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2019–20 NHL season

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2019–20 NHL season
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationOctober 2, 2019 – March 11, 2020 (pause)
Number of games82 (68–71 games played before pause)
Number of teams31
Draft
Top draft pickJack Hughes
Picked byNew Jersey Devils
Regular season
Playoffs
Stanley Cup
NHL seasons

The 2019–20 NHL season is the 103rd season of operation (102nd season of play) of the National Hockey League. 31 teams are competing in an 82-game regular season. The regular season began on October 2, 2019,[1] and was originally scheduled to end on April 4, 2020. The 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs would have originally began a few days afterwards, with the Stanley Cup Finals held in late May and early June. The entire schedule was released on June 25, 2019. On March 12, 2020, the regular season was paused due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.[2][3]

League business

Collective bargaining agreement

The current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) is in its eighth season. Before the season started, both the NHL and the NHLPA had the choice to opt out of the CBA on September 1 and September 16, 2019, respectively. If either of them had opted out, the CBA would have expired at the end of this season.[4] On August 30, the NHL announced that they would not opt out.[5] On September 16, the NHLPA then also agreed not to opt out; therefore, the CBA will run its course until the end of the 2021–22 season.[6]

Salary cap

The salary cap is $81.5 million, as announced on June 22, 2019.[7]

Seattle expansion team

On July 17, 2019, the Seattle expansion team, set to begin play in the 2021–22 season, hired Ron Francis as their first general manager.[8] On August 22, 2019, the club stated that they will unveil their team name in early 2020.[9]

Rule changes

The following rule changes were proposed June 19, 2019 and approved the next day:[10][11]

  • The league adopted the David Leggio Rule: deliberately moving the goalposts off its moorings to stop play on a breakaway will result in an awarded goal to the offensive team.
  • In the event a net is inadvertently knocked off its moorings, or if a puck shot from beyond center ice is stopped and frozen by the goaltender, the face-off will take place in the goaltender's defensive zone, with the team on offense given choice of side. In such cases, the defensive team will not be allowed to make a line change.
  • A puck that leaves out of play in the offensive zone will remain in the offensive zone for the next face-off.
  • Players that lose their helmet during play must return to the bench as soon as it is feasible until it can be replaced, or the player must retrieve their helmet.
  • Linesmen will now drop the puck at centre ice after goals and at the start of overtime instead of the referees.[12]
Expansion of video review[10][11]
  • Teams now have an unlimited number of coach's challenges, but failed challenges will now result in delay-of-game penalties instead of the loss of their timeout. The first failed challenge will result in a two-minute minor, and each subsequent failed challenge will result in a four-minute double-minor.
  • A team may challenge goals that follow plays in the offensive zone that should have instead resulted in a stoppage before the puck went into the net. Missed stoppages include hand passes, pucks high-sticked to a teammate, and pucks hitting the netting or going into the players bench. The delay-of-game penalty for pucks going over the glass will still not be reviewable under this situation.
  • All match and major penalties excluding fighting will be required to video review; officials will reserve the authority to reduce the penalty to a minor penalty depending on the result of the review, but referees cannot rescind a penalty altogether.
  • Referees have the option to review high-sticking double minors at their discretion and without consultation with the NHL's Situation Room.
  • The league eliminates the use of goal judges and assigns those duties to the in-house video replay official.[13]
Modification to the tie-breaking procedure

To put more emphasis on teams winning in regulation, regulation wins (tracked in an additional RW column in the league standings) will now precede regulation and overtime wins (ROW) in the tie-breaking procedure. The league also added goals scored as a new tiebreaker. [14]

Player and puck tracking technology

After testing at the 2019 National Hockey League All-Star Game, the NHL planned to deploy player and puck tracking systems to all 31 NHL arenas prior to the start of the 2019–20 season.[15][16] This technology was developed in collaboration with a German Fraunhofer Institute using transmitters embedded inside pucks and jerseys.[16] It enables on-air features such as speed displays, puck tracking graphics (reminiscent of the FoxTrax graphics utilized in the late 1990s by previous U.S. national NHL broadcaster Fox, also developed by Sportvision), and marker graphics hovering above players.[17]

On September 5, 2019, it was reported that the league replaced its primary technology partner in its tracking technology, and thus the system likely would not get up and running until the 2020 playoffs.[18]

Media rights

This is the ninth season under the NHL's ten-year deal with NBC Sports and sixth season of its twelve-year Canadian rights deal with Sportsnet and TVA Sports.[19][20]

