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NHL Morning Skate for Friday, March 24, 2017

THURSDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
Tampa Bay 6, BOSTON 3
WASHINGTON 2, Columbus 1 (SO)
TORONTO 4, New Jersey 2
Carolina 4, MONTREAL 1
OTTAWA 2, Pittsburgh 1 (SO)
FLORIDA 3, Arizona 1
ST. LOUIS 4, Vancouver 1
NASHVILLE 3, Calgary 1
Philadelphia 3, MINNESOTA 1
CHICAGO 3, Dallas 2 (SO)
Edmonton 7, COLORADO 4
LOS ANGELES 5, Winnipeg 2

CAPITALS, BLACKHAWKS KEEP PACE IN PRESIDENTS’ TROPHY RACE
The Capitals (48-17-8, 104 points) and Blackhawks (48-20-6, 102 points) – who sit atop the Eastern and Western Conference, respectively – each earned shootout wins to improve their position in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy:

T.J. Oshie scored the lone goal in the shootout to guide the Capitals past the Blue Jackets (47-19-7, 101 points) in a battle between two of the top three teams in the NHL. The Capitals recorded their 30th home win of 2016-17 (tops in the NHL) to match a single-season franchise record set in 1985-86 and equaled in 2009-10. Braden Holtby (29 saves) registered his 38th win of the season to move within one of tying Sergei Bobrovsky – who made 44 saves in a losing cause – for the League lead.

Patrick Kane scored in regulation and the shootout to help the Blackhawks extend their point streak to seven games (6-0-1) and open an eight-point lead over the Wild (44-23-6, 94 points) – who lost in regulation – for first place in the Central Division. Corey Crawford (42 saves) reached the 30-win mark for the sixth time in his career, the second-most such campaigns in Blackhawks history (Tony Esposito: 8). Chicago has posted an 18-3-1 record since the start of February to lead the NHL in wins (18) and points (37) in that span.

KUCHEROV’S HAT TRICK POWERS LIGHTNING TO CRUCIAL WIN IN BOSTON
The Lightning and Bruins combined for six goals in the second period – with Tampa Bay scoring three tying goals, each within 95 seconds of Boston taking the lead – before Nikita Kucherov (3-0—3) completed a hat trick to seal Tampa Bay’s fourth straight road win.

* At 35-29-9 (79 points), the Lightning moved within three points of the Bruins (38-30-6, 82 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. Boston owns a 36-31 advantage in ROW and leads the season series, which closes on April 4 at TD Garden (BOS: 3-1-0; TBL: 1-2-1).

* Kucherov has collected 16-11—27 in his last 15 games dating to Feb. 21 – including two of his three career hat tricks – to move from a share of 23rd to sixth place in League scoring.

SENATORS, MAPLE LEAFS GAIN GROUND IN ATLANTIC DIVISION
The Senators (41-24-8, 90 points) and Maple Leafs (35-23-15, 85 points) each earned wins to gain ground in the Atlantic Division. The Canadiens (41-24-9, 91 points) and Bruins (38-30-6, 82 points) – the first and fourth place teams in the division, respectively – each lost in regulation.

Mike Condon made 34 saves through overtime and denied both attempts in the shootout to help the Senators move within one point of the Canadiens for first place. Condon, who began the 2016-17 campaign with Pittsburgh (1 GP), improved to 19-12-6 in 39 contests with Ottawa. Mike Hoffman scored the tying goal midway through the third period to extend his point streak to five games (1-5—6).

William Nylander (1-1—2) and Auston Matthews (0-2—2) were among five Maple Leafs rookies to find the score sheet as Toronto extended its point streak to five games (4-0-1). Nylander registered a point for the 10th consecutive game (4-8—12) to establish a franchise record for longest point streak by a rookie. Matthews, meanwhile, became the third Maple Leafs rookie to reach the 60-point mark in a season (33-27—60) and moved within one point of Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine (34-27—61) for the rookie scoring lead.

