The Buzzer: Canucks win in return from COVID-19 protocol (Sunday in NHL)

3 Stars for Sunday in the NHL

1. Boston Bruins’ top line

Honestly, you could probably pick Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak for each of the three stars for Sunday in the NHL and call it a night. Even if, uh, they played during the afternoon.

Either way, it isn’t easy to distinguish the top star from the Bruins’ 6-3 win against the Capitals.

From a volume perspective, Brad Marchand led the way. He generated two goals and two assists for four points. Interestingly, it’s been feast-or-famine for Marchand lately. Over the last five games, Marchand’s been held pointless on three occasions, yet two outbursts put him at six points (4G, 2A) in his past five contests.

With Taylor Hall bolstering what now looks like a strong Bruins second line, Boston’s in a better position to handle the occasional pointless night from one or more members of “The Perfection Line.”

Speaking of the others, Bergeron didn’t get involved in a late empty-net goal, but ended up with three points (2G, 1A) and matched Marchand’s +4 rating. Pastrnak grabbed one of his assists on that ENG, yet was still prolific with three helpers and a +3 rating.

While 1,000 Games Club Member Nicklas Backstrom enjoyed a strong showing with two assists of his own, it wasn’t enough as the Capitals fell to the Bruins and that “Perfection Line.”

2. Ilya Sorokin, New York Islanders

For a significant chunk of Sunday’s OT loss to the Islanders, the Flyers likely believed they deserved better.

Through the first 40 minutes, the Flyers generated 23-15 shots on goal advantage, firing 15 on Sorokin during the second period alone. The Flyers couldn’t beat Sorokin once, though, as the young goalie put together a 30-save shutout.

Going forward, the Islanders shouldn’t hesitate to give Sorokin reps. He’s now won four of five games, allowing two goals or fewer in each of those appearances. A lot of the Islanders’ success comes down to their defensive system, but Sorokin’s looking solid in his own right.

3. Braden Holtby/Bo Horvat, Vancouver Canucks

No doubt about it, the Canucks came into Sunday’s return from a lengthy COVID-related absence with some self-doubt. They also faced a Maple Leafs team that would be a challenge under even the most optimal circumstances.

Now, the Canucks fighting through that COVID disruption isn’t about one game. If anything, they might actually feel it more and more as the grind of their schedule truly sets in. But on Sunday night, Braden Holtby was absolutely brilliant in helping the Canucks squeeze out an OT win vs. the Maple Leafs.

It’s not as if the Maple Leafs laid an egg in the Canucks’ COVID return. Toronto fired 39 shots on goal, testing Holtby often. The veteran goalie made 37 saves, including the highlight of the night for Sunday in the NHL.

If allowing two goals disqualifies Holtby in your mind, you could instead roll with Bo Horvat. The Canucks’ captain helped his team rally from a 2-0 deficit, scoring two goals (including the overtime game-winner) and an assist.

Highlight of the night for Sunday in the NHL: Windmill save from Canucks’ Holtby

Braden Holtby left Wayne Simmonds (and the rest of us) stunned with a beautiful windmill save. Shades of Dominik Hasek here:

Stat of the Night

This is a quirky one from the NHL. That said, if the Rangers defy the odds and make the playoffs, they’ll do so in part based on dominating the Devils:

Sunday’s NHL scores

Bruins 6, Capitals 3
Rangers 5, Devils 3
Sabres 4, Penguins 2
Golden Knights 5, Ducks 2
Islanders 1, Flyers 0 (OT)
Canucks 3, Maple Leafs 2 (OT)

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

Islanders keep pace for East Division title, outlast Flyers in overtime

Through regulation, neither the Flyers nor the Islanders could score a single goal on Sunday. The two teams weren’t always sharp, but that doesn’t tell the whole story, as Brian Elliott and especially Ilya Sorokin played very well.

Ultimately, the Islanders nabbed the extra point in overtime, beating the Flyers 1-0 on Sunday. The Flyers ended up losing track of Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy, whose attempted setup to Jordan Eberle ended up going off of Travis Sanheim for the overtime-winner.

Before Sunday’s Islanders – Flyers game, the two teams honored Oskar Lindblom as part of their Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. Definitely a nice display:

Islanders stay in East Division playoff picture; Too little, too late for Flyers?

Going forward, the Islanders eye an interesting schedule. As far as seeding goes in the upper crust of the East Division, they don’t face the Penguins again. The Islanders do, however, face the Capitals quite often, and perhaps the top spot will boil down to how those games play out.

From Thursday (April 22) through Tuesday (April 27), the Islanders and Capitals are scheduled to play three games.

Otherwise, the Islanders see the Rangers quite often (three times), the Devils twice, the Sabres twice, and then close their season vs. the Bruins. Overall, the Islanders have some “control over their destiny” when it comes to the East Division title (or seeding), but may end up needing some help, too.

(The Islanders also closed off their season series with the Flyers on Sunday.)

East Division standings update: Islanders chase seeding, Flyers’ chances are faint

Capitals: 29-13-4, 62 points in 46 games played
Islanders: 28-13-4, 60 points in 45 GP
Penguins: 28-14-3, 59 points in 45 GP
Bruins: 25-12-6, 56 points in 43 GP
Rangers: 23-16-6, 52 points in 45 GP
Flyers: 20-18-7, 47 points in 45 GP

Really, it’s tough to imagine the Rangers being hot enough to catch the Bruins, especially as Boston gathers steam. So the Flyers’ odds are even longer of making a credible playoff run.

(To be fair, the Flyers could make things interesting if they mop up a schedule heavy on matchups vs. the Devils, though. Ultimately, the most pertinent questions regarding Philly revolve around next season, and beyond.)

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

Your 2020-21 NHL on NBC TV schedule

All 31 NHL Teams Featured Throughout Roughly 100 Games Across NBC and NBCSN; 21 Teams Make At Least Four Appearances

Schedule Features Wednesday Night Hockey and Tuesday Hockey Happy Hour Doubleheaders; More Than 75% of Teams Appear on Wednesday Nights

NBC Sports announced its full regular-season schedule that will feature all 31 NHL teams across roughly 100 games on NBC and NBCSN, beginning January 13 with a Wednesday Night Hockey tripleheader on NBCSN headlined by the defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning against the Chicago Blackhawks.

NBC Sports will present a record 16 regular-season games on the NBC broadcast network, beginning Sunday, Jan. 17 when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Washington Capitals.

