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NHL NEWS DECEMBER 1, 2022 – NHL HAS ITS FIRST 40-POINT SCORER AND HIS NAME IS CONNOR McDAVID

Connor McDavid had 1-1—2, including a highlight-reel goal, to boost his season totals to 18-23—41 (23 GP) as he became the first player to reach the 40-point mark this season, with nearly half of those points coming on the road (8-11—19 in 11 GP) – the most among all skaters. The Oilers captain has reached the mark in 23 games or fewer in his fourth straight campaign, with teammate Leon Draisaitl (19 GP in 2021-22 & 21 GP in 2019-20) standing as the only other active player to have accomplished the feat multiple times.

HALAK, ANDERSON EARN WINS

Jaroslav Halak and Craig Anderson each earned notable wins.

  • Halak stopped 34 of the 35 shots he faced to claim his first victory in a Rangers uniform and become the seventh goaltender in NHL history to earn a win with at least seven different franchises (also VAN, BOS, NYI, WSH, STL & MTL). The other netminders include Ron Tugnutt (8), Curtis McElhinney (8), Sean Burke (8), Alex Auld (7), Chad Johnson (7) and Brian Boucher (7).
  • Exactly 20 years to the day after Anderson made his NHL debut, he collected an assist on the Sabres’ first goal of the game and made 41 saves – as well as all three in the shootout – to help Buffalo stymie the Detroit Red Wings three-goal, third-period comeback attempt, solidified by Jack Quinn’s shootout winner. Anderson, who made 41 saves in his last outing on Nov. 25, became the second goaltender age 40 or older to record 40-plus saves in back-to-back games (since 1955-56 when shots on goal began being tracked), joining Jacques Plante (42 on Feb. 14, 1973 & 43 on Feb. 18, 1973).

A NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER

Stars and storylines shined brightly during the second month of the 2022-23 season, spanning from the revitalization of teams that missed the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs to record-breaking performances and fresh faces among the League’s scoring leaders.

  • New Jersey had a League-best 13 wins in November. They became the 15th team in NHL history to post a 13-win month – all prior clubs to do so went on to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Three of those previous teams went on to capture the Cup: Colorado (15-0-1 in Jan. 2022), Carolina (13-1-0 in Jan. 2006) and Philadelphia (13-1-1 in March 1975).
  • Seattle posted a 10-1-1 mark in November after capturing just eight wins overall through November in their inaugural season (8-13-1 through Nov. 30, 2021). The Kraken capped their best month to date by winning the highest-scoring game of the season, thanks to the NHL’s first nine-goal outing of 2022-23 which helped them finish with the second-highest goals-per-game rate in November. Seattle, which finished 37 points shy of the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference in its inaugural campaign, currently sits within the top five of the League standings.
  • The 2021-22 campaign was the only season the Golden Knights failed to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but rookie goaltender Logan Thompson finished November 2022 with an NHL-best eight victories (tied) as Vegas currently sits atop the Western Conference standings and third overall. Six of his eight wins since Nov. 1 have come on the road – one shy of the most by any rookie goaltender in a single month in League history (Ray Emery: 7 in March 2006 w/ OTT).
  • The League-leading Bruins (19-3-0, 38 points) culminated the month with a victory against the Lightning at TD Garden, extending their freshly-established NHL record for longest home win streak to start a season to 13 games. While David Pastrnak (4-6—10 in 7 GP) has led Boston in home scoring since Nov. 1, the club has also spent 229:16 leading through that span – the third-highest total among all teams, trailing only Nashville (244:55) and Tampa Bay (241:14).
  • Alex Ovechkin (793-640—1,433 in 1,298 GP) continued his pursuit of the 800-goal club in November and climbed a number of elite lists in the process, scoring eight times over the course of the month (14 GP) following a five-goal October (5-3—8 in 10 GP). The Capitals captain passed Gordie Howe for the most goals with a single franchise in NHL history, claimed the League record for most road goals from Wayne Gretzky and tied Jaromir Jagr for the NHL benchmark in game-opening tallies.
  • While Connor McDavid (18-23—41 in 23 GP) has captured four of the NHL’s past six Art Ross Trophies and currently paces the League scoring race, Stars forward Jason Robertson (19-17—36 in 23 GP) is hot on his heels after posting 15-11—26 in November. Robertson became the first player in franchise history to lead the League in both goals and points in a calendar month. Robertson (41-38—79 in 2021-22) finished 44 points behind McDavid (44-79—123 in 2021-22) last season, ranking 35th in the NHL.

DID YOU KNOW?

The last player to win the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy after leading the League on Dec. 1 of a season was David Pastrnak during the 2019-20 season, en route to sharing the award with Alex Ovechkin. Meanwhile, the last player to win the Art Ross after pacing the League on Dec. 1 of a campaign was Connor McDavid in 2016-17.

