Husso has been the hot hand for the Blues in goal over the past few weeks and turned aside 38 out of 39 shots in a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night. He has now won each of his past five starts, allowing just six goals in the process. Going back to the start of December he has a .946 save percentage in his past eight appearances. The Blues are 6-1-1 in those eight games.
Tristan Jarry entered the season as a major question mark for the Pittsburgh Penguins following his 2020-21 Stanley Cup Playoff performance. They stuck with him, believed in him, and he is rewarding them with a great 2021-22 performance that not only has him going to his second career All-Star game, but has seen him be one of the league’s best performing goalies through the first half of the season. He played one of his best games of the season on Sunday, stopping 27 of 29 shots through regulation and overtime and all three shots he faced in the shootout of a 3-2 Penguins win. It is not the number of saves that stands out. It is that he made highlight reel save after highlight reel save early in the game to keep his team in it while they gave up several odd-man rushes through the first period of the game. The Penguins have now won five games in a row and are just one point out of first place in the Metropolitan Division.
Goaltending has been a big problem for the Seattle Kraken this season, but Phillip Grubauer is starting to play better recently and he made this game-saving stop late in the third period on Anthony Duclair to help get them a surprising win against the Florida Panthers. For as good as Florida has been this season, and for as much as Seattle has struggled, the Kraken still managed to sweep the season series. Sometimes hockey is a weird game.
The Pittsburgh Penguins scored two goals in nine seconds early in the third period to erase a two-goal deficit against the Winnipeg Jets to help them get the game to overtime.
The Ottawa Senators have been playing much better hockey lately and have some real young talent that offers some hope for the future. Tim Stutzle, currently in his second season, is one of those bright young stars and he scored a beauty of a goal on Sunday to help lift the Senators to another win, this time against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Kings snap losing streak
The Los Angeles Kings are still fighting for a playoff spot in the Western Conference but needed to snap their three-game losing streak to help keep pace. They did that on Sunday by rallying for two goals, including a third period winner from from Carl Grundstrom, to get a 3-2 win against the New Jersey Devils. Viktor Arvidsson also scored his 10th goal of the season to tie the game in the second period. With Sunday’s win they still have one of the top-three points percentages in the Pacific Division.
P.K. Subban speaks
After that game Devils defenseman P.K. Subban spoke rather extensively about the racist incident directed at his brother, Jordan Subban, in an ECHL game on Saturday as well as racism in hockey and beyond. It was the second such incident in pro hockey this week alone.
Canucks goalie depth put to test
The Vancouver Canucks had to turn to their fifth-string goalie on Sunday night after their top four goalies were all placed in the league’s COVID protocols. Michael DiPietro got the start against the St. Louis Blues and allowed three goals on 17 shots in a 3-1 loss. The Canucks put fort a spectacular effort to try and get the win, putting 39 shots on goal against Ville Husso, but were unable to get more than one goal.
The two big stories on Monday are the Philadelphia Flyers looking to put a stop to their current losing streak, now at 11 games for their second losing streak of at least 10 consecutive games this season, and the Washington Capitals hosting the Vegas Golden Knights in a rematch of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final.
Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Winnipeg Jets 2 (SO)
Ottawa Senators 2, Columbus Blue Jackets 1
Los Angeles Kings 3, New Jersey Devils 2
Seattle Kraken 5, Florida Panthers 3
St. Louis Blues 3, Vancouver Canucks 1

Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.
EDMONTON, Alberta — The Edmonton Oilers signed Jake Virtanen to a professional tryout agreement two months after the former Vancouver forward was found not guilty of sexual assault.
Virtanen was charged in January in connection with an incident in a downtown Vancouver hotel room in September 2017. He was with the Canucks when the allegations surfaced in May 2021 and the team placed him on leave and bought out his contract the following month. He was found not guilty in July.
Virtanen, 26, appeared in 36 games for Spartak Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League last season, scoring nine goals and adding seven assists. Selected by the Canucks sixth overall in the 2014 NHL draft, Virtanen has 55 goals, 45 assists and 219 penalty minutes over six NHL seasons.
The Oilers also announced that 34-year-old defenseman Jason Demers had signed a PTO with the team. Demers, of Laval, Quebec, played five games in the KHL last season and had two assists in five games for Canada at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
Demers was selected by San Jose in the seventh round of the 2008 draft. He has 45 goals, 169 assists and 407 penalty minutes over 699 games with San Jose, Dallas, Florida and Arizona. He had four assists in 41 games for the Coyotes in 2020-21.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Evander Kane and the San Jose Sharks reached a settlement Friday on the grievance he filed over the termination of his contract last season.
