NHL MORNING SKATE – NOV. 19, 2015

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NHL MORNING SKATE – NOV. 19, 2015

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

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps
WINNIPEG 4, Vancouver 1
Washington 2, DETROIT 1 (OT)
Chicago 4, EDMONTON 3 (OT)

KANE, PANARIN EXTEND STREAKS IN OT WIN

The Oilers tied the game twice in the third period, but Marian Hossa scored his 12th career overtime goal just 68 seconds into overtime to lift the Blackhawks to their third consecutive victory.

* Linemates Patrick Kane (0-2—2) and Artemi Panarin (1-2—3) both collected multiple points to extend point streaks. Kane stretched his to 14 games (10-14—24), while Panarin has recorded points in six consecutive contests (5-5—10).
* Kane has matched the longest point streak of his career, established from Nov. 30 – Dec. 28, 2013 (8-17—25 in 14 GP). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only one Blackhawks player other than Kane has recorded a point streak of at least 14 games in the past 20 years: Chris Chelios (Oct. 26 – Nov. 28, 1995: 4-16—20 in 15 GP).
* Kane, who had his career-high seven-game goal streak halted, has registered at least one point in 17 of 19 games this season. He has six multi-point performances in his last eight outings and leads the League in that category with a total of nine in 2015-16 – one more than Stars teammates Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.
* Overall, Kane has collected 13-17—30 this season to pace the NHL in goals, assists (tied w/ Seguin) and points. Panarin leads all rookies – and ranks tied for fourth in the entire League – with 7-14—21.
* Hossa’s 12th career regular-season overtime goal lifted him into sole possession of fifth place among active players in that category, passing Arizona’s Shane Doan (11).

MOST REGULAR-SEASON OVERTIME GOALS, ACTIVE PLAYERS:

1. Jaromir Jagr, FLA (19)
2. Patrik Elias, NJD (16)
3. Alex Ovechkin, WSH (15)
4. Daniel Sedin, VAN (13)
5. Marian Hossa, CHI (12)

MOST REGULAR-SEASON OVERTIME POINTS, ACTIVE PLAYERS:

1. Patrik Elias, NJD (16-21—37)
2. Jaromir Jagr, FLA (19-16—35)
3. Daniel Sedin, VAN (13-13—26)
4. Joe Thornton, SJS (9-16—25)
5. (t) Marian Hossa, CHI (12-1224)
5. (t) Alex Ovechkin, WSH (15-9—24)
5. (t) Henrik Sedin, VAN (4-20–24)

GAME SAVER

Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 34 saves – highlighted by a game-saving glove stop in overtime – to improve to 4-1-0 in seven career appearances at Rexall Place (2.27 GAA, .919 SV%). Overall, he holds a 9-5-1 record with a 2.44 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and two shutouts in 2015-16.

EDMONTON, AB - NOVEMBER 18: Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks makes a big save in overtime on a shot from Taylor Hall #4 of the Edmonton Oilers on November 18, 2015 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

KUZNETSOV SEALS ANOTHER GAME IN OT

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored 45 seconds into overtime to lift the Capitals over the Red Wings in their second visit to Joe Louis Arena in eight days.
* At 12-4-1 (25 points), the Capitals have equaled their second-best 17-game start to a season in franchise history (also 2010-11: 12-4-1). In 1991-92, the club opened with a 13-4-0 record (26 points) in their first 17 contests.
* Kuznetsov, who also scored the overtime winner in Washington’s 2-1 victory against the Panthers on Oct. 31, joins Chicago’s Jonathan Toews as the only players with two overtime goals this season. Kuznetsov has tallied three game-winning goals in his regular-season career (114 GP), all of which have come in overtime.
* Of the 58 games that have required overtime this season, 40 have been decided in the extra frame (69.0%). Nine overtime contests have ended within the first 60 seconds:

Goals in the First Minute of Overtime, 2015-16 Season

0:17 – Jonathan Toews (CHI): Oct. 24 vs. TB
0:34 – Kyle Turris (OTT): Nov. 3 at MTL
0:35 – Mikael Backlund (CGY): Nov. 5 vs. PHI
0:36 – Ondrej Palat (TBL): Oct. 23 at WPG
0:37 – Jakub Voracek (PHI): Nov. 14 at CAR
0:41 – Phil Kessel (PIT): Oct. 24 at NSH
0:43 – Adam Larsson (NJD): Oct. 20 vs. ARI
0:45 – Evgeny Kuznetsov (WSH), Nov. 18 at DET
0:51 – Jonathan Toews (CHI): Oct. 26 vs. ANA

JETS RETURN HOME TO END SKID

The line of Drew Stafford (2-1—3), Mark Scheifele (2-1—3) and Mathieu Perreault (0-3—3) combined for nine points and a +8 rating to help the Jets snap a six-game skid overall (0-5-1) in their return to MTS Centre after a four-game road trip.
* Stafford registered his second multi-goal effort of the season (also Oct. 25 vs. MIN: 2-0—2) to snap an 11-game goal/point drought. He paces the club with three game-winning goals this season (20 GP) – one more than he totaled over the previous three campaigns (192 GP).
* Scheifele and Perreault equaled career highs for points and assists in a game, respectively. Perreault shares the team lead with 13 assists (w/ Blake Wheeler).