In December, the NHL announced a 56-game regular-season schedule per team for the 2020-21 season, as well as a divisional realignment which limits team matchups to intra-division play and minimizes team travel as much as possible.

 • No team will have more than seven exclusive appearances on NBC and NBCSN and 21 teams will have at least four national appearances this year.

 • Some teams will appear nationally more than seven times, but those games will be blacked out in the local market and shown on their local RSN.

Additional NHL NBC schedule highlights:

 • Wednesday Night Hockey Presented by New Amsterdam Vodka on NBCSN – More than 75% of NHL teams will appear on Wednesday nights on NBCSN, and most will feature doubleheaders (and in some cases tripleheaders) surrounding its Wednesday Night Hockey coverage, including both early and late start times.

 •Tuesday Hockey Happy HoursThree Tuesday Hockey Hour doubleheaders (Feb. 2, Feb. 9 and March 9) that will begin at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

 • NHL on NBC – NBC Sports will showcase the NHL 16 times on NBC – once per week on average during the 2020-21 season – marking the most-ever NHL regular-season games on NBC. In addition, the final matchup on Saturday, May 8, is TBD and will feature the most compelling game with playoff implications.

 • Sunday Night Hockey on NBCSNThere will be 10 Sunday Night Hockey matchups on NBCSN, featuring teams from all four divisions, all four Conference Final teams from the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and a majority of matchups featuring a traditional Western Conference team.

2020-21 NHL NBC REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES EASTERN)

Wed., Jan. 13 Pittsburgh Philadelphia NBCSN PHI 6-3
  Chicago Tampa Bay NBCSN TB 4-1
St. Louis Colorado NBCSN STL 5-1
Sun., Jan. 17 Washington Pittsburgh NBC PIT 4-3 (SO)
Mon., Jan. 18 Columbus Detroit NBCSN CBJ 3-2
Boston N.Y. Islanders NBCSN NYI 1-0
Buffalo Philadelphia NBCSN BUF 6-1
  Arizona Vegas NBCSN VGK 4-2
Tues., Jan. 19 Washington Pittsburgh NBCSN PIT 5-4
Wed., Jan. 20 Edmonton Toronto NBCSN EDM 3-1
Minnesota Anaheim NBCSN MIN 3-2
Thur., Jan. 21 Tampa Bay Columbus NBCSN TB 3-2 (OT)
Montreal Vancouver NBCSN MTL 7-3
Sun., Jan. 24 Detroit Chicago NBC CHI 6-2
Tues., Jan. 26 N.Y. Islanders Washington NBCSN WSH 3-2
Wed., Jan. 27 Chicago Nashville NBCSN NSH 2-1 (SO)
Mon., Feb. 1 Pittsburgh N.Y. Rangers NBCSN NYR 3-1
Tues., Feb. 2 Buffalo N.Y. Islanders NBCSN PPD
Minnesota Colorado NBCSN COL 2-1
Wed., Feb. 3 Detroit Tampa Bay NBCSN TBL 5-1
Boston Philadelphia NBCSN BOS 4-3 (OT)
Sun., Feb. 7 Philadelphia Washington NBC PHI 7-4
Mon., Feb. 8 N.Y. Islanders N.Y. Rangers NBCSN NYI 2-0
Tues., Feb. 9 Philadelphia Washington NBCSN PPD
Tampa Bay Nashville NBCSN TB 6-1
Wed., Feb. 10 Boston N.Y. Rangers NBCSN BOS 3-2 (OT)
Sun., Feb. 14 Washington Pittsburgh NBC PIT 6-3
Colorado Vegas NBCSN VGK 1-0
Mon., Feb. 15 N.Y. Islanders Buffalo NBCSN NYI 3-1
Tues., Feb. 16 Washington Pittsburgh NBCSN WSH 3-1
Wed., Feb. 17 Chicago Detroit NBCSN CHI 2-0
Winnipeg Edmonton NBCSN EDM 3-2
Sat., Feb. 20 Vegas Colorado NBCSN COL 3-2
Sun., Feb. 21 Philadelphia Boston NBCSN BOS 7-3
New Jersey Washington NBC WSH 4-3
Tues., Feb. 23 Pittsburgh Washington NBCSN PIT 3-2 (OT)
Wed., Feb. 24 N.Y. Rangers Philadelphia NBCSN PHI 4-3
Los Angeles St. Louis NBCSN LA 2-1
Sun., Feb. 28 Boston N.Y. Rangers NBC BOS 4-1
Detroit Chicago NBCSN CHI 7-2
Tues., March 2 Philadelphia Pittsburgh NBCSN PIT 5-2
Wed., March 3 Washington Boston NBCSN WSH 2-1 (SO)
St. Louis Anaheim NBCSN STL 3-2
Sun., March 7 Buffalo N.Y. Islanders NBC NYI 5-2
Tampa Bay Chicago NBCSN TBL 6-3
  New Jersey Boston NBCSN NJ 1-0
N.Y. Rangers Pittsburgh NBCSN PIT 5-1
Tues., March 9 N.Y. Rangers Pittsburgh NBCSN PIT 4-2
Chicago Dallas NBCSN DAL 6-1
Wed., March 10 Vegas Minnesota NBCSN MIN 4-3
Los Angeles Anaheim NBCSN LAK 5-1
Sun., March 14 Los Angeles Colorado NBCSN COL 4-1
Mon., March 15 Philadelphia N.Y. Rangers NBCSN PHI 5-4 (OT)
Tues., March 16 Boston Pittsburgh NBCSN BOS 2-1
Wed., March 17 Philadelphia N.Y. Rangers NBCSN NYR 9-0
  Edmonton Calgary NBCSN EDM 7-3
Sun., March 21 Vegas Los Angeles NBCSN LAK 3-1
Mon., March 22 Anaheim Minnesota NBCSN MIN 2-1
Tues., March 23 New Jersey Philadelphia NBCSN NJD 4-3
Wed., March 24 Anaheim Minnesota NBCSN MIN 3-2
  Buffalo Pittsburgh NBCSN PIT 5-2
Los Angeles San Jose NBCSN SJ 4-2
Sun., March 28 N.Y. Rangers Washington NBC WSH 5-4
Columbus Detroit NBCSN DET 4-1
New Jersey Boston NBCSN NJ 1-0
  Nashville Chicago NBCSN NSH 3-2
Mon., March 29 N.Y. Islanders Pittsburgh NBCSN PIT 2-1
Tues., March 30 Carolina Chicago NBCSN CHI 2-1
Wed., March 31 Philadelphia Buffalo NBCSN BUF 6-1
Los Angeles Vegas NBCSN LAK 4-2
Thurs., April 1 Carolina Chicago NBCSN CAR 4-3
Minnesota Vegas NBCSN MIN 3-2 (SO)
Sun., April 4 Detroit Tampa Bay NBC DET 5-1
Dallas Carolina NBCSN CAR 1-0
Tues., April 6 Pittsburgh N.Y. Rangers NBCSN NYR 8-4
Wed., April 7 Edmonton Ottawa NBCSN EDM 4-2
Montreal Toronto NBCSN TOR 3-2
Tues., April 13 Philadelphia Washington NBCSN WSH 6-1
Wed., April 14 Colorado St. Louis NBCSN COL 4-3
Vegas Los Angeles NBCSN VGK 6-2
Thurs., April 15 Florida Tampa NBCSN TB 3-2 (OT)
Sat., April 17 Pittsburgh Buffalo NBC PIT 3-2
Sun., April 18 Washington Boston NBC BOS 6-3
  N.Y. Islanders Philadelphia NBCSN NYI 1-0 (OT)
Los Angeles Colorado NBCSN PPD
Mon., April 19 Detroit Dallas NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., April 20 Buffalo Boston NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Colorado St. Louis NBCSN PPD
Wed., April 21 Nashville Chicago NBCSN 7 p.m.
  San Jose Vegas NBCSN 9:30 p.m.
Sat., April 24 Colorado St. Louis NBC 3 p.m.
Sun., April 25 Boston Pittsburgh NBC 3 p.m.
  Columbus Tampa Bay NBCSN 7 p.m.
Mon., April 26 Carolina Dallas NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., April 27 N.Y. Islanders Washington NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., April 28 St. Louis Minnesota NBCSN 7 p.m.
  Colorado Vegas NBCSN 9:30 p.m.
Thurs., April 29 Florida Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
  Calgary Edmonton NBCSN 9:30 p.m. (JIP)
Sun., May 2 Tampa Bay Detroit NBC 3 p.m.
Mon., May 3 TBD TBD NBCSN TBD
Tues., May 4 TBD TBD NBCSN TBD
Wed., May 5 Washington N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7 p.m.
Thur., May 6 TBD TBD NBCSN TBD
Sat., May 8 TBD TBD NBC 3 p.m.
  TBD TBD NBCSN TBD

