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Facts and Figures: Canucks, Lightning put winning streaks on line

Second time in NHL that teams will play with each having won at least seven straight games

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The Vancouver Canucks and Tampa Bay Lightning will make NHL history when they put their respective seven-game winning streaks on the line at Amalie Arena on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SUN. SNP, NHL.TV). It will be the second time in League history that two teams with active winning streaks of at least seven games will play; the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Dec. 31, 2016, when the teams entered the game with 14- and 12-game winning streaks, respectively.

The Lightning (24-13-4), who have won all seven of their games during their streak in regulation, will try to push their winning streak to eight games for the fifth time; two of the previous four instances occurred in 2018-19 en route to tying the NHL record for wins in a season (62). The longest winning streak in Lightning history was a 10-game run from Feb. 9-27, 2019.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: The @TBLightning are one of four different teams in NHL history to register at least five seven-game win streaks over a two-season span. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/mRwrakyG6l

A victory for the Canucks (23-15-4) would tie the second-longest winning streak since Vancouver entered the NHL in 1970, equaling an 8-0-0 run from Dec. 23, 2010-Jan. 7, 2011. The team record is 10 consecutive wins from Nov. 9-30, 2002.

 

McDavid puts on show in Toronto

Connor McDavid had three assists before scoring a highlight-reel goal in the third period, powering the Edmonton Oilers to a 6-4 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. The loss ended Toronto's point streak at 10 games (9-0-1), and McDavid ended the night on top of the NHL scoring race with 69 points (24 goals, 45 assists) in 45 games.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Connor McDavid of the @EdmontonOilers collected 1-3���4 ��� including scoring a highlight-reel third-period goal ��� to boost his League-leading point total to 69 (24-45���69 in 45 GP). #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/T32AvLLK3t

McDavid, who turns 23 on Monday, had at least three assists in a regular-season game for the 20th time in his NHL career. That's tied with Bobby Orr and Denis Savard for the fifth-most in League history by a player before age 23.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Connor McDavid of the @EdmontonOilers posted his 20th career regular-season game with 3+ assists ��� tied for the fifth-most in NHL history by a player before age 23.More #NHLStats: https://t.co/h9b88NnyXe pic.twitter.com/UDj2WjJ3Ey

The goal was McDavid's 152nd since coming to the NHL in 2015, tying Mark Messier for the second-most by an Oilers player before age 23. Wayne Gretzky, who was on hand to see McDavid's performance in Toronto, is No. 1 with 329.

It was the first win (1-5-1) for McDavid, the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, in seven games against 2016 No. 1 pick Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs (6-1-0). McDavid has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in those games; Matthews has five (three goals, two assists).

Since the NHL Draft first was held in 1963, only one No. 1 pick has an undefeated regular-season record in at least six head-to-head games against another No. 1 pick: Alexandre Daigle (Ottawa Senators, 1993) was 6-0-0 against Patrik Stefan (Atlanta Thrashers, 1999).

 

Varlamov shuts out former team for Islanders

Semyon Varlamov, who played for the Colorado Avalanche from 2011-12 to 2018-19 before signing with the New York Islanders on July 1, 2019, was perfect in his first game against his former team, making 32 saves to help the Islanders to a 1-0 victory against the Avalanche at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders, who allowed the fewest goals in the NHL last season (191), have allowed 104 this season in 41 games, second-fewest after the Dallas Stars (102 in 42 games). New York has allowed the fewest goals in its conference in consecutive seasons twice since 1974-75, when teams were realigned, doing so in 1975-76 (190) and 1976-77 (193), and again in 1978-79 (214) and 1979-80 (247), when they competed in the Clarence Campbell Conference.

Varlamov became the first former Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques goalie to have a shutout in his first game against his old team.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Semyon Varlamov turned aside all 32 shots he faced as the @NYIslanders blanked Colorado in their goaltender���s first game against his former team. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/dJQisNG53O

 
Wheeler sets Jets mark in win against Canadiens

Blake Wheeler had two assists for the Winnipeg Jets in a 3-2 victory against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre, setting a Jets/Thrashers record with his 156th multipoint game with the franchise.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Blake Wheeler recorded his 156th regular-season multi-point game since joining the @NHLJets / Thrashers and passed Ilya Kovalchuk (155) for the most in franchise history.More #NHLStats: https://t.co/wODMCS9U6K pic.twitter.com/KfiBJ7n2Fo

Wheeler passed Ilya Kovalchuk (155), who had an assist in his first game since signing with Montreal on Jan. 3. Kovalchuk (36 years, 266 days) became the third-oldest player in Canadiens history to have a point in his debut with Montreal.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Ilya Kovalchuk is the third-oldest player in @CanadiensMTL history to record a point in his team debut. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/0I5s7BKtSi

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