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MacKinnon Just Keeps Scoring

by Ryan Dadoun

Nathan MacKinnon leaped forward last season with 39 goals and 97 points – 34 points more than his previous career-high.  It’s starting to look like he can do even better this season.  He’s recorded at least a point in each of his first eight games and has found the back of the net in seven of those contests.  After helping to lead Colorado to victory over Carolina on Saturday, he’s up to eight goals and 14 points in eight contests.

 

He’s not the only red hot player with the Avalanche though.  Gabriel Landeskog scored a hat trick against the Devils on Thursday and followed that up with another two goals Saturday.  Meanwhile, Mikko Rantanen has shown that his 84-point breakout campaign in 2017-18 wasn’t a fluke.  He already has two goals and 14 points in eight contests this season.

 

The Avalanche are now 5-1-2, which is good for second place in what’s shaping up to be a very competitive Central Division.  It’s still very early, but they’re shaping up to be one of the more interesting teams this season.

 

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PHILADELPHIA 5 NEW JERSEY 2

 

Damon Severson scored a power-play goal for the Devils.  He has a goal and five points in six contests in 2018-19.

 

Jakub Voracek found the back of the net and registered two assists.  He’s up to three goals and 11 points in eight games.

 

Travis Sanheim assisted on two of the Flyers’ five markers.  He has four helpers in eight contests.

 

Brian Elliott stopped 19 of 21 Devils shots.  He’s 2-3-0 with a 3.68 GAA and .878 save percentage in six starts.

 

Keith Kinkaid surrendered three goals on 19 shots.  He has a 4-2-0 record, 1.85 GAA, and .929 save percentage in six games.

 

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COLORADO 3 CAROLINA 1

 

Philipp Grubauer kicked out 42 of 43 shots Saturday afternoon.  He’s up to 2-1-0 with a 2.68 GAA and .925 save percentage in three starts.

 

Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal and registered a pair of assists.  That gives him eight goals and 14 points in eight contests.

 

Gabriel Landeskog netted Colorado’s other two goals.  He has seven goals and 10 points in eight games.

 

Micheal Ferland accounted for the Hurricanes’ marker.  It was his fifth goal and eighth point in eight contests.

 

Curtis McElhinney turned aside 19 of 22 Avalanche shots.  He’s allowed 10 goals over his last three starts, though he is 2-1-0 over that span.

 

BUFFALO 5 LOS ANGELES 1

 

Jeff Skinner led the Sabres with a hat trick that included the game-winning goal.  He’s up to four goals and six points in eight games this season.

 

Jack Eichel registered three assists for Buffalo.  He has three goals and eight points in eight games.

 

Drew Doughty netted the Kings’ only goal.  It was his first goal and fifth point in eight contests.

 

Jonathan Quick kicked out 21 of 25 shots.  He’s 0-2-1 with a 4.67 GAA and .851 save percentage in three starts.

 

Linus Ullmark saved 19 of 20 Kings shots.  He improved to 2-0-0 with a 0.50 GAA and .982 save percentage.

 

WINNIPEG 5 ARIZONA 3

 

Oliver Ekman-Larsson assisted on all three of the Coyotes’ goals.  He has four assists in seven games in 2018-19.

 

Antti Raanta turned aside 17 of 21 shots on Saturday.  He’s 2-4-0 with a 2.32 GAA and .911 save percentage in six starts.

 

Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey scored a goal and registered an assist.  The 23-year-old has a goal and seven points in eight contests after setting a career-high with 26 points in 2017-18.

 

Mathieu Perreault netted the game-winning goal.  It was his first marker and second point in eight games.

 

Laurent Brossoit stopped 42 of 45 Coyotes shots.  He has a 2-0-0 record, 2.00 GAA, and .955 save percentage in two starts.

 

ST. LOUIS 4 TORONTO 1

 

Zach Sanford accounted for the game-winning goal.  It was his first goal and point in his second game.

 

Ryan O'Reilly found the back of the net and registered an assist.  He has a goal and seven points in seven games.

 

Morgan Rielly netted the Maple Leafs’ lone goal.  He’s up to four goals and 14 points in nine contests.

 

Frederik Andersen kicked out 21 of 24 Blues shots.  The damage came in the second period when he surrendered three goals on just seven shots.

 

At the other end of the ice, Jake Allen saved 22 of 23 shots.  That ended his run of five straight starts where he allowed three or more goals.

 

OTTAWA 4 MONTREAL 3 (OT)

 

Paul Byron scored a goal and registered an assist for the Canadiens.  He’s up to four goals and seven points in seven games.

 

Carey Price surrendered four goals on 34 shots.  With that setback, Price remains one win away from tying Patrick Roy for second place on Montreal’s all-time wins list.

 

Mark Stone scored two goals, including the overtime winner, and registered an assist.  He has four goals and six points in seven games.

 

Matt Duchene found the back of the net and registered an assist.  That gives him a goal and eight points in seven contests.

