an assist, Andre Burakovsky and Tyson Jost also scored, and Darcy Kuemper stopped 23 shots for Colorado. Nazem Kadri had two assists for the Avalanche.

      Sharks 4, Jets 3

      Tomas Hertl and Rudolfs Balcers each scored in the third period as San Jose won its season opener, edging visiting Winnipeg.

      Knotted at 2 to start the final frame, Hertl -- who also had an assist -- netted a power-play goal and Balcers scored at even strength 1:37 later to build a 4-2 lead at 5:02.

      Jansen Harkins cut it to 4-3 at 13:28, but Winnipeg could not get the equalizer and lost in San Jose for the first time in five outings.

      --Field Level Media

  • Knights F Max Pacioretty week-to-week with foot injury
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, October 16, 2021

    Vegas Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty is week-to-week with a fractured foot, coach Peter DeBoer said Saturday.

    • Sportsnet, however, reported Pacioretty could be sidelined as many as six weeks after blocking a shot with his skate in the Golden Knights' 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

      "Blocked an innocent looking shot. Just one of those things," DeBoer said Saturday.

      Pacioretty, 32, collected two goals and an assist in Vegas' 4-3 win over the expansion Seattle Kraken in Tuesday's season opener. He was held off the scoresheet versus the Kings.

      Pacioretty has 608 points (306 goals, 302 assists) in 813 career games with the Montreal Canadiens (2008-18) and Golden Knights.

      --Field Level Media

  • Sabres' Casey Mittelstadt, Henri Jokiharju out at least 2 weeks
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, October 16, 2021

    Buffalo Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt and defenseman Henri Jokiharju are expected to be sidelined at least two weeks due to their respective injuries.

    • Mittelstadt sustained an upper-body injury in the second period of Buffalo's 5-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. Jokiharju was able to finish that game despite nursing a lower-body injury sustained in the first period.

      "They'll both be out at least a couple of weeks so it's not short term, and our doctors will be evaluating that," Sabres coach Don Granato said. "There's still thought that it could be right around that range and there's thought that it could go a little bit longer than that. It's too early to tell on both those injuries, actually."

      Forward Arttu Ruotsalainen and defenseman Will Butcher were inserted into the lineup for Buffalo's game against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday afternoon.

      Mittelstadt, 22, has recorded 61 points (27 goals, 34 assists) in 156 career games since being selected by the Sabres with the eighth overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft.

      Jokiharu, 22, collected 35 points (seven goals, 28 assists) in 154 career games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Buffalo. He was selected by the Blackhawks with the 29th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Wild nip Ducks in final seconds
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, October 16, 2021

    Marcus Foligno scored the tiebreaking goal with 7.2 seconds left in regulation, and the Minnesota Wild opened their season with a 2-1 victory over the host Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

    • Minnesota pressured Anaheim goaltender Anthony Stolarz all night, and he came up big more often than not while recording 41 saves. However, the Wild kept the heat on, and Foligno found himself in front of the net to push home the go-ahead goal to give his club its eighth consecutive victory over Anaheim.

      The Wild's Kevin Fiala tied the game at 1-1 late in the second period. It came after the Ducks opened the scoring on the man advantage with Jakob Silfverberg's goal within the first minute of the second.

      Cam Talbot stopped 28 shots for Minnesota, which has won four in a row at Anaheim.

      Canucks 5, Flyers 4 (SO)

      Elias Pettersson and J.T. Miller each scored in a shootout and Vancouver defeated host Philadelphia.

      Miller had a goal and two assists in regulation while Pettersson and Alex Chiasson each added a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who scored four goals in the second period. Vasily Podkolzin contributed his first NHL goal, and Thatcher Demko made 31 saves.

      Joel Farabee led the Flyers with one goal and one assist. Cam Atkinson scored in his Philadelphia debut, while Travis Konecny and Claude Giroux also scored. Goaltender Carter Hart stopped 35 shots, and Keith Yandle, Ryan Ellis and Sean Couturier had two assists each.

      Devils 4, Blackhawks 3 (OT)

      Jack Hughes scored 57 seconds into overtime as New Jersey opened its season by recovering from blowing a two-goal lead late in the third period to edge Chicago in Newark, N.J.

      Hughes teamed up with Ryan Graves on an impressive end-to-end goal after Chicago got goals from Kirby Dach and Dominik Kubalik in the final 3:53 of regulation to force overtime. It was Hughes' second goal of the game. Dougie Hamilton scored in his Devils' debut, and Andreas Johnsson also tallied. Jonathan Bernier made 24 saves.

