NHL MORNING SKATE – JAN. 12, 2016

NHL MORNING SKATE – JAN. 12, 2016

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

MONDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps
NY RANGERS 2, Boston 1
San Jose 5, CALGARY 4
VANCOUVER 3, Florida 2 (OT)
LOS ANGELES 4, Detroit 2

D. SEDIN MATCHES RECORD, HELPS CANUCKS END PANTHERS’ STREAKS

Daniel Sedin scored twice, including the winning goal at 2:21 of overtime, to help the Canucks snap the Panthers’ franchise-record winning streaks at 12 games overall and six contests on the road.

* D. Sedin, who has spent his entire NHL career with the Canucks, posted his 345th and 346th goals to tie Markus Naslund for the most in franchise history. D. Sedin also ranks second in team history with 921 points, behind his brother Henrik Sedin (220-731—951).
* D. Sedin extended another club record with his 14th career overtime goal (and first of the season). He paces the Canucks in goals (19), points (40) and game-winning goals (5) in 2015-16.
* Jake Virtanen added the game-tying goal with 2:38 remaining in regulation. Virtanen, the sixth overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, has 2-3—5 through his first 21 outings.
* The Canucks have collected points eight of their last 10 games overall (6-2-2). They also are 6-2-1 in their past nine home games after beginning the season 3-6-3 at Rogers Arena.

KOPITAR (AGAIN) POSTS FOUR POINTS TO POWER KINGS

The Kings scored three unanswered goals, powered by 1-3—4 from Anze Kopitar, to improve to 7-1-1 in their last nine games and snap the Red Wings’ winning streak at four contests.

* At 27-12-3 (57 points), the Kings have recorded their most wins through the opening 42 games of a season in the franchise’s 49-year history.
* Kopitar posted his second four-point game of the season, also Dec. 28 at VAN (0-4—4). Per Elias, only two other players have notched multiple four-point games in 2015-16: Canucks forward Daniel Sedin (Nov. 10 at CBJ: 1-3—4 and Nov. 21 vs. CHI: 3-1—4) and Stars forward Tyler Seguin (Oct. 17 at FLA: 2-2—4 and Dec. 8 vs. CAR: 1-3—4).
* Overall, Kopitar paces the Kings with 23 assists and 35 points this season, including 3-12—15 in his last nine outings. His +17 rating ranks second on the team (behind League-leader Tyler Toffoli: +23) and shares seventh place in the NHL.
* Jonathan Quick, who ranks second in the League with 24 wins this season, made 25 saves to extend his personal point streak to eight games (7-0-1, 1.55 GAA, .950 SV%, 1 SO).

BURNS, THORNTON LIFT SHARKS OVER FLAMES

Brent Burns and Joe Thornton both collected 1-1—2 to propel the Sharks to their second straight win overall as well as a 4-1-1 record in their last six road contests.

* The Sharks improved to 14-6-2 (30 points) as visitors this season. Their 14 road wins and 30 road points rank second in the NHL, behind the Capitals (16-4-2, 34 points).
* Burns extended his point streak to a career-high seven games (6-5—11). His 18 total goals pace all defensemen in 2015-16, while his 39 points rank second among blueliners.
* Via Elias, Burns became the first defenseman to score 18 or more goals in his team’s opening 40 games of a season since 1990-91, when Al MacInnis posted an equal number with the Flames.
* Thornton, who ranks third on the team with 8-23—31 in 2015-16, has recorded at least one point in 10 of his past 11 games (4-11—15).

RANGERS RALLY PAST BRUINS, AIDED BY LUNDQVIST

Jesper Fast scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:42 remaining in regulation to help the Rangers overcome a 1-0 deficit entering the third period and improve to 4-2-1 in their last seven games.

* The Rangers improved to 16-5-2 (34 points) at Madison Square Garden this season. Their 34 home points are tied for second in the NHL (w/ DAL), while their 16 home wins share third overall (w/ WSH).
* MUST-SEE: Henrik Lundqvist (32 SV) made a scorpion save against Max Talbot to preserve a 1-1 tie in the third period. Lundqvist improved to 19-11-4 overall this season (2.49 GAA, .920 SV%, 2 SO).
* Fast posted his seventh goal of the season (40 GP) to surpass his rookie total of six in 2014-15 (58 GP). He also collected his second game-winning goal of the campaign (other Nov. 10 vs. CAR).

MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS

* Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr (0-1—1), who extended his point streak to five games (4-2—6), moved within three assists of becoming the sixth player in NHL history to record 1,100 in his career.
* Sharks forward Patrick Marleau played in his 500th consecutive regular-season game dating to April 9, 2009.
* Alain Vigneault (NYR) coached his 1,012th career game to move into a tie with Terry Murray for 20th place on the NHL’s all-time games coached list.

LOOSE PUCKS

Despite suffering the overtime loss, the Panthers extended their overall point streak to 13 games (12-0-1) and road point streak to seven contests (6-0-1) . . . Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (27 SV) saw his career-high and franchise-record winning streak end at nine games . . . The Flames scored two power-play goals in 15 seconds. Via Elias, it marked the fastest pair of power-play goals by the Flames since Dec. 14, 1993 vs. VAN (0:11) . . . Bruins forward Jimmy Hayes registered his fifth goal in his past six games (5-1—6), equaling his total from his first 33 outings of the season (5-10—15) . . . Red Wings defenseman Alexey Marchenko posted his second career goal (50 GP) and first since Feb. 28, 2015 at NSH . . . Flames captain Mark Giordano (1-5—6) and Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov (1-4—5) both extended their point streaks to five games . . . The Department of Player Safety suspended Oilers forward Matt Hendricks for three games for boarding Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad . . . Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek and Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 10 . . . Defenseman Robyn Regehr officially announced his retirement from the NHL . . . ICYMI: Various celebrities, including Jerry Bruckheimer and John McEnroe, attended the Red Wings-Kings game . . . The Flames wore camouflage jerseys during pregame warm-ups as part of their Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night.

SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION

All Times Eastern
Columbus @ NY Islanders, 7:00 p.m., FS-O, MSG+
Pittsburgh @ Carolina, 7:00 p.m., TVAS, ROOT, FS-CR
New Jersey @ St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., MSG+ 2, FS-MW
Buffalo @ Minnesota, 8:00 p.m., MSG-B, BELL TV, FS-N+
San Jose @ Winnipeg, 8:00 p.m., CSN-CA, TSN3
Nashville @ Chicago, 8:30 p.m., SNE, SNO, SNP, FS-TN, CSN-CH+
Tampa Bay @ Colorado, 9:00 p.m., NBCSN
Edmonton @ Arizona, 9:00 p.m., SNW, FS-A+

2016 USHL/NHL TOP PROSPECTS GAME

The 2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game takes place tonight at Ralston Arena in Omaha, Neb. (8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT). All 40 players scheduled to participate in the game are eligible for selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, including 27 who are in their first year of eligibility.
Click here for the full rosters.

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