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NHL Morning Skate for Friday, March 23, 2018: Oilers’ McDavid has 4-point night; Kings’ Kopitar scores four goals; Blue Jackets keep rolling towards playoffs with 10th straight win

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

THURSDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

Tampa Bay 7, NY ISLANDERS 6
PHILADELPHIA 4, NY Rangers 3
CAROLINA 6, Arizona 5

COLUMBUS 4, Florida 0
Edmonton 6, OTTAWA 2
Washington 1, DETROIT 0
Toronto 5, NASHVILLE 2
Vancouver 5, CHICAGO 2
Los Angeles 7, COLORADO 1
SAN JOSE 2, Vegas 1 (OT)

QUICK HITS

* Seven of 10 games witnessed at least seven goals. The NHL is averaging 5.9 goals per game thus far in 2017-18 (including shootout-deciding goals), the highest single-season average since 2005-06 (6.2).

 

* The Golden Knights became the first team in NHL history to record 100 points in their inaugural season.

 

Connor McDavid (2-2—4), Claude Giroux (0-3—3), Anze Kopitar (4-0—4) and Nathan MacKinnon (0-1—1) all found the score sheet. Each player has factored on at least 38% of his team’s goals this season – all among the top-five in the League.

McDAVID POSTS FOUR-POINT NIGHT TO CLIMB ART ROSS LEADERBOARD
Connor McDavid (36-58—94) collected 2-2—4 to notch his third game with at least four points to leapfrog Evgeni Malkin (41-50—91) and Nathan MacKinnon (38-54—92) into second place in the battle for the Art Ross Trophy, behind Nikita Kucherov (37-58—95). Malkin was idle, while Kucherov and MacKinnon each notched one assist Thursday – with the latter extending his point streak to a career-high 14 games.

* In 2016-17, McDavid became just the second Oilers player to win the Art Ross Trophy, finishing with 30-70—100, but has yet to hold the League lead in points this season. Kucherov has held that position since Dec. 12 and for 64% of the entire 2017-18 campaign thus far.

 

* With eight games remaining, McDavid now sits six points shy of becoming just the fifth active NHL player with multiple 100-point seasons; Sidney Crosby (5), Alex Ovechkin (4), Evgeni Malkin (3) and Joe Thornton (3) are the others.

 

* McDavid is just the second player in the last 25 years (since 1992-93) to score at least 35 goals in a season for Edmonton. Since entering the League in 2015-16, the 21-year-old Oilers captain leads the NHL with 26 games of at least three points.
LIGHTNING SURVIVE FRANTIC THIRD TO ESTABLISH FRANCHISE RECORD
The Eastern Conference-leading Lightning (51-19-4, 106 points) built 4-1 and 7-3 leads before holding off a frantic Islanders third-period rally – which saw them score three goals in 3:01 – to set a franchise record for wins a season and tie the Predators (48-15-10, 106 points) for the most points in the NHL.

* The Lightning posted their fifth consecutive victory as visitors to extend their franchise record for road wins in a season (24-11-2, 50 points), with four such contests remaining. In 2016-17, the Rangers (27-12-2) paced the League in road victories.

 

* The Lightning scored at least seven goals in a game for the fourth time this season. They lead the League with 271 goals this season (including six shootout-deciding goals), a new franchise record (previous: 262 GF in 2014-15). In 2016-17, the Penguins paced the NHL with 282 GF.

Jon Cooper was behind the bench for this 239th career win, tying John Tortorella (239) for the most by a Lightning head coach.

 

KOPITAR NETS FOUR, INCITES KINGS OFFENSE
Anze Kopitar (4-0—4) recorded his fourth career hat trick and the first four-goal game by a Kings player in more than 24 years to lead Los Angeles (41-27-7, 89 points) past Colorado (40-26-8, 88 points) in a matchup between two clubs battling for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

 

* The Kings extended their road point streak to eight contests to leapfrog the idle Ducks (38-24-12, 88 points) for third place in the Pacific Division, while the Avalanche maintained their hold on the first Wild Card spot.

