Get your Sabres in your fantasy lineup

Since this column comes out on Friday before the start of the weekend, I thought it was appropriate to talk about the Lake Tahoe Outdoor games on Saturday and Sunday.

Colorado hosts Vegas on Saturday while Boston is the home side Sunday when they face the Philadelphia Flyers.

Both games take place on the 18th Fairway of the Edgewood Tahoe Resort and can be seen on NBC with Saturday’s game starting at 3 PM ET while Sunday will get underway at 2 PM ET. You can also streamline the game live Saturday here, and Sunday here.

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WEEK OF FEBRUARY 22-28

5 Games – Buffalo

4 Games – Arizona, Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Florida, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Nashville, New Jersey, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington,

3 Games – Anaheim, Boston, Edmonton, Montreal, New York Rangers, Ottawa, Philadelphia, San Jose, St. Louis, Toronto, Vegas

2 Games – Vancouver, Winnipeg

Calgary, Dallas, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh play four games on the road.

Arizona, Florida and the New York Islanders play four games at home.

Boston, Carolina, Montreal and Vegas play three games on the road.

Buffalo, New Jersey, Ottawa and San Jose play three games at home.

Any crossed off games have been postponed due to the coronavirus and are expected to be replayed at a later date.

INJURIES

There are now only 13 players on the COVID protocol list, the second least amount since the season began in January. (Click here to see the rest of the injury list.)

ANAHEIM

Games this week

@ Arizona, @ Arizona, vs. Vegas

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Ducks sent Sonny Milano to the minors on a long-term injury conditioning loan as he had been out the last 12 games…Rickard Rakell has only one goal this season in 17 games. He has scored 30 or more goals twice in his NHL career and fantasy owners who were banking on a comeback have been severely disappointed…Max Comtois has been the only Duck to have any fantasy value as he has seven goals and nine points in 17 games and is a plus-two on an Anaheim team that is a collective minus-42…Jani Hakanpaa is the plus/minus leader at plus-four but he has yet to get a point in 17 contests…John Gibson is 5-6-3 with a 2.38 GAA and a .895 save percentage.

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ARIZONA

Games this week

vs. Anaheim, vs. Anaheim, vs. Colorado, vs. Colorado

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Coyotes play all four games at home this week, including three in four nights…Expect to see Darcy Kuemper in net for at least two and possibly three games with Antti Raanta starting the remainder…It was nice to see Arizona play Thursday as they faced Los Angeles…It was the first time in eight games that they didn’t play the St. Louis Blues as the two teams played seven straight with the Coyotes going 4-2-1…Raanta missed Thursday’s game with an upper-body issue and you have to wonder if he is questionable this week…Conor Garland has taken over the Coyotes lead in points with 15 in 16 games including seven goals…Oliver Ekman-Larsson returned to action after missing 10 games with a lower-body injury. He has four assists in six games.

BOSTON

Games this week

@ New York Islanders, @ New York Rangers, @ New York Rangers

Tired: @ New York Rangers (Friday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Bruins play three games in four nights so look for Tuukka Rask to play twice with Jaroslav Halak getting the call once…Boston has split up their top line of David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand as Jake DeBrusk has replaced Pastrnak who moved to the second line with David Krejci and Nick Ritchie…DeBrusk scored his first of the season Thursday and has three points in 10 games. Look for DeBrusk to start getting hot, especially if he remains on the top unit…Krejci was injured Thursday and is questionable for the Outdoor Game Sunday with a lower-body injury…Matt Grzelcyk remains on the sidelines as does Jakub Zboril and Ondrej Kase…Craig Smith, the Bruins big off-season signing, has only three goals and five points in 14 games this season.

BUFFALO

Games this week

@ New York Islanders, @ New Jersey, vs. New Jersey, vs. Philadelphia, vs. Philadelphia

Tired: @ New Jersey (Tuesday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Sabres play a whopping five games this week as their two-week break due to a COVID outbreak is catching up to them…Expect to see Linus Ullmark play three times with Carter Hutton getting the call in net twice…Rasmus Ristolainen is off the COVID list but is unable to return at this time as coach Ralph Krueger feels he needs more time to get his energy levels back. Ristolainen should return this week…Rasmus Dahlin has only four points in 12 games and is a minus-14…Dylan Cozens and Casey Mittelstadt are both back on the ice but were not in the lineup Thursday as they also have yet to get back in shape after bouts with COVID…Jeff Skinner has yet to score and has only one assist in 13 games. Do you think the Sabres are regretting the eight-year/$72 million deal they gave him in the summer of 2019?

