Tuesday's games: Points to watch
October, 18, 2011
By ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
What to watch for in tonight's slate of NHL games:
- Carolina’s Jeff Skinner has six points in five games this season after posting just three over the same span in 2010-11.
- Four out of the Bruins’ five games have been decided by one goal and their only win came in a shootout Saturday against Chicago.
- The Bruins are 2-3-0 this season; last season, they didn’t lose their fourth regulation game until Game No. 13.
- Boston forward Tyler Seguin has five points in five games this season.
- The Bruins are 1-for-20 on power play (5.0 percent).
Panthers at Capitals, 7 p.m. ET
- The Capitals are 4-0-0 to start a season for the first time since 1997-98, the season they lost to the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup finals. Washington has never had a 5-0-0 start.
- The Capitals are 9-2-1 versus Panthers since the 2009-10 season.
- Alex Ovechkin has one goal, his fewest within the first five games a season.
- Caps goalie Tomas Vokoun is 3-0-0 to start season, his best start since 2005-06 (seven straight wins).
- Mike Ribeiro leads the Stars with five points season.
- Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen is 4-0-0 with a 1.25 GAA and .953 save percentage this season.
- The Blue Jackets are 0-4-1 this season; the franchise’s longest winless streak to start a season was six games in 2001-02 (0-2-4).
Sabres at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. ET
- The Sabres are 3-1-0 this season; they went 3-7-2 in October in 2010-11.
- Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek has seven points in four games this season after posting seven in 12 contests in 2010-11.
- The Canadiens have allowed four power-play goals in eight chances in the past two games.
- Montreal goalie Carey Price is 1-2-1 this season (6-3-1 in October last season).
Flyers at Senators, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger has at least one point in all four games this season.
- The Senators have won seven straight and are 10-2-0 in their past 12 contests at home against the Flyers.
- The Senators have more special-teams goals (seven) than at even strength (six) this season.
- Sens goalie Craig Anderson has the worst goals-against average of any goaltender this season (5.07).
Oilers at Flames, 9:30 p.m. ET
- The Oilers first three games were decided by one goal.
- The Flames have won eight straight at home against the Oilers.
- No Calgary player has a faceoff win percentage better than 50.0.
- The Rangers are 0-1-2 to start season; they haven’t started a season without a win in the first four games since 2003-04 (0-2-2).
- The Rangers have five goals in their first three games, while Brad Richards has three points on those goals.
- Richards leads the NHL in faceoff win percentage (80 percent).
- Vancouver forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin each have two goals and five assists this season.
- The Canucks have won five straight at home against the Rangers; their last home loss to New York was on Oct. 11, 1997. Wayne Gretzky was the No. 1 star of the game with a hat trick and five points. Mark Messier scored a goal for the Canucks in the game.