Taking a look at the NHL's 'unbreakable' records

Thumbnail image for kingsold.jpgNow that some of the biggest news is done with, it’s time for some fun stuff. NHL.com’s John Kreiser is one of the go-to sources for such amusement and today is no exception. He listed some of the NHL’s most “unbreakable” records. Here are some of my favorite tidbits from the article.

Most points, career: Wayne Gretzky, 2,857

” … of all his records, this is the one that will be the toughest to top. Gretzky’s assist total of 1,963 would make him No. 1 on the all-time scoring list (Mark Messier is No. 2 with 1,887 points) — but he also scored a record 894 goals. To put Gretzky’s margin in perspective: a baseball player would have to hit well over 1,000 home runs to exceed Barry Bonds’ career record by the same percentage that Gretzky’s career points total exceeds Messier’s.”

Wow, that’s just absurd. As a Pittsburgh Penguins fan I’ll always feel like Gretzky enjoyed some advantages (a few more years in the score-happy era, far superior teammates, health) but those numbers just make your brain fall out of your skull.

Most goals by a rookie: Teemu Selanne, 76 in 1992-93

Since then, the only rookie to score more than 45 goals was Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, who had 52 (and 106 points) in 2005-06. Like Selanne, he won the Calder Trophy.

I agree with Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy on this one. If there’s one record in that group that isn’t of the fluky “X number of goals in X amount of time” variety that I could see falling, it might be the goals in a season for a rookie. Rules changes from increased penalty enforcement to smaller goalie pads or big nets could open the way for another goal scoring buffet. Besides, a single season feat is easier to top than a career full of brilliant play.

Most saves in a game: Sam LoPresti, 80

No one has come within 10 shots of facing as many shots as LoPresti — the next-highest total is 70 saves on 73 shots by Quebec’s Ron Tugnutt in a 3-3 tie at Boston on March 21, 1991. Since then, the most saves by a goaltender is the 58 made by the Islanders’ Dwayne Roloson in a 4-3 overtime win at Toronto last Nov. 23.

This is the other record that could be broken some day. It doesn’t seem to require the saves to be made in regulation, so does that mean a marathon playoff game could count? Heck, when you consider the fact that Alex Ovechkin occasionally sends 10 shots toward the net in a single game it seems (a bit) more approachable.

Still, I’m not saying it’s an easy record to break.

I’ll leave you with the one record (beyond Gretzky’s marks) from the story that I couldn’t fathom being broken, either.

Most consecutive complete games by a goaltender: Glenn Hall, 502

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    Stars end Capitals’ winning streak, pass Blackhawks for West lead

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    For two periods, the Dallas Stars seemed to say, “Are you sure the Washington Capitals are the best team in the NHL?”

    They chased Braden Holtby and built a 4-0 lead through those first 40 minutes, and that was enough … but barely. The Stars beat the Capitals 4-3 on Saturday, which accomplished the following:

    • Dallas ended Washington’s winning streak at five games. The Stars have now won three straight.
    • This win slides the Stars ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks for first place in the highly competitive Central Division. While both teams sit at 77 standings points, Dallas holds three games in hand.
    • By passing Chicago, the Stars now lead the Western Conference as a whole.

    Impressive stuff. Some might even call it a statement game, although others may hold that nail-biting ending against them (possibly arguing that the Stars’ flaws may come back to haunt them in the playoffs).

    Dallas’ biggest concern likely has little to do with doubters. Instead, they must monitor the statuses of forwards Tyler Seguin and Cody Eakin.

    Long story short, the Stars are red-hot, yet bigger challenges likely lie ahead.

    Blackhawks fall to Ducks in OT, lose Hossa to injury

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    The Chicago Blackhawks are on edge on Saturday, and it’s not because of what’s currently a close game against the Anaheim Ducks.

    (Not that they’re indifferent toward a match against their opponents from last year’s conference final match, mind you.)

    Instead, the Blackhawks are quite concerned about the health of Marian Hossa, who needed help off of the ice following an awkward, scary-looking crash into the boards. (Hampus Lindholm delivered the hip check that sent Hossa sprawling, in case you’re wondering.)

    You can see that moment in the video above, while My Regular Face’s GIF also captures that troubling moment:

    It’s too early to tell if Hossa will bounce back or miss some time from this. Stay tuned for potential updates.

    Update: Joel Quenneville seems optimistic about Hossa, broadly speaking:

    Ryan Getzlaf scored the overtime game-winner as the Ducks won 3-2 (OT).

    Understatement: Saturday was a rough night for Panthers

    Nashville Predators center Colin Wilson (33) checks Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau (11) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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    If it weren’t for Mike Yeo and the Minnesota Wild, you could argue that the Florida Panthers suffered from the worst night so far.

    You can see that Saturday was unpleasant merely from looking at the scoreboard: the Nashville Predators pummeled the Panthers by an unkind score of 5-0.

    The pain goes beyond that … literally so.

    For one thing, Quinton Howden suffered an upper-body injury and did not return. That’s no good, but if you want to feel sick to your stomach, footage of Brandon Pirri‘s likely lower-body injury (ankle maybe?) may do the trick.

    (Seriously, you may be happier if you don’t look.)

    The Panthers didn’t make an announcement about Pirri one way or another, so we’ll see if he somehow avoided anything significant.

    Either way, it was a night this team would like to forget.

    Fractured jaw from fight sidelines Chris Stewart for 4-8 weeks

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    It’s unlikely that Chris Stewart will generate another 30-goal season in the NHL, but he still might be missed by the Anaheim Ducks.

    The team announced that the ornery forward is expected to miss four-to-eight weeks with a fractured jaw. If that’s the recovery window, Stewart may go into the playoffs a little rusty (if he can get in any regular season games at all).

    The Ducks didn’t elaborate, but the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline believes that the injury happened during a fight with Dalton Prout of the Columbus Blue Jackets. You can see that brawl in the video above.

    One bright side for Anaheim: if they believe that they need to replace what Stewart brings to the table (rugged play with a dash of offense), then at least this injury happened before the the Feb. 29 trade deadline.