|Date of Birth||9/20/1990|
|Height, Weight||6'1", 209 lbs|
|Drafted||2009 - Rd 1|
Tavares scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 6-2 loss to Ottawa.
J.T. was a bright spot in an otherwise dark night for the Buds, who have allowed far too many goals in games this week. That aside, Tavares now has his first 40-goal season and is just two goals from second overall in the league. He won't catch Alex Ovechkin, who has 48, but Leon Draisaitl's 42 are close. And he sits tied with Mark Scheifele with 79 points -- that's good enough for 16th in the league. Tavares' first season in blue and white has been like a dream.
Tavares scored a goal and added two assists in a 3-2 win over Edmonton on Saturday.
His point streak stands at four games and eight points (two goals, six assists). The goal was Tavares' 38th and that ties his career best, set in 2014-15. And it moves him into fourth in the NHL, just two behind Patrick Kane.
Tavares scored his 37th goal of the season and added two assists in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Sabres.
Tavares is now just a single goal from matching his career mark set in 2014-15. His 71 points in 65 games put him on a 90-point pace. JT is clearly at home in Toronto. He should be at home on your roster, too.
Tavares was held without a point Thursday in his first return to Long Island as a member of the Maple Leafs. New York defeated his new team by a 6-1 score.
The fans were relentless. They threw rubber snakes at him during line rushes in the warm-up. And then chanted many things, including "we don't need you," every time he touched the puck. Tavares brushed it off like water off a duck's back. The game broke a four-game scoring streak, but he'll be back on the scoresheet again in very short order.
Tavares will make his first appearance on Long Island since leaving the Islandes via free agency Thursday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Tavares faced the Islanders earlier this season in Toronto, a 4-0 loss, but this will be his first trip back to Long Island. He played for the Isles for nine season before leaving to sign a seven-year, $77 million contract with the Leafs last July. Tavares will likely set a career high in goals this season, as he is only two off of the career best (38) he had in 2014-15. The reception for JT on Thursday is likely to be less than friendly as fans still feel like Tavares left them at the altar when he bolted for his hometown Leafs even though the Islanders offered him more money. The truth is, that anger is better directed at former general manager Garth Snow, who decided not to trade Tavares at the trade deadline last season despite the team being out of playoff contention, thus assuring that the team would receive nothing in return if Tavares left in free agency, which of course, he did.