Friday Night Hockey

Sandwiched between two 11 game nights, Friday night was relatively quiet with just five games.


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Columbus Blue Jackets v Ottawa Senators


Matt Duchene made his debut for the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 3-0 victory over former team, the Ottawa Senators.

Just hours before puck drop, Ottawa traded the center and defenseman Julis Bergman to Columbus in exchange for prospects Vitaly Abramov and Jonathan Davidsson, as well as a first-round pick in the 2019 draft and a conditional first-round pick in the 2020 draft.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves for the visitors for his fourth shutout of the season and 18th of his NHL career.

Josh Anderson, Cam Atkinson and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored for the Blue Jackets, who moved back into third place in the Metropolitan Division. They are tied on points with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who hold the second wild card spot in the East.

Craig Anderson made 37 saves for the Senators, who lost their third consecutive game and were shutout for the second game in a row.

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Up Next:

Sharks v Blue Jackets – Saturday, February 23rd (5pm)

Flames v Senators – Sunday, February 24th (7pm)


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Colorado Avalanche v Chicago Blackhawks


Patrick Kane scored in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 5-3 defeat by the Colorado Avalanche to extend his point streak to 20 games. His streak is the longest in the NHL this season.

J.T. Compher and Carl Soderberg each scored two goals for Colorado in their third straight win.

Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and an assist for the visitors, who trail the Minnesota Wild by 1pt for the second wild card place in the Western Conference. Semyon Varlamov made 41 saves.

Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat also scored for Chicago, who trail Minnesota by 3pts in the fight for a wild card spot. Collin Delia made 26 saves.

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Up Next:

Avalanche v Predators – Saturday, February 23rd (5:30pm)

Stars v Blackhawks – Sunday, February 24th (3pmESPN+)


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Minnesota Wild v Detroit Red Wings


Luke Kunin had a goal and an assist and Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

Jordan Greenway and Eric Staal also scored for the visitors, who won for the second night in a row and lead the Avalanche by 1pt for the second wild card spot in the West.

Ryan Donato recorded his first point for the Wild, having being acquired in a trade from the Boston Bruins Wednesday, with Charlie Coyle heading the other way.

Tyler Bertuzzi and Anthony Mantha scored, Dylan Larkin registered two assists, giving him 200 NHL points, and Jonathan Bernier made 32 saves for the Red Wings.

Detroit have lost four straight and trail the Pittsburgh Penguins by 16pts for the second wild card position in the East.

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Up Next:

Blues v Wild – Sunday, February 24th (7pmNBCSN)

Sharks v Red Wings – Sunday, February 24th (3pm)


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Anaheim Ducks v Calgary Flames


Andrew Mangiapane scored with 3:29 remaining in the third period to boost the Calgary Flames to their fourth straight win.

TJ Brodie had a goal and an assist and Mike Smith made 25 saves for the Flames, who have won four in a row following a four-game losing streak. They lead the San Jose Sharks by 3pts for first place in the Pacific Division and the Western Conference.

Derek Grant scored and Ryan Miller made 26 saves for the Anaheim Ducks, who are 7pts behind the Minnesota Wild for the second wild card place in the Western Conference.

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Up Next:

Ducks v Oilers – Saturday, February 23rd (10pm)

Flames v Senators – Sunday, February 24th (7pm)


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Winnipeg Jets v Vegas Golden Knights


Patrik Laine ended his 15-game scoring drought with two goals, helping the Winnipeg Jets move into first place in the Central Division with a 6-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights.

Many saw the game as a rematch of last season’s Western Conference Final, which the Jets lost in five games.

Nikolaj Ehlers, Kyle Connor and Andrew Copp also scored, Adam Lowry scored one and assisted one, Jacob Trouba had three assists and Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves  for Winnipeg, who had lost three in a row but now move 1pt ahead of the Nashville Predators for that top spot in the Central Division.

Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler registered two assists for the Jets.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Shea Theodore and Jonathan Marchessault scored and Marc-Andre Fleury made 23 saves for the Knights, who lead the Arizona Coyotes by 8pts for third place in the Pacific Division.

Fleury lost his fifth consecutive start and Vegas lost their third straight game and their 10th in 13.

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Up Next:

Jets v Coyotes – Sunday, February 24th (9pm)

Stars v Knights – Tuesday, February 26th (10pm)



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