 

* After collecting 12-40—52 in 2016-17, Kopitar now shares sixth in League scoring with 33-53—86 this season. His 34-point improvement over last season is the highest year-over-year increase ever by a Kings player (min. 75 GP in each campaign), besting the previous mark of 32 points held by Drew Doughty (2008-09 to 2009-10).

 

* This is just the fifth instance in the past 24 years of a Kings player recording more than 85 points in a season.

 

* The two-time Stanley Cup champion became the fifth player to score four goals in a game this season; only two other campaigns since 2003-04 have featured at least five instances of a player scoring 4+ goals in a game: 2005-06 (6) and 2013-14 (5).

SHARKS EDGE GOLDEN KNIGHTS IN PACIFIC-DIVISION BATTLE

Logan Couture scored 39 seconds into overtime to lift the Sharks (42-23-9, 93 points) to their season-high sixth consecutive victory, pulling closer to the Golden Knights (47-21-6, 100 points) for first place in the Pacific Division. The two clubs close their season series March 31 at T-Mobile Arena (VGK: 2-0-1; SJS: 1-1-1).

 

* Vegas, meanwhile, became the first team in NHL history to reach the 100-point mark in its inaugural season. The previous benchmark for was three seasons, set by the Oilers in 1981-82 and four campaigns for a team that did not merge from the WHA (a mark set by the Islanders in 1975-76).

 

* With a seven-point lead and eight games remaining, Vegas aims to become just the second expansion team from any of the four North American professional sports leagues to finish first in its division. The NBA’s Denver Nuggets are the only team to accomplish the feat, doing so in 1976-77 (aside from 1967-68 Flyers, when all teams in the NHL’s West Division were expansion clubs).

BLUE JACKETS KEEP ROLLING WITH 10TH STRAIGHT WIN
Sergei Bobrovsky
(33 saves) recorded his fifth shutout of the season and Cam Atkinson (1-1—2) notched the game-winning goal for the second time in three contests as the Blue Jackets (42-28-5, 89 points) earned their 10th consecutive victory.

 

* The Blue Jackets’ 10-game run is six victories shy of the franchise record set last season. They are the third club in NHL history to record a double-digit win streak in consecutive seasons, joining Philadelphia (1984-85 and 1985-86) and Pittsburgh (2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13).

 

* Columbus matched Colorado and Nashville for the longest win streak this season. This marks just the third time in NHL history that at least three teams posted a win streak of 10 or more games in the same season: 2015-16 (3) and 2016-17 (4).

FLYERS DUO CONTINUE TO LEAD PLAYOFF PUSH
Claude Giroux
recorded three assists for the second time in as many contests and Jakub Voracek tallied 1-0—1 to propel Philadelphia to its third win in four games (3-0-1).

 

* The Flyers (38-25-12, 88 points) opened a six-point cushion over the idle Devils (37-28-8, 82 points) for the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. They also moved within one point of the Penguins (42-27-5, 89 points) and Blue Jackets (42-28-5, 89 points), owners of the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in the Metropolitan Division.

 

* Giroux (26-64—90) broke a tie with Voracek (19-61—80) and overtook Jets forward Blake Wheeler (19-62—81) for the assists lead in 2017-18. The Flyers captain reached the 90-point mark for the second time in his career (also 2011-12: 28-65—93).

 

* Voracek sits one point shy of matching his best single-season points output (22-59—81 in 2014-15). In fact, Voracek and Giroux are the first set ofFlyers teammates with at least 80 points each since Jeff Carter (46-38—84) and Mike Richards (30-50—80) in 2008-09.

MAPLE LEAFS SNAP PREDATORS STREAK WITH FIVE-GOAL OUTING

Five different players scored – including Auston Matthews (1-0—1) in his return from a 10-game absence – to power the Maple Leafs (44-23-7, 95 points) to victory, snapping the League-leading Predators’ point streak at 15 games (14-0-1).

