There’s a mix of good and bad/murky news for the Los Angeles Kings as they face the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.
The good: Remember Jake Muzzin‘s match penalty from Sunday? It put the Kings in a bind against the Arizona Coyotes there, but Los Angeles won, and they’ll get the valuable defenseman in the lineup tonight.
His debatable match penalty was rescinded.
Hearing that Jake Muzzin's match penalty Saturday has been rescinded. NHL will rescind the hit to head penalty. Won't be on his record.
Washington’s two biggest stars figured in to a feisty one on Wednesday, as Braden Holtby grabbed a 31-save shutout and Alex Ovechkin scored his 493rd career goal in a 2-0 victory against the Buffalo Sabres.
With that, the Capitals are now on an impressive eight-game winning streak.
Ovechkin’s goal ended up being the game-winner, but Holtby continued to be the brightest star for the Caps. He secured his shutout with a stop against Kane being arguably the biggest highlight:
It seems like a 7-3 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 21 may have been the springboard for Washington. Since then, the Capitals have gone 14-1-1.
The Dallas Stars hold the overall NHL standings lead with 57 points, yet the Caps are nipping at their heels with 56 points and two games in hand. Maybe most importantly, Washington is far ahead of any other team in the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference in general.
After weathering a tough schedule, the Capitals showed that some rough stuff won’t deter them tonight:
The Minnesota Wild provided a surprise swap on Monday, as their goalie situation saw some injury-related juggling.
Darcy Kuemper was originally slated to start against the Detroit Red Wings, but the team announced that he’s out with an upper-body injury. With that, Devan Dubnyk starts even after needing stitches to close up a recent “pressure wound.”
This morning Yeo said Devan Dubnyk may not be able to even back up after six stitches yesterday. Now he's starting in net for the #MNWild.