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* Jack Eichel registered his second three-point outing in three games to propel the Sabres to a seven-goal outburst at KeyBank Center.

* Jake Allen posted his 20th career shutout (all w/ STL) to climb the franchise’s all-time list and help the Blues continue their success on the road this calendar year.

Elias Pettersson (39-58—97 in 99 GP) is expected to appear in his 100th NHL game when the Canucks host Brady Tkachuk and the Senators at Rogers Arena Tuesday.

Jack Eichel (1-2—3) recorded his seventh three-point outing of 2019-20 to extend the League’s longest active point streak to 10 contests and propel the Sabres in another offensive outburst at KeyBank Center.

* The Sabres captain, with at least three points in two of his last three games, has strung together a point streak of 10 or more contests for the second time in his career (also: 11 GP from Feb. 14 – March 7, 2017).

Johan Larsson (0-3—3), who joined Eichel with a three-point outing Monday, factored on three of five first-period goals to register his first career game with at least three assists. The latter (0-4—4 on March 31, 2018) is the only player in franchise history with more helpers in a single period.

* Buffalo scored six goals to outlast Toronto in its last home game on Nov. 29. It marked the fourth time in the last 10 years that the Sabres have scored at least six goals in consecutive home games. The others: Feb. 5 and Feb. 13, 2011, March 27 and March 31, 2010 as well as Oct. 13 and Oct. 16, 2009.

Four different players scored and Jake Allen (38 saves) earned his 20th career shutout as the Blues extended their road point streak to 10 games, one shy of the franchise record and the longest by any team since the Predators in 2017-18 (15 GP from Jan. 4 - March 19, 2018).

* Allen, who boasts a 4-0-2 in his last six games (1.78 GAA, .946 SV% and 1 SO), became the third goaltender in Blues history to record 20 career shutouts with the franchise. The others: Brian Elliott (25) and Jaroslav Halak (20). 

* St. Louis leads the League in road wins since Jan. 1, 2019 (25-8-8), scoring an NHL-best 125 goals in that span (excluding shootout-deciding goals). The Blues’ success as the visitor also dates back to the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when they matched the NHL record for road wins in a single postseason and became the fifth road team ever to win Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Islanders (18-5-2, 38 points) and Golden Knights (14-11-4, 32 points) each held their opponents to one goal en route to securing road wins:

* Anthony Beauvillier became the 12th different Islanders player to score a game-winning goal this season and Semyon Varlamov registered 30 saves as the Islanders improved to 7-2-1 over the past 10 games.

* The Islanders have held their opponents to two or fewer goals in 15 of 25 games (60%) this season. New York, which allowed the fewest goals against in 2018-19 (including shootout deciding goals), paces NHL with 59 goals against this season – six fewer than the next closest club (Boston: 65).

* Only two other teams in the past 40 years have allowed the fewest goals against in consecutive seasons: Montreal (1980-81 to 1981-82 and 1986-87 to 1988-89) and New Jersey (1996-97 to 1997-98 and 2002-03 to 2003-04).

Malcolm Subban turned aside 29 or 30 shots (.967 SV%) as the Golden Knights strung together a three-game win streak for the first time this season. After making 35 saves in his last outing on Nov. 29 (.972 SV%), Subban became the fourth goaltender aged 25 or younger to record a save percentage of at least .965 in consecutive games this season. The others: Matt Murray (Oct. 26 and Oct. 29 w/ PIT), Alexandar Georgiev (Oct. 29 and Nov. 2 w/ NYR) and Tristan Jarry (Nov. 16 and Nov. 22 w/ PIT).



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Elias Pettersson (39-58—97 in 99 GP) is expected to appear in his 100th NHL game when the Canucks host Brady Tkachuk and the Senators at Rogers Arena Tuesday. With nine multi-point games in 2019-20 (11-20—31 in 28 GP), the 21-year-old forward is among rare company in franchise history entering his milestone game.

* Among players to debut with the franchise, Pavel Bure (64-47—111 in 100 GP) is the only one to record at least 100 points through their first 100 games with the Canucks.

* Under the same criteria, Bure and current teammate Brock Boeser (47-39—86 in 100 GP) are the only players to score at least 40 goals through their first 100 career contests with Vancouver.

* Meanwhile, Pettersson is tied with Ivan Hlinka (35-58—93 in 100 GP) for the most assists by a Canucks player through 100 GP while making his debut with the franchise. Sidney Crosby (49-83—132) paces all active players with 83 helpers through his first 100 NHL contests.

The active leaders in goals, assists, points and games played are expected to take the same ice tonight in San Jose when Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals visit Joe ThorntonPatrick Marleau and the Sharks.

* Ovechkin, who paces all active players with 678 goals during the regular-season, sits six goals back of tying Teemu Selanne (684) for 11th place on the NHL’s all-time list. The Capitals begin a three-game trip through California with Ovechkin (345) sitting one goal back of tying Kings legend Marcel Dionne (346) for the sixth-most road goals in NHL history.

* Thornton, the active leader in assists (1,074) and points (1,487), needs five assists to tie former Capitals forward Adam Oates (1,079) for seventh place on the NHL's all-time assists list. Thornton also is approaching career milestones for points (1,500) and games played (1,600).

* Marleau, the active leader in career games played (1,681), carries an active “Ironman” streak of 812 regular-season games into the contest. If teammate Brent Burns skates in tonight’s game, he will become the fourth defenseman in NHL history to play in at least 500 consecutive regular-season games – Keith Yandle (823), Jay Bouwmeester (737) and Karl Alzner (624) are the only ones to do so. Yandle, who is expected to continue his run tonight with Florida, holds the longest active consecutive games played streak among all NHL players.

thanks to the NHL PR department for the information above

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