*subject to change

*Some games will be blacked out in local markets and televised in those markets by a regional carrier.

Bruins looking like contenders again, win fourth game in a row

There is a good chance we will see the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins playing each other at some point in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

If the standings remain as they are, it will be a First Round matchup. If Sunday’s 6-3 Bruins win is any indication of what we will see in that potential series, it could be madness. Sunday’s game featured an ejection (Garnett Hathaway for boarding Jared Tinordi), several big hits, post-whistle skirmishes, and what seemed to be an intense dislike between the two Stanley Cup contenders.

And let’s talk about that latter point for a little bit — contenders. Specifically, how the Bruins are starting to look like a force to be reckoned with again.

Boston hit an obvious lull starting in the middle of February that saw them win just 11 out of 26 games between February 13 and April 13. The secondary scoring was non-existent, were hit hard by injuries on defense, fell to fourth place in the East Division standings, and have been trying to hold off a surging New York Rangers team for that final playoff spot in the East Division.

Their win on Sunday extended their current winning streak to four games since the trade deadline, while they have started to look like the team Boston expected at the start of the season (and the team it saw in the first 12 games).

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Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Krejci each scored two goals on Sunday, while Tuukka Rask stopped 30 out of 33 shots in what was just his third start in more than a month.

The biggest development for Boston right now is the emergence of a second scoring line.

For most of the season Boston’s offense had been almost completely dependent on the trio of Bergeron, Marchand, and David Pastrnak. And while that trio combined for four of the Bruins’ six goals on Sunday, they are still getting way more from the newly formed second line of Taylor Hall, Krejci, and Craig Smith.

Hall has already scored two goals in his first four games with the team, while Smith has been on a roll over the past few weeks. With his two helpers on Sunday Smith now has 19 points in his past 16 games, including six multi-point games during that stretch. Smith was the prize addition of the Bruins’ offseason, and after a slow start is now finding his place in the lineup. The addition of Hall only makes that second line even more dangerous.

With Sunday’s result the top-four teams in the East are now separated by just six points. The Bruins have three games in hand on Washington, one more head-to-head matchup remaining (the regular season finale), and have seven games against Buffalo and New Jersey ahead. In other words: Do not count the Bruins out in that race.

Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.

Bruins-Capitals stream: Sunday’s NHL on NBC matchup

NBC’s coverage of the 2020-21 NHL season continues with Sunday’s matchup between the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals. Bruins-Capitals stream coverage begins at 12 p.m. ET on NBC. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.

In what could be a preview of a First-Round matchup in the East Division, the Bruins look for a fourth consecutive victory as they host first-place Washington. The Capitals, which began a four-game road trip with a win over Philadelphia on Saturday, have a 4-1-0 mark in their last five contests.

Sunday’s clash will be the seventh of eight games this season between these foes, which have split the first six matchups. In their last meeting on April 11, Washington handed Boston a lopsided 8-1 defeat, as T.J. Oshie, Lars Eller and Conor Sheary each scored two goals in the win. These clubs will close out the regular season against each other May 11 in Washington, D.C.

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored two goals (23, 24) Saturday in a 6-3 win over Philadelphia. Ovechkin is now one goal shy of tying Hockey Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne for fifth place on the NHL’s all-time list. Ovechkin, who has been on a scoring tear of late, has six goals in his last eight games.

Tuukka Rask will be back in net on Sunday, making his second start since returning from an upper-body injury on Thursday. Rask earned his 300th career win, stopping 22 of 23 shots in a 4-1 win over the Islanders. Rask’s feat came in just his 552nd career game, matching Pekka Rinne as the fifth-fastest goalie to reach the 300-win mark, behind Jacques Plante (521), Andy Moog (543), Marc-Andre Fleury (547) and Martin Brodeur (548).

