Nathan MacKinnon became the third player to record 50 points this season when he had a goal and an assist for the Colorado Avalanche in their 3-1 win against the New Jersey Devils at Pepsi Center on Friday.
The center is third in the NHL in scoring (20 goals, 30 assists), behind Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (57 points; 20 goals, 37 assists) and Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl (55 points; 20 goals, 35 assists). MacKinnon got there in his 32nd game of the season, one game fewer than it took him last season, when he finished with a personal NHL-best 99 points (41 goals, 58 assists). He is the second player in Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques history to reach 50 points in 33 games or fewer in consecutive seasons; Peter Stastny did in 1981-82 (31 games), 1982-83 (29) and 1983-84 (31).
Colorado (21-8-3), which is 8-0-1 in its past nine games, moved one point ahead of the St. Louis Blues (19-8-6) for first place in the Western Conference.
Golden Knights are road warriors
Forward Max Pacioretty scored 51 seconds into overtime to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 3-2 win against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. It was the Golden Knights' 100th NHL road game and improved their record away from T-Mobile Arena to 50-41-9 (109 points). It's the most wins, points and best point percentage for any NHL team through its first 100 road games.
The Golden Knights will play their 200th NHL game at home against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; SN, TVAS, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV). Vegas is 111-69-19 (241 points) through its first 199 games and will have the second-best record in League history after 200 NHL games, behind the original Ottawa Senators, who started 124-72-4 (252 points).
Flames keep turning up heat
The Calgary Flames can extend their winning streak to a season-long eight games when they host the Carolina Hurricanes at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday (4 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-CR, NHL.TV).
The Flames, 8-0-1 in their past nine games, can win at least eight consecutive games for the sixth time in Calgary/Atlanta history and the first time since a 10-game winning streak from Feb. 21-March 13, 2017.
Sean Monahan will try to extend his point streak to nine games; the center has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in an eight-game streak. He's two games shy of matching his longest point streak in the NHL, a 10-game run from Nov. 28-Dec. 19, 2016.
Calgary will look to improve to 8-0-0 in games coached by Geoff Ward, who took over behind the Flames bench after Bill Peters resigned on Nov. 29.