The New York Islanders got an early jump on the competition leading into the trade deadline on Monday, April 12 with the acquisitions of Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac from New Jersey in exchange for A.J. Greer, Mason Jobst, a 2021 first-round pick and a conditional 2022 fourth round pick.
The Devils also agreed to retain 50% of the salaries of Palmieri and Zajac. They are both eligible to become unrestricted free agents at the end of the year.
The Islanders had the cap flexibility to pull off this trade after team captain Anders Lee suffered a torn ACL on March 11 in a game against New Jersey. Palmieri and Zajac have struggled offensively this season, but this move makes the Islanders much deeper up front.
EDMONTON 4 OTTAWA 2
The Oilers bounced back from Monday’s overtime loss to Montreal with a hard-fought victory over the Senators. Edmonton has won eight straight games versus Ottawa this season with the final game of the series set for Thursday.
Draisaitl got his 22nd goal of the year in the dying seconds of regulation, while McDavid’s 23rd marker of 2020-21 at the 13:54 mark of the third period held up as the game winner.
Marcus Hogberg turned aside 31 of 34 shots in the loss. It was his first outing since Feb. 18 when he suffered a lower-body injury.
Mikko Koskinen made 28 saves on 30 shots for his 10th win of the season in his 21st appearance.
MONTREAL 2 TORONTO 3
The Maple Leafs won a fifth straight game after holding on to defeat the Canadiens.
Jack Campbell improved to 10-0-0 on the year and he established a Toronto franchise in the process for the longest win streak by a goaltender.
Auston Matthews produced one goal and one assist. His league-leading 28th goal of the season opened the scoring just 54 seconds into the contest.
Corey Perry scored both goals for the Canadiens. His ninth of the season cut Montreal’s deficit to 3-2 at the 17:45 mark of the third period, but that was as close as they would come.
Zach Hyman notched one goal and one assist, while getting the game winner at the 10:21 mark of the third period.
T.J. Brodie got his first goal as a member of the Maple Leafs in the match. He had 12 assists in 39 games previously this season.
For Barabanov, it was his first NHL point. He got a chance to play because William Nylander was unavailable due to COVID protocol.
VEGAS 1 ST. LOUIS 3
The Blues snapped a seven-game winless skid (0-6-1) with a win over the Golden Knights on Wednesday.
Jake Walman’s first NHL goal provided St. Louis with a 3-0 advantage at the 13:31 mark of the third period.
Marc-Andre Fleury blocked 32 of 35 shots in a losing effort.
COLORADO 3 MINNESOTA 8
The Wild earned a series split with the Avalanche with a blowout win following Monday’s 5-4 loss. Minnesota ended Colorado’s 15-game point streak in the process.
Kevin Fiala got his first NHL hat trick and he added an assist in the contest.
Kirill Kaprizov accounted for two goals and one helper. The Wild scored four times on five power-play chances and all three of his points came on the man advantage.
Phillip Grubauer was burned for seven goals on 18 shots in the defeat. Jonas Johanaaon allowed a goal on the only shot he faced in 12:42 of relief.
Cam Talbot shielded 29 of 32 shots for his 12th win in 21 starts.
ARIZONA 3 LOS ANGELES 4
The Kings ended a three-game losing streak and earned a series split against the Coyotes on Wednesday night. Los Angeles also halted Arizona’s three-game win spree thanks to a third-period comeback.
Jaret Anderson-Dolan got the Kings on the board late in the first frame.
Johan Larsson tallied the only goal of the second stanza to give the Coyotes a 3-1 lead.
Carl Grundstrom potted the game winner at the 13:55 mark of the third period.
Adin Hill, who was making an eighth straight start, stopped 26 of 30 shots in the defeat.
Jonathan Quick made 24 saves on 27 shots to end his four-game losing streak. He has recorded seven victories in 17 starts this year.
Source: Yahoo Sports