CALGARY

Games this week

@ Toronto, @ Toronto, @ Ottawa, @ Ottawa

Tired: @ Ottawa (Thursday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Flames play four games this week including three games in four nights…Jacob Markstrom, who has been great this season, should get three starts with David Rittich picking up one assignment…Look for Rittich to start playing more the rest of the way according to coach Geoff Ward as he has only started twice in 16 games…Elias Lindholm and Johnny Gaudreau lead the Flames with 16 points in 16 games…Mikael Backlund returned to the lineup Thursday after missing one game with a lower-body injury…He is seeing third line minutes with Milan Lucic and Dillon Dube…Juuso Valimaki is starting to see plenty of time on the first power play, sharing quarterbacking duties with Rasmus Andersson.

CAROLINA

Games this week

vs. Tampa Bay, vs. Tampa Bay, @ Tampa Bay, @ Florida

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Hurricanes play four games this week including three in four nights…James Reimer is now the number one goaltender as Petr Mrazek is out of action after breaking his right thumb, and should get three starts with Alex Nedeljkovic picking up one start…Morgan Geekie had four points in two games last season but after going pointless in all nine games this season, Geekie was sent to the minors Thursday…Andrei Svechnikov is on a four-game points streak….Jordan Staal leads the Panthers in points with 15 in just 12 games, one better than Vincent Trocheck…The Hurricanes made a couple of trades this week, starting by dealing Ryan Dzingel to Ottawa for Alex Galchenyuk and Cedric Paquette and then dealing Galchenyuk to Toronto for Egor Korshkov and David Warsofsky…Paquette will be an energy player for Carolina while Korshkov is having a fine season in the KHL…Warsofsky is a depth player who will likely play in the AHL.

CHICAGO

Games this week

@ Columbus, @ Columbus, vs. Detroit, vs. Detroit

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Blackhawks continue to get fine goaltending from Kevin Lankinen and that will help as they play four games this week including three games in four nights…Lankinen should get the crease three times with Malcolm Subban playing once…Lankinen has continued his brilliance and has to be a prime contender for the Calder Trophy this season. He is 7-2-3 with a 2.29 GAA and a .931 save percentage…Pius Suter is centering the top line with Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane…Mattias Janmark has been giving the Blackhawks some nice secondary scoring with six goals and 10 points in 18 games…Dominik Kubalik scored his first two even strength goals this season on Monday and now has five goals and 14 points in 18 contests.

COLORADO

Games this week

@ Vegas, vs. Minnesota, @ Arizona, @ Arizona

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Avalanche play four games this week with three in four nights…Pihlipp Grubauer should get the call in net three times with Adam Werner likely to play once as Pavel Francouz is on the injured reserve list with a lower-body injury that has kept him from playing this season while Hunter Miska is still on the COVID protocol list…Cale Makar has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury and that has given Devon Toews a shot on the top power play…Samuel Girard (COVID) will finally be able to skate on February 20 and could be back in the lineup at some point this week…Nathan MacKinnon leads the Avs with 15 points in 12 games and is currently centering Andre Burakovsky and Mikko Rantanen while Gabriel Landeskog returned to practice but on the third line with J.T Compher and Logan O’Connor.

COLUMBUS

Games this week

vs. Chicago, vs. Chicago, @ Nashville, @ Nashville

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Blue Jackets have a busy four-game slate this week including three games in four nights…Joonas Korpisalo has been carrying most of the load this season as Elvis Merzlikins has been hurt but look for the twosome to share the net this week…Merzlikins picked up his first start Thursday since January 31 and shut out the Nashville Predators, stopping 32 shots…His stats are far superior to Korpisalo as Elvis is 3-2-1 with a 2.51 GAA and a .920 save percentage while Korpisalo is 5-4-3 with a 3.55 GAA and a .887 save percentage. The Blue Jackets will likely trade one before the expansion draft as that is a luxury and they could use help elsewhere…Cam Atkinson was the first star of the week in the NHL three goals and seven points in three games with two goals coming shorthanded…Jack Roslovic has been a stud since his trade from Winnipeg as he has four goals and 10 points in only 11 games. Roslovic has shown what he is capable of as a top-six forward, a chance he did not get in Winnipeg.

