What to watch for in tonight's slate of NHL games:
Maple Leafs at Bruins, 7 p.m. ET
Phil Kessel leads the NHL with seven goals and 12 points. He has the highest goals per game rate in October since the 2008-09 season (0.77), ahead of Marian Gaborik (0.67), Alex Ovechkin (0.65), Alexander Semin (0.64) and Steven Stamkos (0.64).
Kessel's 12 points are the most by a Toronto player in the first five games of a season since Doug Gilmour had 13 in 1993-94 (courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau).
The Bruins are 2-4-0 this season; they were 6-2-1 in October last season.
The Bruins are 1-3-0 at home.
Capitals at Flyers, 7 p.m. ET
The Capitals are 5-0-0 to start season for the first time in franchise history.
Four of the Capitals’ five wins have been decided by one goal.
Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun is 4-0-0 to start season; he’s allowed three goals in the past three games (0.99 goals-against average).
Alex Ovechkin has one goal in five games, the fewest over that span in his career.
The Flyers are 7-for-18 (38.9 percent) on power play in their past three games.
Philly’s Matt Read has six points, tying him for the NHL lead among rookies.
Three of the past four games between the two teams has gone to overtime or a shootout.
Canadiens at Penguins, 7 p.m. ET
The Penguins are 27-15-7 without Sidney Crosby in the lineup. The captain hasn’t played since Jan. 5, 2011 with post-concussion symptoms.
Pittsburgh is playing its ninth game in 14 days (most games played in NHL).
The Penguins have the highest penalty-kill percentage in the NHL (26-for-27, 96.3 percentage).
Pittsburgh forward James Neal has six goals in eight games.
Montreal goalie Carey Price has 99 career wins. According to Elias Sports Bureau, he could become the fifth-youngest goalie in the NHL expansion era to reach 100 career wins.
The Canadiens are 1-3-1, posting the fewest wins to start the season since 1999-2000 (1-4-0); they are 4-1-0 in their past five games against the Penguins.
Islanders at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. ET
Forward John Tavares has had two straight four-point games, the first Isles player to accomplish the feat since Robert Reichel in March 1997, according to Elias. Tavares also has a point on eight of Islanders’ nine goals.
Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson has a 5.09 goals-against average this season (the worst among qualifying goalies). He has allowed at least five goals in each of past three games (6.73 goals-against average in that span).
Tampa Bay is winless in its past five games (0-3-2).
Sabres at Panthers, 7:30 p.m. ET
The Sabres are 4-1-0 (3-7-2 in October last season) and 3-0-0 on road.
Luke Adam is tied for the rookie lead with six points.
Blackhawks at Avalanche, 9 p.m. ET
This will be the Avalanche’s first home game since Oct. 8 (5-0-0 on subsequent road trip).
The Avalanche’s four of past five wins have been decided by one goal (two games went to a shootout).
The Blackhawks are 3-0-1 in their past four games after losing their season opener 2-1 against Dallas.
Rangers at Flames, 9:30 p.m. ET
This will be the Rangers’ fifth game of a six-game season-opening road trip.
The Rangers are only team left yet to score power-play goal (0-for-16).
Gaborik leads the Rangers with three goals; no other player has more than one.
Rangers forward Brad Richards has at least one point in all four games.
New York has lost both games in Calgary since lockout; their last win in Calgary was Nov. 14, 2002.