NHL BRIEF – OCT. 22, 2016: Undefeated Canucks Look To Go 5-0-0 For First Fime In Franchise History

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FESTIVITIES BEGIN FOR 2016 TIM HORTONS NHL HERITAGE CLASSIC

Festivities for the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic (Sunday at 3 p.m. ET;

NHLN, SN, TVA Sports 2, NHL.TV) kicked into full gear on Friday, when Jets and Oilers alumni each practiced at MTS Centre ahead of the 2016 Rogers NHL Heritage Classic Alumni Game (4 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV) this afternoon.

The weekend’s full schedule of events (all times local):

Saturday, October 22
10:30 a.m. – Oilers Team Practice at Investors Group Field
12:00 p.m. – Jets Team Practice at Investors Group Field
3:00 p.m. – Alumni Game at Investors Group Field

Sunday, October 23
2:00 p.m. – 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field

* The NHL issued fan reminders for those attending Saturday’s 2016 Rogers NHL Heritage Classic Alumni Game and Sunday’s 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic.

* ICYMI: Winnipeg legend Teemu Selanne was given a key to the city.

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2016 TIM HORTONS NHL HERITAGE CLASSIC INFORMATION GUIDE

The 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic Interactive Information Guide – including notes about the Jets-Oilers rivalry as well as a list of records, a complete register and a history of outdoor games – now is available for download via the League’s Media site.

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps
COLUMBUS 3, Chicago 2
NY ISLANDERS 3, Arizona 2
DETROIT 5, Nashville 3

HOME TEAMS SWEEP FRIDAY’S SLATE

The Blue Jackets, Red Wings and Islanders all earned home victories on Friday, helping home teams improve to 47-15-2 in the first 10 days of the 2016-17 NHL season.

* Zach Werenski and Nick Foligno each collected 1-1—2 to help the Blue Jackets pick up their first win of the season (1-2-0). Werenski, who posted his first multi-point outing, has registered at least one point in each of his first three career NHL games (2-2—4). Per Elias, Werenski is the first player in franchise history to begin his NHL career on a three-game point streak.

* Five different skaters scored to help the Red Wings pick up their third consecutive victory on the heels of a 0-2-0 start to the season. Detroit has won five straight games vs. NSH dating to Jan. 17, 2015 (NSH: 0-4-1), while Petr Mrazek (30 SV) – who made a highlight-reel stop in the third period – improved to 4-0-0 in four career appearances against the club (2.74 GAA, .913 SV%).

* The Coyotes scored twice in a span of 13 seconds to erase a 2-0 deficit, but Johnny Boychuk (1-1—2) notched the go-ahead marker while shorthanded to help the Islanders improve to 6-0-1 in their last seven home games vs. ARI dating to Dec. 13, 2007 (ARI: 1-6-0), including four straight wins. Brock Nelson notched the lone assist on the game-winning goal to stretch his season-opening point streak to five games (2-3—5).

MUST SEE: STROME VS. STROME

Trish and Chris Strome – who were in attendance for the first NHL meeting between their sons Ryan (NYI) and Dylan (ARI) – weren’t sure how to react after Ryan scored to give the Islanders a 2-0 lead.

DOAN CONTINUES CLIMB UP ALL-TIME FRANCHISE LIST

Coyotes captain Shane Doan collected his 551st career assist to pass Dale Hawerchuk (550) for sole possession of second place in Coyotes/Jets history. Thomas Steen, who will play alongside Hawerchuk in the 2016 Rogers NHL Heritage Classic Alumni Game this afternoon, is the franchise’s all-time assists leader with 553.

LOOSE PUCKS

Blackhawks forward Richard Panik (1-1—2) has compiled 5-2—7 in five games this season, compared to 6-2—8 in 2015-16 (30 GP) . . . Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun (0-1—1) has collected a point in all three games to begin his NHL career (1-2—3) . . . Blackhawks forward Tyler Motte scored the first goal of his NHL career (5 GP) . . . Blue Jackets forward Lukas Sedlak, a sixth-round selection (158th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft, made his League debut . . . The Department of Player Safety suspended Flyers forward Dale Weise for three games for an illegal check to the head of Ducks defenseman Korbinian Holzer.

SNEAK PEEK AT SATURDAY’S ACTION

All Times Eastern
Toronto @ Chicago, 7 p.m., CBC, WGN
NY Rangers @ Washington, 7 p.m., NHLN-US, CSN-DC, MSG
Montreal @ Boston, 7 p.m., CITY, TVAS, NESN
Carolina @ Philadelphia, 7 p.m., CSN-PH, FS-CR
Tampa Bay @ Ottawa, 7 p.m., SN360, SN1, SUN
Colorado @ Florida, 7 p.m., FS-F, ALT
San Jose @ Detroit, 7 p.m., FS-D, CSN-CA
Minnesota @ New Jersey, 7 p.m., MSG+, FS-N, FS-WI
Pittsburgh @ Nashville, 8 p.m., FS-TN, ROOT
Columbus @ Dallas, 8 p.m., FS-SW, FS-O
Vancouver @ Los Angeles, 10 p.m., CBC, FS-W
St. Louis @ Calgary, 10 p.m., SN360, SN1, FS-MW
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FIVE-GAME DOCKET SET FOR HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA

Hockey Night in Canada returns for the second Saturday of the season with five games featuring Canadian teams, including the renewal of the Canadiens/Bruins rivalry on CITY; rookie Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs visit last season’s Hart Trophy winner Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks on CBC; Senators head coach Guy Boucher will face his former club for the first time when Ottawa hosts Tampa Bay on SN360/SN1; the undefeated Canucks look to go 5-0-0 for the first time in franchise history when they visit the Kings on CBC; and goaltender Brian Elliott and the Flames welcome his former team, the Blues, on SN360/SN1.

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