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Facts and Figures: Eichel fuels big night for Sabres

Center extends longest active point streak to 10 games in victory against Devils

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Jack Eichel sparked another big offensive night for the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Monday.

Eichel extended the longest active point streak in the NHL to 10 games with a goal and two assists, helping the Sabres defeat the New Jersey Devils 7-1. Eichel scored 2:46 into the game, triggering a five-goal first period by the Sabres. 

It's the second time in Eichel's NHL career that he's had a point streak reach double figures. Buffalo's captain had points in 11 consecutive games from Feb. 14-March 7, 2017. 

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Jack Eichel is the 10th player in @BuffaloSabres franchise history, and fourth in the last 30 years, to post multiple point streaks of 10+ games. More #NHLStats: https://t.co/mqJbXe1OI3 pic.twitter.com/PiTa0PyUDz

Buffalo scored six goals to defeat Toronto 6-4 in its last home game Nov. 29. It's the fourth time in the past 10 years that the Sabres have scored at least six goals in consecutive home games. The others: Feb. 5-13, 2011, March 27-31, 2010 and Oct. 13-16, 2009.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: The @BuffaloSabres have scored at least six goals in consecutive home games for the fourth time in the last 10 years. The others:Feb. 5 and Feb. 13, 2011March 27 and March 31, 2010Oct. 13 and Oct. 16, 2009#NHLStats pic.twitter.com/KHnnpiPBzj

 

Blues continue success on road

The St. Louis Blues extended their road point streak to 10 games, one shy of the team record, by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 at United Center. 

Four players scored and Jake Allen made 38 saves for St. Louis, which is 8-0-2 in its past 10 road games. It's the longest road point streak by any team since the Nashville Predators had points in 15 consecutive games away from home from Jan. 4 through March 19, 2018.

The shutout was the 20th in the NHL for Allen, all with the Blues. He's the third Blues goalie with 20 shutouts, joining Brian Elliott (25) and Jaroslav Halak (20).

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Jake Allen became the third goaltender in @StLouisBlues history to record 20 career shutouts with the franchise. The others:Brian Elliott (25)Jaroslav Halak (20)#NHLStats pic.twitter.com/q0KffjZ0Xw

St. Louis leads the NHL in road wins since Jan. 1 (25-8-8), scoring an NHL-best 125 goals in that span (excluding shootout-deciding goals). Those numbers don't include their success in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when they matched the NHL record for road wins in a single postseason (10) and became the fifth road team to win Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

 

Islanders, Golden Knights stifle opponents in road wins

The New York Islanders (18-5-2) and Vegas Golden Knights (14-11-4) each held their opponents to one goal en route to winning on the road. 

The Islanders' 4-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena marked the 15th time in 25 games this season that they've limited their opponent to two goals or fewer. Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves for New York, which won the Jennings Trophy last season by allowing the fewest goals in the NHL and has allowed a League-low 59 this season.

Two other teams in the past 40 years have allowed the fewest goals against in consecutive seasons: the Montreal Canadiens (1980-81 and 1981-82; 1986-87 through 1988-89) and Devils (1996-97 and 1997-98; 2002-03 and 2003-04).

Vegas won its season-best third consecutive game by defeating the New York Rangers 4-1 at Madison Square Garden. 

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Max Pacioretty scored one of four @GoldenKnights goals to help Vegas string together three straight wins for the first time this season. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/HSk9rjYOdA

Backup goalie Malcolm Subban made 29 saves on 30 shots (.967 save percentage) after making 35 saves (.972 save percentage) in a 2-1 shootout win against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday. Subban is the fourth goalie age 25 or younger to have a save percentage of at least .965 in consecutive games this season. The others: Matt Murray of the Pittsburgh Penguins (Oct. 26-29), Alexandar Georgiev of the Rangers (Oct. 29-Nov. 2) and Tristan Jarry of the Penguins (Nov. 16-22).

 

Active leaders set to face off in San Jose

The NHL active leaders in goals, assists, points and games played are expected to be on the ice when Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals visit Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Tuesday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, NBCWA, NHL.TV).

Ovechkin, whose 678 goals are the most among active players, is six behind Teemu Selanne (684) for 11th place in NHL history. The Capitals begin a three-game California trip with Ovechkin (345) needing one goal to tie Marcel Dionne (346) for the sixth-most road goals in NHL history.

Thornton, the active leader in assists (1,074) and points (1,487), needs five assists to tie Adam Oates (1,079) for seventh place. Thornton also is approaching NHL career milestones for points (1,500) and games played (1,600).

Marleau is the active leader in games played (1,681), including a current ironman streak of 812 games. That's second among active players to Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle, who is expected to play his 824th consecutive game when the Minnesota Wild visit BB&T Center (7 p.m. ET; FS-F, FS-WI, FS-N, NHL.TV).

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