Tuesday was a busy night with 13 games on the schedule. Among the most noteworthy results was the Rangers’ 7-2 victory over Vancouver. With that the Rangers now have 72 goals for this season while the next highest team, Montreal, is at 56.
I touched on the Rangers’ success roughly a week ago in a Daily Dose and I mentioned their depth at the time. That remains a big source of their strength as 13 of their players have already reached or surpassed the 10-point mark while seven of them have at least five goals. In contrast, their opponent on Tuesday, Vancouver, has just two players at 10 points (the Sedin twins) and no one with more than that.
Beyond their depth though, the Rangers have also gotten star-worthy numbers from two young forwards. J.T. Miller and Kevin Hayes are 23 and 24 respectively and neither of them had recorded more than 45 points in a single season prior to 2016-17. However, they’ve combined for 15 goals and 33 points through 17 games this season.
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SENATORS 3 FLYERS 2 (Shootout)
Kyle Turris found the back of the net with just 1:59 minutes left in the third period to tie the game for the Senators. It was his eighth goal and 10th point in 16 games this season.
Erik Karlsson assisted on Turris’ goal to extend his point streak to three games. Then in the fifth round of the shootout, the Senators defenseman scored the game-deciding goal.
Flyers goalie Steve Mason hadn’t allowed a goal in the previous four shootout rounds. He also turned aside 24 of 26 shots prior to the skills competition.
Craig Anderson saved 33 of 35 shots before the shootout. This was his eighth victory in 12 starts this season.
HURRICANES 1 SHARKS 0
Joakim Nordstrom scored the game’s only goal at 10:48 of the third period. It was his first marker of 2016-17.
Also getting a first was Viktor Stalberg as he didn’t have an assist this season before aiding in Nordstrom’s goal. Stalberg now has three points in 14 games.
Cam Ward earned the 22-save shutout. It was his first perfect game of 2016-17 and gives him a 2.51 GAA and .908 save percentage in 11 starts this season.
Aaron Dell kicked out 32 of 33 shots in the losing effort. The 27-year-old rookie was making his third appearance of his career and now has a 1.90 GAA and .932 save percentage.
Sharks forward Tomas Hertl tied the Sharks’ team-high with three shots on goal. He’s gone eight straight games without finding the back of the net.
BLUE JACKETS 2 CAPITALS 1 (Overtime)
Philipp Grubauer turned aside 25 of 27 shots Tuesday night. He has a 2-1-1 record, 2.00 GAA, and .925 save percentage in four starts.
Grubauer was up against Sergei Bobrovsky, who saved 21 of 22 shots. That snapped a brief, but rough patch for Bobrovsky where he allowed four goals in back-to-back starts.
Cam Atkinson accounted for the game-winning goal. He’s found the back of the net five times this season and two of those markers have been GWG.
Zach Werenski also found the back of the net for the Blue Jackets. He’s scored a goal in three of his last four games, giving him five markers and 13 points in 14 contests this season.
Nicklas Backstrom was the other player that scored in this contest. The Capitals forward has two goals and 10 points in 15 games.
MAPLE LEAFS 6 PREDATORS 2
James van Riemsdyk had a hat trick and an assist to lead Toronto to victory. That continues what’s been a phenomenal start for him as he already has seven goals and 15 points in 16 contests.
Tyler Bozak came up big too with four helpers. He has five goals and 14 points in 16 games.
Their victim was Predators goalie Marek Mazanec, who stopped just 26 of 32 shots. He has a 5.45 GAA and .809 save percentage in three contests this season. The Predators might end up needing to use him again in the near future though as Pekka Rinne is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Frederik Andersen stopped 32 of 34 shots Tuesday night. That ended a stretch where he allowed at least three goals in four straight starts.
One silver lining for the Predators is that James Neal scored a goal for the fifth consecutive game. He’s up to seven markers and 11 points in 15 contests.
PANTHERS 4 CANADIENS 3 (Overtime)
This loss snapped Carey Price’s season-opening streak of 10 straight victories. He allowed four goals on 24 shots Tuesday night.
Aaron Ekblad was responsible for the game-winning goal. He has three goals, but no assists, in 16 games this season.
Seth Griffith appeared in his first game with Florida after being claimed off waivers from Toronto. He had an assist in 11:52 minutes of ice time.
Roberto Luongo turned aside 34 of 37 shots to earn his third straight win. He has a 6-5-0 record, 2.36 GAA, and .916 save percentage in 11 starts.
David Desharnais had a goal and an assist for Montreal. That gives him three goals and six points in 16 games.
LIGHTNING 4 RED WINGS 3
Nikita Kucherov had two goals and an assist, making this his second straight multi-point game. He has an incredible eight goals and 21 points in 16 games this season.
Vladislav Namestnikov assisted on two of Tampa Bay’s four goals. He has three goals and eight points in 17 contests.
Ryan Sproul scored his first career NHL goal and registered an assist. The 23-year-old rookie defenseman now has four points in seven games with Detroit.