NHL, NHLPA ANNOUNCE NEW FORMAT FOR HONDA NHL ALL-STAR

The NHL and NHLPA announced the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be transformed into a 3-on-3 All-Star Tournament among the NHL’s most talented star players from each division.
* The new format will divide the All-Star Game into three 20-minute games, with star players from each Division making up the four All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan.
* The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star celebration will include the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday, Jan. 30, and the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Tournament on Sunday, Jan. 31, where players will face off in a winner-take-all $1 million inter-division tournament.
* In addition to the new format, the NHL announced that Honda, the exclusive automotive partner of the NHL, will expand its League support as title sponsor for the 2016 NHL All-Star festivities in Nashville.

Click here for more details.

MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS

* Capitals head coach Barry Trotz coached his 1,295th career game, surpassing Jacques Martin for sole possession of 10th place on the NHL’s all-time games coached list. Trotz also earned his 614th career victory (614-509-172) to surpass Martin for 12th place all-time in wins by a head coach.
* Canucks forward Alexandre Grenier, a third-round selection (90th overall) by the Canucks in the 2011 NHL Draft, made his League debut (4 shots, 8:52 TOI).
* Capitals forward Brooks Laich played in his 700th career game.
* Canucks forward Daniel Sedin (1-0—1) moved within one point of 900 in his NHL career (334-565—899).

LOOSE PUCKS

Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl scored with 2:46 remaining in regulation to force overtime. Draisaitl has 6-8—14 in nine outings this season, including 3-4—7 in his last four contests . . . Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby improved to 5-2-0 in seven career appearances vs. DET, including a 4-1-0 record at Joe Louis Arena (1.78 GAA, .943 SV%). Holtby shares the League lead with 10 wins (w/ Pekka Rinne, Devan Dubnyk and Henrik Lundqvist) . . . Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin scored his sixth goal of the season, two back of rookie leader Max Domi (ARI) . . . Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk (0-1—1) registered his first point of the season (4 GP) . . . Oilers forward Taylor Hall (0-1—1) has compiled 9-13—22 in 17 career appearances vs. CHI . . . Canucks forward Daniel Sedin has collected 9-8—17 in 17 career games against the Jets/Thrashers . . . Hockey Hall of Famer and five-time Stanley Cup champion Bert Olmstead died at age 89.

SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION

All Times Eastern
Minnesota @ Boston, 7:00 p.m., FS-N, NESN
San Jose @ Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m., CSN-CA, CSN-PH
Colorado @ Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m., ALT, ROOT
Dallas @ Washington, 7:00 p.m., FS-SW, CSN-DC
Arizona @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., FS-A, RDS, CITYM
Columbus @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., FS-O, RDS2, TSN5
NY Rangers @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., MSG, SUN
Anaheim @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., PRIME, FS-SD, FS-F
Buffalo @ St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., MSG-B, BELL TV, FS-MW

EAST, WEST CLOSELY MATCHED IN INTER-CONFERENCE PLAY

Seven of nine games on Thursday’s slate are East vs. West contests. Over the first 119 inter-conference games played this season (through Nov. 18), the West holds a slim edge in wins (61-58), the East in goal differential (322-318). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last season in which the East recorded more wins than the West in inter-conference games was 1998-99. (East 150-139-55; West 139-150-55).

RANGERS VISIT LIGHTNING IN PLAYOFF REMATCH

Standing between the Rangers and a franchise record-tying 10th consecutive victory is the Lightning, who edged the Blueshirts in a seven-game Eastern Conference Final last season. The clubs meet at Amalie Arena for the first of three regular-season contests.

GOAL SUMMIT IN WASHINGTON, D.C.?

The Capitals host the Stars in a matchup featuring the reigning Art Ross Trophy winner (most points), Dallas’ Jamie Benn; the reigning and five-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner (most goals), Washington’s Alex Ovechkin; last season’s assist leader, Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom; this year’s scoring leader among defenseman, Dallas’ John Klingberg; and the second-ranked player in points this season, Dallas’ Tyler Seguin. The Stars are the NHL’s top-ranked offensive team this season (3.58 goals per game), while the Capitals are tied for fifth place (3.00).

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