NHL Rink Wrap: Talbot gets shut out; Forsberg sets team record; Golden Knights issues

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Top player in the NHL on Monday

Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators

Even though he does not have a new contract extension yet, the Nashville Predators still held on to Filip Forsberg at the NHL Trade Deadline on Monday. He rewarded them with a hat trick in their 6-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night, giving him 35 goals on the season. That goal total set a new single season franchise record for most goals in a season as he continues to have an incredible season. He has scored those 35 goals in just 50 games. That would be a 57.4 goal pace over 82 games. He is not the only Predators forward having a huge season. Matt Duchene also scored two goals on Monday night to give him 34 goals on the season. They are both closing in on 40 goals for the season, something no Predators player has ever done before. Combined with a Norris caliber season from Roman Josi on defense and another sensational performance from Jusse Saros in goal and they all have the Predators headed to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the eighth year in a row.

Highlights from around the NHL on Monday

Speaking of milestones, Troy Terry scored his 30th goal of the season for the Anaheim Ducks. Nobody expected that this season. It is a beautiful shot as well.

Brad Marchand scored two goals for the Boston Bruins, including this beautiful overtime game-winning goal against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.

Stopping Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar on a 2-on-1 rush in overtime seems impossible. The Edmonton Oilers could not stop them on this play.

Three takeaways from the NHL on Monday

Cam Talbot gets shut out

Goaltending has been a big concern for the Minnesota Wild lately, and on the same day that they acquired Marc-Andre fleury in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks Cam Talbot stops all 28 shots he faces in a 3-0 shutout win over the Vegas Golden Knights. New trade deadline acquisition Nicolaus Deslauriers scored the game’s opening goal in the win for Minnesota is it maintains the second playoff spot in the Central Division.

Golden Knights did not have a good day

Not only did the Vegas Golden Knights get shut out, 3-0, to make their fight for a playoff spot even more difficult, but they also have an embarrassing situation with a trade they tried to make with the Anaheim Ducks. They had intended to send Evgenii Dadonov to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Ryan Kesler‘s contract in a move that would have created some much-needed salary cap space. The problem is that Dadonov had a no-trade clause in his contract that included Anaheim and nobody knew about it until after the trade was processed. We will have more on this on Tuesday, but the problem could be anything from Ottawa not disclosing the no-trade clause to Vegas when Dadonov was traded their in July, to Vegas not doing its own due diligence on its own player’s contract. Either way, it is not a fight between the NHL and the NHLPA and a major headache for the Golden Knights.

Another NHL Trade Deadline day in the books

Overall there were 33 total trades and 54 total players that switched teams on Monday. We have all of the winners and losers here. See all of the trades here.

Tuesday’s big story

Aside from all of the new players on new teams making their debuts, there is a great matchup between two of the Eastern Conference’s best teams when the Carolina Hurricanes face the Tampa Bay Lightning. Also another significant day in the Western Conference playoff race with Edmonton, Dallas, Vegas, Nashville, and Los Angeles all in action.

Monday’s NHL Scores

Boston Bruins 3, Montreal Canadiens 2 (OT)
Minnesota Wild 3, Vegas Golden Knights 0
Colorado Avalanche 3, Edmonton Oilers 2
Nashville Predators 6, Anaheim Ducks 3

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    Canucks’ Ilya Mikheyev to have season-ending knee surgery

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    VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Vancouver Canucks right wing Ilya Mikheyev is set to have season-ending surgery on his left knee.

    Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said Friday night the 28-year-old Russian forward tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the team’s first preseason game Sept. 25. Mikheyev will undergo surgery next week and is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall.

    Mikheyev was originally listed as week-to-week with the injury and played 45 regular-season games, finishing with 13 goals and 15 assists. He scored in his final appearance Friday night, a 5-2 home victory over Columbus.

    Mikheyev signed a four-year, $19 million contract as a free agent last summer.

    Maple Leafs’ Matthews out at least 3 weeks with knee injury

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    Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will miss at least three weeks with a sprained knee.

    The team announced the reigning MVP’s anticipated absence Friday, two days after Matthews was injured in Toronto’s victory against the New York Rangers.

    Matthews is expected to miss at least six games and could be out for a few more. The timing of the injury coinciding with the NHL All-Star break and the Maple Leafs bye week prevents this from costing Matthews more time out of the lineup.

    After being voted an All-Star by fans, Matthews is now out of the event scheduled for Feb. 3-4 in Sunrise, Florida. The league announced Aleskander Barkov from the host Florida Panthers will take Matthews’ place on the Atlantic Division All-Star roster.

    Matthews, who won the Hart Trophy last season after leading the NHL with 60 goals, has 53 points in 47 games this season.

    Caufield opted for surgery with Habs out of playoff race

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    MONTREAL — Montreal Canadiens winger Cole Caufield said Friday he wouldn’t be having season-ending surgery on his right shoulder if the team were in playoff contention.

    But with the Canadiens near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, the 22-year-old Caufield said he decided to have the surgery to protect his long-term health. The procedure is scheduled to be performed by Dr. Peter Millett on Wednesday.

    “I didn’t want to stop playing,” Caufield said. “I had a couple tests done to look at it more clearly but, in the end, like it could’ve been one more fall and it could have been even worse.”

    Caufield, who leads the Canadiens with 26 goals in 46 games, had three different medical opinions on his shoulder before concluding that his season was over.

    “I think they’ve seen a lot more than I have and they know the differences and what they like or don’t like about it,” he said about the medical opinions. “Long term, I think this is what’s best but for sure it was tough to sit out that game against Toronto on Saturday night.”

    Caufield initially felt the injury in an awkward fall during Montreal’s 4-2 loss at Dallas on Dec. 23. He said his right shoulder popped, and he replaced it himself.

    Caufield felt it again in the Habs’ 4-3 loss at Nashville on Jan. 12. The club announced on Jan. 21 that Caufield would miss the rest of the season.

    Caufield is nearing the end of his three-year, entry-level contract and will be a restricted free agent this summer.

    All-Star Matty Beniers to miss next 2 games for Kraken

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    SEATTLE — Seattle Kraken rookie All-Star Matty Beniers will miss the team’s final two games before the All-Star break after taking a big hit from Vancouver’s Tyler Myers earlier this week.

    Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said after morning skate Friday that Beniers would not play Friday night against Calgary or Saturday against Columbus. Hakstol did not speculate on Beniers’ availability for next weekend’s All-Star Game in Florida.

    The team has not specified what kind of injury Beniers sustained from the hit. He was barreled over by Myers away from the play early in the second period in Wednesday’s 6-1 victory over Vancouver. Myers was penalized for interference on the play. Beniers returned briefly for one shift later in the period but did not play in the third period.

    Beniers is Seattle’s lone All-Star selection this season. He leads all rookies in goals (17) and points (36), and is fifth in total ice time for rookies.

    Seattle also placed defenseman Justin Schultz on injured reserve and recalled forward Max McCormick from Coachella Valley of the AHL. Hakstol said Schultz is improving but there’s no timeline on his return.