Bobrovsky, 27, has missed the past 16 games after suffering a groin strain on December 8 vs. Los Angeles. He is 11-12-1 with a 2.52 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and one shutout in 25 games this season. The Novokuznetsk, Russia native has posted a 136-83-25 record with a 2.51 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and 12 shutouts in 255 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers. Acquired from Philadelphia via trade on June 22, 2012, he has compiled a 94-60-15 record with a 2.41 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and 12 shutouts in 172 appearances with Columbus and won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender following the 2012-13 campaign.
Houston Texans All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt dropped by Philadelphia Flyers practice on Friday at Flyer Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J., and was greeted by Flyers general manager Ron Hextall. The two posed holding a Flyers jersey with Watt's name and No. 99 on the back, a scene posted by the Flyers on Twitter.
CAPITALS EXTEND STREAKS, HONOR OVECHKIN AT VERIZON CENTER
Braden Holtby made 29 saves, including 14 in the second period, to lead the Washington Capitals past the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 for their fifth straight win and their 11th consecutive victory at Verizon Center, their longest such run since Jan. 5-March 6, 2010 (13-0-0, a franchise record).
* At 33-7-3 (69 points), the League-leading Capitals continued their best start to a season (in terms of wins and points) in the franchise's 41-year history. They are 21-2-2 in their past 25 games dating to Nov. 21.
* The Capitals became the second team to have an 11-game home winning streak this season, joining the Calgary Flames (Nov. 5 – Dec. 27, 2015: 11-0-0). At 17-3-1 (35 points), the Capitals rank second in the League in home wins (tied w/ the Dallas Stars) and home points, trailing only the Chicago Blackhawks (19-5-1, 39 points) in each category.
Fiala, 19, started at left wing on Nashville's top line with recently acquired center Ryan Johansen and right wing James Neal. During his first shift of the game, Fiala scored off a rebound in front of the net after Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck made a save on Johansen's shot.
Nashville defensemen Shea Weber and Roman Josi -- identifying themselves as Jeff Biddle and DJ Amadio, who are assistant athletic trainers with the team -- went undercover outside Bridgestone Arena, the site of the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 30, and asked Predators fans to name their favorite player.
Introducing the new official NHL App, available for iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones and tablets. A host of new features and improved functionality are available across all platforms, including a redesigned league-wide scoreboard, expanded news coverage, searchable video highlights, individual team experiences* and more. The new NHL App on your tablet also introduces new offerings such as 60fps video, Multitasking** and Picture-in-Picture.
*Available only for smartphones
** Available only for suported iPads