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Rakell's Unusual Season

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

While it's normal for players to either have a balance of goals and assists or more assists than markers, the reverse certainly isn't unheard of.  Rickard Rakell is having an incredibly unusual season though as he scored his 31st goal of 2016-17 on Friday and that was just his 42nd point of the campaign.


How unique is that?  Over the history of the NHL, there have been five players (six seasons) that have finished a season with at least 31 goals, but still 42 or fewer points.  That number would go up to seven if Rakell finished his campaign as it is.


To top it off, four of the five players that have ever had a season like this did so back in the 1920s.  Babe Dye accomplished that feat twice in 1920-21 and 1921-22 while playing for a mixture of the Hamilton Tigers and Toronto St. Patricks, Cy Denneny did it in 1920-21 with the Ottawa Senators (the ones that lasted until the 1933-34 campaign), Bill Cook pulled it off in 1926-27 with the New York Rangers in their first season of existence, and Nels Stewart did it in 1925-26 with the Montreal Maroons.  The only modern era player that Rakell would be sharing this bit of history with would be Eric Daze, who had a similarly unusual season in 1996-97 with the Chicago Blackhawks.


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James Reimer turned aside 29 of 32 shots prior to the skills competition.  He then prevented the Rangers from scoring in three shootout rounds to pick up the win.


Antti Raanta saved 34 of 37 shots before the shootout.  During the shootout he allowed a goal to Aleksander Barkov, which decided the game.


Barkov also found the back of the net in the third period.  It was his 19th goal and 46th point in 55 games.


Jaromir Jagr assisted on two of the Panthers' goals.  He has 14 goals and 39 points in 70 games.


Mats Zuccarello scored a pair of goals for the Rangers.  That gives him 14 markers and 50 points in 71 contests this season.




Kyle Palmieri scored twice for New Jersey.  He's up to 25 goals and 48 points in 68 contests.


Carter Rowney netted the game-winning goal.  It was the 27-year-old rookie's first career marker and third point in 15 games.


Sidney Crosby scored two goals and registered an assist.  He has 37 goals and 77 points in 64 contests.


Matt Murray saved 32 of 36 Devils shots.  He's allowed four goals in three of his last four starts, but he has a 3-1-0 record over that span in spite of that.


Keith Kinkaid surrendered five goals on 42 shots.  He was playing in his second game in as many nights after helping the Devils earn a 6-2 victory against Philadelphia on Thursday.




Kari Lehtonen stopped 21 of 23 shots last night.  He has a 17-22-6 record, 2.95 GAA, and .901 save percentage in 50 games.


Brian Elliott saved 24 of 25 Dallas shots.  That was his 10th consecutive victory, bringing his record up to 22-13-3 this season.


Mark Giordano scored a goal and registered a pair of assists.  He's up to 11 goals and 33 points in 71 games.


Matthew Tkachuk found the back of the net and registered an assist.  He has 13 goals and 46 points in 67 contests.


Brett Ritchie accounted for the Stars' only goal.  It was his 13th marker and 21st point in 69 games.


SABRES 2 DUCKS 1 (Shootout)


Ryan O'Reilly netted his 17th goal of 2016-17 in the second period.  He also found the back of the net in the shootout.


Rickard Rakell found the back of the net in the first period.  The Ducks forward has 31 goals and 42 points in 60 games.


Jack Eichel registered an assist for Buffalo.  He's up to 20 goals and 49 points in 51 games.


Anders Nilsson saved 39 of 40 shots before the shootout.  He allowed two goals in 10 rounds during the skills competition to get the win.


Jonathan Bernier turned aside 30 of 31 shots in regulation time.  During the shootout he surrendered three goals over 10 rounds, including a marker from Zemgus Girgensons that proved to be the deciding marker.

Ryan Dadoun

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