Two Swiss faced each other on the night of Friday to Saturday when two matches appeared on the calendar of the NHL championship. In Raleigh, the Carolina Hurricanes of gray winger Nino Niederreiter (17’02, neutral) were beaten 3-4 by the Washington Capitals of Zurich defender Jonas Siegenthaler (12’26, neutral). Main actor of the duel, the goalkeeper of the Caps Ilya Samsonov was solicited 41 times.

The bad news is from Columbus: the Blue Jackets have placed Dean Kukan on the long-term injured list. The Zurich rear end suffered a ligament and cartilage injury to the left knee in the match won in Boston on Thursday (1-2 AD). The duration of the Swiss international’s absence could be in weeks. The Ohio club is particularly affected by health problems since it currently has eleven players in the infirmary.

The Montreal Canadiens, who also lost several impact attackers in combat (Drouin, Armia, Gallagher and Byron, among others), hired Russian veteran Ilya Kovalchuk (36) until the end of the season. The first overall pick from the 2001 Atlanta Trashers was available on the market after being released by the Los Angeles Kings. He accepted a pact worth 700,000 US dollars with the Habs.

In the other game, the Dallas Stars logically defeated the Detroit Red Wings (4-1). The Texas club have also learned that they will have to do without Corey Perry for five games. The Canadian striker charged the defenseman Ryan Ellis on January 1 during the Winter Classic won against the Nashville Predators (4-2).

Created: 04.01.2020, 08h29

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