Elias Says: Feb. 21, 2017

Kings trade Cousins to Pelicans

The Kings traded DeMarcus Cousins, who is averaging 27.8 points per game this season, to the Pelicans on Monday. Cousins is only the sixth player in NBA history to be traded at least 10 games into a season while possessing a scoring average of 25-plus points per game. The others: Wilt Chamberlain in 1964-65 (38.9 PPG, from San Francisco to Philadelphia), Adrian Dantley in 1977-78 (26.5, from Indiana to Los Angeles), Bob McAdoo in 1978-79 (26.9, from New York to Boston), Allen Iverson in 2006-07 (31.2, from Philadelphia to Denver) and Carmelo Anthony in 2010-11 (25.2, from Denver to New York).

Cousins will play on the same team as Anthony Davis. Cousins (27.8 PPG, 10.6 REB/G) and Davis (27.7 PPG, 11.9 REB/G) are two of three players who are averaging at least 25 points and 10 rebounds per game this season. The other is Russell Westbrook (31.1 PPG, 10.5 REB/G).

Only two players in NBA history finished a season in which they played for more than one NBA team averaging at least 25 points and 10 rebounds: Chamberlain in 1964-65 with the Warriors and 76ers (34.7 PPG, 22.9 REB/G) and McAdoo in 1976-77 with the Buffalo Braves and Knicks (25.8 PPG, 12.9 REB/G).

Trocheck’s late goal is a game-winner

Vincent Trocheck’s goal with 4.6 seconds left in the third period gave the Panthers a 2-1 win over the Blues on Monday night. It’s the latest game-winning goal in the third period in Panthers history. The previous latest was at 19:46 scored by Kristian Huselius on March 28, 2002 at Ottawa. The last NHL player to score a game-winning goal that late in the third period was Brayden Schenn who scored at 19:57 of the third period for the Flyers in a 5-4 win over the Islanders on April 7, 2015.

Panthers sweep 5-game road trip

With their win over the Blues on Monday night, the Panthers won all five games of their road trip. It was the first time that the Panthers won every game of a road trip of five or more games. This was the 31st time in franchise history that the Panthers played five or more straight games on the road. Only one other NHL team swept a road trip of at least five games this season: the Blues (5-0-0 from February 6-15).

Coyotes score thrice in the first period

Nine different Coyotes recorded a point in their three-goal first period against the Ducks on Monday night. It was the first time since January 24, 2014, a 4-3 win in Edmonton, that nine or more different Coyotes recorded at least one point in the first period of a game.

Prior to Monday night, the Coyotes had been outscored 9-1 in the first period of their last seven home games.