Both NBC Sports and Sportsnet celebrated International Women's Day on March 8, 2020, by featuring all-female broadcasting crews on their respective telecasts of St. Louis BluesChicago Blackhawks and Vegas Golden KnightsCalgary Flames.[21][22]

On January 2, 2019, the Chicago Blackhawks agreed to an exclusive multi-year deal with NBC Sports Chicago beginning with the 2019–20 season, ending the team's broadcasts on WGN-TV.[23]

Sinclair Broadcast Group and Entertainment Studios combined to purchase the former Fox Sports regional networks (FSN). Twelve of the NHL's 31 teams (Anaheim, Arizona, Carolina, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Florida, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis, and Tampa Bay) carry their television broadcasts through FSN. FSN was one of the properties Fox Corporation's predecessor 21st Century Fox divested in its sale to The Walt Disney Company, but which The Walt Disney Company could not keep due to antitrust concerns. This is Entertainment Studios' first entry into sports, while Sinclair has had a sports operation since 2014 that currently distributes the free-to-air network Stadium and is concurrently expanding into the regional sports network business with its stakes in these networks, YES Network and the upcoming Chicago-based Marquee Sports Network.[24] The FSN networks will continue to temporarily use the Fox Sports name under a transitional license agreement while Sinclair explores rebranding options.[25]

In August 2019, the Vegas Golden Knights agreed to a deal with Las Vegas broadcast television station KTNV to locally televise all of the team's 2019 preseason games over-the-air.[26]

In September 2019, the New York Islanders agreed to a two-year deal with WEPN-AM and WEPN-FM to broadcast a majority of their games. Since the two stations also broadcast New York Rangers and the NBA's New York Knicks games, WRHU of Hofstra University will continue to be used by the Islanders as an overflow station.[27]

This is the final season of Sportsnet's regional rights to the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers.[28] In December 2019, after having aired the first-ever NHL broadcast in the language earlier in the year, it was announced that the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) would air six of Sportsnet's Hometown Hockey games per season in Plains Cree over the next three years.[29]

Sports betting

As part of its renovations, the Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Center announced that SugarHouse Casino would become the venue's official sportsbook partner, with the venue adding two lounge areas with odds boards to promote the casino's sports betting app.[30][31]

Draft

The 2019 NHL Entry Draft was held on June 21 and 22, 2019, with Jack Hughes being selected first overall by the New Jersey Devils.[32][33]

Preseason games in Europe

Two preseason games were played in Europe.[34] The Chicago Blackhawks played against Eisbären Berlin at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany, on September 29, 2019.[35] The Philadelphia Flyers played against Lausanne HC at Vaudoise Aréna in Lausanne, Switzerland on September 30, 2019.[36]

General Manager of the Year Award

On November 19, 2019, the NHL announced it would rename the General Manager of the Year Award in honour of Jim Gregory, the recently deceased former manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs and former NHL executive. The official name is changed to the "Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award."[37]

