NHL Review November 23, 2021
MAKAR SCORES TWICE IN 12-GOAL GAME BETWEEN AVALANCHE, SENATORS
Cale Makar (2-0—2) recorded multiple goals in his second straight outing and Nazem Kadri (1-3—4) extended his point streak to nine games as Colorado prevailed in a contest which featured a combined 12 tallies. The Avalanche (9-5-1, 19 points) have won each of their past five games, outscoring their opponents 31-13 in the process. It marked the first time since December 1995 the franchise has eclipsed the 30-goal mark over a five-game span.
- Makar became the first defenseman in franchise history to record multiple goals in consecutive games and has multiple points in three straight contests, which trails only Jeff Brown (4 GP in 1988-89) for the longest such run by a defenseman in Avalanche/Nordiques history.
- Kadri improved his team-leading totals to 6-17—23, which marks the second-most points through 15 games of a season by any Avalanche player in the past 15 years – only Mikko Rantanen (5-19—24 in 2018-19) had a higher total in that span.
BLUES SKATE TO VICTORY ON HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER NIGHT
Ryan O’Reilly (1-0—1) scored the first of five unanswered Blues goals and Justin Faulk (1-1—2) became the first defenseman from the 2010 NHL Draft class to record 100 career goals, doing so on St. Louis’ Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night. With the win, the Blues (10-6-2, 22 points) moved into second in the Central Division.
- Dominic Elliott, a seven-year-old Blues fan who is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments for leukemia, announced the starting lineups prior to the game after being surprised by his favorite hockey player, O’Reilly, via a Zoom call last week.
BJORKSTRAND, DOMI COMBINE FOR TWO QUICK GOALS
Oliver Bjorkstrand (1-0—1) and Max Domi (1-2—3) helped Columbus establish a franchise record after they each scored in the opening 55 seconds of the second period Monday.
BEST IN THE WEST ON DISPLAY AS ALBERTA CLUBS HIT THE ICE
The top two teams in the Pacific Division and Western Conference will jockey for positioning Tuesday when the Flames (11-3-5, 27 points) and Oilers (13-4-0, 26 points) hit the ice. The 2021-22 campaign marks the first since 1989-90 that the Alberta rivals hold the top two spots (regardless of order) in their conference after each playing at least 17 games.
- The Flames return home with a six-game point streak (4-0-2) after closing a season-high seven-game road trip (4-1-2) with three straight victories. Calgary (19 GP) has allowed an NHL-best 1.89 goals against per game (excluding shootout-deciding goals) and enters Tuesday with a chance to become the second team since 2017-18 to have a GA/GP lower than 2.00 through their first 20 contests of a season (TBL in 2020-21: 1.95 in 20 GP).
- The Oilers embark on a three-game road trip with Connor McDavid looking to become the sixth different player in NHL history – and second in his lifetime – to record a point in each of his team’s first 18 outings of a season. Additionally, an assist Tuesday would make McDavid (207-399—606 in 424 GP) the fourth-fastest player in League history to 400 assists.