Elvis Merzlikins has secured a 12th victory in his last 15 starts, on Friday, when the Blue Jackets defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 2 to 0, at Columbus.
Since his recall from the american hockey League, just before the beginning of the year 2020, Merzlikins has only suffered defeat twice in regulation time, shutting out its opponents for a fifth time.
The doorman of 25 years, has not had to overcome themselves, who faced only 16 shots during the match.
Zach Werenski opened the scoring in the second engagement. His 17th success of the season is a record concession to an advocate of the formation of the Ohio.
Boone Jenner, for its part, sealed the outcome of the game into an empty net at the end of the third period.
The goalkeeper “Wings” Jimmy Howard may not be to blame for not having given everything, who has blocked 42 of the 43 pucks sent in his direction.
The Maple Leafs win before facing the canadiens
In Toronto, the Maple Leafs have a hard time against the Ducks of Anaheim, but they have finally been due to the training in california 5 to 4 in overtime.
John Tavares has led his followers to win thanks to a goal in numerical advantage, so that there were only seven seconds to play in the extra period. The captain has finished his evening of work with a harvest of three points, as his teammate Mitch Marner.
Auston Matthews, however, has been the most productive, amassing four points.
In his first game with the “Leafs”, Jack Campbell gave up four goals on 30 shots to collect the victory.
Hutton gets the job done for the Sabres
In New York, the Sabres of Buffalo took advantage of a superb performance by their goalie Carter Hutton to come to the end of the Rangers 3 to 2.
The gatekeeper 34-year-old seemed to be heading toward a laundry, but Mika Zibanejad is reached the foil with 2 min 53 s to play in regulation time. The Rangers then took advantage of a numerical advantage to unravel the mystery Hutton a second time with 1: 38 min to play, but it was too little too late.
Zemgus Girgensons, Sam Reinhart, Jimmy Vesey have allowed the Sabres to forge a lead of 3 to 0. Vesey added an assist to his or her profile to finish the game with two points, just like Jack Eichel, who got two assists.
With a win by clean sheet, the Blue Jackets of Columbus are ahead of the New York Islanders in the third rank of the Metropolitan section. They dig up a lead of four points on the Hurricanes of Carolina, who occupy the last place giving access to playoff in the East.
The Maple Leafs, for their part, climbed to the third level of the Atlantic chapter, relegating the Florida Panthers out of the portrait of the playoffs.
The Sabres, meanwhile, have joined the Rangers rank 12th in the Association of the Is.
To watch tonight
The Canadian is playing a game of four points by hosting the Leafs and should win. A defeat of the Panthers at the hands of the Penguins is also desirable for the Habs, just like the reverse of the Flyers, Jackets, and Hurricanes, all of the teams that are ahead.
Matches to watch :
- Toronto c. Montreal, 19 h
- Pittsburgh c. Florida, 19 h
- Philadelphia c. Washington, 19 h
- Colorado c. Columbus, 19 h
- Caroline c. Vegas, 22 h