Avalanche, Penguins, Wild, Ducks, Lightning, Kings

This edition of the NHL Stat Corner features tons of NHL marks and franchises being set by players and teams. There are plenty of milestones and stats that will grab your attention with any of these featured teams.

Unstoppable Avalanche Offence

This season, the Colorado Avalanche had 32 goals scored by their defencemen. This is an NHL-best. Last season, they had 26 goals from defensemen in 56 games. Seven times this season, seven Avalanche games have seen 7+ goals. The Avalanche have had the most seven-plus goals in their first 30 games since 1995-96 when they were playing against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Cale Makar, a defenseman from the NHL, has scored the fourth most goals in the first 25 games. He also holds the record for the most total NHL goals (14). Bobby Orr (15), and Dave Ellett (15, both twice) had more goals. At 12 games, Nathan MacKinnon holds the NHL’s longest point streak. He has 23 points during that stretch, which is fourth-longest streak of points this season.

Makar also leads the Avalanche trio MacKinnon Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Raantanen, who have all recorded Three-plus points in the one gameSix times. That’s second-most in franchise history to Peter Stastny, Anton Stastny, and Michel Goulet (11). It’s also the second-most among active trios, behind David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, and Patrice Bergeron (7) of the Boston Bruins.

Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers

Landeskog also achieved his fourth career win, while Samuel Girard won his 300th career game.

History in the Making by Crosby Rust and Guentzel

Bryan Rust is sixth Penguin over the last 20 years to have eight-plus point in more than two games (5-3). Evgeni Molkin, Sidney Crosby and Aleksey Morozov are also among Rust’s friends. Rust joins Wayne Gretzky (1982-1984) and Mario Lemieux (1997) as the third players to score 11+ points in the first three games a calendar year. Only four NHL players have more points in the initial three games of a calendar-year: Gretzky (15), Lemieux (12), Newsy Lalonde (12), and Harry Cameron (12). Rust is tied for third with the most consecutive games with multiple goals (3), trailing only Lemieux (5 and 4 GP) in franchise history.

The Penguins were trailing against the St. Louis Blues, their first defeat since Dec. 1 when they suffered a loss to Edmonton Oilers. For the sixth time, the Penguins have won 10 consecutive matches. Sidney Crosby is a part (three of ten) of the winning streaks of 10 games, surpassing Matt Cooke (four), for the most NHL history.

Related: NHL Stat Corner: Blues, Blues and Jets, Blues. Rangers, Oilers.

Jake Guentzel has been the fourth player in 30 years to record a season-opening streak of 13 or more road points. He joins Lemieux (14 GP 1995-96), Steve Yzerman (14) GP 1993-94, and Mats Sundin (15 GP 1992-93).

Kirill Kaprizov’s Franchise-Best Start

Kirill Kaprizov is currently the fastest player to reach 40 points per season in franchise history. He did it in 32 games. Marian Gaborik, who scored 40 points in 36 games, held the previous record. Kaprizov joins Gaborik, who has four seasons of consecutive goals streaks in franchise history.

Kirill Kaprizov Minnesota Wild
Kirill Kaprizov and the Minnesota WildJess Starr/The Hockey Writers

Matt Boldy scored the Minnesota Wild’s first career goal during his NHL debut. He is the fourth NHL debutant to score a goal for the Minnesota Wild. Joel Eriksson Ek and Mikael Granlund were the others. Marian Gaborik was not among them. Boldy is the third Massachusetts-born player to score a goal during his NHL debut in Boston and the first visiting player. He is joined by Shawn Bates (1997) and Ryan Donato (2018).

Joe Thornton continues to make history

Joe Thornton has scored in each calendar year since 1997, when he made his debut goal. That’s 26 consecutive years. Thornton played his 1700th professional game. He is the sixth player ever to cross that threshold.

The Florida Panthers’ 20 goals over three games, Dec. 30, and Jan. 4, was the most in franchise history. The Panthers are joining the Avalanche as the second team to achieve this feat. They were 19-0-0 when scoring four goals or more, and lost to the Dallas Stars 6-5 during the shootout.

Troy Terry’s Breakout Season Gets More Prolific

Troy Terry achieved his first career triple hat trick. Terry (35 GP), is the Anaheim Ducks second fastest player to score twenty goals in a season. Only Corey Perry (33.3 GP) was faster. The breakout season continues for Terry, as he checks off another couple of boxes for the franchise and joins elite company among former Ducks’ players in goals.

Troy Terry Anaheim Ducks
Troy Terry, Anaheim Ducks (Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images).

Jamie Drysdale is the franchise’s third-most successful rookie defenceman through their first 60 matches (24). Francois Beauchemin (34) was the only one to surpass this feat, while Cam Fowler (29), had more. Dallas Eakins, head coach, won his 100th career victory.

Lightning Remains on Top

The Tampa Bay Lightning became the first team in five seasons to reach 50 points.In his returnNikita Kucherov is a legend. He is fourth in franchise history in multi-point games with 153. He also has two assists from his first game back after an injury. Ondrej Palat also scored his 400th career goal.

Dustin Brown Rises Among American-Born Playing Players

Dustin Brown scored his third career goal and 20th NHL-recorded goal. American-born players. Brown also played his 1263rd professional game, moving into a tie with Bill Guerin for eighth among American-born athletes.

The Los Angeles Kings’ past three games have featured a penalty shot. It happened last year with the Montreal Canadiens.

Player & Team Stats & Milestones From Around the NHL


  • Two shorthanded goals were scored by the Detroit Red Wings on the same penalty-kill for the first ever time since 1999. They were the seventh fastest shorthanded goals in the history of the franchise (37 seconds). It was the 100th time that the team had scored a shorthanded point.
  • Toronto Maple Leafs tied their record for most wins in the first 31 games a season, with 21 (21-8-2).


  • Jakub Voracek was the second player in the 2007 draft who reached that milestone.
  • Alex DeBrincat’s power-play goals were scored in just 40 seconds. This is the sixth fastest time in franchise history.
  • Jason Robertson is the fourth player in franchise history to have home point streaks of 9-plus games in consecutive seasons, joining Loui Eriksson (10 GP in 2009-10 & 9 GP in 2010-11), Neal Broten (11 GP in 1981-82 & 13 GP in 1982-83), and Dino Ciccarelli (11 GP in 1982-83 & 10 GP in 1982-83).
  • Johnny Gaudreau holds the record for Calgary Flames’ longest road point streak (81).
  • Jack Hughes’ 12 points (4-8-12) in his last five games is the most by a New Jersey Devils player in a 5-game span since Zach Parise in 2007-08.
  • Brayden Schenn achieved his 200th career goal.
  • William Karlsson scored 100 goals as a Vegas Golden Knights member.
  • Johan Larsson achieved his first career hat-trick.
  • Bruins’ Oskar Steen scored his first career goal.
  • Arizona Coyotes’ Janis Moser recorded his first two career assists.
  • Yakov Trenin completed his 100th career-game.

The Red Wings pulled off a couple shorthanded goals that you don’t see very often, while the Maple Leafs continue to dominate and show they are one of the best teams in franchise history. Some welcome to the NHL moments. Young players are already making their mark in their respective franchises. Come back in a few days for the next installment of the NHL Stat Corner and don’t miss any stats and milestones.

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