NHL MORNING SKATE – NOV. 24, 2015
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RED WINGS UNVEIL STADIUM SERIES JERSEYS
The Red Wings unveiled their jerseys for the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, which they will play in on Feb. 27 at Coors Field in Denver against the Avalanche.
The coloration of the uniform is primarily red with simplified white accents, creating a bold, striking stadium-scale visual while staying true to the color identity of the franchise. The crest features a redesigned “D” logo, updated in its style to connect more with the iconic modern-day Winged Wheel logo.
The single white diagonal stripe across the chest celebrates the iconic stripe of this storied Original Six franchise. Its diagonal placement is inspired by modern automotive aesthetics and is a tribute to the automotive industry that has been a foundation of the city of Detroit.
Stadium size numbers on the sleeves and back have been redesigned to better connect with the modern font style of the new “D” crest. The nameplate lettering is arched, as a way of connecting to the design of the team’s current nameplate lettering.
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Home Team in Caps
St. Louis 2, BUFFALO 1
NY RANGERS 3, Nashville 0
PHILADELPHIA 3, Carolina 2 (OT)
WASHINGTON 1, Edmonton 0
Boston 4, TORONTO 3 (SO)
Los Angeles 3, FLORIDA 1
Colorado 4, WINNIPEG 1
LUNDQVIST, HOLTBY FLAWLESSLY GUIDE TEAMS TO VICTORIES
Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) and Braden Holtby (WSH) both posted shutouts on Monday to keep pace atop the NHL with 12 wins apiece:
* Lundqvist stopped all 31 shots he faced to record his 57th career shutout (second this season) and lead the Rangers to their 11th victory in their past 12 games overall as well as their ninth consecutive win at Madison Square Garden. At 16-3-2 (34 points), the Rangers are off to their best 21-game start to a season – in terms of wins and points – in the franchise’s 89-year history. They also have won nine straight home games for the first time since Nov. 10 – Dec. 15, 1971 (9-0-0); that is five games shy of the longest home winning streak in team history, set Dec. 19, 1939 – Feb. 25, 1940 (14-0-0).
* Lundqvist improved to 12-3-2 overall this season (1.74 GAA, .946 SV%, 2 SO), including a 7-1-1 record on home ice (1.55 GAA, .951 SV%, 2 SO). He also leads the League in goals-against average and save percentage.
* Holtby turned aside all 33 shots he faced to earn his 21st career shutout (first this season) and help the Capitals improve to 6-2-1 in their last nine contests. At 14-5-1 (29 points), the Capitals have equaled their second-best 20-game start to a season – in terms of wins and points – in the franchise’s 41-year history. They went 15-5-0 (30 points) through 20 games in 1991-92 and compiled a 14-5-1 record (29 points) in the opening 20 contests of 2010-11.
* Holtby picked up his fourth consecutive victory to improve to 12-4-0 overall this season (1.88 GAA, .926 SV%, 1 SO), including an 8-2-0 record on home ice (1.71 GAA, .937 SV%, 1 SO). He ranks second in the NHL in goals-against average and 10th in save percentage.
GOSTISBEHERE LIFTS FLYERS IN OVERTIME
The Hurricanes erased a two-goal deficit in the third period, but Shayne Gostisbehere scored 24 seconds into overtime to help the Flyers snap a three-game skid (0-1-2).
* Gostisbehere – a third-round selection (78th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft who hails from Pembroke Pines, Fla. – registered his first career game-winning goal (2-1—3 in 7 GP). Via Elias, he became the third rookie in Flyers history to score a regular-season overtime goal. The others, also both defensemen: Murray Baron (March 13, 1991 at VAN) and Dmitry Yushkevich (April 16, 1993 at HFD).
* Claude Giroux added 1-2—3, including a shorthanded goal, for his first three-point performance since Dec. 20, 2014 at TOR (2-2—4). He paces the club with 7-9—16 this season (21 GP).
