NHL News: Sabres surprise Flyers, Patrik Laine injured, COVID list growing, and all of yesterday’s action

The NHL had 10 games on tap yesterday, but not many thought the Buffalo Sabres would handedly give the Flyers their first loss of the year.

NHL News: Sabres lead the goal barrage and topple Flyers 6-1

Sabres (1-2) Jack Eichel and Taylor Hall picked up 3 assists each and helped give the heavily favored Flyers (2-1) their first loss on the year. “I think if I’m a player, and if I’m part of the coaching staff, which I am, I’m embarrassed by how we played tonight,” Flyers coach Alain Vigneault admitted. “I’m happy that we can get right back at it tomorrow and prove what type of team we are.”

In other action, the Oilers (1-3) are still reeling and lost to the Canadiens (2-0-1) 3-1. The Canucks (1-3) continue to struggle and fell to the Flames (2-0-1). Meanwhile the Vegas Golden Knights remain undefeated (3-0) as they take out the Coyotes (1-1).

Here’s the rest of yesterday’s action and all the goals on the day:

  • Ducks (1-1-1) shutout the Wild (2-1) 1-0
  • Hurricanes (2-1) hand the Predators their first lose (2-1) 4-2
  • Blues (2-1) when a wild one over the Sharks (1-2) 5-4
  • Maples Leafs (3-1) take out the Jets (1-1) 3-1
  • Islanders (2-1) shutout the Bruins (1-1-1-) 1-0
  • Blue Jackets (1-2) clip the Red Wings (1-2) 3-2

NHL News: Patrik Laine day-to-day and latest names on COVID list

Patrik Laine injury
Patrik Laine with head coach Paul Maurice (Minas Panagiotakis/NHLI via Getty Images)

Patrik Laine is day-to-day with an upper-body injury for the Jets and he was sorely missed in their loss to the Canadiens yesterday. Apparently the injury occurred in the team’s first game of the season but Laine played through it. When practice rolled around he couldn’t go.

“We’ve got to get this thing healed,” Maurice said. “I don’t have a timeline for you, I’m not looking at this unless something changes as a long-term thing. The day to day is an honest assessment of where he is at but it’s going to get questioned because we play six of the next nine days. We want to get him back in the lineup. You wish you had more time between games to let it heal but we don’t. We won’t put him back in until he’s confident he can be the player that he was.”

Paul Maurice via NHL.com

The NHL’s protocol los got five new names on it, including Blake Coleman of the Lightning.