Despite going through a recent slump, the Chicago Blackhawks still hold top spot in the Central Division, while their opponent Thursday, the Buffalo Sabres, is looking to climb out of the basement in the Eastern Conference.
The Blackhawks and Sabres meet tonight at the United Center in Chicago at 8:30 p.m. ET.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets are chasing history, looking for their 17th straight win.
The Washington Capitals currently stand in their way of matching the longest winning streak in NHL history, currently held by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins.
It’s early, but the Capitals are off to a decent start in their bid to end the Blue Jackets winning streak.
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Daniel Winnik and John Carlson scored in the first period, giving Washington a 2-0 lead, although Columbus held an edge in shots-on-goal following the opening 20 minutes.
So yes, if the Blue Jackets are to extend their chance at history, they’ll need to come back from two goals down. They haven’t found themselves in this situation very often this season.
Good news for the Chicago Blackhawks heading into tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres.
The Blackhawks have activated Marian Hossa from injured reserve, and all signs point to him back in the lineup, projected to be on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Spencer Abbott, per CSN Chicago.
Hossa hasn’t played since Dec. 20, but there had been signs of his return in recent days with the reassignment of Tyler Motte to the American Hockey League.
The Blackhawks have certainly missed Hossa in their lineup, with only one win since he got hurt.
It also looks like defenseman Brian Campbell will be a healthy scratch for the Blackhawks.
“With eight defensemen around, you can say it’s a luxury over the course of 82 games,” said head coach Joel Quenneville.
“Sometimes we look at the back-to-backs but in this situation, when we have eight defensemen, performance is probably the most important point on making a decision. When you have eight guys you’re not really disappointed in, we’re making decisions that are close.”
Jared McCann is back in the National Hockey League.
After spending time with the Springfield Thunderbirds in the AHL, McCann was recalled to the Florida Panthers on Thursday — the day after forward Seth Griffith suffered a concussion on a hit from Nikolaj Ehlers of the Winnipeg Jets, in an incident that drew the ire of Florida’s GM and interim coach Tom Rowe.
In 17 games with the Panthers this season, the 20-year-old McCann has one goal and three points. He had six points in 15 games down in the minors before getting called back up.
Not only did the Panthers lose to the Jets on Wednesday, but Griffith didn’t make it out of the first period.
Multiple reports on Thursday stated Griffith is expected to miss at least a week.
The Panthers, who have been beset by injuries throughout the season, including to top players Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov, are five points out of a Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Russian junior hockey team has gone from heartbreak to celebration within the span of 24 hours to close out their World Juniors tournament.
After losing in a shootout to the U.S. in the semifinal on Wednesday, Russia rebounded with a 2-1 overtime victory against Sweden on a sudden goal early in the extra period to capture the bronze medal Thursday.
Dallas Stars prospect Denis Guryanov, who plays professionally for the Texas Stars in the American Hockey League, scored the winner just 31 seconds into overtime. He stole the puck inside the Swedish blue line and beat Flyers prospect goalie Felix Sandstrom on the back hand.
This result extends streaks for both teams.
Russia has now won a medal in each of the last seven world junior competitions, while on the other hand, Sweden has now finished fourth in three consecutive years.