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.

Carolina Hurricanes

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.