      Alex DeBrincat scored the other goal for Chicago, which is 0-1-1 to start the season. Kevin Lankinen made 25 saves.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin suspended one game for roughing
    By Field Level Media / Friday, October 15, 2021

    Detroit Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin was suspended for one game for roughing Tampa Bay Lightning forward Mathieu Joseph during Thursday night's game.

    • Larkin, a forward, received a match penalty for the incident, which occurred with 8:20 left in the second period of the Lightning's 7-6 win in Detroit. Joseph was hit with a minor penalty.

      Larkin had a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday.

      "What causes this play to rise to the level of supplemental discipline is the retaliatory nature of the punch and the force with which it is delivered to an unsuspecting opponent," a Department of Player Safety official said via video.

      Larkin had not received a fine or suspension before during his seven-year NHL career, spent entirely with Detroit.

      The Red Wings are scheduled to host the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bruins sign D Charlie McAvoy to 8-year, $76M extension
    By Field Level Media / Friday, October 15, 2021

    The Boston Bruins signed defenseman Charlie McAvoy to an eight-year, $76 million extension on Friday.

    • The deal, reportedly the largest in franchise history, includes an average annual value of $9.5 million and $26.5 million in signing bonuses. It keeps the former first-round pick in Boston through the 2029-30 season.

      McAvoy, 23, will receive a $6 million salary with an additional $3.25 million signing bonus in 2021-22.

      He opens his fifth season with Boston on Saturday night against the visiting Dallas Stars.

      McAvoy tallied five goals and 25 assists in 51 games in 2020-21, finishing with a plus-22 plus/minus. He finished fifth in the Norris Trophy voting.

      He has 122 points (24 goals, 98 assists) and a plus-80 plus/minus with 177 penalty minutes in 235 games since the Bruins selected him with the 14th overall pick in 2016.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Kraken edge Predators for first-ever win
    By Field Level Media / Friday, October 15, 2021

    Brandon Tanev scored twice and Alex Wennberg and Jared McCann each had a goal and an assist as the Seattle Kraken won for the first time in franchise history, defeating the host Nashville Predators 4-3 Thursday night.

    • Wennberg netted the go-ahead goal at 9:54 of the second period, breaking a 2-2 tie. Tanev scored an empty-net goal at 18:39 of the third to give Seattle a 4-2 lead. Granlund scored on a rebound with 39.9 seconds left, but the Predators couldn't get the equalizer.

      Goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves as the Kraken, who lost their opener by the same score Tuesday in Las Vegas, held on despite being outshot 13-1 in the third period.

      Mikael Granlund had a goal and two assists for Nashville, which was playing its first game of the season. Eeli Tolvanen and Roman Josi also scored and Juuse Saros stopped 22 of 25 shots.

      Lightning 7, Red Wings 6 (OT)

      Tampa Bay erased a three-goal deficit in the third period and Ondrej Palat scored off Victor Hedman's feed at 2:43 of overtime to beat Detroit, spoiling Tyler Bertuzzi's four-goal night and the host Red Wings' opener.

      Palat and Steven Stamkos scored two goals apiece, while Alex Killorn scored the tying goal late in regulation. Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists and Ross Colton also scored for the Lightning, who lost their opener to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

      Bertuzzi, who missed most of last season due to a back injury, had a second-period hat trick. Dylan Larkin and Vladislav Namestnikov scored the other Detroit goals and Moritz Seider collected his first two NHL assists.

      Hurricanes 6, Islanders 3

      Andrei Svechnikov posted two goals and an assist and Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and an assist as Carolina defeated visiting New York in the season opener for both teams in Raleigh, N.C.

      Jesper Fast also scored for Carolina. Svechnikov's second goal came on an empty-net power play with 42 seconds remaining. Goalie Frederik Andersen, making his Hurricanes debut, stopped 25 shots.

      Mathew Barzal, Brock Nelson and Anders Lee scored for New York. Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin made 35 saves.

      Sabres 5, Canadiens 1

      Zemgus Girgensons and Victor Olofsson both collected one goal and one assist to lead host Buffalo to a victory over Montreal in their season opener.

      Kyle Okposo, Anders Bjork and Tage Thompson also tallied for the Sabres, and veteran goaltender Craig Anderson made 30 saves in his debut with the team. Colin Miller, Jeff Skinner and Jacob Bryson all netted a pair of assists in the victory.

      Chris Wideman replied for the Canadiens, who reached the Stanley Cup Final last season but have dropped their first two games to start the campaign.

      Blue Jackets 8, Coyotes 2

      Oliver Bjorkstrand had two goals and two assists as Columbus routed visiting Arizona, giving coach Brad Larsen a win in his debut as Coyotes coach Andre Tourigny took the loss in his.