LEAGUE SNAPSHOT

A quick snapshot of League trends from November 2022:

  • 254 tying goals – the most ever in the month of November.
  • 145 games with at least one game-tying goal. The only November with more was 2019 (152).
  • 21 goals in the opening minute of a game (215 GP). The only months with more in NHL history are October 1981 (27 in 120 GP) and November 2018 (22 in 216).
  • 33 goals in the opening 90 seconds of a contest. The only month with more in NHL history is October 1981 (34).
  • 27 game-tying goals in the final five minutes of a game. The only November with more is 2013 (32)
  • 89 comeback wins – the only Novembers with more are 2019 (93), 2018 (93) and 2009 (92).
  • 22 multi-goal comeback wins, including five three-plus goal comeback wins.
  • 38 comeback victories in the third period. The only Novembers with more are 2018 (45) and 2019 (41).
  • 1,373 goals scored – the most ever in the month of November in NHL history.
  • 111 road wins – the only months with more in NHL history are March 2014 (113), December 2007 (113) and April 2022 (112).
  • 14 hat tricks – the only Novembers with more in the past 25 years are 2005 (20), 2018 (20) and 2010 (17).

MARNER MATCHES MAPLE LEAFS RECORD TO CAP TORONTO’S NOVEMBER SUCCESS

Mitchell Marner (1-0—1) scored in the final two minutes of the game to extend his point streak to a franchise record-tying 18 games, while Ilya Samsonov made 23 saves to remain perfect at home (6-0-0) as the Toronto Maple Leafs concluded November with an 11-1-3 record and 25 standings points – the most points they’ve ever collected in a single calendar month, after earning just four wins in October.

  • Samsonov’s six straight home wins to start a season tied Felix Potvin (6 GP in 1993-94) for the second-longest such run in Maple Leafs history, behind only Bruce Gamble (9 GP in 1967-68).
  • Marner, who grew up in the Greater Toronto Area and cheered for his hometown Maple Leafs since he was a kid, now has his name atop a 105-year franchise record. He joined Chicago’s Patrick Kane (26 GP in 2015-16) as the only active players to share or hold the outright lead for the longest point streak record for an ‘Original Six’ franchise.

11-GAME THURSDAY TO KICK OFF DECEMBER

After a thrilling November, the calendar will flip to December where an 11-game Thursday is in store to kick off the month, including leaders of the Metropolitan, Central and Pacific Division all in action as the Devils (19-4-0, 38 points) welcome the Predators (10-9-2, 22 points), the Golden Knights (17-6-1, 35 points) visit the Penguins (11-8-4, 26 points) and the Stars (13-6-4, 30 points) host the Ducks (6-15-2, 14 points).

Golden Knights’ Thompson Named NHL ‘Rookie of the Month’ for November

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Logan Thompson, who shared the League lead with eight wins (8-2-0) and compiled a 2.88 goals-against average and .909 save percentage in 10 games, has been named the NHL’s “Rookie of the Month” for November.

Thompson edged Seattle Kraken center Matty Beniers (5-7—12 in 12 GP), New Jersey Devils teammates Akira Schmid (4-0-0, 1.24 GAA, .953 SV%) and Fabian Zetterlund (3-7—10 in 14 GP), Buffalo Sabres right wing Jack Quinn (3-6—9 in 11 GP), and Arizona Coyotes left wing Matias Maccelli (1-8—9 in 10 GP) for the honor.

Thompson, who made at least 25 saves in eight of his 10 starts, became the first rookie goaltender to earn eight or more wins in a calendar month since Elvis Merzlikins with the Columbus Blue Jackets in January 2020 (also 8-2-0 in 10 GP).

Thompson (6-0-0 in 6 GP) also became the sixth rookie netminder in NHL history to compile at least six road victories in a calendar month and the first since Jonathan Quick with the Los Angeles Kings in February 2009 (6-1-0 in 7 GP).

The 25-year-old Thompson, who signed with Vegas as an undrafted free agent in July 2020, has appeared in 16 total games this season, ranking among the top goaltenders (rookie or veteran) in wins (t‑2nd; 12), shutouts (t-3rd; 2), saves (t-7th; 454), goals-against average (8th; 2.44), save percentage (9th; .921), shots against (9th; 493) and minutes played (9th; 959:33).

Thompson is the first player in Golden Knights history to earn “Rookie of the Month” honors and joins Ottawa Senators center Shane Pinto (October) as a recipient this season.

Robertson, Vanecek and Marner Named NHL ‘Three Stars’ for November

Dallas Stars left wing Jason Robertson, New Jersey Devils goaltender Vitek Vanecek and Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Mitchell Marner have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of November, 2022.