WESTERN CONTENDERS EARN WINS
Four other Western Conference contenders earned wins on Thursday:

Leon Draisaitl (1-1—2) factored on two of five unanswered goals by the Oilers in the third period as Edmonton overcame a 4-2 deficit to win for the fifth time in their past six games. Elias notes that Draisaitl (3-10—13) became the first Oilers players to post six straight multi-point games since Mark Messier did so from Jan. 16-30, 1990 (8-11—19 in 6 GP). The only longer such run in the past 12 seasons was by Tampa Bay’s VincentLecavalier from Nov 3-19, 2007 (7-14—21 in 8 GP).

Jake Allen made 27 saves and the Blues scored four unanswered goals to improve to 9-1-0 in their past 10 games. At 40-28-5 (85 points), St. Louis maintained its grasp on third place in the Central Division by virtue of owning the ROW tiebreaker (39-35) against the Predators (37-25-11, 85 points). Nashville, however, has won three of four meetings in the season series, which concludes at Scottrade Center on April 2 (NSH: 3-1-0; STL: 1-3-0).

Pekka Rinne made 24 saves to backstop the Predators (37-25-11, 85 points) past the Flames (41-29-4, 86 points) in a battle between the two Western Conference Wild Card teams. Rinne picked up his 29th win of the season as Nashville improved to 5-1-2 in its past eight contests.

Drew DoughtyAnze Kopitar and Jake Muzzin each posted 1-1—2 as the Kings (35-31-7, 77 points) scored four unanswered goals – including three in the third period – to defeat the Jets (33-34-7, 73 points) and keep pace in the race for the final Wild Card spot. The win also prevented Minnesota – who lost in regulation – from clinching a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

LOOSE PUCKS
Oilers captain Connor McDavid (0-2—2) extended his point streak to six games (3-9—12) to increase his League leads in both assists (61) and points (87) . . . The Hurricanes extended their point streak to nine games (6-0-3) . . . Carolina’s Elias Lindholm scored to extend his point streak to nine games (4-6—10) . . . Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen was suspended for three games for interference against Penguins forward Jake Guentzel . . . Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak was suspended for two games for boarding Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand . . . The starting time of the Predators/Stars game on April 6 at American Airlines Center has been changed to 7:30 p.m. CT (originally 7 p.m. CT) . . . The NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Tournament – which features draft picks from 30 of 31 NHL teams – begins today at 3 ET when 2017 NHL Draft prospect Jake Oettinger leads Boston University against the University of North Dakota, last year’s champion . . . Ed Belfour took the ice at United Center as part of the Blackhawks’ One More Shift program.

 

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NHL Morning Skate Report for Saturday, March 25, 2017: NHL Global Series News; Playoff Races featured on Hockey Night in Canada

AVALANCHE, SENATORS TO FACE OFF IN 2017 SAP NHL GLOBAL SERIES
The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators will face off in a pair of regular-season games in Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series, the League announced on Friday. The Avalanche and Senators will play back-to-back contests at the Ericsson Globe on Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11.

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FRIDAY’S RESULTS
NY Islanders 4, PITTSBURGH 3 (SO)
Tampa Bay 2, DETROIT 1 (OT)
DALLAS 6, San Jose 1
ANAHEIM 3, Winnipeg 1

EXTRA TIME VICTORIES FUEL WILD CARD RACE
The Islanders (35-26-12, 82 points) and Lightning (36-29-9, 81 points) earned victories in the shootout and overtime, respectively, to improve their standing in the Eastern Conference Wild Card race:

John Tavares (0-2—2) recorded the 300th and 301st assists of his career and netted the shootout winner as the Islanders overtook the Bruins (38-30-6, 82 points) for the final Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference. Tavares – who became the first member of the 2009 NHL Draft class to reach the 300-assist plateau – extended his point streak to five games (2-4—6). New York and Boston will conclude their season series on Saturday.

