SHUTOUTS HELP BLUES, RANGERS CONTINUE HOT STARTS
Henrik Lundqvist and Jake Allen each posted shutouts to help their teams match their best 15-game starts to a season in franchise history:
* Lundqvist made 33 saves to record his 56th career shutout and lead the New York Rangers to a 3-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes. It gives the Rangers an 8-0-2 record in their past 10 games and a 7-1-1 record at Madison Square Garden this season. At 11-2-2 (24 points), the Rangers have equaled their best 15-game start to a season, in terms of both wins and points, in the franchise's 89-year history. In 1990-91, the club started 11-4-0 and in 1971-72 they earned 24 points in their first 15 games (10-1-4).
* The Rangers are 18-2-0 in their past 20 games against the Hurricanes dating to Jan. 5, 2011, including 10 consecutive victories on home ice. Lundqvist improved to 8-0-0 in his last eight home games vs. CAR (0.85 goals-against average, .972 save percentage, one shutout).
* Allen made 24 saves to earn his eighth career shutout, and second straight, as the St. Louis Blues defeated the New Jersey Devils 2-0 for their sixth win in seven games. At 11-3-1 (23 points), the Blues have matched their best start to a season in terms of wins in franchise history. They accomplished the feat four times before, most recently in 2013-14 (11-2-2). The Blues extended their team shutout streak to 166:02 dating to the first period at CHI on Nov. 4, when they allowed five goals in the first of an eventual 6-5 overtime win.