NHL MORNING SKATE – NOV. 25, 2015
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NHL FLOAT RETURNS FOR THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE
The NHL and Discover’s co-branded float, “Frozen Fall Fun,” returns to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday.
The 36-foot long by 20-foot wide float features a synthetic ice rink with children skating, a 12-foot tall turkey that serves as a goal and an assortment of colorful fall decorations. Riding aboard the float will be country music star Jake Owen (with a musical performance) as well as former NHL players Mark and Marty Howe.
The float promotes the 2015 Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown, which will take place on Friday between the Bruins and Rangers at TD Garden (1:00 p.m. ET, NBC, SN).
WILD, BLACKHAWKS UNVEIL STADIUM SERIES JERSEYS
Both the Wild and Blackhawks unveiled their jerseys for when they meet in the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series on Sunday, Feb. 21, at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis (3:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. CT, NBC, SN, TVAS).
Two unique features highlight the Wild’s jerseys: the State of Hockey logo on the shoulder is a tribute to the loyal fan base of the region (it is the first time that this popular brand symbol has appeared on any Wild jersey) and the new ligature “M” logo on the pants is a bold reproduction taken from the iconic third jersey wordmark. Enlarged numbers on the sleeves and back are adaptations of the Wild’s current number system, scaled for greater visibility in the stadium setting.
The jersey crest features the Wild’s primary logo and the jersey’s colors are primarily forest green with iron range red and Minnesota wheat accents, an homage to the team’s unique color scheme and identity.
The Blackhawks’ jerseys pay tribute to Chicago, featuring four six-pointed red stars on the white collar, which are derived from the city of Chicago’s flag and were incorporated as a symbol of regional fan pride. Additionally, the black shoulder yoke serves as a visual representation of the city’s nickname, the “City of Big Shoulders.” The team’s secondary logos overlap the top three stripes on the sleeve rather than the traditional shoulder placement.
ICYMI: The Avalanche and Red Wings already have unveiled their jerseys for the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Coors Field in Denver (8:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. MT, NBC, HNIC, TVAS2).
NHL ANNOUNCES ROSTERS FOR WINTER CLASSIC ALUMNI GAME
The NHL, Bruins and Canadiens released the current rosters for the 2016 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game, which will be played on Thursday, Dec. 31, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass (3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN, TVAS).
More than 40 former players and coaches are scheduled to participate in the renewal of this legendary rivalry in this unique outdoor setting.
Click here to view the rosters.
SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Nashville @ Buffalo, 7:00 p.m., FS-TN, MSG-B, BELL TV
Columbus @ New Jersey, 7:00 p.m., FS-O, MSG+
Montreal @ NY Rangers, 7:00 p.m., SNE, SNO, RDS, MSG 2
St. Louis @ Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m., FS-MW, ROOT
Winnipeg @ Washington, 7:00 p.m., TSN3, CSN-DC
Edmonton @ Carolina, 7:00 p.m., SN360, SNW, FS-CR
Vancouver @ Minnesota, 7:00 p.m., SN1, SNP, FS-N+
Philadelphia @ NY Islanders, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TCN-PH
Boston @ Detroit, 7:30 p.m., TVAS, NESN, FS-D
Los Angeles @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., FS-W, SUN
Anaheim @ Arizona, 9:00 p.m., PRIME, FS-SD, FS-A+
Ottawa @ Colorado, 9:30 p.m., TSN5, RDS, ALT
Chicago @ San Jose, 10:00 p.m., NBCSN, CSN-CH
26 CLUBS IN ACTION ON EVE OF U.S. THANKSGIVING
Twenty-six of the NHL’s 30 teams take to the ice on the eve of U.S. Thanksgiving, which will see the League take a one-day break (0 GP on Thursday).
TOP TEAMS FACE OFF AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
The Rangers (16-3-2) and Canadiens (16-4-2), who are tied atop the NHL standings with 34 points apiece, look to move into sole possession of first place when they face off at Madison Square Garden. New York enters the game having won 11 of its past 12 games overall as well as nine straight at home – its longest such winning streak since 1971-72.
Montreal, meanwhile, has won three of its past four overall and boasts a 7-2-1 record this season as visitors.
This marks the second of three meetings in 2015-16 between these Original Six clubs; the Canadiens won their first matchup, 3-0 on Oct. 15 at Bell Centre, behind 25 saves from Carey Price, who owns an 11-5-1 record in 18 career regular-season appearances vs. NYR (1.75 GAA, .943 SV%, 7 SO).
STREAKING SHARKS LOOK CONTINUE WINNING WAYS IN RETURN HOME . . .
