Brian Elliott, St. Louis
The Blues’ backup goalie took advantage of an injury to Jaroslav Halak and opened with a 13-1-2 record.
Mikael Backlund, Calgary
The Flames forward paid a visit to Special Olympics Calgary and played floor hockey with 60 eager athletes.
The organization sold out its 16th annual “Skate with the Canes” event. The fundraiser brought in nearly $40,000 for Carolina’s Kids ‘N Community Foundation.
The Sabres’ Week Ahead
Today — At Washington: The Sabres have to hope the referees forget their whistles. The Capitals entered the weekend with an NHL-best 40 power-play goals. Buffalo has 17.
Tuesday — Philadelphia Flyers: I could attend hockey games for another 30 years, and I’ll never see a more impactful hit than Brian Campbell on R.J. Umberger.
Wednesday — At Toronto: Do you have to declare Ruffles “All Dressed” potato chips and Five Alive at the border? Both will accompany me on the drive home to Buffalo.
Saturday — Columbus Blue Jackets: Corey Tropp says the Sabres made a mistake waiving him in November. He’ll get a chance to prove it in person.