The Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers both boast a bevvy of enviably talented young players, so it only makes sense that a fresh face made the difference.
Granted, Brandon Manning might be “old” by certain standards at 26 but … you get the idea.
His shorthanded goal ended up being the difference as the Flyers topped the Hurricanes 4-3 on Sunday:
The win also is a boost for Michal Neuvirth, who hasn’t gained a victory since being in net for the Flyers’ season-opening win. Philly’s next game is a Wednesday Night Rivalry clash with the Detroit Red Wings on NBCSN.
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The Los Angeles Kings placed Brayden McNabb on injured reserve on Sunday.
While this move doesn’t devastate the Kings’ roster quite like Jonathan Quick‘s absence does, it’s another tough blow to Los Angeles, a team also without Marian Gaborik for quite some time.
McNabb is a big defenseman who’s been taking on an increasing role with the Kings. He went from averaging about 16 minutes in 2014-15 to almost 19 in 2015-16 and is now at 20:14 time on ice per contest through this young season.
The Kings have been able to stay in (and often win) recent contests by protecting Peter Budaj and hogging the puck, so this stings Darryl Sutter’s crew.
Los Angeles faces the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night.
When you look at their schedule for Saturday and Sunday, you’d probably say they’d be lucky to grab a point or two. Instead, they blanked the Florida Panthers 3-0 on Saturday and then almost shut out the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 today.
(They missed five or six empty-net goals to inflate that last score, almost to the point of it being spooky.)
There’s no denying that great goaltending factored into this surprisingly impressive back-to-back set.
First, Anders Nilsson made 33 saves for the second shutout of his bumpy NHL career. This time around, Robin Lehner stopped 37 of 38 shots against an explosive Jets lineup.
They weren’t the only players to enjoy this two-day stretch, though. Kyle Okposo enjoyed what was likely his best weekend as a member of the Sabres, scoring three goals on four shots.