THEY SAID IT
“Everybody had a hand in it. Everybody contributed. But we don’t want to get too excited. We’ve still got some serious work to do.” ~ Joel Quenneville.The ever cautious Chicago Blackhawks coach commends his team for winning the Presidents’ Trophy as the regular-season champions, but suggests there are bigger prizes and larger obstacles ahead once the playoffs start.
THE NUMBERS GAME
Age of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Martin St. Louis, who has a chance to become the oldest scoring champion in NHL history. That distinction is held by the New York Rangers’ Bill Cook, who was 36 years 164 days when he won the 1932-33 scoring title with 50 points in 48 games. St. Louis will be 37 years 314 days on Sunday, the last day of the regular season.
Percentage of available points earned by the Chicago Blackhawks through their first 46 games of the regular season, the fourth-highest total in NHL history behind the 1929-30 Boston Bruins (.875); the 1943-44 Montreal Canadiens (.830) and the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens (.825).
Trios of brothers who have played together in North America’s four major professional sports leagues, after Eric, Jordan and Jared Staal suited up for the Carolina Hurricanes’ game against the New York Rangers on Thursday night. It was the fourth time it’s happened in the NHL, but not since 1985, when the Stastnys, Peter, Anton and Marian, all played for the Quebec Nordiques.
Home wins by the Edmonton Oilers in their first 23 games this season, tied with the Florida Panthers for fewest in the league. If they lose in regulation to the Vancouver Canucks at Rexall Place on Saturday night, they will have the fewest home points in the NHL for the third time in four years. Edmonton was 1-9 in its past 10 games, heading into Friday’s date with the Minnesota Wild.