NHL MORNING SKATE – JAN. 7, 2016
Welcome to the “NHL Morning Skate,” a daily collection of the latest news and notes from around the League.
NHL ANNOUNCES ALL-STAR GAME ROSTERS, HEAD COACHES
The NHL announced the full roster of players as well as the head coaches for the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star celebration, which will be held Jan. 30-31 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
The League unveiled the list of 40 players who will join the four division captains selected by fans in the 2016 NHL All-Star Fan Vote: Jaromir Jagr of the Panthers (Atlantic), Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks (Central), Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals (Metropolitan) and John Scott of the Coyotes (Pacific). Each team is comprised of six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders.
The NHL also announced that Gerard Gallant of the Panthers (Atlantic), Lindy Ruff of the Stars (Central), Darryl Sutter of the Kings (Pacific) and Barry Trotz of the Capitals (Metropolitan) have clinched the top point percentages in their respective divisions – through the midway point of the regular season (Saturday, Jan. 9) – and will serve as head coaches.
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Home Team in Caps
MONTREAL 2, New Jersey 1
CHICAGO 3, Pittsburgh 1
COLORADO 4, St. Louis 3 (OT)
VANCOUVER 3, Carolina 2
Toronto 4, ANAHEIM 0
PANARIN (AGAIN) LIFTS BLACKHAWKS OVER PENGUINS
Artemi Panarin (2-0—2) registered his second multi-goal performance in as many nights to power the Blackhawks to a sweep of their home-and-home series with the Penguins as well as their fifth consecutive victory overall.
* At 25-13-4 (54 points), the Blackhawks moved within six points of the idle Stars (28-10-4, 60 points) for first place in the Central Division. These teams, who last faced off on Dec. 22 (4-0 DAL W), will meet four more times this season: Feb. 6 at DAL, Feb. 11 at CHI, March 11 at DAL and March 22 at CHI.
* Panarin, who also scored twice (including the overtime winner) in Tuesday’s 3-2 victory at PIT, moved into first place among rookies in the three major scoring categories: goals (15), assists (23) and points (38). His 38 points are 10 more than the next-closest rookie: Coyotes forward Max Domi (10-18—28).
* Via Elias, Panarin became the first Blackhawks rookie to post consecutive multi-goal games since Oct. 7-9, 2005 (Pavel Vorobiev: 2-1—3 vs. SJS and 2-0—2 vs. CBJ). Panarin also became the second rookie in franchise history to accomplish that feat on consecutive days. The other: current Kings head coach Darryl Sutter, who did so Feb. 7-8, 1981 (2-1—3 at HFD and 2-0—2 vs. WPG).
TOUCH THEM ALL
* Nathan MacKinnon potted the tying goal with 1:29 remaining in regulation and Gabriel Landeskog scored with 16.5 seconds left in overtime to lead the Avalanche an 8-2-2 record in their past 12 contests. Landeskog picked up his third career overtime goal and first since April 1, 2014 at CBJ (2-0—2).
* Jonathan Bernier stopped all 39 shots he faced and Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau scored twice to power the Maple Leafs to their sixth win in their last eight games as well as a 15-8-5 record since Nov. 2. Bernier, who earned his 11th career shutout (and second this season), improved to 6-2-0 in his last eight outings following a 0-8-3 start to the campaign.
* Bo Horvat scored twice, including the tiebreaking goal with 1:06 remaining in regulation, to lift the Canucks to a 5-2-1 record in their last eight games. Horvat, who posted his first career multi-goal performance (109 GP), also led the team to its eighth consecutive victory over the Hurricanes at Rogers Arena dating to Jan. 12, 2002 (CAR: 0-6-2).
* Mike Condon made 19 saves to backstop the Canadiens to their third victory in their past five outings on the heels of a six-game losing streak. Condon, who improved to 12-9-3 overall (2.36 GAA, .908 SV%), picked up his third straight win after dropping seven consecutive decisions from Dec. 3-26.
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla (0-1—1) played in his 1,433rd career game to move past Mike Gartner (1,432 GP) and into sole possession of 24th place on the NHL’s all-time games played list.
* Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf (0-1—1) registered his 300th NHL assist.
* Devils captain Andy Greene (0-1—1) played in his 600th NHL game.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
The Predators acquired forward Ryan Johansen from the Blue Jackets in exchange for defenseman Seth Jones . . . The Kings acquired forward Vincent Lecavalier and defenseman Luke Schenn from the Flyers in exchange for forward Jordan Weal and a third-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft . . . The Capitals signed forward Mike Richards to a one-year contract . . . The Department of Player Safety suspended Capitals forward Zach Sill for two games for boarding Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid . . . Click here for a recap of the finale of Road to the NHL Winter Classic, the four-part series that chronicled the Bruins and Canadiens as they prepared for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko (1-1—2) scored his 24th goal of the season to move into a share of the League lead with Stars captain Jamie Benn. Tarasenko also ranks fourth overall with 43 points . . . Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane posted one assist to extend his assist/point streak to five games (2-8—10). Kane, who has registered at least one point in 37 of 42 appearances this season, continues to pace the NHL in assists (37) and points (60) . . . Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk collected one assist to extend his point streak to a career-high seven games (4-5—9) . . . Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty (3-3—6) and Blues forward Paul Stastny (0-5—5) both extended their point streaks to five games . . . Hurricanes defenseman John-Michael Liles scored his first career shorthanded goal (760 GP) . . . Forward Torrey Mitchell notched the Canadiens’ eighth shorthanded goal of the season, tied for first in the NHL with the Senators . . . Hurricanes goaltender Eddie Lack made 18 saves in his return to Vancouver. Lack played his first two NHL seasons with the Canucks, compiling a 34-30-9 record in 82 appearances (2.43 GAA, .917 SV%, 6 SO).
SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Washington @ NY Islanders, 7:00 p.m., SN360, TVAS, CSN-DC, MSG+
Florida @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., FS-F, TSN5, RDS
Philadelphia @ Minnesota, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, TCN-PH
Winnipeg @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m., TSN3, FS-SW
Arizona @ Calgary, 9:00 p.m., FS-A, SNW
Toronto @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., SNO, FS-W
Detroit @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., FS-D, CSN-CA
CAPITALS FACE ISLANDERS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE PLAYOFFS
The League-leading Capitals (29-7-3, 61 points) play the first of four games this season against the division rival Islanders (22-13-5, 49 points) when the clubs face off at Barclays Center. This marks the first meeting between these teams since the opening round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, a seven-game series that featured four one-goal contests and ultimately was won by Washington. The Capitals, who lead the Islanders by 12 points in the Metropolitan Division, own a 17-2-2 record in their last 21 games dating to Nov. 21. The Islanders, meanwhile, have won four of their past six contests overall as well as seven of their last nine at Barclays Center.