* Toronto boasts a 14-4-2 record in their last 20 games and a 5-1-0 clip over its last six contests. They moved within one victory of matching the franchise record for most wins in a season, accomplished three times (1998-99, 1999-00 and 2003-04).

James van Riemsdyk (1-1—2) opened the scoring for Toronto and found the back of the net for the fourth time in five contests (8-2—10), including three multi-goal performances.

QUICK CLICKS

 

· Eddie Olczyk announces on air that he is cancer free

· Cam Ward has some very bad luck, skates into net with puck stuck in blade

· Golden Knights success surprises, delights GM George McPhee

· Robert Bortuzzo fined for cross-checking
SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY’S ACTION

JETS SET SIGHTS ON 100-POINT MARK AGAINST SURGING DUCKS

The Jets (44-19-10, 98 points) aim to reach the 100-point mark for the first time in franchise history when they host the Ducks (38-24-12, 88 points) at Bell MTS Place.

 

* Jets captain Blake Wheeler shares second in the NHL with 62 assists in 2017-18, seven shy of the single-season franchise record set by Marc Savard (69 in 2005-06 w/ ATL).

 

* The Ducks, meanwhile, aim to extend their win streak to a season-high five games. John Gibson has backstopped Anaheim to victory in each contest of its past four games, posting a 1.00 goals-against average, .963 save percentage and two shutouts in that span.

 

PENGUINS HOST DEVILS IN METROPOLITAN DIVISION SHOWDOWN

Playoff jockeying continues in the Metropolitan Division as the No. 2-ranked Penguins (42-27-5, 89 points) square off against the No. 5-ranked Devils (37-28-8, 82 points) at PPG Paints Arena.

 

* Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin has recorded multiple points six times in his past 10 games and ranks fourth in the NHL with 41-50—91 in 2017-18, his highest point total in a season since 2011-12 (50-59—109).

 

* Devils forward Taylor Hall (32-46—78) is two points shy of matching his single-season career high set in 2013-14 (27-53—80 w/ EDM). He can become the first Devils player to reach the 80-point mark in a season since 2011-12 (Ilya Kovalchuk: 37-46—83).

 

SEGUIN AIMS TO REACH 40-GOAL MARK AGAINST FORMER CLUB

Dallas’ Tyler Seguin will face his former club when the Stars (38-28-8, 84 points) continue their postseason push against the playoff-bound Bruins (45-17-10, 100 points). Seguin is tied for fourth in the NHL with 39 goals this season and looks to reach the 40-goal mark for the first time in his NHL career. Only two Stars players have hit the milestone in a season since the franchise began play in Dallas: Mike Modano (50 in 1993-94) and Jamie Benn (41 in 2015-16).

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Jackets Assistant GM Bill Zito named GM for 2018 United States Men’s National Team

 

Bill Zito (courtesy Columbus Blue Jackets)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  March 23, 2018

 

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Columbus Blue Jackets Assistant General Manager Bill Zito has been named general manager of the 2018 United States Men’s National Team, USA Hockey and the Blue Jackets announced today.  Zito will oversee the selection of players that will represent the United States when it begins play at the 2018 IIHF Men’s World Championship on May 4 against Canada in Herning, Denmark.

 

“This is a great privilege and I am grateful to USA Hockey for the opportunity and look forward to working with the Advisory Group and having a successful tournament,” said Zito.  “I’d like to thank John Davidson, Jarmo Kekalainen and the Blue Jackets for their support and allowing me to work with USA Hockey at a time when our club is in a tight playoff race that will hopefully extend our season deep into the spring.”

 

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Zito previously served on the management staff for the 2015 U.S. Men’s National Team that captured a bronze medal at the 2015 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Ostrava and Prague, Czech Republic.

 

“We’re excited to have Bill as the GM of our men’s national team,” said Pat Kelleher, Executive Director of USA Hockey. “With his varied experience, passion and knowledge of our player pool, we know he’ll do a terrific job in leading efforts in putting this team together.”

