NHL Review April 3, 2021
AVALANCHE EXTEND POINT STREAK AS JOHANSSON GETS FIRST WIN WITH CLUB
Jonas Johansson made 25 saves and Nathan MacKinnon tallied twice as the Honda West Division-leading Avalanche (24-8-4, 52 points) defeated the Blues in the first half of a back-to-back set to extend their point streak to 13 games (11-0-2). Johansson earned his first win since being acquired by Colorado, while MacKinnon recorded multiple points for a third straight game (2-4—6).
OTHER DIVISION-LEADING TEAMS EARN WINS PAST REGULATION
The Capitals (24-9-4, 52 points) and Toronto Maple Leafs (24-10-3, 51 points) earned wins in extra time to strengthen their grip on first place in the MassMutual East Division and Scotia North Division, respectively:
Dmitry Orlov scored with 20.8 seconds remaining in the extra frame as Washington improved to 7-0-0 against New Jersey this season (NJD: 0-5-2).
Jack Campbell made 31 saves through 65 minutes and denied three shootout attempts to improve to 8-0-0 through eight appearances this season (1.35 GAA, .951 SV%, 2 SO).
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Travis Dermott opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 5:16 of the second period. Dermott has two goals and an assist this season. He has scored both of his goals on the road in 2020-21. He has two goals in nine career games against Winnipeg, which is tied for his highest goal total against a single opponent (Boston – 8 GP; Philadelphia – 5 GP).
- Jason Spezza registered the primary assist on Dermott’s second period goal. Spezza has registered eight of his 12 assists on the road this season. His assist tonight is his first point of the season against Winnipeg. With the assist, Spezza moves into a tie with Henrik Zetterberg for 100th on the NHL’s all-time point register (349-611-960).
- Zach Bogosian had the secondary assist on Dermott’s second period goal. Bogosian has four assists this season. His assist tonight is his 200th career NHL assist.
- Jack Campbell stopped 31 shots in regulation and overtime and didn’t allow a goal in overtime to earn his eighth win of the season.
OILERS, COYOTES CLIMB DIVISION STANDINGS; SHARKS KEEP PACE IN WEST
Oilers captain and League scoring leader Connor McDavid (22-42—64 in 38 GP) recorded his seventh game-winning goal of the season and has 7-8—15 in seven contests against Calgary in 2020-21 (2.14 P/GP). Edmonton improved to 23-14-1 (47 points) and moved ahead of Winnipeg (22-13-3, 47 points) for second place in the Scotia North Division.
Phil Kessel (1-1—2) scored the game winner as the Coyotes (17-15-5, 39 points) erased deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 to defeat the Ducks and leapfrog the Blues (16-14-6, 38 points) for fourth place in the Honda West Division.
Martin Jones turned aside all 30 shots he faced as the Sharks (16-16-4, 36 points) blanked the Kings to improve to 5-2-0 in their last seven games, remaining three points back of the Coyotes who occupy the final playoff spot in the Honda West Division. Jones improved to 17-5-3 in 25 career regular-season appearances against his former club (2.15 GAA, .930 SV%, 2 SO).
PLETHORA OF PLAYERS, TEAMS TO PUT STREAKS ON THE LINE SATURDAY
Several skaters, goaltenders and teams carry lengthy streaks into Saturday’s 11-game slate, which is set to begin with a pair of contests dropping the puck at 1 p.m. ET.
The Penguins, who are 6-0-1 in their last seven contests including five straight wins, look to extend their string of success when they square off with the Bruins for a second straight game at TD Garden. Sidney Crosby paces Pittsburgh with 3-8—11 through its seven-game point streak, which included notching an assist on Thursday in Boston to help the Penguins (24-11-2, 50 points) reach the 50-point mark.
Andrei Vasilevskiy is 12-0-0 in 12 home appearances this season (1.50 GAA, .945 SV%, 2 SO) and can remain unbeaten at AMALIE Arena when the League-leading Lightning (25-9-2, 52 points) host the Red Wings. Vasilevskiy is also 11-0-0 in 11 career appearances versus Detroit (1.84 GAA, .936 SV%), while the Lightning are 16-0-0 in their last 16 regular-season home games against the Red Wings dating to Dec. 12, 2013 (DET: 0-15-1).
Ryan Strome (2-14—16 in 11 GP) and Adam Fox (2-14—16 in 9 GP) own the two longest active point streaks in the NHL and can extend their career-high runs when the Rangers visit the Sabres. The last instance in which multiple Rangers players had simultaneous point streaks of 10-plus games was entering play April 6, 2006, when Jaromir Jagr (9-14—23 in 12 GP) and Michael Nylander (5-15—20 in 11 GP) owned double-digit runs.
Dougie Hamilton has found the score sheet in each of the Hurricanes’ last eight contests at PNC Arena dating to Feb. 22 (1-9—10) and can move his career-high home point streak to nine games when Carolina plays host to Dallas. Jason Robertson has tallied in each of his last three games (3-0—3) and can become the first Stars/North Stars rookie with a goal streak of four-plus contests since Minnesota’s Don Barber from Feb. 27 to March 10, 1990 (5-2—7 in 5 GP).
The Canadiens aim to push their win streak to four games when they face the Senators at Bell Centre in the second half of a home-and-home set. Phillip Danault has recorded multiple points in each contest during Montreal’s current win streak (1-5—6 in 3 GP) – he can become the first Canadiens player with two-plus points in four straight games since Alex Kovalev from March 28 to April 4, 2009 (4-7—11 in 4 GP).
Philipp Grubauer, who watched from the Avalanche bench on Friday as teammate Jonas Johansson earned his first win with the club, is 10-0-1 in his last 11 appearances (1.21 GAA, .948 SV%, 2 SO) and can extend his career-high point streak when Colorado completes its back-to-back set with St. Louis.