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* The Golden Knights blanked the Oilers with first place in the Pacific Division standings on the line to strengthen their grip on top spot.

* It was another noteworthy night for countrymen Pavel Francouz (Plzen, Czech Republic) and Martin Kaut (Brno, Czech Republic), with the Avalanche improving to 4-0-0 since the latter made his NHL debut on Feb. 19.

* The Kings defeated the Penguins and improved to 3-1-1 in their last five games at STAPLES Center.

Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside all 29 shots he faced to help the Pacific Division-leading Golden Knights blank the Oilers and extend their win streak to seven games – the longest active run in the NHL. Vegas improved to 35-22-8 (78 points) overall this season and moved four points ahead of Vancouver (34-22-6, 74 points) and Edmonton (33-23-8, 74 points), which occupy second and third place in the division, respectively.
* Fleury posted his 61st career regular-season shutout and matched Turk Broda for 17th place on the NHL’s all-time list. He has recorded five of his 61 career shutouts in 2019-20, tied for the most among all goaltenders this season with Blue Jackets rookie Elvis Merzlikins.

The Avalanche surrendered two tying goals, but J.T. Compher (1-1—2) scored the go-ahead marker with 8:06 remaining in regulation as Colorado extended its win streak to four games and improved to 37-18-7 (81 points) overall this season – leapfrogging idle Dallas (37-20-6, 80 points) for second place in the Central Division standings.

Pavel Francouz (31 saves) improved to 4-0-0 in his last four appearances dating to Feb. 19 (0.98 GAA, .963 SV%, 1 SO), while fellow countryman Martin Kaut scored the first goal of his NHL career (1-1—2 in 4 GP). The teammates each recorded milestones on Feb. 21 (1-0 W at ANA), with Francouz posting his first career shutout and Kaut collecting his first NHL point via an assist on the game-winning goal.

Samuel Girard (3-27—30 in 62 GP) collected an assist and became the second Avalanche defenseman to reach the 30-point mark this season, joining fellow 21-year-old Cale Makar (12-33—45 in 54 GP). Colorado will become the first team to feature multiple blueliners under age 22 each with 30-plus points at the conclusion of a campaign since 1993-94, when Alexei Zhitnik (12-40—52 in 81 GP) and Darryl Sydor (8-27—35 in 84 GP) combined for the feat with Los Angeles.


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Twenty teams are in action Thursday, including the Panthers (33-24-6, 72 points) hosting the Maple Leafs (33-23-8, 74 points) with third place in the Atlantic Division standings on the line. Toronto, which currently occupies third, owns a two-point edge on Florida; the Panthers, however, hold one game in hand.

* Florida is 2-0-0 through the first two contests of its four-game season series with Toronto (TOR: 0-2-0), earning an 8-4 win at BB&T Center on Jan. 12 and a 5-3 victory at Scotiabank Arena on Feb. 3. After Thursday, the final head-to-head meeting between the Panthers and Maple Leafs this season will take place in Toronto on March 23.

* The Panthers have swept a season series with the Maple Leafs on three occasions in franchise history (min. 2 GP), doing so in 1995-96 (2-0-0), 2008-09 (4-0-0) and 2011-12 (4-0-0).

Panthers defenseman Mark Pysyk (left) scored a hat trick at Scotiabank Arena on Feb. 3


The Rangers (34-24-4, 72 points), who enter Thursday with a franchise-record eight-game road win streak, look to extend the run and continue their surge up the NHL standings when they visit the Canadiens (29-27-9, 67 points) at Bell Centre. New York, which owns the longest road win streak by any team in 2019-20, can become the first club to earn victories in nine-plus consecutive games as visitors within a regular season since Nashville from Feb. 10 – March 19, 2018 (9-0-0).

Mika Zibanejad has tallied in each of the Rangers’ last five outings (5-5—10) and can become the third New York player over the last 26 years (since 1993-94) to record a goal streak of six-plus games, joining Petr Prucha from Dec. 3-13, 2005 (9-0—9 in 6 GP) and Jaromir Jagr from Feb. 2 – March 2, 2006 (9-6—15 in 6 GP).

* Zibanejad (29-32—61 in 49 GP), who reached the 30-goal mark for the first time in 2018-19 (30-44—74 in 82 GP), can also become the first Rangers player to hit the plateau in consecutive seasons since Jagr from 2005-06 (54-69—123 in 82 GP) to 2006-07 (30-66—96 in 82 GP).

Thanks to the NHL PR department for the information above.

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via Sportsnet,

Athanasiou — who was acquired by the Oilers at the trade deadline — left the game after only one shift in the third period, but it’s unclear how he was injured. He finished the night with one shot in 11 minutes of ice time.

“I don’t think it’s too serious,” head coach Dave Tippett said post-game, according to Jonathan Willis of The Athletic. “I’m hoping, I don’t know. I haven’t talked to him. It was too sore to play in the third.”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/27/20 at 06:20 AM ET

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