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Get your game notes: Coyotes at Blues

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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the St. Louis Blues hosting the Phoenix Coyotes starting at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

— The Blues’ Alexander Steen has scored 14 goals (T-NHL lead, Steven Stamkos) in 15 games played over 35 days this season (Oct. 3-Nov. 7, 2013). It took him 54 games and 497 days to net his previous 14 regular-season goals (Dec. 15, 2011-Apr. 25, 2013). The Blues have points in all 12 games when Steen has found the back of the net (10-0-2).

— Steen is riding a career-long, 10-game point streak (10 goals, three assists). With a point tonight, he will match the family record of 11 straight games, accomplished twice by his father, Thomas, who ranks fourth in Jet/Coyotes franchise history in goals (264), first in assists (553) and third in points (817).

— Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock ranks tenth all-time in coaching wins, with 616. Since taking over as the Blues’ boss in Nov. 2011, his club is 6-1-0 vs. Phoenix, outscoring the Coyotes by a 23-11 margin.

— Since the beginning of the 2011-12 season, goaltenders Brian Elliott (STL) and Mike Smith (PHX) lead the NHL with 13 shutouts apiece. During that span, the Blues’ goalie tandem of Elliott (13) and Jaroslav Halak (10, T-7th most) have combined to post 23 shutouts, most of any team in the league.

— The Coyotes have 12 wins in 2013-14, T-3rd most in the NHL. However, only four of those wins have come when leading at the second intermission. They have the league’s most wins when trailing after two periods (3-4-0 record) and when tied after two (5-0-1 record).

— Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk carries an eight-game point streak into tonight’s game. Since 1993-94, the only St. Louis blueliner with a point streak of eight or more games is Shattenkirk’s teammate, Alex Pietrangelo (nine games, in 2011-12).

— The Coyotes and Blues are the only two NHL teams with three defensemen with 10 or more points this season. (PHX: Keith Yandle – 14, Oliver Ekman-Larsson – 13, Derek Morris – 10; STL: Kevin Shattenkirk & Alex Pietrangelo – 12, Jay Bouwmeester – 10). Only the Blackhawks (52) have more combined points from their blueliners this season than the Coyotes (48).

— The Coyotes’ last four wins have all come in a shootout. Since the shootout was instituted before the 2005-06 season, only two other teams have needed it to post four straight wins: the Edmonton Oilers (Dec. 3-15, 2007) and Pittsburgh Penguins (Mar. 21-27, 2011). No team has ever relied on five successive shootouts for wins. (Elias Sports Bureau)

Just about everything happened in second period of Capitals – Penguins


Let’s just take a second to step back and rub our eyes in disbelief at this Washington Capitals – Pittsburgh Penguins game, particularly the just-passed second period.

Basically everything is happening.

Evgeni Malkin is now at 21 goals on the season as he generated a hat trick in the middle frame. That third goal will be highly – and understandably – contested thanks to possible goalie interference by Patric Hornqvist.

At his best, Hornqvist is in the thick of things, and that was certainly the case on Monday. Granted, this hit on T.J. Oshie was questionable:

Braden Holtby was chased from the Capitals net after the Penguins reeled off five goals in 8:09, which you can view here:

The Capitals brought a 2-0 lead into the second period and fattened it to 3-0. After that, the Penguins built a 5-3 lead with the flurry from above.

Brett Connolly made it 5-4 just 30 seconds after Malkin’s second goal, while Lars Eller tied it up at 5-5 about two minutes later.

That tie lasted … less than 30 seconds, as Malkin’s third tally made it 6-5 for the Penguins.

There’s a bunch of other stuff that happened, too, probably.

/catches breath

You can watch the rest of the game on NBCSN, online or via the NBC Sports App. Here’s the livestream link.

Enjoy goalie blunders? Tonight is your night (Video)

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A national holiday made for some funky start times, at least for a Monday. Perhaps that explains why we enjoyed a pretty hearty helping of goalie gaffes today, then?

Whatever the case may be, if you’re in the mood for a little whimsy, you came to the right place.

Today’s 5-2 win for the San Jose Sharks over the struggling Winnipeg Jets provided a double shot of moments netminders would like to forget, as you can see from the video above.

Michael Hutchinson‘s probably in less of a laughing mood about his bad bounce, while Martin Jones tried to score an empty-netter … and instead allowed Mark Scheifele to grab a “gimme” instead.

Finally, the Tampa Bay Lightning can laugh this one off a bit since they ultimately nabbed a 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings, but this would be an example fans use when they beg Ben Bishop to handle the puck a little less often:

Hey, at least two out of three goalies eventually got wins out of the deal. Sorry, Hutch.

Video: Oshie’s sweet dish sets up a nice Backstrom goal for Capitals

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There’s time for the Pittsburgh Penguins to flip the scrip, but so far on Monday, it looks like the patterns continue to go the Washington Capitals’ way.

The Caps are aiming for a 10th straight win (and Pittsburgh’s fourth consecutive loss) after taking a 2-0 lead through the first period.

The strong play of Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie stands as one of the reasons why Washington has been blazing such an impressive path, and they combined for a really nice goal to give their team that added cushion. Both Oshie’s pass and Backstrom’s goal are impressive in the clip above.

Also, here’s the Andre Burakovsky goal that began the scoring:

And, just for the heck of it:

Shane Doan isn’t asking to be traded by Coyotes, but isn’t saying no either

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 15:  Shane Doan #19 of the Arizona Coyotes skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on December 15, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Coyotes defeated the Maple Leafs 3-2 in an overtime shoot-out. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Imagine, for a second, Shane Doan wearing another team’s jersey. Apparently it’s not out of the question.

During the weekend, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that Doan would be willing to waive his no-trade clause for the right situation. Despite his 1,500+ games with the Jets/Coyotes, Doan responded mostly in the affirmative to, although the rugged forward notes that it would take a “perfect” scenario to make everything work.

(He said that he hasn’t been asked to waive his no-trade clause … but he might be open to suggestion.)

“I’d talk about it with my family and make a decision on that if it was to come up but it would have to be so perfect and so right that it’s pretty hard for it to all line up perfectly,” Doan said. “It would have to be exactly perfect and that just doesn’t happen too often in our sport.”

The 40-year-old interestingly notes that the discussion has come up before, only word hasn’t surfaced in reports. He even said that there were times when he gave his approval, although in most cases, his answer was “No.”

What is perfect?

What’s the perfect situation? That’s where things are fuzzier, as Doan explains that picking a “contender” can be a little trickier when you consider where, say, the Penguins and Sharks were around this time last year.

Doan says family matters, yet he also seems somewhat flexible in that area. After all, it might just be for a few months as a “rental.”

Measuring his value

On the other end, of course, you must also wonder who will want him.

The pluses are easy to see: he’s big, physical and checks off a ton of the “intangibles” boxes. Chances are, a perspective team would weigh his 28 goals from 2015-16 more heavily than his mere 12 points in 42 games this season.

That said, at his age, and considering his numbers this season, there’s the obvious question regarding how much he has left in the tank.

Then again, if the price is reasonable – and the Coyotes certainly are looking to sell off expiring contracts – then it could make for an interesting situation.

If anything happens at all.