After a busy slate on the docket in the NHL, the one thing that stood out is the sudden strength of the Pacific Division. Despite winning their fourth straight in a rare three-goal comeback victory over the Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues, the Vegas Golden Knights failed to gain any ground as the top team in the Pacific. Vegas continues to hold just a two-point lead over Arizona, who won their third straight Saturday. The Vancouver Canucks remain just four points behind that after winning their seventh straight Saturday, while even the Edmonton Oilers captured a win to stay just five games behind Vegas. Plenty of teams will be making roster moves today. Check back throughout the day to see what moves teams made:
- With their Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta ailing, the Arizona Coyotes announced they have recalled goaltender Ivan Prosvetov from the Tucson Roadrunners of the AHL. With Adin Hill already recalled, that gives them four goaltenders on the NHL roster and The Athletic’s Craig Morgan confirmed that all four goaltenders will travel with the team on Arizona’s upcoming three-game road trip. Raanta went down Saturday with an injury, although early reports suggest it’s not too serious.
- Providence Journal’s Mark Divver reports that the Boston Bruins have assigned defenseman Steven Kampfer to the Providence Bruins of the AHL, although the scribe points out that the move could be a paper transaction to help Boston’s salary cap situation.
- TribLive’s Seth Rorabaugh writes that the Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned goaltender Emil Larmi to the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL. Larmi served as the backup to Matt Murray Saturday against Montreal, but was only recalled because Wilkes-Barre Scranton starter Casey DeSmith misplaced his passport.
- The New York Rangers placed forward Brendan Lemieux on injured reserve late last night, according to CapFriendly. The 23-year-old has been out since Dec. 27 after suffering a broken hand. The team didn’t immediately place him on IR, but now have opted to do so. Lemieux is still targeting a late January return to the team. He has five goals and 13 points so far this season to go with 87 penalty minutes.