Streit was a key element two seasons ago, when he and Sheldon Souray formed a devastating point combination that helped
However, with Streit now on
Meanwhile, the power play has been one of the few areas in which the struggling Islanders are better than last season. With Streit and newcomer Doug Weight on the points, the Isles were 14th in the League at 18.8 percent — a big jump from the 14.6 percent performance that put them 29th in 2007-08.
Streit's 24 points (7 goals, 17 assists) in the Isles' 31 games are already more than their highest-scoring defenseman, Bryan Berard, managed last season. Berard, now playing in
Third-period blues — Unfortunately for the Islanders, not even Streit's presence has kept them from being dreadful in the third period.
The Isles are by far the NHL's worst team over the final 20 minutes. They've been outscored 46-24 in the final 20 minutes; the 46 goals are the most allowed by any team in any period, as is their minus-22 disparity.
The Islanders actually outscored
Capital punisher — When the Islanders put forward Jon Sim on waivers last week, maybe the Capitals should have taken him just to get him out of their hair.
They didn't, and he continues to haunt them.
Sim scored the goal that forced overtime Tuesday night before the Caps won 5-4 on Alex Ovechkin's goal with 10.7 seconds left in OT. It was the 58th goal of Sim's career — but 12 (21 percent) of them have come against
Offensive bonanzas — Though scoring is up slightly from last season, the NHL went through more than a third of the season (413 games through Dec. 10) without a team scoring more than seven goals. Then, in a span on eight days, four teams did it.
In contrast to the lack of big scoring nights in the first third of this season, there were seven games in the same span during 2006-07 in which one team scored eight or more goals, and nine in that time frame season.
Be-deviling New Jersey — Toronto's Vesa Toskala has never been among the best goaltenders in shootouts — he's just 4-10 lifetime, and his .286 winning percentage is the eighth-lowest of all goaltenders who've taken part in 10 or more shootouts during their careers.
But Toskala has been flawless this season against one team that's generally excellent at the breakaway competition — the New Jersey Devils.
The Leafs and Devils have played two shootouts this season, and Toskala has won both of them, beating Martin Brodeur — the winningest goaltender in shootout history — on Oct. 29 and Scott Clemmensen on Dec. 16. Toskala has played in three other shootouts this season, and lost all three. He's faced eight shots from the Devils and stopped six; he faced eight more in the other three shootouts — and stopped just two.
Great Scott — Despite the shootout loss to the Leafs this week, it's been a great season for Clemmensen, who played in the Toronto organization last season after spending time parts of four seasons as Brodeur's backup.
Clemmensen improved to 9-3-1 by beating
Clemmensen is also the first Devils goaltender other than Brodeur to win as many as nine games in 15 years. The last one to get that many was Chris Terreri, who had 20 wins in 1993-94 — when he and Brodeur (27 wins) divided the work.
Circle the date — Bet that the Calgary Flames will make sure to have a game on Dec. 16, 2009. Flames captain Jarome Iginla certainly will want to play that night, because on December 16, he turns into Superman.
Iginla had a four-point night (2 goals, 2 assists) on Tuesday in the Flames' 6-3 win at
The Blues certainly don't want to see Iginla next Dec. 16 — and they'd rather not see him at all.