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J.T. Miller has been the topic of a lot of trade rumors lately. He’s signed through the 2022-23 campaign so the Canucks ultimately don’t have to move him before the deadline even if they don’t like their playoff chances, but by the same token if he’d command quiet a bit on the trade market if they do pull the trigger.
Miller only added to his value on Thursday by scoring a hat trick and an assist to help the Canucks earn a 5-1 victory over Winnipeg. With that, Miller is up to 15 goals and 44 points in 41 contests. He was a solid offensive presence with the Rangers and Lightning, but Miller has found another level with Vancouver, scoring 57 goals and 161 points in 163 career games with the franchise.
When Vancouver acquired Miller from Tampa Bay back in June 2019, they paid a price of journeyman goaltender Marek Mazanec, a third-round pick (Hugo Alnefelt), and what was ultimately the 20th overall pick in 2020 (Shakir Mukhamadullin). If the Canucks trade him now, they’re likely to get considerably more.
ANAHEIM 5 MONTREAL 4
Trevor Zegras scored two goals, including the game winner. He has 12 goals and 32 points in 40 contests.
Troy Terry also had a big game for the Ducks, contributing a goal and two assists. He’s up to 24 goals and 40 points in 41 games.
Anthony Stolarz stopped 36 of 40 shots last night. The Ducks jumped up to a 3-0 lead in the first period and established a 4-1 lead by 1:25 of the second frame, but Montreal managed to stay in the game. Although Stolarz did end up with the win anyways, it got messy with him allowing two goals on 12 shots in the third period.
Jake Evans netted a pair of goals for Montreal. That gives him six goals and 10 points in 34 contests.
CAROLINA 3 OTTAWA 2 (SO)
Frederik Andersen stopped 37 of 39 shots in regulation time. He was then perfect in three shootout rounds to pick up the extra point.
Matt Murray kicked out 27 of 29 shots prior to the shootout. He was beaten once in two shootout rounds and consequently lost the contest.
Alex Formenton scored a goal for Ottawa in the third period. It was his ninth goal and 19th point in 34 games.
Derek Stepan found the back of the net for the Hurricanes. He has six goals and 13 points in 32 contests.
Nino Niederreiter netted Carolina’s other goal in regulation time. That gives him 13 markers and 21 points in 34 games.
TAMPA BAY 3 NEW JERSEY 2
Anthony Cirelli scored the game-winning goal. He’s up to 12 goals and 27 points in 39 games.
Damon Severson contributed a goal and an assist for the Devils. He has six goals and 21 points in 40 games.
Jon Gillies stopped 32 of 35 shots on Thursday. He’s made six starts this season and has allowed at least three goals in all of them.
Andrei Vasilevskiy saved 31 of 33 Devils shots. He was in a bit of a slump going into this game, allowing a combined eight goals over his previous two contests.
FLORIDA 4 VEGAS 1
This was a big night for Aleksander Barkov. The Panthers forward scored his 200th career goal in his 560th career game. He also registered an assist in Florida’s victory.
Sam Bennett netted a pair of goals for Florida. He’s up to 20 goals and 28 points in 34 games this season.
Spencer Knight stopped 24 of 25 shots last night. He hasn’t had a particularly good season, but he has held the competition to just a goal in each of his last two starts.
At the other end of the ice, Robin Lehner saved 28 of 30 shots. Florida’s final two goals were scored in the final minute on an empty net.
Vegas’ lone goal was scored by Zach Whitecloud. It was his sixth marker and 12th point in 30 games.
LOS ANGELES 3 NY ISLANDERS 2
Adrian Kempe scored the game-winning goal. He has 18 goals and 26 points in 41 contests.
Andreas Athanasiou scored a goal and registered an assist for the Kings. That gives him four goals and eight points in 12 games.
Cal Petersen stopped 23 of 25 Islanders shots. He surrendered two goals on nine shots in the third period, but the Kings were still able to hold on and get the win.
Mathew Barzal found the back of the net for the Islanders. It was his ninth goal and 27th point in 33 games.