[COVERAGE BEGINS AT 12 P.M. ET – NBC]

WHAT: Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins
WHERE: TD Garden
WHEN: Sunday, April 18, 12 p.m. ET
TV: NBC
ON THE CALL: Mike Tirico, Eddie Olczyk, Brian Boucher
LIVE STREAM: 
You can watch the Bruins-Capitals stream on NBC Sports’ live stream page and the NBC Sports app.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

BRUINS
Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronDavid Pastrnak
Taylor HallDavid KrejciCraig Smith
Nick RitchieCharlie CoyleJake DeBrusk
Sean KuralyCurtis LazarChris Wagner

Jeremy LauzonCharlie McAvoy
Mike ReillyConnor Clifton
Jakub ZborilSteve Kampfer

Starting goalie: Tuukka Rask

CAPITALS
Alex Ovechkin – Evgeny KuznetsovTom Wilson
Anthony ManthaNicklas Backstrom – T.J. Oshie
Conor Sheary – Lars Eller – Daniel Sprong
Carl HagelinNic DowdGarnet Hathaway

Dmitry OrlovJohn Carlson
Brenden DillonJustin Schultz
Zdeno CharaNick Jensen

Starting goalie: Vitek Vanecek

NHL on NBC: Hall, Mantha off to hot starts for Bruins, Capitals

NBC’s coverage of the 2020-21 NHL season continues with Sunday’s matchup between the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals. Bruins-Capitals stream coverage begins at 12 p.m. ET on NBC. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.

In trading for Taylor Hall and Anthony Mantha respectively, the Bruins and Capitals made some of the biggest splashes of the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline. And, as hard as it often can be to make an immediate impact in a sport like hockey, both Hall and Mantha are off to hot starts for the Bruins and Capitals.

If we’re lucky, we’ll see plenty of what makes both star players worth trading for on Sunday, as the Capitals and Bruins square off on NBC.

Now, sure, there are some pretty big differences at play. By any reasonable measure, the Bruins traded for Taylor Hall in an absolute steal of a deal. Meanwhile, even those who are lukewarm on Jakub Vrana would have to admit that the Capitals didn’t exactly land Anthony Mantha cheaply.

There are more differences beyond the costs of trading for them. Let’s get into some of those, and take a peak at their hot starts. What can we expect going forward for Taylor Hall with the Bruins, and Anthony Mantha on the Capitals?

(Naturally, note that we’re dealing with small sample sizes here, so expect plenty of twists and turns in the future of both trade deadline additions.)

[BRUINS-CAPITALS COVERAGE BEGINS AT 12 P.M. ET – NBC]

Hall making an immediate impression during a pivotal Bruins run

No doubt about, Taylor Hall needs to knock this Bruins opportunity out of the park. Fair or not, conventional wisdom implies that he’d be lucky to land the sort of long-term, big-money contract he deserves. (Or, at least to get paid what he was worth while nabbing a Hart Trophy on a previous $6M AAV.)

Well? So far, so good.

Hall, 29, scored a goal in each of his last two games against the normally stingy Islanders. Even when Taylor Hall couldn’t score in his Bruins’ debut, he generated chances. He’s fired a hearty nine shots on goal via three in all three games.

That’s the sort of assertive, “Wrecking Ball Hall” type presence people have been waiting for. And his new team noticed.

“I didn’t know much about Taylor besides playing against him,” Bruins forward David Pastrnak told reporters after a 3-1 Bruins win on Friday. “I think he’s an elite player. Really great to have him, and he’s proving it the last couple games. He’s been unbelievable.

Some might depict this as Hall “flipping a switch” once he switched from the Sabres to the Bruins. But the real switch that flipped, so far, has been his luck.

After suffering with an absurdly unlucky 2.3 shooting percentage for two goals (and 17 assists, 19 points) in 37 games with the Sabres, Hall already matched those two goals in three games with the Bruins. The frisbee of luck absolutely returned to him; his Bruins’ shooting percentage is an unsustainable 22.2 percent.

Boston shouldn’t fear some experimentation

So, Hall won’t be this hot during his entire Bruins run, and he’s unlikely to be as unlucky as he was with the Sabres. But Boston should ponder using the rest of the 2020-21 regular season to try some things.

At the moment, Hall is delivering what the Bruins likely dreamed of: secondary scoring. His most frequent linemates are Craig Smith and David Krejci, likely just what Don Sweeney pictured. Beyond that flashy scoring, Hall’s two-way numbers have been very, very promising for the Bruins.

It’ll just be interesting to see if the Bruins at least ponder occasionally mixing Hall with one or more of David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, and/or Brad Marchand. Personally, it seems like good “data to collect.” What if Pastrnak, Bergeron, and/or Marchand got hurt, much like they did last postseason? It might be good to have a Plan B.

[More: Winners and losers of the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline]

Theoretically, the Bruins might also get more out of Hall that way. After averaging 18:41 TOI per game with the Sabres, Hall’s logged 15:06 on average with the Bruins.

To be clear: this is a very good problem to have. Yet, you can bet that Hall wants to make the most of this opportunity, as he has millions (and years) on the line. If he can prove that he can deliver in big games with the Bruins, Hall could reverse the (largely unfair) narrative building in the minds of some hockey people.

Considering the age of certain Bruins — particularly Bergeron — they owe it to themselves, and Hall, to find out what his ceiling really can be in Boston.

Anthony Mantha a man possessed for the Capitals

While millions (and pride) are on the line for Taylor Hall as a trade deadline rental for the Bruins, the Capitals likely have more of a long haul outlook for Anthony Mantha.

After all, Mantha’s still in the meat of his prime at 26 years old. The big winger is also cost-controlled, as his team-friendly $5.7M AAV runs through 2023-24.

But, being that Mantha has been slogging through the rebuild years of the Red Wings, could you blame him if he’s just bursting with energy and relief right now?

Judging by Mantha’s early production with the Capitals, it sure seems that way. Through his first three games with the Capitals, Mantha’s scored three goals (one in each game) and notched an assist in his debut. It sounds like he’s fitting in with his new team, while gaining praise from someone who also suited up with him in Detroit.

“I’ve played with him a long time,” Nick Jensen said of Mantha after that debut, via Japer’s Rink. “He’s got, like, the complete package going on. Big, strong, fast, you saw it tonight, he’s got a great shot… he’s got a lot of skill, too,” Jensen said. “Most people think big, strong, it’s more of a physical game but you can’t underestimate the amount of skill he has.”

