NHL Review November 16, 2021
LIGHTNING CLAIM REMATCH OF 2021 STANLEY CUP SEMIFINALS OVER ISLANDERS
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 saves and Brayden Point (1-1—2) scored his 145th career goal to tie Freddy Modin for eighth place in franchise history as the Lightning (8-3-3, 19 points) claimed a rematch of the 2021 Stanley Cup Semifinals.
- Tampa Bay extended its point streak to eight games (6-0-2) – their longest run since a nine-game stretch last season – to equal the Kings (8 GP: 7-0-1) for the second-longest active run behind the Ducks (9 GP: 7-0-2).
BLUE JACKETS STAGE YET ANOTHER LATE RALLY
After 20-year-old Yegor Chinakhov scored his first career NHL goal to tie the game with 4:18 to play, Zach Werenski put the Blue Jackets ahead for good with 1:19 remaining in regulation as the club picked up its sixth comeback win of the season. Werenski’s 11th career game-winning goal stood as the third-latest go-ahead tally by a defenseman in franchise history.
- Columbus’ six comeback victories are tied with Carolina and Winnipeg for the second-most this season behind Minnesota (7). After facing a 2-0 deficit, Columbus joined the Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota and Vegas as the fourth club with two multi-goal comeback wins in 2021-22 (also Nov. 3 at COL).
GREENE HITTING 1,000-GAME MILESTONE
Islanders defenseman Andy Greene skated in his 1,000th career regular-season game, becoming the ninth undrafted blueliner to reach the milestone (since the first NHL Draft in 1963).
HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTS CLASS OF 2020
Doug Wilson, Kim St-Pierre, Kevin Lowe, Jarome Iginla and Marian Hossa were officially inducted into the player category of the Hockey Hall of Fame while Ken Holland went in as a builder to round out the 2020 class at an induction ceremony Monday in Toronto.
ON THE LOOKOUT FOR TUESDAY
Ryan Getzlaf and the Ducks will look to extend their win streak to eight games when they welcome the Capitals, who are undefeated in each of their past four contests. Meanwhile, Leon Draisaitl (15-16—31 in 14 GP) enters Tuesday aiming to improve his NHL-leading totals when the Oilers wrap their five-game road trip in Winnipeg.
- Getzlaf has six points through his last three games (0-6—6) and is one shy of 1,000 on his career (280-719—999 in 1,117 GP). Only six active NHL players have reached the milestone: Joe Thornton, Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Patrick Kane and Anze Kopitar.
- The Ducks enter Tuesday with a 7-0-0 record since Oct. 31 and are 7-0-2 since Oct. 28 – the longest active win and point streaks in the NHL. Meanwhile, the Capitals will look to snap an opponent’s winning streak of seven or more contests for the 18th time in franchise history – coincidentally, one of those instances halted the Ducks’ franchise-record 11-game win streak in 2015-16.
NHL-LEADING SCORER DRAISAITL AIMS TO CONTINUE STRONG START TO 2021-22
Leon Draisaitl will look to build on his strong start to the 2021-22 season, which has included nine multi-point performances and only two outings without a point, while captain Connor McDavid will aim to extend his season-opening point streak to 15 games. The Oilers visit the Jets for the first meeting since Winnipeg swept Edmonton in the 2021 First Round.
- Draisaitl leads the NHL with 15-16—31 (14 GP) – a total which already stands as the most by any active player through the 15-game mark of a season, besting David Pastrnak who posted 15-15—30 (15 GP) to start 2019-20.
- With a point Tuesday, Draisaitl can become the third different Oilers player to record 32 or more points through the first 15 games of a season; he would join Wayne Gretzky (43 in 1984-85, 42 in 1983-84, 39 in 1986-87, 38 in 1987-88, 37 in 1985-86 & 32 in 1982-83) and Jari Kurri (32 in 1984-85).