Saturday, December 5, 2015

Five on the Fly: Streaking Cats, Nielsen has Skillz

Every day, TSP will break down five random stats that might be of interest to you. Here's today's stipend:

1. Nielsen Shoots the Lights Out:

Isles Center Frans Nielsen took over the NHL's all-time lead in shootout goals with his above tally against Brian Elliott during the Islanders 2-1 shootout win last night in Brooklyn. Nielsen has now gone 41 for 76 lifetime in the skillz competition and he also holds the NHL's lead with 17 game-deciding goals.

Nielsen' 53.9 percent success rate is also the highest of any NHL player that has registered at least 50 shootout attempts. Bobby Ryan currently leads the NHL with five shootout goals this season, however.

2. Cats on the Prowl:

The Florida Panthers continued their red-hot play with a 2-1 shootout win over the Blue Jackets at Nationwide arena on Friday. The Panthers have won five consecutive games (their longest win streak in nearly two years) and they've also won five straight on the road, their longest road win streak since Nov. 30 to Dec. 12, 2008.

Florida will take on the Devils in New Jersey on Sunday with a chance for a sixth straight road win.

3. Flames Burning Bright at Home:

Calgary continued to pick up the pieces of what many had pegged as a lost season a month ago. The Flames, paced by Johnny Gaudreau's second career hat-trick, defeated Boston 5-4 at Scotiabank Saddledome to earn their sixth consecutive home win.

The Flames tied the game with less than two seconds remaining on a Jiri Hudler tally before Gaudreau's heroics in OT, which pushed the Flames record in 3-on-3 OT to 6-1, and upped their overall record to 10-14-2. Unfortunately for Calgary, they're still trying to overcome a 1-5 start to the season at home, and their road record remains a dismal 3-9-2.

4. Domi's Pair Tightens Rookie Goal Scoring Race:

Arizona's Max Domi netted a pair of goals in Friday's 5-2 loss at Buffalo, creating a three-way tie for the rookie lead in goals. Domi is now tied with Dylan Larkin of the Red Wings and Oscar Lindberg of the Rangers.

Sam Reinhart notched a goal for Buffalo in the win for his seventh. Here are the top ten rookies in terms of tallies:

5. Jamie Benn Good on the Tip:

Jamie Benn leads the NHL with 18 goals, and he also leads the NHL in tipped goals. The Stars center has scored five times on deflections. Buffalo's Jamie McGinn has four tips for goals, while Joe Pavelski, Brendan Gallagher and Jason Spezza each have three.