* Michal Neuvirth made 31 saves to improve to 5-2-1 in nine career appearances vs. CAR (2.56 GAA, .926 SV%, 1 SO).
RASK, BRUINS COMPLETE HOME-AND-HOME SWEEP
Tuukka Rask stopped a season-high 39 shots through overtime – and also turned aside all three attempts he faced in the shootout – to lead the Bruins to a sweep of their home-and-home series with the Maple Leafs.
* Rask, the 21st overall selection by Toronto in the 2005 NHL Draft, improved to 13-3-1 in 19 career regular-season appearances against his former club (1.80 GAA, .937 SV%, 2 SO). That includes a 6-2-0 record at Air Canada Centre (1.88 GAA, .940 SV%, 1 SO).
* Brad Marchand scored twice, including one shorthanded goal, to extend his point streak to five games (5-1—6) and goal streak to four contests (5-0—5), equaling a career high last achieved Feb. 28 – March 8 (5-1—6).
* Marchand shares first in the NHL with two shorthanded goals this season. He has registered more shorthanded goals than any other player since entering the League in 2009-10 (17).
AROUND THE RINKS
* The Avalanche scored four unanswered goals – including three in the third period – to overcome an early 1-0 deficit and snap a three-game skid (0-3-0). Matt Duchene provided his 11th goal of the season to extend his point streak to seven games (7-6—13). Ten of his 11 goals have come in November (11 GP); per Elias, he became the first Avalanche player to post a double-digit goal total in one calendar month since January 2006 (Marek Svatos and Alex Tanguay: 10).
* The Blues scored twice in the third period – including the tiebreaking goal by Robby Fabbri with 6:34 remaining in regulation – to overcome a 1-0 deficit and pick up their eighth consecutive victory over the Sabres dating to Feb. 18, 2011 (BUF: 0-7-1). Fabbri, the 21st overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, registered his third career goal (16 GP) and second game-winner (also Oct. 8 vs. EDM).
* Jonathan Quick stopped 33 shots, including all 15 he faced in the third period, to help the Kings bounce back from a Sunday loss and improve to 4-2-0 in their last six contests. Quick, who was pulled from Sunday’s 4-3 defeat at CAR, upped his record to 7-2-0 in nine career appearances vs. FLA (1.72 GAA, .937 SV%, 1 SO).
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist earned his 351st career win (all w/ NYR) to tie Terry Sawchuk for the third-most victories in NHL history by a goaltender with one franchise. The only two with more: Martin Brodeur (688 w/ NJD) and Tony Esposito (418 w/ CHI).
* Kings forward Marian Gaborik (900), Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle (600), Predators forward James Neal (500) and Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak (500) all played in milestone games.
* Sabres forward David Legwand (18 GP) and Bruins forward Zac Rinaldo (18 GP) both scored their first goals with their new clubs.
Kings forward Tyler Toffoli notched his 11th goal of the season, tied for fifth in the NHL . . . Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron collected one assist to extend his point streak to eight games (3-6—9) . . . Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk posted one assist to extend his point streak to a career-high six games (3-4—7) . . . Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk also registered one assist to extend his point streak to six games (2-6—8) . . . Rangers forward Rick Nash scored the game-winning goal, his fourth tally in the past two games after totaling two goals in his first 17 appearances of the season . . . Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom snapped a 40-game drought with his first goal since Feb. 19 at WSH . . . Forward Landon Ferraro picked up an assist in his debut with the Bruins . . . ICYMI: Sharks goaltender Martin Jones, Canucks forward Daniel Sedin and Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 22 . . . The Flyers inducted forward Rod Brind’Amour into their Hall of Fame. Brind’Amour, who now serves as an assistant coach with the Hurricanes, compiled 235-366—601 over parts of nine seasons in Philadelphia (633 GP) before finishing his playing career in Carolina (174-299—473 in 694 GP).
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Ottawa @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m., NHLN-US, TSN5, RDS, FS-SW+
Calgary @ Anaheim, 10:00 p.m., SNW, FS-W