* The Devils and Bruins continued their winning ways Saturday, both extending their respective winning streaks while also becoming the first teams to reach 20 wins this season.
* Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each posted a four-point performance in Edmonton’s win at Rogers Place, with the former becoming the second player to hit 20 goals in 2022-23.
* Jason Robertson will look to extend his point streak to 18 games when the Stars host the Wild on a five-game Sunday.
DEVILS, BRUINS EXTEND LENGTHY WINNING STREAKS, REACH 20 VICTORIES The League-leading Devils (20-4-1, 41 points) and second-place Bruins (20-3-0, 40 points) stretched their road and home winning streaks, respectively, and became the first teams to reach 20 victories this season:
* Jack Hughes had the decisive goal as New Jersey improved to 11-0-0 in its last 11 games as visitors and established afranchise record for longest road winning streak, eclipsing the previous mark of 10 contests set from Feb. 27 to April 7, 2001. The Devils became the third team in NHL history with an 11-game road winning streak, joining the Wild (12-0-0 from Feb. 18–April 9, 2015) and Red Wings (12-0-0 from March 1–April 15, 2006).
* New Jersey (25 GP) also set club benchmarks for fewest games to reach 20 wins and 40 points in a season, besting its previous mark of 28 contests from 2009-10 (20-7-1, 41 points).
* Boston (23 GP), which has played two fewer games than New Jersey this season, matched its franchise benchmarks for fewest contests to reach the 20-win and 40-point mark (also 23 GP in 1929-30). The only other team in NHL history to reach 20 victories in 23 games was the Blackhawks in 2012-13.
McDAVID, DRAISAITL CATAPULT OILERS WITH MATCHING FOUR-POINT PERFORMANCES Connor McDavid (2-2—4) and Leon Draisaitl (1-3—4) each posted four points in the same game for the ninth time as the Oilers (14-11-0, 28 points) captured their fourth win in five contests. The duo combined on three of Edmonton’s goals Saturday and 26 overall in 2022-23 – seven more than the next closest teammates: Jason Roberton and Joe Pavelski (19), Robertson and Roope Hintz (19), Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov (19) as well as Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel (19).
* McDavid (21-26—47 in 25 GP) moved within one goal of Jason Robertson (22-17—39 in 24 GP) for the NHL lead and reached the 20-goal mark within his first 25 games of a season for the first time in his career after the latter did so Dec. 1 (24 GP). The 2022-23 season is just the fifth since 2000-01 to feature multiple players reach the 20-goal mark in 25 outings or fewer: 2021-22 (Draisaitl: 19 GP & Alex Ovechkin: 25 GP), 2013-14 (Ovechkin: 22 GP & Alexander Steen: 24 GP), 2009-10 (Ovechkin: 22 GP & Marian Gaborik: 25 GP) and 2005-06 (Simon Gagne: 19 GP, Daniel Alfredsson: 22 GP & Jaromir Jagr: 24 GP).
COLLECTION OF VETERANS CELEBRATE MAJOR MILESTONES While Patrick Kane (1-2—3), Alex Ovechkin and Corey Perry (0-2—2) attained notable milestones, Lightning captain Steven Stamkos (0-1—1) was celebrated in a pre-game ceremony for recently reaching the 1,000-point mark.
* Kane (434-766—1,200 in 1,130 GP) factored on three Chicago power-play goals to become the second player in Blackhawks history to reach the 1,200-point benchmark. While he joined Sidney Crosby (530-912—1,442 in 1,133 GP) and Ovechkin (793-642—1,435 in 1,300 GP) as just the third active player to reach the mark, he also joined elite company among U.S.-born players.
* Ovechkin became the 14th player in NHL history, and first active, to skate in 1,300 regular-season contests with one franchise – Gordie Howe owns the benchmark with 1,687 games played with the Red Wings.
* ICYMI: Six-year-old Lightning fan Tripp Nugent, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in September, served as the team’s honorary captain after being signed to a one-day contract. He took in the morning skate with Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper and received a standing ovation at AMALIE Arena ahead of the game.
* Kasperi Kapanen (3-0—3) scored his second game-winning goal in as many games and his second career hat trick, following a three-goal performance with the Penguins on Nov. 6, 2021 (3-0—3 vs. MIN). His father, Sami Kapanen, netted three regular-season hat tricks in his career (Nov. 12, 1997, March 15, 1998 & Nov. 27, 2001).
* Carter Verhaeghe scored twice in a 26-second span to help the Panthers snap the Kraken’s winning streak at seven games. He became the fourth player in franchise history to score two goals in 26 seconds or less, joining Viktor Kozlov (0:07 on Feb. 10, 2004), Colton Sceviour (0:23 on March 30, 2016) and Jonathan Marchessault (0:26 on March 23, 2017).
* Brock Boeser netted a game-tying tally with 8:12 remaining in regulation while Bo Horvat (19-7—26 in 25 GP) scored the overtime winner to reach 19 goals this season and lift the Canucks to victory on Hockey Fights Cancer Night at Rogers Arena.
* Hurricanes netminder Pyotr Kochetkov (31 saves) improved to 8-1-3 through his first 10 career starts. Only six goaltenders in NHL history have recorded more wins through their first 10 NHL starts: IgorShesterkin (9 w/ NYR), Viktor Fasth (9 w/ ANA), Martin Prusek (9 w/ OTT), Bob Froese (9 w/ PHI), Wayne Thomas (9 w/ MTL) and Frank Brimsek (9 w/ BOS).
NHL’S GOAL LEADER RETURNS TO THE ICE ON FIVE-GAME SUNDAY Jason Robertson (20-12—32 in 17 GP) will look to extend his point streak to 18 games as the Stars (14-6-4, 32 points) aim to maintain their positioning atop the Central Division standings during a five-game Sunday. Dallas has netted 93 goals this season (including shootout-deciding goals) – tied with Boston and New Jersey for the most among all teams.
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