Matthews sits third in the NHL goal race with 47 in 70 games, just one snipe behind David Pastrnak and Alexander Ovechkin. Matthews' game has taken a big leap this season. He has 10 more goals than he did in almost the same number of games in 2018-19 (68). And there are even rumors he could be considered for a Selke trophy, awarded to the top two-way player in the league. Just take a look at his plus-minus. Sure, it's a maligned stat. But there's a huge swing between minus-9 a year ago and plus-19 this season. Matthews really is a fantasy building block.
Matthews and his teammates learned Thursday the NHL announced that the 2019-20 season has been suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement released Thursday, commissioner Gary Bettman said "In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019-20 season beginning with tonight's games." Bettman went on to say "Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup. Until then, we thank NHL fans for your patience and hope you stay healthy."
Matthews netted a goal on five shots and dished an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks. The 22-year-old center's point streak is now at four games (three goals, three helpers). Matthews has a career-high 46 goals and 79 points in 67 appearances this season. He's added 275 shots, a plus-20 rating and 24 power-play points.
Matthews scored his 45th goal of the season in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Canucks. Not only can he score, but there are murmurs that Matthews' game has grown so much that he's one of the best two-way pivots in the game. That's heady praise for a 22-year-old. Mattthews sits two goals behind David Pastrnak and two ahead of Alexander Ovechkin. The Rocket Richard is going to go down to the wire.
Matthews scored a goal and added an assist Thursday in a 5-3 win over the Panthers. Matthews has 76 points, including 44 goals, in 65 games, but this was just his second multi-point game in his last 10. He sits two goals behind David Pastrnak for the NHL lead and one ahead of Alexander Ovechkin.
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