NHL November 6 2019 Recap
FIVE-GOAL PERFORMANCE POWERS BLUES TO SIXTH STRAIGHT WIN
In a matchup between two of the Western Conference leaders, the Blues (11-3-3, 25 points) scored five goals – powered by a three-point performance by captain Alex Pietrangelo (1-2—3) – to defeat the Oilers (10-5-2, 22 points) and earn their sixth straight win.
St. Louis is the seventh consecutive Stanley Cup champion to register at least one win streak of six or more games in the season following its triumph: Washington (2x; 2018-19), Pittsburgh (2017-18, 2016-17), Chicago (2015-16 and 2013-14) and Los Angeles (2x; 2014-15).
The Blues have posted a League-best 41-13-8 record dating to Jan. 1, 2019, two wins ahead of the next closest teams: Boston (39-12-7, 85 points) and Carolina (39-17-3, 81 points). Meanwhile, their eight comeback wins are the most among any club this season.
Tyler Bozak and Ivan Barbashev scored shorthanded goals 26 seconds apart to cap the Blues’ five-goal outing and establish a franchise record for the fastest two shorthanded goals in franchise history.
DeANGELO, PANARIN PROPEL RANGERS OVER ORIGINAL SIX RIVALS
Tony DeAngelo (1-1—2) and Artemi Panarin (1-1—2) each recorded multi-point outings as the Rangers (6-6-1, 13 points) scored at least five goals in a game for the third time this season (also Oct. 3 and Oct. 24).
Twenty-four-year-old DeAngelo opened Wednesday’s scoring against the Detroit Red Wings with his fifth goal of the season. He recorded the ninth instance of a Rangers defenseman scoring five goals in his first 13 games of a season and first since Brian Leetch (5-10—15 in 1988-89). Ron Greschner (6-8—14 in 1980-81) is the only Rangers blueliner with more in that span.
Panarin extended his point streak to six games (3-5—8) dating to Oct. 24 and boosted his team-leading totals to 7-7—14 in 13 GP. He became the fifth Rangers player in the last 10 years to produce at a point-per-game pace through his first 13 games with the franchise.
SABRES, LIGHTNING PREPARE FOR GLOBAL SERIES
Members of the Sabres and Lightning continue on-ice preparation and take time to explore Stockholm, Sweden ahead of the 2019 NHL Global Series. The teams will face off Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9 for a pair of regular-season contests at Ericsson Globe.
- Global Series helping NHL popularity grow in Sweden
- Global Series: Ericsson Globe symbol of hockey culture
- Global Series postcard: Stockholm
PREVIEW OF TODAY’S ACTION – ISLANDERS, CAPITALS LOOK TO EXTEND WINNING STREAKS
The Islanders and Capitals look to extend their winning streaks to 11 and five games, respectively, when they take to the ice on Thursday against the Penguins and Panthers.
New York’s 10-game run is the longest by any team in 2019-20 and the second longest in franchise history behind a 15-game stretch during the 1981-82 season, which is tied for the third-longest winning streak in NHL history. Coincidentally Pittsburgh, their opponent on Thursday, was the team to snap the Islanders’ 15-game streak in 1981-82.
The Islanders’ tandem of Semyon Varlamov (5-0-0, 1.58 GAA, .947 SV%, 1 SO) and Thomas Greiss (5-0-0, 1.80 GAA, .942 SV%) have alternated starts throughout the winning streak. Only two other teams in NHL history have had goalies alternate starts during a winning streak of 10 or more games: Boston in 1970-71 (10-0-0; Eddie Johnston and Gerry Cheevers) and Buffalo in 1983-84 (10-0-0; Bob Sauve and Tom Barrasso).
Washington visits BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida with a 7-1-1 road record in 2019-20. They can win eight of their first 10 road games in a season for the third time in franchise history (also 8-2-0 in 1991-92 and 2015-16).
The Capitals, who hold a three-point lead over the Islanders atop the Metropolitan Division, are looking for their first five-game winning streak of the season. Over the last 10 years, Washington has had 23 separate winning streaks of five or more games – the most of any NHL team over that span.