Petr Mrazek kicked out 18 of 22 shots. He’s struggled this season with a 4-5-1 record, 3.16 GAA, and .901 save percentage in 11 games.
Ben Bishop saved 26 of 28 shots for the Lightning. He has a 6-5-0 record, 2.94 GAA, and .902 save percentage in 11 starts in 2016-17.
BLUES 4 SABRES 1
Sam Reinhart netted Buffalo’s lone goal on Tuesday. It was his third goal and seventh point in 16 contests this season.
Jaden Schwartz netted the game-winning goal. Two of his four goals this season have been game winners.
Jake Allen stopped 23 of 24 shots to earn his sixth win of 2016-17. He has a 2.49 GAA and .901 save percentage in 13 starts.
Robin Lehner surrendered three goals on 30 shots. He’s been good this season with a 2.41 GAA and .921 save percentage in 12 starts, but this is the third time in four games that he’s allowed at least three goals.
FLAMES 1 WILD 0
Chad Johnson kicked out 27 shots to earn his first shutout of the season. He has a 3-2-1 record, 2.45 GAA, and .910 save percentage in six starts.
Devan Dubnyk fell just shy of Johnson by stopping 26 of 27 shots. He has a 1.60 GAA and .948 save percentage in 12 starts, but the Wild have only managed to win six of those games.
Wild forward Eric Staal’s three-game point streak came to an end. He did record three shots on goal in 18:08 minutes of ice time.
Johnny Gaudreau scored the game’s only goal. It was his fifth marker and 11th point in 17 games this season.
Mark Giordano assisted on that goal. He has six points and 18 penalty minutes in 17 contests.
JETS 4 BLACKHAWKS 0
At the other end of the ice, Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves to earn the shutout. He’s now won four straight games, giving him a 7-4-0 record this season.
Rookie Patrik Laine found the back of the net to continue his great start to the season. He has 12 goals and 17 points in 18 games.
Nikolaj Ehlers assisted on two of Winnipeg’s four goals. That gives the Jets sophomore four goals and 16 points in 18 games this season.
Richard Panik had five shots on goal, but also finished with a minus-two rating. The 25-year-old Blackhawks forward has six goals, 10 points, and a plus-two rating in 17 games.
DEVILS 2 STARS 1 (Overtime)
Adam Henrique scored the overtime winner. He has three goals and seven points in 15 contests this season.
Damon Severson accounted for New Jersey’s other goal. It was his third marker and 12th point in 15 games.
While Stars goaltender Antti Niemi allowed those two goals, he also made 31 saves Tuesday night. He has a 3-2-2 record, 3.43 GAA, and .898 save percentage in nine contests.
Cory Schneider turned aside 23 of 24 shots to earn his third straight victory. That gives him a 7-3-2 record, 2.14 GAA, and .929 save percentage in 12 starts.
Patrick Eaves was the only Stars player to beat Schneider. Eaves has seven goals and 13 points in 16 games.
AVALANCHE 4 KINGS 1
Nathan MacKinnon managed to get 10 shots on goal last night, but he had nothing to show for it. He has just two goals in 52 shots this season.
Meanwhile Avalanche teammate Rene Bourque only got one SOG, but it was all he needed to score the game winner. He has five goals and six points in 13 contests.
Dustin Brown netted a power-play goal for the Kings. He has three goals and nine points in 17 games.
Peter Budaj turned aside 26 of 29 shots. He’s lost four straight games now, dropping his record to 7-6-1 this season.
Semyon Varlamov saved 32 of 33 shots last night. He got off to a rough start this season, but he might be turning things around now as he’s limited the competition to four goals over his last three starts.
RANGERS 7 CANUCKS 2
Jacob Markstrom was in the net for all seven of the Rangers’ goals. He finished with just 18 saves on 25 shots as his record dropped to 4-3-1 this season.
J.T. Miller scored his sixth and seventh goals of the 2016-17 campaign. He has 17 points in 17 games after setting a career-high last season with 43 points.
Kevin Hayes also found the back of the net twice for the Rangers. He has eight goals and 16 points in 17 contests.
Canucks forward Brandon Sutter scored his third goal of the season. That gives him nine points in 17 games.
Henrik Lundqvist saved 36 of 38 Canucks shots. He has a 9-4-0 record, 2.24 GAA, and .920 save percentage in 13 contests.
DUCKS 4 OILERS 1
Leon Draisaitl scored Edmonton’s lone goal. It was his fourth goal and ninth point in 17 games this season.
Cam Talbot turned aside 23 of 27 shots. He’s now allowed at least three goals in seven straight starts.
Corey Perry assisted on two of the Ducks’ four markers. He has four goals and 15 points in 17 games this season.
Cam Fowler netted the game-winning goal. He has five markers and 11 points in 17 games.
John Gibson kicked out 33 of 34 shots to bounce back after allowing seven goals on 36 shots in his previous two starts. He has a 6-5-3 record, 2.55 GAA, and .909 save percentage in 14 contests.