NHL Review November 25, 2021
McDAVID REACHES 400-ASSIST MILESTONE; DRAISAITL HITS 40 POINTS ON THE SEASON
Oilers captain Connor McDavid (2-2—4) eclipsed 400 career assists (209-401–610 in 426 GP) and required the fourth-fewest games in NHL history to reach the milestone.
- Leon Draisaitl, who also had 2-2—4 Wednesday, reached 20 goals and 40 points on the season (20-20—40 in 19 GP). The only player in franchise history to reach the 20-goal mark in fewer games played than Draisaitl was Wayne Gretzky in 1983-84 (16 GP) – the last player League-wide to do so was Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux in 1995-96 (18 GP).
FLORIDA TIES NHL RECORD FOR LONGEST SEASON-OPENING HOME WIN STREAK
Aaron Ekblad assisted on the tying goal in the third period and potted the overtime winner as the NHL-leading Panthers (14-2-3, 31 points) improved to 11-0-0 at FLA Live Arena in 2021-22.
- Ekblad, who extended his point streak to five games (2-5—7), scored the sixth overtime goal of his NHL career. The only defensemen with more since his debut season in 2014-15 are Brent Burns (9), Seth Jones (8) and Victor Hedman (7).
OVECHKIN’S THREE-ASSIST OUTING PROPELS CAPITALS PAST CANADIENS
Alex Ovechkin collected a game-high 0-3—3 as Washington scored at least six goals in a contest for an NHL-leading fourth time in 2021-22 (tied w/ COL).
- The Capitals captain (15-18—33 in 20 GP), known for his goal-scoring prowess, has recorded his most assists through 20 games in a season (besting his 17 during the 2008-09 campaign). Among players to start a season at age 36 or older, only four in NHL history have registered more assists through their first 20 games of a season than Ovechkin.
MORE NOTES FROM 14-GAME SLATE
Colorado forward Nazem Kadri (1-1—2) extended his point streak to a career-high 10 games (6-15—21), while teammate Cale Makar scored a goal for a fourth straight contest (6-2—8) and matched the franchise record for longest goal streak by an Avalanche/Nordiques defenseman.
Detroit Red Wings forward Lucas Raymond scored and leads all rookies with 8-12—20 (21 GP) this season. He required the fifth-fewest games among active players who reached 20 career points before age 20, behind only Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov (25 saves) improved to 7-0-1 through nine appearances in 2021-22 (2.22 GAA, .920 SV%, 3 SO) and became the first goaltender in franchise history to record at least one point in each of his first eight decisions of a season.
Chris Kreider (15-3—18 in 19 GP) scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season as the Rangers won the first-ever “Battle of New York” game at UBS Arena.
Jets’ Morrissey Fined for Slashing
Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slashing Columbus Blue Jackets forward Alexandre Texier during NHL Game No. 297 in Columbus on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. The incident occurred at 16:27 of the third period. Morrissey was assessed a minor penalty for slashing. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Blue Jackets’ Domi Fined for Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Max Domi has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for unsportsmanlike conduct during NHL Game No. 297 in Columbus on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. The incident occurred at 2:20 of the third period. Domi was assessed a double-minor penalty for roughing. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Senators’ Zaitsev Fined for Cross-Checking
Ottawa Senators defenseman Nikita Zaitsev has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for cross-checking San Jose Sharks forward Timo Meier during NHL Game No. 302 in San Jose on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. The incident occurred at 4:03 of the third period. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
SAVE ROOM FOR HOCKEY ON FRIDAY
After a one-day break in the schedule for U.S. Thanksgiving, play resumes Friday with 26 teams in action. Twelve continuous hours of puck begins at 1 p.m. ET with the 2021 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown between the Rangers and Bruins.