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Check out last night’s highlights, including Alexander Ovechkin setting a milestone, Jake Allen’s 45-save shutout against the Predators, Ryan Miller loses in his return to Buffalo, Keith Yandle’s return to Arizona and the league-leading Montreal Canadiens win again.
Notable NHL Headlines.
NBC SPORTS: Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth is the early leader in shutouts (three) among netminders. Neuvirth is also the first goalie in Flyers history with three shutouts in his first seven starts in a season.
NEWSDAY: It’ll take hard work on Ryane Strome’s part to get back into the New York Islanders lineup. The club recently demoted the struggling Strome, who’s on an entry-level contract and ineligible for waivers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Strome had 50 points in 81 games last season. With only five in 12 games (all of those coming in just four games), he’s certainly in need of a reboot. Expect him to return to the lineup before the end of 2015.
MLIVE.COM: Sidelined Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (ankle surgery), feels he’s a week away from his first game of this season.
THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic said his club demoted struggling defenseman Nikita Zadorov to bolster his confidence. He also said winger Alex Tanguay is out for an extended period with a right knee injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Avs had high hopes to Zadorov to blossom into a top-four defenseman. They haven’t given up on the 20-year-old, but he obviously needs more minor-league experience. Losing Tanguay, meanwhile, is a serious blow to the struggling Avs’ offense.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers winger Rick Nash remains sidelined with a back injury. It’s uncertain if he’ll be ready for Tuesday’s game against Carolina.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Lightning winger Ondrej Palat suffered a lower-body injury in his club’s 1-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild.