NHL Recaps: Connor McDavid torrid scoring continues, Hurricanes win 10 straight, and more
NHL Recaps: December 30, 2022
The NHL schedule for Friday was light with four matches.
In Carolina, the Hurricanes storm surge has now reached 10 consecutive wins with a shutout over the Florida Panthers. Meanwhile, the Nashville Predators and New Jersey Devils won their matchups.
Connor McDavis leads off the recaps with a five point performance and padding his Art Ross Trophy leading totals to 72 points in 37 games. A 15 point cushion over teammate Leon Draisaitl.
NHL Recaps: Connor McDavid nets 5 points
Oilers 7 vs Kraken 2
Connor McDavid had a goal and four assists to extend his point streak to 17 games, matching a career high set last season, as Edmonton won at Seattle.
“I’m always working on my game, I’m always trying to get better,” McDavid said via NHL.com. “I’m just trying to help the team win. That’s what I’m paid to do.”
Zach Hyman and Klim Kostin each scored twice and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also had four assists for the Oilers, who won their second consecutive game. Darnell Nurse had a goal and an assist, Jesse Puljujarvi also scored and Stuart Skinner made 36 saves.
Daniel Sprong and Brandon Tanev scored for the Kraken, who dropped to 0-2-1 their its past three games and fell to fifth place in the division and below the playoff line in the Western Conference.
Predators 6 vs Ducks 1
Filip Forsberg had a goal and two assists for visiting Nashville in an easy win against lowly Anaheim.
Colton Sissons had a goal and an assist and Juuso Parssinen had two assists for the Predators, who snapped a two-game skid and are 3-1-1 in their past five games after a six-game losing streak (0-4-2). Juuse Saros made 26 saves.
Sam Carrick scored and John Gibson made 37 saves for the Ducks, who have lost four of their past five (1-3-1).
NHL Recaps: Hurricanes win 10 straight
Hurricanes 4 vs Panthers 0
Stefan Noesen, Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen scored on power plays as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Florida Panthers 4-0 on Friday night in Raleigh, N.C., for their franchise-record 10th victory in a row.
Carolina also extended its team-record points streak to 16 games. Hurricanes goalie Antti Raanta made 19 saves to record his second consecutive shutout.
“I think we’ve been solid this whole stretch and, to be honest with you, the whole year,” Canes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “What I’ve really liked about this stretch is we haven’t had any dips in our game.”
The first three Carolina goals came on power plays before Jesperi Kotkaniemi added a third-period goal. Brent Burns and Seth Jarvis each assisted on two goals.
Panthers goalie Spencer Knight stopped 30 shots.
Devils 4 vs Penguins 2
Nico Hischier’s short-handed goal in the second period stood as the winner as New Jersey ended a two-game losing streak with a win at Pittsburgh.
Jack Hughes added two goals, Dougie Hamilton a goal and an assist and Dawson Mercer logged two assists for the Devils, who are 2-7-1 in their past 10 games. Vitek Vanecek made 25 saves for the victory.
Evgeni Malkin and Jeff Carter scored for the Penguins, who have lost four in a row (0-2-2). Tristan Jarry stopped 24 shots.
–Field Level Media