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#NHLStats Pack: 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers – Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens

June 16, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NHL STATS & INFORMATION NOTES
2020 STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS: PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (5) VS. MONTREAL CANADIENS (12)

#NHLSTATS: PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
* The Penguins recorded at least 40 wins in a season for the 13th time in 15 seasons since 2005-06 – the lone exceptions being Sidney Crosby’s rookie campaign (2005-06) and 2012-13 (36 W in 48 GP). The Sharks (also 13) are the only other team with as many 40-win campaigns over that span.

* Pittsburgh has posted seven consecutive 40-win seasons, a franchise first (previous best: 6, 2006-07 to 2011-12) and tied for the longest active run in the NHL – Boston, Tampa Bay and St. Louis also extended to seven in 2019-20. Only seven teams in League history have posted a longer such run.

* Crosby finished third in team scoring (16-31—47 in 41 GP), averaging at least one point per game for the 15th consecutive season (his entire career to date). He joined Wayne Gretzky (19 from 1979-80 to 1997-98) and Mario Lemieux (15 from 1984-85 to 2002-03) as the third player in NHL history to average at least one point per game through each of his first 15 NHL seasons.

* Crosby is looking to become the seventh player in NHL history to captain one franchise to four or more Stanley Cups. Jean Beliveau (5x w/ MTL), George Armstrong (4x w/ TOR), Yvan Cournoyer (4x w/ MTL), Denis Potvin (4x w/ NYI) and Gretzky (4x w/ EDM) are the only captains to do so.

* Crosby has 66-120—186 in 164 career playoff games, two points back of tying Doug Gilmour and Joe Sakic for the eighth-most career points during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* Crosby has a career points-per-game rate of 1.13 during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, tied for eighth in NHL history (min. 50 GP). Under the same conditions, Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (1.04) are the only active players averaging at least a point per game in the postseason. Dropping the games played minimum to 25 adds another Penguins forward to that list: Jake Guentzel (1.14).

* The Penguins roster features three players – Crosby, Malkin and Patrick Marleau – who rank among the top four for career playoff points among active NHL players.

* Marleau leads active players in career playoff goals (72), one back of tying Dino Ciccarelli (73) for 13th place in NHL history. Penguins legends Lemieux (76) and Jaromir Jagr (78) rank 12th and 11th, respectively, while a Canadiens great sits in 10th place (Jean Beliveau: 79).

* Marleau, who ranks fifth all-time with 1,723 games played during the regular-season, is in search of his first Stanley Cup. He can join Ray Bourque (1,612 GP) and Dave Andreychuk (1,597 GP) as the third player to win his first Stanley Cup after skating in 1,500 or more regular-season games.

* Marleau leads active NHL players in career playoff games played (191). The only player to skate as many postseason games without winning a Cup is Bourque, who hoisted the trophy for the only time after his 214th and final playoff contest in 2001.

#NHLSTATS: MONTREAL CANADIENS
* The Canadiens last won the Stanley Cup in 1993. During that postseason, Montreal established an NHL record for most overtime wins in a single playoff year, highlighted by three such victories in the Final against Los Angeles (Games 2, 3 and 4).

* Captain Shea Weber ranks among the top 10 in playoff goals among active defensemen (14). His 0.22 goals per game played in the playoffs paces active defensemen (min. 25 GP), with Pittsburgh’s Jack Johnson (0.19) tied for fourth on that list.

Carey Price has 25 career wins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to rank sixth in franchise history. His five career playoff shutouts trail only Jacques Plante (10), Ken Dryden (10) and George Hainsworth (6) in Montreal’s NHL history.

Tomas Tatar led the Canadiens in goals (22; tied), assists (39) and points (61) in 2019-20, reaching the 20-goal mark for the sixth consecutive season. His last playoff appearance came in 2018 when he played in eight games during the Golden Knights’ historic run to the Stanley Cup Final (2 GP in each round).

* While Pittsburgh leads all resuming clubs in combined postseason games of experience (1,208 GP), Montreal (400 GP) enters with the third-fewest, ahead of only Columbus (383 GP) and Calgary (343 GP).

* Among players to appear in at least one regular-season game for the Canadiens in 2019-20, Weber leads the club with 65 games played in the postseason.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS
Some notable connections between the Penguins and Canadiens:

Sidney Crosby (PIT), Shea Weber (MTL) and Carey Price (MTL) won gold together at the 2014 Olympics and reunited to help Canada win the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

* Weber also accomplished a memorable feat with Pittsburgh’s Patric Hornqvist as teammates with the Predators – they helped Nashville earn its first playoff series victory, in 2011 against Anaheim.