Coaching changes

Coaching changes
Off–season
Team 2018–19 coach 2019–20 coach Story / Accomplishments
Anaheim Ducks Randy Carlyle
Bob Murray*
Dallas Eakins Carlyle was fired on February 10, 2019, nearly three years into his second stint with the team. He won the Stanley Cup in 2007, but since then had made the playoffs only two times. General manager Murray took over as interim coach until the end of the season.[38] Eakins was hired on June 17, 2019. Eakins most recently served as the head coach of the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League (AHL) from 2015 to 2019.[39]
Buffalo Sabres Phil Housley Ralph Krueger Housley was fired April 7, 2019, after two seasons and a 58–84–22 record with the Sabres. Housley finished his first season in last place, and squandered a 10-game winning streak in his second season only to collapse and miss the playoffs.[40] Krueger was hired May 15, 2019. He did not coach ice hockey full-time since his only previous NHL coaching stint, a half-season with the Edmonton Oilers in 2013, ended with his firing.[41]
Edmonton Oilers Todd McLellan
Ken Hitchcock*
Dave Tippett Hitchcock was dismissed after Ken Holland became the general manager of the Oilers on May 7, 2019.[42] Tippett was hired on May 28. He last served as head coach of the Arizona Coyotes from 2009 to 2017.[43]
Florida Panthers Bob Boughner Joel Quenneville Boughner was fired on April 7, 2019. In two seasons, the Panthers went 79–62–22 and never qualified for the playoffs under Boughner.[44] On April 8, Quenneville was hired as the team's new head coach. Quenneville most recently served as the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks (2008–2018), and guided them to three Stanley Cup championships in 2010, 2013 and 2015. He accumulated an overall record of 797–452–249 with the team.[45]
Los Angeles Kings John Stevens
Willie Desjardins*
Todd McLellan Stevens was fired on November 4, 2018, after starting the season 4–8–1, reaching the first round of the playoffs in his only full season as coach. Former Vancouver Canucks' head coach Desjardins was named the interim coach for the team.[46][47] On April 16, 2019, the team hired McLellan as franchise's 29th head coach. McLellan most recently served as the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers (2015–2018) guiding the team to one playoff berth. Overall, McLellan has a 434–282–90 record including a 37–38 postseason record.[48]
Ottawa Senators Guy Boucher
Marc Crawford*
D.J. Smith Boucher was fired on March 1, 2019, after three seasons with the team, his best season being the 2016–17 season when the team reached the Eastern Conference Finals. Crawford, who previously coached the Dallas Stars, was named the Senators' interim head coach.[49] On May 23, the team hired Smith as their head coach. He most recently served as an assistant coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.[50]
Philadelphia Flyers Dave Hakstol
Scott Gordon*
Alain Vigneault Hakstol was fired on December 17, 2018, after three and a half years with the team where he guided them to two playoff appearances. Former New York Islanders' head coach Gordon was named interim coach.[51] Vigneault was hired on April 15, 2019. Vigneault most recently served as the head coach of the New York Rangers, guiding them to a 226–147–37 record in five seasons (2013–2018).[52]
St. Louis Blues Mike Yeo
Craig Berube*
Craig Berube Yeo was fired on November 19, 2018, after almost two years with the team and only one playoff appearance. Berube, who had served as assistant coach with the Blues since 2017, was named interim head coach.[53] After coaching the Blues to their first Stanley Cup championship in 2019, Berube was named permanent head coach on June 24, 2019.[54]
In–season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach Story / Accomplishments
Calgary Flames Bill Peters Geoff Ward* Peters resigned on November 29, 2019, after accusations of racism were made by former Rockford IceHogs player Akim Aliu when Peters was coaching the AHL club a decade earlier. Peters spent 1⅓ seasons with the Flames, registering a record of 12–12–4 to start the season after reaching the first round of the playoffs as the top seed in the Western Conference the previous season. Ward, who served as an assistant coach, was named interim head coach.[55][56]
Dallas Stars Jim Montgomery Rick Bowness* Montgomery was dismissed on December 10, 2019 due to "unprofessional conduct inconsistent with the core values and beliefs" of the Stars and the league. He spent 1⅓ seasons with the Stars, registering a record of 17–11–3 to start the season after reaching the second round of the playoffs the previous season. Bowness, who served as an assistant coach, was named interim head coach.[57][58]
Minnesota Wild Bruce Boudreau Dean Evason* Boudreau was fired on February 14, 2020, after 3⅔ seasons with the team, which had registered a record of 27–23–7 to start the season. The Wild had reached the playoffs in the first two seasons of his tenure in Minnesota but had not qualified for the playoffs since the 2017–18 season. Evason, who had served as an assistant coach with the Wild since the start of the 2018–19 season, was immediately named interim head coach.[59]
Nashville Predators Peter Laviolette John Hynes Laviolette was fired on January 6, 2020, after 5½ seasons with the team, which had registered a 19–15–7 record to start the season. The Predators made the playoffs in all five seasons under Laviolette, advanced to the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals and won the Presidents' Trophy in the 2017–18 season.[60] Hynes, who previously served as the head coach of the New Jersey Devils, was hired on January 7, 2020.[61]
New Jersey Devils John Hynes Alain Nasreddine* Hynes was fired on December 3, 2019, after 4⅓ seasons with the team, which had registered a 9–13–4 record to start the season. The Devils reached the playoffs once in Hynes' tenure, and did not advance past the first round in 2018. Nasreddine, who served as an assistant coach, was named interim head coach.[62]
San Jose Sharks Peter DeBoer Bob Boughner* DeBoer was fired on December 11, 2019, after 4⅓ seasons with the team, which had registered a record of 15–16–2 to start the season. The Sharks qualified for the playoffs in all of the four previous seasons under DeBoer, and advanced to the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals. Boughner, who served as an assistant coach, was named interim head coach.[63]
Toronto Maple Leafs Mike Babcock Sheldon Keefe Babcock was fired on November 20, 2019, after 4¼ seasons with the team, which had registered a record of 9–10–4 to start the season after reaching the first round of the playoffs in the previous three seasons. Keefe, who had served as the head coach of the Toronto Marlies of the AHL from 2015 to 2019, was subsequently named as the team's next head coach.[64]
Vegas Golden Knights Gerard Gallant Peter DeBoer Gallant was fired on January 15, 2020, after a little more than 2½ seasons with the team, which had registered a record of 24–19–6 to start the season. The Golden Knights had reached the playoffs in their first two seasons of existence, including advancing to the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals in their debut season. Gallant earned the Jack Adams Award that season.[65] DeBoer, who had been fired as the head coach of the San Jose Sharks one month earlier, was subsequently named as the team's second head coach.[66]

