This latest edition of the NHL Stat Corner covers the past two days (Friday/Saturday) since the NHL took a day off for American Thanksgiving. The scoring feature highlights this entry with a wealth of player and team stats and milestones from across the NHL.
Ovechkin goal to power the capitals
Alex Ovechkin is ranked sixth in NHL history (28) with Bobby Hull and Marcel Dionne. Only Wayne Gretzky (50), Mario Lemieux (40), Mike Bossy (39), Brett Hull (33) and Phil Esposito (32) have more hat tricks. Is there a target category that Ovechkin isn’t near the top? He is also 26th on the all-time scoring list, ahead of Brendan Shanahan and Guy Lafleur. Ovechkin continues to show that he is nearing completion and is now also happy to pass the ball to assists.
Ovechkin’s 18 goals in 21 games is the most of any player in at least his 17th season. Initially predicted to slow down and possibly just end up with Gretzky’s all-time goalscoring record, hitting that mark won’t be a problem if Ovechkin continues to score at this rate. He was also one of the top scorers in Mario Lemieux’s all-time third after scoring his 153rd career goal.
Crosby & Jarry Help the penguins stay in the victory column
Tristan Jarry has scored his third appearance in his last five games, and has conceded two goals in his past five appearances. Even if there’s a fire sale in Pittsburgh sooner rather than later, here’s a goalkeeper the team hates to lose. They have a track record of moving from elite goalkeepers, but he could give the Penguins a few more years of contention.
Sidney Crosby scored the third most points of all time against the Islanders (123), doing it in 76 games. Only Jaromir Jagr (155) and Lemieux (131) have recorded more. He also has the most points against the Islanders among active NHL players. All Penguins players, coincidentally? I don’t think so because these are three of the best players to ever play in the NHL, and always playing in the same division gives them a ridiculous amount of points compared to the Islanders. The Islanders have also played badly this season, and scoring was a huge problem until head coach Barry Trotz came along and applied the defense.
Tons of Blocks, Goals and Savings in Edmonton
Edmonton Oilers’ Kris Russell has become All-time leader in blocked shots and was the first player to reach the 2000 mark. He surpassed Brent Seabrook’s record for saves in 1998, and Russell is currently at number three in his career. Russell has six blocks in the game compared to Vegas Golden Knights and wastes no time reaching this milestone, doing it in the first 10 minutes of the game. His career isn’t over yet and he has plenty of time to continue his rise to the top and extend his all-time lead.
The Oilers had three players hit 20 plus points in the first 20 games of the season for the first time since 1988-89. Leon Draisaitl has 40, Connor McDavid has 36, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has 20 points. Again and again, this team of Oilers continues to draw comparisons to the 1980s dynasty. Only the Nugent-Hopkins need a point to get there, as the Oilers won their sixth game in 60 while both McDavid and Draisaitl both failed to score.
Mikko Koskinen has the second-best scoring record of an Oilers start-up season (11-2-0), behind only Grant Fuhr (11-1-1) in the 1983-84 season. Once criticized by many for his play during his time at Edmonton, Koskinen rose to prominence last night, and his highs have far outstripped his lows this season.
The Oilers are the perfect team in the Pacific Division, 7-0-0 so far. Zach Hyman also scored his 200th career point on a goal.
Panthers’ Home Streak is over, but still impressive
Only four franchises have Longer home win streak 15 more cheetahs in NHL history. The only teams with more were the Detroit Red Wings (23) in 2011-12, the Boston Bruins (22) from 1929-30 to 1930-31, and the Philadelphia Flyers (20) in 1976. The Bruins also had 19 in 1970. -71 and 16 in 1976. Goalkeeper Chris Driedger won the first game of that home win streak for the Panthers and stopped it as a member of the Seattle Kraken. It’s funny how things go, but it’s impressive how dominant it is in any given building.
Florida Panthers’ Joe Thornton finished 13th on the all-time scoring list with 1532 points, one point behind Mark Recchi in 12th. Thornton was raised later this year following Aleksander Barkov’s injury, and he continues to show why he loves the game and wants to stick around for as long as possible.
