Welcome to the “NHL Morning Skate,” a daily collection of the latest news and notes from around the League.
HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTS SEVEN NEW MEMBERS
The Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday inducted five players and two builders – and also honored two media members (Bob McKenzie and Nick Nickson) – as part of its class of 2015.
Click on the below links for the speech by each inductee.
2015 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees
Sergei Fedorov (Player)
Bill Hay (Builder)
Phil Housley (Player)
Peter Karmanos Jr. (Builder)
Nicklas Lidstrom (Player)
Chris Pronger (Player)
Angela Ruggiero (Player)
COACH’S CHALLENGE TRACKER . . .
There have been 32 coach’s challenges through the opening 215 games of the 2015-16 season. Of those challenges, 21 calls have been upheld, while 11 have been overturned.
Twenty-three of the coach’s challenges have been for goaltender interference (16 upheld/7 overturned), while nine have been for offside (5 upheld/4 overturned).
. . . 3-ON-3 OVERTIME UPDATE
Thirty of the 43 games that have required overtime this season have been decided in the extra period (70%).
Last season, under the 4-on-4 format, the percentage of overtime periods with goals was 44% (136 of 306).
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
St. Louis @ New Jersey, 7:00 p.m., FS-MW, MSG+
Carolina @ NY Rangers, 7:00 p.m., FS-CR, MSG 2
Colorado @ Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m., SNE, ALT, CSN-PH
Vancouver @ Columbus, 7:00 p.m., SNP, FS-O
Washington @ Detroit, 7:30 p.m., TVAS, CSN-DC+, FS-D
Buffalo @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN
Calgary @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., SNW, FS-F
Ottawa @ Nashville, 8:00 p.m., TSN5, RDS, FS-TN
Winnipeg @ Minnesota, 8:00 p.m., TSN3, FS-N
Toronto @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m., SNO, FS-SW+
Arizona @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., FS-A, FS-W
NY Islanders @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., MSG+, CSN-CA
OVECHKIN TRIES TO SET GOAL-SCORING RECORD IN FRONT OF FEDOROV . . .
Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, who has 483 career goals, looks to set the NHL record for goals by a Russian-born player when Washington visits Detroit at Joe Louis Arena.
Ovechkin currently shares the record with Sergei Fedorov, the longtime Red Wings forward who finished his NHL career with the Capitals and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. Both clubs will honor Fedorov, who will be in attendance, prior to Tuesday’s game.
“It’s going to be cool,” Ovechkin told the Washington Post.
“It’s going to be something that’s a special moment for me. Obviously, it’s going to be nice to see him out there. It’s a big moment for him and for me as well going to be, if I’m going to break the record. You never know.”
“I would hug him in his uniform [if he breaks the record],” Fedorov added.
“He’d be all wet and my suit would be ruined, but I wouldn’t care. I’ll put it somewhere in the closet. I’d cherish that moment.”
This game also marks the first time that Red Wings defenseman Mike Green faces his former club. Green, the 29th overall selection in the 2004 NHL Draft, played his first 10 NHL seasons with the Capitals, registering 113-247—360 in 575 contests. His 360 points rank fifth in franchise history for a defenseman, while his 113 goals share third (w/ Calle Johansson).
“I was there a long time and obviously, sometimes change is good. I felt I was becoming a little bit stagnant there, so I wanted to evolve,” Green told NHL.com.
“It’ll be strange, but I’ve moved forward now. I think it’s more exciting than anything. I know the personality in the dressing room and how most of these guys play, so it will be fun. But it will be fun because we’re competing.”
. . . TEAMS LOOK TO CONTINUE RECORD-SETTING STARTS
Three teams – the Rangers, Stars and Capitals – look to continue their record-setting starts to the season:
* At 10-2-2 (22 points), the Rangers have equaled their best 14-game start to a season – in terms of points – in the franchise’s 89-year history (also 1971-72: 9-1-4 and 1990-91: 11-3-0). They currently are on a nine-game point streak (7-0-2), including five consecutive wins.
* At 12-3-0 (24 points), the Stars are off to their best 15-game start in the franchise’s 48-year history. They have won six of their last seven games overall, including three straight, and boast a 5-1-0 record this season at American Airlines Center.
* At 10-3-0 (20 points), the Capitals have matched their best 13-game start to a season in the franchise’s 41-year history (also 1991-92: 10-3-0). They have won four of their past five games overall and are 4-1-0 this season as visitors.
Home Team in Caps
Arizona 4, ANAHEIM 3 (OT)
ROOKIES (AGAIN) LEAD COYOTES PAST DUCKS
Max Domi (2-0—2) and Anthony Duclair (1-0—1) combined for three goals in regulation and Mikkel Boedker (1-1—2) registered the decisive tally at 1:18 of overtime to power the Coyotes to their second win in as many games against the Ducks this season.
* The Coyotes also won their first game against the Ducks behind strong performances from their rookies. On Oct. 14, Domi posted 1-1—2 and Duclair recorded his first career hat trick in a 4-0 victory at ANA. The Coyotes face the Ducks three more times this season: Nov. 25 at ARI, Feb. 5 at ANA and Mach 3 at ARI.
* Domi (7-6—13) and Duclair (6-2—8) have combined for 13-8—21 through the Coyotes’ opening 14 games of the season, including one-third of the club’s goals (13 of 39).
* Domi shares first among rookies in goals (w/ Oscar Lindberg, NYR) and also ranks second in points, behind Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin (4-11—15).
* Boedker notched his first overtime goal in the regular season (397 GP). He also has scored two overtime goals in the playoffs (20 GP), in Games 3 and 4 of the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals at CHI.
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Coyotes captain Shane Doan appeared in his 1,408th career game to surpass Dale Hunter (1,407 GP) and move into sole possession of 33rd place on the NHL’s all-time games played list. He now is one game shy of tying Paul Coffey (1,409 GP) for 32nd place.
Ducks teammates Ryan Kesler and Sami Vatanen both collected 1-1—2 . . . Coyotes forward Dustin Jeffrey picked up one assist in his first NHL appearance since April 13, 2014 at PHX (w/ DAL) . . . Goaltender Anders Lindback made 33 saves to earn his second win in a Coyotes uniform . . . Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen (24 SV) fell to 3-0-3 in seven career appearances vs. ARI (1.58 GAA, .940 SV%) . . . ICYMI: Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, Stars forward Tyler Seguin and Canadiens goaltender Mike Condon were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 8.