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Jackets rookie goaltender Elvis Merzlikins named NHL’s First Star of the Week ending February 9

 

Elvis Merzlikins CBJ goalie (photo by Alex Brown)

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins has been named the National Hockey League’s First Star for the week ending February 9, the league and club announced Monday.  Winnipeg Jets forward Kyle Connor was named the Second Star, while Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy was selected Third Star.

 

Merzlikins, 25, went 2-1-0 with a 0.67 goals-against average, .971 save percentage and two shutouts in three games last week, stopping 68-of-70 shots faced.  On February 4, he made 32 saves in a 1-0 overtime win against the Florida Panthers.  On February 7, he turned aside 16 shots to record his second-straight shutout in a 2-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings.  The following night, he had his franchise rookie record eight-game winning streak snapped with a 20-save performance in a 2-1 loss vs. the Colorado Avalanche.  He is one of six goaltenders since 1929-30 to register five shutouts in a span of eight games.

 

The Riga, Latvia native improved to 12-7-4 with a 2.19 goals-against average, .930 save percentage and five shutouts in 25 outings this season.  Among goaltenders with at least 15 games played, he leads the NHL in save percentage and shutouts and ranks fourth-T in goals-against average.  Since taking over for injured All-Star Joonas Korpisalo, Merzlikins has gone 12-3-0 with a 1.55 goals-against average, .951 save percentage and five shutouts in 15 outings.

 

Single game tickets for all home games played at Nationwide Arena during the 2019-20 regular season are on sale now.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting BlueJackets.com.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

NHL most recent 2019-20 Coach’s Challenge Tracker from January 23

110 Coach’s Challenges | 48 upheld | 62 overturned

· 37 for goalie interference | 21 upheld | 16 overturned (15 to “no goal” / 1 to “goal”)

· 3 initiated by Situation Room for goalie interference | 3 upheld | 0 overturned

· 58 for offside | 13 upheld | 45 overturned (all to “no goal”)

· 5 initiated by Situation Room for offside | 4 upheld | 1 overturned (all to “no goal”)

· 6 for stoppage | 6 upheld | 0 overturned (all to “no goal”)

· 1 initiated by Situation Room for stoppage | 1 upheld | 0 overturned (all to “no goal”)

 

ATLANTIC DIVISION   METROPOLITAN DIVISION
Team Requested Opposing Team Requested Opposing
Boston 1 6 Carolina 4 4
Buffalo 5 2 Columbus 3 5
Detroit 6 2 New Jersey 4 3
Florida 1   NY Islanders 5 4
Montreal 4 3 NY Rangers 2 2
Ottawa 3 3 Philadelphia 1 4
Tampa Bay 4 2 Pittsburgh 3 7
Toronto 2 1 Washington 3 5

 

CENTRAL DIVISION   PACIFIC DIVISION
Team Requested Opposing Team Requested Opposing
Chicago 2   Anaheim 3 4
Colorado 7 4 Arizona 2 1
Dallas 4 8 Calgary 3 3
Minnesota 3 5 Edmonton 4 3
Nashville   2 Los Angeles 1 3
St. Louis 4 4 San Jose 5 4
Winnipeg 3 8 Vancouver 6 4
      Vegas 3 4

*Requested column does not include challenges initiated by Situation Room

 

SITUATION ROOM INITIATED CHALLENGES – 9

In the final minute of play in the third period and at any point in overtime (regular season and playoffs), Hockey Operations initiates the review of any scenario that would otherwise be subject to a Coach’s Challenge. This process has been initiated for the following teams:

 

Atlantic: Montreal (2), Tampa Bay

Metropolitan: NY Islanders, Pittsburgh

Central: Dallas, Winnipeg

Pacific: Arizona, San Jose

 

OVERTURNED

Teams to either have their goal taken down or counted based on a challenge of any sort.

