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Dose: The Red-Hot Trio

Saturday, December 30, 2017


There are some red-hot players in the NHL right now and three of them extended long point streaks last night.  The Islanders’ John Tavares and Josh Bailey each registered an assist to bring their point streaks to nine and 10 games respectively.  Meanwhile, Tampa Bay forward Nikita Kucherov recorded two assists to extend his point streak to nine games.  Those three players also hold the top three spots in the NHL’s scoring race.

 

Between the three, Bailey has the most assists this season with 38 (49 points) in 38 contests.  Only five wingers have accumulated more assists through their teams first 38 games over the last 30 seasons (namely Jaromir Jagr, Mark Recchi, Jari Kurri, Rob Brown, and Kirk Muller), per TSN’s StatsCentre.  Bailey is also just seven points away from setting a new career-high.

 

Tavares is the hottest of the trio with four goals and 14 assists over his last nine games.  Since his point streak began on Dec. 11, Tavares’ 18 points in nine contests has led the league, with Bailey (17 points in nine games) and Claude Giroux (14 points in nine contests) rounding out the top three.

 

Kucherov remains the overall scoring leader though with his 24 goals and 54 points in 37 games.  If he were able to maintain his current pace of 1.46 points per game, then he’d finish with 119 points, which would be the highest total since the 2006-07 campaign.

 

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BUFFALO 4 NEW JERSEY 3 (OT)

 

Jack Eichel scored a pair of goals to extend his point streak to four games.  The Sabres forward has 15 goals and 35 points in 38 contests in 2017-18.

 

Rasmus Ristolainen netted the overtime winner and registered an assist.  That gives him a goal and 11 points in 39 games.

 

Robin Lehner turned aside 35 of 38 Devils shots.  He’s 9-14-5 with a 2.74 GAA and .915 save percentage in 29 games.

 

Miles Wood found the back of the net for New Jersey.  The 22-year-old forward is up to 10 goals and 17 points in 36 contests.

 

Cory Schneider surrendered four goals on 29 shots last night.  That brought his five-game winning streak to an end, though he has recorded at least a point for New Jersey in eight consecutive contests.

 

OTTAWA 5 COLUMBUS 4

 

Sergei Bobrovsky kicked out 23 of 28 Senators shots.  He has a 18-11-3 record, 2.49 GAA, and .918 save percentage in 32 starts.

 

At the other end of the ice, Mike Condon saved 21 of 25 shots.  That brought an end to his four-game losing streak and while it wasn’t the most glamorous stats line for a win, it’s worth noting that he stopped 37 of 38 shots in a loss on Dec. 23, so this win kind of balances the scales.

 

Mark Stone scored a goal and registered an assist for the Senators.  He has 15 goals and 34 points in 36 contests in 2017-18.

 

Erik Karlsson assisted on two of Ottawa’s five goals.  That gives him three goals and 25 points in 31 games.

 

Sonny Milano scored a pair of goals for Columbus.  He’s up to eight goals and 13 points in 30 contests.

 

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DETROIT 3 NY RANGERS 2 (SO)

 

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 33 of 35 shots in regulation time.  He only allowed one goal in three shootout rounds, but that was enough to deny him the extra point this time.

 

Jimmy Howard saved 37 of 39 shots prior to the skills competition.  He then held the Rangers off in two shootout rounds to earn the victory.

 

Henrik Zetterberg found the back of the net for Detroit in the third period.  It was his sixth goal and 25th point in 37 contests this season.

 

Andreas Athanasiou also scored for the Red Wings before the shootout.  That gives him six goals and 13 points in 27 games.

 

David Desharnais chipped in a goal Friday night.  The Rangers forward has four markers and 19 points in 35 contests.

 

PHILADELPHIA 5 TAMPA BAY 3

 

Sean Couturier scored a goal and registered two assists for the Flyers.  He’s up to 18 goals and 36 points in 38 contests in 2017-18.

 

Claude Giroux assisted on three of the Flyers’ five markers.  He has 13 goals and 46 points in 38 games.

 

Brian Elliott turned aside 24 of 27 shots Friday night.  He has a 14-9-7 record, 2.62 GAA, and .914 save percentage in 31 contests.

 

Nikita Kucherov extended his point streak to nine games by registering two assists.  The Lightning forward has 24 goals and 54 points in 37 games.

 

Peter Budaj kicked out 29 of 33 shots before leaving the contest midway through the third period with a leg injury.  Andrei Vasilevskiy stepped in and saved the four shots he faced.

 

CAROLINA 2 PITTSBURGH 1

 

Brian Dumoulin netted the Penguins’ lone goal on Friday.  It was his second marker and fourth point in 39 games.

 

Derek Ryan found the back of the net last night.  He has eight goals and 21 points in 37 contests.

 

Sebastian Aho netted the game-winning goal.  He’s scored at least a goal in each of his last three contests and has five points over that span.

 

Tristan Jarry turned aside 31 of 33 Hurricanes shots.  He has a 5-3-2 record, 2.40 GAA, and .921 save percentage in 12 contests this season.

