NBCSN’s coverage of the 2020-21 NHL season continues with Wednesday’s matchup between the Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues. Blues-Kings stream coverage begins at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.
The Los Angeles Kings and the St. Louis Blues meet again on Wednesday for the fourth time this season and the second time in three nights. The Kings have won two of the three games against their West Division rival this season. Wednesday’s game is the final home game for St. Louis against the Kings, as the final four games between the two teams will all be played in LA.
Dustin Brown skated in his 1,200th career NHL game on Monday, tallying two goals in the win. The 36-year-old veteran leads the Kings with 10 goals this season, three of which have come against the Blues. Brown needed just 17 games to score 10 goals this season, marking the quickest time in his career of reaching the double-digit goals plateau.
Carl Gunnarsson (knee) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after colliding with LA’s Gabriel Vilardi during the second period on Monday.
Despite being shut out on Monday, David Perron has still managed to get three points (1G-2A) in three games against the Kings this season. Perron leads the Blues in assists (13) and points (19) this season and has four points in his last three games combined.
WHAT: Los Angeles Kings at St. Louis Blues
WHERE: Enterprise Center
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 9:30 p.m. ET
ON THE CALL: John Kelly, Darren Pang
LIVE STREAM: You can watch the Blues-Kings stream on NBC Sports’ live stream page and the NBC Sports app.
Sammy Blais – Ryan O'Reilly – David Perron
Jordan Kyrou – Brayden Schenn – Mike Hoffman
Zach Sanford – Oskar Sundqvist – Austin Poganski
Kyle Clifford – Jacob De La Rose – MacKenzie MacEachern
Torey Krug – Justin Faulk
Vince Dunn – Robert Bortuzzo
Marco Scandella – Niko Mikkola
Starting goalie: Jordan Binnington
Alex Iafallo – Anze Kopitar – Dustin Brown
Adrian Kempe – Gabriel Vilardi – Jeff Carter
Carl Grundstrom – Blake Lizotte – Trevor Moore
Andreas Athanasiou – Mike Amadio – Austin Wagner
Mikey Anderson – Drew Doughty
Tobias Bjornfot – Matt Roy
Olli Maatta – Sean Walker
Starting goalie: Jonathan Quick
Mathew Barzal has agreed to terms with the New York Islanders on an eight-year extension, a move that keeps the franchise’s top forward under contract for the balance of his prime.
The deal is worth $73.2 million with an annual salary cap hit of $9.15 million, according to a person with knowledge of the contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce terms.
Barzal has led the team in scoring, or been tied for the lead, every season since he became a full-time NHL player in 2017-18. He has 349 points in 411 regular-season and playoff games for the defensively stingy Islanders, who qualified for the postseason three consecutive times before an injury- and virus-altered last year.
“We feel recharged,” Barzal said recently. “We feel like everybody had good summers and worked hard, and we got that excitement back.”
Barzal, now 25, is coming off putting up 59 points in 75 games. The offensive star will now be asked to round out his game.
“I’m a fan because Mat has the ability to raise his game and to be a special player,” general manager Lou Lamoriello told reporters at the team’s practice facility on Long Island. “And now, with this contract and our faith in him, (it) puts that responsibility on him. We’re trusting that. It’s up to him to respond to that.”
OTTAWA, Ontario — Ottawa Senators goaltender Cam Talbot is expected to be out five to seven weeks with what the team called an upper-body injury.
The Senators initially called Talbot day to day with what they hoped was a minor injury. Instead he’s now expected to miss at least the first month of the NHL season.
Ottawa claimed goalie Magnus Hellberg off waivers from the Seattle Kraken upon announcing Talbot’s expected absence. Hellberg, who played for Sweden at the Beijing Olympics could split time with countryman Anton Forsberg while Talbot is out.
The Senators acquired Talbot from Minnesota during the offseason to make him their starter after the Wild opted against bringing him back along with Marc-Andre Fleury. Talbot, 35, had a 2.76 goals-against average and .911 save percentage this season.
Losing Talbot is a blow to the Senators, who also acquired winger Alex DeBrincat from Chicago and signed longtime Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux as part of a move toward contending and ending their playoff drought.
CHICAGO — Blackhawks forward Boris Katchouk will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a left ankle sprain, the team announced.
The 24-year-old Katchouk played almost 12 minutes during a 3-0 preseason loss to Detroit on Saturday night. He was acquired in a multiplayer trade with Tampa Bay in March.
The Blackhawks open the season on Oct. 12 at Colorado.
The team also said forward Jujhar Khaira is day to day with a right ankle injury.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ducks defenseman Urho Vaakanainen was taken off the Honda Center ice on a stretcher after he crashed into the end boards in the first period of Anaheim’s preseason game against the San Jose Sharks.
The Finnish defenseman was conscious and alert with full movement in his extremities at UCI Medical Center, the Ducks said.
The frightening incident occurred midway through the opening period when Vaakanainen smashed into the boards at a dangerous speed behind the Sharks’ net. Vaakanainen appeared to be concentrating on the pass he had just made to Derek Grant, who scored the Ducks’ opening goal on the assist.
Vaakanainen’s teammates came onto the ice and gathered around him as he was taken away on the stretcher.
The Ducks acquired the 23-year-old Vaakanainen from Boston last March in the deal that sent longtime Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm to the Bruins. After recording two assists in 14 games for the Ducks last season, Vaakanainen is attempting to win a top-six role on Anaheim’s defense this fall.