 

Call changed from “goal” to “no goal” – 61
Atlantic: Boston (5), Detroit (2), Montreal (2), Ottawa (3), Tampa Bay (2)

Metropolitan: Carolina (2), Columbus (2), NY Islanders, NY Rangers, New Jersey, Philadelphia (3), Pittsburgh (2), Washington (4)

Central: Colorado, Dallas (4), Minnesota (3), Nashville, St. Louis (4), Winnipeg (5)

Pacific: Anaheim (2), Arizona, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles, San Jose (4), Vancouver (3)

 

Call changed from “no goal” to “goal” – 1
Metropolitan
: Pittsburgh

 

TRACKER INFORMATION COMPILED BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the Month of January: Capitals’ Ovechkin, Oilers’ Draisaitl, Lightning’s Vasilevskiy

 

NEW YORK (Feb. 1, 2020) – Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl and Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of January.

 

FIRST STAR – ALEX OVECHKIN, LW, WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Ovechkin led the NHL in goals (13) and ranked fifth in points (15) in January as he surpassed four Hockey Hall of Fame members on the NHL’s all-time goals list to move within five goals of 700 in his career and help the Capitals (35-12-5, 75 points) maintain their position as the League’s No. 1 team for a second straight month. The 34-year-old recorded three straight multi-goal games for the first time in his career (Jan. 13-18) and also netted 11 goals in five games for the first time (Jan. 13-31). He scored a hat trick on both Jan. 16 and Jan. 18 to become the third player in NHL history – and just the second in the past 98 years – to record consecutive hat tricks three times in his career, joining Wayne Gretzky (3x) and Joe Malone (4x). A total of five multi-goal games in January helped him score 13 or more goals in a calendar month for the first time since April 2013 and fifth time in his career. On track to become the second-fastest player in NHL history to reach the 700-goal mark (behind Gretzky), Ovechkin begins February with a share of the League lead in goals in 2019-20 (37). The eight-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner needs three goals to join Gretzky (12) as the second player to hit the 40-goal mark in 11 seasons.

 

SECOND STAR – LEON DRAISAITL, C, EDMONTON OILERS

Draisaitl led the NHL with 1.89 points-per-game in January (min. 3 GP), tallying 6-11—17 in nine games to boost his 2019-20 totals to 29-50—79 (51 GP), overtaking teammate Connor McDavid (27-50—77 in 51 GP) for the NHL lead in points and helping the Oilers (27-18-6, 60 points) post the best points percentage among Pacific Division clubs last month (.778). Draisaitl recorded at least one point in all nine games in January to extend his overall point streak to 10 contests dating to New Year’s Eve (7-11—18), his second-longest run of the season (13 GP from Oct. 24-Nov. 19). The 24-year-old is the first Oilers player in 31 years to record multiple double-digit point streaks in a single season (Jimmy Carson in 1988-89). A native of Cologne, Germany, Draisaitl paces all players with 24 multi-point games in 2019-20 (including seven in January) as he aims to become the first German player to lead the League in points at the end of a season.

THIRD STAR – ANDREI VASILEVSKIY, G, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Vasilevskiy led the NHL in wins (9), goals-against average (1.58) and save percentage (.948; tied), posting a 9-0-1 record across 10 games to help the Lightning (31-15-5, 67 points) register a League-high 10 wins in January (10-2-1; .808 P%) to move within five points of first place in the Atlantic Division. Vasilevskiy allowed two or fewer goals in seven of ten appearances including the fourth set of back-to-back shutouts of his career (Jan. 9 and Jan. 11). The 25-year-old became the eighth goaltender in NHL history to record zero regulation losses in a calendar month multiple times in his career (min. 10 GP in each; 9-0-2 in February 2019). A native of Tyumen, Russia, Vasilevskiy leads the NHL with 26 wins in 2019-20 – after topping the League with 39 victories last season – and carries an active 15-game point streak into February (13-0-2 dating to Dec. 17). His 15-game point streak is the second-longest in franchise history (Nikolai Khabibulin: 12-0-4 from Feb. 15 – April 2, 2003) and third-longest in the NHL over the past five seasons (Tuukka Rask: 19 GP in 2017-18 and Sergei Bobrovsky: 16 GP in 2016-17).