Nikita Kucherov (1-1—2) recorded his fourth straight multi-point game – including his first overtime goal of the season – to help the Lightning move within one point of the Islanders and Bruins for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Kucherov (38-40—78), who has recorded 17-12—29 in his last 16 games, moved into sole possession of second place in the Rocket Richard Trophy race, four goals behind Sidney Crosby (42). Per Elias, Kucherov is the first Lightning player to record four consecutive multi-point games since Martin St. Louis posted 3-5—8 from Jan. 20-31, 2012.

DUCKS JOIN SHARKS ATOP PACIFIC DIVISION
Andrew Cogliano netted his first game-winning goal of the season in the second period to help the Ducks (40-23-11, 91 points) improve to 7-1-1 in their last nine games overall and 8-1-1 in their last 10 contests at Honda Center. Anaheim moved into a tie – in terms of points – with San Jose (42-25-7, 91 points) for first place in the Pacific Division, where the top three teams are separated by only two points. Jakob Silfverberg (1-1—2) scored his 21st goal of the season to establish a new career-high, while Jonathan Bernier improved to 7-0-1 in his last eight games, posting a 1.47 goals-against average, .950 save percentage and one shutout over that span.

LOOSE PUCKS
Adam Cracknell (3-0—3) recorded his first career hat trick (195 GP) to propel the Stars to a 3-1-1 record in their last five games . . . Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scored his League-leading 42nd goal of the season . . . Islanders forward Josh Bailey earned the 300th point of his NHL career (105-195—300) . . . Stars forward Tyler Seguin (500) and Penguins forward Nick Bonino (400) each skated in milestone games.

SNEAK PEEK AT SATURDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Vancouver @ Minnesota, 2 p.m., FS-N, FS-WI, SNP
Philadelphia @ Columbus, 2 p.m., SN1, NHLN-US, FS-O, CSN-PH
Calgary @ St. Louis, 7 p.m., CITY, FS-MW
Toronto @ Buffalo, 7 p.m., CBC, MSG-B
Ottawa @ Montreal, 7 p.m., SN, TVAS
Chicago @ Florida, 7 p.m., NHLN-US, FS-F, WGN
Carolina @ New Jersey, 7 p.m., MSG+ 2, FS-CR
Boston @ NY Islanders, 7 p.m., MSG+, NESN
Arizona @ Washington, 7 p.m., CSN-DC+, FS-A
San Jose @ Nashville, 8 p.m., FS-TN, CSN-CA
Colorado @ Edmonton, 10 p.m., CBC, SN, ALT
NY Rangers @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., FS-W, MSG+
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BRUINS, ISLANDERS BATTLE FOR FINAL WILD CARD POSITION
The Bruins (38-30-6, 82 points) visit the Islanders (35-26-12, 82 points) as both teams continue their pursuit of the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. New York has won both head-to-head matchups between the clubs this season by a combined score of 8-2 and holds a game in hand.

PLAYOFF RACES FEATURED ON HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA
Four of Saturday’s 12 matchups will be broadcast on Hockey Night in Canada:

* The Senators (41-24-8, 90 points) visit the Canadiens (41-24-9, 91 points) as both teams continue to battle for first place in the Atlantic Division when they wrap up their season series at Bell Centre. Montreal, who looks to snap a two-game skid, won both games of a home-and-home set between the clubs on March 18-19 (OTT: 0-1-1), while Ottawa is currently riding a two-game winning streak.

* The Maple Leafs (35-23-15, 85 points) – who have earned a point in five straight games (4-0-1) – take on the Sabres (30-32-12, 72 points) at KeyBank Center as they try to close the gap on the Senators for second place in the Atlantic Division. William Nylander looks to extend his rookie franchise record 10-game point streak (4-8—12) while Auston Matthews (33-27—60) attempts to regain a share of the rookie points lead.

* The Flames (41-29-4, 86 points) and Blues (40-28-5, 85 points) conclude their season series in St. Louis after splitting the first two games. Calgary looks to snap a two-game slide and gain ground on the rival Oilers (40-25-9, 89 points) for third place in the Pacific Division. St. Louis, meanwhile, will try to create separation from Nashville (37-25-11, 85 points) and maintain their hold on third place in the Central Division.