DALLAS

Games this week

@ Florida, @ Florida, @ Florida, @ Tampa Bay

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Stars play all four games on the road this week, including three games in four nights…Anton Khudobin should get the start in net three times with Jake Oettinger playing once… As if the Stars didn’t already have a tough hill to climb, postponing their first four games of the season, but this week they had another four games postponed due to a major snowstorm and subsequent power outages across the state of Texas…Alexander Radulov and Roope Hintz have benefited from the postponements as they could be ready to go Monday and would not have been fit to play had the games not been postponed…Joe Pavelski continues to lead the Stars in points with 17 in 12 games, five up on John Klingberg.

DETROIT

Games this week

vs. Nashville, vs. Nashville, @ Chicago, @ Chicago

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Red Wings play all four games this week with three coming in four nights as they complete their six-game homestand…They could split the net between Thomas Greiss and Jonathan Bernier…Darren Helm (lower body) and Vladislav Namestnikov (undisclosed) are both questionable at this time…Tyler Bertuzzi (upper body) is hoping to return at some point this week…By the time Monday rolls around, he will have missed 11 straight games. He is still tied for the Detroit goal scoring lead with Anthony Mantha as both have five…Christian Djoos scored his first goal as a Detroit Red Wing Monday…Danny DeKeyser was placed on waivers and when he passed through, was placed on the Detroit taxi squad.

EDMONTON

Games this week

@ Vancouver, @ Vancouver, vs. Toronto

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

Connor McDavid hit the 500-point milestone in only 369 games this week (the exact same time that it took Sidney Crosby to do so earlier in his career). He continues to lead the NHL with 32 points…Tyson Barrie was a big off-season acquisition and he has returned to form with three goals and 14 points in 18 games…The same cannot be said for Kyle Turris who has only a goal and two helpers in 18 games this season…Mike Smith gave up four goals on 11 shots before he was pulled against Winnipeg Monday but has been outstanding in his other three games as he is 3-0-0 with a 2.07 GAA and a .938 save percentage…Mikko Koskinen was saddled with the loss Monday as the Oilers came back to make it close, losing 6-5.

FLORIDA

Games this week

vs. Dallas, vs. Dallas, vs. Dallas, vs. Carolina

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Panthers play four games, including three games in four nights…Sergei Bobrovsky should start at least two games and possibly three with Chris Driedger picking up the remainder of the starts…The Panthers are at the top of the Central Division standings, tied with Chicago at 22 points but having four games in hand…Jonathan Huberdeau is having an outstanding season with seven goals and 20 points in 14 games…The two big surprises continue to be Patric Hornqvist who has 13 points and Carter Verhaeghe who has 12…Both were off-season acquisitions as Hornqvist was dealt from Pittsburgh for Mike Matheson and Verhaeghe was a UFA after winning the Stanley Cup as a bottom-six forward with Tampa Bay…Congratulations to Juho Lammikko who scored his first career NHL goal Wednesday.

LOS ANGELES

Games this week

@ St. Louis, @ St. Louis, @ Minnesota, @ Minnesota

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Kings head to the Central Time Zone for the last time during the regular season as they play four games including three in four nights…Look for Jonathan Quick and Cal Petersen to split the net…The veterans continue to dominate for the Kings as Anze Kopitar leads with 19 points while Dustin Brown has eight goals and 14 points and defenseman Drew Doughty has 13…The Kings want their younger players to be in the lineup and contributing more, but that has not been the case this season…Lias Andersson has only one goal in 11 games while Gabriel Vilardi has been better with three goals and six points in 15 contests…Andreas Athanasiou is no longer on the COVID protocol list but has not played since January 26.

