The NHL’s greatest and brightest got here to play within the opening month of 2019-20. David Pastrnak had a few profession video games, John Carlson made historical past, and Tuukka Rask stopped (nearly) each shot that got here his method. Plus, the Alex Ovechkin objective watch and the NHL’s over-40 membership. David Pastrnak and Tuukka Rask|Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire by way of Getty ImagesThe opening month of the 2019-20 NHL season is within the books. Listed below are a couple of of the numbers that caught our consideration:
.951Boston’s Tuukka Rask stopped 193 of the 203 pictures he confronted in October, for a save proportion that might make Dominik Hasek proud. Rask’s glowing play (6-Zero-1 file, 1.41 goals-against common, two shutouts) helped the Bruins bolt out of the gates with a 9-1-2 file within the opening month of the season. Stanley Cup hangovers aren’t for losers, apparently.
5Boston’s David Pastrnak had 5 assists towards the Rangers final Sunday to change into the one NHLer to gather a full handful of helpers in a recreation this season. Pastrnak additionally had a four-goal recreation in October, becoming a member of Detroit’s Anthony Mantha and Edmonton’s James Neal. After going scoreless in his first two outings of 2019-20, Pastrnak is driving a 10-game level streak that has carried him (nearly) to the highest of the NHL scoring race.
8Give Barry Trotz 20 gamers and he’ll provide you with a successful hockey group. The coach of Islanders has guided his prices to an eight-game successful streak, the longest within the league this season. New York goes for 9 in a row after they go to Buffalo on Saturday evening.
8Detroit additionally had an eight-game streak, nevertheless it was the sort that no group needs. The Purple Wings misplaced eight in a row, going Zero-7-1 to gather just one “loser” level within the course of, earlier than beating Edmonton on Tuesday.
11The variety of pictures by Vancouver’s Tanner Pearson towards Edmonton within the season opener between the 2 groups on Oct. 2. It’s probably the most pictures in a recreation by any participant this season. Pearson obtained a objective for his efforts, however the Canucks fell to the Oilers Three-2. Maybe as a result of the remainder of the Canucks’ gamers mixed for 14 pictures.
13Colorado has performed 13 video games, and Nathan MacKinnon has hit the scoresheet in each one among them for the longest level streak of 2019-20. That’s spectacular in its personal proper, and all of the extra so when you think about that MacKinnon’s longtime linemates, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog, are each out with accidents. There have been solely three longer season-opening level streaks previously 30 years: Dany Heatley, 22 video games, 2005-06; Henrik Zetterberg, 17 video games, 2007-08; and, Jaromir Jagr, 15 video games, 1999-2000. MacKinnon nonetheless has a methods to go, nevertheless, to match the NHL’s all-time longest season-opening streak – that belongs to Wayne Gretzky, who recorded at the very least a degree within the first 51 video games of 1983-84. Gretzky, being Gretzky, piled up 153 factors throughout ‘The Streak’ for a median of three factors per recreation throughout that astounding run.
23The variety of factors for Washington defenseman John Carlson within the month of October. Just one blueliner in NHL historical past has had extra factors in October: Al MacInnis, with 25 factors in 13 video games with Calgary in October 1990. Carlson, who registered at the very least one level in 12 of his 14 appearances, had eight multi-point video games. That helped him set up a franchise file for factors by a defenseman in any calendar month, surpassing Sergei Gonchar’s 22 in January 2000, and likewise match a Washington file for factors by any skater in a single October (Alex Ovechkin, 23 factors in 13 video games in October 2009).
33:16The ice time for Toronto’s Morgan Rielly in a Four-Three additional time loss towards Washington on Tuesday. It’s probably the most anybody has performed in a recreation this season. Ottawa defenseman Thomas Chabot is the one different participant to skate 30-plus minutes in a recreation in 2019-20 – and he’s performed it twice (30:15 vs. Rangers on Oct. 5 and 30:20 vs. Islanders on Oct. 25).
669Alex Ovechkin’s climb up the NHL’s all-time objective listing continues. The Capitals famous person has scored 11 occasions in 15 video games this season, serving to him to cross Luc Robitaille for 12th place in profession targets. Subsequent up: Teemu Selanne (684), Mario Lemieux (690), Steve Yzerman (692) and Mark Messier (694). Wayne Gretzky’s NHL file of 894 targets nonetheless seems fairly secure – however not almost as secure because it used to.
5296The mixed variety of NHL video games performed (common season and playoffs) for Boston’s Zdeno Chara and San Jose’s Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, together with the Bruins-Sharks conflict on Tuesday that featured the one three 40-year-olds within the league this season. The breakdown: Chara, 42 (1,497 regular-season video games, 182 playoff video games); Thornton, 40 (1,580 regular-season video games, 179 playoff video games); and Marleau, 40 (1,667 regular-season video games, 191 playoff video games).
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Tags: nhlConnect: In regards to the AuthorSam McCaigCopy editor Sam McCaig rejoined The Hockey Information in 2017 after beforehand working at THN from 1999 to 2010. His profession excessive for targets in a season is one.