* The Oilers host the Avalanche (20-50-3, 43 points) as they look to equal the Sharks (42-25-7, 91 points) and Ducks (40-23-11, 91 points) for the most points in the Pacific Division. Edmonton holds a 5-1-0 record in its last six games, powered by multi-point efforts from Leon Draisaitl (3-10—13) in each of those contests.

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NHL Morning Skate for Thursday, March 23, 2017: Toronto, Anaheim win key Division games

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
Toronto 5, COLUMBUS 2
NY Islanders 3, NY RANGERS 2
ANAHEIM 4, Edmonton 3 

ROOKIES VAULT MAPLE LEAFS UP ATLANTIC DIVISION STANDINGS
William Nylander (1-1—2) extended his point streak to nine games (3-7—10) and Auston Matthews scored his team-leading 33rd goal of the season as the Maple Leafs improved to 6-1-1 in their last eight contests.

* Toronto (34-23-15, 83 points) moved one point ahead of idle Boston (38-29-6, 82 points) for third place in the Atlantic Division. The Maple Leafs, who have one game in hand, completed a four-game season sweep of the Bruins on Monday.

* Per Elias, Nylander – who scored his 20th goal of the season – tied the longest point streak by a rookie in Maple Leafs history, equaling the mark set by Gus Bodnar in 1943 and later matched by Bob Nevin (1960) and Dan Daoust (1983).

* Matthews (33-25—58) moved within one goal of matching Wendel Clark (34 in 1985-86) for the most by a rookie in Maple Leafs history and vaulted back into a tie with Patrik Laine for the rookie goal-scoring lead.

DUCKS DEFEAT OILERS IN CRUICIAL PACIFIC DIVISION MATCHUP
Hampus Lindholm (1-2—3) earned a career-high three points and Ryan Getzlaf (0-3—3) posted his sixth three-point game of the season as the Ducks (39-23-11, 89 points) overtook the Oilers (39-25-9, 87 points) for second place in the Pacific Division.

Rickard Rakell (1-1—2) extended his point streak to six games (5-3—8), highlighted by his League-leading 10th game-winning goal of the campaign. He also has registered career highs in goals (32) and points (45) this season.

Jonathan Bernier (29 saves) improved to 6-0-1 in his last seven appearances, posting a 1.54 goals-against average, .950 save percentage and one shutout in that span.

LOOSE PUCKS
Andrew Ladd scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:22 remaining in regulation – his 20th of the season – as the Islanders (34-26-12, 80 points) moved within two points of the idle Bruins (38-29-6, 82 points) for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The teams face off Saturday at Barclays Center . . . Oilers captain Connor McDavid (26-59—85) recorded his 10th three-point game of the season to extend his lead in the Art Ross Trophy race . . . Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano skated in his 777th consecutive game, surpassing Craig Ramsay (776) for the fourth-longest such streak in NHL history . . . Rangers forward Rick Nash reached the 20-goal plateau for the 12th time in his 14 NHL seasons . . . The Department of Player Safety announced that Toronto’s Roman Polak and Buffalo’s Rasmus Ristolainen each will have hearings on Thursday . . . ICYMI: Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will wear Russian-American themed skates for pregame warmup as part of Russian Heritage Night on Thursday.

SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Tampa Bay @ Boston, 7 p.m., TVAS, NESN, SUN
Columbus @ Washington, 7 p.m., CSN-DC, FS-O
New Jersey @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m., SNO, MSG+
Carolina @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., SNE, RDS, FS-CR
Pittsburgh @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., NHLN-US, RDS2, TSN5, ROOT
Arizona @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., FS-F, FS-A
Vancouver @ St. Louis, 8 p.m., FS-MW, SNP
Calgary @ Nashville, 8 p.m., FS-TN, SNF
Philadelphia @ Minnesota, 8 p.m., FS-N, FS-WI, CSN-PH
Dallas @ Chicago, 8:30 p.m., CSN-CH, FS-SW+
Edmonton @ Colorado, 9 p.m., ALT, SNW
Winnipeg @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., FS-W, TSN3
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TOP CLUBS FACE OFF IN WASHINGTON
Two of the League’s top teams face off when the Capitals (47-17-8, 102 points) host the Blue Jackets (47-19-6, 100 points) at Verizon Center. Columbus, who leads the season series with a 2-1-0 record (WSH: 1-1-1), looks to narrow the gap in the NHL and Metropolitan Division standings. Washington, meanwhile, is 3-0-1 in its last four games. This matchup also features the League’s top two goaltenders, as Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky – who leads the NHL in wins (39) and goals-against average (2.04) – faces Washington’s Braden Holtby, who ranks second in each of those categories (37 W, 2.05 GAA). The teams conclude their season series in Columbus on April 2.

