The Daily: Flames Win Big, the Lucic Goal and Canadiens Trade Chips
The Calgary Flames snapped a losing streak, Milan Lucic scored and the Montreal Canadians have some NHL trade chips to deal.
The Calgary Flames came up with a big win in San Jose on Sunday. But it was just another one-goal game heading into the third period until Elias Lindholm broke it wide open. Elsewhere, there's a reason the Montreal Canadiens keep giving Josh Anderson top-line duty despite it not being his best fit. And yes, you weren't dreaming, Milan Lucic got a goal that counted.
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What a win in San Jose. The Flames had one of those explosions in a 5-2 win over the Sharks. Can they do it again on Tuesday?
Milan Lucic scored. It counted. And a huge relief followed for the big Flames winger who was healthy scratched for a week.
NHL: The NHL roster freeze will be put in effect at 10 p.m. tonight, meaning no trades or roster transactions until Dec. 28. For the Calgary Flames, people will want to see where Matthew Phillips and Radim Zohorna are tonight.
NHL News, Trade Rumours, and National Hockey Now
San Jose Hockey Now: San Jose Sharks defenceman Erik Karlsson scored his 700th career point in the game against the Calgary Flames on Sunday.
TSN: Karlsson is the early frontrunner for the Norris Trophy, but don't count out Josh Morrissey of the Winnipeg Jets. What a season this guy is having with almost no attention being sent his way.
Vegas Hockey Now: Alex Pietrangelo detailed why he took a leave of absence from the Golden Knights for nine games.
Montreal Hockey Now: The real reasons why the Canadiens keep trying Josh Anderson on the top line with Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield. Is NHL trade value one of them? And are the Calgary Flames interested?
Dallas Hockey Now: Assessing the impact that Joe Pavelski has had on the Dallas Stars late in his career.
NYI Hockey Now: After Semyon Varlamov was injured against the Golden Knights, the New York Islanders have recalled Cory Schneider.
NHL: The Edmonton Oilers have brought back veteran defensemen Jason Demers for reinforcements on the blue line.
Boston Hockey Now: A couple of notable contract terminations/demotions as the Boston Bruins have placed Craig Smith on waivers.
Colorado Hockey Now: The Colorado Avalanche will terminate the contract of Danil Zhuravlyov and the New York Islanders' Nikita Soshnikov.
NHL: Logan Thompson is having a huge rookie season for a goaltender but don't forget about Pyotr Kochetkov.
Florida Hockey Now: The Florida Panthers were without star centre Sasha Barkov for long periods this season, and could be forced to carry on without him yet again due to an injury.