NHL November 24 2019 Recap
CAPTAIN JACK EICHEL LEADS SABRES BACK INTO WIN COLUMN
Jack Eichel (1-2—3) recorded his 19th career three-point game and Linus Ullmark made 43 saves as the Sabres halted a six-game winless skid in Florida dating to Dec. 20, 2016.
The Sabres captain extended his point streak to five games (6-5—11) dating to Nov. 16 – a night that featured his first career four-goal game. He has posted a point streak of at least five outings in each season since debuting in 2015-16, highlighted by an 11-game run from Feb. 14 – March 7, 2017 (5-11—16).
Eichel’s 19 contests with at least three points lead all Sabres players since 2015-16, while his five such performances in 2019-20 are tied with Boston’s David Pastrnak and Washington’s John Carlson for the second most this season. Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid lead all players with eight outings of three or more points.
Ullmark recorded his League-leading fourth performance of at least 40 saves in 2019-20 (also Oct. 7, Oct. 11 and Oct. 25), posting a 3-0-1 record in those contests.
McDAVID, SVECHNIKOV STRETCH STREAKS IN ROAD WINS
Oilers captain Connor McDavid and Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov each collected an assist to extend their respective point streaks as their teams posted road wins.
McDavid scored the lone goal in the shootout as the Oilers (16-7-3, 35 points) edged the Coyotes (14-8-3, 31 points) in a Pacific Division tilt and moved past the Blues (14-5-5, 33 points) for first place in the Western Conference standings.
The 22-year-old forward has tallied 12-12—24 over the course of his 11-game point streak and sits three points shy of 50 in 2019-20 (18-29—47 in 26 GP). His 11-game stretch marks the second longest of his five-season career – three back of his personal high (7-18—25 in 14 GP from March 14 – April 9, 2017).
Svechnikov extended his point streak to eight games (5-7—12) and became the second teenager in Hurricanes/Whalers history to record a streak of at least eight games. The other: Hartford’s Ron Francis (10 GP from Oct. 30 – Nov. 20, 1982, 9 GP from Dec. 6-23, 1982 and 9 GP from Feb. 20 – March 10, 1983).
In his first season with Carolina, James Reimer turned aside 19 shots to record the Hurricanes’ third shutout of the season (Petr Mrazek: 11-4-1, 2.63 GAA, .903 SV% and 2 SO). Their three total shutouts are tied with the Coyotes, Bruins and Sabres for the most among all teams in 2019-20.
PREVIEW OF TODAY’S ACTION – STREAKING STARS, ISLANDERS TAKE TO THE ICE
The Stars (14-8-2, 30 points) and Islanders (16-3-2, 34 points) are set to put their 11- and 17-game point streaks on the line when they square off against the Golden Knights and Ducks, respectively.
Dallas, which enters Monday’s contest with a 10-0-1 record in its last 11 games, leads the League with nine wins in the month of November. The Stars, 9-0-1 since Nov. 1, have earned at least 10 or more wins in a single month on two occasions in the last decade: Nov. 2015 (10-3-0) and March 2015 (10-5-0).
With three contests remaining in November, the streaking Stars sit three wins away from matching the franchise record for wins in any month, after they produced a 12-2-0 record during February 2008.
Dallas’ recent string of success has benefited from the play of goaltending tandem Ben Bishop (5-0-0, 2.10 GAA and .934 SV%) and Anton Khudobin (5-0-1, 1.67 GAA and .948 SV%), who have allowed a League-low 21 goals (including shootout-deciding goals) since their team’s streak began on Oct. 29 vs. Minnesota.
The Islanders continue their three-game road trip through California after Casey Cizikas helped New York secure at least one point for the 17th straight game dating to Oct. 12 (15-0-2). Only eight teams in the last 35 years have recorded at least one point in 18 or more straight games.
COUTURE EYES RARE COMPANY WITH ANOTHER OT GOAL
Sharks captain Logan Couture (5-19—24) leads San Jose (12-11-1, 25 points) in assists and points this season and enters Monday’s game with points in each of his last six outings (3-7—10), including the overtime winner in his last two (Nov. 21-23). Only one player in NHL history has scored the overtime goal in three consecutive team games: Andrew Cogliano (March 7-11, 2008 w/ EDM).
