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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.