PENGUINS, SENATORS LOOK TO IMPROVE PLAYOFF POSITIONING
The second place team in the Metropolitan Division meets the second place team in the Atlantic Division when the Penguins (46-17-9, 101 points) visit the Senators (40-24-8, 88 points) at Canadian Tire Centre. Pittsburgh looks to gain ground in the NHL and Metropolitan Division standings, where the top three teams are separated by only two points. Ottawa will try to narrow the gap on Montreal (41-23-9, 91 points) atop the Atlantic Division standings.

WESTERN CONFERENCE WILD CARD BATTLE RESUMES
The Flames (41-28-4, 86 points) and Predators (36-25-11, 83 points) – who hold the first and second Western Conference Wild Card spots, respectively – complete their three-game season series in Nashville. The Flames, who are 12-2-0 in their last 14 contests, also trail the Oilers (39-25-9, 87 points) by one point for third place in the Pacific Division.

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NHL Morning Skate for Wednesday, March 23, 2017: Penguins clinch playoff spot; Capitals goalie Holtby gained 186th win in 300 games to join Dryden, Moog and Osgood with most wins in that many games

TUESDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
Ottawa 3, BOSTON 2
Pittsburgh 3, BUFFALO 1
NEW JERSEY 3, NY Rangers 2 (OT)
WASHINGTON 4, Calgary 2
Detroit 2, MONTREAL 1 (OT)
Arizona 5, TAMPA BAY 3
Carolina 4, FLORIDA 3
WINNIPEG 3, Philadelphia 2
MINNESOTA 3, San Jose 2
Vancouver 5, CHICAGO 4 (OT)
St. Louis 4, COLORADO 2

PENGUINS CLINCH 11TH CONSECUTIVE POSTSEASON BERTH
Sidney Crosby opened the scoring with a highlight-reel one-handed goal and Nick Bonino tallied the go-ahead marker with 5:29 remaining in regulation to help the Penguins clinch a berth in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, their 11th consecutive postseason appearance and 32nd in franchise history.

* At 46-17-9 (101 points), the Penguins eclipsed the 100-point mark for the second straight season and third time in the last four campaigns.

* Crosby has scored in three consecutive games (6-1—7) and paces the NHL with 41 goals this season (66 GP).

HOLTBY JOINS ELITE COMPANY IN CAPITALS VICTORY
Braden Holtby made 29 saves while Alex Ovechkin (1-2—3) and Nick Backstrom (0-3—3) each collected three points to help the League-leading Capitals (47-17-8, 102 points) extend their point streak to four contests (3-0-1).

* Holtby made the 300th regular-season appearance of his NHL career and improved to 186-71-31 (2.31 GAA, .922 SV%, 31 SO). Elias notes that his 186 wins are the second-most by an NHL goaltender through his first 300 appearances:

Most wins through first 300 appearances, NHL history
193 – Ken Dryden
186 – Braden Holtby
177 – Andy Moog
177 – Chris Osgood

* Backstrom has registered seven assists in his last two games (0-7—7) and moved into a tie for the most in the NHL with 57 overall (w/ Connor McDavid).