The Sharks, who recently completed a perfect 6-0-0 road trip, look to continue their winning ways when they return to SAP Center to play the Blackhawks. On Sunday, San Jose scored four unanswered goals to become the sixth team in NHL history to win a road trip of six or more games – and the first to do so since 2010-11 (BOS).
Chicago, meanwhile, is off to a 1-1-1 start on its own six-game road trip, which wraps up with another two games in California (Friday at ANA and Saturday at LAK). This marks the first of three meetings this season between these Western Conference foes; they will face off again Dec. 20 and Feb. 9, both at CHI.
. . . FLYERS VISIT ISLANDERS IN OPENER OF DOUBLEHEADER
The Flyers make their first trip to Barclays Center when they visit the Islanders in the opening half of NBCSN’s Wednesday night doubleheader. Philadelphia snapped a three-game skid (0-1-2) with a 3-2 overtime win on Monday vs. CAR, while New York is coming off a home-and-home sweep at the hand of Montreal. This marks the first of five meetings in 2015-16 between these longtime division rivals; they have split their last 16 head-to-head games dating to Jan. 19, 2012 (PHI: 8-3-5, NYI: 8-8-0).
Home Team in Caps
Ottawa 7, DALLAS 4
ANAHEIM 5, Calgary 3
DUCKS CONTINUE HOME DOMINANCE OF FLAMES
Ryan Getzlaf dished out five assists to help the Ducks overcome 2-0 and 3-2 deficits en route to winning their 21st consecutive regular-season home game against the Flames dating to April 4, 2004 (CGY: 0-16-5).
* Via Elias, Anaheim’s 21-game home winning streak against Calgary is tied for the second-longest such run versus a single opponent in NHL history:
Longest Home Winning Streak vs. One Opponent, NHL History
23 – Philadelphia Flyers vs. PIT (Feb. 17, 1980 – Jan. 29, 1987)
21 – Montreal Canadiens vs. NYR (Feb. 6, 1954 – Jan. 19, 1957)
21 – Montreal Canadiens vs. WSH (Jan. 4, 1975 – Dec. 14, 1981)
21 – Anaheim Ducks vs. CGY (April 4, 2004 – Nov. 24, 2015)
* Getzlaf tied franchise records as well as personal career highs for both assists and points in one game – he also collected 0-5—5 on Oct. 29, 2008 at DET. Prior to Tuesday, the last Ducks player to post a five-point game was Teemu Selanne on March 28, 2011 vs. COL (3-2—5).
* Getzlaf, who compiled 1-7—8 during Anaheim’s five-game victory over Calgary in the First Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, has 14-30—44 in 39 career regular-season appearances vs. CGY.
* Four other Ducks players registered multi-point performances, highlighted by multi-goal games from both Corey Perry (2-1—3) and Rickard Rakell (2-0—2). Perry notched his second multi-goal and three-point outings of the season, while Rakell posted his second career multi-goal game (also Jan. 11 vs. WPG: 2-2—4).
OFFENSIVE OUTBURST POWERS SENATORS
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (2-1—3) and Mike Hoffman (2-0—2) both recorded multi-goal games to power the Senators to their third consecutive victory as well as their sixth straight game with at least one point (4-0-2).
* Pageau posted his first career multi-goal and three-point performances (108 GP). He also scored his League-leading third shorthanded goal of the season (21 GP); he had two such goals in his first 87 career outings.
* Hoffman registered his sixth career multi-goal performance and second of the season (also Oct. 17 vs. NSH: 2-1—3). He led all rookies with 27 goals in 2014-15 (79 GP).
* Mark Stone added 1-2—3 to match a career high for points in one game, last achieved March 19 vs. BOS (0-3—3).
* The Senators snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Stars dating to March 20, 2010 (0-6-1).
Stars captain Jamie Benn (2-1—3) posted his fourth multi-goal and three-point performances of the season to extend his point streak to six games (6-5—11). Benn paces the NHL in goals this season (16) and shares the League lead in points (32 in 22 GP) . . . Teammate Tyler Seguin added a goal to also extend his point streak to six games (3-5—8). Seguin is tied for fourth in the NHL in goals this season (12) and also is one point shy of the League lead (31 in 22 GP) . . . Senators forward Bobby Ryan scored to extend his point streak to a career-high nine games (4-7—11) . . . Teammate Erik Karlsson collected one assist to extend his point streak to seven games (5-6—11), one shy of his career high last achieved March 10-25, 2014 (3-9—12 in 8 GP) . . . Flames forward Michael Frolik (2-0—2) registered his eighth career multi-goal performance and second of the season (also Oct. 31 at EDM: 3-0—3) . . . ICYMI: The Sharks signed forward Dainius Zubrus to a one-year, two-way contract . . . NHL Central Scouting released its November Players to Watch List for the 2016 NHL Draft.