Today is Thursday, January 3rd, 2019, and these are your news and notes.
There were six games on tap last night.
Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau would have one goal and three assists and with that he became the third different player to have at least four points in consecutive team games in the Flames win over the Red Wings.
For the Pittsburgh Penguins, Center Sidney Crosby would have his fifth consecutive multi-point game with one goal and one assist. With the Penguins win, they would extend the longest active win streak in the NHL at seven contests.
Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson would register a hat trick in the Canucks 4-3 win at Ottawa. Pettersson would seal the hat trick at the 1:38 mark in the overtime frame.
Pettersson would also net his seventh game-winner on the season and set a new Canucks single-season record for game winners by a rookie.
Dallas’ Tyler Seguin would go on to have a two goal performance as the Dallas Stars would go on to defeat the New Jersey Devils by the score of 5-4 in Dallas, Texas last night.
Also for the Stars, Dallas D Miro Heiskanen would have himself a two goal performance as well and would set a new franchise mark for most points as a teenage defenceman in the long and storied history of the Dallas Stars/Minnesota North Stars.
The San Jose Sharks would go on to defeat the Colorado Avalanche last night by the score of 5-4. Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski each recorded four points and became the first set of Sharks teammates to have a four point night since October 27, 2010.
Edmonton’s Connor McDavid recorded the fastest instance of an Oiler reaching the 60-point mark since Mark Messier achieved the same mark in the 1989-90 season.
In NHL news…
-The NHL All-Star game rosters were announced last night as well as the NHL All-Star Last Men In ballot.
You can check out both of those articles at the following links.
-The NHL announced the Three Stars of the Month for December yesterday afternoon.
The First Star went to Tampa Bay Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov.
The Second Star went to Calgary Flames Johnny Gaudreau
Finally, the Third Star would go to Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid
-Also yesterday, the NHL announced that Vancouver Canucks Elias Pettersson has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for the month of December.
-Monday afternoon the NHL announced the Three Stars of the week (week ending December 30th)
-During the NHL’s Winter Classic on Tuesday afternoon, the NHL announced the 2019 Heritage Classic, 2020 NHL Winter Classic, 2020 NHL All-Star Game, and the 2020 NHL Stadium Series details.
The 2019 NHL Heritage Classic will take place on October 26th, 2019 in Regina, Saskatchewan and will feature the Winnipeg Jets hosting the Calgary Flames at Mosaic Stadium. This will be the second Heritage Classic for both teams.
On January 1st, 2020, the NHL’s annual Winter Classic will head south for the first time ever. The Dallas Stars will host the 2020 Winter Classic at the historic Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. The opponent for next year’s Winter Classic will be announced at a later date.
The 2020 NHL All-Star Game festivities will take place January 24-26, 2020 at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri. This will be the first time that the St. Louis Blues have hosted the NHL All-Star Game since 1988.
Finally to conclude the key events for the 2019-2020 season, the Colorado Avalanche will host the 2020 NHL Stadium Series at the Air Force Academy with an opponent to be named later. The 2020 NHL Stadium Series will take place on February 15th, 2020 at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
-Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada released his “31 Thoughts” article yesterday and you can check out that article at the following page.
Today there are eight games on the schedule and it kicks off with the Minnesota Wild at the Toronto Maple Leafs and that game starts today at 2 p.m., ET.