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

Blackhawks’ talented Dominik Kubalik earns NHL Rookie of the Month for January

 

NEW YORK (Feb. 1, 2020) – Chicago Blackhawks left wing Dominik Kubalik, who led all rookies in goals (10) and points (14) in 10 games, has been named the NHL’s “Rookie of the Month” for January. Kubalik’s 10 goals matched the franchise rookie record for goals in a calendar month (Alex DeBrincat in November 2017) and placed him in a tie for second among all NHL  players in January behind Alex Ovechkin (13).

 

Kubalik edged Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (8-2-0, 1.72 GAA, .948 SV%, 3 SO), Washington Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov (6-0-0, 1.69 GAA, .944 SV%, 1 SO), New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox (1-8—9 in 10 GP), Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (3-5—8 in 9 GP) and Vancouver Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes (3-5—8 in 11 GP) for the honor.

 

Kubalik began January with a three-assist showing in Vancouver to jumpstart a six-game point streak that spanned Jan. 2-14 (7-3—10). It was the longest point streak by a Chicago rookie since Artemi Panarin had an equal run in 2015-16 en route to winning the Calder Trophy; it also matched the longest point streak by an NHL rookie in 2019-20.

 

Kubalik’s point streak concluded with back-to-back two-goal games, at home Jan. 11 against the Anaheim Ducks and Jan. 14 at the Ottawa Senators. Those performances were part of a five-game goal streak, the longest by a Blackhawks rookie since Jeremy Roenick in 1989-90 and tied for the second-longest such run by a rookie in franchise history.

 

The 24-year-old had at least one point in eight of 10 outings in January to become the first rookie to reach the 20-goal mark in 2019-20, doing so with his third multi-goal performance of the month Jan. 18 in Toronto – in highlight-reel fashion during his 47th NHL game. He also became the first rookie in the 93-season history of the franchise to register three multi-goal games in a span of four contests.

 

The native of Plzen, Czech Republic leads all rookies in goals (21) and ranks fourth in points (32) across 49 contests overall in 2019-20. A seventh-round pick (191st overall) by the Los Angeles Kings in 2013, Kubalik was acquired by the Blackhawks in January 2019.

 

Dominik Kubalik in January

 

Date Opponent G A PTS Result
Jan. 2 at Vancouver 0 3 3 7-5 L
Jan. 5 DETROIT 1 0 1 4-2 W
Jan. 7 CALGARY 1 0 1 2-1 L
Jan. 9 NASHVILLE 1 0 1 5-2 L
Jan. 11 ANAHEIM 2 0 2 4-2 W
Jan. 14 at Ottawa 2 0 2 3-2 OT W
Jan. 15 at Montreal 0 0 0 4-1 W
Jan. 18 at Toronto 2 1 3 6-2 W
Jan. 19 WINNIPEG 1 0 1 5-2 W
Jan. 21 FLORIDA 0 0 0 4-3 L
Totals   10 4 14 6-4-0

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

2020 NHL All-Star Game Skills Competition presented by New Amsterdam Vodka

 

The 2020 NHL All-Star Skills presented by New Amsterdam Vodka, held at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, featured six events. The winners:

 

BRIDGESTONE NHL FASTEST SKATER

Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders (13.175 seconds)

 

BUD LIGHT NHL SAVE STREAK

Jordan Binnington, St. Louis Blues (10 consecutive saves)

 

HONDA NHL ACCURACY SHOOTING

Jaccob Slavin, Carolina Hurricanes (9.505 seconds)

 

ELITE WOMEN’S 3-ON-3 PRESENTED BY ADIDAS

Canadian All-Stars 2, American All-Stars 1

 

ENTERPRISE NHL HARDEST SHOT

Shea Weber, Montreal Canadiens (106.5 mph)

 

GATORADE NHL SHOOTING STARS

Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks (22 points, won tiebreaker)

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

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