 

Supporting Zito in the player selection process will be the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group, a collection of NHL general managers that includes Stan Bowman (Chicago Blackhawks), David Poile (Nashville Predators), Ray Shero (New Jersey Devils), Dale Tallon (Florida Panthers), and Jeff Gorton (New York Rangers). Gorton is a new addition to the group this year.

 

Zito joined the Blue Jackets as assistant general manager in August 2013 and also serves as the general manager of the Cleveland Monsters, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate.  Since his arrival, Zito has helped the Blue Jackets to a pair of Stanley Cup Playoff berths and led Cleveland to the first Calder Cup championship in franchise history in 2015-16.

 

Prior to joining the Blue Jackets organization, Zito spent two decades building Acme World Sports into one of the top hockey agencies in the world by uncovering late-round or undrafted, lesser-known players, as well as the top picks.  As the agency’s founder and president, his list of clients included: John Madden, Brian Rafalski, Tuuka Rask, Kimmo Timonen, 2013 Vezina Trophy finalist Antti Niemi and former Vezina Trophy and Conn Smythe Award winner Tim Thomas.

 

Zito is a graduate of Yale University, where he played varsity hockey from 1984-87.  He then attended law school at the University of Wisconsin and during that time served as an assistant coach for the Badgers hockey team and was a radio color commentator for Badger hockey.  Upon earning his law degree, he went on to practice at major firms in New York and Chicago before founding Acme World Sports, LLC, in 1995.

 

The Blue Jackets return to action Saturday when they host the St. Louis Blues.  Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m.  All Blue Jackets games televised on FOX Sports Ohio will also be streamed live via FOX Sports GO.  The game may also be heard on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan and online at BlueJackets.com.

Tickets for all home games are currently available for purchase online at BlueJackets.com, Ticketmaster.com, or in person at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks and the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing. Fans may purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745‐3000.

 

(courtesy USA Hockey)

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

MLS announces Independent Panel rescinds suspension of Vanocuver’s Waston

 

Kendall Waston Vancouver Whitecaps 2015 photo By Noah Salzman - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

NEW YORK (March 23, 2018) – The Independent Panel, consisting of one representative from the United States Soccer Federation, one representative from the Canadian Soccer Association, and one representative from the Professional Referee Organization, has unanimously rescinded the one-game suspension and accompanying fine for the red card issued to Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Kendall Waston for violent conduct in the 13th minute of Vancouver’s match against Atlanta United on March 17 (VIDEO).

As a result of the Whitecaps FC appeal, Waston is eligible to play in Vancouver’s next regular season game on March 24 against the LA Galaxy. The defender is currently competing with the Costa Rican National Team, and his next available MLS match will be on March 31 against Columbus Crew SC.

Each Club is entitled to two unsuccessful appeals per season, including playoffs. Since Vancouver’s appeal was successful, the team maintains two unsuccessful appeals for any future dismissals in the 2018 season.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF MLS COMMUNICATIONS

2-0-1 Crew SC ready to host D.C. United Saturday night at 6 p.m.

Black & Gold host D.C. United at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday, March 24 for the first of two regular-season meetings in 2018

 

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC hosts D.C. United at MAPFRE Stadium tomorrow, Saturday, March 24. The match kicks-off at 6:00 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports* and BCSN2, with Neil Sika, Dwight Burgess and Alex Stec on the call. Coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. ET. Post-match coverage is set to follow exclusively on Spectrum Sports. Tomorrow’s match also airs locally on the radio on CD102.5 FM in English, featuring simulcast audio from the television broadcast. The club’s official website, ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream the English-language radio broadcast online as well as host the Spanish-language audio broadcast, with Juan Valladares behind the microphone.

Columbus Crew SC returns to MAPFRE Stadium aiming to continue its unbeaten 2018 as it hosts D.C. United in a matchup of Major League Soccer originals. The match kicks off at 6 p.m. ET.

