The New York Islanders surprised a lot of people when they posted a 48-27-7 record in 2018-19 immediately after losing captain John Tavares as a free agent to the Toronto Maple Leafs. So far the 2019-20 campaign is going even better.
The Islanders beat Tavares and the Maple Leafs on Wednesday to extend their point streak to a stunning 13 games (12-0-1). That gives them a 13-3-1 record, which gives them the third highest point total in the league. Unfortunately for them, they share a division with the Washington Capitals, which have gotten off to an insane 14-2-4 start, so even the Islanders’ near perfect run hasn’t been enough to put them within striking distance of the Metropolitan Division lead.
Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs have dropped to 9-7-4. The first quarter of this season has raised a lot of questions for Toronto. The team has been horribly inconsistent and their defense has been suspect. With a quarter of the Maple Leafs’ games now in the books, they still have a lot of unanswered questions.
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OTTAWA 4 NEW JERSEY 2
Jean-Gabriel Pageau led the Senators with a hat trick. He’s up to 11 goals and 15 points in 18 contests this season.
Connor Brown assisted on two of Ottawa’s four goals. That gives him two goals and 14 points in 18 games.
Craig Anderson stopped 21 of 23 Devils shots. He has a 3-6-0 record, 3.33 GAA, and .893 save percentage in 11 contests.
Will Butcher found the back of the net for New Jersey. It was his second goal and sixth point in 15 games.
Mackenzie Blackwood turned aside 21 of 24 shots last night. He dropped to 5-4-3 with a 2.94 GAA and .895 save percentage in 12 contests.
NY ISLANDERS 5 TORONTO 4
Derick Brassard scored a goal and registered two assists for the Islanders. He has six goals and 11 points in 17 contests.
Anthony Beauvillier netted two goals on Wednesday. The Islanders forward scored four goals and 10 points in 17 games.
John Tavares had a goal and an assist against his former team. That gives him six goals and 13 points in 13 contests.
Frederik Andersen stopped 25 of 29 shots last night. He has a 9-3-3 record, 2.72 GAA, and .912 save percentage in 15 starts.
At the other end of the ice, Semyon Varlamov saved 23 of 27 shots. He’s 6-2-1 with a 2.56 GAA and .917 save percentage in nine games.
WASHINGTON 2 PHILADELPHIA 1 (SO)
Braden Holtby stopped 30 of 31 shots in regulation time. He also allowed one goal in three shootout rounds. This contest extended his winning streak to five games.
Carter Hart turned aside 35 of 36 shots before the skills competition. He was beaten in both of the Capitals’ shootout attempts though, so the Flyers missed out on the extra point.
Claude Giroux found the back of the net for the Flyers. It was his fifth goal and 13th point in 18 games.
Brendan Leipsic accounted for Washington’s non-shootout goal. He’s up to two goals and six points in 20 games.
John Carlson assisted on Leipsic’s marker. That gives Carlson eight goals and 30 points in 20 contests.
DALLAS 3 CALGARY 1
Joe Pavelski led the charge with two goals. He’s up to five goals and 10 points in 19 games.
Justin Dowling accounted for the Stars’ other marker. It was his first career goal in 34 games.
Ben Bishop saved 24 of 25 Flames shots. The one goal he did allow was scored during a Calgary power play.
Sean Monahan netted that Flames power-play goal. That gives him five goals and 17 points in 21 contests.
Cam Talbot turned aside 29 of 31 Stars shots. He has a 1-4-0 record, 2.69 GAA, and .907 save percentage in six games.
CHICAGO 5 VEGAS 3
Patrick Kane scored a goal and registered two assists for Chicago. He has nine goals and 23 points in 18 games.
Dylan Strome also had a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks. He’s up to four goals and 15 points in 18 contests.
Corey Crawford stopped 39 of 42 shots Thursday night. He had the most work in the first period when he faced 16 shots and allowed two goals.
At the other end of the ice, Marc-Andre Fleury saved 21 of 26 shots. He surrendered a pair of goals in each of the second and third periods.
William Karlsson scored a goal and registered an assist for Vegas. That gives him five goals and 18 points in 20 contests this season.