Get your game notes: Flyers at Red Wings

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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Detroit Red Wings hosting the Philadelphia Flyers starting at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• The Red Wings will be without both Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk for the first time since the regular-season finale of the 2005-06 season (April 18, 2006). Since then, the Wings have the most wins in the NHL (regular-season and playoffs combined).

Detroit Red Wings 395
Pittsburgh Penguins 392
San Jose Sharks 384
Chicago Blackhawks 361
Vancouver Canucks 361

• When Red Wings winger Daniel Alfredsson scored an empty-net goal in Ottawa on Sunday, it not only marked his first career goal against the team with which he spent 17 seasons, it also meant he has at least one goal versus all 30 NHL teams. Thirty-two other active skaters have accomplished this feat, including two others on tonight’s teams’ rosters: Todd Bertuzzi and Vincent Lecavalier. (Elias Sports Bureau)

• Flyers goaltender Steve Mason (26 regular-season games) and Wild goaltender Josh Harding (25) have the NHL’s two longest active streaks of holding their opponents to three or fewer goals. Among all NHL netminders, only Mason, Harding, Peter Budaj (17) and Ben Scrivens (16) have active streaks over 15.

• The Red Wings are one of only four NHL teams in the top-ten in both power-play (21.4%, 7th) and penalty-kill (86.9%, 2nd) efficiency. The others are Montreal, Pittsburgh and St. Louis.

• Out of the 13 teams with 35 or more points this season, Detroit has the most home losses (10: four in regulation, three in overtime, three in the shootout). In fact, only Buffalo (12), the N.Y. Islanders (11), Florida (10) Ottawa (10) and Carolina (10) have as many home losses as the Wings.

• A win by the Red Wings would be career win #460 for coach Mike Babcock, which would push him into a tie for 21st on the all-time coaching wins with Paul Maurice, who led Carolina to the 2002 Stanley Cup vs. the Wings, and Hall of Famer Roger Neilson, who led the Flyers from 1998-2000.

• The Flyers’ 2.07 goals/game is the second fewest in the NHL this season, ahead of only Buffalo (1.61). They have been in the top ten in that category in each of the previous six seasons. Since the league expanded to 30 teams in 2000, the lowest the Flyers have finished is 23rd (2.60 goals/gm, 2006-2007).

• The Flyers lead the NHL in penalty minutes (447). Conversely, the Red Wings rank 27th, with 250. Opposing teams have committed 407 minutes worth of penalties against the Flyers, while Wings opponents have only been in the “sin bin” for 221.

• Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall brings a six-game point streak (two goals and seven assists-nine points) into tonight’s game, matching the longest streak of his career (Nov. 27-Dec. 9, 2007). The NHL’s Second Star of last week has multiple points in each of his last three games – all Red Wings wins – and now ranks 5th among NHL defensemen with 21 points (3-18-21).

• The Red Wings have lost their last 11 overtime games at Joe Louis Arena, dating back to their regular season finale in the 2011-12 season.

Penguins’ Guentzel makes ‘kick save’ to stop Capitals

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It doesn’t get much better than a player making the type of save you’d only expect from a goalie. OK, how about this: when it happens amid the high stakes of the Stanley Cup Playoffs?

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel had already been distinguishing himself with a red-hot scoring start to the postseason, but he made a big difference in a way that won’t show up in the box score (aside from maybe as a blocked shot) for Game 1 against the Washington Capitals.

In one of the few golden opportunities in a notably tight first period, Guentzel made a “kick save” to keep it 0-0. He also managed to avoid giving the Capitals a penalty shot in the process, so this was quite the effort from the impressive rookie.

Video will be added soon. Here’s the moment in GIF form first:

Lundqvist snubs Sens with 21 saves in first (Video)

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You know how goalies claim they prefer to be busy rather than risking rust in seldom seeing shots? If that’s true, Henrik Lundqvist was really, really happy in the first period.

The Ottawa Senators generated chance after chance in a busy opening frame of Game 1, generating a 21-12 shot differential against the New York Rangers. The game remains 0-0 in large part because Lundqvist has carried over his momentum from the Montreal Canadiens series so far.

As you can see from the video above, Lundqvist made some absolutely fantastic saves, especially in somehow stopping Mark Stone.

In a duller game, 21 shots on goal could a team’s entire output.

That’s impressive stuff from what appears to be a “vintage” Lundqvist. We’ll see how much more the Rangers lean on him as this one goes along.

Oh, and here’s a GIF of the best stop of the bunch, because seriously.

Kunitz is in for Penguins vs. Capitals in Game 1

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The Pittsburgh Penguins get a familiar face back in the lineup, as Chris Kunitz is good to go against the Washington Capitals in Game 1.

The 37-year-old has been sidelined since March 31, ending his regular season with just an assist in his final nine games. His last goal came on Feb. 16.

So, in other words … he’s not quite as big of a deal for this series as he had been in the past.

He’ll draw into a solid fourth line with Matt Cullen and Tom Kuhnackl, while Carter Rowney will be a healthy scratch. Check out the Penguins’ line combos heading into Thursday’s showdown:

Foligno, Getzlaf, Giordano vie for Messier Leadership Award

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The NHL announced the three finalists for the Mark Messier Leadership Award: Nick Foligno (Columbus Blue Jackets), Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks) and Mark Giordano (Calgary Flames).

In case you’re curious about the process, the league explains how it works (and how the buck stops with Messier):

Mark Messier solicits suggestions from club and League personnel as well as NHL fans to compile a list of potential candidates for the award. However, the selection of the three finalists and ultimate winner is Messier’s alone. 

So, yes, it might come down to steeliness/60.

Anyway, the most fun part of this award is that Getzlaf and Giordano just engaged in a first-round series, with Getzlaf’s hit on Giordano (see above) being one of the standout moments.

Perhaps Giordano will at least get the best of Getzlaf in this one?