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Elias Says: November 7, 2017

Lions record rare road win over Packers

The Packers entered Monday night having won 24 of their last 25 home games against the Lions, a stretch that began in 1992, Brett Favre’s first season as Green Bay’s starting quarterback. That is the best home record for one NFL team against another over any 25-game stretch in league history. In fact, no other team was ever 23–2 at home against a particular opponent over 25 games (several teams were 22–3).

But Detroit dominated the Packers and emerged with a 30–17 victory. When the Lions went ahead on Monday night, 27–10, it was their largest lead on the road against Green Bay in 35 seasons. In December 1982, Detroit took a 30–0 lead at Lambeau Field and went on to win, 30–10.

Stafford reaches milestone and throws two more TD strikes at Lambeau

Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes––the 200th and 201st of his pro career––and became the fourth youngest player in NFL history to reach 200 TD passes. Stafford at age 29, joined three others who did that before their 30th birthdays: Dan Marino (who tossed his 200th touchdown pass at age 28), Peyton Manning (also at age 28) and Brett Favre (at 29, but younger than Stafford).

Stafford’s TD passes were also the 16th and 17th that he has thrown at Lambeau Field, extending his record for the most by a visiting player at that venue. Fran Tarkenton has the second-most TD passes on the road at Lambeau Field, with 13.

Irving haunts Hawks

Kyrie Irving scored 35 points in the Celtics’ win at Atlanta and over the last two seasons he is averaging 34.0 points per game versus the Hawks (170 points in five games). That is the highest individual scoring average versus the Hawks over that span for any player who has played at least three games against them during that period.

Booker is fourth-youngest to 3000 points

Devin Booker scored the 3000th point of his NBA career in Monday night’s game against the Nets. Booker, at age 21 years and seven days, is the fourth-youngest player in NBA history to score 3000 career points, behind LeBron James (20 years, 62 days), Kevin Durant (20/144) and Carmelo Anthony (20/307).

Rangers rally to win with three late power play goals

Kevin Shattenkirk, Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich each scored a power play goal in the third period for the Rangers as they came from behind to beat the Blue Jackets, 5–3, at Madison Square Garden. This was the first time that the Rangers scored as many as three third-period power play goals in one game since Oct. 18, 2007, when Dan Girardi, Brendan Shanahan and Scott Gomez each tallied a PPG for the Blueshirts in the final 20 minutes of a 5–3 loss to the Thrashers in Atlanta. Over the last three seasons, the only other instance of a three-PPG third period by an NHL team was by the Flyers in their 4–3 shootout win against the Sabres on Oct. 25, 2016, with Travis Konecny, Brayden Schenn and Mark Streit scoring power play goals for Philadelphia to overcome a 3–0 deficit.

Second straight two-goal game on home ice for Kadri

Nazem Kadri scored a pair of goals for the Maple Leafs in their shootout win against the Golden Knights in Toronto. Kadri also scored two goals in the Leafs’ last home game, a loss to the Flyers on October 28. He’s the third NHL player to score two goals or more in each of two consecutive team home games this season, after the Islanders’ John Tavares and the Flyers’ Sean Couturier. Kadri is the first Maple Leafs player to score at least two goals in each of two straight Toronto home games since Tyler Bozak did so in November 2014.

Wheeler sets up all four goals for the Jets

Blake Wheeler tied his career high for points and assists in one game when he assisted on all of the Jets’ goals in their 4–1 victory over the Stars in Dallas. Wheeler has tallied three points or more in a game four times this season, tying his Jets teammate Mark Scheifele and the Islanders’ John Tavares for the NHL high. Wheeler has recorded three or more assists in a game three times this season, the most by any NHL player. He played in all 82 games for Winnipeg last season but never produced more than two assists in a game.

Carlson breaks his goal drought with an overtime tally

Defenseman John Carlson’s first goal of the season was the overtime winner for the Capitals in their 3–2 victory over the Coyotes. It was the second career overtime goal for Carlson, who entered play on Monday with 46 shots on goal this season, second-most in the NHL among goalless players, behind Sharks d-man and the defending Norris Trophy winner, Brent Burns (56 shots on goal).

Chara defies the years as he leads the Bruins in ice time once again

Zdeno Chara tallied two assists for the Bruins in their 5–3 win against the Wild while racking up 25:48 of ice time, the most of any Boston skater. The 40-year-old Chara has led all Bruins skaters in ice time in seven of the team’s 13 games this season. Boston’s other ice-time leaders this season are Charlie McAvoy (four times) and Torey Krug (twice).