Top Five Notes, NHL Playoffs – August 25, 2020

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As we move closer to the fall, the NHL playoffs continue in their host bubble cities. Here are the top five notes for August 25, 2020.

Varlamov Makes History: Semyon Varlamov stands alone in Islanders postseason history, posting his second consecutive shutout, this time against Philadelphia, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Varlamov stopped 29 shots, after turning back 21 in the Islanders series’ clinching victory against Washington. Varlamov’s shutout streak is 136:20, trailing Billy Smith’s franchise mark of 135:59. Varlamov is 8-2 in the Islanders 10 postseason games. Only Billy Smith in 1980 won more games through 10 starts in franchise history.

Most Wins, First 10 Posteason Starts
Single Postseason, Franchise History
W-LGAASave Pct
1981Billy Smith9-11.740.934
2020Semyon Varlamov8-21.50.941
1981Billy Smith8-22.520.904
1983Billy Smith8-22.710.911

Andy Greene Finally Strikes Again! – Greene scored his first postseason goal since April 16, 2010, a span of 10 years, four months and nine days. Greene joined nine other players in NHL history to go 10+ seasons between postseason goals. Green (37 years, 299 days) is second to Ed Westfall (38 years, 215 days) as the oldest goal-scorer in franchise history.

Varlamov and Green key Islanders win.

Stars Streaking – After falling behind Calgary 2-1, the Stars are on a five-game win streak. Dallas is outscoring opponents 24-13 during their streak compared to opponents outscoring them by seven in losing four of their first six postseason games.

Dallas Stars
2020 Postseason
1st 6 gamesLast 5 Games
Goals PG24.8

Dallas has flipped Colorado’s momentum in winning Games 1-2

Reverse Avalanche – In falling behind 2-0 to Dallas, the Avs look much different than they did finishing off Arizona in Games 4-5 of the Western Quarterfinals. After outscoring they Coyotes 14-2 in those two games, they are a minus-five in their first two games against Dallas.

Colorado Avalanche
Last 4 Games
Last 2 vs ARI1st 2 vs DAL
Goal Diff.Plus 12Minus 5

Islanders EVEN better – A key to their success in winning eight of their first ten postseason games is their play at even-strength. The Islanders lead remaining teams by a wide-margin in goal differential during 5-5 play.

Goal Differential, 5 on 5
2020 Postseason
Goals Allowed
IslandersPlus 156
Golden KnightsPlus 1115
AvalanchePlus 713
CanucksPlus 614

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