Since 1996, Crew SC has faced United 66 times with a 28-27-11 all-time record. In the clubs’ last meeting on September 30, 2017, the Black & Gold topped United, 2-0, to clinch a spot in the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs.

Last week at the Philadelphia Union, Columbus started the same XI as its first two matches. Despite it ending scoreless, Crew SC out-possessed (51 percent) and out-passed (84 percent) the Union. Gyasi Zardes came close for Columbus with a header just wide in the 51st minute while Federico Higuain continued his quest toward the MLS 50-goals, 50-assists club, setting up Zardes on multiple runs, but they failed to produce a goal.

D.C United is coming off a 2-2 draw against the Houston Dynamo last week, fighting their way back from a two-goal deficit at halftime. Midfielder Luciano Acosta scored the equalizer in the 97th- minute to cement the comeback.

Columbus Crew SC vs. D.C. United

Saturday, March 24 – 6:00 p.m. ET – MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)

 

Regional Television: CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports* and BCSN2. Post-match coverage is set to follow exclusively on Spectrum Sports in Ohio.

Regional Television Channel Guide: http://bit.ly/2018CrewSCBroadcast

Crew SC Radio: CD102.5 FM (English); ColumbusCrewSC.com (Spanish). English radio broadcast also simulcast on ColumbusCrewSC.com

* Match will air on Spectrum 314/1314 (505 for Insight customers)

 

Website: ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #CrewSC | Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Google+: +columbuscrewsc | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz

ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW SC
Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer and in 2015, Crew SC was crowned MLS Eastern Conference Champions in the organization’s 20th season. Owned and operated by Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV), it won its first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2018 campaign is the Black & Gold’s 20th season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. The club was purchased by PSV on July 29, 2013 as part of the privately held investment and management firm’s sports and entertainment business enterprise, and the club has qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in three of the four seasons since, including winning the Eastern Conference Championship in 2015.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Megan Scribner, ColumbusCrewSC.com; COURTESY COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

NHL Morning Skate for Thursday, March 22, 2018: Bruins clinched playoff spot and earn 100th point; Crosby hits another milestone in Penguins win; Ducks continue climb up Pacific Division standings

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

Arizona 4, BUFFALO 1

PITTSBURGH 5, Montreal 3

ST. LOUIS 2, Boston 1 (OT)

Anaheim 4, CALGARY 0

 

BRUINS EARN POINT TO CLINCH POSTSEASON BERTH
The Bruins (45-17-10, 100 points) earned a point in an overtime loss to the Blues to become the third team overall and second in the Eastern Conference to clinch a berth in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* The Bruins, who clinched a postseason berth for the second consecutive campaign and 71st time in franchise history, will make their ninth trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the last 11 seasons – including a Stanley Cup championship in 2010-11 and a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2012-13.

 

* Boston also reached 100 points for the first time since 2013-14 – when the club captured its second Presidents’ Trophy. The Bruins have reached the 100-point mark for the 22nd time in franchise history, more than any other NHL team.
CROSBY, MALKIN POWER PENGUINS TO VICTORY
Sidney Crosby (1-1—2) and Evgeni Malkin (1-1—2) were among four Pittsburgh skaters to record multiple points as the Penguins (42-27-5, 89 points) earned their fourth consecutive victory at PPG Paints Arena to move within two points of the idle Capitals (42-24-7, 91 points) for first place in the Metropolitan Division.

 

* Crosby – who scored a highlight-reel goal that saw him juggle the puck in midair – collected an assist to become the 53rd player in NHL history to reach 700 career assists. He is just the third active NHL player to hit the mark behind Joe Thornton (1,030) and Henrik Sedin (824). Mario Lemieux (1,033) is the only other player in Penguins franchise history to reach the mark.

