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NHL NEWS NOVEMBER 25, 2022 – Statement from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on the Passing of NHL Legend Borje Salming

National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman issued the following statement on the passing of NHL legend Borje Salming:

“A superior all-around defenseman and the first Swedish star ever to play in the League, Borje Salming was as physically and mentally tough as he was skillfully gifted. He blazed the trail that many of the greatest players in NHL history followed while shattering all of the stereotypes about European players that had been prevalent in a League populated almost entirely by North Americans before his arrival in 1973.

“Salming owns nearly every franchise record for Maple Leafs defensemen – including, goals (148), assists (620) and points (768) – and was voted to the NHL’s First or Second postseason All-Star Teams six consecutive seasons. He was named one of the top 10 players in Leafs history in 2016. Soon after, he was selected one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players during the League’s Centennial celebration. In 1996, he became the first European-trained skater inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

“The National Hockey League mourns the passing of Borje, a towering presence and transformational figure in the game’s history. We send our deepest condolences to his wife Pia; his children, Theresa, Anders, Rasmus, Bianca, Lisa and Sara; all who marveled at his exploits and the many NHL Players who stand on his shoulders.”

MAPLE LEAFS MOURN LOSS OF BÖRJE SALMING

Statement from Maple Leafs President and Alternate Governor Brendan Shanahan:

“The Toronto Maple Leafs mourn the loss of Börje Salming. Börje was a pioneer of the game and an icon with an unbreakable spirit and unquestioned toughness. He helped open the door for Europeans in the NHL and defined himself through his play on the ice and through his contributions to the community.

Börje joined the Maple Leafs 50 years ago and will forever be a part of our hockey family. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Pia, his children Theresa, Anders, Rasmus, Bianca, Lisa and Sara, and brother Stieg.”

Salming’s Maple Leafs career began when he signed as a free agent prior to the 1973-74 season. Over the course of 16 seasons and 1,099 regular season games in blue and white, he would go on to establish a team record for most assists (620) while registering the most goals (148), points (768) and playoff points (49) by a defenceman in franchise history. His #21 hangs in the rafters at Scotiabank Arena as one of 19 players to have their number retired by the Maple Leafs.

A two-time runner-up for the Norris Trophy, Salming was named to the NHL’s First All-Star team in 1976-77 and the Second All-Star team on five occasions. In 1996, he became the first Swedish player inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and was honoured as one of the ‘100 Greatest NHL Players’ in 2017.

On the international stage, Salming represented Sweden at four IIHF World Championships, three Canada Cups and the 1992 Winter Olympics. He was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 1998 and, in 2008, was recognized as part of the IIHF’s Centennial All-Star Team, featuring the six most successful players in the history of international ice hockey as voted by an expert panel.

2022 NHL THANKSGIVING SHOWDOWN DOUBLEHEADER LEADS FRIDAY SLATE

In addition to leftovers and Black Friday shopping, the 2022 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown returns with a doubleheader that will be broadcast nationally in the U.S. and Canada. It opens with a pair of Pennsylvania rivals squaring off when the Flyers host the Penguins and concludes with two teams who have combined for three of the last four Stanley Cup championships when the Blues visit the Lightning.

  • The Flyers have a record of 103-36-12 (218 points) in 151 all-time home games against the Penguins – they are the only franchise to own 100+ wins on home ice when facing Pittsburgh. That includes a 6-2-0 mark in the last eight times they have hosted their intrastate rivals dating to Feb. 23, 2019.
  • Penguins forward Sidney Crosby has recorded a point in 11 consecutive regular-season games against the Flyers dating to Jan. 31, 2020 (9-9—18 in 11 GP), marking the longest active point streak by one player against Philadelphia.
  • Nikita Kucherov leads all Lightning skaters with 10-18—28 in 19 games this season, including nine multi-point efforts. Should he record multiple points Friday, it would mark the second time in his career that he has posted 30 points within his first 20 games of a season. He previously reached the 30-point benchmark in 18 games during the 2017-18 campaign en route to his first career 100-point season.
  • The Blues will look to halt the streaky win-loss trend to their season so far when they visit the Lightning – they opened the campaign 3-0-0 before losing eight consecutive games and following that up with seven straight wins before dropping their most recent appearance (6-2 L at BUF on Nov. 23). One streak they would like to continue is Jordan Binnington’s recent success head-to-head versus the Lightning: Binnington is 5-0-0 in his last five appearances against Tampa Bay dating to Feb. 7, 2019 (1.94 GAA. .938 SV%, 1 SO).

