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Montreal Canadiens v New York Rangers

Video: Nash takes NHL goalscoring lead with 32nd of season


During the 2003-04 campaign, Rick Nash won his first and only Rocket Richard award as the league’s top sniper, finishing with 41 goals to share the honors with Ilya Kovalchuk and Jarome Iginla.

More than 10 years later, Nash is looking for Rocket No. 2.

Nash scored his league-leading 32nd goal of the season to open Rivalry Night against the Bruins on Wednesday, potting on the backhand after assists from Martin St. Louis and Chris Kreider:

The goal moved Nash one ahead of Washington captain Alex Ovechkin and into sole possession of top spot in the league. New York’s prized sniper is now on pace for 53 goals this season, which would be a career-high and smash his old personal best, set in ’03-04.

Three reasons the Rangers could be deadline players

2014 NHL Draft - Round 2-7

1. Everybody’s already discussing it. Brough alluded to the Rangers’ interest in welcoming Mike Santorelli to the trade rumor mill, and over the weekend all the local rags — Post, Daily News and Record — had some variation of the same story, playing off this quote from head coach Alain Vigneault:

“If we can improve ourselves and become a better team, we’re gonna do that. We’re no different than any other team now. But so far, I’ve liked the way our team has progressed. I’ve liked how certain individuals have progressed.

“We’ve got a little bit of time here to sort things out, and that’s what we’re gonna do.”

The talk, primarily, is about strengthening New York’s center position, specifically the third-line role currently filled by rookie Kevin Hayes. Depth down the middle has been an issue for this club this season, especially after losing Brad Richards and Brian Boyle during the summer, though it’s fair to suggest the Rangers could be primed to do more than add a bottom-six center. Why? Because…

2. GM Glen Sather has a history of big deadline deals. Last year Slats co-orchestrated the Martin St. Louis-for-Ryan Callahan blockbuster, which continued in his string of significant moves; the year prior, he flipped Marian Gaborik to Columbus for a trio of players that included Derick Brassard, and also acquired Ryane Clowe from San Jose.

Sather also has a few assets to deal. Teams looking to acquire young defensemen might look the way of Brady Skjei or Dylan McIlrath (though it’s tough to gauge the latter’s market value, given he’s yet to establish himself at the NHL level.)

3. The Rangers are in go-for-it mode. The window is now, and it’s open. The reigning Eastern Conference champs are probably more aware than anyone that the east is up for grabs; last season, the Rangers made it to the Stanley Cup Final despite heading into the playoffs as the “five” seed (Boston, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Montreal all finished with more points) and parity appears to be almost equal this season.

So, who are the Blueshirts going to target?

One would have to think Coyotes center Antoine Vermette is at the top of their wist list. He’d be an ideal addition down the middle and would have some chemistry with Brassard and Rick Nash, his former Blue Jackets teammates (from 2009-12). The Vermette bidding war is expected to be high, however, and the Rangers are at a disadvantage without a first-round pick at the ’15 Entry draft, sent to Tampa Bay in the St. Louis deal.

David Legwand could be another name to keep an eye on. The veteran center seems to have fallen out of favor with new Ottawa head coach Dave Cameron, and Sens GM Bryan Murray admitted Legwand could be on the move. At 34, Legwand has the veteran experience Vigneault likes; Vigneault would also be familiar with the ex-Predator from his coaching days in Vancouver (most notably the ’11 playoffs, when the Canucks ousted Nashville in Round 2.)

Get your game notes: Penguins at Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers v Pittsburgh Penguins

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Philadelphia Flyers hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

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• Trouble in Philly: The Flyers are coming off a 7-4 loss to the Islanders yesterday afternoon – the most goals allowed for the Flyers since last February.

• Potentially worse than the defeat though, defensemen Nick Schultz (out for tonight) and Carlo Colaiacovo (questionable) suffered upper-body injuries in the loss.

• The Flyers now have four injured defensemen (also Braydon Coburn and Nicklas Grossmann), and GM Ron Hextall made two call ups from Lehigh Valley yesterday as a result.

• Brandon Manning, 24, played 2 games for PHI earlier in the season, recording 1 assist. He was selected to the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic.

