NHL AM Skate: TIVO Line Strikes Again For Isles; Pavelski Stays Hot
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STADIUM SERIES QUICK HITS
* A total of 468,905 fans have attended the eight regular-season outdoor NHL games to date, an average of 58,613 per game.
* The only player to appear in 200 or more NHL games for both the Kings and Ducks is current Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma.
* The only player to appear in 200 or more NHL games for both the Devils and Rangers is retired defenseman Bruce Driver.
* The only player to appear in 200 or more NHL games for both the Islanders and Rangers is retired defenseman Darius Kasparaitis.
SPECIAL EVENT AT BRYANT PARK
The NHL will host a special event with legendary former Rangers, Devils and Islanders, as well as special guests and youngsters from the Tier 1 Squirt Minor team from the North Jersey Avalanche, today at 12:00 p.m. ET in Bryant Park (Sixth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets).
HILLER GETS NEW LOOK
InGoal Magazine released several images of the special mask Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller will wear for the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. Click here for more pictures.
ISLANDERS, RANGERS MEET IN STADIUM SERIES PREVIEW
In a preview of their Jan. 29 game at Yankee Stadium, the Islanders and Rangers face off tonight in the third of five meetings this season. The clubs split their first two matchups, with the Rangers earning a 3-2 victory Oct. 29 on Long Island and the Islanders securing a 5-3 win Dec. 20 in Manhattan. The Rangers have recorded at least one point in 18 of their last 22 games versus the Islanders, posting a 15-4-3 mark since Dec. 17, 2009. Overall, the Rangers are 11-3-1 in their last 15 contests, including wins in six of their past seven, while the Islanders are 11-5-2 in their last 18 outings, including wins in six of their past eight.
OVECHKIN ON TODAY SHOW
Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin appeared on the TODAY show to discuss the 2014 Olympic Winter Games with host Carson Daly.
NY Islanders 4, Philadelphia 3 (SO)
Boston 3, Los Angeles 2
Florida 5, Pittsburgh 1
St. Louis 4, Detroit 1
Nashville 4, Dallas 1
Toronto 4, Phoenix 2
San Jose 3, Calgary 2
TIVO LINE LIFTS ISLANDERS
Kyle Okposo scored the tying goal with 2:58 remaining in regulation and the decisive tally in the shootout to help the Islanders overcome a two-goal, third-period deficit and earn a split of their home-and-home series with the Flyers. The line of Okposo (1-1—2), John Tavares (1-0—1) and Thomas Vanek (0-1—1) combined for four points as well as two of the team’s three shootout goals.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Tavares, Vanek and Okposo each rank in the top six in NHL scoring since Dec. 17 – the Islanders are 11-5-1 in that span.
MOST POINTS IN THE NHL, SINCE DEC. 17
1. Wayne Simmonds (PHI): 12-10—22 in 17 GP
2. John Tavares (NYI): 10-12-22 in 16 GP
3. Thomas Vanek (NYI): 7-14—21 in 17 GP
4. Sidney Crosby (PIT): 6-15—21 in 14 GP
5. Joe Pavelski (SJ): 15-5—20 in 17 GP
6. Kyle Okposo (NYI): 10-10—20 in 16 GP
* Tavares (23-36—59 in 50 GP) also ranks second in NHL scoring for the season, while Okposo (20-29—49 in 50 GP) and Vanek (17-26—43 in 48 GP) both place in the top 25.
* Okposo, who scored four goals in 48 games last season, reached the 20-goal plateau for the second time in his NHL career – he scored 24 times in 79 games during the 2011-12 season.
* Vanek has 2-4—6 during a five-game point streak, his second such streak of five or more games this season following a career-long, 10-game run Dec. 20-Jan. 7 (5-10—15).
PAVELSKI STAYS HOT . . .
One game removed from his first career hat trick, Joe Pavelski scored twice, including the game-winning goal, to power the Sharks to their fourth consecutive victory. Pavelski has 27 goals this season, tied for second in the NHL with Ducks forward Corey Perry.
* Pavelski has scored at least one goal in 13 of his past 20 games, totaling 18-5—23 over that span. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his 18 goals in 20 games are the second-most in franchise history, behind only Jonathan Cheechoo’s 20 in 20 during the 2005-06 season.
