Friday Night Hockey

After a busy game night on Thursday and ahead of a busy game day Saturday, only four games took place tonight.


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Buffalo Sabres v Carolina Hurricanes


This game has been the main focus all week, why? Mainly because Jeff Skinner returned to Raleigh for the first time since his trade late in the summer. Though there is another reason that hasn’t been mentioned as much, it saw the 2018 No.1 overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin face-off against the No. 2 overall pick Andrei Svechnikov.

The game did not disappoint. It was end-to-end competitive action all night long. Three of the games goals came about a minute and half apart in the second period. Justin Williams scored at 4:30, Jason Pominville at 5:00 and Sebastian Aho at 5:42.

Jeff Skinner did find the net against his former team, scoring just before the first intermission on the power play, from Dahlin and Sam Reinhart. It was the Markham native’s 30th goal of the season.

Carolina’s Micheal Ferland scored one and assisted two for a +4 rating and his first 3pt career game. Justin Williams is also on the numbers board with a 4-game goal streak, the forward’s longest since 2012/13.

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Up Next:

Lightning v Sabres – Saturday, January 12th (7pm)

Predators v Canes – Sunday, January 13th (12:30pm)


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Detroit Red Wings v Winnipeg Jets


Laurent Brossoit made 33 saves for the Winnipeg Jets in a 4-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night. He is 9-1-1 this season as backup to Connor Hellebuyck.

Kyle Connor registered a goal and two assists for the Jets. Brandon Tanev became the fifth Jets player to score at least 10 goals this season. Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little  also scored for the 28-14-2 Jets.

Luke Glendening and Dennis Cholowski netted for the visitors. Jonathan Bernier made 23 saves.

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Up Next:

Red Wings v Wild – Saturday, January 12th (8pm)

Ducks v Jets – Sunday, January 13th (6pm)


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Florida Panthers v Calgary Flames


The Flames rallied from behind to defeat the Panthers for their fourth win a row. Matthew Tkachuk scored the tiebreaker in the third period.

Michael Frolik had a goal and two assists to help lift his team to victory. Mark Giordano and Sean Monahan scored, with David Rittich making 24 saves for Calgary, who are
7-1-1 in their past nine games.

Elias Lindholm and Johnny Gaudreau recorded their 31st and 41st assists, respectively, for the Flames.

Mike Hoffman, Jonathan Huberdeau and Evgenii Dadonov scored and Roberto Luongo made 20 saves for the Panthers, who have lost five in a row.

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Up Next:

Panthers v Canucks – Sunday, January 13th (7pm)

Coyotes v Flames – Sunday, January 13th (9:30pm)


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Pittsburgh Penguins v Anaheim Ducks


Jake Guentzel scored a hat trick to aid the comeback after the Pens found themselves
3-0 down.

Tanner Pearson scored twice, Evgeni Malkin scored one and assisted three, Sid Crosby registered an assist, as did Kris Letang, on the day he was named the Last Man In for the Metropolitan Division at the All-Star game later this month. Matt Murray made 21 saves between the pipes, extending his NHL career-high winning streak to nine games.

The Ducks took a 3-0 lead after Nick Ritchie, Ryan Getzlaf and Daniel Sprong scored in the first period. The Pens then scored three to level things, before Jakob Silfverberg scored the Ducks’ fourth of the night.

John Gibson made 29 saves on 35 shots for Anaheim, who lost their 10th consecutive game. The hosts are 0-7-3 since defeating the Pens on December 17th.

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Up Next:

Penguins v Kings – Saturday, January 12th (10:30pm)

Ducks v Jets – Sunday, January 13th (6pm)



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