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#NHLStats: 2019-20 Regular Season Recap

The NHL announced Tuesday that the 2019-20 regular season was deemed complete through games of March 11, the day before the League paused play due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Highlights of the 2019-20 campaign – which saw 85% of scheduled games played (1,082 of 1,271) – included Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin’s pursuit and eventual entry into the NHL’s 700-goal club; scoring races that saw five players reach 90 points and five hit 40 goals; colossal comebacks; and a final rookie scoring rank last seen 88 years ago.

For the second straight season and fifth time in League history, each of the top-four point producers were born in different countries. The other instances occurred in 2018-19, 2005-06 (top 5), 1998-99 and 1997-98.

Additionally, each of the top-five goal scorers hail from different countries – the seventh time that has happened. This is the first season in NHL history to end without a Canadian among the top eight in goals.

Top Performers
A look at League leaders for the 2019-20 regular season:

* Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl became the first German-born player to lead the NHL in points and the 10th different European-born player to do so. It marked the third time in four years that an Oilers player won the Art Ross Trophy, the first team to achieve that feat since the Penguins claimed seven in a row from 1994-95 to 2000-01. Draisaitl also led the League with 67 assists.

David Pastrnak became the first Bruins player in 45 years to top the NHL in goals and first to win the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy (introduced in 1998-99). He joined Phil Esposito (4x) and Bobby Orr (1x) as the third player to score at least four hat tricks in a season for Boston.

* Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin topped the NHL in goals for the third straight season and a record ninth time overall, two more than Bobby Hull (7x). Ovechkin tallied four hat tricks in a season for the first time in his career and became the fourth player in NHL history to score 48 or more goals in a season at age 34 or older.

Quinn Hughes of the Canucks and Cale Makar of the Avalanche finished first and second in rookie scoring, respectively, the first time in the NHL’s modern era (since 1943-44) that defensemen have held those ranks at the end of a season. Hughes became the third defenseman in that span to lead all rookies in scoring (outright or tied), joining Bobby Orr (1966-67) and Brian Leetch (1988-89).

* Blackhawks forward Dominik Kubalik topped all rookies with 30 goals, the first Czech-born player to lead rookies in that category and third to reach the 30-goal mark in a season after Petr Klima (32 in 1985-86) and Petr Prucha (30 in 2005-06).

Zach Werenski paced defensemen with 20 goals, a single-season goal total reached by only seven other active blueliners and a Blue Jackets franchise record among defensemen.

John Carlson of the Capitals led defensemen with 60 assists and 75 points. He was on pace for an 89-point campaign, a mark last reached by a defenseman 26 years ago.

* Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy had 35 wins to lead the NHL for the third time (also 2018-19 & 2017-18). He became the second goaltender in League history to pace that category (outright or tied) in three or more seasons before age 26, joining Terry Sawchuk (5x from 1950-51—1954-55).

* Additionally, Vasilevskiy is the first netminder to lead the League in wins for three consecutive seasons since Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur did so for four consecutive campaigns from 2002-03 to 2006-07.

* Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck led the NHL with six shutouts, tying his own single-season franchise record (also six in 2017-18). He ranked second with 31 victories, his third 30-win campaign.

* Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask led the League in goals-against average (2.12) and ranked second in save percentage en route to claiming his first William M. Jennings Trophy (with Jaroslav Halak).

Anton Khudobin posted a .930 save percentage, the second straight season that a Stars goaltender has led the NHL in that category (min. 23 GP).

By the Numbers
A closer look at some of the best stats from the 2019-20 regular season:

457 – Games won by a team who trailed by at least one goal, tied for the second-most comeback wins through 1,082 games in NHL history (2005-06: 474, 2018-19: 457). Washington and St. Louis shared the League lead with 21 such victories.

207 – Combined points by Oilers forwards Leon Draisaitl (110) and Connor McDavid (97), who ranked first and second, respectively, in the 2019-20 scoring race; it marked the seventh time in the last 44 years that teammates finished first and second in the NHL in points.

125 – Multi-goal comeback wins, the most in NHL history through 1,082 games.

70.4 – Percentage of games decided by a one-goal margin or multiple goals with at least one empty netter (762 of 1,082 GP).

