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NHL Morning Skate – Nov. 21, 2021


On the night the NHL celebrated its League-wide Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night, seven teams in seven cities draped their arenas in lavender – reminding us that no one has to go through this fight on their own. 


Panthers host first meeting between stem cell patient and his donor   
Coyotes name Matt Shott honorary coach, set up meeting with Steve Yzerman 
Sharks have Hockey Fights Cancer captains announce starting lineups

The NHL-leading Panthers (13-2-3, 29 points) scored at least five goals at FLA Live Arena for the seventh time in 2021-22 en route to extending their season-opening home win streak to 10 games – one shy of the longest such run in League history 

* Florida became just the ninth team in the last 25 years (since 1996-97) to require 18 or fewer games to reach the 70-goal mark in a season (excluding shootout-deciding goals). The others: Ottawa (15 GP in 2006-06), Philadelphia (16 GP in 2005-06), NY Rangers (17 GP in 2016-17), Buffalo (17 GP in 2006-07), Colorado (17 GP in 2005-06), Washington (18 GP in 2019-20), Tampa Bay (18 GP in 2017-18) and Detroit (18 GP in 2005-06).  
Frank Vatrano recorded a game-high 2-13, with Joe Thornton collecting an assist on his first goal of the night. Thornton has now assisted on 120 different players’ goals  the most among all active NHL players and six more than the next closest (Zdeno Chara: 114). 
The Hurricanes (14-2-0, 28 points) and Capitals (11-2-5, 27 points), who sit second and third in the NHL’s overall standings, respectively, also defeated their opponents Saturday to collect two points. 
* In a back-and-forth affair that saw the Kings score four game tying goals, 19-year-old Seth Jarvis extended his goal streak to three games and helped Carolina earn its League-leading 14th win as well as a fourth straight victory overall.

Alex Ovechkin (2-1—3), who scored against Adin Hill for the first time in his 17-season career, tallied his 272nd career power-play goal to move within two of tying Dave Andreychuk (274) for the most in NHL history. Saturday also marked Ovechkin’s 152nd career multi-goal game – two shy of Mario Lemieux for third place on the League’s all-time list. 

Andrew Mangiapane (2-0—2), with 13 of his 14 goals coming on the road in 2021-22, continued his success as a visitor and helped the Flames (10-3-5, 25 points) best the Islanders (5-7-2, 12 points) in the first-ever game at UBS Arena. 

Connor McDavid (1-1—2) factored on two of Edmonton’s five goals to extend his season-opening point streak to 17 games (12-20—32) and help the Oilers improve to 8-1-0 at Rogers Place this season. It marked his 98th career multi-point game at home, tied with Paul Coffey for the fifth most in franchise history.  

* Leon Draisaitl, who also had 1-1—2 Saturday, recorded his NHL-leading 34th and 35th points of 2021-22 (18-17—35 in 17 GP). He became the first player to reach the 35-point mark in 17 or fewer games since Mario Lemieux in 1995-96 (11 GP w/ PIT).  

Matt Duchene (3-0—3) scored three times in 9:51 to record the fourth-fastest hat trick in Predators history, behind Rocco Grimaldi (2:34 on March 25), Steve Sullivan (5:56 on Dec. 14, 2006) and Filip Forsberg (8:37 on Feb. 21, 2017). Click here to read more notes like this from the Saturday edition of #NHLStats: Live Updates.

Islanders hold pregame ceremony in UBS Arena

Kendall Coyne Schofield discusses role with Blackhawks in sit-down with NHL.com

Senators return to practice after COVID-19 pause

Canada’s 2022 Olympics roster taking shape

Hockey Fights Cancer daily digest 


Four teams will be hosting their Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night during a seven-game slate Sunday, including the Lightning, Rangers, Kraken and Kings. 

* Jordan Eberle enters Seattle’s Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night Sunday with a seven-game point streak (7-3—10) and can become the sixth different player in the past 40 years to record a point streak of eight or more games in a franchise’s inaugural season.  

Thanks to the NHL PR department for the information above.

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Isles new arena is to DIE for!!!  Overlooking some glitches which are normal for new arena openings, and they have yet to really figure out the parking/transit yet, what a place!  It won’t be as loud as the Coli, but it will be a tough road arena to figure out for visiting teams…once we get our players back.  We had I believe 7 players on protocol and had to dress a chunk of our AHL team tonight who played well. 

It reminds me most of Staples Center in LA - of all the buildings I have been to - with about 4k less seats.  My seats are in the second row of level 2 and are AWESOME.  I have been to 25 NHL arenas over the years and while I have not been to Little C Arena in DET or TOR or the new Edmonton building, this one is at the top of the list.  Blows away Madison Square Garden.  It has more of a Metro NY feel than a Long Island one….but there are many tributes to famous persons from the area on the walls of the lower concourse.  Some you would figure (Billy Joel, Mariah Carey, Julius Erving, Jim Brown, Lou Reed,  - listing home town, etc.  I had no idea LL Cool J was from Bay Shore!  Right by me!

Paid homage to the past as well - big wall with nods to the Cup, past major award winners ( Conn Smythe, Calder, Masterton, etc) and Its just well done.  I just ran into so many old friends and old Coliseum Denizens ( fans who were there in the dog days when we drew 4k fans and went to every game) I had little time to truly explore.  I would upload some pix if I knew how - but - there are so many on Twitter you can find it yourself. 

Put this on your “MUST GO” lists of NHL arenas.  I will truly miss the Coliseum.  But as much as we would brag about the ‘great sight lines’ and intimacy of the arena - the UBS Arena has even better sight lines to watch the game.  30 minute bathroom lines are no mas.  But while no one missed Shea Stadium, people will fondly remember the Coli.  I went to one game at Joe Louis Arena and felt at home there - in terms that it reminded me of the Coli. 

But getting there and finding that half your team is scratched due to covid sucked.  Also, our first goal in the new building had to be approved by video review.  Why can’t we ever have anything nice???  smile


Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 11/21/21 at 09:06 AM ET

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