Welcome to the “NHL Morning Skate,” a daily collection of the latest news and notes from around the League.
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
NY Islanders @ Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m., TVAS, MSG+, CSN-PH
Los Angeles @ Columbus, 7:00 p.m., FS-W, FS-O
Detroit @ Washington, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP
New Jersey @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m., MSG, TSN4
Ottawa @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., TSN5, RDS, FS-F
Arizona @ St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., FS-A, FS-MW
Nashville @ Chicago, 8:30 p.m., FS-TN, CSN-CH
Carolina @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m., FS-CR, FS-SW
San Jose @ Calgary, 9:00 p.m., CSN-CA, SNW
KANE LOOKS TO EXTEND RUN AS BLACKHAWKS OPEN HOME-AND-HOME
Forward Patrick Kane, who has points in a franchise-record 22 consecutive games (13-23—36), looks to continue that run when the Blackhawks welcome the Predators to United Center in the first half of a home-and-home series.
This marks the first of five meetings this season between Chicago and Nashville, who last faced off in the First Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs – a six-game win by the Blackhawks that featured a pair of overtime contests, both of which extended into multiple periods.
Kane has 17-19—36 in 43 career regular-season appearances vs. NSH, but was limited to one assist in four head-to-head games last season. He also has recorded 6-8—14 in 12 career playoff matchups with the Predators, including 2-5—7 in last season’s six-game victory.
STREAKING TEAMS MEET ON NBCSN
Two teams riding lengthy point streaks meet when the Red Wings face the Capitals at Verizon Center. Detroit has picked up points in each of its past 10 games (7-0-3), its longest such run since March 11 – April 3, 2010 (10-0-2). Washington, meanwhile, has points in seven straight (6-0-1), but suffered a 2-1 overtime loss in its most recent outing on Saturday at WPG.
This marks the third and final meeting of the season between these Eastern Conference foes, who have split their past two matchups – each by one goal (1-0 W by DET on Nov. 10 and 2-1 OT W by WSH on Nov. 18).
Overall, six of the last eight games between these clubs have been decided by one goal dating to the start of the 2013-14 season, including four that went into overtime (WSH: 5-2-1, DET: 3-2-3).
LAMORIELLO FACES DEVILS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE JOINING MAPLE LEAFS
Longtime New Jersey general manager and executive Lou Lamoriello faces his old team for the first time when the Devils visit the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Lamoriello left New Jersey in July after spending 28 years with the franchise, highlighted by three Stanley Cups, five conference titles, nine division championships and 21 postseason berths.
The Devils compiled a 1,093-779-268 regular-season record and 136-116 playoff clip under the direction of Lamoriello, who finished his run as the longest-serving general manager of one team in NHL history.
“If you don’t have feelings, there’s something wrong with you,” Lamoriello told The Record. “There’s certainly a nostalgia involved that will never leave, should never leave . . . If you’ve had positive feelings and positive memories, why wouldn’t you [keep them]?”
Home Team in Caps
Nashville 3, BOSTON 2
COLORADO 2, Minnesota 1 (OT)
VANCOUVER 5, Buffalo 2
MITCHELL POWERS AVALANCHE TO SPLIT OF HOME-AND-HOME
The Wild tied the game with 6:09 remaining in regulation, but John Mitchell scored at 3:35 of overtime to power the Avalanche to a split of their home-and-home series.
* Mitchell registered his eighth career game-winning goal and first in overtime (429 GP). He has recorded one other such goal this season, on Oct. 10 vs. DAL (1-0—1).
* Matt Duchene collected the primary assist on Mitchell’s winner, giving him 13-20—23 since the start of November (18 GP). Duchene totaled 1-1—2 in his first 10 outings of the season.
* ICYMI: The Avalanche honored their 20th Anniversary Team – including captains Adam Foote, Joe Sakic, Milan Hejduk and Gabriel Landeskog – prior to puck drop.
PREDATORS RALLY TO END DROUGHT IN BOSTON
Viktor Arvidsson scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:56 remaining in regulation to help the Predators overcome a pair of one-goal deficits en route to their first win in Boston since Nov. 28, 2003 (0-3-2).
* Arvidsson, a fourth-round selection (112th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, scored his third career goal (15 GP) and second in as many games. Two of his three goals have been game-winners (also Oct. 8 vs. CAR).
* Defenseman Roman Josi registered a pair of power-play goals for his fifth career multi-goal performance and second of the season (also Oct. 13 at NJD: 2-0—2).
* On Saturday, Shea Weber became the first defenseman in Predators history to record a hat trick when he scored three times via the man-advantage. Elias notes that the Predators became the first team to receive multiple power-play goals from defensemen in consecutive games since Feb. 10-11, 1996, when Christer Olsson (2 PPG) and Al MacInnis (2 PPG) achieved that feat with the Blues at DAL and at FLA, respectively.
VRBATA, CANUCKS TRICK SABRES TO HALT SKID
Radim Vrbata registered his sixth career hat trick, sealing the performance with 5:32 remaining in regulation, to help the Canucks snap a five-game skid (0-3-2).
* Vrbata posted his first hat trick in a Canucks uniform (106 GP) and first overall since Oct. 3, 2013 vs. NYR (3-0—3 w/ PHX). He shares second on the team with nine goals this season.
* Daniel (0-2—2) and Henrik Sedin (1-0—1) also filled the scoresheet. Daniel paces with the club with 12-19—31, while Henrik ranks second with 9-18—27 this season.
* The Canucks improved to 8-1-1 in their last 10 home games against the Sabres dating to March 16, 2000 (BUF: 1-8-1).
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (214-361—575) registered his 575th career point (all w/ BOS) to tie Milt Schmidt (229-346—575) for 11th place on the franchise’s all-time points list.
* Goaltender Semyon Varlamov (19 SV) appeared in his 225th career game with the Avalanche to tie Dan Bouchard for third place on the franchise’s all-time games played list among goaltenders.
* Forward Brandon Prust (1-1—2) scored his first goal with the Canucks (18 GP).
The Bruins saw their point streak end at eight games (6-0-2) . . . Wild forward Zach Parise snapped a nine-game drought with his first goal since Oct. 25 at WPG. He has 11-15—26 in 24 career regular-season appearances vs. COL, including 10-11—21 in 17 games since joining the Wild . . . Sabres forward Sam Reinhart scored for the fourth time in his past five outings. He shares sixth among rookies with eight goals overall . . . Predators captain Shea Weber (0-2—2) extended his point streak vs. BOS to seven games (3-6—9) . . . Sabres forward Jamie McGinn stretched his point streak to a career-high six games (2-5—7), while teammate Ryan O’Reilly upped his point streak to five contests (2-4—6) . . . Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller made 32 saves to defeat the Sabres, his former team, for the second time in three opportunities (2.34 GAA, .910 SV%) . . . ICYMI: Ducks goaltender John Gibson, Predators captain Shea Weber and Devils forward Mike Cammalleri were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 6 . . . The Canucks honored former players Brendan Morrison, Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi – a trio nicknamed ‘The West Coast Express’ – prior to puck drop at Rogers Arena.