NBCSN’s coverage of the 2020-21 NHL season continues with Sunday’s matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings. Blackhawks-Red Wings stream coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.
These long-time foes meet for the second straight day and sixth time this season (out of eight scheduled matchups). On Saturday night, the Red Wings beat Chicago, 5-3, for their first win over the Blackhawks in five meetings this season. It’s also the first time that Detroit earned a road win over Chicago since Jan. 14, 2018, ending a four-game skid at United Center.
The Red Wings have won three of their last four games and have climbed out of the basement in the Central Division, jumping over Dallas (which has played seven fewer games) in the standings. The Blackhawks suffered their third loss in the last 11 games (8-3-0) and fell to 5-3-1 at home for the season.
Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin sustained an upper-body injury in Thursday’s 5-2 win over Nashville. He was ruled out of Saturday’s game against Chicago and will not play on Sunday. Larkin is currently second on the team in scoring with 11 points (4G, 7A).
Patrick Kane is nearing 400 career goals as he currently sits on 399. He would become the fourth Blackhawks player to reach 400 goals with the club, joining Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Steve Larmer. He would also be the 100th player in the NHL history to reach that mark.
WHAT: Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks
WHERE: United Center
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 28, 6 p.m. ET
ON THE CALL: John Forslund, Eddie Olczyk
LIVE STREAM: You can watch the Blackhawks-Red Wings stream stream on NBC Sports’ live stream page and the NBC Sports app.
Alex DeBrincat – Pius Suter – Patrick Kane
Mattias Janmark – Carl Soderberg – Philipp Kurashev
Dominik Kubalik – Lucas Wallmark – Brandon Hagel
Matthew Highmore – David Kampf – Ryan Carpenter
Duncan Keith – Ian Mitchell
Calvin de Haan – Adam Boqvist
Nikita Zadorov – Connor Murphy
Starting goalie: Kevin Lankinen
Bobby Ryan – Robby Fabbri – Anthony Mantha
Filip Zadina – Vladislav Namestnikov – Sam Gagner
Darren Helm – Luke Glendening – Adam Erne
Frans Nielsen – Valtteri Filppula – Evgeny Svechnikov
Dan DeKeyser – Filip Hronek
Marc Staal – Jon Merrill
Christian Djoos – Patrik Nemeth
Starting goalie: Jonathan Bernier
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.