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Facts and Figures: Rangers get lift from kids

Chytil, Howden score key goals in home win against Ducks

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Two of the New York Rangers' young forwards, 20-year-old Filip Chytil and 21-year-old Brett Howden, scored goals on Kids Day to spark a 5-1 victory against the Anaheim Ducks. 

It was New York's sixth straight home win against the Ducks, who haven't won at Madison Square Garden since a 2-1 victory on Nov. 4, 2013. The Rangers' 6-0-0 streak against the Ducks is their longest home winning streak against one opponent since their team-record 16-game streak against the Carolina Hurricanes ended Jan. 15.

Chytil, the No. 21 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, has 12 points (nine goals, three assists) in 26 games this season. He's third in the NHL in goals among players 20 or younger, behind forwards Andrei Svechnikov of the Hurricanes (15) and Brady Tkachuk of the Ottawa Senators (12). 

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Most goals among players aged 20 or younger in 2019-20:Andrei Svechnikov: 15Brady Tkachuk: 12Filip Chytil: 9#NHLStats pic.twitter.com/S4ckeJLyhr

The Rangers lead the NHL with 25 goals by players age 21 and younger this season; Carolina and the Columbus Blue Jackets are next with 21.

Artemi Panarin assisted on Howden's winning goal to extend his point streak to seven games. It's his second streak of at least that length this season; he had points in 12 straight games from Oct. 24-Nov. 20. Panarin is the fourth Rangers player in the past decade to post multiple point streaks of at least seven games in his first season with New York. The others: J.T. Miller (seven games twice in 2016-17), Benoit Pouliot (seven games twice in 2013-14) and Marian Gaborik (eight games twice in 2009-10).

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Artemi Panarin is the fourth @NYRangers player in the last decade to post multiple point streaks of 7+ games in his first season with the franchise. The others:J.T. Miller (2016-17)Benoit Pouliot (2013-14)Marian Gaborik (2009-10)#NHLStats pic.twitter.com/Lljnq5KEap

 

Keller powers Coyotes past Red Wings

Clayton Keller scored twice and had an assist for his fourth NHL game with at least three points to help the Arizona Coyotes defeat the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 at Little Caesars Arena. The win kept Arizona (21-13-4) in first place in the Pacific Division.

Keller (21 years, 146 days) became the first player in Coyotes history to have four games with at least three points prior to his 22nd birthday. Hockey Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk leads all players in Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise history with 46 such games. 

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Clayton Keller is the first player in @ArizonaCoyotes team history to register four games with at least three points prior to his 22nd birthday. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/7ONJdmdaw2

The No. 7 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft became the 17th different player 21 or younger to have a three-point game this season. Elias Pettersson of the Vancouver Canucks and Patrik Laine of the Jets share the NHL lead among 21-and-under players with four each.

 

Golden Knights top Sharks for 10th road win of season

The Vegas Golden Knights stayed on the heels of the Coyotes in the Pacific Division race with a 3-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center. Shea Theodore scored the game-winner for the Golden Knights (20-13-6), who became the first Pacific Division team with 10 road wins and 10 victories at home.

Theodore has at least one point in each of his past five games dating to Dec. 13 (eight points; two goals, six assists). The only defenseman in Golden Knights history with a longer streak is Colin Miller, who had points in six straight games from Oct. 17-31, 2017 (eight points; two goals, six assists).

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Shea Theodore has found the score sheet in each of his last five games dating to Dec. 13 (2-6���8). Only one @GoldenKnights defenseman has posted a longer point streak: Colin Miller (6 GP from Oct. 17-31, 2017). #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/W9IhfwtwXy

 

Blues put winning streak on line against Kings

The Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues (23-8-6) put the NHL's longest active winning streak on the line when they play the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center (10 p.m. ET; FS-W. FS-MW, NHL.TV) in one of 13 games on the final day of play before the three-day Christmas break.

The Blues have won five in a row and have trailed at some point in four of those games, including a 5-2 victory against the Sharks at San Jose on Saturday. The Blues lead all teams this season with 14 comeback wins; the Calgary Flames and Washington Capitals are next with 12 apiece.

With at least one point, the Blues can become the sixth reigning Stanley Cup champion to have at least 53 points through their final game before Christmas. The others: the Chicago Blackhawks (58 in 2013-14), Montreal Canadiens (56 in 1976-77), Pittsburgh Penguins (53 in 2009-10 and 1992-93) and New York Islanders (53 in 1980-81).

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