Scratching the surface?

Much like with Hall and the Bruins, it will be interesting to see if Mantha forces the Capitals to put him in even more prominent positions.

Again, it’s early, but Mantha’s averaged 16:08 TOI per game with the Capitals, versus 18:15 per night with Detroit. Obviously, the Sabres and Red Wings needed to lean on Hall and Mantha more than their new teams will, but it will be interesting to see if the Bruins and Capitals find the “sweet spot” for those trade deadline acquisitions.

Because, sure, the Capitals have time to get to know Mantha — they don’t need to rush it. But like the Bruins, this is a Capitals team with some aging stars. They’d be wise to at least give Mantha a chance to prove that he’s worth knocking someone (or even a couple players?) down in the pecking order, and maybe should make that determination sooner, rather than later.

Ultimately, these are all high-level discussions, though. These are the sort of internal debates that would likely leave other teams very envious of the Bruins and Capitals.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

ProHockeyTalk’s 2020-21 NHL Trade Tracker

The ProHockeyTalk 2020-21 NHL Trade Tracker is your one-stop shop for all completed deals. The 2021 NHL trade deadline was Monday, April. 12 at 3 p.m. ET.

April 12, 2021
Washington Capitals:
 Michael Raffl
Philadelphia Flyers:
2021 fifth-round pick (Philadelphia retains 25% of Raffl’s contract.)

April 12, 2021
Vancouver Canucks:
 2021 sixth-round pick
Winnipeg Jets: 
Jordie Benn

April 12, 2021
Vancouver Canucks:
 Madison Bowey, 2021 fifth-round pick
Chicago Blackhawks: 
2021 fourth-round pick

April 12, 2021
Anaheim Ducks:
 Haydn Fleury
Carolina Hurricanes:
Jani Hakanpää, 2022 sixth-round pick

April 12, 2021 (link)
Detroit Red Wings: 
Richard Panik, Jakub Vrana, 2021 first-round pick, 2022 second-round pick
Washington Capitals:
Anthony Mantha

April 12, 2021
Toronto Maple Leafs: 
Antti Suomela
San Jose Sharks:
Alexander Barabanov

April 12, 2021
Ottawa Senators: 
2023 seventh-round pick, Brandon Fortunato
Nashville Predators:
Erik Gudbranson

April 12, 2021
Anaheim Ducks:
 2022 fifth-round pick
Toronto Maple Leafs:
Ben Hutton

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April 12, 2021 (link)
Vegas Golden Knights: 
Mattias Janmark, 2022 fifth-round pick, Nick DeSimone
Chicago Blackhawks:
2021 second-round pick, 2022 third-round pick (Chicago retains 50% of Janmark’s salary)
San Jose Sharks: 2022 fifth-round pick (San Jose retains 50% of Janmark’s salary)

April 12, 2021
Philadelphia Flyers: 
2022 seventh-round pick (Philadelphia retains 50% of Gustafsson’s cap hit.)
Montreal Canadiens:
Erik Gustafsson

April 12, 2021
Calgary Flames: 
2022 second-round pick, Emil Heineman
Florida Panthers:
Sam Bennett, 2022 sixth-round pick

April 12, 2021
Colorado Avalanche: 
Carl Soderberg
Chicago Blackhawks:
Josh Dickinson, Ryder Rolston

April 12, 2021
New Jersey Devils: 
Dmitry Kulikov
Edmonton Oilers:
Conditional 2022 fourth-round pick (Pick becomes a third-rounder if the Oilers win a playoff round.)

April 12, 2021
San Jose Sharks: 
Magnus Chrona
Tampa Bay Lightning:
Frederik Claesson

April 12, 2021
Chicago Blackhawks: 
Adam Gaudette
Vancouver Canucks: 
Matthew Highmore

April 12, 2021 (link)
Buffalo Sabres: 
Anders Bjork, 2022 second-round pick (Buffalo retains 50% of Hall’s salary)
Boston Bruins:
Taylor HallCurtis Lazar

April 11, 2021 (link)
Pittsburgh Penguins: 
Jeff Carter
Los Angeles Kings:
2022 conditional third-round pick, 2023 conditional fourth-round pick (The 2022 third-round pick becomes a second-round pick if the Penguins reach the 221 Stanley Cup Final and Carter plays in at least 50% of the games. The 2023 fourth-rounder becomes a third-rounder if Carter plays in at least 50 games next season.)

April 11, 2021
New York Islanders: 
Braydon Coburn
Ottawa Senators:
2022 seventh-round pick

April 11, 2021
Toronto Maple Leafs: 
David Rittich
Calgary Flames:
2022 third-round pick (Calgary retains 50% of Rittich’s salary)

April 11, 2021
Boston Bruins: 
Mike Reilly
Ottawa Senators:
2022 third-round pick

April 11, 2021 (link)
Toronto Maple Leafs: Nick Foligno, Stefan Noesen
Columbus Blue Jackets: 2021 first-round pick, 2022 fourth-round pick (Columbus retains 50% of Foligno’s salary)
San Jose Sharks: 2021 fourth-round pick (San Jose retains 25% of Foligno’s salary)

April 11, 2021 (link)
Detroit Red Wings:
Hayden Verbeek, 2021 fifth-round pick
Montreal Canadiens:
Jon Merrill

April 11, 2021
New Jersey Devils: 
Jonas Siegenthaler
Washington Capitals:
2021 conditional third-round pick (Originally owned by Arizona, which is conditional between Coyotes and Devils. If pick is not moved to New Jersey, it becomes New Jersey’s 2021 third-round pick rather than Arizona’s.)

April 10, 2021 (link)
Colorado Avalanche:
Devan Dubnyk
San Jose Sharks:
Greg Pateryn, 2021 fifth-round pick

April 10, 2021 (link)
Buffalo Sabres:
2021 third-round pick
Florida Panthers:
Brandon Montour

April 10, 2021 (link)
Columbus Blue Jackets: 
Tampa’s 2021 first-round pick, Tampa’s 2022 third-round pick (Columbus retains 50% of Savard’s salary.)
Detroit Red Wings:
Tampa’s 2021 fourth-round pick (Detroit retains 50% of Savard’s salary.)
Tampa Bay Lightning: David Savard, Brian Lashoff

April 9, 2021
Colorado Avalanche: Patrik Nemeth (Colorado retains 50% of Nemeth’s salary)
Detroit Red Wings: 2022 fourth-round draft pick

April 9, 2021
Toronto Maple Leafs:
 Riley Nash
Columbus Blue Jackets: 2022 conditional seventh-round pick (Pick becomes a sixth if Nash appears in 25% of Toronto’s 2020-21 playoff games.)

April 8, 2021 (link)
Chicago Blackhawks:
 Brett Connolly, Riley Stillman, Henrik Borgstrom (RFA rights), 2021 seventh-round pick
Florida Panthers: Lucas Carlsson, Lucas Wallmark

April 7, 2021 (link)
New York Islanders:
Kyle Palmieri, Travis Zajac
New Jersey Devils: 2021 first-round pick, conditional 2022 second-rounder, A.J. Greer, and Mason Jobst. (Devils retain 50% of salaries for both Palmieri and Zajac.)

April 2, 2021
Chicago Blackhawks:
 Vinnie Hinostroza
Florida Panthers: Brad Morrison

March 29, 2021
Los Angeles Kings:
 Christian Wolanin
Ottawa Senators: Michael Amadio

March 27, 2021 (link)
Los Angeles Kings:
Brendan Lemieux
New York Rangers: 2021 fourth-round pick

March 26, 2021 (link)
Buffalo Sabres: 2021 third and fifth-round picks (Sabres retain $1.625M of Staal’s salary)
Montreal Canadiens: Eric Staal

March 24, 2021
Anaheim Ducks: Alexander Volkov
Tampa Bay Lightning: Antoine Morand, 2023 conditional seventh-round pick

March 20, 2021 (link)
Buffalo Sabres: 2021 sixth-round pick
Colorado Avalanche: Jonas Johansson

March 12, 2021
Columbus Blue Jackets: Mikko Lehtonen
Toronto Maple Leafs: Veini Vehvilainen

Feb. 15, 2021
Carolina Hurricanes: David Warsofsky, Yegor Korshkov
Toronto Maple Leafs: Alex Galchenyuk

Feb. 13, 2021
Carolina Hurricanes: 2022 seventh-round pick
Columbus Blue Jackets: Gregory Hofmann

Feb. 13, 2021 (link)
Carolina Hurricanes: Cedric Paquette, Alex Galchenyuk
Ottawa Senators: Ryan Dzingel

Jan. 27, 2021
San Jose Sharks: Christian Jaros
Ottawa Senators: Jack Kopacka, 2022 seventh-round pick

Jan. 27, 2021
Anaheim Ducks: Trevor Carrick
San Jose Sharks: Jack Kopacka

Jan. 23, 2021 (link)
Columbus Blue Jackets: Patrik Laine, Jack Roslovic
Winnipeg Jets: Pierre-Luc Dubois, 2022 third-round pick (Jets retain 26% of Laine’s contract)

Jan. 19, 2021 (link)
Colorado Avalanche: Greg Pateryn
Minnesota Wild: Ian Cole (Avs retain 18.8% of Cole’s contract)

The Buzzer: Marleau ties Howe for NHL games played record; Sabres eliminated on Saturday

3 Stars for Saturday in the NHL

1. Pavel Buchnevich/Artemi Panarin, New York Rangers

Pavel Buchnevich showed flashes of brilliance so far in his NHL career, but Saturday shines a light on just how hot he’s been this season.

With a hat trick, Buchnevich now has 19 goals and 40 points in just 43 games played this season. He’s on pace to blow his previous career-highs of goals (21) and points (46) out of the water, despite this season being shortened.

He’d likely gain more attention if it weren’t for Artemi Panarin being in supernova mode, and arguably making a stronger claim to be the top star for Saturday in the NHL. “The Bread Man” collected four points on a goal and three assists. He’s on both a three-game point streak (4G, 4A) and a two game multi-point streak (3G, 4A).

Considering how explosive the Rangers have been lately — with Panarin back and leading the way, but also Buchnevich, Mika Zibanejad (three assists), and sometimes others also chipping in — you can bet that other teams are relieved that New York is probably just a bit too far outside of the window to nab a playoff spot. At least, it certainly seems that way … but do you really want to tell Panarin he cannot do something?

2. John Carlson, Washington Capitals

Here’s something that might sneak up on you; after Saturday, John Carlson leads NHL defensemen with 42 points.

Now, don’t beat yourself up about it. Carlson generated an impressive four assists on Saturday to leap over the likes of Victor Hedman (41) and Adam Fox (40) for the points lead among NHL defensemen. Carlson’s now rattled off seven points (all assists) during a three-game point streak.

Taking as step back, it’s truly impressive what Carlson’s accomplished lately. Since 2017-18, Carlson has produced 255 points, far and away the most of any blueliner. Brent Burns ranks a distant second with 221, while Victor Hedman (213) and Roman Josi (202) round out the short list of four defensemen with 200+ points during that span.

Carlson wasn’t the only Capitals player lightning it up. Alex Ovechkin scored two goals and an assist. At 730 career regular-season goals after Saturday, Ovechkin is only a single tally behind Marcel Dionne (731) for fifth in NHL history. Could Ovechkin even catch Brett Hull (741) for fourth all-time this season?

3. Malcolm Subban/Vinnie Hinostroza, Chicago Blackhawks

After you run through the easier choices for three stars for Saturday in the NHL, there are quite a few shutouts and three-point games. Let’s cheat and smoosh a shutout and a three-point game together, then, eh?

The Red Wings went on the power play six times, and fired 29 shots on goal, but Malcolm Subban stopped all of them. While Detroit is in a clear rebuild, they’ve been a bit peskier lately, so credit Subban for keeping them from playing the spoiler.

Following some decent stretches with the Coyotes, Vinnie Hinostroza didn’t really ever get the ball moving with the Panthers. The 27-year-old failed to score a point in nine games played. Returning to the Blackhawks franchise that drafted him in the sixth round (169th overall in 2012) seemingly gave Hinostroza a jolt. He generated three assists on Saturday, giving him five points in six games since the Blackhawks nabbed him around the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline.

Honorable mentions for Saturday in the NHL

  • Again, Subban wasn’t the only goalie to generate a shutout. In fact, you could roll with a different smooshing of a three-point game and a shutout. Drake Batherson scored two goals and one assist, while Matt Murray generated a 23-save shutout. (Maybe Carey Price was rusty in his return, as he gave up three goals on just 14 SOG.)
  • Mike Smith probably gave Subban the biggest fight from a goalie perspective, collecting 26 saves in his shutout.

