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NHL Morning Skate – Feb. 8, 2023

Bo Horvat scored his first goal in an Islanders uniform and received a warm welcome at UBS Arena, while Ilya Sorokin recorded his 15th career shutout and climbed the franchise’s all-time list in the process.

Connor McDavid extended his career-high road point streak to 15 games – a feat achieved by only one other player in Oilers history – as Edmonton earned a win at Little Caesars Arena.
 

* Wednesday’s two-game slate features the Canucks clashing with the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sportsnet and TVA Sports as well as the Stars squaring off with the Wild at American Airlines Center in an NHL on TNT contest.
 

HORVAT, SOROKIN HELP ISLANDERS BEST KRAKEN AT UBS ARENA
Bo Horvat scored his first goal as a member of the Islanders and Ilya Sorokin turned aside all 32 shots he faced to help New York (27-22-5, 59 points) keep pace with Pittsburgh (25-16-9, 59 points), which also won Tuesday courtesy of Kris Letang’s overtime tally, in the race for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
 
* Horvat, who was traded to the Islanders by the Canucks on Jan. 30, scored his career-high 32nd goal of the season – eclipsing his previous best of 31 he set in 2021-22 – as the crowd at UBS Arena chanted his name.
 
* Sorokin recorded his 15th career shutout and moved past Tommy Salo (14) for sole possession of fourth place on the Islanders’ all-time list, behind only Glenn Resch (25), Billy Smith (22) and Rick DiPietro (16).




McDAVID EXTENDS STREAKS AS OILERS CLIMB CROWDED PACIFIC DIVISION
League scoring leader Connor McDavid (41-52—93 in 51 GP) had an assist to extend his overall and road point streak to 13 and 15 games, respectively, as Edmonton improved to 8-0-1 in its last nine contests dating to Jan. 11. The Oilers (29-18-4, 62 points) kept pace with the Golden Knights (30-18-4, 64 points), who grabbed top spot in the Pacific Division via a victory Tuesday, and now trail the second-place Kraken (29-16-5, 63 points) and third-ranked Kings (28-18-7, 63 points) by just one point.



MEIER, POINT REACHING 30-GOAL MARK FEATURED IN LIVE UPDATES
Tuesday’s edition of #NHLStats: Live Updates featured more notes from the six-game slate, including Sharks forward Timo Meier (30-21—51 in 52 GP) and Lightning forward Brayden Point (31-26—57 in 50 GP) reaching the 30-goal mark as San Jose snapped Tampa Bay’s franchise-record home winning streak at 12 contests.


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WEDNESDAY FEATURES NATIONAL BROADCASTS IN BOTH CANADA AND THE U.S.

Wednesday opens with a clash between the Canucks (20-26-4, 44 points) and Rangers (28-14-8, 64 points) on Sportsnet as well as TVA Sports and closes with the Stars (29-13-10, 68 points) squaring off against the Wild (27-18-4, 58 points) in the first NHL on TNT game since the 2023 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend.

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