It was another night of monotony for the Eastern Conference in the National Hockey League so far in the 2020-21 season, as both the Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens are shut out of the action so far. One of them could be in for a long season, however, as each team will be looking to get their first win of the season in their respective home openers against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Last night was the annual game before the mid-season break, which was the 92nd edition of the four-game series. The Canadiens and Flyers played host to the Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks in the morning, respectively, and then the Lightning and Washington Capitals, each played in the night, both at home.
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After the Capitals won twice on Wednesday night, the Lightning cruised to a 5-1 win over the Canucks, who play at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. That makes it six preseason wins in a row for the Lightning, who are currently coached by Bob Boughner, a Hall of Famer who captained both Tampa Bay teams to Stanley Cup championships. Boughner led the Lightning to the Stanley Cup finals in 1998 and was named the league’s MVP that season.
The Stars, meanwhile, lost their last preseason game of the season, 4-1 to the San Jose Sharks. The Stars play one final preseason game at Nashville, TN, on Sunday. The Sharks are coached by Brent Burns, a big name in the game who had one of the best seasons of his career last year. His Sharks don’t play in their annual game before the season begins until Friday night.
The Los Angeles Kings had a last preseason game, a 7-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks are coached by Randy Carlyle, a big name who captained the Kings to the Stanley Cup in 1993.