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NHL Short Notes

12/01/2022 at 1:59am EST

* It was a November to remember – filled with new storylines that included the revitalization of teams left out of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, new stars emerging as League leaders and the most goals ever scored in a November in NHL history.

* Mitchell Marner extended his point streak to 18 games and now has his name atop a 105-year franchise record – joining Patrick Kane as the only active players to lead an ‘Original Six’ franchise in that category.

* Connor McDavid recorded his 12th multi-point game of the season – tied with Jason Robertson for the most among all players – while becoming the first skater to reach 40 points in 2022-23.

Stars and storylines shined brightly during the second month of the 2022-23 season, spanning from the revitalization of teams that missed the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs to record-breaking performances and fresh faces among the League’s scoring leaders.

* New Jersey had a League-best 13 wins in November. They became the 15th team in NHL history to post a 13-win month – all prior clubs to do so went on to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Three of those previous teams went on to capture the Cup: Colorado (15-0-1 in Jan. 2022), Carolina (13-1-0 in Jan. 2006) and Philadelphia (13-1-1 in March 1975).

* Seattle posted a 10-1-1 mark in November after capturing just eight wins overall through November in their inaugural season (8-13-1 through Nov. 30, 2021). The Kraken capped their best month to date by winning the highest-scoring game of the season, thanks to the NHL’s first nine-goal outing of 2022-23 which helped them finish with the second-highest goals-per-game rate in November. Seattle, which finished 37 points shy of the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference in its inaugural campaign, currently sits within the top five of the League standings.

* The 2021-22 campaign was the only season the Golden Knights failed to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but rookie goaltender Logan Thompson finished November 2022 with an NHL-best eight victories (tied) as Vegas currently sits atop the Western Conference standings and third overall. Six of his eight wins since Nov. 1 have come on the road – one shy of the most by any rookie goaltender in a single month in League history (Ray Emery: 7 in March 2006 w/ OTT).

* The League-leading Bruins (19-3-0, 38 points) culminated the month with a victory against the Lightning at TD Garden, extending their freshly-established NHL record for longest home win streak to start a season to 13 games. While David Pastrnak (4-6—10 in 7 GP) has led Boston in home scoring since Nov. 1, the club has also spent 229:16 leading through that span – the third-highest total among all teams, trailing only Nashville (244:55) and Tampa Bay (241:14).

* Alex Ovechkin (793-640—1,433 in 1,298 GP) continued his pursuit of the 800-goal club in November and climbed a number of elite lists in the process, scoring eight times over the course of the month (14 GP) following a five-goal October (5-3—8 in 10 GP). The Capitals captain passed Gordie Howe for the most goals with a single franchise in NHL history, claimed the League record for most road goals from Wayne Gretzky and tied Jaromir Jagr for the NHL benchmark in game-opening tallies.

* While Connor McDavid (18-23—41 in 23 GP) has captured four of the NHL’s past six Art Ross Trophies and currently paces the League scoring race, Stars forward Jason Robertson (19-17—36 in 23 GP) is hot on his heels after posting 15-11—26 in November. Robertson became the first player in franchise history to lead the League in both goals and points in a calendar month. Robertson (41-38—79 in 2021-22) finished 44 points behind McDavid (44-79—123 in 2021-22) last season, ranking 35th in the NHL.


The last player to win the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy after leading the League on Dec. 1 of a season was David Pastrnak during the 2019-20 season, en route to sharing the award with Alex Ovechkin. Meanwhile, the last player to win the Art Ross after pacing the League on Dec. 1 of a campaign was Connor McDavid in 2016-17.

A quick snapshot of League trends from November 2022:

* 254 tying goals – the most ever in the month of November.
* 145 games with at least one game-tying goal. The only November with more was 2019 (152).

* 21 goals in the opening minute of a game (215 GP). The only months with more in NHL history are October 1981 (27 in 120 GP) and November 2018 (22 in 216).
* 33 goals in the opening 90 seconds of a contest. The only month with more in NHL history is October 1981 (34).

