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PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 19: Michael Del Zotto #15 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against the San Jose Sharks at the Wells Fargo Center on November 19, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Report: Del Zotto is the latest healthy scratch thanks to Flyers crowded blue line


Last week, it was Shayne Gostisbehere. Tonight, it will apparently be Michael Del Zotto.

Yes, Del Zotto will reportedly be a healthy scratch when the Philadelphia Flyers — a team carrying eight defensemen at the moment — take on the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

Last week, coach Dave Hakstol explained the decision of sitting Gostisbehere, a finalist for the 2015-16 rookie of the year, saying it was all part of the “growth and development” and “accountability” for a young player.

Here is what Hakstol had to say, per the Courier-Post, about sitting Del Zotto: “I think there’s been stretches of excellent play and there’s been some areas of his game that he’s got to clean up.”

With those eight healthy blue liners, Hakstol may choose to go with a revolving door to the press box until he finds a combination that he believes is working for him.

The Flyers have a record of 8-8-3 and sit only two points out of a Wild Card spot in the East. But this has to be a disappointing start given they made the playoffs last year.

As for Del Zotto, his season has so far been reduced to seven games. He has one goal and four points in that time, after missing the first 12 games due to a knee injury.

The Flyers have three games in the next four nights, a challenging stretch that will see them play the Panthers tonight, Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, and the high-scoring New York Rangers on Friday afternoon.

Finally! Las Vegas expansion team to unveil name, logo today

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 22:  New Las Vegas NHL franchise owner Bill Foley and commissioner Gary Bettman of the National Hockey League pose for a photo during the Board of Governors Press Conference prior to the 2016 NHL Awards at Encore Las Vegas on June 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The NHL's board of governors approved expanding to Las Vegas, making the franchise the 31st team in the league. The team will start play during the 2017-18 season and play at the newly built T-Mobile Arena.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Today is the day.

After months of having an expansion franchise without a name or logo, and all the guessing about what the new name could be when the historic day arrived, the Las Vegas franchise will announce both at an unveiling tonight (8:30 p.m. ET) at T-Mobile Arena.

“The Las Vegas community has been with us throughout this incredible process–from the ticket drive to the awarding of a team–and I hope everyone will join us once more as we announce the name and unveil the logo for Las Vegas’s first major professional sports team,” said owner Bill Foley in a statement.

“We have a name and logo that not only reflects the city’s unique environment, but that signifies strength and a team culture that never accepts defeat.”

The Vegas franchise has been incredibly busy, making headlines by assembling an impressive front office and hockey operations department. The focus for that group has already turned toward the expansion draft and entry draft next year.

But finally, the wait for the logo and name is at an end.

“It’s the birth of a brand,” vice-president and chief marketing officer Nehme Abouzeid told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “With the name, we’ll officially be a team.”

In August, the Vegas franchise confirmed three trademarks: the Desert Knights, Golden Knights, and Silver Knights.

Right now, it’s still a guessing game as to what, exactly, the official name will be, although in a radio hit with TSN 1040, hockey insider Bob McKenzie said he’s “reasonably confident” it will not be the Desert Knights. So, you can probably remove that from the board.

“We worked with the NHL and we believe we have come up with something very creative,” Abouzeid continued. “It’s no different than putting on a show on the Strip. A lot of work has gone into this.”

Falling behind ‘isn’t the recipe for success’ as the Blackhawks found out against the Oilers

EDMONTON, AB - NOVEMBER 21:  Patrick Maroon #19 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates a teammate's goal as Michal Kempny #6 and goalie Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks react on November 21, 2016 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)

OK. The Chicago Blackhawks were able to complete a thrilling comeback against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

The way that three-goal Canucks lead evaporated over 20 minutes of game time might still be a source of anguish for fans in Vancouver, but the Blackhawks were unable to complete another comeback on Monday against an Oilers team that shows more potential for the playoffs than anything Edmonton has had since 2006.