The Sharks announced the agreement that they said was approved by the NHL and the Players’ Association.
“We are satisfied that its terms will not adversely impact the team, either financially or competitively, in this or future seasons,” the team said in a statement.
The Sharks terminated Kane’s contract in January for violating virus protocol while with their top minor league affiliate, the American Hockey League’s San Jose Barracuda. The contract termination cost Kane just under $23 million from the $49 million, seven-year contract he signed in May 2018.
Kane and the NHL Players’ Association filed a grievance contending the Sharks didn’t have sufficient grounds to make that move. While that process was ongoing, he signed for the remainder of the season with the Oilers and re-signed for $20.5 million over four years in Edmonton.
The 31-year-old is with his fourth NHL organization after being drafted by Atlanta, going to Winnipeg when the Thrashers became the Jets and getting traded to Buffalo and then San Jose. He fit in well with the Oilers, helping them reach the Western Conference final.
HENDERSON, Nev. — Nathan MacKinnon expects to sign a contract extension with the Colorado Avalanche soon, and it could make him the highest-paid player in the NHL.
MacKinnon wants to get something done before the season starts next month, adding he’ll shelve talks if an agreement isn’t reached by Oct. 12 when the reigning champions raise their Stanley Cup banner and begin their title defense.
“We’re pretty close,” MacKinnon said Thursday at the NHL/NHLPA player media tour outside Las Vegas. “I’d prefer it to be done. … It gets emotional. You feel like it’s personal sometimes. I’d like to get it done just so it’s not a distraction at all.”
Agent Pat Brisson said the sides are trying to get a deal done relatively soon. MacKinnon’s current contract expires after this season.
When it’s finalized, the deal could surpass Connor McDavid‘s $100 million over eight years as the richest signed since the salary cap era began in 2005. McDavid, Edmonton’s captain whose $12.5 million cap hit is the highest in the league, said he hasn’t thought much about others passing him.
“It’d be good for hockey, I guess, to keep raising the bar,” McDavid said. “But ultimately the salary cap system’s a weird system where the more money you make, the less money someone else can make. It’s kind of a weird system that way.”
MacKinnon has said he’d be willing to take less money to keep Colorado competitive. It helps that the Avalanche have already signed Norris Trophy-winning and playoff MVP defenseman Cale Makar, captain Gabriel Landeskog and valuable forwards Valeri Nichushkin and Artturi Lehkonen long term.
“I think the deal I sign will be fair,” MacKinnon said. “It’s not going to be a single digit (salary cap hit) or anything, but it’ll be good, I think, for both sides. Denver’s the only place I want to be.”
MacKinnon has been a finalist for the Hart Trophy as league MVP three times in the past five seasons and was one of Colorado’s best players during their Cup run with 24 points in 20 games.
At $6.3 million against the cap, MacKinnon has for quite some time been one of the most underpaid players in hockey.
“It’s not what you want, that’s for sure,” he said. “It’s not the title you’re looking for. I’m glad we won a Cup though.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators announced Ronda Engelhardt will become a North American amateur scout based out of Minnesota, the first female scout hired by the team.
The hiring of Engelhardt on Wednesday comes a day after the Calgary Flames added Rebecca Johnston for a player development role and the Seattle Kraken promoted Alexandra Mandrycky to assistant general manager after three years as director of hockey strategy and research.
Engelhardt has been head coach of the Premier Hockey Federation’s Minnesota Whitecaps the past four seasons and won the Isobel Cup in 2019. The native of Roseville, Minnesota, was a U.S. women’s national team player and captain at the University of Minnesota in 2002-03.
She previously was an assistant hockey coach at Division III St. Thomas and the girls high school head coach at the Breck School in Minnesota.
General manager David Poile also announced Sebastian Bordeleau has joined coach John Hynes’ staff as a skills coach. Nathan Gerbe was hired to replace Bordeleau as the Predators’ forward development coach, working with assistant general manager Scott Nichol evaluating Nashville’s prospects.
Former NHL player Brett Carson has joined assistant general manager Jeff Kealty’s staff as a North American Amateur Scout for the western part of the United States and Canada. Jason Nordby is the Predators’ new assistant strength and conditioning coach after 17 seasons as strength coach with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals.
Michael Bingham joins the Predators’ equipment staff as a coordinator, and Jon Sherman was hired as hockey operations coordinator and analyst.


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