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Nashville 4, CHICAGO 3 (OT)

CALGARY 5, Colorado 3

Ottawa 2, ANAHEIM 1 (OT)

NHL Morning Skate – Jan. 10, 2019


Five different players found the back of the net, including Matthew Tkachuk’s 20th goal of the season, as the Pacific Division-leading Flames (28-13-4) reached the 60-point mark in their 45th game to mark the second-fastest season to 60 points in franchise history (41 GP in 1988-89).



* Tkachuk (20-31—51) joined Johnny Gaudreau (26-40—66), Sean Monahan (23-31—54) and Elias Lindholm (21-30—51) as the Flames’ fourth 20-goal scorer this season, marking just the second time in franchise history the team has had four players reach 20 goals through 45 games. The other: Mike Bullard (27), Hakan Loob (25), Joe Nieuwendyk (32) and Joe Mullen (20) in 1987-88.


* The Flames are the only team in 2018-19 to boast four 20-goal scorers. The last time any team had four players reach 20 goals by the 45-game mark of a season was the 2006-07 Sabres: Thomas Vanek (23), Chris Drury (23), Maxim Afinogenov (20) and Jason Pominville (20).


* Gaudreau (0-2—2) recorded his 13th multi-point outing in his last 19 appearances. The only other Flames player to record 13 multi-point outings in a 19-game span was Theo Fleury during the 1990-91 campaign.


Mark Giordano (0-3—3) improved to 6-37—43 in 43 GP this season to move into third place for points by a defenseman behind only Brent Burns(8-41—49) and Morgan Rielly (13-32—45). He leads the League with a plus-31 ranking – only three players in franchise history have finished a season as the NHL leader in that category: Theo Fleury in 1990-91 (+48), Joe Mullen in 1988-89 (+51) and Brad McCrimmon in 1987-88 (+48).



Filip Forsberg (2-0—2) scored 1:00 into overtime to lift the Predators to victory and extend their point streak to six games (5-0-1). With the win, Nashville (27-15-3, 57 points) leapfrogged the idle Jets (27-13-2, 56 points) to move into first place in the Central Division.


* Forsberg’s overtime winner marked the 27th game-winning goal of his career to surpass Martin Erat (26) – the player Nashville traded to Washington (along with Michael Latta) to acquire Forsberg on April 3, 2013 – for sole possession of second place in franchise history. David Legwand leads the Predators with 41 career game-winning goals.


* It also marked the sixth overtime marker of Forsberg’s career, trailing only Legwand (9) and Shea Weber (7) on the franchise list.




The Senators and Predators both secured wins in overtime on Wednesday. So far in 2018-19, 73.6% of games that have required extra time have ended in the five-minute overtime period – on pace to be the highest percentage since the League introduced three-on-three overtime prior to the 2015-16 season.


2018-19: 73.6% (109/148)

2017-18: 65.2% (193/296)

2016-17: 65.7% (190/289)

2015-16: 61.1% (168/275)

Season-ending totals for 2015-16 through 2017-18



Patrick Kane notched two assists to reach 550 for his career and pass Bobby Hull (549) for fourth place on the Blackhawks’ all-time assist list – four back of Doug Wilson (554) for third.



* Kane has recorded a point in 11 of his last 12 appearances, including six multi-point outings over that span. Overall, he has only been held without a point nine times through 45 GP this season – registering at least one point in 80% of appearances. He is one of only five players this season to be held without a point in nine games or fewer (min. 30 GP). The others: Connor McDavid (6), Mikko Rantanen (8), Nathan MacKinnon (8) and Nikita Kucherov (9).




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Several streaks are on the line as the Golden Knights (27-15-4, 58 points) host the Sharks (25-13-7, 57 points) at T-Mobile Arena. Vegas (7-0-0) and San Jose (4-0-0), who rank second and third in the Pacific Division standings, respectively, enter Thursday’s contest with dueling win streaks of at least four games.


* Led by goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, the Golden Knights also own an active 10-game point streak (8-0-2) and 12-game home point streak (10-0-2). Vegas can establish its longest home point streak since beginning play last season and match its longest overall win streak, a mark set from Dec. 14, 2017 – Jan. 2, 2018 (8-0-0).


* Fleury, meanwhile, has compiled a record of 9-0-3 in his last 12 appearances (2.32 GAA, .921 SV%, 1 SO). The three-time Stanley Cup champion has posted a personal point streak of longer than 12 games on two occasions: from Jan. 13 – Feb. 16, 2007 (12-0-2) and Nov. 12 – Dec. 11, 2010 (13-0-1).


Erik Karlsson has recorded three helpers in back-to-back outings and has collected at least one assist/point in each of his last 14 appearances (1-24—25), the longest such runs in Sharks franchise history.


* Karlsson can become the 11th different defenseman in NHL history to record at least one point in 15 or more consecutive appearances. He can also become the third blueliner in League history to post at least one assist in 15 or more straight personal games; he would join Edmonton’s Paul Coffey from Nov. 27, 1985 – Jan. 2, 1986 (9-27—36 in 17 GP) and New York’s Brian Leetch from Nov. 29 – Dec. 31, 1991 (4-23—27 in 15 GP).


* Karlsson ranks tied for fourth among defensemen in points with 3-38—41 in 43 GP this season. When his current 14-game run began on Dec. 7, he ranked tied for 17th among blueliners with 2-14—16 in 29 GP.


Thans to the NHL PR Department for the information above.

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