 

Cam Ward kicked out 27 of 28 shots to earn his sixth consecutive victory.  He improved to 10-2-1 with a 2.53 GAA and .917 save percentage in 14 starts.

 

MINNESOTA 4 NASHVILLE 2

 

Devan Dubnyk made his first start since suffering a lower-body injury and saved 41 of 43 shots.  That gives him a 13-8-2 record, 2.66 GAA, and .918 save percentage in 24 starts.

 

Mikael Granlund led the Wild with a hat trick.  He’s up to three goals and 27 points in 33 games.

 

P.K. Subban scored a goal and registered an assist on Friday.  The Predators defenseman has eight goals and 27 points in 37 contests in 2017-18.

 

Pekka Rinne stopped 34 of 37 Wild shots.  He has a 19-7-3 record, 2.47 GAA, and .924 save percentage in 29 starts.

 

Matt Dumba scored a goal and registered an assist for the Wild.  That gives him seven goals and 21 points in 38 games.

 

WINNIPEG 4 NY ISLANDERS 2

 

This obviously wasn’t a great night for the Islanders, but John Tavares did extend his point streak to nine games by registering an assist.  He has 21 goals and 49 points in 38 contests this season.

 

Anders Lee scored both of the Islanders goals.  That gives him 24 goals and 39 points in 38 contests.  He’s now tied with Alex Ovechkin and Nikita Kucherov for the NHL lead in goals scored.

 

Adam Lowry scored a goal and registered an assist last night.  He has eight goals and 13 points in 30 games.

 

Kyle Connor also had a goal and an assist for the Jets.  He’s up to 12 goals and 23 points in 33 contests.

 

Connor Hellebuyck kicked out 42 of 44 Islanders shots.  He improved to 20-4-5 with a 2.45 GAA and .921 save percentage in 31 games.

 

Jaroslav Halak kicked out 33 of 37 shots on Friday.  He has a 11-9-2 record, 3.01 GAA, and .907 save percentage in 23 contests.

 

DALLAS 4 ST. LOUIS 2

 

Jake Allen stopped 25 of 28 shots with two of the goals he surrendered coming in the final five minutes of the contest.  Allen had been yanked from the game by a concussion spotter, which led to Carter Hutton logging 9:34 minutes and stopping the two shots he faced.  Once Allen was cleared to return, Blues coach Mike Yeo decided to put him back into the game, but that move backfired as Allen struggled to get back into the swing of things.  After the contest, Yeo said that he regretted the decision.

 

At the other end of the ice, Ben Bishop saved 35 of 37 Blues shots.  He has a 16-10-2 record, 2.64 GAA, and .912 save percentage in 30 contests.

 

Alexander Radulov scored twice for Dallas.  He’s up to 14 goals and 31 points in 39 contests this season.

 

Jamie Benn found the back of the net and registered an assist to extend his point streak to five games.  The Stars forward has 16 goals and 35 points in 39 games.

 

Tage Thompson scored a goal for the Blues.  It was his second marker and point in nine games.

 

COLORADO 4 TORONTO 3 (OT)

 

Calvin Pickard made his Maple Leafs debut and it was against his former team.  Unfortunately, it didn’t go well for him as he surrendered four goals on 28 shots.  He had been summoned because Curtis McElhinney is sidelined with a lower-body injury.

 

Roman Polak scored a goal and registered an assist.  That gives the Maple Leafs defenseman two goals and five points in 20 games.

 

Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal and registered two assists for the Avalanche.  He has 16 goals and 43 points in 37 contests.

 

Nikita Zadorov assisted on two of Colorado’s four goals.  He has three goals and 10 points in 32 games.

 

Semyon Varlamov stopped 31 of 34 shots last night.  He has a 13-9-2 record, 2.94 GAA, and .909 save percentage in 25 contests.

 

CHICAGO 4 EDMONTON 3 (OT)

 

Jeff Glass was the feel-good story of this game.  He was making his NHL debut at the age of 32 and stopped 42 of 45 shots to earn the victory.

 

Patrick Kane netted the game-winning goal and registered an assist.  He’s up to 16 goals and 38 points in 37 contests.

 

Nick Schmaltz assisted on three of Chicago’s four goals.  That gives him seven goals and 24 points in 33 games.

 

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a goal and recorded a pair of assists.  The Oilers forward has 15 goals and 29 points in 38 games this season.

 

Cam Talbot surrendered four goals on 36 Blackhawks shots.  He’s 14-11-2 with a 2.93 GAA and .906 save percentage in 28 starts.

 

ANAHEIM 2 CALGARY 1

 

Micheal Ferland netted the Flames’ lone goal.  It was his 15th marker and 20th point in 37 contests.

 

Ryan Getzlaf assisted on both of the Ducks’ goals.  That gives him two goals and 18 points in 15 games.

 

Rickard Rakell scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist.  He has 12 goals and 27 points in 34 contests.

 

John Gibson stopped 22 of 23 shots Friday night.  He has a 12-12-4 record, 2.72 GAA, and .922 save percentage in 30 starts.

 

Mike Smith turned aside 39 of 41 Ducks shots.  He has a 14-13-3 record, 2.56 GAA, and .920 save percentage in 32 games.



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