 

Craig Anderson turned aside 24 of 27 Canadiens shots.  He picked up his third straight win, though he had surrendered just a single goal in each of his previous two starts.

 

DETROIT 4 FLORIDA 3 (OT)

 

Jimmy Howard saved 34 of 37 Panthers shots.  He surrendered two goals on 12 shots in the first period, putting the Red Wings down 2-0 at the intermission, but he held strong after that to help facilitate the Red Wings’ comeback.

 

Gustav Nyquist scored the overtime winner and registered an assist.  He has a goal and seven points in eight contests.

 

Dylan Larkin also had a goal and an assist for Detroit.  He’s up to four goals and seven points in eight games.

 

Keith Yandle found the back of the net and registered an assist.  The Panthers blueliner has a goal and seven points in six contests this season.

 

Michael Hutchinson kicked out 27 of 31 Red Wings shots.  He stopped just six of nine shots in the second period.

 

CHICAGO 4 COLUMBUS 1

 

Corey Crawford stopped 37 of 38 Blue Jackets shots in his second start since returning.  Because of his long absence, this was Crawford’s first win since Dec. 17, 2017.

 

Alex DeBrincat found the back of the net for the Blackhawks.  It was his seventh goal and 11th point in seven games.

 

Marcus Kruger scored the game-winning goal.  He has two goals and points in seven contests.

 

Zach Werenski accounted for the Blue Jackets’ goal.  He’s up to two goals and four points in seven games.

 

Sergei Bobrovsky kicked out 22 of 25 shots last night.  That was the third straight start where he allowed three or more goals.

 

MINNESOTA 5 TAMPA BAY 4 (OT)

 

Mikael Granlund scored the overtime winner.  It was his third goal and sixth point in eight contests.

 

Charlie Coyle found the back of the net and registered an assist for the Wild.  That gives him two goals and four points in eight games.

 

J.T. Miller scored a goal and registered an assist.   The Lightning forward has two goals and six points in six contests.

 

Andrei Vasilevskiy turned aside 29 of 34 Wild shots.  He dropped to 3-1-1 with a 2.16 GAA and .933 save percentage in five starts.

 

At the other end of the ice, Alex Stalock saved 27 of 31 shots.  He has a 1-1-0 record, 3.44 GAA, and .879 save percentage in two games.

 

VANCOUVER 2 BOSTON 1 (OT)

 

Jaroslav Halak saved 20 of 22 Canucks shots.  He’s 2-0-2 with a 1.74 GAA and .933 save percentage in five contests.

 

Joakim Nordstrom netted a goal for the Bruins.  It was his second goal and point in seven games.

 

Bo Horvat scored the overtime winner.  He has four goals and five points in seven contests.

 

Brandon Sutter found the back of the net for Vancouver.  He’s up to three goals and four points in eight games.

 

Jacob Markstrom saved 30 of 31 shots last night.  He had surrendered five goals in each of his previous two starts, so this was a nice bounce back performance out of him.

 

VEGAS 3 ANAHEIM 1

 

Ben Street accounted for the Ducks’ lone goal.  It was his third marker and fifth point in eight games.

 

Ryan Reaves scored the game-winning goal.  He had been held off the scoresheet in his first seven games this season.

 

Jonathan Marchessault found the back of the net and recorded an assist.  That gives him five goals and 10 points in eight contests.

 

Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 17 of 18 Ducks shots.  He got off to a rough start this season, but has allowed just two goals over his last three starts.

 

At the other end of the ice, John Gibson kicked out 42 of 44 shots.  He’s 4-2-1 with a 1.91 GAA and .949 save percentage in seven starts.

 

NASHVILLE 3 EDMONTON 0

 

Juuse Saros turned aside 31 shots to earn the shutout.  It was his first perfect game of the season and the fifth of his career.  With Pekka Rinne on the injured reserve list, the Predators will be leaning on Saros for now.

 

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tied for the team-high with five shots against Saros.  Nugent-Hopkins has two goals on 19 shots this season for a 10.5% success rate.

 

P.K. Subban scored the first and therefore the game-winning goal.  He has two goals and six points in eight contests.

 

Viktor Arvidsson also found the back of the net for Nashville.  It was his fourth goal and sixth point in eight games.

 

Cam Talbot stopped 25 of 27 Predators shots.  He’s 3-3-0 with a 2.69 GAA and .906 save percentage in six starts.

 

SAN JOSE 4 NY ISLANDERS 1

 

Joonas Donskoi scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist.  He has three goals and six points in eight contests.

 

Logan Couture also had a goal and an assist for the Sharks.  He’s up to five goals and eight points in eight games.

 

Martin Jones turned aside 24 of 25 Islanders shots.  He’s allowed just two goals over his last two starts.

 

Brock Nelson netted the Islanders’ only goal.  It was his second goal and third point in seven games.

 

Robin Lehner kicked out 37 of 41 shots last night.  He has a 2-2-0 record, 2.59 GAA, and .925 save percentage in four starts.

Ryan Dadoun
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