      Max Domi tallied a goal and two assists and Zach Werenski had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets (1-0), who set a franchise record for goals in a home opener. Alexandre Texier, Boone Jenner, Jake Bean and Gustav Nyquist also scored for Columbus, and Elvis Merzlikins made 36 saves.

      Anton Stralman and Clayton Keller scored for the Coyotes (0-1). Carter Hutton allowed eight goals on 26 shots in his Arizona debut.

      Panthers 5, Penguins 4 (OT)

      Carter Verhaeghe scored two goals -- including the winner 1:37 into overtime -- to lead host Florida to a season-opening win over Pittsburgh.

      Florida also got two goals from Aaron Ekblad and one from Anthony Duclair, as well as 43 saves from Sergei Bobrovsky.

      The Penguins, who trailed 2-0 midway through the second period, got four straight goals from Danton Heinen, Jeff Carter, Guentzel and Evan Rodrigues.

      Stars 3, Rangers 2 (OT)

      Miro Heiskanen stole the puck from Artemi Panarin and scored the winning goal 98 seconds into overtime as visiting Dallas beat New York.

      Heiskanen's defensive play and game winner capped a night when the Stars squandered a 2-0 lead and lost starting goaltender Braden Holtby to an undisclosed injury midway through the third. Rookie Jacob Peterson and Radek Faksa tallied power-play goals for the Stars.

      Defenseman Adam Fox and left winger Chris Kreider scored in a span of about seven minutes in the second for the Rangers, who had 18 shots in the middle period.

      Senators 3, Maple Leafs 2

      Ottawa scored three goals in the first period and held on for a season-opening victory over visiting Toronto.

      Anton Forsberg, starting in goal because Matt Murray was ill, made 46 saves for Ottawa. Tyler Ennis had a goal and an assist, and Chris Tierney and Alex Formenton added goals for the Senators.

      Jason Spezza and William Nylander each had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who won their opener Wednesday over the Montreal Canadiens. Petr Mrazek stopped 23 shots for Toronto before he suffered a groin injury late in the second period. Jack Campbell replaced him in the third and stopped all 10 shots he faced.

      Kings 6, Golden Knights 2

      Anze Kopitar had three goals and two assists to lead Los Angeles to a win against visiting Vegas, setting a franchise record for points in a season opener.

      Drew Doughty had a goal and three assists, Dustin Brown added a goal and an assist, Phillip Danault also scored and Calvin Petersen made 23 saves for the Kings.

      Shea Theodore and Chandler Stephenson scored for the Golden Knights, who beat Seattle in their opener on Tuesday. Robin Lehner made 27 saves through the first two periods before he was replaced by Laurent Brossoit, who made 14 saves in the third.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jackets G Elvis Merzlikins wears late Matiss Kivlenieks' jersey number
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, October 14, 2021

    Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins honored his late teammate and countryman Matiss Kivlenieks by wearing his jersey number, No. 80, in the team's season opener Thursday.

    • The Jackets also hung a No. 80 banner from the rafters of Nationwide Arena in Columbus ahead of Thursday's home game against the Arizona Coyotes, where it will remain for the season.

      Kivlenieks died at age 24 over Fourth of July weekend this summer. Members of the Columbus organization were attending a marriage celebration for goalie coach Manny Legace's daughter. Kivlenieks was struck in the chest by a firework mortar and later succumbed to chest trauma.

      Kivlenieks and the 27-year-old Merzlikins both hailed from Latvia, played the same position and, by all accounts, were close friends, with Merzlikins a mentor. At a memorial service for Kivlenieks in July, Merzlikins said Kivlenieks saved his life by getting in front of the oncoming firework as it headed toward Merzlikins and his pregnant wife.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL's return to ESPN sets opening night record
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, October 14, 2021

    An average of 884,000 viewers tuned in to ESPN to watch the NHL's opening-night games, making it the highest-viewed doubleheader in NHL history, Sports Business Journal reported.

    • The games were the first aired on ESPN since 2004.

      The Tuesday night openers also included the inaugural game of the expansion Seattle Kraken, who played the Vegas Golden Knights.

      The first game featured the two-time champion Tampa Bay Lightning taking on the Pittsburgh Penguins, which averaged 984,000 viewers, tops for an opening-night game on ESPN since 2001-02.

      --Field Level Media

  • Capitals claim D Dennis Cholowski off waivers from Kraken
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, October 14, 2021

    One game into the regular season, the Seattle Kraken moved on from one of their expansion draft selections and the Washington Capitals picked him up.

    • The Capitals claimed defenseman Dennis Cholowski off waivers from Seattle on Thursday before he could clear waivers and be assigned to the minor league.

