Although the Phoenix Coyotes are struggling to make up ground in the NHL rankings, forward Clayton Keller is quickly becoming a household name. The 24-year-old Keller presently has a six-game point run going back to March 5 and has five points in his previous two games. During his recent scoring streak, he scored multiple points in four out of the six games.
His goal and point totals have already exceeded his previous records, and he is just two assists away from matching his previous assist total.
The 5-4 overtime victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday marked his best effort of the week. For the Coyotes in that specific game, Keller led the way with a pair of goals and an assist.
That includes Keller’s fourth goal of the 2022–23 season and his 19th game-winning goal overall. Moreover, Keller provided an assist on Brett Ritchie’s goal in the second period, giving him 200 total career assists.
In his first full NHL season in 2017–18, Keller—who was chosen with the No. 7 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft—posted 65 points (23 goals, 42 assists). Before recording a 65-point season last season, the Coyotes winger had 47 or less points in each of the following three seasons. The Coyotes’ standout is presently on pace to finish the season with 86 points (38 goals, 48 assists).
Mitch Marner, a winger with the Toronto Maple Leafs, has had a very strong start to the month of March. Marner has played in seven games this month, recording points in all but one of those outings while tallying four goals and eight assists. Marner most recently went on a four-game scoring streak during which he scored nine points.
Marner has a chance to surpass his previous career best of 97 points (35 goals, 62 assists) throughout the final 15 games of the 2022–23 campaign. The forward for the Maple Leafs is on pace to finish with 105 points (29 goals, 76 assists), a career high for assists.
Marner scored multiple points in three straight games prior to Wednesday’s contest with the Colorado Avalanche. Nonetheless, Marner made an impression right away when playing the Stanley Cup champs.
Marner recorded an assist in the game for the fourth time straight. When it comes to season assist totals, he ranks among the top in the league. The Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (73 assists), Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Erik Karlsson of the San Jose Sharks, and Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning are the three players ahead of the Maple Leafs’ star (65).
Three years ago, Tim Stutzle was selected third overall, and the Ottawa Senators are already seeing signs of his star potential. He has already scored 73 points, which is a career high (34 goals, 39 assists). The Senators winger scored two goals against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday, giving him three goals in his last two games.
Stutzle also contributed to history with that two-goal performance versus Edmonton.
Stutzle became the first Senators player under the age of 22 to have seven games with multiple goals in a single campaign. The native of Germany currently commands an exceptional group that also includes Marian Hossa (5 in 1999-2000), Alexei Yashin (4 in 1994-95), Martin Havlat (6 in 2002-03), and Havlat (5 in 2001-02). (2001-02). Stutzle also established a new team mark for goals in his first three seasons with 68.
Stutzle certainly showed off his goal-scoring prowess in Tuesday’s 6-3 victory over the Oilers.
Stutzle was overlooked during the selection process since Quinton Byfield and Alexis Lafreniere selected higher than him in the 2020 NHL Draft. Stutzle, though, has unquestionably emerged as the biggest talent selected in the first round of that draft, amassing 160 points (68 goals, 92 assists) in fewer than three seasons with Ottawa.
During the Stanley Cup Playoffs a season ago, the Carolina Hurricanes appeared ready for a lengthy postseason run. The club later encountered difficulties due to goalie Frederik Andersen’s injury.
Andersen is finally healthy and proving his value to the franchise this season after missing more than two months from November to January. His performance in March has been strong, compiling a 3-2-0 record, 2.15 goals against average, and.895 save percentage. In none of the five games he has started this month, the 33-year-old goalkeeper has allowed more than three goals.
In a 5-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, Andersen saved 21 of 24 shots, joining some very exclusive company in the process. Andersen achieved his 259th career victory, moving up to sixth place among NHL goalies in the first nine seasons. The goalie for the Hurricanes is only behind the legendary Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers (309), Martin Brodeur of the former New Jersey Devils (268), Terry Sawchuk of the Detroit Red Wings (264), Tony Esposito of the Chicago Blackhawks (262) and Marty Turco of the former Dallas Stars (262). (261) Andersen will unquestionably be needed to keep scoring huge goals for the Hurricanes in the closing stages.