Josi strengthens career in Nashville
Nashville Predators’ Roman Josi played his 700th career game. He ranks fourth in franchise history in terms of games played, behind only David Legwand (956), Shea Weber (763) and Martin Erat (723). He will soon climb to the top after signing a major contract extension to stay in Nashville. He was in third place in franchise history in terms of points, behind Legwand 100 points. We can all argue who is the best defender to ever play for Predator right now given how close Weber and Josi’s stats are, but as of time there will be no question. I think he will become the second player in franchise history to have his jersey.
Nashville Predators’ Mikael Granlund scored his career 400th point. He continued to score and break the usual slump earlier in the season. This is exactly what the Predator needs from him if they want to continue in the Center League.
Kings ‘Kopitar dominated since day 1
Since entering the league in 2006-07, Anze Kopitar has scored 20 or more points through the first 20 games of the season to face the Los Angeles Kings for an eighth time. He has the sixth most game points since starting his career with 250. Only Sidney Crosby (366), Alex Ovechkin (354), Evgeni Malkin (299), Patrick Kane (293) and Nicklas Backstrom ( 258) has more in that time. These are some elite company, and he is consistently underrated when it comes to being able to deliver these kinds of points and remain one of the best two-way players in the game.
Player & team stats from around NHL
- Sheldon Keefe has the most wins over his first 125 games as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs in franchise history with 77. Their record under him is 77-35-13.
- Gerard Gallant coached his side to the second-best start of his first 20 games with the New York Rangers with 29 points. Only Phil Esposito (30 years old) in 1986-87 had more than that.
- NS Minnesota Wild set the franchise record for most consecutive home games with 14. They scored seven against Dallas and seven against the Winnipeg Jets.
- NS Winnipeg JetsThe run of 14 consecutive games without scoring more than three goals is over, which is a franchise record.
- The Montreal Canadianiens continue their worst start in franchise history with just 12 points through their first 22 games.
- The Detroit Red Wings have the most points this season by players 25 and under with 110. They have received 38 goals and 72 assists from those players. Lucas Raymond leads them all with 9 goals and 21 points in 22 games.
- The Calgary Flames have scored their first goal of the game against the NHL leaders 17 times this season. The Flames led the Western Conference by 20 games for the first time since 1993-94. The Oilers then overcame the Flames in the rankings after playing their 20th game.
- New York Islanders have lost eight games in a row while trailing 32-7 in those competitions. This is the first time in the history of the Island franchise to start the season 0-4 at home. They were 3-1 down thanks to their power plays in November in 29 power play opportunities.
- Andrei Vasilevskiy has lost the second fewest games in NHL history to win 200 games, or 318 games. The only scorer to do it faster was Ken Dryden in 309 games. Vasilevskiy has also recorded the second-most closed films since their debut in 2014-15 with 28. Only Marc-Andre Fleury has scored more (40).
- Dallas Stars Joe Pavelski has scored his 400th career goal.
- Columbus’ blue coat Jakub Voracek leads the league in key assists this season with 14. The team has had 20 goalscorers this season and 22 out of 24 players have scored a point.
- Bo Horvat of the Vancouver Canucks played in the 264th game in a row, the 10th longest iron runner record in history.
- Raymond is also the second teenager to score an overtime goal in Red Wings franchise history, along with Steve Yzerman, who did so in 1983.
- Colorado Avalanche’s Mikko Rantanen scored the first hat trick of the season and the third of his career.
- Kraken’s Jordan Eberle played his 800th career game.
There has been a lot of news from across the league, player and team wise. With a great start to this season against the Maple Leafs and Rangers, both head coaches have cemented their names among the best to start their careers off the bench. The Islanders and Canadianiens continue their very poor starts, while the Flames and Wild are dominating right now.
Vasilevskiy has once again proven why he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, while Pavelski has been a key part of helping the Stars turn their season around. There were surprises with Voracek and Raymond for Blue Coat and Red Wings. Catch up on all the latest stats and key facts from around the NHL on the next NHL Stats Corner.
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