Potential expansion to Las Vegas and Quebec City will be discussed at the NHL Board of Governors meeting this week in Pebble Beach, Calif. However, there will be no vote at the meeting, according to NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.
The Board of Governors is scheduled to meet Monday and Tuesday.
"We are planning to report to the [Board of Governors] Executive Committee, and then to the Board, on the status of our review and evaluation of the expansion applications," Daly said. "There won't be any definitive actions taken on expansion."
NHL Network and Sportsnet 1 will televise "Rogers Hometown Hockey" on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET, prior to the game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Edmonton Oilers. The location this week is Brantford, Ontario and the show will celebrate the history of hockey in the city.
Among the features airing on the pregame show:
* Wayne Gretzky, the most famous Brantford, Ontario native, gives a look at the memorabilia at his dad Walter's basement in their Brantford home.
The Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators each overcame multiple-goal deficits in the third period to win in overtime. Via the Elias Sports Bureau, there have been 16 games this season in which a team rallied from a multi-goal third-period deficit to win.
* Gustav Nyquist (1-1—2) notched the primary assist on Justin Abdelkader's tying goal at 17:37 of the third period and then scored in overtime to help the Red Wings overcome a 4-2 deficit and extend a pair of streaks. Detroit improved to 5-0-3 in their last eight games at Joe Louis Arena and 7-0-3 in their last 10 overall; it's their longest such run since March 11 – April 3, 2010 (10-0-2).
* Via Elias, Nyquist also scored in overtime on Oct. 24 at the Vancouver Canucks, when the Red Wings last overcame a multigoal third-period deficit to win a game. His fourth career overtime goal helped Detroit tie the Calgary Flames for the League lead in wins after regulation (7) and wins in 3-on3 overtime (6) this season.
Bishop appeared to be hit in the mask by Sharks forward Tomas Hertl's stick as Hertl and Tampa Bay's J.T. Brown battled for position in front of the crease. He was helped off the ice by team medical personnel.
Dubnyk appeared to injure himself after denying a shot by Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla with 9:52 remaining in the period. After making the save, Dubnyk pushed off on his left leg and clutched his left knee.
Dubnyk headed to the bench during the next stoppage and left the game during a television timeout with 9:05 to go in the second.
Garret Sparks will start Saturday against the St. Louis Blues when the Maples Leafs end a three-game road trip (7 p.m. ET; CBC, FS-MW). Sparks began his NHL career with a shutout against the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 30. He let up six goals in his next appearance, a 6-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Dec. 2.
Of the seven games contested Friday:
* Five extended into overtime (PHI-NJD, FLA-CBJ, STL-NYI, BOS-CGY, DAL-EDM).
* All seven were tied or within one goal during the third period (ARI-BUF, PHI-NJD, FLA-CBJ, STL-NYI, BOS-CGY, DAL-EDM, SJS-ANA).
* Two saw a team overcome a third-period deficit to win (STL-NYI, BOS-CGY).
GAUDREAU, HUDLER LEAD FLAMES PAST BRUINS
Johnny Gaudreau (3-1—4) completed the hat trick at 3:20 of overtime after Jiri Hudler (1-1—2) tied the game with 1.2 seconds left in regulation to lead the Flames to their sixth consecutive win at Scotiabank Saddledome.
The signing of Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper to a multiyear contract extension, announced Friday, will have no effect on their negotiations with captain Steven Stamkos, general manager Steve Yzerman said.
"One has nothing to do with the other," Yzerman said in remarks after announcing Cooper's contract.
Stamkos told the Tampa Bay Times on Friday he was "Happy for [Jon]. He's had tremendous success in the League as a coach so far."
Stamkos can become an unrestricted free agent after this season. Yzerman has said getting Stamkos signed to a long-term contract was his top priority.
Stamkos has said facing questions about his contract status has not been a problem.
"To be honest, it hasn't been that bad," Stamkos told Yahoo Sports this week. "Obviously this is the first time I've gone through something like this, but it hasn't been as bad as I thought maybe coming into the year. It has been something that, for me, has been quite easy to come to the rink and not worry about it and not think about it. It's really something that hasn't bothered me."
Cooper was named the eighth coach in Lightning history on March 25, 2013. The 48-year-old native of Prince George, British Columbia, is 112-70-23, a .602 winning percentage in 205 games.
However, after advancing to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, the Lightning are 12-11-3 this season, sixth in the Atlantic Division entering their game at the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.
"There's no significance to the timing of the contract," Yzerman said when asked about announcing the extension with the Lightning off to a slow start. Cooper's current contract expires after this season.
Cooper has coached the Lightning to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his two full seasons. On April 11, 2015, Cooper got his 100th NHL win, making him the fifth-fastest coach to do so among those who debuted in the NHL since 2000. He was a finalist for the 2014 Jack Adams Award, given annually to the NHL's top coach.
"I've said all along, it's a privilege to coach in this league and it's an honor to be able to do it for the Tampa Bay Lightning," Cooper said after practice Friday in San Jose. "And to work for [owner[ Jeff Vinik, for what he's done for this organization and the city of Tampa, and directly report to Steve Yzerman and how he's conducted himself as a professional, and how he's conducted himself with me and this team, there's no other place I'd rather be, so for this to happen, I couldn't be happier."