Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a nice two month run as the league’s top rookie, but after a huge December, there’s a new big man on campus.
New Jersey’s Adam Henrique took home honors as the NHL’s top rookie in December thanks to scoring five goals and eight assists in 14 games. Henrique beat out Ottawa’s Jared Cowen, Vancouver’s Cody Hodgson, and Nugent-Hopkins for the month’s top honors.
Thanks to Henrique’s big month, the Devils were able to weather the absence of Travis Zajac a lot easier. With Zajac back, the Devils are that much stronger up the middle. New Jersey has won 9 of their last 12 games and have jumped up to sixth in the Eastern Conference thanks in part to Henrique.
PHT Morning Skate: Shane Doan takes a (friendly) shot at the Miracle on Ice
The Pittsburgh Penguins ended a long run of playoff overtime struggles on Wednesday … and are now one win away from ending the Washington Capitals’ season.
Many expected the Penguins to crater on defense without Kris Letang (they were 2-8-1 in the regular season without him). While there were shaky moments, Pittsburgh emphasized its speed and other strengths in taking a 3-2 overtime thriller against Washington.
With that, the Penguins’ series lead grows to 3-1.
Trevor Daley, traded to Blackhawks for Sharp & Johns and to #Pens for Scuderi (who was flipped to LA for Ehrhoff) played 28:41 in G4 W.