Bruce Boudreau doesn’t consider within the NHL’s Thanksgiving rule.

Which groups occupied playoff spots on the annual U.S. vacation had lengthy been a powerful indicator of who makes and misses the postseason. Recent 82-game seasons have put cracks in that principle, and a variety of high-profile injuries and COVID-19 protocol absences make it even much less of an element this yr.

OVI 31 FOR 31

Alex Ovechkin’s aim towards the Kraken on Sunday accomplished his sweep of scoring towards every of the NHL’s different 31 groups. The Washington Capitals captain has his most towards the Tampa Bay Lightning: 49 in 74 regular-season video games.

GAME OF THE WEEK

The Rangers go to Boston for the NHL’s annual “Thanksgiving Showdown” matinee on Friday.

LEADERS (by way of Monday)

Goals: Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton), 18; Assists: Connor McDavid (Edmonton), 20; Points: Draisaitl, 35; Ice time: Thomas Chabot (Ottawa), 27:29; Wins: Frederik Andersen (Carolina), 11; Goals-against common (minimal 10 video games): Jack Campbell (Toronto), 1.66; Save share: Campbell, .944.