• Oliver Lauridsen (LAW-rihd-suhn), a 2009 7th-round pick from Denmark, played in 15 games for the Flyers in 2012-13 and had 2 goals & 1 assist.

• The Flyers have allowed 14 goals in the last 3 games, and now sit 11 points back of BOS for the final Wild Card spot having lost 9 of the last 13 games (4-8-1 record).

• Penguins losing ground: PIT is coming off a 5-2 loss vs. the Rangers on Sunday, continuing their winter slump. Since Dec. 22, the Penguins have lost 8 of 12 games (4-6-2 record), and have seen a 2-point Metropolitan Division lead turn into a 2nd place standing, 5-points back of 1st.

• The Penguins won the Metro last season and the Atlantic Division in the 2012-13 season, but the Penguins have never won their division in 3 consecutive seasons.

• The Penguins are coming off consecutive losses (to NYI and NYR) in which they allowed a combined 11 goals, which is their most goals allowed in a 2-game span since they gave up 14 in Feb. 2011 (also against NYI and NYR).

• Voracek and Giroux are the only 2 Flyers on the All-Star roster, while Crosby and Malkin are 2 of the 3 Pens headed to Columbus (Marc-Andre Fleury).

• The last time two teammates finished 1-2 in the scoring race in a full season was in 1995-96, when Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr (PIT) accomplished the feat (Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis were 1-2 in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season for TB).

• PHI has never had a player lead the NHL in scoring by himself in the 46+ seasons of the franchise (in lockout-shortened 1994-95 season, Eric Lindros shared for the NHL lead in pts…70 – w/ Jaromir Jagr).

• On the other hand, Crosby (2014) & Malkin (2012) have won the Art Ross trophy for PIT in the last 3 years. Those two have also combined to win 4 of the last 8 scoring titles.


• All David Perron and Crosby: These two linemates have scored all 5 of PIT’s goals in the past 2 games.

• Perron enters on a 3-game point streak (4G-2A), and has 7 points in 6 GP since being traded from EDM.

• Crosby scored a goal against NYR, and is riding a 4-game point streak (4G-4A).

• Crosby career vs. PHI: 75 points (30G-45A) in 49 GP. The only team Crosby has more points against in his career is the Islanders (88 pts).

• Evgeni Malkin has 9 points (3G-6A) in last 7 games.

• Malkin is one of just 3 Pens to have played in all 44 games this season (Nick Spaling, Rob Scuderi).

• Malkin career vs. PHI: 59 points (22G-37A) in 44 GP.

• Marc Andre-Fleury was pulled from the Penguins last game vs. NYR early in the 2nd period after allowing 4 goals on 17 shots.

• Power play back on track: PIT has broken out of its recent power-play slump…

• Last game vs. NYR: 1-3 on PP

• Last 4 games: 5-11 on PP (at least 1 PP goal in each)…….7 previous games: 1-19 (5.3%) on PP

• The Pens are 17-3-1 when scoring on the power play this season, but have lost the last 2 such games.

• Overall this season: 23.4% on PP (5th in NHL).


• Giroux has 7 points (2G-5A) in his last 8 games after a goal yesterday on Long Island.

• Since the start of the 2011-12 season, Giroux has the most points in the NHL (277 in 253 GP), followed closely by Crosby and Malkin.

• Simmonds slumping: Though 2nd on the team in goals (16), top forward Wayne Simmonds has 0 goals in his last 7 games, and just 1 goal in his last 13.

• Inconsistent goaltending lately: 33-year-old first-year goaltender Rob Zepp became the oldest goalie to win his NHL debut since 1926-27 when he beat WPG on Dec. 21, but his numbers have not been great overall this season.

• Zepp was pulled in the 2nd period on Monday vs. NYI, after allowing 4 goals on 20 shots. He was not credited with the loss (did not surrender the GWG), but in 6 GP Zepp now has a 2.92 GAA and .889 SV% (3-1-0 record).

• Ray Emery took the loss in relief yesterday, and he has now lost 5 straight decisions in regulation (0-5-0 record), with a 4.71 GAA in that span. Emery has not won in nearly a month (Dec. 23: 5-2 win at MIN).