Welcome to the “NHL Brief,” a daily collection of the latest news and notes from around the League.
Home Team in Caps
PITTSBURGH 4, NY Islanders 2
Minnesota 4, BUFFALO 0
Arizona 5, PHILADELPHIA 4
TORONTO 3, Florida 2
MONTREAL 3, Tampa Bay 1
Detroit 2, ST. LOUIS 1 (SO)
WINNIPEG 4, Dallas 1
LOS ANGELES 3, Nashville 2 (OT)
SAN JOSE 3, Columbus 1
CANADIENS, RED WINGS EXTEND WIN STREAKS TO SIX GAMES
The Canadiens (7-0-1) and Red Wings (6-2-0) each extended winning streaks to six games with victories on Thursday. Montreal remains the only team without a regulation loss in 2016-17.
* Elias notes that Montreal is the first team in NHL history to win at least seven of its first eight games in three straight seasons (2014-15: 7-1-0 and 2015-16: 9-0-0).
In addition, the Canadiens are just the second team to start back-to-back campaigns with at least one point in each of its first eight games, joining the Sharks (2012-13: 7-0-1 and 2013-14: 8-0-1).
* The Red Wings’ six-game winning streak equals their longest such run over the past five seasons (also Jan. 13-27, 2015). In 2011-12, Detroit posted three winning streaks of at least six games – first from Nov. 19 to Dec. 2 (7-0-0), then from Jan. 12 to 23 (7-0-0) and finally from Feb. 8 to 19 (6-0-0).
DID YOU KNOW?
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, who last Thursday made his first NHL appearance in nearly 11 months, made 30 saves to improve to 4-0-0 this season. Via Sportsnet Stats, Price has won 74 of 104 total decisions since the start of the 2014-15 NHL season (includes international play):
Carey Price Since Start of 2014-15 NHL Season
2014 Olympics: 5-0, 0.59 GAA, .972 SV%
2014-15 Season: 44-16-6, 1.96 GAA, .933 SV%
2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs: 6-6, 2.23 GAA, .920 SV%
2015-16 Season: 10-2-0, 2.06 GAA, .934 SV%
World Cup of Hockey 2016: 5-0-0, 1.40 GAA, .957 SV%
2016-17 Season: 4-0-0, 1.51 GAA, .947 SV%
LAINE THRILLS IN JETS WIN
Forward Patrik Laine (2-0—2) posted his second career multi-goal game to help the Jets earn a split in their home-and-home set against the Stars. Laine, who capped a hat trick in overtime on Oct. 19 vs. TOR (3-0—3), shares the League lead with six goals this season.
Jeff Carter scored his ninth career overtime goal to power the Kings to their fourth consecutive victory (all past regulation) on the heels of a 0-3-0 start to the season. Elias notes that the Kings have won four straight games past regulation for the first time in franchise history.
CROSBY’S WINNER GUIDES PENGUINS
Sidney Crosby (1-1—2) scored the go-ahead game-winning goal with 2:25 remaining in regulation to power the Penguins to a 5-0-1 mark at PPG Paints Arena, where they have registered each of their wins this season.
* Crosby, who also scored in his season debut on Tuesday, has registered at least one point in 22 of his past 23 regular-season games dating to Feb. 29 (13-19—32).
Elias says that Crosby (340-601—941 in 709 GP) paces all active skaters with 1.33 points per game (min. 200 GP); teammate Evgeni Malkin (1.18) ranks second.
DUBNYK CLIMBS FRANCHISE LISTS
Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 38 saves to record his 21st career shutout and second in as many games (also Tuesday at BOS) – the second time he has posted blank sheets in consecutive games (also Feb. 3 and Feb. 7, 2015). In the process, Dubnyk (63-36-9 w/ 12 SO in 112 GP) moved into third place in franchise history for wins and shutouts (tied).
Jets rookie Kyle Connor, the 17th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, scored his first career goal (6 GP) . . . Maple Leafs rookie Mitch Marner (0-3—3) posted his first career multi-point game . . . The Coyotes (2-5-0) have earned each of their wins this season vs. PHI (also Oct. 15 at ARI) . . . Flyers captain Claude Giroux notched his League-leading ninth assist to extend his point streak to seven games (0-9—9) . . . Wild forward Joel Eriksson Ek scored his first career game-winning goal to push his career totals to 2-3—5 in 4 GP . . . Red Wings forward Steve Ott played in his 800th career game . . . Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr (0-1—1) played in his 1,636th career game to move past ScottStevens (1,635) into sole possession of seventh place all-time; Dave Andreychuk (1,639) ranks sixth . . . The Ducks signed restricted free agent Hampus Lindholm to a six-year contract . . . The Blues honored Barret Jackman, who signed a one-day contract with his original club before announcing his retirement in October . . . Members of the Flyers Hall of Fame were honored during the first of five Heritage Nights planned for their 50th anniversary season . . . Goaltender Anders Nilsson donned special equipment during the Sabres’ Hockey Fights Cancer night.
SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
NY Rangers @ Carolina, 7:30 p.m., TVAS, FS-CR, MSG
Chicago @ New Jersey, 7:30 p.m., MSG+, WGN
Ottawa @ Calgary, 9 p.m., SNF, RDS2, TSN5
Winnipeg @ Colorado, 9 p.m., ALT, TSN3
Edmonton @ Vancouver, 10 p.m., SN360, SN1
Columbus @ Anaheim, 10 p.m., PRIME, FS-O NBC Sports Channel Finder Sportsnet Channel Finder NHLN Channel Finder
HURRICANES HOST RANGERS IN HOME OPENER
The Hurricanes (1-3-2) host the final home opener of the 2016-17 season when they welcome the Rangers (5-2-0) to PNC Arena. Carolina is led by forward Victor Rask (4-3—7), who has registered at least one point in each of the team’s six games this season.
New York, meanwhile, enters the contest with three straight wins overall and victories in 19 of their past 21 meetings with Carolina dating to Feb. 22, 2011 (CAR: 2-13-6).
HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER
The Devils and Flames each will host their Hockey Fights Cancer night tonight. Click here for complete details on the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative.