The New York Islanders (16 games) and Dallas Stars (10 games) will try to extend their respective double-digit point streaks on Saturday.
The Islanders aim to stretch the longest point streak in their history to 17 games when they open a California road trip with a game against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, MSG+, NHL.TV). New York is 15-0-1 in its past 16 games and will try to become the third different team during the past four seasons to go at least 17 games without a regulation loss. The Islanders would join the Columbus Blue Jackets (17-0-1 from Nov. 25, 2016 through Jan. 3, 2017) and the Boston Bruins (14-0-4 from Dec. 16, 2017 through Jan. 25, 2018, and 15-0-4 from Jan. 29 through March 9, 2019).
The Stars, 9-0-1 in their past 10 games, host the Chicago Blackhawks at American Airlines Center (8 p.m. ET; FS-SW, NBCSCH, NHL.TV). They are trying for the eighth point streak of at least 11 games in Stars/Minnesota North Stars history and the first since going 10-0-1 from Feb. 21 through March 13, 2012.
Keefe goes for 2-0-0 start with Maple Leafs
Sheldon Keefe will try to become the fourth coach in Toronto history to win each of his first two games (NHL debut or otherwise) when the Maple Leafs visit the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center (7 p.m. ET; CBC, SN1, SNO, SNP, ALT, NHL.TV). Keefe, who was hired Wednesday after Mike Babcock was fired, would join Pat Quinn (3-0-0 in 1998-99), George O'Donoghue (2-0-0 in 1921-22) and Dan Maloney (2-0-0 in 1984-85). The Maple Leafs defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 at Gila River Arena on Thursday in Keefe's NHL coaching debut.
Toronto's Tyson Barrie, the all-time leader in regular-season goals, assists and points by an Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques defenseman (307 points; 75 goals, 232 assists in 484 games played), is set to face his former team for the first time since being traded to Toronto by Colorado on July 1, 2019.
Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri and Maple Leafs forward Alexander Kerfoot, who were involved in the trade, are also expected to face their former club for the first time.
Barrie led Avalanche defensemen in scoring last season with 59 points (14 goals, 45 assists) in 78 games, but rookie Cale Makar has successfully stepped into his role since the trade. Makar has 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists) through the first 22 regular-season games of his NHL career. He has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 10 games since Nov. 1 and can become the 10th rookie defenseman in NHL history with at least 16 points in any calendar month and second with a Colorado-based team (Barry Beck of the Colorado Rockies, Dec. 1977).
Senators keep rolling by defeating Rangers
Logan Brown, a first-round pick (No. 11) by the Ottawa Senators in the 2016 NHL Draft, scored his first goal in a 4-1 win against the New York Rangers at Canadian Tire Centre. Ottawa has won three in a row and is 5-1-0 in its past six games.
Brown, a forward, is the son of former NHL defenseman Jeff Brown. He was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, while his father played for the Carolina Hurricanes, and was raised in St. Louis, where his father played from 1989-90 to 1993-94 with the Blues. He was childhood friends with forward Brady Tkachuk, now a teammate with the Senators, who contributed an assist in the win against the Rangers.
Balanced scoring carries Penguins past Devils
The Pittsburgh Penguins got points from 11 different players in their 4-1 win against the New Jersey Devils that extended their point streak at PPG Paints Arena to six games (4-0-2).
In all, 24 different Pittsburgh players have had at least one point this season -- including 16 since Nov. 12, the Penguins' first game without Sidney Crosby.