David Pastrnak missing the first couple matchups due to injury could have negatively impacted the offense at even strength and the power play -- and it did, for a little while. A shortened schedule also makes it tougher to make up ground in the playoff race late in the regular season -- a task already difficult with OT and shootout losses giving teams a point in the standings.Florida Panthers
''Obviously being down 3-0 after the first is not a great start,'' Nashville defenseman Roman Josi said. ''I didn't think it was as bad as the score was, but they're a good team. We gave them too many great looks and they capitalized. That's what happens when you play a team like Tampa.''Vancouver Canucks
''Frustrating. Four overtime losses now,'' Strome said. ''Those are valuable points even at this point in the season, with the short schedule.''New Jersey Devils
Rooney sparked a three-goal second for New York with a short-handed tally. Rookie defenseman K'Andre Miller and Rooney executed a give-and-go to perfection on a two-on-none rush. Rooney has 11 career goals, seven while killing a penalty.
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It is still early, but his first four starts this season are not doing much to inspire confidence that he is going to get back on track. He has recorded a save percentage higher than .890 in just one of those starts, and has already allowed 15 goals in his four starts. Chris Driedger has badly outplayed him so far, and while that is a promising development for the Panthers you have to assume that Driedger’s current .940 save percentage is going to regress at some point. When that happens they are going to need a lot more from Bobrovsky.Philadelphia Flyers
The Dallas Stars, the 2019-20 Western Conference champions, had to postpone their first four games of the season after 17 players tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 12. Luckily, the Stars will have their official season opener on Friday when they host the Nashville Predators.