His termination was made official through an early-morning press release from the NHL, shared roughly 12 hours after the game had finished.
Players: C. The Flames have been wildly inconsistent and overall underwhelming. Elias Lindholm (27 points), Johnny Gaudreau (24 points) and Matthew Tkachuk (24 points) have all been difference makers, but have also been quiet in other stretches. Andrew Mangiapane (17 points) has continued to improve. Free-agent pickup Chris Tanev has paired with Noah Hanifin to form the team's best defensive unit. But while Sean Monahan has been a shade better than last season, he hasn't regained his form; and defenseman Mark Giordano's days of massive point production are behind him. They could use a few more saves from Jacob Markstrom, their free-agent prize, and David Rittich, too.
Carter Hutton started and made two saves before leaving 2:51 into the game after the Rangers’ Julien Gauthier slid hard into him while being pushed by Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen. Dustin Tokarski, called up from the taxi squad earlier in the day, came on and finished with 33 saves.
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Hating referees is a time honored tradition in sports fandom. Why blame your favorite team’s players for a loss when it’s way more fun to blame the folks who make the calls? But sometimes, NHL referees can put games into their own hands by making bad calls. What’s worse is when they try to make up for those bad calls by making another bad call.
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Kris Knoblauch may have served as interim coach for the last last game with the Rangers with David Quinn set to return, possibly Sunday at Washington. Knoblauch has been sidelined because of COVID-19 protocols. Knoblauch is 4-2 with the Rangers.
Players: C-minus. Columbus isn't getting the same solid goaltending as it did in 2019-20, but part of that is the fault of the defense, which is much leakier than last season. There are a handful of Blue Jackets players performing below expectations, and cohesion and consistency are the two biggest issues. While there have been a few bright spots (Cam Atkinson, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Michael Del Zotto) the Blue Jackets lack a strong team identity, which is uncharacteristic of them.
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