The NHL is back in full force after a quick holiday break, and the Colorado Avalanche need to bounce back after their first loss in four games on Tuesday night. The Pittsburgh Penguins had a dramatic “wow” collapse against the Detroit Red Wings. The Washington Capitals are getting healthier. The Vegas Golden Knights have a goalie for the NHL trade market. The San Jose Sharks are chasing the season, and did Martin St-Louis make unforced errors behind the Montreal Canadiens bench?
We’re still settling in at Colorado Hockey Now. Training is going well. We will hit it hard next week. I appreciate everyone’s words of encouragement and excitement. We’re also happy to report that about 96% of subscribers are sticking with us. We’ll do our best to earn back the rest.
A note from Wednesday: Valeri Nichuskin had a setback on his surgically repaired ankle, according to Jared Bednar. There is no timetable for his return.
Despite the loss on Tuesday, Evan Rodrigues continues to impress since his return from injury.
In case you missed it, Hi! I’m Evan! I’ll be running Colorado Hockey Now from this point forward.
National Hockey Now
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: WOW. What the?! After going up 4-0 in the first period, the Penguins collapsed and lost 5-4 in overtime to the Detroit Red Wings.
Detroit Hockey Now: From the flip side, Detroit had an epic comeback against Pittsburgh and an epic celebration to go with it.
Washington Hockey Now: The Capitals are gaining ground in the packed Metro standings and might be gaining a few more players back from injury here real soon. My new colleague Sammi Silber has the Washington Capitals news.
Vegas Hockey Now: For the first time all year, Vegas has lost back-to-back road games, despite Pietrangelo playing a career-high 34:16.
And the Vegas Golden Knights have a chip to play on the NHL trade market.
Boston Hockey Now: Linus Ullmark, a Vezina favorite so far this year, kept the Bruins in the game early on their way to a bounce-back victory against New Jersey. Boston Bruins win.
Montreal Hockey Now: Canadiens fans had some criticism for the head coach on Wednesday night when Montreal lost 4-1 to Dallas. One of St-Louis’ worst games as a coach of the Montreal Canadiens.
Florida Hockey Now: Not unlike the Capitals, the Panthers might be getting some bodies back in the lineup, including their big dogs Aaron Ekblad and Alex Barkov. But the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Panthers are still out of the playoff seeds. Matthew Tkachuk says the playoffs begin NOW. The Florida Panthers are behind.
San Jose Hockey Now: The Sharks say they haven’t given up on the season, but the gap in the standings is probably going to be too much to overcome.
NYI Hockey Now: Guess who might be in line for his first start of the season for the Islanders? Cory Schneider (Yes, that Cory Schneider)
Calgary Hockey Now: Friend of the show Nazem Kadri was the first star, but Jonathan Huberdeau got the game-winner for the Calgary Flames in their victory over Seattle.
Los Angeles Kings: He may have been the second overall pick, but that doesn’t mean Quinton Byfield will get put in a scoring role after his most recent call-up.