BEST-OF-5 PLAYOFF SERIES
* The Canadiens have competed in 14 best-of-five series during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, holding a 6-7 series record – the only non-result was the 1919 Stanley Cup Final, which was canceled due to the influenza epidemic.

* Montreal has won the Stanley Cup twice after competing in a best-of-five series during the playoffs: 1986 (DSF vs. BOS) and 1931 (SF vs. BOS and SCF vs. CHI).

* The Penguins have lost all of their three best-of-five series during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, reaching a fifth and final game in each of those matchups (19801981 and 1982). Additionally, Game 5 of the 1981 Preliminary Round (vs. STL) and 1982 Division Semifinals (vs. NYI) both required overtime to decide a winner.

Download the PDF for a breakdown of neutral-site games and all-time best-of-five series contested by the Penguins and Canadiens. A neutral-site game is categorized as one played in an arena that does not normally serve as either club’s home ice.

Pittsburgh Penguins (5) vs. Montreal Canadiens (12) – V2.pdf

 

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NHL Programming This Week: Jacob Trouba Cooks and NHL Player Gaming Challenge Wraps

“Skates & Plates” Returns with Jacob Trouba & Celebrity Chef Marc Forgione; Final Match of NHL Player Gaming Challenge presented by Honda Set for June 18; Nate Schmidt and Rangers Legend Mike Richter Visit “NHL Hat Trick Trivia Hosted by P.K. Subban”

June 15, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK / TORONTO (June 15, 2020) – Episode two of the cooking series “Skates & Plates,” the finale of the NHL Player Gaming Challenge presented by Honda, a new episode of “NHL Hat Trick Trivia™ Hosted by P.K. Subban” and two Stanley Cup® Final games highlight the National Hockey League’s programming schedule for the week of June 15.

 

Skates & Plates

The new cooking series, “Skates & Plates,” returns with episode two featuring New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba and chef Marc Forgione. In the second edition of the series in which celebrity chefs remotely teach NHL players how to prepare a restaurant-caliber dish at home, “The Next Iron Chef” winner walks Trouba through his recipe for chicken under a brick, one of Trouba’s favorite dishes from Forgione’s eponymous New York City restaurant.

 

Fans can watch episode two featuring Trouba and Forgione on Tuesday, June 16, at 9 p.m. ET on NHL Network. The episode also will air on Wednesday, June 17, at 5 p.m. ET on Sportsnet; and Thursday, June 18, at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN; NHL.com; and NHL’s YouTube, Facebook and IGTV platforms. Watch a preview here.

 

Created and distributed by NHL Original Productions, the recipe for each dish prepared on the show will be made available to fans at NHL.com. Fans are encouraged to share snapshots of their homemade attempts at the recipes on social media with the hashtag #hockeyathome.

 

Fan can watch episode one featuring Nashville Predators forward Nick Bonino and chef Ludo Lefebvre here.

 

NHL Player Gaming Challenge™ presented by Honda

The NHL Player Gaming Challenge™ presented by Honda concludes on Thursday, June 18, at 5 p.m. ET when Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins takes on former Winnipeg Jets defenseman Joe Morrow in an EA SPORTS™ NHL®20 best-of-three series. During the six-week gaming event, NHL clubs have been represented by one or two players in a one-time matchup against another team. All matches are available on the NHL’s Twitch, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook Premiere platforms.

 

NHL Hat Trick Trivia™ Hosted by P.K. Subban

Fans can look forward to a new episode of “NHL Hat Trick Trivia™ Hosted by P.K. Subban” – the weekly series hosted by New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban and featuring fans answering hockey trivia questions to win NHL prizes – on Saturday, June 20.

 

Episode 10, with special appearances by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt, New York Rangers legend Mike Richter, and series regular and NHL referee Wes McCauley, will air on Saturday, June 20, at Noon ET on Sportsnet and 12:30 p.m. ET on NHL.com and the NHL’s YouTube, Facebook and IGTV platforms. The episode also will air on Monday, June 22, at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN and on Tuesday, June 23, at 9:30 p.m. ET on NHL Network™.