BLACK FRIDAY DEAL!

In addition to the 2022 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown doubleheader, 24 other teams are in action on a full Friday of hockey that starts at 1 p.m. ET and is likely to end around 1 a.m. ET.

  • Alex Ovechkin returns from the holiday just 10 goals shy of joining Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe in the NHL’s exclusive 800-goal club.
  • The Bruins can set an NHL record for longest home winning streak to start a season should they improve to 12-0-0 at TD Garden today in their game against the Hurricanes.
  • Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (762) enters Friday one assist shy of tying Chris Chelios (763) for the fourth-most by a U.S.-born player. They trail Phil Housley (894), Mike Modano (813) and Brian Leetch (781).
  • The two longest point streaks of 2022-23 will both be on the line with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner (3-16—19 in 14 GP) and Stars forward Jason Robertson (14-10—24 in 13 GP) both in action. Marner can become just the sixth player in Maple Leafs history to register a 15-game point streak. Robertson, meanwhile, will attempt to mark the fifth instance of a Stars/North Stars player reaching 14 games – and first since the club has played out of Dallas (since 1993-94).
  • Sharks forward Logan Couture can extend his goal streak to six games, which would tie Robertson (6 GP) and Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (6 GP) for the longest goal streak by any player in 2022-23.

NHL REACHES QUARTER MARK OF SEASON ON FRIDAY

By the Numbers: The first quarter of the 2022-23 regular season, with comparative stats through 317 games. The 2022-23 regular season will reach the quarter mark with the 11th of 14 games scheduled for Friday, Nov. 25 (328 of 1,312 games).

Offense, Competitiveness and Back-and-Forth Action Defines First Quarter
6.3 – Goals-per-game rate in 2022-23, the highest rate at this stage of a season (317 GP) in the past 28 campaigns (tied w/ 2005-06 and 1995-96).

22 – Number of third-period, multi-goal comeback wins this season, the most ever at this stage of a campaign.

32 – Number of teams with at least one comeback win this season, with 25 of those clubs also staging at least one multi-goal comeback victory.

42 – Number of multi-goal comeback wins so far in 2022-23 (13% of games), the third time in five seasons – and fourth time in NHL history – we’ve had as many at this stage of a campaign (also 48 in 2018-19, 45 in 2019-20 and 43 in 1986-87).

46 – Percentage of games that have been comeback wins (146 of 317 GP), the highest at this stage of a season in NHL history (tied w/ 2012-13). The highest end of season total is 44%, seen in 2005-06 (537 of 1,230 GP).

47.6 – Hits per game in 2022-23, the third-highest rate on record at this stage of a season behind 1999-00 (50.3) and 2000-01 (47.7).

73 – Percentage of games decided by a one-goal margin or 2+ goals following an empty-net tally (231 of 317 GP), the highest rate at this stage of a season in NHL history.

74 – Number of go-ahead goals in the final five minutes of regulation, the second most ever at this stage of a season, behind 2018-19 (75 in 317 GP).

227 – Games with at least one tying goal, tied with 2005-06 for the most at this stage of a season in the past 35 years (since 1987-88). The number of game-tying goals stands at 377 so far in 2022-23, second most at this stage over the past 28 seasons (behind only 2005-06: 381).


Teams Making Push for Playoff Turnover
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– Number of non-playoff teams from 2022 that currently hold a playoff spot: New Jersey (No. 1 in Metropolitan), NY Islanders (No. 2 in Metropolitan), Detroit (No. 3 in Atlantic), Vegas (No. 1 in Pacific), Seattle (No. 2 in Pacific) and Winnipeg (No. 3 in Central). There has been a playoff turnover of at least five teams in every season under the Wild Card format.