OTHER PLAYOFF HOPEFULS SECURE WINS
The Wild (44-22-6, 94 points), Senators (40-24-8, 88 points) and Blues (39-28-5, 83 points) each secured wins to improve their chances of clinching a playoff berth:

* Devan Dubnyk made 21 saves to help the Wild snap a five-game slide (0-5-0) and reinforce their hold on second place in the Central Division. Dubnyk improved to 37-18-3 in 2016-17 (2.17 GAA, .927 SV%, 5 SO) and matched the single-season franchise record for wins by a goaltender, set by Niklas Backstrom in 2008-09.

* Kyle Turris (2-0—2) registered his second multi-goal game of the season as the Senators snapped a four-game slide (0-2-2). The Senators reached the 40-win mark for the first time since 2014-15 and increased their lead to six points over the Bruins (38-29-6, 82 points) for second place in the Atlantic Division.

Patrik Berglund (2-0—2) recorded his fourth multi-goal game of the season as the Blues moved to 8-1-0 in their last nine contests, including three consecutive wins. St. Louis moved ahead of Nashville (36-25-11, 83 points) to reclaim third place in the Central Division.

LOOSE PUCKS
Anthony Mantha scored a highlight-reel goal in the final minute of overtime to guide the Red Wings to victory . . . The Hurricanes overcame three separate one-goal deficits to extend their point streak to eight games (5-0-3) . . . Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele each collected 1-2—3 to lead the Jets to their third consecutive win . . . Daniel Sedin (1-1—2) scored the 15th regular-season overtime goal of his NHL career as the Canucks snapped a six-game slide (0-4-2) . . . Capitals forward T.J. Oshie (1-0—1) reached the 30-goal mark for the first time in his NHL career . . . Victor Hedman (15-45—60) scored to become the third defenseman in Lightning history to reach the 60-point mark in a season . . . Coyotes forward Christian Fischer (1-0—1) has scored three goals through the first four games of his NHL career (3-0—3) . . . Elias Lindholm (3-6—9 in 8 GP), Jonathan Toews (3-3—6 in 5 GP) and Pavel Zacha (0-5—5 in 5 GP) each extended point streaks . . . Jets defenseman Nelson Nogier made his NHL debut . . . The Blue Jackets signed forwards Markus Hannikainen and Lukas Sedlak as well as defenseman Scott Harrington to two-year contract extensions . . . Devils forward John Quenneville (1-1—2) scored the first goal of his NHL career (6 GP) and assisted on the overtime winner.

 

 

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NHL Morning Skate Report for Tuesday, March 21, 2017: Improved Oilers climbing Pacific Division; Loose Pucks; Tonight’s schedule

“NHL Morning Skate,” a daily collection of the latest news and notes from around the League.

MONDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
TORONTO 4, Boston 2
Buffalo 2, DETROIT 1
NASHVILLE 3, Arizona 1
DALLAS 1, San Jose 0
EDMONTON 2, Los Angeles 0

MAPLE LEAFS SWEEP SEASON SERIES WITH BRUINS
Tyler Bozak broke a 1-1 tie with 1:57 remaining in regulation and the Maple Leafs added two empty-net goals to sweep their four-game season series with Boston (BOS: 0-4-0), outscoring the Bruins 18-9 in those contests.

* At 33-23-15 (81 points), the Maple Leafs strengthened their grip on the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference and climbed within one point of the Bruins (38-28-6, 82 points) for third place in the Atlantic Division.

* Elias notes that Toronto swept a season series of at least four games versus Boston for the second time in franchise history (also 1924-25: 6-0-0).

TALBOT POSTS SECOND STRAIGHT SHUTOUT, OILERS CLIMB PACIFIC DIVISION
Cam Talbot (35 saves) posted his second straight shutout (also March 18 vs. VAN) to backstop Edmonton to its fourth consecutive win. At 39-24-9 (87 points), the Oilers moved ahead of the idle Ducks (38-23-11, 87 points) for second place in the Pacific Division; the teams meet Wednesday at ANA.

* Talbot registered his seventh shutout of the season and improved to 37-20-8 overall (2.32 GAA, .922 SV%, 7 SO). He became the first Oilers goaltender to earn seven shutouts in a season since Tommy Salo (8) in 2000-01 and climbed within three wins of matching the single-season franchise record, set by Grant Fuhr (40) in 1987-88.