Connor McDavid was in fine form for the Oilers, as was goalie Cam Talbot, and the Blackhawks once again found themselves in a hole after 40 minutes. The end result was a 5-0 loss.

“You’re down 4-0 in Winnipeg, you’re down 3-0 in Vancouver, and then 5-0 here,” Patrick Kane told the Chicago Sun Times.

“I know we came back in Vancouver, but it’s not the recipe for success, especially on the road. I know we keep harping on it, and keep talking about it, but we want to make sure we try and get the lead, play with the lead, and that should suit us better, especially on the road.”

Only one team — the Canucks — has more wins than the Blackhawks when trailing after two periods. Vancouver has won four times in that scenario. Chicago is in a five-way tie for second in that category with three wins.

They’ve shown an ability to get results when playing from behind late in games, but this and slow starts aren’t necessarily new concerns for the Blackhawks as they hit the quarter mark of their season.

“Our first periods have been a concern most of the year,” said coach Joel Quenneville, per CSN Chicago. “Tonight it was one of those first periods, they get a power play but we’re still in the hockey game. We seem to be getting better as the games go on, but tonight wasn’t the case.”

The Oilers, who now lead the Pacific Division with 23 points in 20 games, made sure of it.

The power play strikes as Sabres defeat struggling Flames

BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 9: Kyle Okposo #21 of the Buffalo Sabres skates against the Ottawa Senators during the game at the KeyBank Center on November 9, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. Ottawa beat Buffalo 2-1 after a shootout. (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images)
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Kyle Okposo had a goal and an assist, helping the Buffalo Sabres bust an offensive slump with three power-play goals in a 4-2 win against the Calgary Flames on Monday night.

Johan Larsson, Matt Moulson and Marcus Foligno also scored for the Sabres, who reached three goals in a game for the first time in 11 chances, since a 3-1 win at Winnipeg on Oct. 30. Buffalo has won consecutive games for just the second time this season.

Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist and Mikael Backlund also scored for Calgary, which is coming off a 3-2 win at Detroit on Sunday night. Buffalo got two assists each from Sam Reinhart and Taylor Fedun, who now has four assists in three games since being called up from the AHL.

Robin Lehner had 29 saves for the Sabres, and Brian Elliott turned away 28 shots for Calgary.

Backlund opened the scoring in the first period, but the Sabres answered with three goals in a span of 101 seconds in the second to take a 3-1 lead. Penalties to Dougie Hamilton and Troy Brouwer at 10:02 gave the Sabres a 5-on-3 advantage, which they converted into a pair of goals. First, Okposo took a pass from Reinhart and fired a wrist shot into the back of the net. On the Sabres’ next shot, Larsson redirected Evander Kane‘s wrist shot between Elliott’s legs.

Buffalo wasn’t finished. Brouwer took another penalty with 7:04 remaining in the second, and Moulson cashed in with his sixth power-play goal of the season, giving him a share of the league lead in power-play goals.

After Tkachuk scored 22 seconds into the third to cut the Sabres’ lead, Buffalo answered two minutes later when Foligno slid an odd-angle backhand shot behind Elliott’s left pad.

Elliott has now allowed 22 goals and is 0-6 in his last six starts for the Flames. Calgary’s six penalties were its most in a game since it had eight penalties in a 4-2 loss to Carolina on Oct. 20. The Sabres’ three power-play goals were a season best.

Video: Things got a little feisty between the Predators and Lightning


There were questionable hits and fists flying toward the end of Monday’s game between the Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning.

A massive scrum erupted with less than two minutes remaining, after Ryan Ellis took a run at Lightning forward J.T. Brown, who wasn’t near the puck at the time. Brown immediately started throwing punches toward Ellis, as everyone else on the ice jumped in to the fracas.

That incident stemmed from a high hit that Brown threw on Nashville defenseman Roman Josi just a few minutes earlier in the third period.

There was no penalty to Brown for that hit, but it also drew a crowd with Mike Fisher getting called for roughing.

Meanwhile, the Predators won 3-1, thanks to a pair of second-period goals from P.K. Subban.