Semyon Varlamov turned aside 27 of 29 shots on Thursday. The Islanders finally got on the board with Barzal’s goal at 17:56 of the third period. That cut the Kings lead to 2-1 and led to the Islanders pulling Varlamov in favor of an extra skating. Kempe scored on the empty net to make it 3-1. The Islanders scored again at 19:40 but ran out of time in their comeback bid.
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SEATTLE 2 PITTSBURGH 1 (OT)
Adam Larsson netted the overtime winner. That was actually the first overtime goal scored in the franchise’s history, so you can keep that in mind for a future trivia question.
Jared McCann scored Seattle’s other goal. It was his 17th goal and 26th point in 38 games.
Philipp Grubauer stopped 23 of 24 shots last night. He improved to 11-16-4 with a 3.20 GAA and .885 save percentage in 32 contests.
Evgeni Malkin accounted for the Penguins’ marker. That gives him four goals and 10 points in nine games.
Tristan Jarry saved 27 of 29 Kraken shots. That brought his five-game winning streak to an end, bringing his record to 23-7-5.
COLUMBUS 5 NY RANGERS 3
The big story here for New York wasn’t them losing the game, it was Adam Fox exiting the contest with an upper-body injury. Fortunately, the news after the contest was good. Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said that Fox is “day-to-day” and is “sure it’s a minor injury,” per the New York Post’s Mollie Walker.
Artemi Panarin scored a goal and registered two assists for the Rangers. He’s up to 12 goals and 48 points in 39 games.
Alexandar Georgiev stopped 14 of 18 Blue Jackets shots. He allowed a pair of goals in each of the first and second periods. Columbus’ final goal was scored on an empty net.
Boone Jenner netted two goals, including the game winner, and registered an assist. He has 18 goals and 30 points in 41 contests.
Sean Kuraly also contributed two goals for the Blue Jackets. That gives him eight goals and 16 points in 41 games.
Joonas Korpisalo stopped 33 of 36 shots last night. He won the game, but at the same time he’s now allowed at least three goals in each of his last five contests.
ST. LOUIS 5 CALGARY 1
Brandon Saad led the charge for the Blues, providing them with two goals and an assist. He’s up to 15 goals and 25 points in 39 games.
Brayden Schenn found the back of the net and registered an assist for the Blues. He has 10 goals and 20 points in 27 contests.
Calgary’s goal was scored by Mikael Backlund. It was his sixth goal and 15th point in 39 games.
Jacob Markstrom stopped 23 of 28 Blues shots. He dropped to 15-10-5 with a 2.22 GAA and .923 save percentage in 30 games.
Ville Husso kicked out 28 of 29 shots on Thursday. He’s allowed just two goals over his last three starts.
VANCOUVER 5 WINNIPEG 1
J.T. Miller scored a hat trick and registered an assist. That gives him 15 goals and 44 points in 41 games.
Brock Boeser added a goal and two assists for Vancouver. He has 11 goals and 22 points in 37 contests.
Spencer Martin stopped 33 of 34 shots last night. It’s taken him six starts, but with that strong performance he’s earned his first NHL win.
Andrew Copp netted Winnipeg’s only goal. He’s up to 12 goals and 28 points in 40 games.
Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 28 of 33 shots. He’s surrendered three of more goals in five of his last six games.
EDMONTON 3 NASHVILLE 2 (SO)
Juuse Saros stopped an impressive 44 of 46 shots in regulation time. He fell short of the win though by allowing a goal in three shootout rounds.
Mikko Koskinen saved 28 of 30 shots before the shootout. He picked up the extra point after holding firm through three shootout rounds.
Connor McDavid scored his 21st goal of the season at 19:28 of the first period. He also netted the lone goal in the shootout.
Evan Bouchard netted the Oilers’ other regulation time goal. He has nine goals and 22 points in 39 games.
Filip Forsberg scored a goal and registered an assist for Edmonton. He has 22 goals and 36 points in 32 contests.