Tough break for the St. Louis Blues over the weekend as they placed winger David Perron on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. He had been riding a 13-game points streak and was second on the club with 35 points on the season. Last thing the Blues need as they battle for a playoff spot. Here’s a look at two intriguing NHL games this week. Check back for NHL odds.
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On staying sharp in between starts: “It’s not easy. There’s no special recipe to do it. Just got to apply the details in practice and once your name is called, you’ve got to be ready. You’ve got to find a way.”#TBLvsNYR | Louis Domingue: pic.twitter.com/TIswuQki0X— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) 3 de febrero de 2019
Vegas Golden Knights at Tampa Bay Lightning
- When: Tuesday, 7:30 PM ET (ESPN+)
Potential Stanley Cup Finals preview? Could be as the Lightning are the best team in hockey right now and Vegas, of course, lost last year’s Finals to Washington. Rather doubt the Knights get back there but it’s not impossible.
Tampa looks for the season sweep as it won in Vegas on Oct. 26, 3-2. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 29 of 31 shots. J.T. Miller, Tyler Johnson and Brayden Point score for the Lightning. Tampa Bay blocked 27 shots, including 17 in the third period. Shea Theodore and William Karlsson scored for Vegas, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 20 saves.
The Bolts enter on a two-game winning streak after taking a 3-2 decision at the Rangers on Saturday. Steven Stamkos scored a goal. It gives the 28-year-old center 33 points in his last 22 games, bringing Tampa’s captain to 28 goals and 59 points in 52 games this season. Yanni Gourde and Erik Cernak also scored in the win. It was Cernak’s first career goal. Louis Domingue stopped 31 of 33 shots. The backup is a stellar 17-4-0 with a 2.95 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage.
Point missed the game with a lower-body injury. Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said after Saturday’s contest that holding Point out was more “precautionary” because the team was playing for the second time in two nights. It broke his streak of 165 consecutive games played. Point has 30 goals and 65 points.
Vegas lost its fourth game in a row Saturday, 3-1 at Florida. The Golden Knights found themselves down a goal when Max Pacioretty made a nice move around a sliding blueliner before sniping one through James Reimer’s five-hole for the team’s lone goal. That’s 10 points in his last 11 games since missing seven games due to a lower-body injury, bringing the 30-year-old winger to 16 goals and 29 points in 41 games this season.
It was the third straight loss for Marc-Andre Fleury, who is 27-15-4 with a 2.48 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage.
Boston Bruins at NY Rangers
- When: Wednesday, 8 PM ET (NBC Sports Network)
Just two games on Wednesday’s NHL schedule. The Bruins enter the week off a 1-0 win at Washington on Sunday. David Krejci scored the only goal of the match. Krejci opened the scoring with his 11th goal of the season at the 10:43 mark of the second period. He took a great pass from Torey Krug and found the corner of the net with his one-timer.
Tuukka Rask stopped all 24 shots he faced. Rask picked up his 253rd career win to surpass Tiny Thompson for the most in Bruins history. He was great late in the contest when the Capitals started to play with more desperation and made 11 of his saves during the third period. Rask will enter his next start with a 15-8-4 record.
Along with the historical significance for Rask, it was a big win for the Bruins who had won just one of their previous six games entering the day as they look to secure a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The win also snapped a 14-game losing streak against the Capitals, a streak that went all the way back to the 2014 season.
The Rangers enter the week off a 3-2 home loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday. Mats Zuccarello scored once as he played in his 500th NHL game Saturday. The Norwegian had nine goals and 28 points this season but is not expected to be with the Rangers for long as the pending free agent has been rumored to be going elsewhere by the trade deadline.
Henrik Lundqvist allowed three goals on 23 shots. He had an assist too, and it was King Henrik’s 26th career assist/point, passing John Vanbiesbrouck for the most in franchise history. Lundqvist is 16-13-7 with a 3.02 goals-against-average and a .907 save percentage.
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Bruins win at MSG and Lightning sweep Knights.