 

Classic Stanley Cup® Final Games

Hockey fans can relive recent Stanley Cup® Final games via simulcasts on the NHL’s social and digital platforms. Every Monday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET through July 6, fans can watch their favorite teams hoist the Stanley Cup on NHL.com and the NHL’s YouTube, Twitter and Facebook platforms.

 

This evening, Washington Capitals fans can rewatch their team capture its first Stanley Cup® in Game 5 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights. On Wednesday, June 17, fans can revisit the Pittsburgh Penguins claiming their fifth Stanley Cup in Game 6 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final against the Nashville Predators.

 

NHL Programming Schedule for June 15-20 (all times are ET and subject to change):

 

Monday, June 15

5 p.m.

Episode 1 of “Skates & Plates” with Nashville Predators forward Nick Bonino and celebrity chef Ludo Lefebvre (NHL.com; NHL’s YouTube, Facebook & IGTV)

 

5 p.m.

Episode 9 of NHL Hat Trick Trivia hosted by P.K. Subban featuring special appearances by Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn, women’s hockey player Renata Fast, Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty, and series regular and NHL referee Wes McCauley (NBCSN)

 

8 p.m.

Classic Games Simulcast: 2018 Stanley Cup Final, Game 5 – Washington Capitals vs Vegas Golden Knights (NHL.com; NHL’s YouTube, Twitter and Facebook)

 

Tuesday, June 16

2 p.m.

NHL Draft Class podcast featuring top prospect Quinton Byfield (NHL.com/Podcasts)

 

6 p.m.

Series finale of NHL’s Who Wore It Best?™ (Episode 5, Nos. 10-1) featuring NHL.com’s Dave Stubbs, NBC Sports’ Keith Jones and Pierre McGuire, and Sportsnet’s Brian Burke (NBCSN)

 

7 p.m.

Series finale of NHL’s Who Wore It Best?™ (Episode 5, Nos. 10-1) featuring NHL.com’s Dave Stubbs, NBC Sports’ Keith Jones and Pierre McGuire, and Sportsnet’s Brian Burke (NHL Network)

 

9 p.m.

Episode 2 of “Skates & Plates” with New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba and celebrity chef Marc Forgione (NHL Network)

 

9:30 p.m.

Episode 9 of NHL Hat Trick Trivia hosted by P.K. Subban featuring special appearances by Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn, women’s hockey player Renata Fast, Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty, and series regular and NHL referee Wes McCauley (NHL Network)

 

Wednesday, June 17

2 p.m.

NHL @TheRink podcast (NHL.com/Podcasts)

 

5 p.m.

Episode 2 of “Skates & Plates” with New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba and celebrity chef Marc Forgione (SN)

 

5 p.m.

#HockeyAtHome: He Skates, She Skates (Episode 9) featuring Colorado Avalanche forward J.T. Compher with his sister, Boston University and U.S. Women’s National Team forward Jesse Compher; Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson with his wife, Emily Pfalzer Matheson, a member of the U.S. Women’s Gold Medalists National Team from the 2018 Olympic Winter Games; and Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse in his first interview with cousin, Sarah Nurse, a Canadian Olympian, Canadian National Team player, and a member of the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (NHL.com; NHL’s YouTube, Facebook and IGTV)

 

8 p.m.

Classic Games Simulcast: 2017 Stanley Cup Final, Game 6 – Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Nashville Predators (NHL.com; NHL’s YouTube, Twitter and Facebook)

 

Thursday, June 18

5 p.m.

Episode 2 of “Skates & Plates” with New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba and celebrity chef Marc Forgione (NBCSN; NHL.com; NHL’s YouTube, Facebook & IGTV)

 

5 p.m.

NHL Player Gaming Challenge™ presented by Honda:

Match 15 – Columbus Blue Jackets (Elvis Merzlikins) vs. Winnipeg Jets (former Jet Joe Morrow) (Twitch.tv/NHL; NHL’s YouTube, Twitter & Facebook Premiere)

 

9 p.m.

Series finale of NHL’s Who Wore It Best?™ (Episode 5, Nos. 10-1) featuring NHL.com’s Dave Stubbs, NBC Sports’ Keith Jones and Pierre McGuire, and Sportsnet’s Brian Burke (NHL Network)

 

Friday, June 19

1 p.m.

NHL Fantasy™ On Ice podcast (NHL.com/Podcasts)

 

5 p.m.

