NHL Network Radio’s Two Man Advantage – NHL Highs and Lows + Connor McDavid

Connor McDavid

Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates after scoring his third goal of the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on February 5, 2018 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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Last night, Connor McDavid’s four goal and one assist performance in the Oilers 6-2 thumping of the Tampa Bay Lightning marked the 12th time this season that a player registered five points in a game.  Matt Barzal of the Islanders is the only player this season to have done the trick twice.

The five point night also was a financial windfall for McDavid who had two Performance Bonuses kick in each worth $212,500.  In all, McDavid has earned $850,000 in bonuses this season in reaching all four bonuses categories.  Those categories being Goals (20), Assists (35), Points (60) and playing in the All-Star Game.

With that in mind, it’s time to take a look at some of the other season highs and lows to date.

Most goals in a game:  Connor McDavid became the third player this season to score four goals in a game, joining Patrice Bergeron (vs Carolina) and Alexander Ovechkin (vs Montreal).

Most assists in a game: Matt Barzal, the only player to have two-five point games is one of two players with a five assist game (vs Colorado) along with the Blue Jackets, Artemi Panarin (vs New Jersey).

Most Time on Ice (one game): That distinction goes to Drew Doughty who played 35:31 in the Kings 4-3 (OT) win at Anaheim on November 7.  For the season, Doughty leads all players in TOI/game at 27:05.  That’s 22 seconds more per game than Ryan Suter (26:43)

Most Penalty Minutes in a game:  That honour goes to Michael Haley of the Florida Panthers who racked up 39 minutes in penalties back on January 23 vs the Dallas Stars.  Haley’s accomplishments included an Instigator, Fighting Major, Two Misconducts, Cross-Checking and a Game Misconduct. Not a bad night’s work. In all, the game featured 138 minutes in penalties.

Most shots faced in a game and most saves:  That honour goes to Semyon Varlamov for the 60 shots and 57 saves he made in the Avs 5-3 win at home versus the Carolina Hurricanes.  The Avs were outshot 60-27 on the game.

Most Home Wins: There are five teams that lead the way with 19 (Washington, Pittsburgh, Vegas, Winnipeg and Dallas).  While the four other teams from the Central are just one behind with 18 (Nashville, St. Louis, Minnesota and Colorado).

Fewest Home Wins: On the opposite end of the spectrum are the Buffalo Sabres and Arizona Coyotes.  The two teams each have just six wins on home ice. The Coyotes also have just six road wins.

Fewest Regulation losses: Going 18 games without losing in regulation, it should come as no surprise the Bruins lead this category.  Boston has been defeated in regulation 11 times this season.  Nashville (12), Vegas (13) and Winnipeg (13) are just behind.

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