Daily Morning Face-Off Report — 4/22/22
The Daily Faceoff Morning Report will be published on weekdays, summarizing the main news and events of the previous day.
We’ll highlight injuries that will affect today’s games, hot streaks, cold streaks, and everything for everyone from the casual hockey fan to the fantasy hockey grinder.
NHL scoring leader and the race for 100
- Jonathan Huberdeau (LW) recorded two assists to tie him with Connor McDavid on 113 points (30G/83A) for most in the league.
- Matthew Tkachuk (LW, RW) scored his 40th goal to become the 11th Calgary Flame in history, and second this season, to reach 100 points (40G/60A).
- Kirill Kaprizov (LW, RW) made a three-point game (1G / 2A) to go up to 97 points (44G / 53A) on the season.
- Artemi Panarin (LW) had four points (0G/4A) to give them 16 points (4G/12A) in their last nine games.
Western Conference playoff race
the Vancouver Canucks kept things tight until the end of the third period, but couldn’t hold on as they lost 6-3 to the Minnesota Wild. After winning six straight games to get back into contention for the playoffs, the Canucks have now lost two straight games (0-1-1) and are now at the mercy of the teams ahead of them, hoping they will hesitate to qualify. for the playoffs. .
the Los Angeles Kings were blessed with one of the easiest schedules to end the season and took full advantage of it, winning their third straight game in a 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Jonathan Quick (L) started his fifth straight game and needed to make just 15 saves in the win.
the Dallas Stars ended its final road trip of the season with a 4-2 loss to the Calgary Flames, after losing all three games (0-3-0) and being outscored 15-6. The Stars still control their own destiny but, because of the loss, so do the Vegas Golden Knights. The Knights trail the Stars by two points and both teams have four games left to play, including a potentially monumental game between the two teams in Dallas on Tuesday.
around the league
- The Florida Panthers set a league record with a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, giving them the most goals scored in a single season in the salary cap era with 322 goals.
- Steven Stamkos (C, RW) scored three points (1B/2A) in a smashing 8-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in a potential playoff preview. Stamkos is at 956 career points (473G/483PTS), surpassing Martin St. Louis’ 953 points for most in Tampa Bay Lightning franchise history.
- Jake Guentzel (LW, RW) scored three goals to give them 10 points (7G/3A) in their last four games. Guentzel now has 40 goals for the second time in his career and has increased his career point total to 81 points (40G/41A).
- Casey DeSmith (G) saved a career-high 52 shots Thursday against the Boston Bruins to record his third shutout of the season. There’s a lot of concern over Tristan Jarry’s health with the playoffs just around the corner, but DeSmith has been terrific lately, posting a .926 SV% as well as three shutouts in his last 19 appearances (9 -2-4).
- Andrew Copp (C, LW, RW) has fitted right in since joining the New York Rangers and scored a natural hat trick in a 6-3 win over the New York Islanders. Copp has 18 points (8G/10A) in 15 games with the Rangers.
- Kevin Fiala (LW, RW) scored twice, continuing his blistering pace with 16 points (9B/7A) during an eight-game point streak.
- The line of thomas robert (C, RW), Pavel Buchnevich (LW, RW), and Vladimir Tarasenko (RW) continued his incredible streak for the St. Louis Blues. Thomas scored a goal to extend his points streak to 15 games (8G/19A/27A). Buchnevich scored two points (1G/1A) to extend his point streak to 12 games (8G/14A/22PTS). Tarasenko registered an assist to extend his points streak to eight games (8G/10A/18PTS).