Episode 4 of NHL’s Who Wore It Best? with NHL.com’s Dave Stubbs, NBC Sports’ Keith Jones and Sportsnet’s Kelly Hrudey debating the best players to wear Nos. 19, 18, 16, 14 and 13 (NHL.com; NHL’s YouTube, Facebook and IGTV)

 

Saturday, June 20

12 p.m.

Episode 10 of NHL Hat Trick Trivia™ Hosted by P.K. Subban featuring special appearances by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt, New York Rangers legend Mike Richter, and series regular and NHL referee Wes McCauley (SN)

 

12:30 p.m.

Episode 10 of NHL Hat Trick Trivia™ Hosted by P.K. Subban featuring special appearances by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt, New York Rangers legend Mike Richter, and series regular and NHL referee Wes McCauley (NHL.com; NHL’s YouTube, Facebook and IGTV)

 

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

 

 

#NHLStats Pack: 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers – Eastern Conference Round Robin

June 15, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NHL STATS & INFORMATION NOTES
2020 STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS – EASTERN CONFERENCE ROUND ROBIN
ROUND ROBIN NOTES
* Teams in the Eastern Conference Round Robin have won the Presidents’ Trophy a combined four times in the past five years (BOS in 2019-20, TBL in 2018-19, WSH in 2015-16 & 2016-17) and five times in the last seven years (also BOS in 2013-14).

* The Stanley Cup Final has featured one of these four clubs in six of the past 10 years: Boston has made three appearances in that span (L in 2019, L in 2013 & W in 2011), while Washington (W in 2018), Tampa Bay (L in 2015) and Philadelphia (L in 2010) each have one.

* Since 2007-08, the Capitals (10x), Bruins (5x), Lightning (2x) and Flyers (1x) have combined for 18 division titles, including eight over the past five seasons.

* In all but two of 14 seasons since 2006-07, the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy has been claimed by a player from one of these four teams. Since 2003-04, players with Tampa Bay and Washington have combined for four Art Ross Trophy wins.

#NHLSTATS: BOSTON BRUINS
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After falling in Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, Boston will return to the postseason for the fourth consecutive year and 11th time in the past 13 seasons. This will mark their 73rd all-time playoff appearance, second in NHL history behind Montreal.

* Boston can become the fifth franchise in the last 20 years to make consecutive trips to the Stanley Cup Final (PIT: 2016 & 2017, 2008 & 2009; DET: 2008 & 2009; NJD: 2000 & 2001; and DAL: 1999 & 2000).

* The Bruins set their sights on becoming the ninth team to win the Presidents’ Trophy and the Stanley Cup in the same season (since 1985-86).

* The Bruins made the playoffs each season from 1967-68 through 1995-96, a run of 29 consecutive postseason appearances that stands as the longest in NHL history.

David Pastrnak is averaging 1.02 points per game in the playoffs (17-26—43 in 42 GP), highlighted by a performance in Game 2 of the 2018 First Round where he became the youngest player in NHL history to record six points in a playoff game. Pastrnak, who celebrated his 24th birthday on May 25, stands as one of six active players to average at least one point per game played in the postseason prior to his 25th birthday (min. 40 GP).

Tuukka Rask (50-39) needs three wins during the Stanley Cup Playoffs to tie Gerry Cheevers (53-34) for the most in franchise history. Only Marc-Andre Fleury (78) and Henrik Lundqvist (61) have more career playoff wins among active goaltenders.

* Zdeno Chara’s last playoff game was his NHL-record 14th career Game 7 during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, surpassing Patrick Roy (6-7) and Scott Stevens (7-6) on the all-time list. Chara is 6-8 in those contests, with four assists.

* After becoming the second European-trained captain to win the Stanley Cup in 2011, Chara now aims to become the fifth player to hoist the Cup at age 42 or older. The only players to do so: Johnny Bower in 1967 (42), Dominik Hasek in 2008 (43), Mark Recchi in 2011 (43) and Chris Chelios in 2008 (46). Rangers coach Lester Patrick won the Cup at age 44 in 1928 after playing goal in one playoff game.

* Chara is one of five players who won the Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011 and remain with the team. The others: Patrice BergeronDavid KrejciBrad Marchand and Rask.

* Bergeron and Krejci are tied for second place on the Bruins’ all-time playoff points list, with each player 58 points shy of franchise leader Ray Bourque. They also rank among the top 10 on franchise lists for career playoff goals and assists.

