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Source: NHL Media
Written by: PDUC
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Stars and storylines shone in the second month of the 2022/23 season, whether it was the revitalization of teams that missed the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, record-breaking performances or new faces among the leaders of the League’s goalscoring charts.
- New Jersey had 13 wins in November, a League record. They became the 15th team in NHL history to post a 13-win month – every club that has done so before has made the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Three of those teams have won the Cup: Colorado (15-0-1 in January 2022), Carolina (13-1-0 in January 2006) and Philadelphia (13-1-1 in March 1975).
- Seattle went 10-1-1 in November after picking up just eight wins in November in its inaugural season (8-13-1 as of Nov. 30, 2021). The Kraken capped off their best month yet by winning the most prolific game of the season, thanks to the NHL’s first nine-goal outing of 2022-23, which allowed them to finish with the second-best scoring rate. goals per game in November. Seattle, which finished 37 points behind second-place Wild Card in the Western Conference in its inaugural campaign, currently sits in the top five of the League standings.
- The 2021/22 campaign was the only season the Golden Knights failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs, but the rookie goaltender Logan Thompson finished November 2022 with an NHL record eight wins (tied), as Vegas currently sits first in the Western Conference standings and third overall. Six of his eight wins since Nov. 1 have come on the road, which is the record for a starting goaltender in one month in League history (Ray Emery : 7 in March 2006 with OTT).
- The League-leading Bruins (19-3-0, 38 points) capped off the month with a win over the Lightning at TD Garden, bringing the NHL record for longest home win streak to 13 at the start of the season. Whether David Pastrnak (4-6-10 in 7 GP) leads Boston in home goals since Nov. 1, the club has also gone 229:16 in that span – the third-highest tally among any team, behind Nashville (244:55) and Tampa Bay (241:14).
- Alex Ovechkin (793-640-1,433 in 1,298 GP) continued his quest for the 800-goal club in November and climbed several elite lists in the process, scoring eight times in the month (14 GP) after a month of October marked by five goals (5-3-8 in 10 GP). The Capitals captain passed Gordie Howe for the most goals with a single franchise in NHL history, resumed at Wayne Gretzky the League record for the most goals on the road and tied Jaromir Jagr for the NHL’s benchmark for game-opening goals.
- Whereas Connor McDavid (18-23-41 in 23 GP) has won four of the NHL’s last six Art Ross Trophies and currently leads the League in points, the Stars forward Jason Robertson (19-17-36 in 23 GP) is close behind him after posting 15-11-26 in November. Robertson became the first player in franchise history to lead the league in both goals and points in a calendar month. Robertson (41-38-79 in 2021-22) finished 44 points behind McDavid (44-79-123 in 2021-22) last season, which ranks him 35th in the NHL.
The last player to win the Maurice « Rocket » Richard Trophy after leading the League on December 1 a season was David Pastrnak in the 2019-20 season, on his way to sharing the award with Alex Ovechkin. The last player to win the Art Ross Trophy after leading the League on December 1 of a campaign was Connor McDavid in 2016-17.
An overview of League trends since November 2022
- 254 equalizers – the most ever in the month of November.
- 145 games with at least one equalizing goal. The only month of November that counted more is that of 2019 (152).
- 21 goals in the first minute of a match (215 GP). The only months with more goals in NHL history are October 1981 (27 in 120 GP) and November 2018 (22 in 216).
- 33 goals in the first 90 seconds of a match. The only month with more goals in NHL history is October 1981 (34).
- 27 goals in the last five minutes of a game. The only month of November that had more is 2013 (32).
- 89 comeback wins – the only Novembers to have more are 2019 (93), 2018 (93) and 2009 (92).
- 22 multi-goal comebacks, including five comebacks with more than three goals.
- 38 victorious comebacks in the third period. The only Novembers with more are 2018 (45) and 2019 (41).
- 1,373 goals scored – the most goals scored in November in NHL history.
- 111 road wins – the only months in NHL history to have more are March 2014 (113), December 2007 (113) and April 2022 (112).
- 14 hat tricks – the only Novembers with more in the last 25 years are 2005 (20), 2018 (20) and 2010 (17).
Marner equals Maple Leafs record
Mitchell Marner (1-0-1) scored in the final two minutes of the game to extend his points streak to a franchise-record 18 games, while Ilya Samsonov made 23 saves to stay perfect at home (6-0- 0). Toronto finished November with an 11-1-3 record and 25 points in the standings – the most points ever in a single calendar month, after picking up just four wins in October.
- Samsonov’s six straight wins at home at the start of the season allowed Felix Potvin (6 GP in 1993/94) to become the second-longest winning streak in Maple Leafs history, behind Bruce Gamble (9 GP in 1967/68).
- Marner, who grew up in the Greater Toronto Area and has been cheering on his hometown Maple Leafs since he was a kid, now has his name atop a 105-year-old franchise record. He joined the Chicago player Patrick Kane (26 GPs in 2015-16) as the only active players to share or hold the lead in the record for longest point streak for an ‘Orig.