NHL announces 4 outdoor games for 2016-17, latest suspensions & more in today’s collection of NHL headlines. 

NHL Game Recaps.

Kings forward Jeff Carter scores in overtime against the Capitals.

Kings forward Jeff Carter scores in overtime against the Capitals.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: After blowing a three-goal lead, the Los Angeles Kings edged the Washington Capitals 4-3 on an overtime goal by Jeff Carter.

STLTODAY.COM:  Troy Brouwer, Kevin Shattenkirk and Patrik Berglund scored shootout goals to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Blues forward Ryan Reaves could face supplemental discipline for a charging hit on Blackhawks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff.

CALGARY SUN: Johnny Gaudreau scored twice in 10 seconds in the first period, then set up Mikael Backlund’s game winning goal to lift the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators

THE DENVER POST: Semyon Varlamov made 37 saves backstopping the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

For more recaps and game highlights, go to NHL.com.

Notable NHL Headlines.

NHL.COM: After conducting an independent investigation into sexual assault allegations against Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, the NHL has concluded the accusations were unfounded and consider the matter closed.

TWINCITIES.COM: With only one goal in his last 18 games, Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise is struggling through the worst scoring drought of his NHL career. He does have 11 assists in that stretch.

 

YAHOO SPORTS: The NHL yesterday announced four outdoor games for 2016-17. In addition to the already-announced Heritage Classic between the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets in Winnipeg on Oct. 23, 2016, there will be a Centennial Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at BMO Field on New Year’s Day 2017, the Winter Classic on Jan. 2, 2017 will pit the Chicago Blackhawks against the St. Louis Blues at Busch Stadium, while the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins will square off at Heinz Field in the Stadium Series on Feb. 17, 2017.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This has some observers complaining the league is staging too many outdoor games. Given how popular they are with fans and how much revenue they make, no one should be surprised. And with the low value of the Canadian dollar adversely affecting NHL revenue, the league will stage as many outdoor games as they can to boost the amount of dollars flowing in. As long as the outdoor games keep selling well, expect the league to keep staging three or four each season. As for why some teams (Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh) are appearing so often in outdoor games, that’s because they’re guaranteed to be big draws. 

Suspension and Injury Updates.

NBC SPORTS: Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jarred Tinordi received a 20-game suspension for violating the league’s PED rules. Tinordi is finished for the season, and if the Coyotes fail to reach the playoffs, his suspension could stretch into next season.

NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils forward Tuomo Ruutu was fined $5,000.00 for slew-footing Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cullen.

THE BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins defenseman John-Michael Liles will have a disciplinary hearing today regarding a hit to the head of Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov.

THE SCORE:  Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse faces a hearing over instigating a fight with San Jose Sharks defenseman Roman Polak.

NEWSDAY:  New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak will miss the next 6-8 weeks with a groin injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That leaves the Isles playoff hopes resting in the hands of Thomas Greiss, who’s played well in a backup role this season. 

NHL.COM:  The Columbus Blue Jackets activated goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky off injured reserve.