Highlights of the night for Saturday in the NHL

Watch Pavel Buchnevich collect that hat trick vs. the Devils:

Here are highlights from the Penguins beating the Sabres, which officially eliminated Buffalo from the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Stats of the Night: Marleau ties Howe for most games in NHL history; Sabres eliminated

Want something else to chew on regarding Patrick Marleau tying Gordie Howe for most games played in NHL history with 1,767? This stat is … just a lot.

The Wild honored Patrick Marleau tying Gordie Howe for the NHL record with 1,767 games played, as you can see in the video above this post’s headline.

Sportsnet Stats threw out an interesting fact related to the Sabres’ 10-season playoff drought.

Back in January, Netflix reached 200+ million subscribers. Perhaps the Sabres need to make some (cough) Blockbuster trades to work their way out of this?

Saturday’s NHL scores

Rangers 6, Devils 3
Capitals 6, Flyers 3
Penguins 3, Sabres 2
Senators 4, Canadiens 0
Coyotes 3, Blues 2
Hurricanes 3, Predators 1
Panthers 5, Lightning 3
Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 0
Oilers 3, Jets 0
Stars 5, Blue Jackets 1
Wild 5, Sharks 2

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

Your 2020-21 NHL on NBC TV schedule

All 31 NHL Teams Featured Throughout Roughly 100 Games Across NBC and NBCSN; 21 Teams Make At Least Four Appearances

Schedule Features Wednesday Night Hockey and Tuesday Hockey Happy Hour Doubleheaders; More Than 75% of Teams Appear on Wednesday Nights

NBC Sports announced its full regular-season schedule that will feature all 31 NHL teams across roughly 100 games on NBC and NBCSN, beginning January 13 with a Wednesday Night Hockey tripleheader on NBCSN headlined by the defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning against the Chicago Blackhawks.

NBC Sports will present a record 16 regular-season games on the NBC broadcast network, beginning Sunday, Jan. 17 when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Washington Capitals.

In December, the NHL announced a 56-game regular-season schedule per team for the 2020-21 season, as well as a divisional realignment which limits team matchups to intra-division play and minimizes team travel as much as possible.

 • No team will have more than seven exclusive appearances on NBC and NBCSN and 21 teams will have at least four national appearances this year.

 • Some teams will appear nationally more than seven times, but those games will be blacked out in the local market and shown on their local RSN.

Additional NHL NBC schedule highlights:

 • Wednesday Night Hockey Presented by New Amsterdam Vodka on NBCSN – More than 75% of NHL teams will appear on Wednesday nights on NBCSN, and most will feature doubleheaders (and in some cases tripleheaders) surrounding its Wednesday Night Hockey coverage, including both early and late start times.

 •Tuesday Hockey Happy HoursThree Tuesday Hockey Hour doubleheaders (Feb. 2, Feb. 9 and March 9) that will begin at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

 • NHL on NBC – NBC Sports will showcase the NHL 16 times on NBC – once per week on average during the 2020-21 season – marking the most-ever NHL regular-season games on NBC. In addition, the final matchup on Saturday, May 8, is TBD and will feature the most compelling game with playoff implications.

 • Sunday Night Hockey on NBCSNThere will be 10 Sunday Night Hockey matchups on NBCSN, featuring teams from all four divisions, all four Conference Final teams from the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and a majority of matchups featuring a traditional Western Conference team.

2020-21 NHL NBC REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES EASTERN)