      Cholowski was Seattle's expansion pick from the Detroit Red Wings in July. The former first-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft played in 104 games over three seasons for Detroit, tallying 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) and averaging 18:14 of ice time.

      His stay in Seattle was short-lived. The left-shot D-man was not in the lineup for the club's inaugural game Tuesday against the Vegas Golden Knights.

      The Capitals were thin on D to start the season, as veteran Michal Kempny did not make the opening-day roster while continuing to return from multiple leg surgeries.

      Washington loaned forward Beck Malenstyn to its AHL affiliate in Hershey to make room for Cholowski.

      The Kraken also placed forward Marcus Johansson on injured reserve Wednesday due to a lower-body injury.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blue Jackets put F Emil Bemstrom (oblique) on IR
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, October 14, 2021

    The Columbus Blue Jackets put forward Emil Bemstrom on injured reserve Thursday, hours before their season opener against the Arizona Coyotes.

    • Bemstrom, 22, strained his left oblique in practice Tuesday. He's expected to be out four to six weeks.

      Entering his third season with the Blue Jackets, Bemstrom has played in 76 games. He has 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) to go with eight penalty minutes and six power-play goals.

      The Blue Jackets selected the 6-foot Swede in the fourth round of the 2017 draft. In 2019-20, he led the team's rookies in goals (10), points (20) and power-play goals (five) in 56 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Avs F Gabriel Landeskog suspended two games for boarding
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, October 14, 2021

    Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog received a two-game suspension for boarding Chicago Blackhawks forward Kirby Dach in Wednesday's season opener in Denver.

    • The NHL Department of Player Safety issued the suspension Thursday after a hearing with the Avalanche forward.

      The incident occurred with 3:37 left in the third period after Landeskog shoved Dach while the latter was on one knee near the boards. Landeskog received a minor penalty for boarding as well as matching roughing penalties with Blackhawks forward Tyler Johnson following the incident with Dach.

      Dach remained in the game after the hit from Landeskog.

      Landeskog collected a goal and an assist in Colorado's 4-2 win. The 28-year-old Swede has 514 points (219 goals, 295 assists) in 688 career games since being selected by the Avalanche with the second overall pick of the 2011 NHL Draft.

      Colorado's next two games are Saturday at home against the St. Louis Blues and Tuesday on the road against the Washington Capitals.

      --Field Level Media

  • Senators' Brady Tkachuk signs 7-year, $57.5M deal
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, October 14, 2021

    Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk signed a seven-year, $57.5 million contract on Thursday.

    • Per the team, Tkachuk will receive $4 million this season and $6.5 million in 2022-23 before pocketing $10.5 million over the next three campaigns. He then will receive $8.5 million in 2026-27 and $7 million the following season.

      He had been holding out and didn't appear in any preseason games. It's unclear when he'll be ready to join the Senators, who open their season Thursday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

      "We're thrilled to come to a long-term agreement with Brady," Senators owner and governor Eugene Melnyk said. "He's a valuable member of our leadership group, is universally respected by his teammates and a player we're certain will have a significant impact on our success in the seasons ahead."

      Tkachuk, 22, recorded team-best totals with 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) and 69 penalty minutes in 56 games last season. He has 125 points (60 goals, 65 assists) and 250 penalty minutes in 198 career games since being selected by Ottawa with the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

      "This is an exciting day for the Ottawa Senators," Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said. "Brady possesses a very dynamic skill set and is a prototypical power forward in today's NHL. He scores goals, he plays physical and exemplifies what it means to be a pro for all players in our organization."

      Tkachuk is the younger brother of Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk and son of Keith Tkachuk, who scored 538 career goals during his 18-year NHL career.

      --Field Level Media

  • Lightning D Zach Bogosian (lower body) out 4-6 weeks
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, October 14, 2021

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Zach Bogosian will be sidelined four to six weeks with a lower-body injury.

    • Bogosian, 31, sustained the injury during Tuesday night's season-opening setback to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He registered a minus-2 rating and logged 14:14 of ice time in the 6-2 home loss.

      The Lightning recalled defenseman Andrej Sustr from Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Thursday to replace Bogosian, who was playing in his first game since signing a three-year, $2.55 million contract in the offseason.

      Bogosian recorded 200 points (53 goals, 147 assists) in 690 career games with the Atlanta Thrashers, Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs and Lightning. He was selected by the Thrashers with the third overall pick of the 2008 NHL Draft.

      Sustr, 30, has 63 points (10 goals, 53 assists) in 323 career games with the Lightning and Anaheim Ducks. He spent the past two seasons with Kunlun Red Star of the Kontinental Hockey League.

      --Field Level Media