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Iron man streak hits 800 games for the very durable and criminally underrated Keith Yandle

october 9, 2019
With the speed and intensity of today's NHL, it's becoming increasingly difficult for players to reach iron man status. It takes more than just a great player to play 500+ consecutive games in the NHL. It takes heart and determination.

To elaborate on just how rare it is, only three active players are currently on iron man streaks. Keith Yandle, Patrick Marleau and Phil Kessel.

Keith Yandle is a special player. He may be one of the most underrated players in the NHL, period. When people talk about the best blueliners in the game, they reference the names Victor Hedman, Erik Karlsson, Drew Doughty and Brent Burns. You never hear Keith Yandle's name mentioned among the best of the best, despite the fact that, of those names mentioned, only Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns have produced more points than the Boston, MA native has.

Yandle, who has not missed a game since March 22nd, 2009, currently sits 7th in points among active NHL defensemen with 530 points in 910 games. Only Burns, Chara, Keith, Karlsson, Suter and Weber rank ahead of Yandle. The point I am trying to make is that even without taking into account his iron man streak, Keith Yandle should, by all accounts, be considered one of the absolute best in the game.

On Tuesday night, Yandle, who currently ranks 5th on the all-time iron man list, suited up in his 800th consecutive NHL game. With that milestone, Yandle is only 30 games behind Andrew Cogliano to tie him for 4th all-time. Yandle will then have to play 85 more consecutive games to take sole possession of 3rd all-time. This spot is currently held by Steve Larmer, who played 11 consecutive seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks from 1982-1993. Gary Unger sits 2nd with 914 consecutive games played from 1968-1979 and the all-time leader, Doug Jarvis, never missed a game in his NHL career, having suited up for all 964 of his NHL contests from 1975-1987.

Yandle has had a very successful career to date and if he is able to play 2 more seasons, plus 4 more games without missing a game, the former 4th round draft pick (2005), will end his career as the all-time iron man in the NHL, which would be a truly amazing story.



Source for iron man record list: wikipedia
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FEBRUARY 22, 2020
TOP 20 G A PTS
JUSTIN BRAUN
- 3 3
MAX DOMI
2 - 2
JACK EICHEL
2 - 2
SCOTT LAUGHTON
2 - 2
EVGENI MALKIN
2 - 2
JESPER BRATT
1 1 2
SAM REINHART
1 1 2
DAMON SEVERSON
1 1 2
NIKITA GUSEV
- 2 2
RASMUS RISTOLAINEN
- 2 2
SEAN COUTURIER
1 - 1
JESPER FAST
1 - 1
ZEMGUS GIRGENSONS
1 - 1
ALEXANDER KERFOOT
1 - 1
PATRIK LAINE
1 - 1
JOSH MORRISSEY
1 - 1
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
1 - 1
TYLER PITLICK
1 - 1
WAYNE SIMMONDS
1 - 1
JEFF SKINNER
1 - 1
COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL
61 97
DAVID PASTRNAK
62 86
NATHAN MACKINNON
60 84
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 81
ARTEMI PANARIN
59 81
BRAD MARCHAND
62 77
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
61 76
PATRICK KANE
61 76
JACK EICHEL
59 75
NIKITA KUCHEROV
59 74
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
AUSTON MATTHEWS
62 43
DAVID PASTRNAK
62 43
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
59 41
SEBASTIAN AHO
60 35
LEON DRAISAITL
61 35
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL
61 62
JOHN CARLSON
60 55
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
61 54
BRAD MARCHAND
62 53
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 51
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
60 70
ROMAN JOSI
60 57
VICTOR HEDMAN
59 51
QUINN HUGHES
59 47
ALEX PIETRANGELO
61 47
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
QUINN HUGHES
59 47
CALE MAKAR
52 45
VICTOR OLOFSSON
45 40
NICK SUZUKI
63 40
DOMINIK KUBALIK
59 38
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
45 32
JORDAN BINNINGTON
44 26
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
50 26
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
46 25
CAREY PRICE
52 25
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
ELVIS MERZLIKINS
30 5
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
44 4
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
50 4
JAMES REIMER
24 3
JAROSLAV HALAK
28 3
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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