NHL Recap January 12 2020
CANUCKS CLIMB TIGHTLY-CONTESTED PACIFIC DIVISION STANDINGS
The Canucks defeated the Wild to improve to 25-17-4 (54 points) this season and move past the idle Oilers (24-18-5, 53 points) and Golden Knights (24-18-6, 54 points) for third place in the tightly-contested Pacific Division standings – where the top five teams are separated by just two points.
Vancouver improved to 9-2-0 in its last 11 games dating to Dec. 19, 2019. The Canucks were eight points back of the first-place team in the Pacific Division standings entering play Dec. 19, 2019 and have since closed the gap to just one.
HUBERDEAU CAPS WILD NIGHT AT BB&T CENTER BY PASSING JOKINEN
Florida forward Jonathan Huberdeau (1-1—2) capped a wild night at BB&T Center with his 420th career regular-season point (143-277—420 in 512 GP) to pass Olli Jokinen (188-231—419 in 567 GP) for the most in franchise history.
Huberdeau, one of six Panthers players to find the score sheet multiple times Sunday, became the sixth active skater to sit atop a franchise’s all-time regular-season points list. He joined Alex Ovechkin with the Capitals (684-569—1,253 in 1,130 GP), Patrick Marleau with the Sharks (516-582—1,098 in 1,536 GP), Mikko Koivu with Wild (203-498—701 in 1,006 GP), Blake Wheeler with the Jets/Thrashers (206-420—626 in 685 GP) and William Karlsson with the Golden Knights (77-90—167 in 212 GP).
Huberdeau paces the Panthers with 61 points this season (18-43—61 in 45 GP). He became the second player in franchise history to reach the 60-point mark in 45 games or fewer, joining Pavel Bure in 1999-00 (37-24—61 in 44 GP).
DEVILS SNAP LIGHTNING’S WIN STREAK AT 10 GAMES
Andy Greene and Miles Wood each posted 1-1—2 to help New Jersey snap Tampa Bay’s win streak at 10 games, marking the fourth time in which the Devils/Rockies/Scouts franchise ended an opponent’s double-digit run. A look back at the three previous instances:
Feb. 16, 1982 (CLR 3 at MTL 3)
Veli-Pekka Ketola scored two of his nine career goals in the NHL as the Rockies and Canadiens skated to a tie at Montreal Forum, snapping the hosts’ win streak at 11 contests.
April 14, 1993 (NJD 6 vs. PIT 6)
Claude Lemieux collected 2-1—3 to reach the 30-goal mark for a third consecutive season and help New Jersey end Pittsburgh’s win streak at 17 games, which remains the longest in League history.
March 10, 2018 (NJD 3 at NSH 2)
Brian Boyle scored in regulation and netted the decisive goal in the shootout as the Devils snapped the eventual Presidents’ Trophy winner’s franchise-record run at 10-0-0.
NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING TO RELEASE MID-SEASON RANKINGS
NHL Releases Mid-Season Rankings for 2020 Draft released its mid-season rankings today. The rankings will feature the top 217 skaters and 31 goaltenders in North America as well as the top 135 skaters and 10 goaltenders internationally.
Rangers’ Trouba Fined for Slashing
New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slashing St. Louis Blues defenseman Vince Dunn during NHL Game No. 698 in St. Louis on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. The incident occurred at 20:00 of the third period. Trouba was assessed a major penalty for slashing and game misconduct. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Vasilevskiy, DeAngelo and Talbot Named NHL ‘Three Stars’ of the Week
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo and Calgary Flames goaltender Cam Talbot have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 12, 2020.
FIRST STAR – ANDREI VASILEVSKIY, G, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Vasilevskiy won three games in as many starts, recording a 0.67 goals-against average, .972 save percentage and shutouts in back-to-back games as the Lightning (27-14-4) won three of four contests for the week and rose to second place in the Atlantic Division. Vasilevskiy made 21 saves in a 9-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Jan. 7, stopped all 25 shots he faced in a 4-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes Jan. 9 and turned aside all 23 shots in a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Jan. 11. The victory over Philadelphia extended the Lightning’s win streak to 10 games, matching a franchise record set from Feb. 9-27, 2019. The 25-year-old Tyumen, Russia, native recorded eight wins during Tampa Bay’s 10-game streak, improving to 22-9-2 on the season with a 2.58 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.
SECOND STAR – TONY DEANGELO, D, NEW YORK RANGERS
DeAngelo topped all NHL scorers with 3-4–7 in three games, leading the Rangers (21-19-4) to a 2-1-0 record for the week. DeAngelo recorded a pair of assists in a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Jan. 7 before notching his first NHL hat trick as part of a career-high five-point performance (3-2–5) in a 6-3 win over the New Jersey Devils Jan. 9. DeAngelo registered the first five-point game by a defenseman in the 2019-20 season and tied a Rangers franchise record for points by a blueliner in a regular-season game, set on two occasions by Brian Leetch. The 24-year-old Sewell, N.J., native leads Rangers defensemen in scoring with 11-25–36 in 44 games. New York’s 125 combined points (34-91–125) by its blueliners pace all clubs in 2019-20, eight more than the next closest clubs (TBL, WSH w/ 117).
THIRD STAR – CAM TALBOT, G, CALGARY FLAMES
Talbot went 3-0-0 with a 1.67 goals-against average and .953 save percentage, helping the Flames (25-17-5) remain undefeated in 2020 (5-0-0) and take first place in the Pacific Division. Talbot began the week by making 31 saves in a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Jan. 7. He then posted his second 40+ save effort of the season, stopping 42 shots in a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild Jan. 9. The 32-year-old Caledonia, Ont., native closed the week by making 29 saves in a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers Jan. 11. Playing in his seventh NHL season, first with the Flames, Talbot improved his season record to 7-7-0 with a 2.54 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in 16 appearances. He is 6-2-0 with a 2.05 GAA and .940 SV% in his past nine games (eight starts) since Dec. 7.