Wed., Jan. 13 Pittsburgh Philadelphia NBCSN PHI 6-3
  Chicago Tampa Bay NBCSN TB 4-1
St. Louis Colorado NBCSN STL 5-1
Sun., Jan. 17 Washington Pittsburgh NBC PIT 4-3 (SO)
Mon., Jan. 18 Columbus Detroit NBCSN CBJ 3-2
Boston N.Y. Islanders NBCSN NYI 1-0
Buffalo Philadelphia NBCSN BUF 6-1
  Arizona Vegas NBCSN VGK 4-2
Tues., Jan. 19 Washington Pittsburgh NBCSN PIT 5-4
Wed., Jan. 20 Edmonton Toronto NBCSN EDM 3-1
Minnesota Anaheim NBCSN MIN 3-2
Thur., Jan. 21 Tampa Bay Columbus NBCSN TB 3-2 (OT)
Montreal Vancouver NBCSN MTL 7-3
Sun., Jan. 24 Detroit Chicago NBC CHI 6-2
Tues., Jan. 26 N.Y. Islanders Washington NBCSN WSH 3-2
Wed., Jan. 27 Chicago Nashville NBCSN NSH 2-1 (SO)
Mon., Feb. 1 Pittsburgh N.Y. Rangers NBCSN NYR 3-1
Tues., Feb. 2 Buffalo N.Y. Islanders NBCSN PPD
Minnesota Colorado NBCSN COL 2-1
Wed., Feb. 3 Detroit Tampa Bay NBCSN TBL 5-1
Boston Philadelphia NBCSN BOS 4-3 (OT)
Sun., Feb. 7 Philadelphia Washington NBC PHI 7-4
Mon., Feb. 8 N.Y. Islanders N.Y. Rangers NBCSN NYI 2-0
Tues., Feb. 9 Philadelphia Washington NBCSN PPD
Tampa Bay Nashville NBCSN TB 6-1
Wed., Feb. 10 Boston N.Y. Rangers NBCSN BOS 3-2 (OT)
Sun., Feb. 14 Washington Pittsburgh NBC PIT 6-3
Colorado Vegas NBCSN VGK 1-0
Mon., Feb. 15 N.Y. Islanders Buffalo NBCSN NYI 3-1
Tues., Feb. 16 Washington Pittsburgh NBCSN WSH 3-1
Wed., Feb. 17 Chicago Detroit NBCSN CHI 2-0
Winnipeg Edmonton NBCSN EDM 3-2
Sat., Feb. 20 Vegas Colorado NBCSN COL 3-2
Sun., Feb. 21 Philadelphia Boston NBCSN BOS 7-3
New Jersey Washington NBC WSH 4-3
Tues., Feb. 23 Pittsburgh Washington NBCSN PIT 3-2 (OT)
Wed., Feb. 24 N.Y. Rangers Philadelphia NBCSN PHI 4-3
Los Angeles St. Louis NBCSN LA 2-1
Sun., Feb. 28 Boston N.Y. Rangers NBC BOS 4-1
Detroit Chicago NBCSN CHI 7-2
Tues., March 2 Philadelphia Pittsburgh NBCSN PIT 5-2
Wed., March 3 Washington Boston NBCSN WSH 2-1 (SO)
St. Louis Anaheim NBCSN STL 3-2
Sun., March 7 Buffalo N.Y. Islanders NBC NYI 5-2
Tampa Bay Chicago NBCSN TBL 6-3
  New Jersey Boston NBCSN NJ 1-0
N.Y. Rangers Pittsburgh NBCSN PIT 5-1
Tues., March 9 N.Y. Rangers Pittsburgh NBCSN PIT 4-2
Chicago Dallas NBCSN DAL 6-1
Wed., March 10 Vegas Minnesota NBCSN MIN 4-3
Los Angeles Anaheim NBCSN LAK 5-1
Sun., March 14 Los Angeles Colorado NBCSN COL 4-1
Mon., March 15 Philadelphia N.Y. Rangers NBCSN PHI 5-4 (OT)
Tues., March 16 Boston Pittsburgh NBCSN BOS 2-1
Wed., March 17 Philadelphia N.Y. Rangers NBCSN NYR 9-0
  Edmonton Calgary NBCSN EDM 7-3
Sun., March 21 Vegas Los Angeles NBCSN LAK 3-1
Mon., March 22 Anaheim Minnesota NBCSN MIN 2-1
Tues., March 23 New Jersey Philadelphia NBCSN NJD 4-3
Wed., March 24 Anaheim Minnesota NBCSN MIN 3-2
  Buffalo Pittsburgh NBCSN PIT 5-2
Los Angeles San Jose NBCSN SJ 4-2
Sun., March 28 N.Y. Rangers Washington NBC WSH 5-4
Columbus Detroit NBCSN DET 4-1
New Jersey Boston NBCSN NJ 1-0
  Nashville Chicago NBCSN NSH 3-2
Mon., March 29 N.Y. Islanders Pittsburgh NBCSN PIT 2-1
Tues., March 30 Carolina Chicago NBCSN CHI 2-1
Wed., March 31 Philadelphia Buffalo NBCSN BUF 6-1
Los Angeles Vegas NBCSN LAK 4-2
Thurs., April 1 Carolina Chicago NBCSN CAR 4-3
Minnesota Vegas NBCSN MIN 3-2 (SO)
Sun., April 4 Detroit Tampa Bay NBC DET 5-1
Dallas Carolina NBCSN CAR 1-0
Tues., April 6 Pittsburgh N.Y. Rangers NBCSN NYR 8-4
Wed., April 7 Edmonton Ottawa NBCSN EDM 4-2
Montreal Toronto NBCSN TOR 3-2
Tues., April 13 Philadelphia Washington NBCSN WSH 6-1
Wed., April 14 Colorado St. Louis NBCSN COL 4-3
Vegas Los Angeles NBCSN VGK 6-2
Thurs., April 15 Florida Tampa NBCSN 7 p.m.
Sat., April 17 Pittsburgh Buffalo NBC 3 p.m.
Sun., April 18 Washington Boston NBC 12 p.m.
  N.Y. Islanders Philadelphia NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Colorado NBCSN PPD
Mon., April 19 Detroit Dallas NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., April 20 Buffalo Boston NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Colorado St. Louis NBCSN PPD
Wed., April 21 Nashville Chicago NBCSN 7 p.m.
  San Jose Vegas NBCSN 9:30 p.m.
Sat., April 24 Colorado St. Louis NBC 3 p.m.
Sun., April 25 Boston Pittsburgh NBC 3 p.m.
  Columbus Tampa Bay NBCSN 7 p.m.
Mon., April 26 Carolina Dallas NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., April 27 N.Y. Islanders Washington NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., April 28 St. Louis Minnesota NBCSN 7 p.m.
  Colorado Vegas NBCSN 9:30 p.m.
Thurs., April 29 Florida Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
  Calgary Edmonton NBCSN 9:30 p.m. (JIP)
Sun., May 2 Tampa Bay Detroit NBC 3 p.m.
Mon., May 3 TBD TBD NBCSN TBD
Tues., May 4 TBD TBD NBCSN TBD
Wed., May 5 Washington N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7 p.m.
Thur., May 6 TBD TBD NBCSN TBD
Sat., May 8 TBD TBD NBC 3 p.m.
  TBD TBD NBCSN TBD

*subject to change

*Some games will be blacked out in local markets and televised in those markets by a regional carrier.

Taylor Hall, other trade additions making immediate impact for Bruins

Before the NHL trade deadline Taylor Hall and the Boston Bruins both looked like they were desperate for some major changes.

Hall needed a different team and another fresh start after a miserable season in Buffalo, both individually and on a team level.

The Bruins needed another scorer to balance out a lineup that has been too reliant on just one line.

It has only been two games but so far it looks like both sides are already getting exactly what they needed.

Hall scored a goal for the second game in a row for the Bruins on Friday night in a 3-0 win over the New York Islanders, helping him match his total in three games with the Bruins versus what he did in 37 games with the Sabres.

The Bruins are now 3-0-0 since the trade that brought them Hall and Curtis Lazar, outscoring their opponents by a 10-3 margin. The past two games, though, have been the most impressive as they completely dominated a very good New York Islanders team that is ahead of them in the East Division standings. Boston controlled the past of both games with Hall and Lazar combining for three of the Bruins’ seven goals in the two wins.

If Boston is going to make some noise in the playoffs this season that is exactly what they are going to need.

All season the bulk of the Bruins offense has come from the trio of David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, and Brad Marchand. When those three are not on the ice or carrying the offense, there has been nobody else to do it. Even though Hall had a terrible run in Buffalo, there is plenty of evidence that he should be able to bounce back (high shot numbers; low shooting percentage due that should increase with some better luck).

But while Hall and Lazar have made contributions offensively, the Bruins have also been able to get some major minutes out of their other — and perhaps more overlooked — addition, defenseman Mike Reilly.

Reilly has played more than 22 minutes in each of his first three games after being acquired for a late-round pick from the Ottawa Senators and has been great in those minutes. The returns are early, but so far it looks like Don Sweeney should be pretty happy with the moves he made. Especially when it only cost him Anders Bjork, a second-round pick, and a seventh-round pick.

Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.

Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.