58 – Years since the last season in which players age 23 or younger and age 34 or older finished among the top two in goals (tied or outright); David Pastrnak, 23, and Alex Ovechkin, 34, became the first to do so since Bobby Hull, 23, and Gordie Howe, 34, in 1961-62.

56 – Different players with at least one hat trick, including seven skaters with two and two players with four.

45 – Years since a Bruins player led the NHL in goals (tied or outright); Phil Esposito (61 G in 1974-75) was the last to do so before David Pastrnak in 2019-20.

43 – Wins by a team that trailed by multiple goals in the third period, the second-most in NHL history through 1,082 games (2009-10: 45).

21.5 – Percentage of games in which at least one team erased a multi-goal deficit (regardless of result; 233 of 1,082 GP).

17 – Players with 30 or more goals, including 10 age 24 or younger.

16 – Players born in the 2000s to play in 2019-20, including five members of the 2019 NHL Draft class (Jack HughesKaapo KakkoKirby DachVille Heinola and Tobias Bjornfot).

10 – Shutouts recorded by rookies, including five by Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (tied for second in the entire NHL).

7 – Season-ending win streak by the Kings (two shy of the club record), capped by a Martin Frk winning goal with 4:41 to play in what turned out to be the final game of the regular season.

5 – Number of Hall of Famers Alex Ovechkin passed on the NHL’s career goals list in 2019-20, en route to his 11th 40-goal season and NHL-record ninth season as goals leader (Luc Robitaille, Teemu Selanne, Mario LemieuxSteve Yzerman and Mark Messier)

5 – NHL seasons in which each of the top-three players in points were under age 25 (factors tiebreakers); Leon Draisaitl, 24, Connor McDavid, 23, and David Pastrnak, 23, combined for the feat in 2019-20. The other seasons: 2008-091994-951984-85 and 1983-84.

5 – Instances of a team overcoming a deficit of four-plus goals to win a game, tied for the most ever in a single NHL season (also five in 1983-84 and 1985-86).

3 – Number of seasons that defensemen have finished with the two highest rookie point totals. The last instance before Quinn Hughes and Cale Makar in 2019-20 happened 88 years ago (1931-32 and 1920-21).

1 – Goalie goal in 2019-20, scored by Nashville’s Pekka Rinne on Jan. 9 against Chicago; it was the 13th goal credited to a goaltender during the regular season and first since 2013-14.

0 – Number of players among the top five in points who have celebrated their 30th birthday.

 

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NHL announces 2019-20 Regular Season Award Winners

 

NEW YORK (May 28, 2020) – The 2019-20 National Hockey League regular season concluded with the Boston Bruins capturing three of the League’s major awards, including the Presidents’ Trophy as the team with the best overall record.

 

Bruins right wing David Pastrnak and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin each earned the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s goal-scoring leaders, while Boston’s Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak combined for the William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltenders who played for the team allowing the fewest goals. Joining these winners was Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl, who finished 13 points ahead of the field for his first career Art Ross Trophy as the League’s scoring champion.

 

The Bruins (44-14-12 in 70 GP) topped the NHL in both points (100) and points percentage (.714) to claim their third Presidents’ Trophy, adding to wins in 2013-14 and 1989-90. (They also finished first in the NHL standings 11 times before the Presidents’ Trophy was introduced in 1985-86.) Boston finished ahead of its 2019 Stanley Cup Final opponent, the St. Louis Blues (42-19-10, 94 points), on the strength of a League-best 44 wins, including 22 victories as both hosts (22-4-9) and visitors (22-10-3). The Bruins, who reached the 40-win milestone for the seventh consecutive season, also posted an NHL-best +53 goal differential while ranking in the top three in both power play (2nd; 25.2%) and penalty kill (3rd; 84.3%) efficiency.

 

Pastrnak powered Boston’s offense with 48 goals to earn his first career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy along with Ovechkin, who captured the award for the third straight season and ninth time overall. Pastrnak (48-47—95 in 70 GP) became the first Bruins player to win the Richard Trophy (which was introduced in 1998-99) and the fifth Boston player to top the NHL in goals (outright or shared), joining Phil Esposito (6x, most recently in 1974-75), Bronco Horvath (1959-60), Roy Conacher (1938-39) and Cooney Weiland (1929-30). Pastrnak, who also paced the League with 20 power-play goals and 10 game-winning tallies (tied), produced eight multi-goal performances, highlighted by four hat tricks and a career-high four goals Oct. 14 vs. ANA. The 24-year-old Havirov, Czech Republic, native – who scored the most goals by any Bruins player since 1993-94 (Cam Neely: 50) – became the youngest Richard Trophy winner since Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos in 2011-12 (22 years, 60 days).

