ABC’s Saturday afternoon hockey schedule continues this week with a potential Stanley Cup final starring Nathan MacKinnon and Colorado Avalanche hosts Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, with scope Coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET and airs on ESPN+.
To get you ready for the game, we’ve put together a guide to all the key players to watch for each team, including in-depth stats insights from ESPN Stats & Info, etc.
During this season, ESPN+ will air 75 exclusive regular season games, with ABC and ESPN broadcasting a mix of 28 exclusive regular season games for a total of 103 games. The full broadcast schedule can be found here.
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Line: Colorado -140 | On lower: 6
ESPN Strength Rating: 6
Top Goal Scorer: Sidney Crosby, 71 points in 57 games
Record 2021-22: 41-18-10, third in the Metro division
The Penguins’ 22 road wins rank fourth in a single season in franchise history and are far from the club record set in 1992-93 (24-15-3) and ended ends in 2010-11 (November 24). -6). Pittsburgh and Washington entered Friday with this season’s highest road target spread of +26.
Pittsburgh has scored a goal in the past six games and scored a 37.5% chance (9 to 24). The Pens’ penalty kill percentage has been strong throughout the season, hitting the second-best rate in the NHL at 85.6%, just behind the Hurricanes (88.5%). That would be the team’s fourth-best percentage in a season since the stat was first tracked in 1977-78.
Sidney Crosby started November 27 with a three-point match against Montreal and hasn’t stopped since. His 68 points as of November 27 join Johnny Gaudreau in third in that range and just behind Jonathan Huberdeau (74) and Auston Matthews (69). If Crosby finished the season with an average of 1.00 points per game, he would draw Gordie Howe for the second-most points of all time with 17 points, behind only Wayne Gretzky (19 seasons).
Kris Letang’s 59 points are the fifth most among defensive players this season. His next point will bring him 60 points the second season of his career (67 in 2015-16) and he will join Mark Giordano in 2018-19 as the sole defender from 34 years or older in the last 10 seasons with 60 points. campaign.
Evgeni Malkin has a point in six consecutive games. His 17 goals since making his debut for the season on January 11, is second above the Penguins in that span, just behind Crosby 20. Malkin scored the winning goal in the OT game on Thursday. , his 78th career win, beating Jaromir Jagr. most in franchise history.
Rickard Rakell came to the Penguins through a limited-time deal with the Ducks, and has three goals and five points in six games in Pittsburgh. Rakell’s 19 goals this season put him on hold in his first 20 since 2017-18 (34 with Anaheim). Last season, the Pens added Jeff Carter on a deadline and he’s scored nine goals in 14 games following the move.
ESPN Strength Rating: first
Top Goal Scorer: Nazem Kadri, 83 points in 65 games
Record 2021-22: 48-14-6, first in Central Division
Colorado has scored a goal in the past nine games, tying it to the second-longest streak in the NHL this season against Toronto from December 4 to January 8, and an unknown for the longest in the league. fight. this season (Edmonton: 10 from October 13 to November 5). The Avs converted 37% of their play power in March (17 to 46), the highest rate in the NHL, bringing their season rate to 25.4%, the fifth best in the NHL. Equally strong recently is their penalty kick, a league-best 90.6% as of March 10 (killing 29 out of 32 opposition power plays).
Avalanche has five players averaging more than 1.00 points per game this season: Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, Nazem Kadri, Cale Makar and Gabriel Landeskog. No team has done that (50 GP minimum) in a single season since 1995-96 the six-man Penguins with Ron Francis, Jagr, Mario Lemieux, Petr Nedved, Tomas Sandstrom and Sergei Zubov.
Avalanche’s real struggles are in the head-to-head round, placing 31st with 46.9% and just ahead of Sabers (46.1%). Their defensive area win rate is also 31st, at 45.8%, just behind Rangers (45.3%).
Cale Makar led all defences with 24 goals and had a single-season scoring record for the Avalanche. His next assist will pass Ray Bourque (52 years old) in the 2000-01 season as second by a defender in a single season in the team’s history, and second only Steve Duchesne (age 62) during the 1992-93 season (for Quebec Nordiques). Makar’s 75 points are second among defensive players this season behind Roman Josi’s 81 points. They finished second in a single season in Avs history and seven points off Duchesne’s record of 82 in that 1992-93 campaign.
Nazem Kadri leads the Avs in scoring with 83 points, 22 more than he had previously scored in a single season of his career. His 83 points are currently second among players who can become an unrestricted free agent this season (Johnny Gaudreau of the Flames has 91 points).
If Nathan MacKinnon maintains his 1.30 PPG average for this season, it will be the fourth time he has done so in his career, which would tie him to Alex Ovechkin in a multi-season season. three in the salary cap era (since 2005-06) and follow Connor McDavid (6) and Crosby (5, including this season).
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