The latest edition of the NHL Stat Corner covers the end of the week before the busy weekend schedule accelerates. We watch what the Calgary Flames are doing on both ends of the ice and the dominance of the Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs at home. We also take a look at the recent performances the Colorado Avalanche has given us, along with tons of stats and milestones for NHL players and teams over the past two days.
Excellent flames at both ends of the ice
The Flames are the first team with six shutouts in the first 17 games of the season since the Boston Bruins in 1938-39. Jacob Markstrom became the 10th goaltender in NHL history to record five shutouts in his first 13 games of the season. The last time this was accomplished was in 2007-08 by Pascal Leclaire registering five shutouts in nine games. Markstrom’s five shutouts this season are tied with his first 272 NHL games played with the Panthers and Vancouver Canucks. This is a huge turnaround from last season and it looks like everyone has bought into Head Coach Darryl Sutter’s system and defended really well.
But the performance didn’t just increase in the defensive zone. Several players break out or experience bounce seasons. Now is the perfect time to be a Flames fan. Andrew Mangiapane is one of two players in franchise history to score 11 goals in the team’s first 11 games this season, joining Jerome Iginla in 2009-10. Mangiapane leads the NHL with 11 road goals. Oliver Kylington is one of three players this season with multiple five-game point streaks. These two players can be considered candidates in small groups. We’ve seen some of it in Mangiapane over the past year or so, but Kylington is a nice surprise.
Panthers are untouchable at home
The Panthers have the 20th-longest regular-season home winning streak in NHL history with 13 games. The last team to win that many was the Maple Leafs in 2018 (13). The Panthers’ previous home winning streak was eight games in 2018. Despite losing their legendary head coach earlier in the season and their captain Aleksander Barkov recently, nothing seems to be holding this team down.
Spencer Knight broke a franchise record making 45 saves as a rookie goaltender. The previous mark was 44 saves by Markstrom. A ton of spotlight has been shined on Sergei Bobrovsky this season as he has finally shown that he deserves the massive contract he signed. This, in turn, forced Knight into a backseat role. But when he gets the chance, he’ll be sure to play with all his heart and fight for that No.1 spot in Florida.
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Campbell makes it nearly impossible for opponents to win in Toronto
Jack Campbell has the most home wins in his first 20 games in Maple Leafs franchise history (17). He’s 17-2-1 with a .932 save percentage (VS%), 1.90 goals-against average (GAA) and three shutouts – an incredible start to the Maple Leafs’ career. last season and just as good this year, as the team are now 10-1 in their last 11 games after struggling early on. None of that has been for Campbell, as he’s as solid as he gets this season, and he and Markstrom stand alone at the top when it comes to goalies.
Morgan Reilly has scored two goals in a game for the fourth time in his career. Rielly will need to continue playing as a number one defenseman in Toronto after signing that important $ 7.5 million Average Annual Value (AMV) agreement to stay put. With five members of the Maple Leafs receiving a huge percentage of their salary, he, along with each of the others, will have to play their fair game if they don’t want fans to turn on them. There has been a story of a whipped boy defending in Toronto if things don’t go well.
Justin Faulk of the blues bolsters his name in the American history books
Justin Faulk of the St. Louis Blues played his 700th career NHL game. He is the 33rd US-born player to play so many games. While he has been very solid throughout his career and the trade with the Carolina Hurricanes has worked well for him and the team, I don’t think he even counts for it. The US Olympic team in 2022. Scott Perunovich also recorded his first career point. Blues fans are very excited about this young defenseman, especially after losing a talent like Vince Dunn in the expansion draft. Perunovich is the next young stallion. Hope he is here to stay.
Avalanche dominating opponents on winning streak
The Colorado Avalanche outscored opponents 24-8 in a four-game winning streak. They defeated the Canucks 7-1 and 4-2, the San Jose Sharks 6-2 and the Seattle Kraken 7-3. Seattle “, Denver Post, November 19, 2021). The Avalanche have four shorthanded goals in the league lead this season. What is very impressive is that they did it without their best player Nathan MacKinnon who is injured. Nazem Kadri has really ramped up this season and has surprised while Darcy Kuemper has finally settled in after a wobbly start to the season.
Erik Johnson was tied for fourth in franchise history with goals from a defenseman with 62 goals. He has equaled Rob Blake and is only 13 goals from Tyson Barrie’s 75 goals at the top of the franchise. He’s averaged 9.5 goals per 82 games throughout his career, so that’s possible with two years remaining on his contract at Colorado.
NHL Player and Team Statistics
- It was the first time the Vegas Golden Knights have beaten the Detroit Red Wings at home in their history. The Red Wings were the first team to beat the Golden Knights in their inaugural season. Nic Roy has played his 100th career game.
- The Kraken is having the worst start to the inaugural season (4-11-1) since the Ottawa Senators in 1992 when they finished (10-70-4).
- Sidney Crosby is the 12th player in NHL history to record 1,000 winning points in 589 games.
- It was the first time since 2010 that two players with active points streak of more than 15 games played on the same day. Connor McDavid and Troy Terry both extended their 15-game streak with at least 16 points with one goal each in their respective games.
- Clayton Keller became the 11th player in Arizona Coyotes franchise history to reach 200 career points.
- Barrett Hayton recorded the first two-goal game of his career.
- Stuart Skinner becomes the fourth rookie goaltender in Edmonton Oilers franchise history to record at least 46 saves in a game.
- Justin Danforth of the Columbus Blue Jackets scored his first career goal.
- Kyle Burroughs of the Canucks scored his first career goal.
The Kraken aren’t what many thought they would be in their first season and should look to the future soon. What McDavid and Terry have done for their clubs has helped propel them to the top of the rankings in the Pacific, which seems more competitive at the start than expected. Crosby continues to thrive after all these years, and it helps to be near the top of the list when the Penguins have the longest active playoff streak. Check back soon and stay up to date with all the latest player and team stats and milestones. Till next time.
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