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|
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.
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.
|1st 6 games||Last 5 Games|
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.
|Last 4 Games|
|Last 2 vs ARI||1st 2 vs DAL|
|Goal Diff.||Plus 12||Minus 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|
|Golden Knights||Plus 11||15|