MINNESOTA

Games this week

@ San Jose, @ Colorado, vs. Los Angeles, vs. Los Angeles

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Wild play three games in four nights as part of their four-game week…Cam Talbot was taken off the COVID list Thursday so Kaapo Kahkonen and Talbot will share the net for now…Andrew Hammond was placed on the COVID list Thursday…The Wild have been getting more than capable goaltending from Kahkonen who is 4-4-0 with a 2.65 GAA and a .905 save percentage this season after Thursday’s 3-1 win over Anaheim…Kevin Fiala has four goals in his last six games but that is all he has had this season with four points in 10 games after getting fantasy managers all excited last season with 26 points in his final 18 games. He does have 27 penalty minutes which is a huge bonus if you play the category…The Wild took a lot of players off the COVID protocol list Thursday including Jonas Brodin, Victor Rask and Carson Soucy.

MONTREAL

Games this week

@ Ottawa, @ Winnipeg, @ Winnipeg

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Canadiens are expecting Cole Caufield to sign once his season is over at the University of Wisconsin…He leads all NCAA players with 33 points in only 22 games and could be the offensive player the Canadiens need in their lineup as they have had trouble scoring of late…Paul Byron had been an integral part of the Canadiens lineup the last few years but had only three assists this season in 14 games before Montreal placed him on waivers which he passed through. He is now on the taxi squad…Josh Anderson leads the Canadiens with nine goals in 15 games…Jesperi Kotkaniemi was expected to take a big leap forward this season but he is stuck on a goal and seven points in 15 games…Jonathan Drouin has only one goal but does have 10 helpers in 15 games this season.

NASHVILLE

Games this week

@ Detroit, @ Detroit, vs. Columbus, vs. Columbus

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Predators play four games this week including three in four nights…Juuse Saros should get the call in net at least twice while Pekka Rinne will get the crease the remainder of the week…The Predators have already used 26 skaters in only 16 games as only seven players have played in all 16 games including Filip Forsberg, Matt Duchene, Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis Viktor Arvidsson, Dante Fabbro and Colton Sissons…Matthew Benning has yet to pick up a point in 15 games while Mark Borowiecki has 29 penalty minutes in 13 contests…Eeli Tolvanen came to North America full of hype as he was taken in the first round in 2017 but the 21-year-old has yet to fulfill his potential and has only one goal in seven games this season.

NEW JERSEY

Games this week

vs. Buffalo, @ Buffalo, vs. Washington, vs. Washington

Tired: None

Rested: vs. Buffalo (Tuesday)

Notes

The Devils play four games this week and three occur in four nights…Mackenzie Blackwood should pick up three starts with Scott Wedgewood getting one start…The Devils finally returned to action Tuesday after being off since January 31 with a COVID outbreak…They will have to play 45 games in the next 79 days unless the NHL extends the regular season…That’s a lot of hockey…The Devils are off to a great start in the tough East Division as they are 6-3-2 after a 3-2 win over Boston Thursday…Sami Vatanen finally played in his first game of the season Thursday and was a plus-one in 14:44 of action…Mikhail Maltsev scored his first career goal Tuesday in a win over the Rangers…Jack Hughes leads the Devils with nine points in 11 contests.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Games this week

vs. Buffalo, vs. Boston, vs. Pittsburgh, vs. Pittsburgh

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Islanders play four games this week, including three games in four nights…Semyon Varlamov is off to a great start and should get three starts with Ilya Sorokin picking up one…Sorokin picked up his first career shutout as well as his first NHL win in a 3-0 victory over Buffalo Tuesday…Anders Lee has seven goals in 16 games to lead the Islanders…Nick Leddy had only 21 points in 60 games last season and 26 in a full 82 game schedule in 2018-19 but is off to a better start this season with a goal and nine points in 16 games, leading all Islander blueliners in points…Anthony Beauvillier returned on Tuesday after missing nine games with a lower-body injury and has only one assist in seven games this season. He had 18 goals and 39 points in 68 games last year.

NEW YORK RANGERS

Games this week

@ Philadelphia, vs. Boston, vs. Boston

Tired: vs. Boston (Friday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Rangers continue to be a big disappointment this season, with only five wins in 15 games with three extra points coming in extra time losses…Artemi Panarin returned to action Thursday after missing two games with a lower-body injury and had an assist in a 3-2 shootout win over the Flyers. He leads the Rangers with 16 points in 13 games…K’Andre Miller was unable to play Thursday as he is still out with an upper-body injury…Jacob Trouba is out for the next four-six weeks with a broken thumb…The Rangers blueline is not at all what pundits thought it would be at the beginning of the season with all the injuries plus the Tony DeAngelo saga…Pavel Buchnevich is back on the top line with Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider, swapping places on the third line with Colin Blackwell.