 

Ovechkin (48-19—67 in 68 GP) topped the NHL in goals for the third straight season and a record ninth time overall, two more than left wing Bobby Hull (7x). The Moscow, Russia, native became the eighth member of the NHL’s 700-goal club on Feb. 22 at NJD, making him both the second-youngest (34 years, 158 days) and second-fastest (1,144 GP) player to reach the milestone behind only Wayne Gretzky (29 years, 342 days; 886 GP). Ovechkin achieved the feat after compiling four hat tricks earlier in the season, including consecutive three-goal performances Jan. 16 vs. NJD and Jan. 18 at NYI. Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, the Capitals captain has scored 244 more goals than any other player (706‑572—1,278 in 1,152 GP). Ovechkin’s career average of 0.61 goals per game ranks fourth in League history among skaters with at least 500 appearances, trailing only Mike Bossy (0.76), Mario Lemieux (0.75) and Pavel Bure (0.62).

 

Rask (41 GP, 26-8-6, 2.12 GAA, .929 SV%, 5 SO) and Halak (31 GP, 18-6-6, 2.39 GAA, .919 SV%, 3 SO) combined to help the Bruins claim their third William M. Jennings Trophy, following wins in 2008-09 (Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez) and 1989-90 (Andy Moog and Reggie Lemelin). Boston allowed a League-low 174 goals in 70 contests, three fewer than its closest competitor despite playing one more game (DAL: 177 GA in 69 GP). Rask, who earned his first Jennings Trophy, led the NHL in goals-against average (2.12), ranked second in save percentage (.929) and shared second place in shutouts (5). Halak, who won the Jennings Trophy for the second time (also 2011-12 w/ STL), placed sixth in the League in goals-against average (2.39). The duo combined to backstop the Bruins to an NHL-high eight shutouts (one more than both CBJ and NSH) and a League-best .921 team save percentage.

 

Draisaitl (43-67—110 in 71 GP) finished 13 points ahead of teammate and two-time scoring champion Connor McDavid (34-63—97 in 64 GP) to capture his first career Art Ross Trophy. Draisaitl found the scoresheet in 56 of his 71 appearances (78.9%), powered by a League-best 33 multi-point performances – four more than the next-closest players (Pastrnak and Nathan MacKinnon: 29). That included a pair of career-high, five-point outings: March 2 at NSH (4-1—5) and Nov. 14 vs. COL (0-5—5). Draisaitl also topped the NHL in assists (67), power-play points (44) and game-winning goals (t-10) while ranking in the top five in the League in power-play goals (2nd; 16), power-play assists (2nd; 28), shooting percentage (3rd; 19.7%) and goals (4th; 43). The 24-year-old Cologne native became the first German-born player to win the Art Ross Trophy. He and McDavid (2017-18 and 2016-17) have combined for three of the past four NHL scoring titles, making the Oilers the first team to achieve the feat since the Pittsburgh Penguins claimed seven straight from 1994-95 through 2000-01 (Jaromir Jagr: 5x, Lemieux: 2x).

 

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Rock legend John Fogerty celebrated 75th Birthday, May 28, by playing hit song ‘Centerfield’ at Dodger Stadium

 

Dodger Stadium and Downtown Los Angeles 2016 photo By Cody Williams, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

LOS ANGELES –Music legend John Fogerty celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday by playing his 1985 hit song Centerfield from Centerfield – at Dodger Stadium!

Fogerty posted the video to Facebook, saying “It took 75 years and it’s a little different than I envisioned. Now on my birthday I get to fulfill my dream playing “Centerfield” in centerfield with my kids on the team. A home run! Hopefully it won’t be long until we are able to have baseball back. Until then… “Put me in coach, I’m ready to play!”