* Antti Niemi made 21 saves to improve to 12-2-1 with a 2.18 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and one shutout in 15 career appearances versus the Flames.
* The Sharks improved to 10-2-1 in their last 13 games against the Flames dating to 2010-11.
. . . AS DOES MARCHAND
Brad Marchand also scored twice, including the game-winning goal, to lift the Bruins to their 11th victory in their past 13 games at TD Garden. Marchand has 6-1—7, highlighted by consecutive multi-goal games, during a four-game goal/point streak.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Marchand is only the second Bruins player in the past five seasons to record multiple goals in each of two consecutive team games. The other to do so was Patrice Bergeron, who had back-to-back two-goal games Jan. 4-5, 2012.
Jonathan Bernier made 39 saves to backstop the Maple Leafs to their fifth consecutive victory, their longest winning streak since Jan. 27-Feb. 6, 2007 (5-0-0).
* Bernier improved to 3-0-0 with a 1.14 goals-against average, .967 save percentage and one shutout in three career appearances versus the Coyotes.
* Phil Kessel (1-1—2) recorded his fifth multi-point game in his past six outings and has 4-8—12 during a six-game point streak. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kessel’s 12 points are his most over any six-game span within one season since Oct. 8-22, 2011, when he set a career high with 8-5—13 in six games.
* The Maple Leafs picked up their first win in Phoenix since Oct. 23, 2003, a span of four games.
DEFENSEMEN POWER BLUES
Defensemen Barret Jackman, Kevin Shattenkirk and Jay Bouwmeester each scored to lift the Blues to their third consecutive victory at Joe Louis Arena, their first such streak since 2009.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marks only the second time in the past 12 seasons that three Blues defensemen have scored in the same game. The other such instance came on Oct. 16, 2008, when Eric Brewer, Jay McKee and Steve Wagner each scored in a 6-1 win over the Stars.
* Jackman recorded his fourth career game-winning goal and first since April 3, 2007.
* Alexander Steen collected two assists, his first points since returning from an 11-game absence. Steen has 11 multi-point games this season, one shy of his career high set in 2009-10.
* The Blues improved to 15-5-3 (33 points) on the road, tied for the second-most wins and points as visitors this season.
Drew Shore (2-0—2) recorded his first career multi-goal game and Jesse Winchester added three assists to help the Panthers snap the Penguins’ franchise-record, 13-game home winning streak. Florida picked up its first-ever victory at CONSOL Energy Center and first win in Pittsburgh since Jan. 3, 2009 . . . Predators captain Shea Weber scored his 13th goal of the season, the game-winner, to extend his lead among NHL defensemen . . . Flyers forward Matt Read (2-0—2) recorded his sixth career multi-goal game, three of which have come against the Islanders. He has 13-10—23 in 43 games this season, 7-5—12 of which have come in four contests versus the Islanders . . . Predators goaltender Carter Hutton (35 saves) improved to 8-1-0 when facing 30 or more shots this season . . . The NHL suspended Canucks head coach John Tortorella for 15 days (Jan. 19-Feb. 2), without pay, for his actions during the first intermission of Saturday’s game versus the Flames . . . The NHL also fined Flames head coach Bob Hartley $25,000 for his responsibility for the incident that took place off the opening face-off of Saturday’s game . . . The Flames announced that they have signed forward Matt Stajan to a four-year contract extension.
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Florida @ Buffalo, 7:00 p.m., FS-F, MSG-B, BELL TV
St. Louis @ New Jersey, 7:00 p.m., FS-MW, MSG PLUS
NY Islanders @ NY Rangers, 7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS 2, MSG
Carolina @ Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m., FS-CR, CSN-PH
Ottawa @ Washington, 7:00 p.m., TSN, RDS, CSN-DC
Los Angeles @ Columbus, 7:00 p.m., FS-W, FS-O
Minnesota @ Dallas, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2
Toronto @ Colorado, 9:00 p.m., SNET-O, ALT
Vancouver @ Edmonton, 9:30 p.m., SNET-P, SNET-W
Winnipeg @ Anaheim, 10:00 p.m., TSN-JETS, PRIME