NHL MORNING SKATE – NOV. 18, 2015

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NHL MORNING SKATE – NOV. 18, 2015

Welcome to the “NHL Morning Skate,” a daily collection of the latest news and notes from around the League.

TUESDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps
San Jose 5, BOSTON 4
Dallas 3, BUFFALO 1
Los Angeles 3, PHILADELPHIA 2 (SO)
COLUMBUS 3, St. Louis 1
PITTSBURGH 4, Minnesota 3
TORONTO 5, Colorado 1
NASHVILLE 3, Anaheim 2
CALGARY 3, New Jersey 2

MALKIN POWERS PENGUINS PAST WILD

Evgeni Malkin posted 2-2—4, including a highlight-reel goal that stood as the game-winner, to help the Penguins snap a two-game skid and improve to 11-4-0 in their past 15 outings following a 0-3-0 start to the season.
* Malkin registered his 20th career game of four or more points and first since March 22, 2014 vs. TBL (2-2—4). The Penguins improved to 20-0-0 in those contests.
* Via Elias, Malkin’s 20 four-point performances rank second in the NHL since he made his League debut in 2006-07. The only player with more such games in that span: teammate Sidney Crosby (24).
* Malkin paces the Penguins with 6-10—16 this season (18 GP), including four game-winning goals – that shares the League lead (w/ Patrick Kane, Nathan MacKinnon and Joe Pavelski).

STARS EDGE SABRES TO CONTINUE RED-HOT START

Aided by a successful coach’s challenge late in the third period, the Stars edged the Sabres to pick up their third consecutive victory overall as well as their fourth straight win on the road.

* At 15-4-0 (30 points), the Stars are off to their best 19-game start to a season – in terms of wins and points – in the franchise’s 48-year history. Their 15 victories lead the League, while their 30 points are tied for first with the Rangers (14-2-2) and Canadiens (14-3-2).
* The Stars also improved to 8-2-0 (16 points) in their first 10 games as visitors. They pace the NHL in road wins, road points and road goals (35).
* Tyler Seguin (1-0—1) and Jamie Benn (0-1—1) connected for an insurance goal with 1:27 remaining in regulation. Seguin (10-17—27) and Benn (12-14—26) rank second and third, respectively, in points this season (behind Patrick Kane: 13-15—28).

JOES COMBINE TO LEAD SHARKS OVER BRUINS

Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski both collected 1-2—3 to help the Sharks improve to 3-0-0 in the first three contests of their season-high, six-game road trip.
* Thornton, the first overall selection by the Bruins in the 1997 NHL Draft, scored what stood as the game-winning goal. He has 4-6—10 in 12 career appearances against his former team.

* Pavelski added his second three-point performance of the season (also Oct. 7 at LAK: 1-2—3). He paces the team with 10 goals and 18 points in 18 outings.
* Patrick Marleau also scored to move within one point of becoming the first player in franchise history to reach the 1,000-point milestone (462-537—999 in 1,347 GP).

SPECIAL TEAMS, REIMER CARRY MAPLE LEAFS
The Maple Leafs scored five goals via special teams (4 PPG, 1 SHG) and James Reimer made 34 saves en route to the club’s fourth victory in its last five games.

* Per Elias, the Maple Leafs posted five goals via special teams for the first time since Jan. 7, 2011 at ATL (5 PPG in 9-3 W).
* Reimer, the NHL’s “Third Star” for the week ending Nov. 15, earned his fourth consecutive personal victory and improved to 4-0-2 in his last six outings (1.61 GAA, .949 SV%).
* Tyler Bozak (1-2—3) and Peter Holland (0-3—3) both contributed three points. Holland set a career high for assists in one game and equaled a career high for points (also Dec. 14, 2013 vs. CHI: 2-1—3).