* The Bruins were the only team to reach the 100-point mark before the pause, making Bruce Cassidy the 11th head coach in NHL history to record 100+ points in each of his first three full seasons with a club.

* The Bruins have faced the Flyers in three neutral-site games during the regular season, detailed in the PDF.

#NHLSTATS: TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
* The Lightning will return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the sixth time in the past seven seasons (since 2013-14), advancing to at least the Conference Finals three times in that span.

* Tampa Bay has reached at least the Eastern Conference Final in four of the last nine years. Each of those four Conference Finals series have extended to seven games, against Boston (L in 2011), the NY Rangers (W in 2015), Pittsburgh (L in 2016) and Washington (L in 2018).

* In 2019, Tampa Bay was swept for the second time in its history and first time since 2014 (R1 vs. MTL). The Lightning rebounded from that 2014 sweep by reaching the Stanley Cup Final the next year.

* The Lightning own a .652 winning percentage in 23 playoff overtime games, the second-highest such percentage in NHL history behind the Islanders (.667; 34-17 in 51 GP).

Nikita Kucherov needs seven points to match Martin St. Louis for the most playoff points in franchise historySteven StamkosTyler Johnson and Victor Hedman also rank among the top six.

* Kucherov also is four goals from tying St. Louis for the most in franchise playoff history, while Johnson is tied for third with Lecavalier – one more than Stamkos. Johnson also needs one game-winning goal to tie St. Louis for the most in Lightning playoff history.

* Andrei Vasilevskiy (15-15), the NHL wins leader in each of the past three regular seasons, trails only Nikolai Khabibulin (21-12) and Ben Bishop (21-13) for the most playoff wins in franchise history.

Jon Cooper holds a career playoff record of 36-32 since taking over as Lightning head coach in 2013-14, accounting for nearly half of Tampa Bay’s all-time postseason wins – John Tortorella (24-21), Guy Boucher (11-7) and Terry Crisp (2-4) are a combined 37-32.

* The Lightning, who won two neutral-site games in 2019-20, have faced the Capitals in one neutral-site game during the regular season, detailed in the PDF.

#NHLSTATS: WASHINGTON CAPITALS
* The Capitals will enter the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 12th time over the last 13 years, including six straight appearances dating to 2015.

* Eleven of the 22 players who captured the Stanley Cup with Washington in 2018 remain with the team (Nicklas BackstromJohn CarlsonLars EllerBraden HoltbyMichal KempnyEvgeny KuznetsovDmitry OrlovT.J. OshieAlex OvechkinJakub VranaTom Wilson).

* The Capitals are 8-1-0 in nine all-time neutral-site games during the regular season, including five consecutive wins. Their only loss was at Halifax Metro Centre on March 9, 1994 (7-5 L at NYR), where former Washington forward Mike Gartner factored on four of New York’s seven goals (1-3—4).

* The Capitals have faced the Lightning in one neutral-site game during the regular season, at O-Rena in Orlando, Fla. on March 20, 1994Don Beaupre made 23 saves in a 3-0 victory.

* The Capitals and Flyers have met in one neutral-site game during the regular season, at Richfield Coliseum in Ohio on Feb. 2, 1994. Washington scored four unanswered goals to rally for a 5-2 win.

* Ovechkin is the franchise’s all-time leader in Stanley Cup Playoffs goals and points (65-61—126 in 128 GP), while Backstrom sits atop the Capitals’ all-time postseason assists list (36-70—106 in 123 GP).

* Ovechkin (65), who reached the 700-goal milestone in 2019-20, ranks third among active players for career playoff goals behind Penguins teammates Patrick Marleau (72) and Sidney Crosby (66). Ovechkin owns a career goals-per-game average of 0.51 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, tied for eighth in NHL history (min. 100 GP).

* Backstrom has assisted on 23 of Ovechkin’s 65 career goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (35.4%). Only seven players in NHL history have assisted on more postseason goals by a teammate.

* Carlson, the franchise leader in playoff goals (18) and points (60) by a defenseman, is tied with Calle Johansson for the second-most postseason assists by a Capitals blueliner (42; Scott Stevens: 44).

#NHLSTATS: PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
* The Flyers have reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs every other year since a run of five straight postseason berths ended in 2012.

* Philadelphia last won a playoff series in 2012 when it defeated Pittsburgh in the Conference Quarterfinals. It is one of 10 series in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to feature at least 56 combined goals.

