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NHL REVIEW MARCH 19 2018 – PREDS SET TEAM RECORD

NHL REVIEW MARCH 19 2018 - PREDATORS SET FRANCHISE RECORD

NHL REVIEW MARCH 19 2018 – PREDATORS SET FRANCHISE RECORD

MONDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
Columbus 5, BOSTON 4 (OT)
Nashville 4, BUFFALO 0
Florida 2, MONTREAL 0
Los Angeles 4, MINNESOTA 3 (OT)
ARIZONA 5, Calgary 2

RINNE HITS 40 WINS WITH SHUTOUT, PREDATORS SET FRANCHISE RECORD
Pekka Rinne (35 saves) established a franchise record with his League-leading eighth shutout of the season to help the Predators (48-14-10, 106 points) increase their lead atop the NHL standings. It marked the 15th consecutive game with at least a point for Nashville (14-0-1), also a new club record.

Rinne (40-9-4) reached the 40-win mark for the third time in his career, becoming the seventh goaltender in NHL history to achieve the feat; Martin Brodeur (7) is the only goaltender with more such campaigns.

Rinne recorded his 51st career shutout to extend his personal win streak to 11 games, matching his career high set from Jan. 7 – Feb. 4, 2012. His win streak is the longest by a goaltender since last season, when Sergei Bobrovsky (14-0-0 w/ CBJ) and Brian Elliott (11-0-0 w/ CGY) each won at least 11 consecutive appearances.

Nashville also extended their franchise-record road win and point streaks to nine and 15 games (12-0-3), respectively. This marks the NHL’s longest road win streak since Minnesota posted a 12-game run in 2014-15. The Predators have only one regulation road loss in the 2018 calendar year (Jan. 2 at VGK).

LUONGO CLIMBS ALL-TIME LIST WITH SHUTOUT VICTORY

Roberto Luongo turned aside all 28 shots he faced to backstop the Panthers (36-27-8, 79 points) to victory and to within three points of the idle Devils (37-27-8, 82 points) for the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. Florida holds games in hand on New Jersey (2), Columbus (3) and Philadelphia (3) – all teams they are within six points of in the playoff race.

Luongo, who ranks fourth in NHL history with 468 career wins, recorded his 76th career shutout to move into a tie with Tony Esposito and Ed Belfour for ninth place on the NHL’s all-time list. He sits six games shy of joining Martin Brodeur (1,266) and Patrick Roy (1,029) as the only netminders to play 1,000 career games.

Aaron Ekblad scored the game-winning goal to push his season totals to 15-17—32, tied for the second-most goals by a defenseman in 2017-18. He sits one goal shy of matching the single-season franchise record for a defenseman (set by Jason Garrison in 2011-12) and from tying Jay Bouwmeester (53) for second all-time for goals by a Panthers defenseman.

PLAYOFF HOPEFULS EARN CRITICAL POINTS WITH OVERTIME WINS
The Blue Jackets (40-28-5, 85 points) and Kings (40-27-6, 86 points) each collected overtime victories to improve their positions in their respective playoff races.

Cam Atkinson scored in overtime to help the Blue Jackets extend the NHL’s longest active win streak to eight contests. Columbus, who currently holds the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference, moved into a tie in terms of points with idle Philadelphia (37-25-11, 85 points) for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Atkinson netted his fifth career regular-season overtime goal, one back of Rick Nash (6) for the most in franchise history.

Dustin Brown (1-1—2) tied the contest with 46.5 seconds remaining in regulation and Jeff Carter (2-0—2) scored in overtime to help lead the Kings to a 6-3-1 record over their last 10 contests. Los Angeles displaced Anaheim (37-24-12, 86 points) for third place in the Pacific Division based on the ROW tiebreaker.

Brown’s goal marked the 34th instance of a team scoring a tying goal in the final minute of regulation this season (third by LAK). Clubs that have accomplished this feat own a 15-0-19 record in 2017-18.

NHL Schedule for Tuesday, Mar 20 2018

Matchup

Time

 Pittsburgh@ NY Islanders

7:00 PM ET

 Columbus@ NY Rangers

7:00 PM ET

 Dallas@ Washington

7:00 PM ET

 Edmonton@ Carolina

7:00 PM ET

 Florida@ Ottawa

7:30 PM ET

 Philadelphia@ Detroit

7:30 PM ET

 Toronto@ Tampa Bay

7:30 PM ET

 Los Angeles@ Winnipeg

8:00 PM ET

 Colorado@ Chicago

8:30 PM ET

 Vancouver@ Vegas

10:00 PM ET

 New Jersey@ San Jose

10:30 PM ET