Connor McDavid collected two assists to move back into first place in the Art Ross Trophy race (25-57—82).

PREDATORS RECLAIM THIRD PLACE IN CENTRAL DIVISION
Ryan Ellis (2-0—2) registered his second multi-goal game of the season to power the Predators to their fourth win in their last five games.

* Nashville (36-25-11, 83 points) moved two points ahead of idle St. Louis (38-28-5, 81 points) for third place in the Central Division. The Predators hold a 3-1-0 edge in their five-game season series with the Blues (STL: 1-3-0), which concludes April 2 at STL.

Pekka Rinne (25 saves) improved to 6-1-2 in his last nine outings (2.60 GAA, .911 SV%) and 28-16-8 overall this season (2.51 GAA, .915 SV%, 2 SO).

LOOSE PUCKS
Jack Eichel scored to reach the 50-point milestone for the second time in as many seasons (21-29—50) and help the Sabres earn a win in their final visit to Joe Louis Arena . . . Kari Lehtonen (30 saves) posted his 36th career shutout as the Stars hosted Veterans Appreciation Night . . . Brad Marchand (37-43—80) collected an assist to become the first Bruins player to reach the 80-point mark in a season since Marc Savard in 2008-09 (25-63—88) . . . William Nylander (2-6—8 in 8 GP) and Viktor Arvidsson (4-2—6 in 5 GP) each extended point streaks . . . Sabres defenseman Brady Austin made his NHL debut . . . The Red Wings honored former forward Dallas Drake in a pre-game ceremony at Joe Louis Arena . . . Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk was suspended for two games for elbowing Kings defenseman Drew Doughty . . . Bruins forward Brad Marchand, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Flames goaltender Brian Elliott were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 19 . . . Renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris unveiled portraits of Bernie Parent and Guy Lafleur as part of the NHL Centennial Celebration.

SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Ottawa @ Boston, 7 p.m., NESN, RDS2, TSN5
Pittsburgh @ Buffalo, 7 p.m., MSG-B, ROOT
NY Rangers @ New Jersey, 7 p.m., MSG+, MSG
Calgary @ Washington, 7 p.m., CSN-DC, SNW
Detroit @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., SNE, RDS, FS-D
Arizona @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., TVAS, SUN, FS-A PLUS
Carolina @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., FS-F, FS-CR
Philadelphia @ Winnipeg, 8 p.m., TSN3, CSN-PH
San Jose @ Minnesota, 8:30 p.m., NBCSN
Vancouver @ Chicago, 8:30 p.m., CSN-CH, SNP
St. Louis @ Colorado, 9 p.m., ALT, FS-MW
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ATLANTIC DIVISION CONTENDERS MEET AT TD GARDEN
The Senators (39-24-8, 86 points) visit the Bruins (38-28-6, 82 points) in a meeting between two of the top three teams in the Atlantic Division. Ottawa sits four points back of Montreal (41-23-8, 90 points) and aims to reach the 40-win mark for the first time since 2014-15 (43-26-13, 99 points), while Boston looks to extend its home win streak to four contests. The Senators have won four consecutive games against the Bruins dating to Jan. 9, 2016 (BOS: 0-3-1), including a 2-0-0 record in their four-game season series.

ELLIOTT AIMS TO ESTABLISH FRANCHISE RECORD WITH 12TH STRAIGHT WIN
Flames goaltender Brian Elliott has won 11 consecutive games (1.70 GAA, .942 SV%, 2 SO) and can establish the longest win streak by a netminder in franchise history with a victory over the Capitals, eclipsing the mark set by Mike Vernon from Jan. 17 – Feb. 27, 1989 (11-0-0). Calgary (41-27-4, 86 points) enters the contest with a 13-1-1 record in its last 15 games, while Washington (46-17-8, 100 points) recently clinched a berth in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs – the 27th postseason appearance in franchise history and ninth in the past 10 seasons.

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