KEEPING THE MOMENTUM

Four other teams – the Kings, Predators, Blue Jackets and Flames – also picked up wins on Tuesday to continue their recent strings of success:

* Milan Lucic scored the tying goal with 55.7 seconds remaining in regulation and Anze Kopitar potted the lone tally in the shootout to lift the Kings to their third consecutive victory as well as a 12-3-0 record in their past 15 contests following a 0-3-0 start to the season.
* Pekka Rinne made a season-high 38 saves, including 19 in the second period, to backstop the Predators to a 3-0-1 record in their last four outings. Rinne earned his 10th win of the season, tied for the League lead (w/ Devan Dubnyk and Henrik Lundqvist).
* Brandon Saad scored twice, including the tiebreaking and insurance goals, to lift the Blue Jackets to their third consecutive win as well as their fifth victory in their past seven games following a 2-10-0 start to the season.
* Three players – David Jones (1-1—2), Matt Stajan (1-1—2) and Joe Colborne (0-2—2) – collected multiple points to guide the Flames to their third straight victory at Scotiabank Saddledome following a 1-5-0 start at home.

MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS

* Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin became the fourth player in franchise history to record 100 power-play goals. The others: Mario Lemieux (236), Jaromir Jagr (110) and Kevin Stevens (110). Only two players have more power-play goals since Malkin made his NHL debut in 2006-07: Alex Ovechkin (156) and Thomas Vanek (108).
* Flames forward David Jones scored his 100th NHL goal (407 GP). Predators defenseman Roman Josi collected his 100th NHL assist (270 GP).
* Kings forward Tyler Toffoli (0-1—1) registered his 100th NHL point (47-53—100 in 166 GP).
* Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, a third-round selection (78th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft, scored his first career goal (4 GP).
* Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla played in his 1,410th career game to surpass Paul Coffey (1,409 GP) and move into a tie with Norm Ullman for 32nd place on the NHL’s all-time games played list.
* Wild forward Michael Keranen made his NHL debut (6:09 TOI). Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (700) and Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll (500) also played in milestone games.

LOOSE PUCKS

Sharks captain Joe Pavelski (0:42) and Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin (0:51) both scored in the opening minute of their respective games. Via Elias, there have been 13 goals in the first minute of games this season – and 62 total in the opening minute of any period (274 GP) . . . Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon scored to extend his point streak to a career-high six games (2-5—7) . . . Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bozak (2-5—7), Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (3-3—6) and Kings forward Tyler Toffoli (1-5—6) all stretched their point streaks to five games . . . Avalanche forward Matt Duchene collected one assist to push his point streak to four games (4-5—9) . . . Blue Jackets defenseman Cody Goloubef scored his second NHL goal and first since Feb. 11, 2013 vs. SJS . . . Maple Leafs forward Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (2-0—2) registered his eighth career multi-goal game and first since Nov. 15, 2014 vs PHI (2-0—2 w/ MTL) . . .

ICYMI: The Flyers hosted a retirement ceremony for forward Simon Gagne prior to their game against the Kings.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 17: Former Philadelphia Flyer and Los Angeles King Simon Gagne, along with his children Lily-Rose and Matthew, join Dustin Brown #23 of the Los Angeles Kings and Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers for a ceremonial puck drop during a pre-game ceremony honoring his retirement from the NHL on November 17, 2015 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 17: Former Philadelphia Flyer and Los Angeles King Simon Gagne, along with his children Lily-Rose and Matthew, join Dustin Brown #23 of the Los Angeles Kings and Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers for a ceremonial puck drop during a pre-game ceremony honoring his retirement from the NHL on November 17, 2015 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY’S ACTION

All Times Eastern
Vancouver @ Winnipeg, 7:30 p.m., SN
Washington @ Detroit, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, TVAS
Chicago @ Edmonton, 9:30 p.m., SN1, CSN-CH

CAPITALS (AGAIN) VISIT RED WINGS ON RIVALRY NIGHT

The Capitals and Red Wings, opponents in the 1998 Stanley Cup Final, face off at Joe Louis Arena on NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry. This marks Washington’s second visit to Detroit in the past week; on Nov. 10, Andreas Athanasiou scored his first NHL goal and Petr Mrazek stopped all 38 shots he faced to lead the Red Wings to a 1-0 win. Fifteen of Mrazek’s saves came against Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, who still is seeking to break a tie with former teammate and recent Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Sergei Fedorov for the most goals by a Russian-born player in NHL history (483). Washington has collected points in four of its past five games overall (3-1-1), while Detroit has won five of its last eight outings (5-3-0). These clubs will close their three-game season series on Dec. 8 at WSH.

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