Sheldon Keefe is already the first coach in Toronto Maple Leafs history to begin his NHL career with three consecutive wins. He'll try to stay perfect when the Maple Leafs visit the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center (4 p.m. ET; MSG-B, TSN4, NHL.TV) in one of 12 games on the NHL schedule Friday.
Toronto was 9-10-4 when Keefe took over after Mike Babcock was fired on Nov. 20. Since then, the Maple Leafs have won three straight games, each on the road, and outscored their opponents 14-4. That includes a 6-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, when they had 54 shots on the way to their biggest offensive performance at Detroit since March 4, 1994.
The Maple Leafs will start backup goalie Michael Hutchinson in the first of a home-and-home series. Toronto is 0-5-1 this season when using backup goalies Hutchinson (0-4-1) or Kasimir Kaskisuo (0-1-0); starter Frederik Andersen is 12-5-3. He is expected to start when the Sabres visit Scotiabank Arena on Saturday.
Devils extend winning streak against Canadiens to seven
The New Jersey Devils won their seventh consecutive game against the Montreal Canadiens, 6-4 at Bell Centre on Thursday. The victory left New Jersey two short of their longest winning streak against the Canadiens, a 9-0-0 run from Nov. 18, 2005-Nov. 30, 2007.
It was the third win on Thanksgiving in Devils/Kansas City Scouts/Colorado Rockies history, and the first since the Devils defeated the Los Angeles Kings 6-1 on Nov. 23, 2000.
Mackenzie Blackwood made an NHL career-high 44 saves, becoming the sixth different franchise rookie goalie to make at least that many saves in a regular-season game - and the first since Martin Brodeur made 45 on April 10, 1994.
Marchand, Pastrnak lead Bruins into Thanksgiving Showdown
Forwards Brad Marchand (43 points; 18 goals, 25 assists) and David Pastrnak (39 points; 23 goals, 16 assists) are third and fourth in the NHL scoring race entering the Boston Bruins' game against the New York Rangers in the NHL Thanksgiving Showdown at TD Garden on Friday (1 p.m. ET; NBC).
A point by Pastrnak would make 2019-20 the first season in 45 years (and fifth since Boston entered the NHL in 1924) to feature multiple Bruins each with at least 40 points through the team's first 26 games.
Boston is 9-0-4 at TD Garden this season, the second-longest season-opening home point streak in its history behind a 21-game run in 1973-74 (19-0, two ties). The Bruins are the only team without a regulation loss at home this season.
Forward Artemi Panarin (32 points; 12 goals, 20 assists) leads the Rangers in scoring and has had at least two points in nine of New York's past 11 games. He can become the first New York player to record multiple points 10 times in a span of 12 games since Jean Ratelle did it from Nov. 13-Dec. 9, 1971.
Panarin has 22 of his 32 points since Nov. 1; he trails only Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (24 points) and Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl (23) for the most among all NHL players during that span. Panarin needs one point to set a Rangers record for the most points in the month of November; he's tied with Ratelle, who had 22 (eight goals, 14 assists) in November 1971.