(*) Indicates interim.

Front office changes

General managers
Off–season
Team 2018–19 GM 2019–20 GM Story / Accomplishments
Detroit Red Wings Ken Holland Steve Yzerman Yzerman, who played his entire NHL career for the Red Wings and had previously been the team's vice president from 2006 to 2010, returned as general manager on April 19, 2019.[67]
Edmonton Oilers Peter Chiarelli
Keith Gretzky*
Ken Holland Chiarelli was fired on January 22, 2019, after four years as the Oilers' general manager. Gretzky, the brother of former NHL player Wayne Gretzky, was named interim general manager.[68] Holland was hired on May 7, 2019.[69]
Minnesota Wild Paul Fenton Bill Guerin Fenton was fired on July 30, 2019, after one year as general manager. On August 21, it was announced that Guerin had been named general manager of the Wild.[70]
Vegas Golden Knights George McPhee Kelly McCrimmon McCrimmon was promoted to general manager, effective September 1, 2019, on May 2, 2019. McPhee will remain Director of Hockey Operations of the Golden Knights, but McCrimmon will represent them at the league's general manager meetings and be the point of contact for other general managers.[71]
In–season
Team Outgoing general manager Incoming general manager Story / Accomplishments
New Jersey Devils Ray Shero Tom Fitzgerald* Shero was fired on January 12, 2020, after five years as the Devils' general manager. Fitzgerald was named interim general manager.[72]

(*) Indicates interim.

Regular season

The regular season began on October 2, 2019, and was originally supposed to end on April 4, 2020, but due to COVID-19, the season was suspended on March 12, 2020.[73]

International games

Three regular season games, branded as the NHL Global Series, were played in Europe.[34] The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers played their regular season opening game on October 4, 2019 at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.[74] The Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning played two games at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden on November 8 and 9, 2019.[75][76]

Outdoor games

Three outdoor games were held during the 2019–20 season:

All-Star Game

The 2020 National Hockey League All-Star Game was held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Enterprise Center, the home of the St. Louis Blues on January 25, 2020.[83][84][85][86]

Postponed game

The St. Louis BluesAnaheim Ducks game on February 11, 2020, was suspended at a 1−1 tie with 7:50 left in the first period after Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench in a medical emergency due to a cardiac episode.[87] He eventually had an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator procedure and placed on injured reserve.[88] The game was made up on March 11. This resulted in the Blues' home game against the Florida Panthers being moved one day earlier from March 10 to March 9.[89][90][91]

Suspended season

As the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic spread across the globe, concern began to build that large crowds at sporting events would spread the COVID-19 disease. In early March 2020, the NHL suspended media access to the locker rooms, saying that only official personnel would be allowed in after the games to limit person-to-person contact. But after the National Basketball Association (NBA) suspended all games when two players tested positive for the disease, the NHL scheduled a meeting to discuss pausing the season. On March 12, the morning practice sessions and media access were canceled for all teams. Shortly after, they announced the 2019–20 season was paused indefinitely.[2][3] On March 17, it was announced that a player from the Ottawa Senators tested positive for COVID-19.[92][93] On March 21, it was announced that a second Senators player tested positive for COVID-19.[94][95]