* The Flyers have faced the Bruins in three neutral-site games during the regular season, detailed in the PDF. Philadelphia’s lone victory came on New Year’s Eve in 1993 when Eric LindrosMikael Renberg and Mark Recchi each had 1-2—3 to help the Flyers rally from a three-goal deficit to win 4-3.

* The Flyers and Capitals have met in one neutral-site game during the regular season, at Richfield Coliseum in Ohio on Feb. 2, 1994.

* Two players who dressed at least one game during the Flyers’ run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final remain with the team: Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk. The latter is in his second stint with Philadelphia after skating six seasons with Toronto from 2012-13 to 2017-18.

* Giroux has 24-41—65 in 69 career games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs to rank ninth on the Flyers’ all-time postseason points list. His 18 career multi-point playoff games – which include a club-record 3-3—6 showing in Game 2 of the 2012 Conference Quarterfinals – are the seventh-most by a Flyers player.

Carter Hart, who is set to turn 22 on Aug. 13, can become the youngest Flyers goaltender to earn a win in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Pete Peeters currently holds that distinction, earning his first playoff win with Philadelphia at age 22 years, 235 days in Game 1 of the 1980 Preliminary Round.

Matt Niskanen is the only Stanley Cup winner on the Flyers’ active roster – he won with the Capitals in 2018. His 125 career postseason games are the most among current Philadelphia players, ahead of Justin Braun (84 GP), Giroux (69 GP), Nate Thompson (62 GP), van Riemsdyk (59 GP) and Brian Elliott (45 GP).

Alain Vigneault is 68-71 in 139 career playoff games as an NHL head coach. His 68 wins are the 14th-most in League history and second-most among active head coaches behind Joel Quenneville (118-97).

Download the PDF for a breakdown of neutral-site games by the Bruins, Lightning, Capitals and Flyers (all regular season; none of these teams have contested a neutral-site game in the playoffs). A neutral-site game is categorized as one played in an arena that does not normally serve as either club’s home ice.

 

RoundRobinForSeeding_EasternConference.pdf

 

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NFL announces Las Vegas as new host of Annual Pro Bowl

Las Vegas' Allegiant Stadium under construction as of March 4, 2020 photo By ZappaOMatic - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

The Annual Pro Bowl is moving again, but to a more exciting place for players, fans and media.

The NFL announced today, Tuesday, June 16 that the 2021 Pro Bowl will take place in Las Vegas at the Raiders’ new home, Allegiant Stadium on January 31.

The announcement has the league’s all-star showcase game moving to a brand-new venue in a market ready to welcome the NFL for years to come.

Las Vegas will be the 11th host of the Pro Bowl since 1950, joining Los Angeles (L.A. Memorial Coliseum), Dallas (Texas Stadium), Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium), Miami (Orange Bowl, Hard Rock Stadium), New Orleans (Louisiana Superdome), Seattle (The Kingdome), Tampa, Florida (Tampa Stadium), Halawa, Hawaii (Aloha Stadium), Glendale, Arizona (State Farm Stadium), and Orlando (Camping World Stadium).

“The Raiders welcome the NFL Pro Bowl to Allegiant Stadium and to Las Vegas, the Sports and Entertainment Capital of the World,” Raiders president Marc Badain said. “Pro Bowl week is a celebration of the best the NFL has to offer and there is no better place than Las Vegas to celebrate and honor the league’s biggest stars. The NFL, the LVCVA and the Raiders look forward to a world class event that will set the standard for future NFL events in Las Vegas.”

“We look forward to partnering with the Raiders and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to bring the excitement of Pro Bowl week to our Las Vegas fans and community for the first time,” Peter O’Reilly, NFL EVP of club business and league events, said in a statement. “We thank the city of Orlando for its outstanding partnership in helping us to grow and evolve the Pro Bowl over the last four years.”

“We’re appreciative of the NFL’s leadership and commitment to bring the 2021 Pro Bowl to Las Vegas,” said Steve Hill president/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “We look forward to hosting the best NFL players and their incredible fan base for a weeklong celebration that could only happen in Las Vegas.”

Pro Bowl week will be supporting a series of community and charitable-focused events that will benefit the Las Vegas community.

The NFL was all set to welcome its newest destination market during the 2020 Draft back in April. But the virus, COVID-19 and its ongoing spreading turned the Draft into a remote, virtual experience for the first time ever. The NFL will give Nevada’s showcase city the 2022 Draft instead.