CANUCKS EYE FRANCHISE FIRST WITH ANOTHER SPECIAL-TEAMS GOAL
Elias Pettersson (10-19—29 in 24 GP) and the Canucks (12-8-4, 28 points) continue their six-game road trip when they travel to Wells Fargo Center to face off against the Flyers. Vancouver has scored each of its last seven goals (excluding shootout-deciding goals) on either the power play or penalty kill – tying the longest run of special-team tallies in franchise history.
Only one team in the last decade has scored eight or more consecutive team goals on either the power play or penalty kill: Minnesota (8 from Oct. 7-16, 2010).
Pettersson found the back of the net in each of his last two outings and sits one point shy of becoming the 10th player to reach the 30-point mark in 2019-20. Only three different Canucks players since 1999-00 have recorded 30 points in their first 25 team games of a season or fewer: Daniel Sedin (24 GP in 2009-10 and 2010-11), Henrik Sedin (24 GP in 2010-11) and Markus Naslund (25 GP in 2003-04 and 2005-06).
Blues’ Bortuzzo Suspended Four Games for Cross-Checking
St. Louis Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo has been suspended for four games, without pay, for cross-checking Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson during NHL Game No. 358 in St. Louis on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. The incident occurred at 6:03 of the first period. Bortuzzo was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking. Bortuzzo is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $67,073.16. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Video has full explanation of the decision.
Marchand, McDavid and Nelson Named NHL ‘Three Stars’ of the Week Ending November 24 2019
Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand, Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and New York Islanders center Brock Nelson have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending November 24, 2019.
FIRST STAR – BRAD MARCHAND, LW, BOSTON BRUINS
Marchand posted 3-4—7 and a +6 rating in three games to power the Atlantic Division-leading Bruins (15-3-5, 35 points) to a perfect week. He registered his 16th career three-assist performance – and third of the season (also Oct. 27 at NYR: 2-3—5 and Nov. 4 vs. PIT: 2-3—5) – in a 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils Nov. 19. Marchand then scored twice in a 3-2 triumph against the Buffalo Sabres Nov. 21. He added 1-1—2, including an assist on Torey Krug’s overtime winner, in a 5-4 comeback victory over the Minnesota Wild Nov. 23. The 31-year-old Halifax, N.S., native has appeared in 23 total contests this season, ranking among the top five in the NHL in plus/minus (t-1st; +17), game-winning goals (t-2nd; 4), points (3rd; 39), goals (t-3rd; 16) and assists (4th; 23).
SECOND STAR – CONNOR McDAVID, C, EDMONTON OILERS
McDavid compiled 4-3—7 in four games as the Oilers (16-7-3, 35 points) went 3-1-0 to move into first place in the Western Conference standings. He opened the week with 1-2—3, his eighth three-point effort of 2019-20, in a 5-2 triumph over the San Jose Sharks Nov. 19. McDavid then scored once in a 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings Nov. 21 and twice in a 4-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights Nov. 23. He capped the week with one assist and the shootout-deciding goal in a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes Nov. 24. The 22-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., native has recorded points in 11 straight games dating to Nov. 4 (12-12—24), propelling him into second place in the NHL in goals (18), assists (29) and points (47) through 26 total outings this season.
THIRD STAR – BROCK NELSON, C, NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Nelson shared the League lead with four goals in three games (4-1—5), including two in overtime, to help the Islanders (16-3-2, 34 points) extend their point streak to a franchise-record 17 contests dating to Oct. 12 (15-0-2). He registered 2-1—3, including his fifth career overtime goal, in a 5-4 comeback victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins Nov. 19. Nelson again scored twice, including the overtime goal, in a 4-3 win over the Penguins Nov. 21 – making him the first player in franchise history to notch an overtime tally in consecutive games. The 28-year-old Warroad, Minn., native – who was held off the scoresheet in a 2-1 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks Nov. 23 – ranks second on the Islanders with 8-11—19 through 21 total appearances this season.