Saturday Hockey News: Timo Meier, Chuck Fletcher Fired, Florida Panthers

Timo Meier is a game-changer and has been on a mission since the New Jersey Devils acquired him. Meier has 13 shots and 11 hits in his first three games with the Devils. His goals and assists will increase once he builds team chemistry. 

Chuck Fletcher was fired as general manager and president of the Philadelphia Flyers hockey operations on Friday. His replacement is Daniel Briere. The 45-year-old new interim general manager played six of his 17 NHL seasons with the Flyers from 2007-13. Under Fletcher, the Flyers have made the Stanley Cup Playoffs just once. 

Florida Panthers defenseman Brandon Montour wins overtime to give the Panthers a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Matthew Tkachuk added three assists. The Panthers have won three in a row and are within two points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second wild card spot. 

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The New York Rangers played smart and intellectual hockey against the Vegas Golden Knights at the garden on Friday night. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak made 33 saves for the Rangers. Vincent Trocheck scored a goal and an assist to Filip Chytil, who made a sweet goal in the third period. The Rangers won this game 4-1. 

New Jersey Devils, the best road team in the NHL, traveled to Dallas to take on the Dallas Stars. Jack Hughes scored two goals in this game, and one came in overtime to give the Devils a 3-2 over the Dallas Stars. Vitek Vanecek deserves more recognition for his goal-tending performance. He saved 33 shots for the Devils. Also, the Devils blocked 24 of the Stars’ shots. 

It was a thrilling finish between the San Jose Sharks and Carolina Hurricanes. Trailing 4-3 with less than a minute to go, Martin Necas ties the game 4-4 with 11.5 seconds left in the third period. Necas forced the game to go to overtime and struck once again by scoring the game-winning goal to send everyone home. The Hurricanes won 5-4. 

Vancouver Canucks played with a lot of intensity and high energy against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Bo Horvat added four assists. Elias Pettersson scored two goals. CanuCks defeated the Blue Jackets 5-2. Canucks wore the old-school jerseys from the 1990s. 

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New Jersey Devils took on the Anaheim Ducks. Almost 20 years ago, they faced off in the Stanley Cup Finals. As for this game, Jack Hughes scored two goals for the Devils. He has 21 goals in 22 games. The Devils jumped and scored three goals in the first period. Anaheim had no answer for New Jersey. The Devils won 6-2—an outstanding road performance by the best road team in hockey. 

Winnipeg Jets traveled to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins. The Jets started the goal with a power-play goal. Two coaches’ challenges were in the first period, and both goals were waived. However, the Jets answered those challenges by scoring back-to-back goals late in the second period to go up 3-1. The Jets would win this game 4-1. It’s their seventh win in the last eight games. Mark Scheifele scored two goals for the Jets. 

On Friday night, it was Connor McDavid’s birthday. The captain turned 26. Did he have a good birthday performance on the ice? He certainly did. McDavid finished the game with three points – 2 goals and one assist. The Oilers dominated the Sharks from start to finish. Oilers trounce the Sharks 7-1. 

Clayton Keller’s Season Ending Injury, Bruins-Devils Matchup

Tough day for the city of Arizona and the Coyotes fans. Why? The fear turned into a reality. Clayton Keller is out for the season after he was taken from the Arizona Coyotes game on a stretcher with a broken leg sustained in the third period against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.

The Coyotes said he had surgery after the game. Keller could make a full recovery in 4-6 months. Keller was injured with 5:15 remaining after falling and hitting the end boards’ legs first. He was trying to get off a shot while being defended by Nicolas Meloche.

It’s a devastating blow for the Coyotes not to have one of their best players on the ice. Keller leads the Coyotes with 63 points (28 goals, 35 assists) in 66 games.

The Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils will face off tonight. Although the Devils have been struggling this season, they can put up a competitive fight against one of the best teams in the league. In sports, any team can beat another team on any given night. Boston’s forward lines also contain two changes. Craig Smith will miss the game due to illness. Marc McLaughlin will make his NHL debut and fill in for Smith as right-wing on the third line. Nick Foligno will sit out due to a lower-body injury. Anton Blidh will replace him as fourth-line left wing.

Linus Ullmark will start as Bruins goaltender, with Jeremy Swayman as his backup.

Here are the projected lines and defensive pairings for Bruins-Devils:


Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron–Jake DeBrusk

Taylor Hall–Erik Haula–David Pastrnak

Trent Frederic–Charlie Coyle–Marc McLaughlin

Anton Blidh–Tomas Nosek–Curtis Lazar

Hampus Lindholm–Charlie McAvoy

Matt Grzelcyk–Brandon Carlo

Mike Reilly–Josh Brown

Linus Ullmark


Yegor Sharangovich–Jack Hughes–Dawson Mercer

Tomas Tatar–Nico Hischier–Jesper Bratt

Andreas Johnsson–Jesper Boqvist–Miles Wood

Jimmy Vesey–Michael McLeod–Nathan Bastian

Jonas Siegenthaler–Dougie Hamilton

Ryan Graves–Damon Severson

Ty Smith–P.K. Subban