FIRST STAR – JASON ROBERTSON, LW, DALLAS STARS

Robertson paced the NHL with 15 goals and 26 points in 14 games (15-11—26) to power the Central Division-leading Stars (13-6-4, 30 points) to an 8-3-3 November. Robertson, who became the first player in franchise history to top the League in both goals and points during a calendar month, found the scoresheet in each of his 14 November appearances to extend his point streak to 16 contests dating to Oct. 27 (17-12—29) – the second-longest such stretch in Stars/North Stars history behind Brian Bellows’ 20-game run from Jan. 11 – Feb. 21, 1986 (11-18—29). Robertson’s November goal and point totals also ranked second for a single month in franchise history, behind Dino Ciccarelli’s 16 tallies in March 1986 (14 GP) and Tom McCarthy’s 27 points in November 1983 (12-15—27 in 13 GP). Overall, Robertson recorded multiple points in nine of his 14 outings and a quartet of multi-goal performances, highlighted by three straight such games from Nov. 21-25 (6-1—7). The 23-year-old Robertson, a second-round pick (39th overall) from the 2017 NHL Draft, now places first in the NHL in goals (19) and second in points (36) through 23 total contests this season after sitting five goals and eight points back of the League leader – Connor McDavid (9-9—18 in 9 GP) – at the end of October (4-6—10 in 9 GP).

SECOND STAR – VITEK VANECEK, G, NEW JERSEY DEVILS

Vanecek shared the League lead with eight victories in 10 outings (9 starts), going 8-1-0 with a 2.13 goals-against average and .930 save percentage to help the Devils (19-4-0, 38 points) post an NHL-best 13-1-0 November en route to moving into first place in the Metropolitan Division. Vanecek, who yielded two or fewer goals in seven of his 10 appearances and made at least 25 saves seven times, improved to 11-2-0 (2.12 GAA, .923 SV%, 1 SO) in 15 total games since being acquired by New Jersey in July. Only one other goaltender in Devils/Scouts/Rockies history has earned at least 11 wins through their first 15 contests with the franchise: Sean Burke (also 11-2-0 in 15 GP). The 26-year-old Vanecek, who helped New Jersey match franchise records for both overall and road winning streaks, places among the top netminders this season in goals-against average (3rd; 2.12), wins (t-4th; 11) and save percentage (8th; .923).

THIRD STAR – MITCHELL MARNER, RW, TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Marner found the scoresheet in each of his 15 appearances, totaling 6-14—20 to propel the Maple Leafs (15-5-5, 35 points) to a 25-point November (11-1-3) – their highest single-month point total in franchise history. Marner matched a Toronto record – previously achieved by Darryl Sittler (17-16—33 in 1977-78) and Eddie Olczyk (11-17—28 in 1989-90) – by extending his point streak to 18 games dating to Oct. 27 (7-17—24). He also shared sixth place in November with seven power-play assists and 10th place with 15 takeaways while ranking seventh among forwards with 16 blocked shots. The 25-year-old Marner, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, has skated in 25 total contests this season, placing among the League leaders in assists (t-5th; 21), power-play assists (t-7th; 10) and points (11th; 29).

National Hockey League Launches Its First-Ever FAST Channel on The Roku Channel in the United States

Starting today fans can watch curated, free NHL content 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the NHL FAST channel on The Roku Channel

The National Hockey League has announced the debut of its first-ever NHL FAST (free ad-supported streaming) channel, showcasing a wide variety of curated NHL programming from the League’s deep content library. Starting today, fans in the United States can find the NHL FAST channel on channel 216 on The Roku Channel, the home of free and premium entertainment on the Roku platform. The Roku Channel reaches U.S. households with an estimated 80 million people (as of Q4 2021) and is available for audiences to stream for free via Roku devices, on the Web, iOS and Android devices, Amazon Fire TV, and select Samsung TVs.

The NHL FAST channel will feature specially curated NHL content including the latest NHL game highlights, classic condensed games including memorable Stanley Cup® Playoffs, Stanley Cup® Final, and NHL All-Star games, plus an assortment of archived programming that captures the excitement of the NHL. The NHL FAST channel will also feature hundreds of hours of NHL Original Productions programming such as, “Welcome to the NHL” and “NHL Bound”, and other engaging content and documentaries featuring the greatest Players, Clubs, and personalities in NHL history.

Additionally, leading into tentpole events such as the 2023 Discover NHL Winter Classic®, the NHL FAST Channel will feature event-specific content to get fans geared up for these marquee dates on the NHL calendar.

“The NHL FAST Channel is an exciting addition to our content distribution portfolio that will serve quality NHL content to a broader audience, a vital component in expanding the reach of our game and growing our fanbase,” said Chris Foster, NHL Vice President, Digital Business Development. “We are thrilled to work with Roku on this new service to deliver a unique and creative NHL programming experience. The NHL Fast Channel will be an always-on destination for passionate NHL fans in the United States who are constantly looking to get their fix of dynamic NHL content.”

“The Roku Channel is delighted to be the inaugural partner of the NHL as the League makes its exciting expansion into FAST. We look forward to working with the NHL to further broaden its audience by connecting this brand-new channel to our robust audience made up of millions of streamers,” said Ashley Hovey, Head of The Roku Channel, AVOD. “Sports is a valuable content category for consumers, and we are thrilled to provide free and easy access to programming from one of the most popular Leagues in all of professional sports to our audience.”

The NHL’s FAST channel technology partner is Amagi, a global leader in cloud-based SaaS technology for FAST, broadcast playout in the cloud and global distribution to connected devices. The NHL FAST channel will be available on additional platforms in the coming months.

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