Standings

Eastern Conference

Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL RW GF GA GD Pts
1 Washington Capitals 69 41 20 8 31 240 215 +25 90
2 Philadelphia Flyers 69 41 21 7 31 232 196 +36 89
3 Pittsburgh Penguins 69 40 23 6 29 224 196 +28 86
Updated to game(s) played on March 11, 2020. Source: National Hockey League[96]
Top 3 (Atlantic Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL RW GF GA GD Pts
1 Boston Bruins 70 44 14 12 38 227 174 +53 100
2 Tampa Bay Lightning 70 43 21 6 35 245 195 +50 92
3 Toronto Maple Leafs 70 36 25 9 28 238 227 +11 81
Updated to game(s) played on March 11, 2020. Source: National Hockey League[96]
Eastern Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL RW GF GA GD Pts
1 ME Carolina Hurricanes 68 38 25 5 27 222 193 +29 81
2 ME Columbus Blue Jackets 70 33 22 15 25 180 187 −7 81
3 ME New York Islanders 68 35 23 10 24 192 193 −1 80
4 ME New York Rangers 70 37 28 5 31 234 222 +12 79
5 AT Florida Panthers 69 35 26 8 30 231 228 +3 78
6 AT Montreal Canadiens 71 31 31 9 19 212 221 −9 71
7 AT Buffalo Sabres 69 30 31 8 22 195 217 −22 68
8 ME New Jersey Devils 69 28 29 12 22 189 230 −41 68
9 AT Ottawa Senators 71 25 34 12 18 191 243 −52 62
10 AT e – Detroit Red Wings 71 17 49 5 13 145 267 −122 39
Updated to game(s) played on March 11, 2020. Source: National Hockey League[97]
e – Eliminated from playoff contention.

Western Conference

Top 3 (Central Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL RW GF GA GD Pts
1 St. Louis Blues 71 42 19 10 33 225 193 +32 94
2 Colorado Avalanche 70 42 20 8 37 237 191 +46 92
3 Dallas Stars 69 37 24 8 26 180 177 +3 82
Updated to game(s) played on March 11, 2020. Source: National Hockey League[96]
Top 3 (Pacific Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL RW GF GA GD Pts
1 Vegas Golden Knights 71 39 24 8 30 227 211 +16 86
2 Edmonton Oilers 71 37 25 9 31 225 217 +8 83
3 Calgary Flames 70 36 27 7 25 210 215 −5 79
Updated to game(s) played on March 11, 2020. Source: National Hockey League[96]
Western Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL RW GF GA GD Pts
1 CE Winnipeg Jets 71 37 28 6 30 216 203 +13 80
2 CE Nashville Predators 69 35 26 8 28 215 217 −2 78
3 PA Vancouver Canucks 69 36 27 6 27 228 217 +11 78
4 CE Minnesota Wild 69 35 27 7 30 220 220 0 77
5 PA Arizona Coyotes 70 33 29 8 26 195 187 +8 74
6 CE Chicago Blackhawks 70 32 30 8 23 212 218 −6 72
7 PA Anaheim Ducks 71 29 33 9 20 187 226 −39 67
8 PA Los Angeles Kings 70 29 35 6 21 178 212 −34 64
9 PA San Jose Sharks 70 29 36 5 22 182 226 −44 63
Updated to game(s) played on March 11, 2020. Source: National Hockey League[97]
Tiebreaking procedures
  1. Fewer number of games played (only used during regular season).
  2. Greater number of regulation wins (denoted by RW).
  3. Greater amount of wins in regulation and overtime (excluding shootout wins; denoted by ROW).
  4. Greater amount of total wins (including shootouts).
  5. Greater number of points earned in head-to-head play; if teams played an uneven number of head-to-head games, the result of the first game on the home ice of the team with the extra home game is discarded.
  6. Greater goal differential (difference between goals for and goals against).
  7. Greater amount of goals scored (denoted by GF).

Statistics

Scoring leaders

The following players led the league in regular season points at the conclusion of games played on March 11, 2020.[98]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Leon Draisaitl Edmonton Oilers 71 43 67 110 –7 18
Connor McDavid Edmonton Oilers 64 34 63 97 –6 28
David Pastrnak Boston Bruins 70 48 47 95 +21 40
Artemi Panarin New York Rangers 69 32 63 95 +36 20
Nathan MacKinnon Colorado Avalanche 69 35 58 93 +13 12
Brad Marchand Boston Bruins 70 28 59 87 +25 82
Nikita Kucherov Tampa Bay Lightning 68 33 52 85 +26 38
Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks 70 33 51 84 +8 40
Auston Matthews Toronto Maple Leafs 70 47 33 80 +19 8
Jack Eichel Buffalo Sabres 68 36 42 78 +5 34

Leading goaltenders

The following goaltenders led the league in regular season goals against average at the conclusion of games played on March 11, 2020, while playing at least 1,680 minutes.[99]