OTTAWA

Games this week

vs. Montreal, vs. Calgary, vs. Calgary

Tired: None

Rested: vs. Calgary (Thursday)

Notes

The Senators have been causing some teams some aggravation as they continue to play hard despite the lack of experience on the roster…They came back Monday against Toronto and beat them in overtime 6-5 after spotting the Maple Leafs a 5-1 lead with less than a minute to go in the second period…Thomas Chabot missed Thursday’s game with an upper-body injury…Artem Anisimov has been placed on the Senators taxi squad…Brady Tkachuk has plenty of fantasy value as the youngster has five goals and 11 points with 25 penalty minutes and an NHL-leading 77 shots on goal…Tim Stutzle has five goals and nine points but is a minus-14.

PHILADELPHIA

Games this week

vs. New York Rangers, @ Buffalo, @ Buffalo

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Flyers returned to action Thursday after missing four games due to postponements caused by COVID…Travis Konecny, Scott Laughton, Oskar Lindblom, Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux and Justin Braun are still on the protocol list…James van Riemsdyk saw his seven-game points streak end on Thursday. He leads the Flyers with 18 points in 14 games…Joel Farabee is seeing first line time with JVR and Sean Couturier and has seven goals and 13 points in 14 contests…Carter Hart has a nice record at 5-2-3 with so-so stats as he has a 3.31 GAA and a .902 save percentage…Brian Elliott has been better at 3-1-0 with a 2.19 GAA and a .929 save percentage but Hart is their top goalie now and especially in the future.

PITTSBURGH

Games this week

@ Washington, @ Washington, @ New York Islanders, @ New York Islanders

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Penguins play all four on the road including three games in four nights…Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith will, in all likelihood, share the net…Bryan Rust is leading the Penguins in points with 15…Evgeni Malkin had a pair of assists Thursday and now has nine points in 15 games this season. That is way below his regular pace but he made some fantasy owners happier by taking a 10-minute misconduct late in the game…Juuso Riikola is still out with an upper-body injury suffered on January 19 but is now skating with the taxi squad…Evan Rodrigues is also skating as he has been out since January 24 with a lower-body injury…Brian Dumoulin was also on the ice as he has not played since January 26 with a lower-body injury.

SAN JOSE

Games this week

vs Minnesota, vs. Vegas, vs. St. Louis

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Sharks had some good goalkeeping from Martin Jones Thursday as he stopped 42 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to St. Louis…John Leonard scored his first NHL goal on Monday and then followed it up Thursday with another to give him two in two games…Noah Gregor was a healthy scratch two games in a row and then scored upon his return Thursday…Erik Karlsson continues to be injury-prone and is out once again with a lower-body injury believed to be his groin. He has only four assists this season in 13 games with a minus-five rating. Right now he has no fantasy value…Devan Dubnyk is back on the bench with the Sharks and the netminder will likely see some action this week.

ST. LOUIS

Games this week

vs. Los Angeles, vs. Los Angeles, @ San Jose

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Blues are atop the West standings with 22 points but the Golden Knights are only one point behind with three games in hand…David Perron had a goal and two assists in a 3-2 overtime win Thursday and leads St. Louis with 18 points in 17 games. He scored in overtime and leads all NHLers in overtime goals since the start of the 2019-20 season with five…Mike Hoffman has four goals and seven points in his last seven games…Vladimir Tarasenko has been on the ice and is making progress from his off-season surgery on his left shoulder, his third in the last few years…He is not ready to practice with the full team but is getting closer. If you can stash him with a reserve spot and he is available in your pool, now is a good time to do so…Jordan Binnington is slated to become a UFA at the end of the season and GM Doug Armstrong hopes to re-sign his goaltender.

TAMPA BAY

Games this week

@ Carolina, vs. Carolina, vs. Carolina, vs. Dallas

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Lightning play four games this week including three games in four nights against Carolina…Andrei Vasilevskiy will play three times with Curtis McElhinney getting one start…It was not a pretty sight Monday as McElhinney gave up six goals on only 21 shots in a 6-4 loss to Florida…Mitchell Stephens is out for at least a couple of months as his lower-body injury suffered on January 23 was a significant injury that required surgery. Coach Jon Cooper said that it was not a ‘weeks’ thing so he may or may not return by the end of the regular season…Steven Stamkos returned to the lineup Monday after missing a couple of games with a lower-body injury and a false positive COVID test…Alexander Volkov has three goals in his last two games, after not finding the back of the net in his first seven contests.

