Bruins on fire, surprising Devils and Alex Ovechkin a little more in history, We Sport tells you what to remember from November in the NHL.
Boston on a record streak
Who will be able to stop the Bruins? Solid leader of the Atlantic division [19-3], the Boston franchise has been almost unstoppable since the start of the season. Undefeated at home with thirteen wins in as many games, Boston has the best home streak in NHL history to start a season. Solid offensively and far from being permeable (highest total of goals scored and lowest number of goals conceded), the residents of the TD Garden have never won so many matches before the month of December in their history. From there to having a great season? Answer in the next few months.
The Devils are progressing fast
Major observers expected the Devils to improve this season, but no one could have predicted that they would be there so quickly. In November, New Jersey seemed almost unstoppable, winning thirteen of its fourteen games. A franchise record, but also a historic performance because no one had done better in November since the creation of the NHL. Metropolitan Division Leaders [19-4]these Devils contrast with those of the last ten years who have only made the playoffs once since their defeat in the Stanley Cup 2012 (2-4 vs. Los Angeles Kings). Reasons, finally, to hope for the end of this troubled period.
Ovechkin overtakes Gretzky
Always more in the legend. At 37, Alex Ovechkin passed Wayne Gretzky for the most away goals in NHL history. A performance that confirms the Russian among the greatest in history, he who now has 403 achievements away from his ice rink. With 793 total goals since his debut in 2005, Ovechkin is only eight points behind second place in the all-time leading scorers rankings, occupied by Gordie Howe (801), and is getting closer and closer to the throne of Wayne Gretzky (894).
Reasons for hope for the Kraken
Will the Kraken get its head above water yet? For its second season of existence, Seattle has started much better than last year. If November (6-6) remains a rather neutral month, the Washington franchise already has fourteen victories on the clock, more than half of its total for the 2021/2022 season (27). Maybe it’s too early to talk about the playoffs, but the Kraken is already laying a solid foundation for such a young franchise, like rookie Matty Beiners, the best point total (20) among rookies.
McDavid already launched
Among the two players with the best total points since 2016/2017, Connor McDavid is already at the top of this ranking at the end of November. Leader ahead of Jason Robertson (36 pts, Dallas Stars) and Nikita Kucherov (35 pts, Tampa Bay Lightning), the Canadian already has 39 points and looks set to once again surpass the 100 point mark. If his franchise, the Edmonton Oilers, skates with a record of [12-10]McDavid is on solid footing and, individually, ready for another top-flight season.