13 – Number of teams in NHL history that have produced a year-over-year improvement of 35+ standings points (min. 80 GP in first season) – the Devils (+68 points), Kraken (+48 points) and Golden Knights (+35 points) all are on pace to do so in 2022-23. The largest YOY improvement under those terms is +58, achieved by the Sharks from 1992-93 (24 points in 84 GP) to 1993-94 (82 points in 84 GP). New Jersey (63 points) and Seattle (60 points) each finished the 2021-22 campaign with fewer than 70 points, while Vegas had 94 points last season.

22 – Number of teams currently with a point percentage of .500 or higher, including seven that were outside the playoff picture last season (New Jersey, Vegas, Seattle, Winnipeg, Detroit, NY Islanders and Montreal).


Top Scorers So Far
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– Number of players tied for the League lead in goals, with Jason Robertson and Bo Horvat pulling into a tie with Connor McDavid on Nov. 23 (after he held the outright lead for 27 days). This is the first time in 19 relevant seasons since 2000-01 that three players have been tied for the most goals at U.S. Thanksgiving.

4 – Number of players among the top seven goal scorers so far in 2022-23 who have never finished a season among the top 10 in that category: Bo Horvat (t-1st; 16), Jason Robertson (t-1st; 16), Andrei Svechnikov (t-4th; 13) and Tage Thompson (t-4th; 13).

6 – Number of times since 2000-01 that the points leader at U.S. Thanksgiving has gone on to win the Art Ross Trophy (in 19 relevant seasons over that span). Connor McDavid, the current points leader with 16-19—35 (20 GP), did so in 2016-17, while Leon Draisaitl (2019-20), Patrick Kane (2015-16), Sidney Crosby (2013-14), Evgeni Malkin (2008-09) and Jarome Iginla (2001-02) are the others to do so in that span. Four players are currently within five points of McDavid for the League lead.

21 – Number of points by Jason Robertson in November (12-9—21 in 11 GP), the most among all players. His active 13-game point streak is tied for the longest by a Dallas player (since 1993-94). Robertson had a six-game goal streak earlier this season, also tied for the longest by a Dallas player since relocation and equal to the lengthiest in the NHL in 2022-23.

30 – Points by Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson (11-19—30 in 22 GP), tops among defensemen. He became the 10th different defenseman in NHL history to collect 30 points within his first 22 games of a season, following John Carlson (2019-20), Bryan McCabe (2005-06), Al MacInnis (1990-91), Ray Bourque (1989-90), Paul Coffey (4x; last: 1988-89), Doug Wilson (2x; last: 1987-88), Randy Carlyle (1981-82), Denis Potvin (3x; last: 1979-80) and Bobby Orr (6x; last: 1974-75).

31 – Number of players with a double-digit goal count so far, including Alex Ovechkin (10 G in 21 GP) who now sits 10 goals away from 800 in his career and from his 18th consecutive 20-goal season.


Notable Streaks from the First Quarter
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– Length of the longest winning streak by a goaltender so far this season, with Jordan Binnington, Linus Ullmark, Logan Thompson and Vitek Vanecek all achieving the feat. Binnington’s victories helped St. Louis become the first team in NHL history to post a winning streak of 7+ games immediately on the heels of a winless streak of 8+ games.

8 – Length of New Jersey’s active road winning streak, the longest in the NHL this season. Their 13-game overall winning streak, which ended Nov. 23, tied a franchise record and was the second longest in NHL history by a team that missed the playoffs the prior season (behind a 16-0-0 run by Columbus in 2016-17).

11 – Length of Boston’s active home winning streak, tied for the longest home winning streak from the start of a season in NHL history. They can set a new record Friday when the Hurricanes travel to TD Garden.

14 – Length of Mitchell Marner’s active point streak, the longest in the NHL this season and the lengthiest by a Maple Leafs player in the past 28 years.

NHL Postpones Today’s Colorado at Nashville Game

Today’s game between the Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena has been postponed due to a water main break that has significantly impacted the event level of the arena. A makeup date will be announced as soon as it can be confirmed.

A decision on tomorrow’s game between Columbus and Nashville scheduled for Bridgestone Arena will be made later.

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