Flame, Leopard, Maple Leaf, Blue Music, and Avalanche
The latest edition of the NHL Stat Corner comes out the weekend before the busy weekend schedule ramps up. We consider great things The Calgary Flame are doing at both ends of the ice and dominate the Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs at home. We also take a look at the recent performances Colorado Avalanche has given us, plus a slew of player and team stats and milestones and key milestones across the NHL over the past two days.
The flame is dominant at both ends of the ice
The Flames are the first team to have six shutdowns in the first 17 games of the season since the Boston Bruins in 1938-39. Jacob Markstrom became the 10th goalscorer in NHL history to score five saves in the first 13 games of the season. The last time this was done was in 2007-08 by Pascal Leclaire scoring five shutdowns in nine games. Markstrom’s five appearances this season tie in his first 272 appearances in the NHL against the Panthers and Vancouver Canucks. This is a big change from last season and it looks like everyone has bought into head coach Darryl Sutter’s system and defended very well.
But performance doesn’t just go up in the defensive area. Many players are booming or have the season back. This is a great time to become a fan of Flames. Andrew Mangiapane is one of only two players in franchise history to score 11 goals in the first 11 games of the season, joining Jerome Iginla for the 2009-10 season. Mangiapane leads the NHL with 11 goals. Oliver Kylington is one of only three players this season to have the most points in five games. Both of these players can be considered breakthrough candidates. We’ve seen some of this in Mangiapane in the last year, but Kylington was a pleasant surprise.
Panthers are untouchable at home
The Panthers have the 20th longest regular home win streak in NHL history with 13 games. The last team to get that many wins was the Maple Leafs in 2018 (13). The Panthers’ previous home win streak was eight in 2018. Despite losing the legendary head coach earlier in the season and captain Aleksander Barkov recently, nothing seems to be slowing the team down. .
Spencer Knight broke the franchise record by making 45 saves as a rookie keeper. The previous mark was Markstrom’s 44 saves. A lot of attention has been poured on Sergei Bobrovsky this season as he has finally shown he is worthy of the big contract he signed. This, in turn, forced Knight to take on a role in the backseat. But when given the opportunity, he will definitely play hard and fight for the No. 1 spot in Florida.
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Campbell makes it nearly impossible for opponents to win in Toronto
Jack Campbell is the man with the most home wins over the first 20 games in Maple Leafs franchise history (17). He is 17-2-1 with a save rate of 0.932 (SV%), averaging 1.90 goals against (GAA) and three saves – an amazing start in his career in the Maple Leafs last season and well this year as well, as the team is currently 10-1 in round 11 after struggling early on. None of this has happened to Campbell, as he is as sure as they come this season, and he and Markstrom stand alone at the top in terms of goalkeeping.
Morgan Reilly scored twice in a game for the fourth time in his career. Rielly will have to continue playing as the No. 1 defender in Toronto after signing that massive $7.5 million average annual value (AAV) contract to stay. With the five members of the Maple Leafs being paid a hefty percentage of their salaries, he and each of the others will have to give their all if he doesn’t want fans to protest. There was once a history of a young boy being spanked while guarding in Toronto if things didn’t go well.
Blues ‘Justin Faulk cements name in US history books
Justin Faulk of St. Louis Blues played the 700th game of his career in the NHL. He is 33rd player born in the US to play many of those games. Although he has been very solid throughout his career and commercial since Hurricane Carolina has been do good work As for both him and the team, I don’t believe he’s even considered for the US Olympic team in 2022. Scott Perunovich also scored the first point of his career. Blues fans are excited about the young defender, especially after losing a talent like Vince Dunn in the draft expansion. Perunovich is the next young student. Hopefully, he’s here to stay.
Avalanche dominates the opponent when winning
NS Colorado Avalanche beat the opponent 24-8 in a four-game winning streak. They beat the Canucks 7-1 and 4-2, the San Jose Sharks 6-2 and the Seattle Kraken 7-3 (“Avalanche led 7-0 and overcame the NHL’s 32nd team in Seattle”, The Denver Post, November 19, 2021). Avalanche has the league’s top four short goals this season. What’s very impressive about this is that they didn’t do it without their best player Nathan MacKinnon, who was injured. Nazem Kadri has really flourished this season and surprised while Darcy Kuemper has finally settled in after an unstable start to the season.
Erik Johnson got his fourth draw in franchise history with goals from a defender with 62 goals. He drew with Rob Blake and is just 13 goals short of Tyson Barrie’s franchise-leading 75. He’s averaged 9.5 goals/82 games over the course of his career, so maybe with two years left on his contract in Colorado.
Player & team stats from around NHL
- This is the first time the Vegas Golden Knights have beaten the Detroit Red Wings at home in their history. The Red Wings were the first team to beat the Golden Knights in their first season. Nic Roy played the 100th game of his career.
- Kraken had their worst start to their inaugural season (4-11-1) since meeting the Ottawa Senators in 1992, where they finished (10-70-4).
- Sidney Crosby became the 12th player in NHL history to score 1,000 points in a win, doing so in 589 games.
- This was the first time since 2010 that two players had a positive score difference in more than 15 games played together on the same day. Both Connor McDavid and Troy Terry extended their 15-match streak to 16 with one goal each in their respective games.
- Clayton Keller becomes the 11th player in Arizona Coyotes franchise history to reach 200 career points.
- Barrett Hayton scored the first two goals of his career.
- Stuart Skinner becomes the fourth scoring rookie in Edmonton Oilers franchise history to score at least 46 saves in a single game.
- Justin Danforth of the Columbus Blue Jackets scored his first career goal.
- Canucks’ Kyle Burroughs scored his first career goal.
Kraken is nothing like what many thought they would be in the first season and will look to the future soon. What McDavid and Terry have done for their club has helped propel them to the top of the standings in the Pacific, where it looks more competitive than expected. Crosby continues to thrive after all these years, and it helps stay near the top of the list as the Penguins have the longest running playoff streak. Come back soon and keep up to date with all the latest player and team stats and milestones. Until next time.
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