Hitchcock believes this week will bring a more thorough indicator of the Oilers' improvement, starting with their home game against the Calgary Flames on Sunday (9 p.m. ET; SN, SN1, NHL.TV). It's the second of four installments of the Battle of Alberta this season; Calgary won the first, 4-2 at home on Nov. 17.  …
COLUMBUS -- Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to 11 games, and Braden Holtby made 28 saves for the Washington Capitals in a 4-0 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Saturday. Holtby has two shutouts this season and 34 in nine seasons for the…
BOSTON -- Torey Krug scored his first goal of the season and had two assists, and the Boston Bruins ended a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden on Saturday. Brad Marchand had three assists, and Jaroslav Halak made 29 saves for the Bruins (15-10-4). "It was…
The New York Rangers ended a three-game losing streak with a 5-4 shootout win against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, on Saturday. Fredrik Claesson had a goal and an assist, and Kevin Hayes had two assists for the Rangers (14-12-3), who led 2-0 after the first period. Mika Zibanejad, Kevin Shattenkirk…
It's funny because, well, the 29-year-old forward isn't exactly the prime candidate to be anyone's favorite player. He's not dynamic or flashy. He's not outspoken or cocky. He's not Auston Matthews or Connor McDavid or Erik Karlsson. He doesn't have flair. And for a long time, many Islanders fans didn't like Bailey all that much,…
TAMPA -- Steven Stamkos had two goals and two assists for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 7-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Amalie Arena on Saturday. Ondrej Palat scored two goals, and Tyler Johnson had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay (23-7-1), which has won six straight and nine of its…
CALGARY -- Oliver Kylington had his first two NHL points, including his first goal, to help the Calgary Flames to their fifth straight win, 5-2 against the Nashville Predators at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday. Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm had a goal and an assist, and Johnny Gaudreau had two assists for the Flames (19-9-2),…
SEATTLE -- What will an NHL game be like in Seattle? For clues, look at the career of Tod Leiweke and the kind of environment he has helped create. When the Seattle Seahawks leave their locker room at CenturyLink Field, the first thing they see is who and what they represent. Across from the door…
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Lukas Radil scored his first NHL goal, and the San Jose Sharks came back after giving up a three-goal lead to defeat the Arizona Coyotes 5-3 at Gila River Arena on Saturday. Radil, playing in his first NHL game since Dec. 2, came around from behind the net for a shot that…
EDMONTON -- Connor McDavid had his second four-point game of the season, and the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Minnesota Wild 7-2 at Rogers Place on Friday. McDavid had a goal and three assists, and Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist for Edmonton (15-12-2), which is 6-2-1 under coach Ken Hitchcock. "Offense is something…
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