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Facts and Figures: NHL set to play 15 games on same day for 17th time

Ovechkin all-time leader in goals, points; Holtby tops with eight victories

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Saturday will mark the 17th time the NHL has played 15 games on the same day. It will be the first of two this season; the other will place on Saturday, April 4, 2020, the last day of the regular season. The Columbus Blue Jackets are idle on both 15-game days.

Here are some of the highlights of the 16 previous 15-game days:

 
Goals

The most combined goals scored on a 15-game day (including shootout-deciding goals) is 99 (6.6 per game), a mark set on Oct. 25, 2008, and matched on April 6, 2019. The NHL record for most combined goals scored on any day is 103; that happened on Jan. 23, 1993, when there were 12 games played (8.6 goals per game).

The fewest goals on a 15-game day is 67 (4.5 per game) on Dec. 23, 2017. No other 15-game day has had an average of fewer than 5.3 goals per game.

There have been 18 hat tricks on 15-game days. The most recent came on April 6, 2019, when Montreal Canadiens forward Ryan Poehling scored three goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs in his NHL debut. Poehling also scored the deciding goal in the shootout, giving Montreal a 6-5 win.

Video: TOR@MTL: Poehling nets hatty, SO winner in NHL debut

Two players have scored four goals on a 15-game day. Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals did it against Montreal on Oct. 7, 2017, and Mark Jankowski of the Calgary Flames scored four times against the Vegas Golden Knights on April 7, 2018. Ovechkin leads all scorers on 15-game days with 19 goals (16 games), eight more than runner-up Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks (11 goals in 14 games).

The most goals scored by one team on a 15-game day (including shootout-deciding goals) is eight, a mark set by the Maple Leafs in an 8-5 win against the Rangers on Oct. 7, 2017.

 

Assists, points

The most assists by a player on a 15-game day is also four. Evgeny Kuznetsov of the Capitals did it against Montreal on Oct. 7, 2017, and Mika Zibanejad of the New York Rangers set up four goals against the Nashville Predators on Dec. 29, 2018. There have been 40 instances of a player with at least three assists on a 15-game day, including 11 last season.

The most points by a player on a 15-game day is four. It's been done 14 times in NHL history, including twice last season; Zibanejad and San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson each had four points on Dec. 29, 2018.

Ovechkin's 25 points are the most by any player on 15-game days. Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won't play Saturday because of injury, is next with 21 (six goals, 15 assists). Crosby is also second in assists to Washington center Nicklas Backstrom, who has 16.

 

Goalies

Washington's Braden Holtby (8-2-0) leads all goalies with eight wins on 15-game days. Holtby is one of 12 goalies who've won at least five times on those days. 

Video: WSH@EDM: Holtby shows quick glove against the Oilers

The best point percentage among that group belongs to Jaroslav Halak, now with the Boston Bruins. Halak, who has also played for the Canadiens, St. Louis Blues and New York Islanders on 15-game days, is 6-0-1 (.929). Ryan Miller of the Anaheim Ducks is the only other goalie with more than five wins but no regulation losses (6-0-2, .875).

The only goalie to make more than 50 saves on a 15-game day is Cam Ward, who made 57 for the Carolina Hurricanes in a 4-3 win against the Islanders on Oct. 25, 2008.

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