TORONTO

Games this week

vs. Calgary, vs. Calgary, @ Edmonton

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Maple Leafs are on top of the North Division standings with a 13-3-2 record, eight points better than Montreal and Edmonton…Mitch Marner has 27 points, third-best in the NHL and has two goals and 10 points in his last seven games including a four-point night Thursday…Auston Matthews is on a tear with 25 points, good for fourth in the NHL scoring race and his 16 goals are four better than Brock Boeser as well as six ahead of Leon Draisaitl, Nikolaj Ehlers and Tyler Toffoli…Notice all five players play for Canadian teams…Joe Thornton has been hot since returning to action Monday as he has two goals and six points in his last three games. Thornton has eight points in eight games this season…John Tavares and William Nylander each scored on Thursday to halt goalless streaks.

VANCOUVER

Games this week

vs. Edmonton, vs. Edmonton

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Canucks only play a pair of games this week…Brock Boeser has taken over the Canucks points lead from Quinn Hughes as he has 21 points including 12 goals, one point better than the Canucks defenseman…Elias Pettersson is has 12 points in his last 12 games with points in 10 of the 12 contests…The Canucks have four players with at least 22 penalty minutes, led by Tyler Myers 35…He leads the NHL as Vancouver has all four in the top-13 in the NHL…Vancouver owner Francesco Aquilini gave his GM Jim Benning and coach Travis Green, a vote of confidence on the weekend but it sounded like he really meant it…It must have worked as the Canucks have picked up five of six points against Calgary since Saturday.

VEGAS

Games this week

@ Colorado, @ San Jose, @ Anaheim

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Golden Knights are 10-3-1 this season as they head into their Lake Tahoe outdoor game where they will be the visiting team…Robin Lehner is out with an upper-body injury, keeping Marc-Andre Fleury as the undisputed top goaltender…Fleury is deserving of the honor as he was the second star of the week as is 7-2-0 with a 1.56 GAA and a .937 save percentage…Mark Stone leads the Golden Knights with 16 points while Max Pacioretty has eight goals in 14 games…Chandler Stephenson is centering the top line and has five goals and nine points thus far…Alex Pietrangelo has been a disappointment offensively with only a goal and four points in 11 games…By comparison, Shea Theodore has 11 points in 11 games.

WASHINGTON

Games this week

vs. Pittsburgh, vs. Pittsburgh, @ New Jersey, @ New Jersey

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Capitals play four games this week including three games in four nights…Ilya Samsonov should return from COVID and will likely share the net with Vitek Vanecek…After allowing at least three goals in nine of his last 10 games, Vanecek was on his game this week, giving up only one goal on 27 shots against the Penguins Tuesday and one on 23 shots in a win over Buffalo Thursday…Nicklas Backstrom leads the team with eight goals and 20 points in 15 games…Alex Ovechkin has lit the lamp only five times this season but he did miss four games in COVID protocol…Richard Panik had two assists Tuesday to give him a goal and five points this season.

WINNIPEG

Games this week

vs. Montreal, vs. Montreal

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Jets only play twice this week with both games at home against Montreal…Connor Hellebuyck should get the start in both contests…The Jets claimed goaltender Eric Comrie off waivers from New Jersey after the Devils did the same before the start of the season…He will need a couple of weeks in quarantine upon his return to Canada…Mark Scheifele is having a great season as he has 22 points in 16 games, four better than Nikolaj Ehlers who leads the Jets with 10 goals…Neal Pionk has 13 points thus far…Pierre-Luc Dubois is still out with a lower-body injury but could return at some point this week. The former Blue Jacket skated on Wednesday and is feeling better but the Jets are not going to rush him back too early…He has missed three straight games to date…Cole Perfetti, the Jets first pick and 10th overall in 2020, scored his first professional goal Monday as a member of the Manitoba Moose of the AHL. He has just the one point in three games in the AHL.

Published: 2021-02-19 17:19:38

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