Tickets will go on sale later this year.

 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Transcript from guest appearance on ESPN’s ‘THE RETURN OF SPORTS’ SPECIAL

June 15, 2020

Mike Greenberg: Lets go back to several months ago, I recall right at the time the rest of the sports world had to cease what they were doing. All of the things that you had coming up, free agency and the Draft, were things that could be done virtually but, there were many people who were wondering if you should or could do it. Take us back to the decisions that you made and looking back now how you feel it all turned out.

 

Roger Goodell: Well Mike, none of us knew, we were living in very uncertain times. It was difficult for all of us to sort of predict even a couple days in advance. But our approach really Mike, was to stay on schedule, to do the things that we do in the offseason but, adapt and change and do things under the circumstances that we needed to do to keep all of our personnel safe. Whether they were team personnel or players or perspective players, with our Draft eligible players. So staying with free agency, to make sure that we went through that process, I think our fans loved it. It was something, it was distraction from what everyone was going through. Of course, the Draft was extraordinary. We could not have been happier. We had great partners in ESPN in the way we pulled that off from a technical standpoint and even our clubs who had some reservations going into it. I think they really came away and said, ‘this was a great experience, we learned a lot, we did it within the guidelines established, we kept everyone safe.’ And I think that once again we proved that we can bring everyone together and we had a great opportunity to be able to really do something great for the people on the frontlines that were going through so much and helping us so much. It’s been a different offseason for us, it should be but, it has also given us the chance to show that we can adapt and do things right.

 

Greenberg: It was hugely successful, and it was all done virtually. Now comes the contact part of what is a contact sport. And there were stories today that there were some players on the Texans and the Cowboys, including Ezekiel Elliott, who tested positive for the Coronavirus. How does that impact your planning as far as beginning training camps and all of the work that is in front of you?

 

Goodell: It doesn’t Mike because, you know, all of our medical experts indicated that as testing becomes more prevalent, we are going to have positive tests. Our players are going to be in that, our personnel are going to be in that, our league office employees are going to be involved. So, positive tests are going to happen. The issue is can we, obviously, prevent as many of those from happening but, in addition, treat them quickly, isolate them and prevent them from impacting other personnel. So, none of those players were in the facilities. All of those players, fortunately, have had either mild symptoms or were asymptomatic, and I think our protocols are working. And again, we expect we are going to have positive tests. That is part of the increased testing that we will be going through and that is something that we just want to make sure that our protocols are working and to date, we are seeing very positive reactions in the sense that we are making sure we respond quickly, protect the personnel that may be impacted by that and others that may be in contact with them.

 

Greenberg: There are rules in place, of course, within your league, at this point, on reopening and all of that and there were quotes recently from the coach of the Ravens, John Harbaugh saying that the current virus guidelines were quote, ‘impossible.’ What was your reaction to that, and have you had a chance to talk with him about it?

 

Goodell: I haven’t. Listen, you know, one of the things that we are all going to have to do, like we did with the Draft, Mike, is adapt and change and do things that we might have thought were impossible several weeks ago, even months ago. So, from our standpoint, what we have to do is do that. And so, the protocols are stringent, they are designed to be that because they are for the safety of our players and personnel, including coaches. And making sure that we are doing everything reasonable. And they are developed by experts, not just in the NFL and the NFLPA, which they have worked alongside us but, outside experts from DICON at Duke and so many infectious disease experts that have been helpful to us in thinking through that and doing it in a way that is going to protect our players and personnel. But also, we’ll evolve as the circumstances change, we will be changing our protocols appropriately.

Greenberg: I want to talk about the video that you released on June 4th in which you said, ‘we the National Football League, admit we were wrong in not listening to NFL players early and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest.’ What motivated you to do that?

Goodell: Well, you know, we had spent the weeks prior to that, the week and a half prior to that, listening, learning, trying to understand all of the frustration and fear and sadness that all of us were going through, particularly those in the black community. I heard a lot from our players. And then that video came out on Thursday night and I thought it was very powerful. I thought it was very clear and I thought it was very appropriate for me to respond directly to that and make it clear how we feel about the oppression of black people and condemning racism and the fact that we should have listened to our players earlier. Our players, including Colin Kaepernick, including Eric Reid, including Kenny Stills, and so many others, Malcolm Jenkins, so many people that really brought these issues to light. And it actually predates, goes back to 2014 in Ferguson when Michael Brown was killed by police brutality. Our players have been at the forefront of bringing attention to these issues and really working to try to make a difference in the communities and we have been doing that over the last couple of years and I’m proud of the work we are doing but, we all have more work to do, Mike.

