NHL NEWS DECEMBER 3, 2022 – LAINE SCORES TWICE IN RETURN TO BLUE JACKETS LINEUP, WINNIPEG
Playing his first game since Nov. 12, Patrik Laine (2-0—2) scored for the first time against his former club and Johnny Gaudreau notched three assists to go along with a 37-save effort by Joonas Korpisalo as the Blue Jackets claimed a 4-1 win and their first road win since Oct. 23. Columbus did so against one of the top-five home clubs in the NHL this season. Laine, who was facing the Jets for just the second time in his career, scored his 69th and 70th career goals in the arena he used to call home.
- Gaudreau recorded his 24th multi-assist game since the start of last season, trailing only Connor McDavid (30) and Artemi Panarin (25) for the most in that span. Gaudreau’s 71 assists in the 2022 calendar year are the most in the NHL, just ahead of McDavid (70), Matthew Tkachuk (70), Artemi Panarin (68), Mitchell Marner (68) and Roman Josi (68).
BUSY SATURDAY FEATURES A FIVE-GAME HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA
Thirteen contests are on tap for Saturday, including a five-game Hockey Night in Canada that will feature Mitchell Marner attempting take sole claim to a Toronto Maple Leafs franchise record that has stood for nearly 45 years.
- Marner (7-17—24 in 18 GP), who has found the score sheet in all seven of Toronto’s Hockey Night in Canada games this season (1-9—10), can surpass Eddie Olczyk (18 GP in 1989-90) and Darryl Sittler (18 GP in 1977-78) and become the first player to record a 19-game point streak with Toronto. The last NHL player with an official point streak of 19+ games was Patrick Kane (20 GP in 2018-19).
- Lightning captain Steven Stamkos (6-9—15 in 9 GP), who notched his 1,000th career point Thursday, can record the fifth 10-game point streak of his career when Tampa Bay hosts Toronto – only Martin St. Louis (7x) and Nikita Kucherov (6x) have had more double-digit runs with the franchise. Stamkos holds the Lightning franchise record for longest point streak, an 18-game run in 2009-10.
- Connor McDavid (19-24—43 in 24 GP) can become the fifth different skater in Oilers history to reach the 20-goal mark by his 25th game of the season. He would join Wayne Gretzky (5x; best: 16 GP in 1983-84), Jari Kurri (2x; best: 20 GP in 1984-85), Dave Lumley (24 GP in 1981-82) and Leon Draisaitl (19 GP in 2021-22). McDavid also would become the fifth player to record at least seven consecutive 20-goal campaigns for Edmonton (assuming Draisaitl – who carries 16 tallies and a four-game goal streak into Saturday – doesn’t beat him to it).
- The NHL’s top-scoring defenseman, Erik Karlsson (11-21—32 in 26 GP), makes his return to Ottawa during Hockey Night in Canada, skating in his seventh contest against the Senators since joining the Sharks in 2018-19 (0-4—4 in 6 GP). Ottawa is one of just two teams that Karlsson has never scored against (the other: Seattle, 3 GP).
- Elias Pettersson (11-16—27 in 24 GP) needs three points to hit 30 this season and can become the first Canucks skater to do so in 25 games or fewer since Henrik and Daniel Sedin in 2010-11 (24 GP) as Vancouver hosts its Hockey Fights Cancer Night. Pettersson leads all active Canucks players with 19 career three-point outings.
- Alex Ovechkin (793-642—1,435 in 1,299 GP) is set to skate in his 1,300th career game when the Capitals visit the Flames. Ovechkin, whose next goal will put him exactly 100 shy of Wayne Gretzky (894) for the NHL record, will become the 14th player in NHL history (and first active) to skate in 1,300 regular-season contests with one franchise – Gordie Howe owns the mark with 1,687 games played with the Red Wings.
BRUINS AIM TO EXTEND HOME WIN STREAK, AVALANCHE LOOK TO PLAY SPOILER AGAIN
The Bruins will look to extend their NHL-record season-opening home winning streak to 14 games when they host the defending Stanley Cup champion Avalanche, who will aim to spoil their run for the second time. Nearly three years ago, on Dec. 7, 2019, Colorado snapped Boston’s 17-game season-opening home point streak with a 4-1 victory.
3 AND 300 THE LUCKY NUMBERS FOR TKACHUK, DUCHENE ON FRIDAY
Ottawa’s Brady Tkachuk (2-1—3) and Nashville’s Matt Duchene (1-2— 3) both posted three-point performances and hit “300” milestones Friday:
- Trailing 2-1 in the third period, Tkachuk found the back of the net with 49 seconds remaining in regulation – Ottawa’s latest game-tying tally since Feb. 15, 2018 – and scored the winner in the final 18 seconds of overtime to hit and eclipse the 100-goal milestone in his 300th career game. Only five skaters in Senators history reached the 100-goal mark in fewer games: Dany Heatley (164 GP), Alexei Yashin (253 GP), Martin Havlat (286 GP), Marian Hossa (289 GP) and Jason Spezza (290 GP).
- Tkachuk became the first player to score a game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation and then the winner in the final minute of overtime since his brother Matthew did so with Calgary on Oct. 31, 2019 – netting his viral between-the-legs winner in the final two seconds of the extra frame.
- Duchene scored his 300th career goal and teammate Roman Josi (1-1—2) posted a multi-point outing as the Predators won their ninth consecutive game against the Islanders dating to Feb. 5, 2018 – their longest active win streak versus one opponent. Josi (146-416—562 in 783 GP) now sits four points shy of tying David Legwand (210-356—566 in 956 GP) for the most points in Predators history.
NHLSTATS PACK PUBLISHED TO MARK ONE-MONTH COUNTDOWN TO WINTER CLASSIC
An #NHLStats Pack focused on the 2023 Discover NHL Winter Classic was published Friday to mark the one-month countdown leading up to the League’s 36th regular-season outdoor game, which will feature the Bruins and Penguins at Fenway Park on Jan. 2 (2 p.m. ET on TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS).
- The document includes information ranging from stats from past NHL outdoor games to historic nuggets on the Bruins and Pittsburgh Pirates – whose uniforms inspired the design of the Penguins’ kit for this year – to an overview of hockey’s ties to Fenway Park and the state of Massachusetts. Also featured is a “By the Numbers” section and charts detailing NHL outdoor experience for current Bruins and Penguins as the clubs get set to mark the 15th anniversary of the first-ever Winter Classic, a contest won by Pittsburgh in the “snow globe game” at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo.
NHL Announces Dates for Postponed Predators Home Games
The National Hockey League has announced new dates and start times for the two Nashville Predators home games postponed last week at Bridgestone Arena.
- Game #338, Columbus Blue Jackets at Predators, originally scheduled for Nov. 26, is now scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, at 7 p.m. CT
- Game #320, Colorado Avalanche at Predators, originally scheduled for Nov. 25, is now scheduled to take place on Friday, April 14, 2023, at 7 p.m. CT