NHL MORNING SKATE – DEC. 3, 2015
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Home Team in Caps
WINNIPEG 6, Toronto 1
NY ISLANDERS 2, NY Rangers 1 (SO)
EDMONTON 3, Boston 2 (SO)
Tampa Bay 2, ANAHEIM 1
ISLANDERS EDGE RANGERS IN FIRST MEETING IN BROOKLYN
Jaroslav Halak made 33 saves through overtime and denied all three attempts he faced in the shootout to lead the Islanders past the Rangers in their first meeting at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
* The Islanders extended their overall point streak to five games (4-0-1), including three consecutive victories. At 14-8-4 (32 points), they sit five points behind the Rangers (17-6-3, 37 points) for first place in the Metropolitan Division.
* The Islanders improved to 9-4-2 (20 points) in their first 15 games at Barclays Center, including three straight wins. Their 20 home points rank fourth in the NHL; the Rangers lead that category with 23 points at Madison Square Garden (11-3-1).
* Halak improved to 11-6-0 in 18 career appearances vs. NYR (2.52 GAA, .921 SV%, 2 SO). That includes a 4-2-0 record over the past two seasons with the Islanders (2.15 GAA, .938 SV%, 1 SO).
* Overall, Halak improved to 7-4-2 in 14 outings this season (1.93 GAA, .926 SV%, 2 SO), including a 6-2-0 record on home ice. His 1.93 goals-against average paces the NHL.
NILSSON, OILERS SNAP BRUINS’ FIVE-GAME WINNING STREAK . . .
Anders Nilsson stopped 38 shots through overtime and turned aside all three attempts he faced in the shootout to help the Oilers improve to 2-1-1 in their last four outings and snap the Bruins’ winning streak at five games.
* The Oilers have won their last two games against the Bruins – both via a shootout – on the heels of a 13-game skid in the head-to-head series dating to Nov. 6, 2001 (0-10-3).
* Nilsson improved to 6-0 in six career shootouts, including a pair of wins with the Oilers (also Nov. 28 at PIT). He has denied 13 of 16 career attempts in the tiebreaker (.813 SV%).
* Matt Hendricks and Mark Letestu both recorded 1-1—2 for their first multi-point performances of the season.
. . . DID YOU KNOW?
Despite suffering the shootout loss, the Bruins extended their point streak against the Oilers to 15 games dating to Nov. 6, 2001 (13-0-2). Via Elias, that is the second-longest active point streak by an NHL team against one opponent:
Longest Active Point Streaks vs. One Opponent
19 – Coyotes vs. EDM (16-0-3; March 17, 2011 – Nov. 12, 2015)
15 – Bruins vs. EDM (13-0-2; Nov. 6, 2001 – Dec. 2, 2015)
14 – Capitals vs. FLA (12-0-2; Feb. 7, 2012 – Oct. 31, 2015)
LIGHTNING, JETS KEEP STREAKING
The Lightning and Jets both earned wins on Wednesday to extend their point streaks against their respective opponents:
* Jonathan Marchessault scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period to power the Lightning to a 7-0-4 record in their last 11 games against the Ducks dating to Jan. 9, 2009 (ANA: 4-7-0), including four straight wins. Ben Bishop made 32 saves to improve to 6-0-1 in seven career appearances vs. ANA (1.03 GAA, .966 SV%, 1 SO).
* Led by Mark Scheifele (1-2—3) and Drew Stafford (2-0—2), the Jets scored six unanswered goals to improve to 7-0-1 in their last eight meetings with the Maple Leafs dating to March 12, 2013 (TOR: 1-5-2). Scheifele – a Kitchener, Ont., native – has recorded at least one point in five of six career games vs. TOR (5-3—8).
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Forward Michael Grabner scored his first goal with the Maple Leafs (23 GP).
Despite suffering the shootout loss, the Rangers have earned at least one point in 17 of their last 21 games (14-4-3) . . . The Bruins extended their point streak to six contests (5-0-1) . . . Islanders forward Kyle Okposo registered his seventh career game-deciding goal . . . Oilers forward Jordan Eberle picked up his third such goal . . . Jets forward Blake Wheeler collected one assist to extend his point streak to five games (1-4—5) . . . Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (36 SV) fell to 29-15-6 in 51 career appearances vs. NYI (2.20 GAA, .922 SV%, 5 SO) . . . Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves to improve to 2-0-0 in his first two NHL appearances (1.00 GAA, .958 SV%) . . . The Department of Player Safety suspended Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas for three games for an illegal check to the head of Senators forward Mika Zibanejad . . . ICYMI: The Ducks hosted Star Wars Night at Honda Center . . . The Oilers honored the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos, winners of the 103rd Grey Cup.
SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Colorado @ NY Rangers, 7:00 p.m., SN360, ALT, MSG
New Jersey @ Carolina, 7:00 p.m., MSG+, FS-CR
Washington @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., CSN-DC, CITYM, RDS
Chicago @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., CSN-CH, TSN5, RDS2
Arizona @ Detroit, 7:30 p.m., FS-A, FS-D
Florida @ Nashville, 8:00 p.m., FS-F, FS-TN
Toronto @ Minnesota, 8:00 p.m., TSN4, FS-N, FS-WI
Dallas @ Vancouver, 10:00 p.m., SN360, FS-SW
TOP TEAMS FACE OFF IN MONTREAL
Two of the top teams in the NHL face off when the League-leading Canadiens (19-4-3, 41 points) welcome the No. 4 Capitals (17-5-1, 35 points) to Bell Centre. Both clubs rank in the top five in goals for and against per game this season; Montreal is second with 3.42 goals for per game and third with 2.15 goals against per game, while Washington is tied for third with 3.22 goals for per game and ranks fifth with 2.22 goals against per game. This marks the first of three meetings in 2015-16 between these Eastern Conference foes; the Capitals have earned at least one point in 15 of their last 17 head-to-head matchups (12-2-3) since the Canadiens eliminated them in seven games in the 2010 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.