* 27 game-tying goals in the final five minutes of a game. The only November with more is 2013 (32)
* 89 comeback wins – the only Novembers with more are 2019 (93), 2018 (93) and 2009 (92).

* 22 multi-goal comeback wins, including five three-plus goal comeback wins.
* 38 comeback victories in the third period. The only Novembers with more are 2018 (45) and 2019 (41).

* 1,373 goals scored – the most ever in the month of November in NHL history.
* 111 road wins – the only months with more in NHL history are March 2014 (113), December 2007 (113) and April 2022 (112).

* 14 hat tricks – the only Novembers with more in the past 25 years are 2005 (20), 2018 (20) and 2010 (17).

Mitchell Marner (1-0—1) scored in the final two minutes of the game to extend his point streak to a franchise record-tying 18 games, while Ilya Samsonov made 23 saves to remain perfect at home (6-0-0) as Toronto concluded November with an 11-1-3 record and 25 standings points – the most points they’ve ever collected in a single calendar month, after earning just four wins in October.

* Samsonov’s six straight home wins to start a season tied Felix Potvin (6 GP in 1993-94) for the second-longest such run in Maple Leafs history, behind only Bruce Gamble (9 GP in 1967-68).

* Marner, who grew up in the Greater Toronto Area and cheered for his hometown Maple Leafs since he was a kid, now has his name atop a 105-year franchise record. He joined Chicago’s Patrick Kane (26 GP in 2015-16) as the only active players to share or hold the outright lead for the longest point streak record for an ‘Original Six’ franchise.

Connor McDavid had 1-1—2, including a highlight-reel goal, to boost his season totals to 18-23—41 (23 GP) as he became the first player to reach the 40-point mark this season, with nearly half of those points coming on the road (8-11—19 in 11 GP) – the most among all skaters. The Oilers captain has reached the mark in 23 games or fewer in his fourth straight campaign, with teammate Leon Draisaitl (19 GP in 2021-22 & 21 GP in 2019-20) standing as the only other active player to have accomplished the feat multiple times.

Jaroslav Halak and Craig Anderson each earned notable wins that were featured on Wednesday’s edition of #NHLStats: Live Updates.

* Halak stopped 34 of the 35 shots he faced to claim his first victory in a Rangers uniform and become the seventh goaltender in NHL history to earn a win with at least seven different franchises (also VAN, BOS, NYI, WSH, STL & MTL). The other netminders include Ron Tugnutt (8), Curtis McElhinney (8), Sean Burke (8), Alex Auld (7), Chad Johnson (7) and Brian Boucher (7).

* Exactly 20 years to the day after Anderson made his NHL debut, he collected an assist on the Sabres’ first goal of the game and made 41 saves – as well as all three in the shootout – to help Buffalo stymie Detroit’s three-goal, third-period comeback attempt, solidified by Jack Quinn’s shootout winner. Anderson, who made 41 saves in his last outing on Nov. 25, became the second goaltender age 40 or older to record 40-plus saves in back-to-back games (since 1955-56 when shots on goal began being tracked), joining Jacques Plante (42 on Feb. 14, 1973 & 43 on Feb. 18, 1973).


* NHL Alumni Association comes together for Hockey Fights Cancer Month
* Kris Letang out indefinitely for Penguins after stroke

* Bruins won first NHL game played in United States in 1924

* Teams consistently executing breakouts usually qualify for playoffs

* Get to Know: Seth Jones

After a thrilling November, the calendar will flip to December where an 11-game Thursday is in store to kick off the month, including leaders of the Metropolitan, Central and Pacific Division all in action as the Devils (19-4-0, 38 points) welcome the Predators (10-9-2, 22 points), the Golden Knights (17-6-1, 35 points) visit the Penguins (11-8-4, 26 points) and the Stars (13-6-4, 30 points) host the Ducks (6-15-2, 14 points).

Thanks to the NHL PR department for the information above.

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