Evgeni Malkin (41-50—91), who sits in a tie for second place in the Art Ross Trophy race with Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon (38-53—91), eclipsed the 90-point and 50-assist mark for the first time since 2011-12 (50-59—109 in 75 GP). The Penguins are the only team to have three players record at least 50 assists this season (Crosby: 55, Phil Kessel: 53 and Malkin: 50).

Derick Brassard scored his second goal since joining Pittsburgh to become the sixth Penguins player to reach the 20-goal mark this season, one ahead of the Lightning, Golden Knights and Blackhawks (five apiece) for the League lead.

DUCKS, BLUES CLIMB WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS
The Ducks (38-24-12, 88 points) and Blues (40-28-5, 85 points) both secured wins on Wednesday to leapfrog teams in the Western Conference playoff race:

 

Ryan Getzlaf (0-2—2) and Francois Beauchemin (1-1—2) each recorded multi-point games and John Gibson (29 saves) earned his fourth shutout of the season to guide the Ducks to their fourth consecutive victory. With the win, Anaheim passed Los Angeles (40-27-7, 87 points) for third place in the Pacific Division. The Ducks have four divisional games remaining this season, including one against the Kings (March 30 vs. LAK).
Jaden Schwartz (2-0—2) tied the game in the third period and scored 30 seconds into overtime to lift the Blues to a 5-1-0 record in their past six contests. St. Louis rallied from a third period deficit to win for the third consecutive game, all of which have been decided in overtime. This marks the first time in Blues history the team has won three consecutive regular season games in overtime and the first time in franchise history they have won three consecutive games in which they trailed in the third period. With the win, St. Louis passed Dallas (38-28-8, 84 points) in the Western Conference standings and moved within two points of the Kings for the final Wild Card spot.
KELLER CONTINUES IMPRESSIVE ROOKIE CAMPAIGN
Rookie Clayton Keller (0-2—2) assisted on two of four Arizona goals to help the Coyotes (25-37-11, 61 points) improve to 7-3-1 in their last 11 contests. Keller notched his 11th multi-point game of the season to push his totals to 20-35—55 and tie Canucks forward Brock Boeser (29-26—55 in 62 GP) for third in rookie scoring.

* Keller’s 35 assists and 55 points are the most by a Coyotes rookie since the team moved to Arizona in 1996-97, surpassing marks set by Max Domi (34 assists in 2015-16) and Peter Mueller (22-32—54 in 2007-08).

QUICK CLICKS

 

· GMs propose to have NHL Situation Room decide goalie interference

· NHLPA agrees to recommended change to Rule 78.7 (II)

· Monique Lamoureux-Morando joins NHL Network as studio analyst

· Jim Rutherford excited for chance to three-peat with Penguins (via Dan Rosen)

· Mike Fisher of Predators feeling good during comeback (via Mike Zeisberger)

SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION

GOLDEN KNIGHTS AIM FOR HISTORIC 100-POINT SEASON

The Golden Knights (47-21-5, 99 points) look to become the first team in NHL history to reach 100 points in its inaugural season when they visit the Sharks (41-23-9, 91 points), who have won five consecutive games, in a battle between the top two teams in the Pacific Division. The current benchmark for fewest NHL seasons to reach 100 points is three, set by the Oilers in 1981-82. Excluding teams to merge from the WHA, the record for fewest seasons to reach 100 points is four, set by the Islanders in 1975-76.

 

BLUE JACKETS LOOK TO PUSH WIN STREAK TO TEN

The Blue Jackets (41-28-5, 87 points) look to extend their winning streak to 10 games when they host the Panthers (37-27-7, 81 points). Columbus can become just the third team this season to record a 10-game winning streak (COL: 10-0-0 from Dec. 29 – Jan. 22; NSH: 10-0-0 from Feb. 19 – March 8). Prior to March 4, when the Blue Jackets started their current run, they sat just outside a playoff spot and tied - in terms of points – with the Hurricanes for the final wild card position in the Eastern Conference. They now rank third in the Metropolitan Division with a six-point buffer over Florida – who sit one point back of the Devils (37-28-8, 82 points) for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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