If you tuned into the Washington Capitals versus Tampa Bay Lightning game, you might have noticed something seldom seen this season: Mike Green playing in a hockey game. That’s only happened in 10 other contests this season and none since Jan. 7. Green has endured more than his fair share of injuries over the last two seasons and most recently underwent sports hernia surgery on Jan. 17.
Still, this is the same defenseman who scored 31 goals in single season and had back-to-back 70+ point campaigns. When healthy, he’s one of the best offensive defensemen in the league. His presence might also help the Washington Capitals’ efforts with the man advantage. The Capitals were one of the best teams in the NHL when it came to converting on power-play opportunities during Green’s best seasons, but they have been a middle-of-the-road squad in that regard in 2011-12. Of course, this is all dependent on Green staying healthy this time. Green tried to return twice before Saturday’s contest and on both occasions he quickly ended up back on the sidelines.
When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.
With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).
As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.
Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.
Kane also tied Denis Savard (1985-86) for second-longest streak in Chicago history. Bobby Hull had a 21-game streak.