John Fogerty at Ford Theater Wash. D.C. Febuary 8, 1998 By John Mathew Smith & www.celebrity-photos.com, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

With a career spanning more than 50 years, John Fogerty is hailed as one of the most influential musicians in rock history, known for creating the soundtrack of a generation. As co-founder of Creedence Clearwater Revival, the group’s chief musical architect, and as a solo artist, Fogerty’s works rank as some of the most influential in American music history. As the writer, singer and producer of numerous classic hits including ‘Born on the Bayou’, ‘Green River’, ‘Proud Mary’, and ‘Bad Moon Rising’, Fogerty has been honored as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists, 100 Greatest Songwriters, and 100 Greatest Singers by Rolling Stone. Earning induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Baseball Hall of Fame, he is also a New York Times best-selling author for his memoir, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music.

INFORMATION FROM WIKIPEDIA COMMONS
Background information
Birth name John Cameron Fogerty
Born May 28, 1945 (age 75)
Berkeley, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer–songwriter
  • record producer
Instruments
  • Guitar
  • vocals
  • harmonica
  • drums
  • pedal steel guitar
  • dobro
  • bass
  • fiddle
  • saxophone
  • piano
Years active 1959–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website johnfogerty.com

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Houston Astros announce current Minor Leaguers to be paid through August 31

HOUSTON, TX - All players currently within the Astros minor league system will continue to be paid their current stipend and receive benefits through August 31st, Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane announced last Friday.

“With the uncertainty that our minor league players are facing currently, this decision provides our players with assurance that they will receive a paycheck through August.” Crane said. “We believe that this is the right thing to do.”

“Having a farm system of talented minor league players is a key aspect of the success of the Astros franchise,” said Astros General Manager James Click. “We hope that continuing the stipend for our players will provide them support in these challenging times.”

Prior to today’s announcement, the Astros had previously announced that their minor league players would receive a stipend through May 31st.

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MLB announces 2020 Draft to air live on MLB Network, ESPN, ESPN2

Five-round Draft will be held on Wed., June 10 and Thurs., June 11; MLB Network, ESPN to present live coverage on June 10; MLB Network and ESPN2 to continue live Draft coverage on June 11; first time multiple networks will televise the MLB Draft

 

Major League Baseball announced today that the first day of its 2020 Draft will be held on the originally planned date of Wednesday, June 10th, based out of MLB Network studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. MLB Network and ESPN will each produce live Draft coverage on Wednesday, June 10th, marking the first time that multiple networks will provide live primetime coverage of the MLB Draft. Beginning at 7:00 p.m. (ET), the coverage by both MLB Network and ESPN will include the first round (selections 1-29) and Competitive Balance Round A (selections 30-37).

Description automatically generated](//:0)Beginning at 5:00 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, June 11th, MLB Network and ESPN2 will televise the second round (beginning with the 38th overall selection) through the fifth round. The five rounds of the 2020 MLB Draft will span 160 total selections. The signing deadline for the 2020 Draft has been moved from July 10th to August 1st. In addition, Clubs may not assign their Competitive Balance Selections in this year’s event.

ESPN2 provided afternoon broadcasts of the 2007 and 2008 MLB Drafts from HP Field House (then known as the Milk House) at The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. Each year since its 2009 debut, MLB Network has brought the Draft to fans from its Secaucus, New Jersey studios. Beginning next week, MLB Network will air six different MLB Draft preview programs ahead of its coverage on June 10th-11th.

As a result of the national emergency created by the pandemic, MLB will not hold its 2020 Draft in Omaha, Nebraska, the site of the NCAA’s Men’s College World Series (CWS), as announced last December. The Draft had been slated to be held at Omaha’s Holland Performing Arts Center and would have welcomed competing CWS teams to attend the festivities.

Comprehensive Draft coverage will be available on MLB.com and MLB Pipeline. The MLB Network Radio channel on SiriusXM will also offer live night one MLB Draft coverage to listeners nationwide beginning at 6:00 p.m. (ET), with SiriusXM hosts and former MLB general managers Jim Duquette and Jim Bowden offering analysis alongside SiriusXM’s Grant Paulsen and Mike Ferrin. On day two, June 11th, the MLB Network Radio channel will carry a simulcast of MLB Network’s live draft coverage beginning at 5:00 p.m. (ET). Coverage is available on Sirius channel 209, XM channel 89 and on the SiriusXM app.

 

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