 

Greenberg: This felt so different, though, than it did several years ago. What changed for you that made you decide that this was the time to say something and handle it completely differently than it had been in the past?

 

Goodell: Well, I think we have done a couple things. One is our country was going through something where we are seeing these things that our players have highlighted, including Colin, and so many others. What they were talking about, what they were protesting, what they were trying to bring attention to was playing out right in front of us. Tragically. And so, all of us saw that and it was difficult for all of us. And so that was an important point for us. But also, to reinforce the fact that we had been doing a lot of work in our communities through our Players Coalition, Anquan Boldin, so many others that have provided leadership there and the NFL has been supportive, our teams have been supportive, our players have been supportive in doing the hard working in our communities to try and address these issues including criminal justice reform. I myself have been with our Players Coalition in several markets, in New Orleans, seeing bail reform and watching the bail process with our players. It is heart breaking. The work that needs to be done in those areas. We are working with chiefs of police in our country. We were in Philadelphia, we were in Atlanta, talking with people in the criminal justice system about what we can do. So there is a lot of work that needs to be done and as you probably saw last week, you know, we not only committed through our words and by our actions but, also, I think we are committing to do this for a longer period of time because we think these issues are systemic and they are things that are going to be needed to deal with over the long-term. And that is something that is really important for us and we increased out commitment from where it was to $250 million in a ten-year period and I think we are going to do a lot of good and our players are leading the way and our teams are supporting them all the way and so is the league.

 

Greenberg: What conversations have you had with the people that own the NFL teams about this? There have been some comments from them but not across the board and that has been pointed out in some places. What conversations have you had with the owners of the NFL teams about this?

 

Goodell: We’ve had conversations for several years about this and they have been incredibly supportive and supportive of their players, their communities, which are critically important here, and trying to make a difference. They help fund efforts, they have been a part of those efforts, in action. They have brought awareness to those issues in the communities and I believe they’re looking at where our society is now and saying, ‘we the NFL need to step up and help solve the problems as best we can.’ They are incredibly supportive and I think are going to help play a leadership role along with the rest of us.

 

Mike Greenberg: You’ve mentioned Colin Kaepernick’s name a couple times in this conversation, what role do you envision him playing going forward with the National Football League as a player or in any other way? How do you see him factoring in into the future?

 

Roger Goodell: If he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously that is going to take a team making that decision, but I welcome that and support a club making that decision and encourage them to do that. If his efforts are not on the field but in continuing the work in this space, we welcome him to that table and to be able to help us and guide us and help us make better decisions about the kinds of things that need to be done in communities. We have invited him in before and we want to make sure that everybody is welcomed at that table in trying to help us deal with some very complex, difficult issues that have been around for unfortunately a long time. But I hope we are at the point now that everybody is committed to making long-term, sustainable change.

Greenberg: And Commissioner I feel like I need to ask you about the president who has tweeted obviously about issues involving the league many times. One of the tweets recently was, ‘could it be even a remotely possible that in Roger Goodell’s rather interesting statement of peace and reconciliation, he was intimating that it would now be okay for players to kneel, or not to stand, for the National Anthem.’ How do you anticipate the President being involved in wherever the NFL goes going forward?

 

Goodell: Well Mike, I can’t answer that, but I can tell you that we are going to continue to focus on our work and the things that we are doing in our communities to make them better. Working with our players, working with our teams, working with community leaders to try to effectuate the change that we all know is necessary today.

 

Greenberg: I know that you were on a phone call with the President, many of the commissioners of a variety of sports, how is your relationship with him?

 

Goodell: Well, he invited us all on to talk about how we come out of COVID-19 and help with bringing our communities back, our economy back. I think he recognizes the importance of sports. I know he does. He was very clear about that and we can be part of that wave to get us back and to bring some normalcy to our communities because we all know that is going to be a phased approach and we are all going to have to do things that we haven’t done in the past to get there but, there is a recognition by the President as well as, I think, everybody that we’ve missed sports so much in the last couple of months and how important it is to get sports back.

 

TRANSCRIPT WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

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