Player Team GP TOI W L OTL GA SO SV% GAA
Tuukka Rask Boston Bruins 41 2,401:47 26 8 6 85 5 .929 2.12
Darcy Kuemper Arizona Coyotes 29 1,753:24 16 11 2 65 2 .928 2.22
Elvis Merzlikins Columbus Blue Jackets 33 1,815:08 13 9 8 71 5 .923 2.35
Jaroslav Halak Boston Bruins 31 1,833:22 18 6 6 73 3 .919 2.39
Pavel Francouz Colorado Avalanche 34 1,914:26 21 7 4 77 1 .923 2.41
Carter Hart Philadelphia Flyers 43 2,355:50 24 13 3 95 1 .914 2.42
Tristan Jarry Pittsburgh Penguins 33 1,926:29 20 12 1 78 3 .921 2.43
Ben Bishop Dallas Stars 44 2,473:49 21 16 4 103 2 .920 2.50
Andrei Vasilevskiy Tampa Bay Lightning 52 3,121:54 35 14 3 133 3 .917 2.56
Jordan Binnington St. Louis Blues 50 2,947:41 30 13 7 126 3 .912 2.56

Milestones

First games

The following is a list of notable players who played their first NHL game during the 2019–20 season, listed with their first team.

Player Team Notability
Jack Hughes New Jersey Devils First overall pick in the 2019 Draft

Last games

Major milestones reached

  • On October 8, 2019, Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle became the fifth player in NHL history and the first American-born to play in 800 consecutive games.[100]
  • On October 12, 2019, Arizona Coyotes forward Phil Kessel played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 338th player to reach the mark.[101]
  • On October 20, 2019, Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice won his 700th game, becoming the seventh head coach to reach that mark.[102]
  • On November 3, 2019, Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 339th player to reach the mark.[103]
  • On November 5, 2019, Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara played his 1,500th NHL game.[104]
  • On November 13, 2019, Dallas Stars forward Corey Perry played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 340th player to reach the mark.[105]
  • On November 16, 2019, Florida Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville won his 900th game, becoming the second coach in NHL history to reach the mark.[106]
  • On November 16, 2019, Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 341st player to reach the mark.[107][108]
  • On December 1, 2019, Edmonton Oilers forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl became the first set of teammates to have 50 points in 29 games since Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Ron Francis did so with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1995–96.[109]
  • On December 9, 2019, Washington Capitals equipment manager Craig "Woody" Leydig worked his 2,500th NHL game.[110]
  • On December 14, 2019, San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 343rd player to reach the mark.[111]
  • On December 15, 2019, Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal became the 89th player in NHL history to score 1,000 points.[112]
  • On December 20, 2019, Dallas Stars forward Joe Pavelski played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 344th player to reach the mark.[113]
  • On January 9, 2020, Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne became the 12th goaltender in NHL history to score a goal in an NHL game.[114]
  • On February 1, 2020, Detroit Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 345th player to reach the mark.[115]
  • On February 1, 2020, St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 346th player to reach the mark.[116]
  • On February 4, 2020, San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton became the 14th player to score 1,500 points.[117]
  • On February 7, 2020, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins became the first rookie goaltender to have five shutouts in an eight-game span since Frank Brimsek (1938–39).[118]
  • On February 7, 2020, Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 347th player to reach the mark.[119]
  • On February 13, 2020, Dallas Stars forward Andrew Cogliano played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 348th player to reach the mark.[120]

Uniforms

  • The Buffalo Sabres introduced a 50th-anniversary third jersey that is plain white, with old gold trim and navy blue lettering. It will be the last season the team uses navy blue; a royal blue jersey will be introduced in 2020–21.[121]
  • The Carolina Hurricanes introduced a new road jersey, featuring the wordmark "Canes" written diagonally across the front. The jersey also incorporates the Hurricanes' secondary logo introduced by the team's alternate jersey during the previous season.[122]
  • The Los Angeles Kings introduced a 1990s throwback jersey for the 2019–20 season, which was inspired by the Kings' white home jersey worn from 1988 to 1998. The team is scheduled to wear the jersey twice during the season.[123]
  • The St. Louis Blues introduced a 1990s throwback jersey for the 2019–20 season, which was inspired by the Blues' blue road jersey worn from 1995 to 1998. The team is scheduled to wear the jersey in three home games during the season.[124][125]
  • The Vancouver Canucks, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the franchise in the NHL, introduced brand new home and away jerseys that will be worn during the season. The Canucks will also wear brand new third jerseys for select games. In addition, the Canucks will wear their 1990s throwback jerseys for select games. The design was chosen via an online vote over two other throwback jersey options.[126]

See also

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