Author: James O'Brien

Arizona Coyotes v Colorado Avalanche

Video: Avs’ MacKinnon snaps slump with his first hat trick


It’s been a highly disappointing season for Colorado Avalanche sophomore Nathan MacKinnon, who many believed was only destined for bigger things after an impressive rookie campaign.

He scored his 10th goal of the season against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, and while that’s a big letdown of a total, he at least provided quality over quantity. It was a remainder that he’s still really fast and really dangerous:

He came into today with just a five percent shooting success rate, so it’s obvious puck luck hasn’t gone his way. If that wasn’t obvious with that stat, he also hadn’t collected a goal since Jan. 17.

Whether the bounce back comes soon or in 2015-16, you get the impression that this slow second season will just be a bump in the road.

Update:¬†MacKinnon did not take long to turn it into his first career hat trick. He didn’t even need three periods to do so:

Boy, has puck luck shifted his way tonight, too:

Video: Ryan Miller injured during collision with teammate


The Vancouver Canucks could have a worrisome injury on their hands, as Ryan Miller suffered a lower-body injury colliding with teammate Jannik Hansen during Sunday’s game against the New York Islanders:

No word yet on how serious it is, but Miller was replaced by Eddie Lack at least early on. The Canucks couldn’t help but joke about injury issues:

What would that make the Columbus Blue Jackets’ injury bug, then?

Update: Miller and Lack ultimately combined for a shutout in a 4-0 win.

The latest word on Miller isn’t so positive, however:

WATCH LIVE: Stars at Wild on NBCSN

Dallas Stars v Minnesota Wild

It’s been quite the day of pucks on NBC and NBCSN, so it makes sense to wrap things up with a natural rivalry.

The Minnesota Wild (and especially their fans) have an inherent beef with the Dallas Stars – aka the franchise that became of the Minnesota North Stars – so their games are usually that much more interesting. It doesn’t hurt when there are some playoff hopes on the line, too.

You can watch the game on NBCSN and also by streaming it via NBC Sports Live Extra: